Friday, September 21, 2012

Front Porch Shivers!


We need courage to throw away old garments which have had their day
and no longer fit the requirements of the new generations.
                    Fridtjof Nansen
  
  
I am out on the front porch again trying to keep my stable internet signal. This is proving to be extremely difficult lately and I must admit I am getting extremely frustrated. I am wrapped in a blanket with fleece socks and shivering, I can actually see my breath. I was even thinking I could go for one of those Tim Horton’s coffees from that signal stealing Fancy Truck Stop just to get their free WiFi and warm up.

 Lately I have noticed that my signal is getting weaker and weaker so I have finally had it, I will not pay for this service any longer. After many hours spent sitting on that cold (really cold) front porch trying to log on and stay on, I have phoned another service provider and hope to have a new server with satellite access installed later today. I am assured by the man on the other end of the phone that it will be fast and reliable. He said I will be pleased with the speed. I was afraid to tell him I would be pleased if I even got a signal any kind of speed at this point would be incredible. The best news it is much cheaper (Who knew?).


 The thing that finally pushed me over the edge was while trying to read all the amazing posts on  Thursday Rural Blog Hop hosted by Nancy and Lisa, I kept getting kicked off. I have always looked forward to checking out what other talented people have to say and share about rural affairs (not the political kind). There is many a great idea shared during this Blog Hop. I must admit I have copied many a recipe, learned a new trick in decorating, crafting, gardening, new farm things and most importantly met new people with these great ideas. I was really missing that.

Yesterday I logged on to my computer and tried and tried again to see what others were sharing and I could not stay on. I bundled myself up in the blanket and hauled my computer out to that old front porch. I logged on and was reading blogs and looking at incredible photos people had to share then I lost my signal again. I hauled my computer back inside and took off the blanket. I made a cup of coffee and sat at my kitchen table, and tried to warm my frozen toes. I stared out my big back window across the very green blowing in the wind grass, watching the sun come up with the light bouncing off the tractor, and the what is left of our cows and I realized this is where I need to sit and dream. I will not have to go out on that front porch anymore after this morning unless I really want to. I am getting very excited. I do hope it is everything I have been promised; only time will tell.


I am sharing some random photos of my trip last week and look forward to this reliable (I am told) new high speed service, the warmth of the sun with back yard views and actually reading a whole post before it fades off into the unknown. Thank you for being patient with me I look forward to getting reacquainted with all my old friends.

I do hope Mr.Coffee in Hand Man does not think my sudden move was because of him.

Later

28 comments:

  1. I hope it is a fantastic speed! I know it can be very frustrating to keep getting kicked off. That happens to me sometimes too - or the page won't load at all. Sigh.

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  2. Tomorrow we shall see what happens. To have faster service and a lower price is GOOD!

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  3. Good reliable internet service is hard to find! I can't believe you couldn't get a signal inside your house. That is insane! We had problems with one provider where we could only use so much bandwidth in a day. Don't go over that limit or you'll bit without service for a good 2 days before you can get back on. Our new service is through our phone company. It to has it's problems with going on. We have to go and push the button and turn it off and then turn it back on again several times a day but there is no limit to how much time I can spend online.

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  4. B -- I can so relate to your frustration.

    Come the first of the year, my internet access will not be unlimited so I'm not sure what I will do regarding the blog hops. I can't afford Verizon's prices. NOT FAIR!

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  5. I live very remotely, deep in this canyon, and I got satellite service three years ago. That's when I started blogging. My computer is old, so the speed is not all that great. But I have not had one single problem with the satellite. It has worked through the terrible wind storms we get here and through all other kinds of weather. I just wanted to let you know, there's hope out there. Good luck with it!

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  6. don't you know mr. coffee traveler will think you're a 'fair-weather friend'. :) i do hope the satellite works wonderfully!

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  7. Hope the new service works out for you...winters a comin and that porch is not going to be a friendly place.

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  8. Oh I do hope this new provider works as well as promised!

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  9. i just want to read your wonderful entries b, we need to stay connected!!

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  10. ** weird comment above **
    Hope your new internet is all the sales rep said it would be, nothing worse than losing your signal in the middle of a good read!

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  11. Shirley I deleted weird comment. Debbie it was not yours:)

    Oh my gosh I have actually listened to pod casts and you tube videos I am going to like this new set up. Yeah. B

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  12. Hope it works fantastic- I'm still hanging on to dsl with the phone company.

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  13. It must be so annoying to keep getting kicked of the internet.
    I really hope your new provider is as good as they say.

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  14. That state of affairs would drive me crazy. I hope the new service is all they say it will be. I guess we will soon find out.

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  15. someone somewhere has probably done a study on the time we waste waiting for pages to load. but it's best that i don't know. ;)

    i just love your top photo! excellent detail of old signage on brick! just wonderful!

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  16. I hope you got your new high-speed service! Just happened upon your lovely blog, and am now following...so nice to "meet" you!
    Best,
    Anne

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  17. Trust all is going well & that you can retain your connection my dear friend....love M xxxx

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  18. I hope you get the service you want! We have high speed and it is amazing!! and yes, getting kicked off is so frustrating...I hear what you are saying. hope everything works out!!
    happy weekend.

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  19. Gosh, now that I know how much trouble you have had just to leave a comment, I feel truly honored!

    Love the shot of Lithographers stenciled onto the old brick. My uncle has a printing business and primarily did lithography, which is now, sadly, no longer a desired method of imprint. So he has seen his business dwindle to practically nothing.

    Hoping with you that your new service is reliable and that you can do your blogging in the comfort of your home!

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  20. Living in the deep depths of Cornwall I can relate to you. As great as it is living near the moors I constantly find myself with my arm in the air trying for a better signal - some strange looks from the cattle and ponies!
    Here's hoping for a faster service for you. Mr M.

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  21. Buttons, I am sorry about your signal problems, but now I am just jealous about your porch adventure.... hmmm blanket, fleece, socks, cool weather...

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  22. I hope your computer woes are over! How frustrating :( Our Internet and cable TV were out for hours yesterday after a big thunderstorm...it was so odd not being able to connect...good to be back with the world!

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  23. Oh my...I thought the signal from the front porch was free!..We pay $45 a month for dsl..little bit better than medium speed. If it were not for selling e-bay I don't think I would pay it anymore. I would just wait until I went to town and then catch up...they just keep going up.

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  24. I hope you get your good Internet soon! I love the shot of the wigs...so much fun!

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  25. I guess as I get caught up on reading posts I will soon learn if your new internet is better. I sure hope it is!

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  26. You'll love the higher speed for sure!

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