Casa Fiorella is incommunicado. The handsets won't work and neither Fio nor her husband were able to contact Verizon to report the matter (a pox upon their house). Then the electricity went off. And yes, Fio and Husband pay their bills.
Fio drove down to Target and bought a cord phone, but it wouldn't work either. Maybe it's the phone jack. Maybe Fio and Husband will end up having to communicate with smoke signals.
Oh, the electricity did come back on. Apparently the new neighbors across the street had something to do with the outage.
Maybe they killed the handsets too