I thought I lost my 'net! I was here, then I closed out to do something else (remember, it's an old 'puter, so the fewer things I have going at once the better), and when I tried to come back it was gone!
I tried to stay calm. I really did. I looked at all the lights. The ones that were supposed to be blinking were blinking, the ones that were supposed to be on steadily were doing that, too. Even the lights that never light up were reassuringly dark. Yet no 'net. I re-booted the 'puter. No 'net. At this point, I felt my bottom lip pooch out in the unmistakable first indication of a pout. Tears welled up in my eyes, and my breath started hitching. I reached for the phone to call Mr. Barefoot, but refrained, knowing he would just tell me that it would have to wait until he got home from work.
I couldn't wait until he got home! There was no way I would survive for long without my beloved 'net, my only link to the outside world. I actually had to interact with my Sprouts (oh, the horror)!!!
Just as I was about to dissolve into a hopeless puddle of tears, I remembered the old trick of shutting down the whole 'puter, unplugging it for a few seconds, and then turning it all back on.
It worked!!!! Of course, it took FOREVER for the stupid thing to shut all the way down and reboot, but it worked. I now can sit and stare at my pretty lights all I want.
Of course, spell check still doesn't work, but I am willing to take what I can get. :)