Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, 12/11/07

A relatively warm (65º) December day. There wasn't as much fog, but we still remained under a low, gray sky. Jo and I and the dogs took our walk up the road since EVERYTHING in the woods is dripping with moisture. We'd have returned soaked from a hike in the woods.

When we returned from our walk, it seemed much darker than it should have been, even accounting for our still shorting days. Rain began about five minutes after our return. That's one of the problems with these overcast skies: You can't see the rain clouds coming. We ended up receiving 1.1” inches of rain during the evening. Sunday afternoon and evening 1.5” had fallen. At least area ponds and the ground water table is benefiting from these funky winter days.

Our dial up connection to the Internet isn't enjoying the rain. Access to the Net has become very undependable. Something somewhere in the phone line is getting wet when it should stay dry. It isn't just us. Several neighbors are also complaining, but we're caught in one of those Catch-22 situations. The telephone company repair crew doesn't work when it's raining and there's no problem when it's dry.



Mary said...

I had mental pictures of the overcast sky with rain clouds hidden. And I dreamed of the feeling of wet and seeing wet. Ahhh.


Good luck with the cable company :o/

Marvin said...

Yikes, Mary! Are you sure that wasn't a drought induced hallucination? :-)

I'd send some of this wetness your direction if I only could.

Q said...

Hi Marvin,
So glad you are warm and have rain!
Ice is terrible. I see we also are to have one day of sunshine before the snow begins. I do not mind snow.
65 degrees sounds ever so heavenly.
It would be nice if we could share some weather. I would not wish ice on anyone. I think it should be removed from the weather options!
You live in a very lovely area. I love all the woods.

Lana Gramlich said...

I like the photo. :) Sympathies on the internet problems--with my satellite connection even mere clouds knock me out. <:(

Marvin said...

Sherry: According to the forecast, we're supposed to share some sunshine on Thursday, though mine will probably be warmer than yours. :-)

We're also supposed to get some rain and snow on Saturday. How they know that the rain is going to change to snow and not freezing rain is beyond me, but that's the forecast. I hope they're right. We'll see.

Stay warm.

Lana: There's always something, isn't there? Technology is grand until it doesn't work right.

Thanks for the compliment on the photo. I'm not certain exactly what that area is/was. It was there when we bought the place. I suspect it was a little seep or spring at one time, but these days it has no water during the summer. :-(

Ron said...

That's a great photo, Marvin. Thanks!

Now that our temporary phone line is buried, I'm get consistent lightning-fast 28.8 kpbps. Ha. At least it's dependable. Knock on wood. :)


Marvin said...

Ron: Ya got me beat. When everything's working right I'm usually streaking along at 24.6Kbps. The only good thing is that I've never used anything faster for my daily Net surfing. Ignorance is bliss?

The Arkansas legislature is beginning to talk about the economic benefits of making high speed Internet available in rural areas, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for legislative action.

Living in the woods is great, but it does have a few disadvantages.

Ron said...

I figure it is only a matter of time before high-speed Internet is considered a necessary utility, and subsidized in rural areas everywhere.

Until then, we'll just have to be patient. That's why we moved out to the woods (or never left), to "slow down", right? :)


lisa said...

Oh, you can get high speed internet all right, as long as you don't mind paying the benevolent folks at Wild Blue $249.00 for equipment, $79.95 for installation, and only $49.95 a month for service! about "no".

Marvin said...

Hey, Lisa, it's only money -- too much money for me. I reckon I'm stuck with my tin can and string.