After fighting long and hard against entering the computerised world, I embraced it and now wonder how I ever managed without it. The same goes for entry into blogland, where I now count my almost daily 'chats' to blog friends as an essential part of my life.
But as soon as I leave my comfort zone I realise how very little I really know about computers.
This morning an expected e mail arrived from B.B., giving the venue, time and menu for a meal we are having with a group of friends in a fortnight. Luckily I immediately wrote down the menu on a piece of paper so that the farmer could scrutinise it at lunch time and tell me his choices. Then I clicked on 'move to folder', opened a new folder and intended to save both the e mail and the menu into that folder. Instead it disappeared into thin air, never to be seen again. I have searched everywhere but there is no sign of any of it. We have chosen our meals, now I have to find another method of getting those choices to the chap organising the get together. (I don't have his e mail address without the e mail).
Similarly, the hub on my broadband has been playing naughty tricks for several weeks. Some mornings the broadband light is not its usual blue and I can't get onto broadband. On the advice of my daughter-in-law (after I had waited an hour in the middle of the day in a queue) I rang this morning at eight o'clock to request a new hub.
I got through immediately and the very pleasant lady listened to my request.. Sadly, I found her accent very hard to decipher and equally sadly she found my deafness hard to cope with. Between us we bumbled through and got there in the end - a new hub will arrive on Monday or Tuesday. At the end of our conversation she said, "Thank you so much for your patience with me". And I could only reply "and thank you for your patience with my deafness too."
I am pretty sure that this meant that both of us started off today feeling good about ourselves. Politness and a pleasant attitude costs nothing.
Oh would that all the present problems in the world could be solved so easily.