If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.
~ Lao Tzu
We’ve had some crazy weather here in the Bogs the last couple of days.
On Wednesday afternoon I decided to make a big pot of minestrone soup. I was on a mission to clean out some of the veggies in the fridge, and soup is always a good way to purge without waste.
It was not really a soup kind of day. It was quite warm and humid, but the weather folks were predicting storms and a cold front so I figured the soup would come in handy when the temperature dropped back into the 40’s and snow flurries had once again popped back into the forecast.
I was in the kitchen, chopping vegetables and pouring them into the soup pot when there was, simultaneously, an incredibly bright flash of light, a loud boom, a booming CRACK that made my ears ring, all followed by the scent of ozone in the air. The house shook and for a nanosecond, I thought lightning had somehow landed in the kitchen.
I gotta tell ya, I am so glad my heart is strong and working properly. Otherwise, I would have died of fright right then and there. As it was, I shook for a while afterwards.
I walked around the house, looking to see if anything was on fire. The odor of ozone was strongest in the kitchen, near the front door (which is near the kitchen), and in the basement. I did not find any smoke or flames, thank goodness.
What I did eventually discover was that the lightning must have traveled in via the cable, fried the cable modem, burned up the router, and tried to kill my computer. So much for all those widgets we use that are supposed to prevent a surge.
The good news is that I’m alive, the house didn’t burn down, and the computer is being fixed. The hard drive appears to be intact and the power supply works, but it needs a new motherboard.
I had to buy a new cable modem and router, and I’m using an old laptop which has a few photos from last summer still sitting in the archives. Normally I would have deleted them once the photos had been uploaded to my PC. I don’t know why I didn’t delete these. It’s good I didn’t as it gives me a few images to use until my computer comes home. I could upload some new ones to the laptop, but it doesn’t seem worth the bother right now.
What you would see if I did upload new photos are images of how things are beginning to green up around here. The grass is an almost brilliant shade of green. The willows are starting to leaf out. Daffodils are blooming like crazy, but the poor things were trampled by the heavy rains and their little heads are all resting on the ground right now. I’m hoping they will perk up again soon.
Well, that’s my story for today. If lightning had to strike, at least the timing wasn’t all bad. I managed to get quite a lot accomplished during my short period of no-computer, no-internet time. I want to thank the folks at Time Warner Cable for being so incredibly helpful. I know. That’s something you don’t often hear. But I figure if I’m willing to complain when they’re not helpful, I should be willing to acknowledge it when they are.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope all is well in your world.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂