Thursday, February 28, 2008
Close to Nowhere
February is over! Finally!
I’ve decided that I have to agree with Fred DeBardeleben, an advertising rep here at the newspaper. Mr. Fred, or Fred Dee, depending on what you want to call him, has been saying the entire month of February that February is a lousy month.
Several years ago, he became ill in February and it’s also his birthday month, so I guess that combination is just not a good one for him.
I’ve always felt like February was the longest month of the year. Mr. Fred concurs, saying it’s because February is always such a gloomy month weatherwise.
I’m not complaining about the rain mind you, but hasn’t it rained all day, every day in February? We’ll never catch up from what we’ve missed in previous years and we might need to be stockpiling in case we have a drought again this summer, but come on, a warm, sunny day every now and again is not too much to ask.
I guess for February, it is though...
Some folks have had a much rougher February than a lot of us. The tornadoes weren’t kind to our area and neighbors.
While we had no damage of any sort, we were without power off and on during the terrible stormy weather.
During bad weather, when our power goes off, my son and I both tend to turn our computers off and just leave them off until we’re sure about the electricity. Brown-outs and just plain “outs” are quite common in our neck of the woods during storms.
My computer, however, decided to break anyway, even without electrical damage. (I lost a computer to electrical damage one time, now, I’m very, very careful that it doesn’t happen again.)
The computer decided last week that it wanted to freeze constantly. The computer tech guy said, “Windows start-up issues.” He fixed it and it worked great -- for several days.
It’s back in the shop now. Same problem. I hate Windows! The next computer I buy will be a Macintosh.
It’s almost OK that my computer is in the shop though, as my satellite Internet has gone haywire. We use Wildblue, which has always been reliable, but last week, “something” happened and now we can’t get online anyway. Supposedly, that was fixed Tuesday, but the rate my luck is running...
If you’ve forgotten, or didn’t care in the first place, my sewing machine crashed and burned the first week in February. That had to be replaced.
Now, with the weather as gloomy and rainy as it’s been, my poor, old, arthritic hips are killing me.
I’m hoping they’re not the next thing to break...
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