Thursday, February 27, 2014


I had no intention on being absent for so long.  I really planned on posting a couple of times, but quite literally couldn't!  Last week, we had an unusual winter storm.  It was unusual in that it wasn't a snow storm, but a thunderstorm.  Around 4:30 in the morning, we heard a very loud crack.  It startled both my husband and I, but I don't even think the dog woke up.  (She's terrified of mushrooms and frogs, but not storms.)  It turns out lightning struck one of the trees in our front yard.

It fried our underground cable and also took out our router and modem.  We have cable phones, so that meant no internet or home phones.  Our neighborhood is also in a dead zone, so cell phones won't work at our house.  That meant we had to physically drive somewhere if we wanted make a call.

The cable box on the house
It took 6 days to get a temporary cable line in place.  It has definitely shown us how dependent we've become on the internet.  It's amazing how many times a day we'd find ourselves just going to look something up!  Not to mention it meant virtually no TV.  Fortunately we had the Downton Abbey Season 4 DVD's that we hadn't started watching yet.

Have you ever considered how much your life would change if you had to give up the internet?  Or perhaps you're not as dependent on it as we found ourselves.  Do you remember when researching something meant going to the library or looking it up in encyclopedias?  Does anyone still have a set of encyclopedias?  The world certainly has changed in the last 25 years.  It's hard to remember that we lived perfectly normal lives without all these modern day conveniences.  (Having said that, I'm very glad to have the internet working again.)

I plan to be back tomorrow to share my Schnibbles quilt for the parade!

Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don't hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others.” 
Ecclesiastes 11:1-2a (MSG)


  1. Glad to see you back online! What a scary thing, I'm glad everything is alright.
    It's hard to give up modern conveniences. Some of them I can live without but I've become dependent on the internet.
    Take care

  2. Wow! That is scary. It is very hard to live without all the "modern" conveniences we are so used to. Here in NH we have on occasion lost our power in the winter months. Glad your back online. Look forward to seeing your Schnibbles!

  3. We know we are very dependent on the internet. Our home phones, TV and computers would all go out at once, here, too!I am behind in reading blogs. We had Thunder sleet today. That is a thunder storm in a winter weather system that is producing sleet! Low teens tonight with wind chill in the single digits!