Friday, January 30

A Bit of News and a Pay it Forward

On Thursday night, I had finished my post (below) and tried to publish it. Blogger was not cooperating, so I kept trying. Then I realized that I was offline. I had no Internet. Mmm! This was the second time in three days and I found it a bit frustrating. I went to the phone to call tech support and lo and behold, I had no phone. The line was dead!

We hadn't had the storm that had been expected, so I saw no reason for this. I used hubby's cellphone and called Mom and asked her to call me back. Nothing! I phoned her and she told me that the call went straight to voice mail.

I then called my neighbour, Marianne, and asked her to report it to Bell Canada. I knew they would take forever because first you have to talk to Emily (recorded) and do all the things she wants you to do. You give Emily your phone number etc., and she puts you through to a tech. Emily is often uncooperative and I dislike her intensely. Once you have talked to her, you are put on hold and then have to explain everything to the representative who finally answers.

I was in no mood to go through all this and Marianne told me she would gladly do it. She did and phoned back and said they would be here between 8am and 6pm. Wow! How wonderful. (If I sound a bit provoked here, I was.)

So, back to the gist of things. Hubby took Meeko out for his walk today and Meeko collapsed. ( I will get to that in a moment.) He saw our phone line had been cut by the neighbor last night when he was using the snowblower on his driveway. (Why was he on my property and really close to my house?) The phone wire was cut right where it enters the house. ???

The phone man finally came about noon and I told him about the wire being cut. He took a look and sure enough... I had to give him the key to the basement, as we have no access from inside the house. Hubby got up to go and give him a hand.

Next thing I knew, someone was kicking and pounding on the basement door. I put on my coat and boots to go and see what was going on. Hubby (instead of coming for lock de-icer) had twisted the key and tried to force it. The key broke off inside the lock. It broke flush with the keyhole and there was no chance of pulling it out with pliers.

Now, the locksmith is on the way. This is going to cost about $50 to get the old key out of the keyhole. The phone man did get the line working but we have to call him back after the locksmith has been here, as the phone line is lying beside the foundation of the house.

The locksmith just knocked on the door and he is taking care of business. Then I have to talk to Emily again and the phone company to schedule another appointment. This is probably going to cost. Do you think I should pay the bill and forget it or ask the neighbor to pay the hefty bill?

About Meeko:

He collapsed when hubby had him out for his morning nap. I did notice that he was restless during the night and at one time he howled but I thought he was dreaming. He drank 6 cups of water during the night and I had to get up twice to give him more. That is not like Meeko. He drinks very little overnight.

So, after the collapse, hubby got him home and tried to get him to rest. Meeko spit out some white crystalized stuff. He is rather unsteady on his feet and not at all himself. He is drinking gallons but not eating a thing. I even tempted him with a tidbit of chicken and he refused it. Very unusual.

I think he's been poisoned and hubby is wondering if he found a mouse that had eaten mouse poison. So Meeko has an appointment at the vet for 3:30pm. I will let you know what happens and how he is doing.

Now for the post that I had originally written for Thursday night:

I was visiting Mama Bear at Bears in Exile, and she has posted a "Pay It Forward" Challenge. This is a great way to bless others with a surprise in their mail--using your time, energy and love.

Here are the rules as posted on her blog:
The first 3 bloggers to leave a comment on this post saying they'd like to participate, will receive a hand-made item from me.

Those 3 bloggers promise to post this challenge on their blog (meaning they too will ‘pay-it-forward’, creating a handmade gift for the first 3 bloggers that leave a comment on their blog!!)

That's a lot of hand-made love being passed around! ; )The gift can be any price range--though I'm thinking that keeping it small will be sufficient--and you have 365 days to make/ship your gift!!So, the person receiving this will be definitely surprised when a surprise shows up unexpectedly in their mailbox!

As you can see, if everyone cooperates and "pays it forward" this spreading of love could go on for a very long time.If you want to participate, just leave a comment telling me so and then repost this on your blog so that you can pay it forward to 3 others, and so on, and so on, and so on.......You can still leave a comment on what you think about this even if you don't want to participate!!I'm anxious to see who the first three will be who want to participate in this venture of spreading our love for another!

Come on one and all. Let's join in the fun and then we'll post photos of the handmade item that we receive. This will be FUN!

Enjoy your weeked. In our area, it's to warm up and I'm hoping to get out and take a few photographs of the area if I can get my camera to cooperate. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. I'm praying fro Meeko and will be waiting to hear how he is.

  2. I am so sorry about Meeko and all the other problems. You do not deserve any of this...m..

  3. Mary you sure have had a rough day! I will say a prayer for Meeko. I would also let the neighbor know what he did to the phone line and hopefully he will be kind and offer to pay.

  4. I'm real careful what I use for mice and gopher bait around here.
    I'll pray for Meeko also.

    I don't know if you have the same problem with the phone company they seem to put you on hold for every in day or when you get hold of someone they seem very unknowable about your question.

    Coffee is on

  5. Bless your heart! You do have your days don't you... I will pray for that wonderful Meeko!! I am in the pay it forward with Mama Bear. so will let three other lucky ladies sign up here........

    I will check back often to see how he is ........

  6. I do hope Meeko will be okay. You've been dealt a bad hand with all the problems you've had. I would certainly let the neighbor that you know he cut your phone line!

    I see you already have your 3 to play Pay-It-Forward. I usually don't do any of those things as I work 2 jobs, and they keep me way too busy as it is. I am trying to sneak in reading a few blogs every day, too. Sounds like a fun thing to do, though!

    ((( HUGS )))

  7. prayers are for you to hold on to strength as you handle all that is on your plate.


  8. Wow, your week sounds as delightful as mine has been! So many things to go wrong at once - what are the odds??!! Meeko's situation sounds pretty dire. My first thought was kidney problems (we lost two cats to that), but the chrystally stuff coming out of his mouth is scary. I trust he'll be okay - I know how much he means to you!

  9. What a day! Don't you just hate those recordings when you call for help. They usually say: There are currently 25 calls ahead of yours. Since I only have a cell phone, I do not want to stay on hold so hang up. I'm glad we can handle so much of that by internet now. Mine isn't connected to a phone line. Thank goodness. Honey Bear recently bought a device which allows him to use satelite or some such when he is away from home. I don't know how that works.
    I see you haven't got your 3 pay it forwards yet. People are mistaking the number of comments with people signing on.
    I thought it sounded like Meeko's problem might be kidneys, too. I hope he hasn't been poisoned.
    Mama Bear
    Your day can only get better!

  10. oh sounds like one thing after another there. hope meeko is getting better and that you get your phone line etc sorted out.

  11. I hope Meeko is feeling better. Please keep us informed. Scary!

  12. I just can't read your "Thursday" post because of Meeko!!!! As soon as I read the white crystallized sputum, I thought 'poison'!!!!

    Oh my oh my....I'm now just so upset....I sure hope he pulls through all this. Oh Mary....


  13. Goodness girl!.....I will be saying some extra prayers as I see that all hell seems to be breaking loose.
    Please let us know about your sweet dog....I do hope that it is not something serious.

    And yes, I would mention it to your neighbor. I do hope he wasn't trying to help out when he cut your line.
    That would be doubly horrible.
    Take a deep out.... :)

  14. Girl, I am so sorry.
    I know you loved Him so.

  15. Wow - what a lot of stuff to deal with in one day! All because your post wouldn't post!

  16. What a difficult day with so many challenges!!! I'm truly sorry about Meeko and everything else too ... hope the phone line and lock have been repaired, but I know your hearts will be heavy with this loss.
    Hugs and blessings,