I have come to the conclusion that modern technology and farmer's wives do not go together. I have an ordinary lap top, a mobile phone, a recently bought new landline which is so complicated and needs help from BT (Caller display for example) and repeated phone calls have not yet resulted in successful completion of this,and last but not least this week a Canon MP510Printer.
Last weekend I got a piece of paper stuck in my printer. It made a horrible screeching noise and told me I had error 5110. Having gently pulled out the paper and leaving a bit behind, it was obvious that 5110 meant something along the lines of 'you stupid woman, you have got a bit of paper stuck in the works'.
I asked my cleaner yesterday - she is the most sensible and practical woman I know - to have a look at it and she tried and failed. This afternoon I had got to the stage of looking on line for a new printer as I really can't manage without it at the moment. A few minutes ago the farmer was passing on his way upstairs for his shower and he said was I sure I couldn't get into the printer's innards. I thought 'well I can get in as far as the cartridges so I will try getting that far and see if I can see the paper'. Lo and behold the paper was there and easily pulled out (gently I might add). The farmer went on his way happily, content that he had really solved the problem. I am relieved and must now pluck up the courage to ring the computer engineer and tell him he needn't call round.
Why, at the slightest difficulty with anything mechanical, do I go into panic mode? Can anyone explain it to me and what can I do about it?