Contrary to my first inclination - which was to call FairPoint and go ballistic - I called and tried reason. And it worked!! Of course, it probably helped that the person who answered my call was sympathetic. Yesterday I got a return call from a live person! You could have knocked me over with a feather. Not only that - are you sitting down? - "Stosh" went over the file, asked me intelligent questions, made an appointment to send someone, then asked me to keep my computer and modem on this morning so they could try from the outside in to see if they could find the trouble. He even followed through and called me this morning to make sure I had the computer/modem on! I have told six people now that I think the modem is bad. Six. Every person who would listen to me. Guess what? The modem is dead. Sigh. So they are going to overnight a new one - I should be back in business by tomorrow evening.
Last night I did not work on my tomatoes, which I am sure I will regret tonight. Instead, I went into panic mode because I had not gotten a return call or email from my friend, Sylvie, so I was SURE she was in dire need of rescue. I wonder if this happens to all single women living alone in the boonies. I jumped into my car and raced off to save her. When I was 2/3's of the way there, I realized she had probably gone to Maine. But, just to ease my fevered brain, I continued to the end to discover that, indeed, was the case. But I felt better. She knows that I will show up in an emergency. Even if there isn't one (nut). And it's a lovely drive. By the time I got home, I only had time to iron work clothes for the week.
I sometimes wonder what my dogs are thinking, as they watch me race around, talking to myself and generally carrying on. I imagine it's something like..."blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH, BLAH, SLAM! blah, dogs, blah, BLAH, Scrappy, BLAH, BLAH...CRUNCHY TREATS, blah, blah. They are very patient with me.
So, brace yourselves. I will be making up for lost picture opportunity once I am back on line. I am not a good enough photographer to be able to just toss them up there without heavy involvement with PhotoShop.
Resource: For better Photoshop results, it might be time to look for sales or promos and upgrade the computer.