Storms, Dogs, and Visiting

Today there was a massive storm!  Rain fell so fast and so hard it was white outside the window!  Thunder rumbled overhead and the lightning was so intense it took out the modem!  There was a super-loud “SNAP!” and all the dogs that were in the living room were fighting to get into my lap.  Big ol’ Willie Fu tried to get in my lap, but he just couldn’t get all of him in my lap while Wicket was positive the world was ending and the only way it was going to be stopped was if he was in Mommy’s arms.  Bucky, the newer pup, was content to be under the wheelchair.  Chewie, on the other hand, pressed himself against me so hard after he found me – his eyes are bad now – I made sure to power off the chair because if the controller was bumped and the chair moved at all, he would have been hurt.

I managed to get everyone soothed a little by going into the living room and sitting in my normal spot with my feet propped up.  Willie reluctantly got on the couch and Wicket was pressed up against my left leg and foot.  Chewie decided he was OK and lay between the TV and me – not so far he couldn’t find me quickly, but not so far away either.  Bucky, this time, pressed himself up against the right wheel of the chair but put his head on his paws.  However, after the next big rolling rumble of thunder, we had to move into the kitchen where the little dogs got under the table with my feet, while the two bigger ones grabbed a side press themselves up against the wheels as hard as they could.

It wasn’t until the storm was over, except for a little more rain, I was finally able to leave the kitchen and go back into the living room where the sound came from and all the dogs.  It took only a few seconds to locate the source of the loud snap.  The modem was in death rows of blinking lights, sequences varied.  It was also humming faintly.

Willie watched the blinking lights intently.  If I was close to that thing that scared him, he was going to have my back.  When I moved back away from to see if I could zero in on where it was plugged up.  I was on my way to unplugging power from the back of the modem when The Husband came in from having to go to the store.  As you can probably imagine, there was !MUCH! rejoicing!

Luckily, there weren’t any other electronics harmed, and I was able to get hold of a real person at TDS to get a new modem sent.  I asked if someone from the company could just bring one and set it up for me, but the customer service rep said, “I understand ma’am, but this is the procedure.  Your new modem should be in within the next 5-7(?) business days.”  So, I’ll just expect in within the next ten days.

In other, non-storm-and-dog-modem-related adventures, The Husband and I went to my sister’s in Clay County!  We ate good food.  Had good company.  We laughed and talked.  It was rejuvenation to my very Soul!

About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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