Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I ran into computer problems a few days ago and have been off line since then. My mouse stopped working and just as I was investigating the reason why, I noticed that Tyke had chewed through the cable of my keyboard, which was very frustrating to say the least, because it was carnival and all the stores were closed and would be for a while, so I could not buy a new one. I called the Exfactor to see if he had an extra mouse and keyboard. He did not, but he promised to try and solve my problem as quickly as possible. He couldn't do anything until today, when Media Mart opened up and he could buy a new mouse and a new keyboard and deliver them to me. It turned out that the portal into which the mouse was plugged was defective and now the mouse is plugged into one of the portals in the front of the PC. I taped the cable of the mouse into place so it won't be a temptation for Tyke to play with. The keyboard works great and I like it better than my old keyboard, so I'm moving up in the world. We've tied the cable of the keyboard to the desk so it won't be a temptation either. At least, I'm naive enough to think it. If I ever am off line for any period of time again, you'll know it is because Tyke chewed through a cable.

The first day I was without my PC, I was rather frustrated and went through withdrawal. I thought it was one of the worst things that could happen, but at the same time I realized that that was exaggerating the importance of it and that I shouldn't let it get to me that much. So, I tried to do other things to take up my time, which I was not very good at, at first.

After that it got easier and I realized that I got more relaxed from not sitting behind the computer and that my mood improved and that I was more even tempered when I was not sitting behind the computer at all hours of the day and night. That was an important observation and one I must not ignore. It seems that the computer causes me stress and I have to keep an eye on how much time I actually spend behind it and how much is actually necessary.

On those days that I couldn't sit behind the computer, I contemplated my own navel a lot and did household chores. I also watched the Winter Olympics on TV. All of these things were quiet activities that didn't cause me a lot of stress, not even the chores did, because I just took my time. I had nothing else to do, after all. I spent a lot of time in peace and quiet not doing anything very important, but hanging out with Tyke and lying on the sofa with a cat on top of me. It seems to have done me a lot of good, because my mood has vastly improved and I aim to keep it that way.

Since my mood has improved so much that even I notice the difference, I want to limit the time I spend behind the computer, tempting though it is to keep lingering here. For my own sake, I must turn it off on time and walk away from it and shut if off and keep it off until a long enough time has passed before I go back to it. I must spend time in quiet contemplation, because it's good for me. I do need to be free of stimuli and distractions. I never realized that as much as I do now.

Tyke is naughty at least once a day. Once a day he gets into something that I have overlooked as a potential naughtiness for him to get into. Everything in the apartment is getting moved up or put away. I thought things were safe on the dining table, but he's even managed to get on top of it when a chair was left pulled out. Other than that, he's his most adorable self almost all the time and a most kissable and hugable little bundle of joy.

Have a lovely day!



Lane said...

I'm glad your lack of internet wasn't too traumatic. Sounds like you coped really well. I had no access earlier this week and it made me quite itchy. We're so used to just looking up anything and everything - a recipe here, a book there.

Hope Tyke stays away from the cables!

Maggie May said...

Oh I would have been so put out!
Anyway, glad that the keyboard & mouse have been replaced. I was wondering what happened to you......... but then I haven't been on line much either because of visitors.

Nuts in May

Babaloo said...

We've come to depend on the internet so much, haven't we?! Glad you're back online, though.

As for Tyke, it seems you've got a lot of training still to do! He seems to be testing you, maybe. Just to see how far he can go. So you'll need to make clear what he's allowed to do and what is completely off limits. Like the dining table. Good luck with that! ;-)

Breakfast in California said...

Glad to hear from you. I sent you an email but it bounced back, what's your address now? We're watching the Olympics too, but taped, so we can zip through the commercials, which are about half the show.

Dogs, children, always into something, eh?

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Nora. Sounds like everything's taped down now! Hopefully it will deter him but I'm sure there are plenty of other cables he'll turn to in consolation! I don't know how long dogs take to grow out of the chewing everything phase.

But it is important that you felt better without the computer. I can say that was definitely not the case for me. When I was without a connection for a week my mood suffered. Are you going to set a time limit for yourself?

Bearfriend xx

Debi said...

I'm glad you are back online! But, balance in everything, eh? Although I'm an outgoing person, I need regular time alone, in nature. It keeps me balanced.

Back when Ansel was a few months old, he chewed on my vacuum cleaner cord, severing it. Unfortunately, my housecleaning hiatus was short-lived: my brother repaired it and the vacuum cleaner worked good as new. :p

Gail said...

Every thing does happen for a reason.

Maureen said...

Oh that little rascal! When Sheba was a kitten, she LOVED to chew on cords! None of my other pets did... ah, well, I hope he learns soon what is acceptable.

I have been stuck to the televison watching the Olympics since Friday evening... luckily Vancouver is only two hours later than here, so it is great to watch live!

laurie said...

your tyke stories are making me laugh! of course he chewed through the cable---he's going to rile up your life the way riley riled up mine. you might have to change his name. riley iI.

and i understand the internet addiction. i have it, too. fighting it. but it's hard.