Monday, January 24, 2011

I'm B-a-a-a-a-ck ! !

After six days without internet access, I am thrilled and delighted to return to being online and having YOU to talk to. I missed you so much. And thank you for all the condolences about Popeye, which now seems like AGES ago...
I will not go into what caused our loss of connection or what we had to resort to in order to get back online, only to say that it was probably my fault that I plugged the wrong cable into the wrong port/outlet or componet, power source or whatever. Bygones.
The day we took Popeye to the vet was the same day that we picked up the new stereo cabinet meant to hide the spaghetti of wires from our components, speakers, tv etc. Here is the box and packaging in my studio, as we unpacked it. We brought each piece into the living room and assembled it quickly. Then came the arduous task of wiring (more wires !!!) the speakers into the receiver and all that entailed ( under the house in the crawl space). Dave worked on his knees, fishing wires into tiny holes in the floor for hours. Finally we got it all hooked up...or so we thought.




Everything worked except the internet. We could get TV, dvds and Netflix online but no internet connection via the Linksys router.
I just don't want to talk about it...really. Here we have what looked like the finished project, but no. Once we realized that we had no internet, the whole cabinet was again pulled away from the wall to expose the wiring so we could try 'everything' to make it work.
Nevermind.
In the meantime, since we had to wait a few days for help to arrive, Dave busied himself with the painting of the living room part of our change from the Mexican Chalet to the new COASTAL COTTAGE look.
Not only were we without internet but the whole downstairs was up for grabs, with paint trays and ladders and stuff everywhere. I hid out in the studio and made stuff. Chumley was mollified with bones from a roast beef. Then he got a tummy ache and lost his cookies from too much of a good thing.

It was a frustrating and exhausting time. Aren't you glad you missed my whining? The end result (almost finished at this writing) is sooooo gloriously clean and fresh and I am thrilled with the new look-to-be. Curtains are next and maybe new artwork.

Also in the meantime I just moved from my nearly completely decorated girly pink and green bedroom, to the guitar studio-guestroom space upstairs next to Dave and Chumley's room, aka the Little House of Snorers.
I had this idea to help out Dave who has to take medication every two hours, day and night. Usually he sets an alarm, and then sleeps right through it to disasterous results. I hear his alarm, wake up and climb upstairs to get him to take his pills. Now I set my little timer for the two hour interval, sleepwalking a few steps to his room to pop a pill into his sleeping mouth. I barely wake up for this procedure and we are all much happier. Dave gets a full night's sleep out of the deal and my knees have stopped complaining too.
Just so you don't worry about hitting my head in bed, I remove two of those guitars to chairs across the room. It works. This new arrangement needs to be brought up to speed, so I have my work cut out for me. To be continued.

So...what did I learn from being without internet for six days?
 I found I had five more hours in every day. I realized how little interest Dave has in hearing how this knife edged pillow I just made did not meet my expectations and how a box edged version would have worked better. And both of us saved a ton of money from not shopping online all week.
Mostly I missed not being able to talk to you and read your comments. So glad to be back!!!

52 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are back. A visit to your blog is a part of my morning routine.

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  2. I'm so glad you are back again! Missed your stories, sewing talk etc.
    And you are so funny!

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  3. All is right with the world now. So glad to see you're back online.

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  4. So glad you are back. Missed the stories, comments and pictures.

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  5. Anonymous8:36 PM

    I was going thru withdrawls because I check your blog every morning. Glad you're back online!
    Joyce

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  6. We missed you bunches!

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  7. It was so strange not having your posts everyday! And....that's almost strange, isn't it? How attached we get to our online friends? I'm so glad your sister posted because I'm sure we would have all been freaking out if we didn't "see" you for a week!!!
    So glad you and the humor are back!

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  8. Susan Meindl9:05 PM

    I'm glad you are back! I felt like a friend moved away!!

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  9. I am SO glad you are back because I really, really missed you. Really! Withdrawals.

    Meds every two hours? Whoa. Is that temporary or a permanent thing (in other words, is your move upstairs to sleep temporary or permanent)?

    Hugs,
    Cathy

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  10. And boy oh boy, I'm sure glad you're back. Life is not the same when you are not here!

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  11. Glad you're back! I was having withdrawals!

    Sorry to hear about your connectivity problems. I hate it when technology doesn't work.

    By the way,I love the new color! You guys are so energetic with painting and repainting.

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  12. Glad you're back - I missed reading your blog! Ahh... the internet - it can drive you crazy but it's hard to live without. I do know I somehow find more time in a day if I stay off the computer but the siren song is loud!

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  13. Six l-o-n-g days.

    Hugs

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  14. I missed your wonderful writing, exciting colors, and pug pictures! Glad everything is connected!

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  15. So glad you are back! Try giving Chumley a Nylabone instead of a roast beef bone. My dogs love them and have never been sick from chomping on them.

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  16. Hallelujah!! Glad you're back and all is right with the world again. Love the new color and am jealous of all your stamina to paint and repaint! Yikes on the every two hours. So glad to see the Chumster again!

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  17. Yahoo! You're back!! You are a part of my morning routine, and I worried about you all! I also thought one of you might get so frustrated you strangled the other with some of those very cords!! I know how bad the melt-downs are here when the computer doesn't perform as expected!! Well done for surviving the experience! And WELCOME BACK!!

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  18. Anonymous12:51 AM

    Glad your are back and all is well and going strong. Beth

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  19. Glad to see you are back! I really enjoy your posts and congrats on the new look in the living room.

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  20. Glad you are back. I miss the daily Chumley pics. My 13 year old yorkie passed away in August. It's not a good time for me to get a new dog (need to wait till I retire), so I live vicariously through your lovely pup. What color and type of paint did you use in your living room? I want to paint my bedroom blue and that looks about right!

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  21. Well come back!
    I missed you!

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  22. Anonymous3:08 AM

    Your routine is back to 'normal' - and so is mine. Phew!
    It was very odd, and a bit unsettling, not to have your cheery colourful blog at the touch of a button.
    I'm glad all is okay now.
    Corinne x

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  23. Anonymous3:58 AM

    hurray
    missed you
    Catherine(scotland)

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  24. Glad you're back! Looks to me as though your green room needs to swap places with the guitar room!

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  25. So glad you are back. I "assumed" you were as out-of-your-mind as I would have been. You know what they say about assuming. On another note, I remember getting up every two hours to nurse my baby (now a doctor living in Malta)and wonder how I did it but at the time it was really a piece of cake. If I had to do it now????
    Glad you are back on the information ( and retail) highway.

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  26. Glad you're back! I read your blog every day, and I missed you while you were gone. Like you, I discovered how much more time in the day I have when I'm without the Internet, but I'd rather be with it (the Internet, that is) than without it! See you tomorrow.

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  27. You were so missed! I kept checking and hoping that you were back on-line!!!!

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  28. You survived my nightmare: losing Internet connectivity! Welcome back!

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  29. Whew! What could be better than having Mel back online? I can't wait to see more of the Cottage Coastal look. It's my look too, although the "Coast" is Lake Michigan. I never tire of these calming colors. They will be an excellent background for your striking artwork.

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  30. I must admit that i did really miss your posts-- seeing what you're doing and hearing about Chumley.
    welcome back.

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  31. You know... as much as I love orange, I really love your new Coastal Cottage look better! It is so fresh and airy! Glag you're back... don't even want to know all the gory wiring details (I leave the room when my hubby is doing connecting... we don't play well electronically!)

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  32. Welcome back! Isn't is about time everything was wireless? The living room looks great. Lois

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  33. Welcome back Melody!Love your new coastal decor - and glad that your knees will be happier (I can relate!). Looking forward to another QAWM! :)

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  34. Welcome back, Mel! Your commentary goes down so well with a cup of coffee every morning!

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  35. Phew! Glad you're back! Love reading your daily posts. Have a question...what brand of paint is your seaglass aqua in your bubble tub room? I searched back through your archives to Nov. 19th but couldn't find the kind of paint. LUV that color! Thanks!

    Vera (teachrs@aol.com)

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  36. I am glad you are back too. Your new sound system looks awesome, bet it is great to watch a movie.

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  37. YEA!!!! You're back :) I can relate to your "disaster" in a somewhat similar episode with Dish Network!! Don't even get me started on how it took 2 1/2 months to get Dish to resolve a "new" HD receiver they installed. We think it's finally corrected....ssshhh... don't say that too loud!!

    I love the color of your living room!! Much better than the Mexican Chalet look....IMHO :)

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  38. Now my morning ritual of my cup of tea with Melody is back to "normal" again. Thank goodness -- haha! Every morning that you were not online, I would think OMG, she must be pulling her hair out! I don't know if I could survive that long! Your house reminds me of ours -- musical rooms, and with each new arrangement, new colors and a scouring of Craig's List are in order! Home is our 3-D canvas!

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  39. So glad you're back! I love the new color, yummm. Wish I had the stamina to repaint. It's all looking great. Sorry about having to do nursing duties, but soon you should have a full night's sleep.

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  40. Glad you're back, Now my routine is back to normal as well. Checking in on the doings at your place is part of my day.
    Take care. Love the new,calmer, colors.

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  41. I'm so happy you are back. Reading your blog always inspires me to get on with my day. You always seem to get so many beautiful things done. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  42. Soooo nice to have you back. I look forward to reading your blog each morning, and I too was going through withdrawals!
    Linda

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  43. Melody,

    SO glad you're back online--I didn't realize how much I enjoyed keeping up with what you're up to!

    Cindy

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  44. "Me & my first morning coffee" really missed you. I was just about to go to the archieves and read the posts from long ago! With all the moving around and color changes you're going to feel like you just moved into a new house ....but without boxes!! hehe. Marybeth

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  45. welcome back, girl you got some catching up to do. lets see what you have been working on these last 6 days.

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  46. Love that you are back on line! Love the new color in the house! I hate the cable company. We just had trouble with the HD tv... and had to have 2 tech guys here... It's fixed and this summer we are going to get direct tv... Glad you got sewing done!

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  47. randi4:58 PM

    I missed you Melody! I love the color in the house...I may have to be a copy cat! Anyway-welcome back!

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  48. Hoooray - we missed you! It's like Roseanne Rosannadanna used to say - if it's not one thing, it's another!

    And that blue is perfect!

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  49. Glad to have you back! And I love the new living room color - very soothing. I hope all that "free" time didn't spoil you! :-)

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  50. Anonymous7:38 PM

    Well, I have to join the chorus & tell you how much I missed your daily contribution. I don't know, really, why I find your life so very interesting when mine is quite interesting in itself, complete with dog & techy husband. I just know I'm glad you're back.
    Phyllis

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  51. Cosmos8:44 PM

    I don't comment nearly often enough, but I wanted to welcome you back and let you know I missed you!

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