SoCS: pro-

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with pro.” Find a word that starts with “pro” and use it any way you like in your post. Enjoy!

I guess I’ll talk about protection. First of all we are going to have to make sure we have protection for the extreme weather events that are coming our way more and more.

I live in Canada. Everyone knows Canada has snow! Ask anyone anywhere in the world and they probably think of snow when you mention Canada. But we don’t have much now. I can see grass poking through.

Fall was very warm then right before Christmas we were blasted by a storm that lasted for days along the lake. Couple of weeks later it totally melted. Last Thursday it was 15C! (59F!) In February! While its very enjoyable it sure won’t help the ponds and creeks that were already dried up in the fall from lack of rain. Melting snow should replenish them in the spring.

Thursday night we had a freezing rain thunderstorm and it was fierce! I was in the bathtub when there was a surge of wind and ice pellets pounding the window then the power flickered. Its just long enough to think “oh NO!” then it comes back. It did it a few times during the night. I am nice and cozy with a wood stove in my living room but I let it go out at night and depend on an electric blanket in my bedroom at the end of the hall: 3 walls to the outside. That woodstove protects me when there are power outages.

However, the storm did something to my satellite modem and its fried. It kept trying to re-boot over and over. I figured it might be ice on the dish so I suited up, got my chimney sweeping brush and tried to knock it off. The eves were so icy and it was so windy, the brush kept flying back and forth (they are very flexible) and even right off the roof at times. I could see it was doing nothing and even I found it comical. (As you know, I sure can entertain myself)

It was the same so I got on chat to Shaw. I answered the same thing 3X about unplugging it. Get the 16 number SIN off the back which is so tiny. You know how it goes. They finally concluded my modem is fried and storms aren’t covered by warranty. I can buy one for $300 or rent one for for $12.99 a month. They gave me a phone number to order one. I am furious.

My phone didn’t work: no dial tone (don’t tell me to use my cell because I won’t). Sometimes it doesn’t go back in its cradle and needs recharging. Charged it and still no dial tone so my mind goes off to it must have been blasted by the storm.

You know what its like to go down a broken device rabbit hole and I had 2 yesterday. It dominated my whole afternoon.

Lying in bed last night, reviewing the day, I had the thought I must have knocked the wire loose vacuuming. Got up (2:00 a.m.) and re-plugged. Phone works! That’s how long it took me to figure that out. That’s how long it took the synapses to put it all together.

How do you protect your brain from aging? I do puzzles, exercise . . . all the things they say to protect your brain but its inevitable! We (seniors) have to laugh at ourselves! My hallway is too long to remember what I was going for!

I was going to talk about protecting your heart but I ranted on about yesterday in the broken device rabbit hole too long. I hope I at least provided you with some entertainment! Because of what I did yesterday, I still have to scrape the ice off my car. That’s my job for today. I wish it could get some sun on it, its next to big cedar trees but is supposed to warm up to 4C (39F) so hopefully it won’t be too hard.

I don’t know if I’m going to spend any time on the phone, with an 888 number on a Saturday, ordering a new modem. When I do: I am going to insist they provide me with a new one at no cost!!!

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