Friday, 23 January 2009

Back in the saddle again.... yeeha!

After an enforced bout of blogging celibacy due to a poorly 'pooter' I am now able to pick up the reins again and try and catch up with the blogging community..
Isn't is both amazing and alarming at how our life lines are seemingly cut.. when we are suddenly without our technical links to the outside world....
On the evening that the lights went out on my beloved laptop.... my little world ceased to exist..
All that I had taken for granted ... emails to friends, family and customers were no longer possible nor were other forms of communication as all my contacts and addresses were carried off on a stretcher with my laptop to the Applemac surgery down the road..
I frequently found myself wandering in to our study and standing absentmindedly in the middle of the room wondering why I was there in the first place.. It was a natural instinctive habit to gravitate towards that room where once upon a time my daily habits of surfing and browsing had taken place...
What was a girl to do sans her laptop....??? Quelle horreur!!
Well... this girl (read middle aged woman) took it in her stride and began to pick up the threads of a life that once existed before computers took over large swathes of my time..
I started to bake more, read more.. finally finishing Revolutionary Road... just in time for the film's release next week...
I couldn't continue my card production despite a few orders rolling in .. as all my graphics and artwork were also carted off on that fateful day..
So I got out the glue, buttons and beads, charms and an old Victorian Valentine card and I made two box frames.. one a Valentine commission and one for my shop page at Not on the High Street...
I cleaned the house in places that I had not discovered before..
I ventured out in to the garden to survey the neglect of several months.. only to retreat in haste when I realised it would probably take a bulldozer to fix the jungle element that has crept in..
I phoned people I had not spoken to for an age..
I took photos of the beautiful trees in our neighbourhood..Wintry landscapes ...and the creatures that inhabit them..at our local NT estate.. Dyrham Park..
I started a daily dose of exercise... contorting myself in to unreasonable shapes in a vain attempt at toning up for the summer...
So.. the moral of this story is... life ain't so bad without my box of techy wizadry....but I sure am glad to have it back again and guess what I did yesterday.... a little bit of blogging and a lot of surfing!!!!

Oh it's good to be back... I have missed you all!

37 comments:

Hen said...

Hello Michele,
Good to have you back again. Love the photos of the deer and the Valentines box is beautiful. You've obviously made good use of your time.
Hen x

Simone said...

It's lovely to have you back Cowboy!!! It is amazing what you can achieve when you get back to 'real life' isn't it? The computer has become so much a part of my life now that I would feel 'lost' without it though. I love your nature photographs. They would make lovely Christmas cards!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Michele

I wondered where you'd got to!! Glad you're back fully restored to techy health!!

Sue x

Bobo Bun said...

Glad you're back on the horse again. Sounds like you've had a great time without the pooter actually. Ours went Booom recently and I felt a wee bit lost. Amazing how much of our lives are on here now.
Mrs Bun

. said...

It's good to have you back. I came here sometimes to see if there was some news.
The pictures are amazing, Thank you.

Alfazema

Gingham and Flowers said...

Glad to have you back again. Gosh I don't know what I would do without my computer. I'm spending way too much time on it lately, obsessively trying to promote my etsy and folksy shops. Even Simon commented last night about was I ever going to drag myself away from it. Love what you have been creating while you've been away from the computer. The valentine frame is beautiful. Love the frosty images too.

Rubyred said...

Hello Michele.
So pleased to have you back again,you've been missed!I've been spending way to much at the computer.I swear time speeds up when you're on it!You've been a very busy girl,love the valentine frame,so romantic!I havent ventured into my garden for days except to put the bin out!
Rachel x

Sal said...

Yes, there's a lot to be said about life before the computer age!
Nice to see you back ;-)

carolyn said...

Oh I know just what you mean, I always feel quite lost without the internet, it is the internet not just the computer. If I can't get internet I feel like i've lost my right hand. But then I get so much more done without it, although I have to say resorting to the yellow pages to find things is horrible!
Welcome back me dear.

Country Cottage Chic said...

I'm glad you're back amongst us, but it is amazing how much you can get done without the distraction of a computer isn't it?
I love the new frame - beautiful!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Sounds like you had a nice holiday from the computer, but welcome back! xo, suzy

Shabby Chick said...

Welcome back! I hate it when our PC goes down, we were without it for a month once and it was horrible. Your pictures are beautiful.

Mel xxx

Vanessa said...

I think I could do with someone taking my Computer from me for a week or two!

Glad your back

Vanessa x

LiLi M. said...

Glad to have you back again too! The computer has become my window to the world. I think it's so good that you have spent your extra time time wise; making phone calls and reading! The best is making your Valentines box of course, it's beautiful!

Have a nice weekend!

April said...

Glad you're back with us!

April xx

Michael House said...

I often think of all I could be doing were I not on here! If I am away, without my PC, I do not really miss it, but, if I do nto have it when here because it has broken down, I miss it like anything!

Rosie said...

We have missed you! Gald you are back. What exactly did we do without this box of technical wizardry - or mobile phones for that matter?
Love the valentines frame, very pretty.
Rosie x

funkymonkey said...

Glad to see you back. Love the new frame, especially the buttons.

Tracey.

Ragged Roses said...

Lovely to have you back with us Mrs C - I've missed you ... hope your phone bill hasn;t suffered too much as a result of our phone calls!!! Gorgeous frame and those photos are beautiful, obviously you're getting on famously with the new camera. Any chance of a custard cream ...? (not just any old kind, mind you ...)
Mx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Welcome back! It sounds as though you've had a great time sans pooter! I love the photos of the deer at Dyrham Park, I am very fond of deer. Happy surfing and blog browsing! D

The Whispering Poppies said...

Lovely to have you back once again, Michele!

Whenever my computer is down, during that time I feel as though I'm on vacation! lol

Your Valentine treasure box is LOVELY! And your photos are just beautiful. Have a lovely weekend!

Kitschen Pink said...

So good to have you back in the world of pootering! LOVE that valentine box - lovely lovely shade of pink! t.xx

Redwoodhouse said...

Hi Michelle so nice to see you back, your pictures are beautiful love the Dyrham Park ones I didn't realise it was NT it isn't far from us we must pay a visit...
love the Valentines Frame..
Jan

Josie-Mary said...

Good to have you back.... I really miss not having the internet. Love the photo's of the deers... how cute :) x

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh it's lovely to have you back...your pictures are wonderful...I love the second one of the trees...

jane and the happy crow said...

Yeeah your back have miseed your company the last few weeks every time I clicked on you in the hope a new post would be up but you were still wandering in your winter wonderland. Did you manage to rescue your mac or did you need a new one? I dont know what I would do if my little Apple died I really should back stuff up just in case. Glad your back Jane xxx

thevintagemagpie said...

Welcome back Michele! The joys of not having a computer... ahhh I must refresh my memory on that one sometime soon.. xx

fiftiesgirl said...

Love the valentines box, lovely photos too! x

Josie-Mary said...

Hello, I've given you an award :)

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Enjoyed reading your post!
Isn`t amazing how we are so dependent on things that our ancestors managed not to have...
... luckily for them, these things weren`t invented then!
Love,
Debbie Moss

They take over our lifes, don`t they?

Sew Recycled said...

YEEEEHHAAA!
Welcome back. It looks like to me that you have rather enjoyed your little break!

I can't get over those trees, it looks like a film negative. (You remember, before digital!!!)

Dont get sucked back too much!
Emx

Greentwinsmummy said...

Oh lol!! i thought you were just being uber strong with less computer time lol lol!!
you photos of the trees are stunning,the deer lovely as well.

I have a computer free day I find that keeps some balance,I never sit here for long either,the smalls see to that lol! My longest time on the computer is normally at 5am when everyone else is asleep & I have some peace lol!
GTM x x x

homemade said...

HI
I really love the sky against the rooftops, very beautiful.

Libby Buttons said...

So happy I have found you again! I just love this blog.
smiles
LiBBy BuTTons
aka
DarLy

OhSoVintage said...

I wondered where you'd gone! My computer goes on first thing in the morning and is turned off last thing at night. It is amazing how reliant (and addicted) we become to using it. Love the Valentine's box.
Ruth x

Pretty Practicals said...

Hi Michele, It's nice to have you back again! But isn't it a wonderful rediscovery, when sans pooter, of all those things we did before our little electrical boxes took over our lives.
Hope you and yours are well, chat soon, Liz

Joanna said...

Glad you are back we have had a poorly laptop too, its horrible, but we are back too even if its from amoung the dust and late night building work