The Christmas Miracle

I’m so very happy to say that two days before Christmas high speed internet came to the Best household. As Cammie might say, “A real Christmas miracle through and through.”

Lines were being run late in the fall and everyone in our little Nova Scotia community were anxiously awaiting the day when they were ready to start installing it into people’s houses. Seriously, I used to think this day would never come.

Many people don’t realize that high speed internet just isn’t a thing for a lot of people in rural areas—still, even now, in 2021. They assume that everyone has it and that’s just not the case. I can’t tell you how many opportunities I’ve had to miss out on, or how difficult it’s been for me as a writer to do research. Or the time, my internet screwed up and I ended up spamming my editor by sending out the same manuscript to her no less that seventeen times. Good thing I figured out that something wasn’t right and disconnected! Yup, I kid you not–seventeen times! 

But no more. All that has changed because of the Christmas miracle of 2020 and it’s as if a light has suddenly been lit and I can see what’s going on in the rest of the world. 

For now that’s my news, and for me, it’s pretty big. I’m hoping to be able to give some updates soon about my upcoming books for 2021. But right now I must head out, I have a date with Google. 😉

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  1. I am so happy for you! It is funny how we take things for granted. Enjoy your miracle. xo

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    • Thanks, Darlene. This is really all new to me and will take a bit of getting used to. You’re right, we go take things for granted.

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  2. Fun to change things up – and glad you’re finally connected. Still can’t believe you did all that publishing without reliable internet!

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    • I wanted to do a winter theme but then decided I wanted something with colour right now. I suppose we do what we have to with limited resources. So strange now to jump on and look something up as I’m writing. 🙂

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  3. A working Internet certainly makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? I have fiber ops at Dad’s, but home I have an antenna – which used to be almost as good but something broke in their equipment and they aren’t replacing it! They moved us to another connection and it’s not nearly as good. Better than dial-up though. I’m waiting for something faster and more reliable to come along again.
    SO GLAD you can tune in, find what you want quickly and stay on. It’s great. Happy New Year, Laura.

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    • Thanks, Lynn! So good to hear from you. I have been wondering how you’ve been making out with you dad.

      It’s also fiber op here and we have way too many tv channels, even though it is the smallest package. But that is something I can control by simply shutting it off.

      I hope 2021 is good to you and your family/ Happy New Year!

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  4. Congratulations, Laura. I well recall the day I went from dial-up to high speed a few years ago. We are on the main drag in a rural area, so we got it ahead of side roads. Enjoy!

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    • Thanks, Diane. Feels as though things will be a bit easier now. There were times when I had serious doubts that this would ever arrive. We’re in kind a unique area geographically, where three counties meet and so it feels as though we are so often forgotten. Not this time, though. 🙂

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  5. Laura, look at what WordPress sent me today: “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
    You registered on WordPress.com 11 years ago.”
    Do you know what this means? I met you 11 years ago, plus a couple of months! 11 years! You are the one who inspired me to try WP.
    In answer to your question regarding my dad, we are still caring for him – It will be 10 full years in April. I just don’t understand how time can go by so quickly.
    ((hugs to you))

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    • Happy blogversary, Lynn! I well remember the day we met and am pleased to be able to call you a friend. You’ve been so very supportive over the years and, once again, I thank you for that.

      I didn’t realize you’d been caring for your dad that many years. Time does have a way of creeping up on us. Take care.

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