Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Well, it is now 12:30pm.  I just spent an hour trying to add a video of Ian from Leah's dropbox--after it finally said it was copied it totally disappeared when I tried to put it on the blog.  *sigh*  I have no clue as to where it went.  I don't think there's any way I can put videos on my blog unless they go onto youtube first...even if it tells me it's possible by giving me these options on Blogger.  They lie.
So...instead of Good Morning I guess it's Good Afternoon--LOL!  I totally forgot to take pictures when McFamily was here and when I was over there...and Leah's video didn't work...but what can you do.  ;)  
I did take a few sky shots.  
We had above freezing weather on Saturday and Sunday!
Sunday it got up to 43 degrees!  But on Monday morning it was 9 degrees and the exceedingly brief thaw was over--LOL!  Didn't stop them from working out there on Monday.  
Looks like they are either building something in the field behind the garages or using it for storage space for the building going on across the road.  
This is a semi load of lumber being dropped off.
And I see lots of trucks roaming about back there.
But it's cold and the windows are closed so they're not as noisy as on a summer's day--LOL!  I feel sorry for all the people who work outside up here in this weather, though.  Karma, as long as her world is quiet and we have no company...is perfectly content.

This morning...we've had another dusting of snow.
It's 22 degrees, so a bit warmer.
Dark skies blanketed in gray.  Caroline comes this afternoon. 
Since it was so warm this weekend, McFamily came by on Sunday evening to pick up Phil.
Leah brought a pot of black dirt, soaked it, and I cut some tendrils off Phil and shoved them into the damp dirt.  
Baby Phil.
I hope it takes root.  They plan to just house Phil for the winter upstairs on Dagan's desk and then take him apart in the spring outside in the back yard...but Leah didn't want me to go all winter without a plant...hence the pot of dirt.  ;)  Phil will be thrilled to have a sunny west window for the winter, that's for sure.
I took this pic of my thermal cup when I started this blog (because I have forgotten to take many pics lately...of anything) for the ladies over at Elizabeth's for T Stands for Tuesday

Okay, it is now 5pm.  I have been in a technological tailspin all day.  First of all I tried to copy a video from Leah's dropbox.  Took an hour to copy.  Went to add it to this post and it vanished.  No clue where it went.  So, I guess there's no way I can add videos unless I get them up on youtube first.
Okay, then I went to go to Elizabeth's website so I could add a link...and all my pages went white...blank.  I had had a box come up when I was moving pictures from my camera to the laptop before I started the blog--telling me my iphoto disc was almost full.  ??  Never have seen that before.  But I continued on, of course.  After all, it said "almost" so I thought I could deal with it later, right?  Well, when it went to open Elizabeth's blog post another box came up and said something about my startup disc being almost full.  ??  Never have seen that before, either.
But then...all my pages went white...blank.  And that was all she wrote.  I was able to run a complete virus scan (that took another 2 hours and 57 minutes) but it said my McLap was clean as a whistle.  But after the scan was done...I was able to shut it down and restart it...and now it's working just fine, apparently.
The reason I ran a scan is that I wondered if I had picked up something from spam...because of the technological issue I planned to talk to you about in the first place--LOL!  Many of you bloggers may have noticed that I haven't commented on your blogs for like a month!  This is what happened...
I didn't notice for quite a while, but eventually I was wondering why people weren't blogging...and why I was actually able to keep up so easily with my inbox.  LOL!  I have always had some glitches with the "follow by email" FeedBurner system.  There are a few blogs that I signed up for that I never got any post notifications...ever.  Even though if I try to sign up again it says I am already subscribed.  And sometimes I will not get anything for like a week or two from a blogger and then suddenly get an email with multiple posts included.  So, naturally, I blamed FeedBurner when I went to check on some bloggers and--yes--they had been blogging all along!  Grrr!
But then a couple nights ago I thought...spam?  I wonder if I have anything in my spam folder?
768 blog notification emails in spam!!  Come to find out this has been going on since October 27th.  It looked like a did have a couple of spams from people I know wouldn't send me some crazy link (and I deleted them)...but those were personal emails, not blog posts.  Somehow google decided that every single email that came from FeedBurner was spam.  How it jumped to that conclusion, I shall never know...because the spam email wasn't from a FeedBurner address.  Grrr!
So, that is why when I had McLap issues I did a complete scan.  Found nothing.  And now everything is working, but my dear McLap may be filled up almost to the brim over these last five years, I guess.  I'll have to have Dagan help me decide what to delete and how to store some of it offline and all that hoopla.
But all this leads me to...
ONE: I want to know if anyone has received any weird spam mail from my address.
TWO: This is why most of you haven't gotten comments from me for almost a month.
THREE: I hope I will be getting all your blog posts again.  If you don't see me around putting in my two-cents-worth soon please let me know.  I might not be getting your posts.
FOUR: I did skim some of them...but I deleted all 768 emails over the last two days...no way I could possibly comment or actually read all of them.  If there's something you really didn't want me to miss, please let me know, okay?  I really wasn't being a bad blogger friend.  Can't believe I didn't figure this out for a month...but that is more an indication of my technological ineptness combined with my usual fibro fog than my lack of loyalty and interest.  ;)
I am now...finally...going to be able to post this...I hope.  And since I am so late in the day to begin with...and I started uploading the Ian video from Leah onto youtube...I might as well wait and see if I can add a very happy ending to this cranky blog--LOL!  No matter how long it takes--since I am very late blogging today, anyways.
6:45pm.  My video got put in a queue for processing on youtube.  That's never happened before, either.  What a day!  I did talk with Dagan and Leah (speakerphone) and they are pretty sure my hard drive on my laptop is full and that is causing issues and why it's gotten so slow.  So next week we'll purge my laptop.  Boy!  Seems like I'm purging everything these days--LOL!
Ian was worth waiting for--LOL!  ;)  
What a day!!
I think Ian would totally agree with today's quote.  ;)
May we all wake up with such pure joy!  
"Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly."
George MacDonald 


GrandmaG said...

I was wondering why no comments. I try to blog at least once a week and now look forward to your "two cents." :) I'll check the video later but wanted to comment right away before I forget. Happy Thanksgiving!

Janie Junebug said...

Ian is perfect and beautiful. He looks like a doll. I wish I felt that good in the morning. You've been in tech hell, haven't you? I sometimes find comments in spam--even reasonable comments from people I know.


DJan said...

Isn't technology wonderful? :-)

The video was worth it, of course, but don't even TRY to catch up on all those 700+ posts, Rita. Just take it from here, nobody will be the wiser and you'll be much happier. At least you figured it out, right? Happy Thanksgiving to you and Karma! :-)

TexWisGirl said...

wow, that's a lot of unread posts! :) hoping you're back on track again.

single digit temps are brutal. double digits in the 20s are still brutal. stay safe up there!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I wondered what had happened to you, and now am glad to see you are here.

I had to remove my e-mail address because it got compromised. But I have to use it to get on the internet and blogger. However, I won't use it as a feed, because I've been told it caused a virus at one time. I would never cause that to anyone else.

Baby Phil will be happy I'm sure, and big Phil will be even happier. Ian was worth the wait, and I hope you get your computer fixed soon. I turned mine on today and was told mine had been compromised and it ran a chkdsk (check disk) before it would allow me to continue. Talk about a first!

Thanks for dropping by for T this week. I hope things improve on your front soon.

Mersad said...

The blunders of the modern age. I hope you will get that fixed soon. Take care!

Mersad Donko Photography

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Rita! I am smiling ear to ear after watching Ian in this video. I'm so glad you were able to post it for us. He is the most beautiful and cheerful baby I've ever seen. He could be the new official Gerber baby!

It was also nice to see a picture of your friend Phil O. Denrdon. It's good to keep plants in the house to humidify and purify the air.

I always love to see new pictures of Karma, even though she's usually snoozing. God bless her!

I'm very glad you are now able to receive notifications of my new blog posts and I thank you very much for coming over and supporting SDMM. Your comments are very thoughtful and much appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear Rita!

Feral Turtle said...

OMG that baby is just the sweetest, happiest little guy!!! What a blessing he is! My sister had the same thing happen to her inbox. A pain in the butt.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I am glad you finally got everything sorted out. Ian is always worth the wait!I had to chuckle as he gave his mama absolutely no help getting his arm out of his warm suit-I sure remember those days!

Little Phil looks good! I've rooted these just in water before so I am sure he will take in moist dirt.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Krisha said...

With all the troubles you went through Ian still made it a positive post. I always get your messages.
Belated T-day wishes, do keep warm!!

Carol said...

Ian is so flipping ADORABLE!!!!! I love a happy baby ♥ I'm having computer issues too and have been trying to get my husband to do a good clean up for me. I know I have WAY too many pictures that need to be moved somewhere for storage :(
Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Victoria Zigler said...

I did wonder about the commenting thing. Was going to e-mail you and ask what was up if you didn't leave a comment on my blog soon. Should have done it when I first thought about it last week... Was sure you should have had something to say about the rats... If I had said something, you might have spotted the problem sooner!

Anyway, hope perging your hard drive helps with the issues you were having.

Anonymous said...

I've had NO problem with your comments--& IAN is a JOY!!

Anonymous said...

That plant trick works with Rubber Tree plants. I have done it many times.

Whoops there grows another rubber tree plant.


Hettie said...

It was worth your perseverance getting the video up and running. Ian is such a happy smiley baby! Bless him.
Give him a cwtch from me next time you see him. Cwtch is a Welsh word for hug!!
Hugs to you.

Vicki Miller said...

Ian is one gorgeous little man! Lucky you. What a lot of techno problems you have had. I for one know that I have to clean up my hard drive and move a ton of stuff every few months. Of course, because I use Gmail, none of my email gets saved to my computer, which solves a few problems. Glad you sorted yours!

Divers and Sundry said...

Wow! You had a long day!

I have a plant like yours, only mine is named Phyllis. :)

Hilary said...

Ya know, when someone doesn't come around to my blog for a while, I figure that either their life got busy, their computer got glitchy or something is just playing out differently for them. We all have those times. It's too bad your email was misbehaving but it's small beans in the whole scheme of things.

Mr. Ian is absolutely delicious. What a wonderful way to wake up every day. What a joy for Leah to see that sweet face smiling back at her.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family, Rita.

froebelsternchen said...

what a sweet boy!
Happy belated T-Day Rita!

TammyVitale said...

wow. Technology! I was wondering why I didn't hear back from you when I stopped by! Glad to hear it's fixed. You know you can buy an outboard hard drive if you don't want to purge. I have one for backup - I have lots of photos and they tend to take up lots of space. And I have no idea what digital photos are going to be good for in the future (not like pictures in albums at all) but I'm not getting rid of them for sure. Stay warm!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful sky shots. Have a lovely thanksgiving.

VonnyK said...

Ian is gorgeous, such a happy little boy. Such a bummer with all the technical issues, hope all works really well for you now. Your weather looks really cold but would you believe we had snow here in Brisbane, Australia yesterday. It was in the guise of golf ball sized hail and it smashed the city centre. Luckily we live on the bay and just watched it as it hit the city, all we got was a light shower. I hope your snow is a lot softer than ours. Have a great week and enjoy that gorgeous little fellow.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Technology can be a pain in the butt sometimes! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Loved the video

Lux G. said...

That's a very entertaining video! So cute! Hope you have a wonderful December.

Denise Price said...

Sorry I didn't get to visit your blog last week, Rita. Things got busy with Thanksgiving prep.

Sorry to hear about all your tech issues. Hope you get things straightened out. The video of Ian is great! Wow, he is such a happy baby. I love his laugh.

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! We did here.

Intense Guy said...

I hope Baby Phil flourishes!!!

Ugh.. Technology!! It's a pain even for the fluent (as in Ph.D!)

Hi ya Karma!!! Hope you got a little turkey for Thanksgiving!!!


Anonymous said...

Awww - cute Ian! And lovely Karma... Hope they made up for your tech problems.

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Oh dear, I have been reading your blog now for two hours, and it is 2:45 AM - I also often have days and nights turned around. I read some wonderful stories about you (the trip to Canada), and other things, but will have to continue catching up on things from your blog tomorrow. I think you and I could be good friends, we both like crafts and cats!!! (although we had to put our much loved Mo Mo (Mozart) to sleep a few weeks ago. He almost made it to 21 years old, (my hubby was going to take him out for a drink, since he would be legal!), but fell a little short. He is much missed though!!! Well, I will catch up more in the next few days......oh, one question - why do you not care for the word verification blogs? Is there some problem with them? Anyway, I live in Saint Joseph, Michigan (southwest corner, along Lake Michigan), but I grew up in a small town (1,000 people) in Wisconsin! Anyway, look forward to reading more of your blog, hope all is well!

Hugs from Michigan
Diane (Vruwink) Carlson

AliceKay said...

Computers can be a pain in the butt sometimes. I'm having problems with my Internet Explorer on certain sites, and since my computer uses the Windows Vista operating system, I can't update IE beyond IE 9. :\

Ian wakes up in a great mood. That's an interesting sleeping wrap or whatever it's called. I don't believe I've ever seen anything like that. Would be nice and warm, though. Ethan doesn't like being cold. He prefers lots of warmth.

Serena Lewis said...

I sure hope Baby Phil takes root.

Nope, no spam email from you. I usually check my Spam folder every couple of days just to make sure no valid emails ended up there.

Ian was definitely worth waiting for. So cute! xx