Today was my birthday and it was a wonderful day.

On Wednesday last week my hard drive crashed and that same day our county-wide wireless ISP kind of went crazy. Without a computer, everything pretty much stopped for us these past seven days. I’ve read 15 Readers Digests from the 1960’s and learned about Nikita Khrushchev, the wonders of stereo and new noiseless air conditioners, how wrong socks may threaten your child’s foot health, preparing party spamwich loaf — lovely to look at and luscious to eat, and how that new Freudian psychology is going to destroy America. I also turned the compost pile eight times this week.

But today Nathaniel installed the new hard drive and the internet seems to be working. If you’ve sent me an email I may not have received it and book orders will be a few days late. I received two bunches of roses, one high-tech pair of tweezers, a fancy hiking backpack (they gave up on getting me to ski and are now working on hiking), a gift certificate to my favorite store — J.Jill, lots of candy and lotions, a special meal of chicken Florentine soup in a bread bowl, spinach salad, and chocolate cookies. And Johannah and Adam surprised me with a visit. I am happy.