On Monday, my Internet went down. I wanted to make plane reservations. Nope. I wanted to make car rental reservations. Nope. I wanted to look up an e-mail from a cousin that had a phone number on it that I needed to call. Nope. I love the convenience of the Internet, but I sure hate the glitches. Turned out, that was just the beginning of my Monday. Next, the wind came up, and my retractable awning did not wind itself back in. I went through the manual, again, and called the service number, again. The very nice service person took me through all the steps and then said, “Do you have a hair dryer?”

“Well, why don’t we see if you have power at your plug in.”

No power. No motor. I checked the breakers, none were tripped. I’d wasted a good portion of the day by now. So, I went to the kitchen and fixed a dish with chicken, water chestnuts, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage. I planned to sprinkle on a little ginger and then add some soy sauce. The top came off the ginger jar and a third of the brand new bottle’s contents fell into the dish. I had no idea ginger could be so hot.

A few hours later, I had a call in to both an electrician and my techy person, so I thought I might as well watch the news in the mean time. No TV. I wasn’t boiling – yet. I called the cable company, and after her deciding I needed a new modem, the person on the other end of the line told me to go “on-line” and find the nearest store location. Then I boiled.

My daughter figured out the short end to this long story, the GFI plug in the garage had been tripped when I unplugged a battery charger that morning. I pushed the little re-set button and instantly had TV, Internet, a retractable awning, and frozen pizza for dinner.

Monday’s ought to be illegal.IMG_2139


About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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