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I have this to say about the whole episode though; not being able to get to my e-mail has been frustrating and worrisome, not being able to write a blog post has been frustrating and worrisome not being able to read your posts has been frustrating and worrisome but otherwise it has been a blessing.
I'm one of those rather bizarre characters who have managed to do without television for more than thirty years now. I don't read the newspapers nor do I listen to the radio, other than Christian music stations. But then everything changed, I got connected at home. At first it was great to be able to sit here in the comfort of my own home and write blog posts. I had very limited money and because of that the data bundle I could afford was only about 30 megs. My surfing was extremely limited, as can be imagined and blog posts were what I had the Internet connection for, not much else.
With time and changes in my financial status, this started to change. I would, for example, now buy 120meg bundles about twice a month. All this really meant was I could now publish blog posts with more pictures and look at other peoples posts from blogs I hadn't yet visited as well as those I visited regularly. This was about the time I started blogging from home, I had been using Andy's computer before that. I had a very small computer, old too, but I was so enjoying it.
A couple of months ago my son James gave me his old computer with a huge upgrade in memory, from 25 gigs to over 800. He uploaded quite a few movies and other things onto the computer and at the same time he took out a data bundle contract for me allowing me 2 gigs a month, with anything I've not used up rolling over to the next month. Now I've got stacks to play with and It's super fast too.
But, and this is a very big but, until my computer died, I was spending way too much time on the computer and not nearly enough time with the Lord. Misha wrote about taking Sundays as computer free days and how much she enjoyed them, Misha, I agree.
I've been reading quite a few books, things like "Jedder's Land" by Maureen O'Donoghue, a story about an abandoned orphan Rachel who walks 300 miles across England alone to take possession of her inheritance. A remarkable story, fiction of course, one I could not put down. Another one I read was "The Testament" by John Grisham, also a story about an inheritance but this time set in Washington and South America with a legal twist, very nice.
And then there's the garden and sorting out the house, really sorting it out not just a lick and a promise. Getting a proper vegetable garden going takes time and effort not just talk and plans. Strangely enough I've gotten a lot done over the past week.
I am so glad to have had this little down time, it sort of woke me up, you know, the frog in hot water story and how these things just sneak up on us and steal our time, without us even noticing. Much more computer down time from now on. Computers are made for blogging and e-mail, that's all.