The Guard

It’s been a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I utilized my mask for the second time so I could sleep through dawn. I was still up early by my current standards and Twinkle was making sure I stayed that way. She was at my door, yodeling.

The Computer Owner called me this morning to let me know her computer wouldn’t connect to the Internet (she wasn’t aware there’s probably a password/security code on her router) and now it won’t even come on. I think she and that machine have a toxic relationship. Could it be it isn’t plugged in properly and the battery has run down? She’s to the point of giving up on having a computer at all. She said she uses it very little and it shouldn’t be worn out already. I told her that might be part of the problem. A computer is built to be used.

It’s been so nice being able to flush the commodes. The gurgling and swishing are music to my ears.

This afternoon, I made the pilgrimage to feed the critters. The male sugar baby hadn’t eaten all of his treats. Maybe he’s depressed. There are two females in the cage next to him but there’s no way for him to get to them. He’s a bloodthirsty bugger so I guess it’s just as well.

Five Catz showed up both yesterday and today. I was beginning to think the population was thinning but I haven’t forgotten how to count. After I gave them their food, I sat down on the steps in the sunshine. They were all busily eating until one left the food and stationed itself on the sidewalk.


Soon, the ears perked up and there was a low growl. S/he was staring at something so I followed the gaze and there it was—the neighbor cat. It was slinking along. It had the nerve to walk a short distance up the sidewalk. There was hissing and growling and all five Catz disappeared.

I gave the mostly white cat a menacing look and it slunk around the building next to the deck. There was more hissing and growling coming from under the floor. It circled back around and tried another approach. I got up and started walking toward it. It fled. I went back and sat down on the step again. One of the Catz was on the deck. It had a suspicious look on its face. I said, “It’s all right.” I could have sworn it understood because it relaxed, went over to the food and started eating. It wasn’t long until all the Catz were back at it.

Several more times, the mostly white cat circled around and I continued to guard the Catz until they were satisfied. It was only then that I came back to the house. My work was done. I don’t know that I’ll do that every time. The Catz need to realize they outnumber the Neighborhood Bully and quit being so timid. Of course, the NB might be a street-fighter and they aren’t known to fight fair.

When I got back inside, Twinkle led me to the kitchen and let me know SHE wanted food, too. I fed her. I fed me. We’re good.

Slowly but surely, I’m getting the lessons done. There are so many little nit-picky things I have to take care of this time that it’s not going as smoothly as usual.

I’ve checked my email off and on, hoping to hear from my sister. The last I’d heard from her was that the fellow was there setting her desktop up and that was yesterday. Late this evening, I got a very brief message from her. I’m special. It was the first message she’d sent from her “new toy”. She’s back to using her old email address so she’ll be blessed with spam. She said our other sister is having computer trouble—again. Maybe it’s dying.

Genese finally played on each of the boards today. Two whole words. That was more than 12 hours ago. We aren’t going to set any speed records.

6 Responses to The Guard

  1. Denise April 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    I have prayed and tinkered with this internet problem for nearly 2 hours. I looked at information that made about as much sense as Chinese to me. One statement I read did make some sense to me so this is what I tried. I unplugged the Net Gear and plugged the yellow cord into the usb of my laptop and I was CONNECTED! I guess the Net Gear will become a paperweight! I also changed the electrical outlet I was using. Do I dare download the updates from Toshiba??? I am scared to TOUCH anything!!! LOL!!! Can I continue to function this way for my internet or am I in DEEP WATER??? God Bless. 🙂

    • Tommie April 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

      I’m glad you got it to working. I wondered if it might be a problem with the power (as I stated). Anyway, the updates you need will download automatically IF you leave your computer on and online. You shouldn’t need any Toshiba updates—just Windows and Microsoft Security Essentials. I still think you need a pass code for the Netgear so the computer can be wireless. Yes, you can function the way it is but you can’t be mobile. That LONG gray cord going across the living room floor when you were here is the network cable merm bought me long ago. I have it plugged into my cousin’s notebook.

  2. Lila April 18, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    My problem was that neither email nor fb would accept my password. This morning, after a night of complete rest, all is back to normal. Weird!

    • Tommie April 18, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Maybe your caps lock was on?

  3. Lila April 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Don’t think so, quite sure it was not.

    • Tommie April 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      Computers are strange people.

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