Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The Apple Bites Back: Word Counters


Apple Gingerbread Cheesecake Parfait | recipe developed by Karen of www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessertCounting my words again.
Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month, one group member picks a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we share what we all came up with.

 This month's number is 45
It was chosen by Diane of On the Border.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme The Apple Bites Back.

~ Can an apple frustrate you for a day? A week? A month? I lived all of these years not realizing just how aggravating an apple can be. Now I know. And although this story has an acceptable ending, the beginning and middle? Not so much.

~ It started with changing cell providers. They rewarded us well. I wrote about all of the perks in my post Swag Bag Sister Wife. One of them was free Apple TV, which sometimes had the only rights to a Red Sox game. Sign me up!

~ The cell store clerk had Hubs to set up an Apple account, associate it with their free offer, and just in time to get the first Sox game Apple TV was showing. Signed into the IPad app (for later use), and watched via our Roku.

~ First sign of trouble, whenever I got on my IPad, it asked if I wanted to sign in as Hubs. Nope, declined. A month later, Apple sent Hubs an email saying our free month was over and we had to pay to continue. Wait. What? 

~ At game time Apple TV wouldn't let us in. Cell provider app showed us as active on Apple TV, but Apple would not recognize the login we'd set up. We missed the game. I started a DM with the cell provider.

~ The customer service agent worked with me for two days via DMs. We had to delete Hubs' original Apple account, set up a new one with his personal email, connect that to the cell account, and we were good to go. Or so it seemed.

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~ Got onto the channel. Yay. It required payment to watch. Boo. Three days, more cell account reps and a trip to a cell store, nothing. THEY promised us free TV, THEY, not us, had the Apple agreement, but told us to deal with Apple ourselves.

~ Hubs drove to the store where he'd originally signed up for the cell service. Yes! Five time's the charm. They deleted Hubs' second Apple account, signed us up for the free TV using my IPad account, and we had Apple TV. For reals this time.

~ Then I tried to updating an IPad app. It would not allow me to unless I signed in as Hubs' original Apple account, now deleted, nonexistent. Which, of course, it wouldn't recognize. What else wouldn't it let me do? Download any app. Oh, HELL no!

~ So, my IPad in hand, Hubs ended up at the Apple store after all. After explaining the whole loooong story to the rep there, who answered with "you need to see a tech, I'm just the door guy," Hubs got an appointment. In an hour. 

~ When granted an audience with an actual tech, Hus once again explained the whole long story, then he turned my IPad over. The tech did his tech stuff and looked at Hubs. Good news: he could delete the nonexistent account and restore my IPad. BUT . . .

~ Bad news: although I could then use the IPad as before, wiping Hubs' original Apple account would . . . wait for it . . . lose us Apple TV. We'd come full circle. Full nauseating, frustrating circle. We bit the apple and that damn apple, it bit us back. Again.

Apple Gingerbread Cheesecake Parfait | recipe developed by Karen of www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Apple Gingerbread Cheesecake Parfait

~ But why? The TV used my Apple account and I'd deleted the app from my IPad, so there should be no association. But the tech was adamant, I had to choose. I waived the white flag, give me my IPad, take your freakin' Apple TV.

~ Confused though, I checked and was right, we still had Apple TV. Hubs drove home feeling good. My IPad had relinquished authority back to me. It worked! Apple TV worked!. Unfortunately, when he got here he realized that one of our garage doors . . . did not.

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Apple Gingerbread Cheesecake Parfait         

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes 4):
1 Milky Way candy bar
1 TBSP butter
1 apple
1 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
10 oz cream cheese, softened
3 TBSP apple juice
5 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups gingerbread, chopped 
      My Caramel Apple Gingerbread recipe HERE

*Place the candy bar in the freezer for 30 minutes, then take out, chop, and set aside.
*Core, peel, and chop the apple. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the apple, 1 TBSP sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, just until the apple starts to soften. Refrigerate to cool.
*Beat the cream cheese with the apple juice, 5 TBSP sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. 
*Divide the chopped gingerbread into the bottom of 4 short (8 oz) rocks or juice glasses. Press lightly.
*Add an apple layer onto the gingerbread. Spoon or pipe the cream cheese mixture onto the apple layer.
*Top with the chopped candy pieces. Refrigerate.



  1. Apple is good when it is good and frustrating when it’s not. But most things connected with the internet are the same. I bought a MacAir Laptop recently. In the process of transferring my email account to the new device, my account was deactivated. Apple was no help and Yahoo had help online or pay to have someone to walk you through recovery. You can guess the one I had to use. I won’t go through it all, but my blood pressure is still coming down. Donna

    1. Yes, honestly, I haven't seen all that much of the "Apple is good when it's good" side of the equation.

  2. Well I don't use Apple products so I really have no bloody idea so all I will say is that all computers and such are frustrating and make us want to toss the damn product through a window but we don't they cost too much money.

  3. I was writing a blog post about some frustrations I've had recently and now I probably should delete it because nothing could ever top your story. I would have given up long before you. The one bright spot is that you had an Apple store that wasn't a zillion miles away. Now if I could figure out why I get a sound when I get texts from some people but not others. And how that carried over from my iPhone SE to my iPhone 13s. Ah, sweet mysteries of Apple.

    1. I can say this, other than my ipad, I'm never getting another Apple product again.

  4. Technology can be so frustrating at times. That recipe looks good.

    1. If you have to deal with technology, at least end the day with a yummy dessert.

  5. To err is human, but to really foul things up requires technology.

    Or, as Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fame once said, "We are stuck with technology when what we want is just stuff that works."

  6. Technology is getting SO complicated! Hubby wanted to watch our new Major League Soccer team's games, but they only broadcast on Apple TV. He decided to just listen on the radio.

    1. Smart guy, given my experience with Apple TV, I'd say he saved himself hours of frustration.

  7. Something's always broke... better the garage door than your iPad.

    1. This time of year, yes, but I might change my mind in a snow storm.

  8. Gahhh! Yeah, I pretty much stay away from anything Apple. Apart from the round, red, temptingly delicious kind. They don't bite back. (So far...)


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