Category Archives: Electronics

World of Technology

It’s hard to believe that a little black box called modem can stop communication in this world but it did in my world. I’m back though and hope to entertain and possibly educate about how we live on the farm.

The modem went bad and apparently it happens everyday and all it took was one visit from our wonderful TDS employee to get me back to posting. For over two months I would be in the middle of a post and like magic it would all disappear. It was most aggravating but I promise I did not rant, rave or cry! I did not throw the machine out the windows (too expensive to replace). I called the kids!! My son was afraid my computer might be dying or the modem might be bad. My daughter bought over her modem and we tried that and like magic it worked BUT it had quit working at her house. She took the cord from my modem and her black box and went back to her house to experiment. My modem was dead and her cord was dead.

I reported what was happening to our local phone service (TDS) and they made a service appointment for the next day. My daughter did the same thing but I think she had a really bad experience with her service rep and . . . . Well let’s just say it wasn’t pretty and she got a service appointment for that afternoon. We are both back online!!!

Thank you to my technician, thank you to my kids for trying to help this old brain and her electronics and thank you to my blogging friends for waiting for me to return!!

Here’s a rose for your day from my garden:

Appliance Break Down and Covid

As if Covid-19 isn’t bad enough, imagine if you will, being without a washer for almost two months!!!

My Maytag washer broke on February 7th making a super loud noise like a jack-hammer!! It was a year old old in November and thankfully we bought a three year extended warranty when we bought it from Lowe’s in 2019. I’ve not had a moments problem with it until February of this year.

Maytag washer purchased in November 2019.

It took three days of calling, pushing buttons, talking to the wrong people, getting disconnected and much frustration from the service center before I finally found the right person that setup an appointment eight days later. On that day we had a our first heavy snow and the repairman lived two hours away when he called me at 3:00 in the afternoon and their hours are 8-5. We postponed that appointment for a week later and dirty laundry is building up. Now, I could have used my daughter or son’s machines at any time but I hate doing that sitting alone in their home waiting for the one load to finish. The morning of the appointment I get a call from the repairman who has been sick overnight and would like to reschedule again for a couple days. I say okay because I really don’t want a sick person I do not know coming in my home so we reschedule for the following week. I wait another week and hear NOTHING!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m patient but this is getting ridiculous so I call the service center again and after 2 1/2 hours finally get to a representative, explain what has happened and she locates a note that my repairman is still sick! An hour later he calls and has been diagnosed with Covid and can’t get to me for another two weeks. NO THANK YOU!! I call the service center again and they make me another appointment in five days with a repair service. I take a load of clothes to my daughters two days and stay in the house all day and no calls and no repairman. I call the service center again and they can’t find an appointment in their system. NO I didn’t scream, I didn’t throw the phone, I didn’t feel my blood pressure raising!!! I laughed out loud for several seconds and the service center reps asked if I was alright and she kept saying I’m so SORRY!!! I told her it was okay but if I didn’t get the machine repaired very soon my husband was going to load it up, take it back to the Lowe’s store we purchased it from and dump it in front of their door and explain to every one that was in the parking lot and store why he was doing it!!! WE DIDN’T DO THAT! She made us another appointment on March 8th between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Here we go again!! On the 8th the new repairman called and he was in Lexington (2 hours away) and he would be here to repair that day! He asked a bunch of questions about the issue and like all the rest I could not make them understand how loud this problem was. This guy was sure I had detergent build up!!! (I laughed). He asked me to put a cup of white vinegar in the machine and run a quick cycle and call him back in 15 minutes and let him know if I see any suds and bubbles at anytime during the cycle. I did it and called him back and luck be with me while we are on the phone the jack hammer begins and I held the phone to the machine for him to hear. He is shocked and I am laughing!!! He tells me to turn it off ASAP!! He needs to call the manufacturer and will call me back in 15 minutes! NOT!!! Two hours later he calls and tells me what the issue is and he has order the parts needed and they will be shipped to our home in 3-4 days and he makes an appointment for the 18th. No shipment arrives, no calls from the repairman, no show on the 18th. I called the service center and the automated message tells me my parts have been backordered and my appointment will be made after the parts are delivered. My husband called the Lowe’s store we purchased the washer from, informed them of part of the history and told them we would NEVER buy another appliance from them again. He then went to Home Depot and bought a new Samsung washer. When he came home we drug the Maytag to our front porch for when or if the repairman and parts ever arrive (he’s giving them 2 months), hauled in the new machine and set it up!!! I’m now caught up on ALL the laundry that built up since the 7th of February!!

YES, I AM HAPPY BUT SANITY HAS NOT RECOVERED FULLY AS OF TODAY!!

The Gift That Guilts Me

Do you ever get caught up in something that you just can’t seem to stay away from and then it seems to take up all your “free” moments???
My hubby got me an Android tablet in 2013 for my birthday and I’m absolutely addicted to it.

Android Nextbook 2013

Android Nextbook 2013

So much so that I’ve neglected my blog and my quilting and my HUSBAND.  We watch TV together at night but now I read while he watches TV.  Android is the name of my “kindle” and I add new books to it every week while my “paper” books are gathering dust on the shelves upstairs.

Easy to charge and quick.

Easy to charge and quick.

There's over two hundred  books on it currently.

There’s over two hundred books on it currently.

Thanks hubby for my wonderful gift and I’ll try very hard not to neglect and ignore you from this moment on.  I’ll also devote more time to my blog and my quilting before I forget how!!!

Technologically inept

I love the fact that my family is willing to “help” me stay in the modern world as much as I want to go back in time.  I love gadgets but “jiminy” it takes me forever to learn how to use those gadgets.  I probably own every “books for dummies” printed and just ordered a new one to learn how to get the most of the Android tablet that hubby got me for my birthday.  I wanted one to put books on for reading but this thing is loaded with “gadget widgets” and I don’t have a clue!!!

Took me an hour to figure  what to do after I got it to come on.

Took me an hour to figure what to do after I got it to come on.

Android tablet charging

Android tablet charging

I love using these mechanical wonders and learning new things but man they can fry your brain if you let them.  I’m very blessed to have very intelligent children that help as much as they can to get the instructions to register and stick in my brain!

ANYWAY, I downloaded my first book which is the one that our book club is reading, The Atlantis Gene, and believe it or not I did it correctly.  I’m waiting for the Android Tablet for Dummies to arrive to learn more but now I’m reading and don’t have to worry about losing my spot because it bookmarks when I’m done.  Isn’t that grand!!!

Now, another little gadget I received for Christmas is a MP3 player to use when I’m walking on my treadmill or out-of-doors.  Do you think I’ve loaded the first bit of music on it?  NOT!!  It scares me to death and I’m waiting on my granddaughter to show me how (she has/had one and knows the way)!  I’m sure I’ll love it when she shows me what to do but the instruction book is like reading a legal document and I’d rather be shown how to do than try to follow those instructions.  This old dog can only take in so much at one time!!!