It started off typically - the weather forecast, which had been for two days of warm, sunny weather, changed almost overnight to cool, windy and rainy. I managed to get my strawberry plants planted and a few things done around the garden before it poured. Then it was off to Vermont for my list of 8 errands, then to the parents' for Mother's Day and a lovely visit with my youngest sis and her friend, Tory, not seen in years and sorely missed. I had one last chore to squeeze in - grocery shopping - and in the interest of time, decided to shop at a more upscale (expensive) store since it was on my way home. That's when the weekend took a different turn. Someone stole my cell phone.
Granted, I made it easy for them. I had slid it into my wallet and put the wallet in the cart - forgot it was there, pushed the cart in the line with the rest and toddled to my car. I got less than a half mile away, when I realized I had left it, did a U-turn, and sped back. The wallet was there. The phone was not. The person at the customer service desk said, "oooh, you were asking for it!" To which I replied (through gritted teeth), "No, it was their choice to take it - or they could have taken the wallet and phone the 15 feet to your desk and turned it in."
I went to the local Verizon store where I was told that they would love to help me, but the were closing in 15 minutes and couldn't even sell me a phone. What?
I drove home doing some breathing exercises and realized just how much I had depended on it. Not only was (is) my cell phone the only phone I have, but I had my email, bank, you-name-it on that phone. It was unhealthy and unsafe. I had the service temporarily disconnected and managed to scrounge up my wifi device and laptop. I powered them up and reported the phone stolen and temporarily discontinued my service. I ordered a refurbished phone online and will do without until it arrives. I will also seriously consider changing my carrier.
In some ways, it was fortuitous. It made me realize that I needed to slow down and pay attention. However, as a neighbor who stopped by to drop off dahlias commented, "Who are you kidding? You are hardwired to have one speed and direction - fast and forward." True. But even I can shave off a couple of errands from the too-much-in-one-day list. When I got home, I hugged the dogs, fed everyone, chilled a bottle of wine and made a list for Sunday. Hehe.
It's amazing how quiet it is with no phone. And how much extra time I had. To fill with duck watering, Nugget watering, sheep scratching, garden working. I got the violas/Johnny-Jump-ups moved out of the onion bed, got the bed prepped and planted onions. I prepped the potato bags. I weeded. I did four loads of laundry and got lots of company. I slept well last night.
There will be a dearth of photos this week - I dug up my digital camera and am charging it up. Hopefully, I will remember how to use it...