Saturday, May 24, 2008

Necessary Prevention

Here I sit...
and here I will remain.

Here I sit...
the beginning of my long weekend.
The weekend I SO looked forward to, because I would get to talk to my online friends, catch up on blogging, and go for photo-walks. Oh yes, I had lots and lots of photo-walks planned.

Now - here I sit...
I even repeatedly checked the weather forecasts, to ensure that I wasn't setting myself up for a letdown. Those forecasts specifically said, "a VERY slight chance of rain on Saturday...".

Here I sit...
Listening to the rain, watching my newly seeded yard flood, and attempting to calm my dogs every time it thunders (which has been often since 3 a.m.).

At 3 a.m., I was wakened by the sound of Tag and Molly slamming through the bi-fold door and into my bedroom. After their grand entrance, Tag proceeded to jump on top of the bed to be close to me, and Molly proceeded to attempt to squeeze her way under the bed. When I said I wanted to sleep in during the weekend, I was hoping for a few minutes past 3 a.m.!

(c) Misty DawnS

So, I got the dogs back where they needed to be, and I stumbled into the office to unplug the computer and peripherals. This is not a simple process. I can not simply stumble in, half-awake, and pull a plug. Nope, I've got to shut down the ancient desktop, which takes For-Ev-Er. Then I need to unplug the desktop, the monitor, the printer, the scanner, the dsl modem, the Belkin wireless router, and the fax machine. Of course, I'm need to crawl all over the room to unplug everything, after waiting forever for everything to shut down. By this time, Yeah, I'm awake.

My computer and electronics are very important to me. No, this is not just because I'm a technology addict. OK, well, maybe a little bit, but it is also because one of my jobs relies entirely on these electronics being in working order. If my computer, router, or fax machine gets fried by a power surge, not only am I out of a piece of equipment, I am also out of a job that would help pay for that piece of equipment.

(c) Misty DawnS

Yes, it seems to thunderstorm here A LOT! No, I'm not just saying that because I'm pouting right now. It's true. We aren't all that far away from Kansas, and, sometimes, I think I need to get another dog and name it Toto! If it isn't storming, it's windy. It is ALWAYS windy here!

(c) Misty DawnS

So, I think that I seriously need to do something to protect my electronics, along with the data on those electronics. I've found the perfect solution! It's a Belkin Battery Backup with Surge Protection.

I'm already a fan of Belkin products, because I love my Belkin router. So, when you add that to the fact that has a GREAT sale price for this item, I think it is definitely the perfect solution to help me rest easier... literally.

This backup system has surge protection for EIGHT outlets - four of which also have battery backup. It also has many other awesome features, which are exactly what I need. I'm thinking this great piece of equipment is a definite must-have for anyone who lives somewhere where it storms often.

(c) Misty DawnS

As my grandma always told me, "It's better to be safe, rather than sorry."


Sandy Kessler

I have one and its relieved my mind when I can't get home - a desk box on top of my desk to alleviate crawling on the floor like I used to I'd like to do some virtual - can you get me started?

Travis Cody

I saw on the news last night that there are some big time storm cells moving through Tornado Alley.

Take care and be safe!

Mom Knows Everything

Is it still storming there? I'm online waiting for you and you're not here. (insert isad emoticon) WHERE IS MY BBFF???!!!!


We have a lot of thunder and lightening storms here and torrential downpours. Our dog is almost catatonic with fear but if we decided to give her drugs for it she would have to be drugged all summer just in case we might have a storm as she senses them coming hours before we do.


yes, slight chance of storms this weekend. Right...

Hey I love those sky shots!!

I was just going to say, get a surge suppressor, plug everything into it. Unplug the suppressor when it storms. I was so tired of the whole climb under the desk and unplug this and that routine. Now I shut down the computer, and unplug one thing.


I am sorry your plans were ruined BUT you have some great photos there.


These are great storm pictures! I've never seen one of those Belkin battery surge protectors. I'd be interested in how you like if you get one!


Misty, those clouds are amazing!

Battery backup is great - as long as you plug things into the right outlets. We got a battery backup a while back, and it took us ages to figure out why it wasn't working right! Yeah, you gotta plug the CPU into the right side!

Oh, my brother loves his Belkin router too. It stopped working recently, and they gave him a brand new one. I guess Belkin has a lifetime warranty. So remember that if you ever have an issue.


Great storm photos!!! I’m sorry you’ve got such threatening weather where you are … interfering with your weekend plans. I’ve shared photos of the rainy weather in my neighborhood this morning at Small Reflections … and I’m staying indoors too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,


Shoot! I hope the weather clears up for you. I want you to enjoy your days off.


Absolutely gorgeous pictures so I guess the bad weather was good for something! I've had these thing for clouds lately but I haven't quite figured out why yet.

I've got everything on the computer downstairs on a surge protector but I tend to forget to unplug the laptop when bad weather kicks in. Duh! Hopefully I don't forget and it ever gets fried because I'd be lost without it!

Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis)

I hope you don't get any of those horrible tornadoes that are so frequent right now!! Stay safe!


Your grandma's right! Great pics of the storm clouds. Should I be looking out for a house swirling around in there? Or a witch on a bicycle?

david mcmahon

Lovely shots, Mist.


Those are amazing shots, but I must admit, I do not like storms. I get just as edgy as the animals at times. I do feel better now that I am in a brick house with a basement than how I used to feel in the mobile home. I wonder if the fear of storms has anything to do with my real name being Dorothy? I hope you are well.

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