Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ugh....Yuk.....Crap......Geeezzzz

Yep.  That's how I've been feeling these past couple of weeks.  Winter.  Is there anywhere the temp is always 75, no cooler, no warmer, all 4 seasons?  That would probably be "Heaven", right?  And we're not there yet!

Anywho, trying....trying....to do things.  Baked 4 loaves of wheat bread yesterday; got 2 loaves of Italian bread rising; will make a good dinner tonight.  We've had chili 3 nights this past week.  Although Sunday I made chicken wings....with pizza (store bought) and cheese and crackers.  Tuesday it was leftover wings, shrimp cocktail, cheese/crackers/pepperoni.  Fill in the other nights with.....chili.

This weekend there will be cooking.....son and grandbunny are coming to visit.  I like to send him home with cooked food.

Saturday morning our cable went out.  All stations.  BH says "call the cable company".  I say "it's Saturday.  They're not open; it'll just be a recorded message.  Ok. I'll try".   Well......lo and behold......after the initial "office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm"  it said  "if this is an emergency, leave your name and number.  An afterhours tech will contact you shortly".

Well....hell Yeah! it's an emergency!!  It's "Super Bowl" weekend!  So I left the pertinent information.  Sure enough, 15 minutes later the tech calls.  He will be out our way in an hour.   By 2 pm, all was right with the world..we have cable; our Sunday is saved!

Monday, 6 am.....no cable.  Nada.  Zilch.  Zero.  Call again.  They will send a tech.  I should tell you now....the problem is not with us, but with the main junction box at the fork in the road, about 1/4 mile from us.  Just so ya don't think...we're  being careless.....with our cable line.

Not so good.  No cable all day or night.  No cable Tuesday morning.  Called again at 8:15 am.   "What's going on with cable?" I ask the guy who answered the phone.  "Why? Is it out?" (jerk!)  "Yes! Since yesterday.....all day!...."   "I'll let the tech know and they'll get to it".  Jerk.

So, by late that afternoon, we had cable.  The tech stopped by to tell us about cable lines freezing, shrinking, breaking....yada, yada, yada.  Thank you!

Wednesday morning.....no cable. Aaarrrggghhh!!!  Is this some kind of "Dish" conspiracy??!!  Ahh, but this time the tech stops over and tells us the city snow plow hit the junction box!!  He'll have it fixed shortly.  And he did.  God bless you.  Then....in the afternoon....there were 3 short glitches when the cable went out.  Came back on within seconds.  Cable tech stops over again.....asks if we're ok (cable-wise)......because......the city snow plow....hit......you guessed it!......the junction box......again.

And this is our life in a small town.

Now I don't want you thinking that we are total couch potatoes....with 417 cable channels. No. No. No.  It's a small, rinky-dink, only-one-in-town cable company.  And we elected some years ago to go for the "Basic" cable package (read: cheap).  We get 11...yes...11 stations.  Because we're in the "boonies", an antenna will not do.  However, last year, son with bunny hooked us up with ROKU.  If you don't know it, you should look it up.  Anyway, we get our Netflix streamed to the tv through ROKU.  You need an internet connection.  We have internet through......you guessed it again!.....the cable company.  No cable.  No internet.  No ROKU.  No tv.  Period.

And now, a totally different topic.  Here are some pics.  The first is the vest recently completed -- completely!  Knitted of the copper/navy/red/brown.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.



This picture shows the true color of the yarn.  It is more brown than orange-y.  The buttons were bought years ago, I think in a big tin with a million others, from an auction.  They're gold metal with a stamped design on the top.



This is the same vest pattern on the needles.  It's wine colored with grey heather tones.  You can see the cables more noticeably. 

And as soon as I learn how to use my new camera...and fix the color of photos.....or get good closeups that aren't all smeared......there're more pics I'd like to post.

Stay warm.....stay cozy!





6 comments:

Tonyia said...

Of all the things that go out due to things beyond our control. And ALWAYS when you NEED them! One year we lost our land line telephone service. On Christmas weekend. Turns out squirrels had nested in the phone box a mile down the road. That was the final straw for the land line - we went all cell phone.

LOVE the vest!

Linda said...

Lol, Tonyia!That's what I say when it happens - "the squirrels must've fallen out of the exercise wheel again". Thanks for the comment about the vest.

Sandie Knapp said...

Oh my, you did have a difficult time with your cable, now didn't you. I would go nuts if I couldn't get anything, all the time. LOL I'm not a total couch potato, but I do a lot of my knitting in front of the TV. And luckily, my Internet is through the phone company, while the TV is through the satellite dish. So when the satellite is blocked, and occasionally that does happen, I can still get my Netflix. That is, as long as we have electricity. :)

I love, love, love seeing photos of your work. So glad you got the camera, so now you can show off your lovely garments. The vest is gorgeous. I love the colors, I love the style. I hope it fits perfectly too! Congratulations!

Linda said...

Thank you, Sandie, for the very nice comments. I can't wait to get the wine colored one done, love knitting it. Hope you are safe and warm during this snow storm. At least it'll be a cozy weekend indoors with lots of knitting. Have a great one!

Judy said...

Beautiful work. Sounds like they need a new plow truck driver! I can do without the tv but need the internet. Hope he doesn't hit the box again!

Linda said...

Thank you, Judy. LOL! the plow driver....or was he the "plowed" driver??!! Yeah, if we get the forecasted snowstorm some time today, I'm sure we'll be in for the same fun! Have a great warm, safe weekend.