My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1034: The Day Without Internet

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 338 days ago 704 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 338 days ago

That is always a shock. We’ve all got very accustomed to this cyberspace thing. It’s hard to believe how we all survived without it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 338 days ago

I wasn’t in as much of a “panic” as I usually am. Perhaps I needed the break! ;)

Have a great day Roger!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 338 days ago

Know you’re a cat? Me, ‘ow!

When we lost ours for a couple of days recently I was also lost. Its amazing just how reliant on it we have become in the last 10 to 15 years. Brings back memories of how we used to live when its not there. I’m glad its the present day and not then in some respects. However privacy is a great thing. Some people I work with don’t ever turn their phones off. ‘I was woken up by people texting me all night’ one of them said. ‘Turn it off then’ I said. You should have seen the look of horror, at the thought of being un-contactable, that greeted me.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 338 days ago

I must say I had mixed feelings. I have been feeling a bit ‘overwhelmed’ these days so I think it wasn’t such a bad thing. I didn’t feel any of the panic that I felt when this happened previously. Secretly, I thought – Humm . . . an excuse to not be available! But I am paying the price today, catching up with things. I keep telling myself that I will take one day “off” per week, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. I am a softy when it comes to people asking things and I just can’t sit and not acknowledge messages from friends or customers. Perhaps that is why those days as the beach are so coveted. People can’t believe that neither Keith or myself have a cell phone. I wouldn’t know how to text a message if you had a gun to my head. For now at least, I will say that is a good thing. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 338 days ago

A day off the the internet is not a bad thing! I think we have become too reliant on electronics for communication. I think it’s great to be able to keep in touch with family and friends overseas or across the country but sometimes we forget to take time for ourselves as we have become so available all the time. I have a rule in my house that when anyone comes to visit all devices are turned off. That way we can have a very pleasant uninterrupted visit. So don’t feel guilty Sheila. Enjoy those peaceful and quiet times. :)

-- Anna

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#6 posted 338 days ago

I agree Anna. Electronics are a great thing, but people need to know where to draw the line. I think that texting is the worst. People NEVER seem to stop texting. I think it is rude when you are with someone and their head is down in their lap and they are talking to others at the same time. More and more when we are out we see this happening. As I said, I am rather proud that I don’t have a cell phone. I don’t want to be “that” connected to people. Good news or bad, it will wait until I am home.

I loved the pictures you sent me yesterday. I am still catching up on correspondences though and need to get back to you. I hope you have a great day. It is bright and sunny here, yet cool and nice. Just beautiful. :)

Take care, Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jay Wells

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#7 posted 338 days ago

A day to smell the roses!

I walk away while they stare at their phone, then they call, or worse, text, asking where I went.

Pencil in one “Unplugged” day a week, or at least every other week, you’ll find the results refreshing.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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#8 posted 338 days ago

No one will lost communication if everyone needs the connections. Recently, I noticed several providers are link to each one. They have mastered also some piracy problems… Softwares and the likes like music and pictures are now not easily downloadable with respect to those big companies… yahoo, google, adroids, whatever they call. This is I think the process at which we have to be afraid of… If the Internet providers will need to reset the whole system, what will be left with us. We never thought of backing up those that we posted in the LJ., mails and many others… the server out there is the only meaningful storage but do we have the right to request for the file? Let’s just be positive about it.. Enjoy and have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 338 days ago

Yes, Jay. The ‘pencil in’ plan sounds good. I promise to give it a try (you can’t miss me if I don’t go away every now and then, right?) ;)

Bert – I never really thought of that before. My friend Bernie is always telling me that I should write a book. I tell him I have the equivalent of “War and Peace” here with my blog. But I never really thought of how I would ever be able to download it or get it in one place. (Lots of cutting and pasting – too much for my taste!) I suppose that is something to think about perhaps. :)

You take care and have a good evening.


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jay Wells

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#10 posted 337 days ago

I’ll try to hold it together till you get back.

I seem to remember a bench by the river up there that when combined with a bottle of wine had magical powers of relaxation..see if you can figure out which one it was. May take a few tries :)

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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