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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Heidi's New Friend

I have been absent from blogging lately due to having to have a new operating system installed in my computer. I was suffering from "shrinking free space" on my hard drive. I did all the tricks I knew, and could research, to increase the free space, to no avail. I even got rid of some important programs on the computer in order to gain enough space to do emails and the occasional blog entry.

I don't know enough about this aspect of my computer to fully understand it. I finally decided that I had a lot of malware on my computer that was shrinking the space and slowing the computer down. A trip to the tech guy was in order.

I have an illegal version of Windows XP. It was installed once when I had a friend of a friend work on my computer. When I told him, the Tech Guy he said my problem is probably being caused by Microsoft which must be installing malware to corrupt my system and force me to buy a legal copy of their operating system. He also said he would not install any illegal software. Well they won. I did: I paid for a copy to Windows XP. Yesterday, I finally got my computer back and I have been customizing it to my liking ever since.

I have had several ideas for blogs in the last while but as time passed they became less topical so I probably will not post them.

I did want to do something for the 65th Anniversary of D-Day but that got past me, too. I did spend yesterday reading a bit more about this history and watching some of the tributes on TV.
The focus of the Canadian effort on that day was Juno Beach. There is an interesting Canadian Museum there and of course, the Canadian War Cemetery
It is a little annoying that the Queen was snubbed by not being invited. It is hard to imagine someone accidentally doing this. The British Royal Family had their finest hours during the war. They stood their ground, stayed with their people and did what they could to inspire and rally the people. Even the princesses, Margaret and Elizabeth, worked to help the injured.

I was also surprised, and disappointed, that Prime Minister Harper went to Normandy for the occasion. He is just Canada's government leader. If you follow what is going on with the British Parliament Prime Minister's are just functionaries that can be sent packing at any time. I think it would have been more appropriate to have the Governor General, The Right Honourable Michaele Jean, represent Canada.

For those who are a students of history the Archives of the CBC is a wonderful place to listen to the old radio broadcasts during the war as well as radio and TV programs about the war. They are all fascinating and a great resource.

I particularly find the German prisoner of war camps in Northern Ontario an interesting story. German prisoners were treated rather well and security was light for to escape a prisoner would have to survive the cold in Winter and the biting flies in the summer. Few prisoners wanted to escape, their war was over and life was pretty good in the camps. Many former prisoners returned to Canada later as landed immigrants. The camp in Kapuskasing was particularly remote. I often wonder what the German prisoners thought when the train passed though our northern town of Swastika
It is too bad none of these camps were maintained as museums. Like most building and town in the North, when they have lost their purpose they are torn down. We have lost so many interesting ghost towns this way as forestry and mining operations (and prisoner of war camps) have moved on. Our history is hard to find and appreciate sometimes.

Here are some pictures of Heidi for those of you who enjoy my lovely dog. A small black cat has decided that Heidi and she could be friends. It took a while. At first, Heidi would move or even relocate if the cat got too close. Occasionally, she would vocalize a low throaty sound of warming.
Finally, she came to just ignore the cat.

Black Cat began by just trying to sleep close on the outside.

Then she decided it was safe to rest her body up on Heidi.

Now, like an old married couple Black Cat likes to spoon herself in tight against Heidi.

When outside this little cat comes over and rubs herself against Heidi's legs. I am not sure Heidi share this affection but is willing to accept it. And whenever Heidi takes up her position on the chesterfield it is not l0ng before Black Cat is there too.


At 9:02 a.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Sorry about the computer, but hopefully the problem is now solved although I can't think that MS would go about installing malware.

The critters are very cute together.

At 10:48 a.m., Blogger Loretta said...

I've been wondering about you, just figured you were busy doing "real life stuff". Sorry about the puter problems. I had a post about D Day done and with one click it was gone. I still don't know what happened!

At 4:08 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Heide and Black Cat seem like an old married couple...too cute!

At 5:46 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

There is nothing like computer travails to bring one down. I do know that as computers "age" more and more data is added. I have downloaded a registry cleaner to help rid my one computer of unwanted bits of code. Newer computers are always faster--less garbage.

The snubbing of the Queen--it seems the French decided they and the U.S. were primarily responsible for liberating France. When we visited France several years ago, we picked up that attitude. In Paris, they had this big exhibition about de Gaulle. I find that utterly absurd. While I take nothing away from the French resistance, it was the Americans, the Canadians, the Brits and other Commonwealth folk--Aussies and Kiwis--who stormed the beaches.
Finally--Heidi and the black cat. It is interesting that Heidi resisted the black cat's overtures, yet Heidi herself adopted the striped kittens. Go figure.
Glad you are back in the blogging world.

At 9:33 a.m., Blogger amelia said...

Awwww, that's so lovely, poor little kitty needing some warmth and affection!! I just hope Heidi doesn't decide to eat it one of these days!!
I was just going to ask if all was well but I see it is!

At 10:04 a.m., Blogger possum said...

Glad you are back! Don'tcha just hate computer problems?

Altho I am a serious Peacenik - I have a place in my heart for those brave souls who landed on those beaches - they were truly heroes.

Bless Black kitty's heart... but what happened to Heidi's kitten? Has it grown up and wandered off?

At 4:44 p.m., Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I'm very glad to ead you are back on line my friend...

At 9:19 p.m., Blogger John and Carol said...

Heidi must be such a sweet dog. The Black Cat is very lucky. We have a cat that is as tolerant and accepting.

At 6:26 a.m., Blogger judie said...

Hey Phillip...lovin' your Black Cat/Heidi story. You realize Heidi has you "wrapped", don't you? :)

At 5:54 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

Loved the photos and stories with them! Also love Heidi's new buddy. LOL

At 10:47 p.m., Blogger Mary said...


Like AC, I doubt if Microsoft was instally malware. It was more likely that your computer just needed an overhaul.

Love Heidi with the cat. Friends are wonderful.



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