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Windstorm killed my debit machine

Windstorm – A Day in the life of a Yarn Store Owner


windstorm GarbageWow, I would never have believed it but the windstorm this past week wreaked havoc on my debit/credit machine.  Yes it was a brutal day.  We had wind and snow and driving was like a slalom course because it was also garbage and recycle day.  The wind blew the garbage and recycle all over the roads.

As I was driving my high-schooler to school I was told that “gee wouldn’t it be great if the power went out at school”.  I knew as soon as the words were out of her mouth that my kid had jinxed me.

The day started well, if windy.  No problem at the shop.  I enjoyed watching the snow rage across the windows.  Lunch time is always fun as I see the kids from the high schools.  They always seem to be having fun.  I am always amazed at the few brave (crazy) souls who despite minus 40 Celsius temperatures (not this week) will still be out in their shorts.  Anyway, this past week I saw five of them walking into the wind and snow towards school after their lunch.  They were having a heck of a time moving forward but they were laughing so hard that it made me laugh.  Nice to see them enjoy themselves.

Sounds nice right.  Well that is when things went south.  At 2:00 p.m. the power went out for about 2 seconds before coming back on but the internet went down.  Uh-oh.  Not good.  That means that my debit machine won’t work.  Well we managed to work our way through the next couple of hours until 4:07 p.m. when the power went out and stayed out.  Now we have no internet, no debit machine, no lights and no phone.  Zowie.

By this time the windstorm was really raging and people were not out in the streets.  It was quite the Spring storm.  The power did come on at 5:20 p.m.

The next day all seemed well with the world but it seems that the fun had not ended for me.

The power must have gone out during the night because when I got in to the shop the temperature was 10 degrees Celsius.  A bit chilly you might say.  But that was just the beginning.  The power outage had caused serious damage to my debit machine.  I tried everything I could do with no luck.  The power was back up and the internet was working but no life in this darn machine.  I had to call for service and have a new device brought out to my shop.  The service tech was great and got out to me very quickly and after about an hour of stress I was up and operational.

The life of a yarn store owner is loads of fun.  How can you not love being surrounded by colours and textures of such magnificence and on top of that I get to meet some pretty darn incredible people but it does also have some craziness to it.  But I would not change it for anything.


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