Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Home Again- Finally

As a long trip ends the thoughts of finally getting home take on a special quality. Some call it home sickness, some call it reconnecting, others just bask in the fond memories that it brings. Then you walk in the door and find all of the things that have gone wrong while you were gone, face a mountain of laundry that needs doing, bags that need unpacking, souvenirs that need a home. All of a sudden getting Home Again loses it luster.

After unloading i started plugging in everything that had been unplugged while we were away. That is when i realized that a few ‘electro gremlins’ had been hiding among our bags as hitchhikers and now were running wild.

First they convinced the  Sirius Radio that it could nothome6 remember it’s presets, then it didn’t want to reset the presets, finally it got so confused that it just turned off and that was that.       HO-Hum. Amazingly after a good nights sleep it sort of works (fm principal).

Next attacked was the weather station computer. If you noticed home 4 the weather bug on our blog has been blank for a number of days. Apparently we lost power during our trip and the computer that keeps the records and sends out the readings to the internet decided that it didn’t want to reboot. As i manually rebooted it the electro gremlins hypnotized it and made it think it was a pomegranate so it couldn’t find the weather station or the software for it. A few re-boots and all was well again.

The final and most devastating elector gremlin attack was on my trusty netbook.Suddenly it was not able to connect to the rest of the network. After two days of trying to find the missing connection i found a server app was not running. A simple check mark in the right place and all was well in Tron Ville.

Well i thought all was well. Tuesday morning Beatrice came upstairs and was not a happy camper. Apparently, in a state of exhaustion, the night before she had scooped up any cloths that looked like they needed washing and threw them in . including the pants i had been wearing that day, and in the one pocket she didn’t check was………….

Have i ever told you what an un-important person i am????? I can leave my cell phone on, in my pants pocket, for days on end and not get a call. And if i do get one it usually is a wrong number……

OK so yohome 3u guessed what was in the pants pocket. If you ever want to strain your eyes and maximize your frustration all at the same time try disassembling a cell phone, and then put it back together. Drying the circuit board was easy but the LCD display was another story. A trip to the Verizon store in town held the answer, which is pictured to the left.

NO NO!!!!! The answer is NOT throw the phone away and carry a bag of instant rice!!!!!! I mean really, who would answer the wrong number calls?????? Truth is that buried in that instant rice is my cell phone which is having all of the moisture sucked out of it. Well i hope it is.

BUT there is good news. The slight frost we had did not kill our eggplants (there is one with your name on it Possum, along with a genuine NH Rock), or peppers, or carrots.

Home 2 home 1 Somehow we have lost track of where the potatoes went. I’m sure we will find them this weekend as we start clearing the garden and wild flower meadow.



Country Gal said...

Holly Molly what an electronic feasco you had. Glad all has worked out now. Hope ya find your taters lol . have a good evening.

Daisy said...

Oh my goodness! When it rains, it pours, I guess, with your electronic gizmos. Hope you can get your phone dried out enough that it will work again. Even with all that going on, I bet you're still glad to be home. I know I would be anyway.

Mama-Bug said...

Glad you and Beatrice are back home safe and sound. Those little gremlins sure like to play mean little tricks!!! How fun you got your snow after all!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Circuit board? LCD? I think if I knew what those were I would worry more..about everything!
I'm sorry about your cell phone, but it sounds as though you are well on your way back to normalcy.

I guess we are getting to old to be gone from home for that long. And we don't even have a garden to worry about, just a lot of potted plants. We had just one tiny apple on our new tree and one of those "Possum" stole it. I am convinced of it! I ALWAYS know where my potatoes are. In the store in the cold storage drawer in the fridge. :)
Home is so nice, isn't it?
Take care.

Montanagirl said...

Glad you made it home safely. There's nothing like electronics going keep life interesting!

Anvilcloud said...

I hope all of the appliances don't revolt due to the time change this weekend.

possum said...

Welcome Home!
Our worst return home was a house full of starved fleas! YIKES!
Had to spend the night in a motel while we flea bombed the house!

Frustrating as electronics are, at least they don't bite!

Hope to see you soon! (when your clothes are clean!;-D!

Sandra said...

oh my, this is quite a story. I have those same gremlins that visit for no reason, i did NOT unplug did NOT do anything at all and they visit me. OH NO on the phone, let us know if the rice works. i once did not check the pockets of my husbands black pants and he had a white paper towel in the pants and since all the clothes in the washer were black, they all had a gazillion white flecks on them that took months to get rid of.

Anonymous said...

Those gremlins are the worst kind! Nothing helps and the only thing is to wait and hope they'll get tired and find someone else to terrorise :-)

Rice is perfect to make things dry! I always put some in spices I don't use especially often, they never get hard to get out of the container they're in!

Have a great day and I hope those gremlins are gone now!

Country Mouse Studio said...

I've never heard of putting it into a bag of rice but makes sense. I don't envy you all that work :O(

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Welcome home..........and too bad about the phone! blessings,Kathleen

Diana said...

I enjoyed reading about your trip. I 'm sorry to hear about the electrical gremlins! love the use of the rice! great idea.. have a great weekend. Diana

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