Saturday, July 23

Saturday Dose of Cute: Slow Speed Ahead

The farm is full of turtles this time of year.

So we have satellite Internet connection, and for some mysterious reason it's now downloading at just .05 mbps instead of the 'up to 1.5' mbps our special pro (read high dollar) rate says we should get. That's extremely slow. Like too slow to do pretty much anything online.

Since we were already planning to relocate the satellite dish to the new house, we're going to skip a special service call for this problem and just go ahead and move it. But that won't happen until the brand new, already broken air-conditioning system over there is back up and running, which will probably be at least another week because we're waiting on an out of stock part.

Why am I boring you with all this? In the superstitious (or crazy) hope that as soon as I publicly explain our predicament, the slow speed will miraculously fix itself, which the tech guy said was actually possible since there seems to be nothing causing it in the first place. Hey, whatever works. And it's definitely cheaper than scheduling a service call.

Maybe this will somehow get that a/c part here sooner, too.

In the meantime, want to see some more turtles?
5/12/06: Damn Turtles!

©, where the 'slow moving' is also true for all of us critters dragging around the farm in this insufferable and relentless heat and humidity. There's nothing like watching a bunch of chickens walking around the farmyard panting to make you feel even hotter than you already were. Time for popsicles all around!


  1. I saw a seagull on our beach yesterday, and even IT was panting. Miserable. Thank God we got some rain this morning. I don't know if I could have taken one more day of that heat.

  2. Pam,
    We're up to .32 mpbs! It's still a far cry from the 'possible' 1.5 we're supposed to get (though I'm not sure we ever actually have), but it's a huge improvement over .05. It seems to be working! ;)

    A seagull panting? That's just wrong. We had a big tease yesterday afternoon when it clouded up and thunder rumbled for an hour or two, but it never actually rained.

    It's doing the same thing now, and our hooves, paws, fingers, and chicken feet are all crossed that this time we'll get wet. I probably just need to go hang some more laundry on the line.

    I was pulling dry laundry off yesterday when I heard the thunder rumble, and Joe called out, "Are you sure you want to do that? I hope you have more rain bait to replace what you're taking down!" ;)

  3. Not to be a downer, but you know that a/c part will come in and the weather will cool off! Isn't that Murphy's Law or something? Maybe it's kind of the same thing as 'rain bait' which is a new term to me and I love it.

    Right now the sun is shining and it's raining (just a little bit - only enough to raise the humidity level - ugh! - not enough to do any good!) Mother Nature has a cruel sense of humor.

    Good luck with your Internet connection.



    Ohh, how I love turtles. Whenever I'm driving down the road and see one in danger while crossing (or sunning itself at the side of/in the middle of the road), I pull over and move the turtle to safety.

    Totally off-topic: Are you having any luck with tomatoes this year? I ask because my mom isn't. And none of my gardening friends are. What gives? Is it just too hot? Tomato varieties aren't tough enough? Should everyone have just grown heirloom varieties from seed? This is the 4th summer in a row of crappy tomato production in my family, and we have NO idea what to do. And quite a few people I know are having similar luck. Any advice? I sure do miss homemade pizza sauce and canned salsa in the colder months...

  5. Good picture of the turtle.

  6. I'm new to your blog and enjoy it! I just wanted to share our internet experience with you. We too are country people (live in the sticks) and have done the whole satellite internet thing. We had WildBlue for 3 years before finding Verizon Wireless. It's a little stick that plugs into your USB port, it's fast and not horribly priced ($50 a month), it's so much faster than satellite and I'm not mad at the computer any more. Good luck!

  7. So glad you are close to your move in date for your new home cant wait to see pictures when you move in. Sue.M

  8. Hi Barb,
    I love the term rain bait, too. And it worked yesterday - I had some totally dry jeans on the line, along with another load of laundry that was partly dry, plus another load in the washer, and a surprise storm blew in and gave us over an inch of rain. Woohoo!

    Oh, those light rains where they don't even wet the ground but just raise the humidity are the worst.

    Hey Miss Kitty!
    So sorry to hear about your tomato troubles. Mine are doing okay this year, but I planted them really late. The ones doing the best are the volunteer cherry tomatoes. They're going gangbusters and are full of fruit.

    One of the tricks I've learned is to plant several different varieties of tomatoes, because with our wacky weather and gardening conditions, successes and failures change from year to year. For example, the first year I grew Thai pink egg tomatoes (so pretty!), they did great. The next year all of the plants turned brown and died at the same time for no apparent reason - and none of the other varieties I'd planted that year were affected.

    I also learned some very interesting things about growing tomatoes from Cynthia Sandberg's latest Love Apple Farms newsletter (click here to read it).

    Apparently a lot of people are having trouble with their tomato plants - they put on flowers but don't set fruit, and Cynthia gives some reasons why. After reading through her list, I was surprised I even get tomatoes in my garden, LOL. Hope this helps! :)

    Menagerie Momma,
    Welcome to the farm! Thanks so much for letting me know about Verizon Wireless. It sounded great, and as soon as I read your comment I called them. Alas, the service relies on Verizon's cell phone towers, and there isn't any cell phone service out here. :(

    Hi Sue,
    Hopefully it won't be long before the new house is ready for a photo shoot - or at least parts of it are. ;) We can't wait!


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