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Woe is Us...

Count 'em....three days without internet!! Our phone carrier [of which I connect to the internet via hotspot] was offline for three days!  A very few times, when trying to connect to other blogs, I could get in by rebooting my phone and reading blogs...commenting was a whole 'nother story tho.  Some I could, and some I couldn't. So, if I didn't pay you a protocol revisit after you left me a comment...I apologize. They are/were switching from a 4G network to a 5G. At times, both Bud and I were at a loss when we couldn't get online. Me blogging and visiting blogs, Bud just surfing the 'net.   Texting and calling weren't affected. We could have easily gone to Starbucks or somewhere with free WiFi,  still the time at home  was well-spent, I guess, doing without.  But a few times we felt unable to relax from withdrawal symptoms and a bit of mental restraint. WE DID get a lot of small tasks done which we have put off because of our phones calling our names.....ummmm, did I just do a pun?

Thursday morning all was mostly back to normal routine...the internet was accessible, slow...but hello Google!!  The connection speed will get faster as the days progress.  We're back in business boys and girls.  At least until the company gets another bright idea to make it all 'new and improved' again.

So, what did we do with our 'free time'? Walking, yard work, a bit of house cleaning and small repair work, movies on DVD, tv season finales [NCIS really should not have been renewed for the next season in my opinion, they need to get new writers or get rid of Bishop, Torres and that forensic psychologist...ZIVA returns?  Oh no.  I am tired of the writers of the program always going to Gibbs's flashback of his past!!].  We also went shopping!!   Then,  I got all my quilt/embroidery squares stamped and ready for the stitchery.  And a lot of time was spent with jigsaw puzzles. Now that my sister gave me a puzzle table for just that purpose, we've been hooked on puzzles. She even recently sent me a jigsaw puzzle catalog. Of course, I will order some in the future. Mainly 'cause they're all so unique from what you find at Walmart. These two below were finished [one was started before the phone going offline]....





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The humidity is building up...soon Hurricane Season will be upon us. We've already had one tropical storm this week....the first....Andrea. In the Atlantic. They're coming. One of my walks consisted of traipsing through the tidal pools behind Packery Channel Park. The level of water from the high tides made it a challenge. Slip sliding on the muddy shore! And to top it off, I only saw three birds...my usual is 20-30. Even the seagulls [which I rarely count] were down to 5. Usually dozens!!!

To get there, I crossed JFK causeway to drop down onto North Padre Island:



....past the water park {Schlitterbaun]. The photo below is taken from the mudflats looking back the way I came...





As the gentle surf rippled against my shoes, I watched a hermit crab creep along in its limit of one carry-on condo...





...and tho very few birds seen, I watched a white morph Reddish Egret with its feeding frenzy. They have a very unusual feeding habit. [seen here] Fun to watch. Anyway, as I stood a good distance from it, with all its concentration on hunting, it finally did notice me standing in the mangroves, and took off to places unknown:







24 comments :

  1. I probably would have gone out of my mind if I wasn't able to get online for 3 days. Amazing to think that there was a time when we got along just fine without it. They should give everyone a credit on their bill for the 3 days without internet access.

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  2. I agree that I would have a terrible time without internet. Once a few years ago, we were five days without power because of a massive storm and then a major accident. It was tough, but since it was during the summer months, we had plenty of light. In the winter it's a different story. I go to plenty of places with wifi if I need a fix. Glad it's all behind you now, Anni. :-)

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    1. Our work & keeping busy around the house & yard heloed.

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  3. I all ready had to do with out my computer this year and it was awful. My condolences. I spent most of my time walking into the computer room to look up something only to remember I had no access. I envy you being able to do puzzles. My cat make my even trying a joke. She loves to scatter pieces.

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    1. We keep the puzzle table behind closed doors.

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  4. I also enjoy my computer and holding breath it holds out. Still using W7 and doubt I would learn a new one. I also enjoy puzzles and have a supply for the winter months.

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    1. When it's too hot is the time we stay indoors to work on a puzzle.

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  5. May be we should all be required to have some internet-free days! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished, and a nice (if painful) change of pace. I think I would go through withdrawal symptoms without my internet (kind of sad but true).

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    1. Most of us would fail with that requirement.

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  6. we always know we have to start the hurricane watching after Memorial day week end. ahhh summer, heat, humidity and hurricanes. the puzzles are beautiful and wow on a puzzle table. about that lack of internet, when Irma came through 2 years ago, we were with internet and TV for 7 days. we nearly went MAD... to hot to be out and a bout but I did run out twice a day and borrow internet from different hot spots and the library and at the YMCA... I don't think I could go 7 days withNONE AT ALL

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    1. I have the app & alert emails set up on our phones.

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  7. I live in a very (very) rural area and our internet is not good, so I feel your pain. I pay for it and expect things to work! lol I admire your patience with a jigsaw puzzle. I bought a couple, but don't have the patience to complete one of them.

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    1. Sometimes I complain (to no avail) that big companies are in for profits only.

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  8. Gosh, I don't know what we would do if we didn't have the internet for that long. But now it is all new and improved! The puzzles are beautiful, and look very challenging.

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  9. Being without internet must be similar to being without hydro for a while. When that happened to me years ago,I was so lost.Glad you're back online.

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  10. I feel your pain with the internet! So hard to do without it. I would miss it a lot more than TV...when it is just me, I am usually watching youtube, something on Prime, etc. Not a lot on TV that we like to watch.

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    1. As long as I have movies I'm ok without tv.

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  11. Hello, I try to make sure I have a lot of books loaded on my kindle, in case of outages. I am glad your internet is back to normal. Pretty images from your outings. Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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    1. You must have a generator then? How do you keep your kindle charged?

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  12. It sounds like you had a forced vacation from the internet. Our internet provider has given us credit on the bill if we are down for over 24 hours. Speed isn't important to me because I have lots of patience. Sorry you were down, glad that you made do with other things. That egret was really funny running and I enjoyed the sounds on the video. Great term, "carry-on condo"!

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    1. If we didn't have odds & ends small tasks, I woulda gone somewhere to play on the computee for sure.

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