(POST SCRIPT later in the day: actually got a better connection and was able to have a scratchy but successful happy birthday phone call with my mother.)
When you have a slow internet connection you can't:
use Skype to call your husband, your children or your mother on her birthday
cruise knitting blogs
look for errata on knitting mag sites
read the news online
order things from Amazon.com and look for items for the new house (fingertip towels, silk flowers, trivets and more)
download pictures to my blog
so frustrating! Let's see if this get loaded!
But I see Irie got her pincushion doll -- fabulous!