Saturday, 5 June 2021

Better Than Bacon

It seems like months and years can go by with pretty much clear sailing. Than all of a sudden, malfunctions and breakdowns occur in a cluster. Last week I had five of them.

1. A front tire on my riding mower refused to hold air.

2. My eleven year old printer quit working.

3. My eleven year old garden tiller refused to start.

4. My cell phone couldn't find a signal at home.

5. My nine year old iPad suddenly locked me out and refuses my password.

It bugs me that increasingly we live in a throw-away society. Due to obsolescence, electronics seem to have an ever shortening life expectancy. In my last job, working on magazine production, our equipment was budgeted for replacement every four years. Software was upgraded annually. I have to admit that I did love it when new computers and software arrived.

Anyway, I've pretty much sorted out my current rash of glitches.

1. Had a local repair shop put a tube in the faulty tire.

2. Bought a new printer.

3. Decided to take a year (at least) off weeding those long rows in the vegetable garden and switch to more gardening in containers.

4. The cell phone signal came back to it's usual reliable strength.

5. In view of the fact that my faithful old iMac (I do these posts on it) is thirteen years old and not compatible with many newer applications, I ordered a MacBook Air. This will be my very first laptop and I'm looking forward to exploring it's charms. I may still revive my old iPad but it really is too outdated now to download most of the newer applications.

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Now about the title of this post. I've found something I like better -- much better in fact, than bacon. It fries up in three minutes and tastes absolutely delicious and without the downsides of pig grease! Big recommend. 

I don't know why mine didn't fry up wavy like the picture on the package.

Rather high in sodium but the taste is absolutely worth it!

Disappointingly, none of my twenty-five nesting boxes are housing bluebirds this year. Two are vacant, twenty-three have tree swallows and one has a house wren. I do enjoy my present tenants but last year's blue birds were a special treat.

A Tree Swallow flies out from Number 16.

Another Tree Swallow peers out from Number 17.

Perched on my clothesline, a Barn Swallow burbles a message to it's mate.

The alarm calls of this Gray Catbird sound much like a distressed young kitten.

Honey bees wait their turn as a Baltimore Oriole helps himself to jelly.

A mother robin gives her youngster a lesson in concealment.
A Boat-Tailed Grackle appears to be disappointed at the low water level.
The yellow iris are currently center stage. Blue ones are waiting in the wings.
Cranesbill geraniums may look dainty but are quite hardy plants.
These perky clematis vines appreciated our recent rains.


  1. Where do I begin! Florence, I very much related (for once) to a couple of your technical frustrations, but I am excited for you and your first laptop, a MacBook Air--wow. It seems like everyone that owns one, loves theirs. Please give us a tech review when you feel comfortable with it--I've owned a dozen laptops since the 90s, but I've never owned or used an Apple product! As for the 'Better than Bacon', if someone like Arkansas Patti had said such a thing, I would've been knocked for a loop--but I know you, I knew it'd be something vegan & healthy, haha! I love your photos, you know that, but that faux-bacon looked a bit radical! Look I don't feel bad, I only eat bacon ONCE a week I swear! Lastly... I love your nature photos, that boat tailed Grackle and those clematis... they honestly make me happy to look at both. Just beautiful. I also get a big kick out of your old birdbath, I remember you once commenting on how the birds always preferred that one over anything else, that always tickled me. Okay, sorry for the long comment! Nice job!

    1. You know me so well, Doug. 'Better Than Bacon' really could only mean food for me. Seriously, in a blind taste test I'll bet most folk would think it was extra lean, extra high quality, extra delicious crispy bacon. The kitchen testers really nailed it. I've tried and rejected most prepared faux meats but this one is excellent. I'm on my third carton already. A dozen laptops?!? Wow!! I really am a late bloomer! I ordered my MacBook Air a week ago from BestBuy but they are backed up at the warehouse with deliveries and say it will now be delivered on Monday. Glad you had better service from them. That old and much patched little cement bird bath really is popular. There is often a queue to use it even though I have two larger baths nearby. It's a happening spot!

    2. Florence I know I talk too much, but guess what? Earlier today I went to the market to get some tea and thought "As long as I'm here..." I asked about your Lightlife smart bacon and the mgr said "If we don't have it now, keep checking. We're just starting to carry some of those plant-based meat products." One more thing, last night I thought "Have I really owned a dozen laptops since the 1990s?" My anal self sat here and made a list. All I could come up with was 8, but that's only home laptops and not counting the work ones I carried back & forth from the office for 20 years. Alright I feel better now :)

    3. Ah, so you aren't quite an Imelda Marcos of the laptop world, Doug. Still eight is very impressive while I'm still waiting delivery of my first one. I do hope you get to try that Smart bacon someday. It truly amazed my tastebuds! (You?? Talk too much??? Never!!!)

  2. When my trusty Toshiba would not hold power in the battery, I dithered for a while, then decided on a Macbook Pro. I love it, still learning some of the things that are so different, but the keyboard is solid, the screen just right, and with the Pro, slightly heavier than the Air model, still light enough to take if I ever travel.Hope the birds decide to come and stay.

    1. I'm hearing only good things about both the MacBook Pro and Air laptops, Jean and am glad to hear you are loving yours. I'm currently missing the convenience of my dear little iPad. For years I would listen to podcasts on it to help me drift off to sleep at night. Turns out a radio tuned to a talk show station works just as well for me. Really looking forward to my new gadget.

  3. Goodness all of your breakdowns were a bummer but it seems you are on the way to healing. You did get in a lot of years on some of them.
    As for the Better than Bacon, you had my attention for I am a bacon addict but health wise can't eat it. So I looked it up and if I don't want to order a case, there is a town about 50 miles away that carries it. I have an appointment there next month and will try it. If it is as good as you say, I may spring for the case. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. Yes, I have been lucky with all the good years of service my Apple products have provided. Really looking forward to receiving my first laptop (MacBook M1 Air) tomorrow. I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas eve. Oh Patti, I'm sure you will LOVE that vegan bacon. The texture and flavour really do surpass the animal variety. On my BLT sandwiches they are DEVINE! Sometimes when I'm feeling peckish, I just fry up a couple as a snack. Really looking forward to hearing your verdict if your try them. I can't imagine how they could possibly disappoint. No I don't own shares in the company. Hee, hee!

  4. You'll love the new one! It might be a bit of a jump from old to new, but if you need any help...
    So sorry for all your breakdowns. Funny how they seem to cluster together.

    1. As long as my old body continues to function, Jennifer, I've really nothing to complain about. Very much looking forward to exploring the new MacBook M1 Air. Still no delivery though. I guess with more folk working from home, the orders are overwhelming BestBuy.


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