Yesterday morning, just after posting my blog on Lumberjocks and my site, the unthinkable happened – we lost the internet.
Nothing really makes you appreciate something as much as being without it, and this was no exception.
At first, I thought it was just a hiccup. After all, the weather was fair and there was no wind or rain or ice, which are the usual culprits for knocking out communication. But this time there was no apparent reason, so it made me wonder.
I was happy that I at least got the blog posted. I think it would have bothered me more if I had taken the time to write one and not be able to post it. But since it was at least on the site, I figured people could go there and find it if they needed to do so.
After a couple of hours, Keith went to the neighbors to see if theirs was working or was also out. We were starting to wonder if we forgot to pay the bill, but since we couldn’t check our account, there was no way to tell. Besides, we always pay on time and doubted that they would pull the plug without a friendly reminder first if we would happen to miss. I was rather relieved when I heard that our neighbors didn’t have theirs working either.
I began wondering if it was bad to hope that if there was a problem, it would be wide spread. With living in such a rural area, I have discovered that if a problem such as this is isolated, it takes far longer to fix. The more widespread it is, the quicker it is attended to and whatever service is restored faster. I realize that is a selfish way of thinking though so I sometimes feel guilty when I hear that the whole neighborhood is experiencing problems and feel that sense of relief.
In any case, it was an odd day to say the least. Since we don’t have TV (I understand that the cable was out for people too though) and our phone goes through the internet, things were pretty quiet here yesterday. Normally I would be in a panic because I wouldn’t be able to answer emails or fill orders immediately after receiving them, but for some reason I was pretty calm. Perhaps I am mellowing in my old age. Or maybe I just felt that it would be good to disconnect for a day. Maybe it was a “sign.”
Keith had some errands to do in Digby, but I opted to stay home instead of accompanying him. It was good to have a quiet day with the cats.
Our service didn’t return until after 6pm, just before Keith returned. I had a great deal of emails to tend to in my email box and I am still going to have to go through them today. Nothing was Earth-shaking though, and the world did fine without me.
If you wrote me yesterday and are awaiting a response, please know that I am working on getting caught up today. I did get back to some last night, but there is still much to do and I will do my best to do so today.
In the mean time, I did think through my next designs and I pretty much know which direction I am heading. That is the largest part of the battle. The implementation is easy once I am at this stage. So the day wasn’t wasted after all.
Maybe once in a while it is good to disconnect. For someone like me who is always ‘on call’ it felt a little bit nice to have a day of quiet. But I did miss talking to you all and I am happy I am back.
I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"