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.