Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Dona Nobis Pacem

Today is the annual Blogblast4Peace ( #blog4peace #blogblast4peace ), where bloggers join with social media users to post peace globes from around the world.

If you would like to participate, there is still time today. Just follow these directions from the official Blog4Peace site --
1) Make your peace graphic(globe).
2) Send your finished peace globe to or TAG Mimi Lenox on Facebook
3)  Post it anywhere online November 4.
4) Title your post Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for Grant us Peace) and your FB or Twitter post #blog4peace #blogblast4peace
5) Enter the blog hop at Blog4Peace url above.

BUDDY:  Do you think anyone would believe how close we came to not being able to post our peace globe today, or at least not until this evening?

PERCY:  Probably not but even thought it wouldn't have been Jan's fault, let's share the story anyway.  It is kind of comical and Jan is still laughing about what happened to poor Mr. Bewildered.

BUDDY:  We returned from our early morning walk yesterday to a message on the answering machine.  It was a bit hard to understand but Jan returned the call.  There was a lot of static on the line, plus a dial tone and a busy signal -- ALL at the same time she was trying to have a conversation. A short one, since they could barely hear each other.

PERCY:  A couple of hours later, the phone rang and her brother's name appeared in caller ID.  As soon as she picked up the phone, the call was disconnected.  She tried several times to return the call but kept getting the static, dial tone and busy signal (hereafter designated SDTBS) simultaneously.

BUDDY:  Finally, she reached Mr. Doug and they tried to open a conversation over the SDTBS.  Suddenly a  male voice demanded, :WHO ARE YOU?"  "Who are YOU?" Jan replied.  The bewildered male voice said, "I was speaking to someone in repair to report a problem with my phone when I was cut off and I got you."  

PERCY:  So Jan and Mr. Doug and Mr. Bewildered had a very short old time party line conversation, as they could barely hear each other.  Jan then tried to call the phone company to report the problem.  Despite the SDTBS, Jan heard a distinct echo when the auto responder voice said, "It appears you are calling from..."  - and it usually speaks your phone number for you to verify or correct.

BUDDY:  But the echo duplication stopped after the first five numbers.  The last 5 were different.  Jan was doing the impossible - calling in from more than one phone at the same time.

PERCY:  How could Jan report this?  Aha!  She went to the company's online site and found Live Chat.  She initiated a chat with the subject "phone service is wonky".  Live Chat is not an express way to accomplish anything but a nice man wrote up a repair ticket, saying there were evidently several lines crossed and the problem would be fixed by 7 p.m. today.

BUDDY:  We will spare you the phone "fun" of the next few hours, but Jan left for errands at 2 and returned at 4 p.m.  The internet was dead and so was the phone.  We were not only cut off from contact with the world, but there was little hope for finishing this post for today.

PERCY:  And then, half an hour later, the dead phone rang!  A cheerful repairman said he was right outside.  He had found and fixed the SDTBS problem.  We did a happy dance.  We hope Mr. Bewildered  had reason to do a happy dance too.

BUDDY:  And, thus, we are able today to post for peace.  Have a peaceful day!


  1. That was weird! Sometimes I wonder about these phone line things.

  2. That would leave me bewildered too! Oh, how I hated party lines back in the day! Haha!

  3. Wow, that's lots of action at your house for sure, go glad all was fixed in time for you. Really sweet Peace Globe, we join you today in blogging and purring for peace.

  4. That phone fun sounds like it was NOT fun, although we are happy you can laugh about it now. :)

    Peace to you, dear friends, today and every day!

  5. Peas and love
    Lily & Edward

  6. We sure hope peace catches on...and soon!

  7. Wow, you are lucky to have so many beautiful animals. Peace to you and yours.

  8. I am glad you were able to post.:) Peace XO

  9. That was weird! I am glad we don't have party lines now.
    I am purring for peace too.

  10. We're purring for peace too. Mom remembers party lines!!

    The Florida Furkids

  11. OMC! What a hassle. TW remembers they always had a party line when she was very young. Personally, I can’t believe they had phones back then.

  12. An impawtent message! BTW, our mom had an 8-party line.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. Goodness! What a day.

    Peace to you and yours.

  14. ahhh...Mom L remembers well having a 'party line' and having others listen in on her family's line; peace and purrs

  15. I believe that dead phones ring on peace globe day. I do! I do! Nothing strange about that at all.
    Soooo glad you made it to the peace party. What a funny story.
    I love the verse on your peace globe as well!

    Peace to you and yours,

  16. So enjoying the journey around the blogosphere today. Peace to you and yours.

  17. Wes is glad that yous guys made it! Our Mommy did not...something about being furry busy at work, but wes still happy to bes visiting Mommy here in rainy Vancouver (truth be told, Kozmo and me is...Cinnamon is not too fond of all the rain...curtails the ball throwing on the walks)
    Nellie, Kozmo and the hairy slobbery sister Cinnamon still visiting Mommy

  18. That is a worthy quote fur Peace. May it come true quickly.

    Funny tale, too...meowmy/growlmy was thinking kt could only happen to Miss Jan, BOL/MOL!


  19. This reminds me of when several decades ago..really odd things would happen when you called a very busy number... say to enter a contest or call a radio station or a Telethon or something like that... Can't remember who I called, but all the people calling at the same time got their signals crossed... Instead of talking to the telethon, I wound up talking to someone else who was calling at the same time!

  20. Wow! Weird!
    Peace and love to you all!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  21. Weird ! We hope you had a peaceful day after that. Purrs

  22. This peace globe is #10,326 in the Official Peace Globe Gallery @
    Thank you for being with us again this year. Please blog for peace in November 2016. You rock.


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