There is one nice thing about living in the boonies, 45-50 miles from the largest town. It’s quiet, for the most part, when the neighbors’ dogs aren’t going crazy, that is. We have a super quiet neighbor on the other side, so it is balanced out somewhat.
Another thing that is great is all the shade from the huge trees in our yard…until a few weeks ago, that is.
Let me go back to March of this year. Our cell phone/internet bill was getting outrageous every month and way out of our budget. The company we have cell phone service with charges an arm and a leg for internet service, so we decided to try satellite internet. For months our bill with the first company broke our bank. So the huge difference in our bill for the internet has been awesome since about…three weeks ago.
Now we realize why the satellite dish worked out so well until now. About six months before we had it installed, the huge trees in our backyard had been pruned way back to just stubby branches and no leaves at all. So the dish had a clear line of sight from the roof.
It has been about a year since that pruning. You can see where this is going, right? Those branches are grown back a lot now and full of big green leaves! Over the last few weeks our internet service has been slowly dwindling down, getting slower and slower until two days ago….now it is nothing, nada, zip!!!!!
Today a service man came to fix it. He tried moving the dish to a fence post for a better line of sight. Still nothing! So now we have no internet service at home until we can get the dish moved to a different location.
So I am in town since I had to come here anyway this afternoon, and this will be my last post until it is fixed or I come back to town, whichever comes first.
Isn’t it amazing how much some of us use the internet to communicate and find information of all kinds? Sometimes I wonder if this is a good thing any more. It is for our family, because of how REMOTE we live. And frankly, I will hate to have to move to a town once my husband retires from the fish hatchery we live at. But hey, we can’t have everything.
So in light of all of this, stay cool over the next few days or week or however long it is until I can get back here. To my blogging friends who I’ve been enjoying e-mailing and Facebooking with (you know who you are), take care. I will miss you!
Posted on August 22, 2014, in Art Talk. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
Reading this after the fact and knowing that you are now up and running again Patsy, I’m so glad to have you back , yay! I’ve been away from blogging since Friday (a three day holiday weekend here) so catching up..again!!! Story of my life, ha! I hadn’t realised you lived quite so far out, wow! The furthest we lived out in the boonies was about 10 miles from the nearest town. It was pre-internet days but we didn’t even have cable tv. My friend used to video tape cartoons and family shows for us so that we had something to watch other than just the local channels and our same old Disney videos over and over again! Ah, those were the days 😉
I’m glad to be back. You sure are taking a lot of trips this summer! Good for you!! I have always felt behind on stuff my whole life. It’s good to have you back as well, Sherri!
I remember watching tapes of stuff people loaned us! We used to tape stuff off the t.v. also. But when we got our DVD/Video tape player about 10 years ago, we could never figure out how to tape anything off the satellite t.v. But we get so many channels, with the DVR there’s no reason too.
Thanks Patsy! We didn’t actually go away, it was just a long weekend with hubby off work yesterday. We had a family birthday and then just chilled. I try not to go on the laptop with hubby home so he doesn’t think I’m ignoring him 😉 I remember that with not being able to tape off satellite. Things seems easier now with the DVR as you say…thankfully 🙂
Wow! You really do live in the boonies. I live 10 miles away from the nearest grocery store, but have one small town market, which has very high prices and insincere new owners from a foreign land (India). WE have a gas station 2 miles away and another small market in the next town we like.
You are fortunate to be so close to somewhere to get essentials! But I know those smaller stores in remote areas do have high prices!
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