OK, if you have been reading the rants over the last few days, you know we have had internet issues. As in, no internet at all yesterday.
Well, it was annoying, yesterday. But then I remembered that today was Saturday – CAL day, and I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I tried going to the library to post some of the rants I had written in Word, and see if it would work for picking up CAL instructions today. Nope, our computer doesn’t like wireless connections.
Last night, I broke out the work Blackberry, and tried to look at it on there. Can’t get to WordPress. I can, however, check my email, and I did subscribe to the CAL for email updates, so I could get it on that screen, but TINY is too big a word for the photos, I knew if there was anything tricky, I would be in trouble.
Truly, I hardly slept last night, thinking about ways to solve this dilemma that did NOT involve going to the office. I could come up with none.
This morning, I grabbed that Blackberry and went online. Oh good, a row of HC, I could do that.
OH NO!!! Star stitch? I definitely need the photos for that one. I came out to the living room and tried one last time to log on. Holy cow, it worked! It’s spotty, it goes out for periods of time, but I was able to save the post offline, AND I was able to post all the rants I wrote yesterday!
So here goes – this week’s progress!
(Well, actually, I have been, but…) I took these photos of some things in my yard that I love. I wish I could post the delicious scent of this rugosa rose that I have growing outside my bedroom window. It smells so heavenly; I can smell it all over the yard.
And while I was out taking those photos, I worked to get as good a shot as possible of our baby birds. Still not very good, but better! There are definitely at least three of them in the little nest.
Photos, that is!
A few of A and L
Family tradition – bunny ears.
Me, ruining all the fun: “please don’t, just for one photo, OK?”
10 seconds later
A tired after a long day of walking, awaits her pizza dinner.
Flexible L focused and serious in her photo taking.
The industries of Monhegan – fishing, art, tourists are all captured here in one photo.
These are just a few of the absolutely perfect buildings that we saw on the island.
looking up at the cabin from the lower deck
A few great doorways
Hughes net, dear Hughes net. We have used the service for the 5+ years now that we have lived in the house. A couple of years ago, the internet slowed down and they told us we needed a new modem. We paid for it, got it, the internet was normal again. Until the last few weeks. It has been slower, a bit more intermittent, until this week when it was ridiculous.
Being trained well by Microsoft, we unplugged, waited ten seconds, plugged in again. This would work for a bit.
Friday, it got really bad, and of course, A needed to log on to do her work. In frustration, she finally went to the office, so I didn’t see her again until dinner time.
I got on the phone with Hughes net support.
A man who understood English very well, and spoke it well but with a thick Indian accent and very softly went to work on my account. He was performing tests, he had me log off, log on, connect directly to the modem, etc, all of which had time lags, during which time, he told me we needed to upgrade our service to “Gen 4” which is on their newest satellite, blah blah blah.
Of course the whole time, the internet is working just fine, thank you.
We continued to run speed tests, while he continued to give me all the details of the fabulous offer (essentially the same price, but I get all sorts of faster service, more gigs, etc.)
I finally asked him why on earth I would get a new service when they couldn’t get the service I was already paying for to be reliable?
He had no answer for that one, and I finally told him I would think about it, but would not commit now. We hung up. Within seconds, the internet was down again.
Is it me or are they doing that on purpose to make me sign up for the new service? And why would they do that if it truly costs the same?
More photos from last weekend – I did warn you I had lots to sort through!
This is the view out our bedroom window – looking down on the deck, up at the lighthouse, and over toward town.
This is the view from the lighthouse hill – I tried to get a panoramic view, but did not do a super job – use your imagination to stitch it together…
Scrap everything I said I was going to do… well, lots of it, anyway.
Instead, my list reads like this:
Spend two hours dealing with internet and Hughes net
Some yard work
Spend hours stuck at home while plumber tries to sort out why hot water heater is cycling on and off (this after they took two weeks to get the part they said it needed when it went out and wouldn’t restart two weeks and one day ago)
Meanwhile, a few before and after photos to show I really have done some work!
Pool area before
Pool area after (This is as much grass as I can cut – earning two blisters, one per thumb)
Strawberries after (can you see the net?) Small job, very important, if we want berries)