This is me sitting on the porch (yeah, the title of this post is…..nonsensical) with bad internet, watching a page take 15 minutes to load.
To the left of my laptop are some of the sunflowers that were knocked down along with the corn. I took it as an excuse to cut them and I brought some of them inside. I love sunflowers in a vase over the kitchen sink. That is summer, perfected. Even if it is the result of a terrible storm. (Otherwise, I was behaving and leaving the seedheads to mature for the birds.)
If you live in the country, or have ever lived in the country, you know that rural high-speed internet is often an empty dream. DSL is, finally, creeping ever closer, and I remain ever hopeful, but it is not to our farm yet. And on days during and sometimes following heavy storms, satellite is slow if accessible at all.
I have been operating Chickens in the Road, a photo-intensive site, on intermittent high-speed and often on dial-up for the past year and a half. You can pat me on the head now.
In other words, I’m saying uploading one photo for this post (and slightly whining) was the best I could do with my internet connection this weekend, so please forgive me this short post. I did can 12 quarts and 2 pints of green beans, and 9 1/2 pints of salsa this weekend, though! (Taking my accomplishments where I can.)
P.S. The storm this weekend also tossed a tree down across the road in front of our farm, tearing out a section of fence. Luckily, Jack and the sheep were too busy eating the top off the tree to make a break for it before the fence was repaired.
P.P.S. I’ll let you know if the corn recovers!
(Do you live in the country? Is satellite your only option? Does the universe tease you with this-close DSL, too? Feel free to commiserate with me.)