OK – so I will admit it. I don’t deal well with life without a computer. I realize that will open me up to lectures of how everyone got along before without computers and how we have become spoiled by them etc., etc., and I should just suck it up and get along without it, but the best I will ever do to counter that is ‘agree to disagree.’ After all, people didn’t have indoor plumbing until the early 1900’s and I am sure that they were consider spoiled too.
Although I probably wouldn’t classify yesterday as ‘pure hell’, I will say that is was not a pleasant or productive day.
We had many storms pass through our area throughout the day. Just when we thought it was getting better, more clouds rolled in from over the ocean and darkened the sky – at times where it seemed like night – and with it brought lightning, thunder and rain. Fortunately there was little wind considering, so the rain, even when heavy was quiet and not really frightening.
However, the lightning following by rumbling thunder was nearly constant, and the cats were none too happy. Nor was I. The power continually flickered and actually went out three times. At first I tried to do some drawing, saving my work every step along the way. But then I became complacent and the saves became further and further apart until one of the zaps killed the power and I lost about 45 minutes of work. It was then I gave up.
Rather than risk damage to our computer systems and television (which is run by the computer too) we disconnected our entire wall of electronics for the day. Better safe than sorry. We then took a ride out in the storm to go to the store and get some milk, which we were out of, figuring that we weren’t going to get anything done here anyway. The storm was still there, and there were times when we were driving (slowly) along the shore and it was raining so hard we could barely see in front of us. There was little danger though, as we were basically crawling at that point and we had to laugh at our own stupidity for even being out. It reminded us of last winter when we made the trip to Halifax and came upon the ice and snow storm. Funny how we just don’t seem to get it.
At the store, they were just powering up again after losing lights there too. We got our milk, visited Keith’s parents for an hour or so (they thought we were crazy too) and watched the storm from their place, which is right by the ocean. It was quite beautiful in its own way.
There was a break in it and we decided to return home, but after seeing that the clocks had reset just an hour before, we found no reason to reconnect our electronics for a while. There was power but it was flickering off and on and would certainly cause damage if there was a surge.
So Keith decided to prepare several pen blanks and I chose to do something I rarely do – take a nap. I had been up since 4:30 with the noise and light show and there was really nothing else for me to do. I didn’t have any paintings going and all my work revolved around the computer. Even our phone is run through it. So sleep it was. I had lots of company, as I awoke to all three cats curled up around me. They were frightened by the noise too and nothing is better for them than to have another sleep buddy in the middle of the day. I only slept for an hour and a half though and when I awoke, the sky was actually blue and there was sunshine. You would have never thought it even rained.
The clouds returned, but nothing was severe and near dinner time we felt is would be safe to reconnect and rejoin our cyber worlds. But what a day.
I did finish the one project I worked on. Since I had the nap, it allowed me to work a bit later than normal. We are due for several more days of rain however, and hopefully they won’t be as severe as it was yesterday. For all of those who wrote me and I didn’t answer, please forgive. I am catching up this morning and will get back to you all soon.
I have a lot of drawing to do and I hope that I can continue to work for the next few days. The owner of the shop in Annapolis Royal called last night and she also wants not only pens, but also note cards of my paintings and prints of them too perhaps and also she is interested in selling our prototypes. She went on the site and saw all we did and wants us to bring her a sampling of things. She only buys outright we are told, not consignment, so that will be a good way to reduce the amount of things we have here. It is positive, but it means we will be busier than ever. But I never minded that.
Have a great day today. It’s the middle of the week already. :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"