Smidgen, who is in kindergarten now, came home a day ago and announced that "Troy still has talking issues."
Which cracked me up. I love the way our language changes. "To have issues" is not that old a phrase; goes back only to the 80's, I think, and was unknown before then. Now it's become this powerful and universal explanatory. I love imagining exactly how it bounces around in the kindergarten room.
I have issues, at the moment. We've had this momentary karma crash, apparently.
While my health is currently not an issue, everything else is. Our poultry, both guineas and chickens, are disappearing, at a really alarming rate. Something is eating them (the piles of feathers attest) but we can't figure what. Have to figure it out.
Our tree crops are dropping like crazy; and we can't pick them up fast enough. And- we got clobbered by the flooding rains a couple days ago; with more on the way. We only got 4 inches out of it, not the 10 some neighbors did. But when you're picking stuff up off the ground, and the ground is mud- it's not good.
The storm was what our grandparents would all have called "the equinoctial storm". Smack on the equinox, this time. They all new/believed that you can expect a major rainstorm event every year, close to the equinox. Lots of mysticism about why; but for our location, my 30+ years of watching tends to affirm their opinion. The balance of sunlight has shifted from light to dark; the weather shifts too.
Besides pounding crops into mud, we got hit by a karmic lightning bolt. Well, the surge, anyway.
For decades, it's been my rigid practice to unplug everything during lightning storms. After frying 8 (no exaggeration) answering machines, it seemed the best practice. But. This time, the DSL connection was left on; and my computer was connected.
We heard a very loud POP from the direction of the DSL, and every circuit breaker in the house tripped. The thunder roll came a couple seconds later; this wasn't a hit on the house.
Took a while to figure out what and where. After resetting all the breakers; the DSL modem; and my computer, were stone dead. The surge evidently got into the DSL line, evaded all their protections, then via ethernet wire into my computer, then into the power lines, and "poof". Lighting does anything it wants to, is the actual physical law.
I was really pretty dismayed to discover how dependent I've become on the computer and the web. It's a chunk of my life; and when it's not available, things get out of kilter. How the hell am I supposed to plan what to do when I can't look at the radar loop? Or when that urgent email conversation is disrupted?
I used to, of course. Changing back is strangely difficult, though.
Meanwhile. More rain on way. Gotta get crops in.