It’s been a very quiet couple of days here at The Havens, electronically speaking. Yesterday, I managed to get my post up shortly before the place went dead in terms of phone and internet.
Now, I was having a slight bit of trouble posting yesterday morning, but it didn’t really surprise me as we were in the middle of a huge thunderstorm at the time. Generally, when it is storming hard, the internet connection is dicey. For a long time I have suspected my internet provider of shutting down the server system when there are lightning storms nearby. It’s pretty frustrating to not be able to look at the radar on line to see what’s up, or whether there’s a tornado heading our way. Usually if it is that bad, we also cannot look at live television because the storms interfere with the satellite service.
I didn’t realize the phones were also out until a client who was late for her appointment told me she tried to call me to let me know she was on her way and couldn’t get past the busy signal. Then it turned out that the internet was down all over the place, any merchant who used our server as a link couldn’t accept credit cards, phones were dead all over the place, etc. etc.
Early this afternoon the phones came back to life, and about an hour ago the internet reappeared. I checked the local news, and no word was out about what had happened. I guess with all the stuff going on in Libya, a little glitch in our regional system was no big deal. They did have pictures of the huge hail that fell everywhere during the morning’s storms, though. You’d think that our server would send out an email to let us know what had happened, but so far — no.
Anyway, I risked tick infestation taking the dog for a walk at Bennett Spring today, making sure to take my duct tape along with me. Well, it was a darned good thing I did, that’s all I can say. Anyway, we aren’t going out there again until after the first hard freeze.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday morning while I was walking Ruby, after the storms had passed through our area.
I like the way the clouds almost look like the shadows of the trees in those images.
There was a nice puddle to reflect the sky as well.
A couple of mushrooms from this morning’s foray into tick territory.
The top one I have no idea what is, but I was attracted to its translucence and fragility. The bottom one is a scarlet chantrelle, all of an inch tall.
The labyrinth at dawn yesterday was just lovely.
The surprise lilies are just on the way out, but there are still some lovelies out there.
Mallory was sleeping so peacefully this afternoon, occupying my lap for a while.