Snow Peas, Mangetout; It. Was. The. Cable.

Snow Peas, Mangetout, Two Ways

Don’t you just love it when you learn something new?

Do you find yourself thinking that it would have been ever so much better if you could have learned it a bit faster?

Did you know that cables can quit working?

I didn’t.

Now I do.

Mere seconds after I finished my post on Friday I lost my internet connection.

Since it was during ‘un orage’, a thunderstorm, I naturally assumed it was the phone lines/modem.

After a bit more investigation I discovered mon mari’s computer still had internet access so it wasn’t the modem.Wisteria

After an hour or so of plugging, unplugging, switching equipment and generally rearranging everything under my desk I determined it was the Ethernet card.

Simple enough: buy a new one.  (From the ‘When all else fails, throw money at it’ school of computer repair.)

Have you popped the case on your computer lately?

It reminds me of the progression of car engines.

Back in the beginning of time, when I was a young, independent wench, I did my own car maintenance.  All the guys did and I was, usually, one of the guys.
(At the time I worked in the engineering department of a heave equipment manufacturer – what do you expect?)

When one ‘popped the hood’ one could not only see the various engine components, one could access them.  It wasn’t necessarily easy but one could get at the points, plugs, oil, etc. (I couldn’t afford a car with AC.)

The last time I looked under the hood of a car the entire engine was enclosed in a nice, shiny case and it filled the engine compartment so completely there was no room for dust, let alone fingers or tools.

Much the same has happened with my computer.

Eight years ago I bought the components and built my own.

Four years ago, when I opened the case, it was about 50% full but still with all recognizable, accessible boards and chips.

Now it’s chock-a-block with cables and wires and boards and stuff.

And many of us know, from experience, that the worst thing that can happen when you take something apart is that, after you put it all back together, you have a piece left.

Thus, I decided to take my computer to the computer shop and let them replace the Ethernet card.

Being nice, young lads (read: didn’t trust a female over 30 to adequately diagnose a computer problem) they plugged it in before taking it apart.  Mangetout

It worked.


Now what do I do?

I’d already eliminated any other hardware possibilities.

It couldn’t be software since it was working at their shop.

They looked at me like I was an alarmist idiot, crying wolf for no reason.

I, half-jokingly, said ‘Maybe it’s the cable’.

They laughed, shook their heads, patted me on the back (Stupid Woman!  The Cable?!?!?  It’s NEVER the cable!) and sent me home.

Before I left I bought a new cable.  I told them it was for mon mari’s computer.  They snickered.

It was the cable.

Here’s how I know:

Old cable: no internet.
New cable: internet.

So, now you know.

Sometimes, the answer really is the simplest and easiest.

Why can’t we ever believe that first off?

I’m keeping it simple for this week’s edition Weekend Herb Blogging, that wonderful event started by Kalyn, of Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Our host this week is Susan, of The Well-Seasoned Cook.

Visit her site on Monday for the complete re-cap of recipes from around the globe.

Two new things I learned today: (what an educational weekend this it turning out to be!)

Green peas contain nutrients that help support energy-producing cells.  Tired?  Eat your peas.

They also contain nutrients that are important for maintaining bone health, something we all should be concerned about.

Plus they are one of the best sources of vegetable protein.  (Ooops, that’s 3 things)

Most fresh peas end up in the freezer section but, this time of year, the Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas (sugar snap peas have slightly larger peas in th

e edible pod) are at the markets.  And they are good in ways other than a ‘stir-fry’.

Mangetout (Snow Peas, Pea Pods) – Two ways:

The recipe, Sautéed Snow Peas with Browned Shallots, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Snow Peas with Browned Shallots.

Sautéed Snow Peas

snow peas, 5oz (150gr)
1 tbs fresh, snipped garlic chives
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

Trim pods. Heat butter and oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pea pods and sauté 2 – 4 minutes, depending on size, stirring frequently. Taste, when they are done to your liking, add chives, salt and pepper and serve.

Someday, when I grow up, I’m going to have my computer equipment on top of the desk, so I don’t have to crawl under it with a flashlight to get at the back of the box.  Then, just maybe, I won’t have a big ugly centipede living under it.

Bon Weekend!

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19 thoughts on “Snow Peas, Mangetout; It. Was. The. Cable.”

  1. When you say cable, do you mean the cord that it plug into the wall with or the ethernet cable? Because once it really was my cord that plugs into the wall.
    I love snow peas and yours with the browned shallots (and garlic! yeah) look divine. I’d have to add just a shake of my Aleppo pepper.
    After reading about more of your jobs here, you really are incredible. Our boys always knew how to stop my heart, just take the top off the computer and she’ll go ape on us!

  2. I have NEVER remotely thought of taking the top off the computer and to tell the truth, have no idea what’s in there, so I’m amazed that you built a computer once. Good diagnosing in this case. I love snow peas and sugar snap peas, sounds delicious.

  3. As if it’s not frustrating enough to have your PC down, you have to deal with the gauntlet of possible solutions. Good to know all is well in the end, but, Katie, a centipede?!? Yikes!
    Love the recipe. Thanks for making the time to join WHB!

  4. The shallots you have photographed look so tasty! Is it that your French shallots are different than the shallot I get here? The ones here don’t seem to not be as flavorful as shallots I had in France last month.

  5. At work, there’s a problem with the phone cord. So when the thing goes dead, we’ve learnt to let go of fiddling with the cord, buttons, jack etc – we just bang it heartily once on the desk and the dial tone comes back. That’s about as engineer as I get!

  6. Tanna, the ethernet cable…. Good Lord – the power cable???? Don’t tell me that!
    Kalyn, it’s really like a lego kit… very easy, pop the stuff in the slots and Bob’s your uncle!
    Margot, thank you so much…you’re so sweet!
    Susan, we were not happy when we found the centipede… and mon mari was not available to kill it. I can get close enough to kill them myself… so it’s still running loose in the office…
    Lannae, it’s the ambiance ;-))
    Sra, you have discovered the little know secret to repairing most electronics – a good bang!
    Sandi, I have got to break that habit….

  7. Don’t you just hate that “superior guy” look you get at times like that??? Oh, well, at least you have the satisfaction of knowing you were right! And delicious snow peas, too!

  8. You are the woman! I used to be better, but I am clueless when it comes to anything techy. Your Sautéed Snow Peas? I think, if I can get out of work on time tomorrow, I see dinner tomorrow since I have snow peas I need to use in the fridge. 🙂

  9. One of the only things I know how to do is change the cable, so that’s usually what I check first (oh, after checking that things are plugged into the right ports — I’ve screwed that up a few times). If that doesn’t work, I’m off to tech support!

  10. Computer problems. Ugh. Glad you got it fixed so painlessly, though!
    Hope ya had a good weekend – I was in your neck of the woods on the weekend (well, the country anyway).
    Heidi 🙂

  11. Zoomie, what really hurt was there was a ‘superior gal’, too. I used to be her…
    Chris, I used to be better, too. I’m hanging on by my toenails now – everything changes sooo fast!
    Lydia, I rather like plugging my mike into the speaker outlet….which really plays havoc with Skype!
    Poppy, they are soo good right now. And the markets have been wonderful…even tho they are all indoors up here..
    Val, vacuums??? not on your life. That’s mon mari’s job…
    Heidi, I saw….sigh… Paris in the spring!

  12. Susan, it is wisteria…from last year and it WAS heavenly…. But, we had a rare, late light frost this year, and all the flower buds froze about a week before they should have opened. I cried….

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