Blogger was very flaky early this morning, and then our power was cut at 8:00 a.m. I wasn't able to post anything, even though I got up early to try. Walt did manage to post a topic, but he said it took many tries and a lot of time.
Our electricity was off from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We had planned a cold lunch — shrimps and salads — so we didn't have to go hungry. It was quite good, actually, and we sat out on the terrace to enjoy the sunlight and warm weather. It felt like an end-of-September day — warm, dry, and breezy.
When the power came back on this afternoon, our DSL modem worked for just three or four minutes and then quit. I was afraid it might have been zapped by some kind of power surge. We were already feeling acute Internet withdrawal, and we started getting snappy with each other when we thought we might have a big problem.
I unplugged the modem from the phone line and the power so it could rest for a few minutes. Then I hooked it back up and turned it back on, and — miracle of miracles — everything started working again. Then we were all sweetness and light.
I don't think we could live without the Internet. Or without the DSL connection. Sometimes we talk about selling this house and moving even farther out into the French countryside. Two things make me doubt that will ever happen: we wouldn't want to live in an area that doesn't produce wine (and there are plenty of areas in France that don't) and we wouldn't be able to live in an area where DSL was not available.
I guess we'll stay put for a while.