Mardi Gras Party

This evening we had a Mardi Gras party. We had about 12 friends over and enjoyed some wonderful food created by my husband. We also enjoyed lots of wine and great conversation. Of course I was so wrapped up in the party I totally forgot to take any pictures. However, here’s one of the decorations we used.

A total of 3.47 miles today.

Apple HomePod

My Apple HomePod arrived today. I went ahead and joined Apple Music so that I could have access to all the music Apple has in iTunes. The speaker is really cool. The sound is amazing. Ever song I’ve asked her to play, she’s been able to play. I’ve asked her to play certain kinds of music and she plays a playlist of that music that’s already been created. She will also play any of my playlists that I created in iTunes. It’s what the first iPod Hi Fi should have been. She is limited in the amount of information she can give you though. Unlike Alexa, Siri is limited to only certain types of information. She can give you the weather, what the stocks were for the day, basic information about songs, etc. She can’t tell jokes, or play games or anything like that. Maybe in time she’ll get better. I’d say she beats all the competition when it comes to sound. It really sounds great. When the ability to have two HomePods playing the same music is added later this year, I’ll have to get another one. I’m pretty pleased with the way it sounds and operates. It was a breeze to set up too!

2.26 miles today.

Market Correction

On Monday the market dropped 1175 points. On Wednesday it was back up about 500 points. Today it dropped again. It went down 1032 points. I think we can safely say we are in a market correction. Of course Trump won’t say anything about the market going down and won’t tie it to his horrible economic decisions. Congress is battling out a new spending plan. Sounds like they have one almost set…it will only last two years. It continues to be a Trump mess in the United States. We will continue to slide into a recession I’m sure.

In other news, Mardi Gras is next week. We are having a party on Saturday night. It should be fun!

1.55 miles today.

Rainy Day

It’s been raining all day today. It was supposed to start out as snow and turn to ice but here in the city we have only seen rain. Just 45 minutes away they had snow and ice. Because of that the husband had the day off. We were pretty lazy today. I ended up walking inside. I walked 2.16 miles today. It was a good walking day.

Wine Clubs

I belong to several wine clubs in Virginia. Usually we go to the wineries and pick up the wines to avoid the shipping costs. However, a few of the clubs are down in Charlottesville and that requires and overnight stay unless I want to drive almost 3 hours down there, pick up the wines and drive 3 hours back. I don’t really want to do that. One of the clubs is Blenheim Vineyards…it’s the one owned by Dave Matthews. I was two shipments behind. So I decided to switch to shipping. Well the wines arrived today. Eight bottles of wine! Yikes! I’m glad I switched to shipping. Now they will just arrive without me knowing it. It already gets charged to my credit card so nothing will change there. I think I already have the other two clubs from down there on shipping.

1.32 miles today.

Trump Effect and iMacs

It’s happening. The Trump effect is beginning. The country is in the midst of a horrible decline…in every aspect. Today it was the stock market. At one point it dropped 1600 points. The most in history. He’s ruining everything. The Dow closed down 1179 points. The single biggest drop in history. There goes some retirement accounts. I blame it all on Trump.

In other news I have been working on another computer. I got this 17-inch Late 2006 CD iMac on eBay for 99 bucks. It is in great shape. However, when it was shipped the guy stuck tape all over it. I had to use WD-40 to clean all the sticky off it. Then I maxed out the ram and replaced the hard drive with a 60 gig SSD. This one wasn’t nearly as bad as taking that eMac apart. And when I first plugged this thing in it began to stick like Indian food. So while I had it open to put the SSD inside, I cleaned it out really well. Now it’s like a new iMac! It’s fast and clean. I don’t have much use for it though. Maybe I’ll sell it on eBay and make some money. I don’t know. We’ll see.

I walked 1.81 miles today.

Lazy Sunday

We didn’t do much today. It was raining, sleeting, snowing…a bit of everything. It didn’t add up to anything. By the evening it was just rain. The only thing we did was go to the grocery store. I didn’t take a single picture today either! But I did walk 1.40 miles indoors. That’s all I have to report.

Old Computer

I’ve been buying a couple of old computers on eBay lately. Here’s my latest find. I got it for $80. It’s an eMac (USB 2.0). It is the low end eMac from 2004. It doesn’t even have Bluetooth. I have to use a wired keyboard and mouse. The problem is it keeps freezing up. After doing some research and taking the machine apart, I find that the capacitors need to be replaced. I’ve never done that before. But I ordered the parts I need and a soldering iron and I’m going to attempt to get this thing fixed. It’s like brand new. There was no dust inside and it came with the original box and cords. I think it was a good buy. I just want it to work. It’ll be a challenge but I’m up for it.

1.34 miles today.

Groundhog’s Day

Today the groundhog saw his shadow so we have 6 more weeks of winter. This is fine with me because we have seen so little snow this season. I’m really looking forward to a big storm before the season is over.

Here’s the beautiful bottle of wine we had this evening with our steak dinner. It was delicious!

Only walked 1.08 miles today.

Date Night Dinner

Tonight we went to dinner at Cafe Deluxe for our date night. We always start with bubbles. Our dinner was delicious. My husband had a free birthday dessert on his Cafe Deluxe card so they put a candle in it and we celebrated one more time. He enjoyed it. I ate way too much and will feel it later tonight I’m sure.

1.32 mile indoor walk today.

Alexa is Funny

During dinner tonight my husband was telling Alexa to do silly things. He told her to bark like a dog and she did! He got so tickled by it. He was laughing light crazy. I tried to snap a picture but I was laughing too so it’s out of focus a bit but you get the idea.

Walked 1.99 miles today.

Winery Visit

Today we met the Dails at Gray Ghost Winery for the library tasting event. We started with a regular tasting and then went down to the barrel room to enjoy some older vintages of their wines. Our wine friend Susan also joined us for the event. It was a fun event. We then went up to the lounge to enjoy a bottle of their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. My husband and I do this every year for his birthday. We always enjoy our time at Gray Ghost. We then went to dinner with the Dails at Two Amys. Yum!

Walked a total of 2.40 miles today.

Birthdays with Friends

Tonight we had the Dails over for dinner. It was Jill’s birthday on January 3rd so we decided to celebrate some more. I made a dark chocolate cake for the two of them. We had lots of wine and tons of fun. We love our friends!

I only walked 1.12 miles today.

Happy Birthday, Husband!

Today was my husband’s 54th birthday! Happy Birthday! For his birthday we started the day shopping in Georgetown. Then we went to a restaurant overlooking the Washington harbor. We had some bubbles and a cheese plate. In the evening we went out to dinner at The Hamilton in downtown DC. Again we had bubbles and a birthday dessert! When we got home he opened his gifts. It was a really nice day!

I also went on a 2 mile walk inside today.

Trail Walk

The weather was really nice today. It was 65 degrees! I decided to get back on the trail and get my exercise in. I walked 2.31 miles on the trail. I was sweaty by the time I got home. I walked on the Glover-Archbold Trail. I got some good exercise in today. Yay!