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10/9/2013 2:00:00 PM
Back Talk From The Back House
By Nancy Wilson

Living dangerously
It hasn't fallen over yet, but it looks as if it might at any moment. If it should, it would land on the edge of the computer table, creating a godawful mess for me. Fortunately, this hasn't happened yet, and I can only hope it doesn't.

It all started when I plugged the new cell phone in to activate it, pulling out another cord that was in the socket. I paid no attention to where that plug went. I should have.

After the cell phone finished its lengthy activation process, I tried to plug the old plug back in. By then, I had discovered that its wire powered the overhead light fixture in the North Room, so I had no light while I was at the computer. Nothing to it, thought I, I'll easily take care of that. Wrong. The plug had disappeared, down behind the shelf, nowhere to be found.

The only thing I could do to retrieve it would be to move the shelf out a bit, away from the wall, and then look through all the wires that were tangled behind it to find the right one. The shelf is very heavy, of course, full of books as it is. I tried to slide it an inch or luck. I'd have to think of something else.

In some trepidation, I tipped it out a bit, and found that I could reach far enough behind it to retrieve the wire. I found the right one, and plugged it in. Let there be light! All seemed well...except that the shelf wouldn't go back into place, standing straight against the wall. The tilt remained.

As I write this, I'm keeping an eye on it, hoping that it won't come my way while I'm working. So far, so good, but what to do next to make it safe again? It looks as if I'll have to remove all the books, and find a place to put them in this already crowded room. When the shelf is finally empty, I should be able to pull it out easily, untangle the mess behind it, and set it straight again.

Some of those books I'll want to get rid of, when I find a place where I can donate old books; others I'll simply put back on the shelf, and promise myself I'll use a different outlet when/if I need to charge anything up again. Unplanned though it is, this task will accomplish one more very small step in the winding-down process.

After all, I do have more file drawers to clear out, and they are calling to me to get to them, whenever I can.

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