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Saturday, April 21, 2012

A "NOT Happy" Saturday

I awoke this morning to a new blogger interface. I was not happy. I started to do a new post and, lo and behold, it was an entirely new experience. I was not happy. I'm not fond of change, especially when forced upon me. I was not happy. This is in addition to what happened yesterday when hubs went over to the storage facility where we store the pop-up camper. I was not happy.

But first, the rest of the blogging story.

I panicked about the template. I was simply messing around with it as usual in a new interface and poof, it was gone. I practice what I preach and had a template saved. But when I entered it on this site  it came up as HTML when I clicked to preview this blog post. I freaked and hubs was completely understanding and sympathetic. I went online to blogger forums and asked for help. A kind woman, who was a top commentor on there, said she'd alert the "powers that be", or in this case, the techs, but they were probably on low or no staff for the weekend. I was not happy. I then had lunch—left over fettucine alfredo from Olive Garden last night—and thought about it. The template I used was dated 2007 and then it hit me that I save templates on a regular basis and I thought perhaps I had entered the wrong template. I did a quick search on this iMac and found one dated 2010, copied and pasted it into the "new interface" (uuuughhh!!) and voilá, there it was, just as it appears every day. I was beyond crying happy tears. I was beyond thrilled! I was happy at last.

See photos and story for trailer fiasco below:

This is a view of the inside. Hubs was trying to get it ready to go to a train convention over in Medford, Oregon. I wasn't going. Now it looks like the camper won't be going either. It's trashed. Somehow water got into it. The camper was covered in a tarp but we think perhaps the wind may have blown the tarp off at one point and the couple who manage the large storage facility may have gone out and put it back on for us. This was absolutely not their fault. If they had called us we would have checked for damage right away. They were kind enough to be concerned and we don't blame them one bit. The canvas was totaled. Hubs has taken it off and thrown it in the trash can. A soft wool topper called Cuddle Ewe was totaled also. The topper cannot be dry cleaned or washed and it's covered with mildew also. He was devastated as he now will have to stay in a motel and eat his meals out. This will take more money but he has saved so it won't be a hardship particularly. I told him for these trips for VFW or train shows/conventions he must save for them. I think it's a good idea to not be in debt. And he has been good about putting the money aside for these extra trips. I could go but that would put me in a motel with absolutely nothing to do and I'd be bored stiff. I hate traveling anymore. I think I may have harped on mentioned this a time or two before. ;-)

This is what the inside of my arm looked like after my experience in ER last Saturday when I went in for the 2nd time in 4 days passing a kidney stone or so I thought. This is just ONE of the areas they tried getting an IV in me. There are 3 others. This one is on the inside of my right arm and was successful. I was not happy.

Now, one of the reasons I'm not happy about the new interface is that I'll have to do a complete new tutorial on it for everyone that isn't computer savvy and is not happy with the new interface. Yes, it's a bit glitchy but I can make it work for me. The key word here is work. I hate work! I see a lot of blogs using the new editor and a lot of them are terrible, the blog posts I mean. It's not the blogger's fault though. Well, it is in that they haven't acquainted themselves with it as well as they could have. But I want my blog to work well and look good. But today since I'm doing it in the new blogger interface, I'm getting some good practice. I would also love to be able to upload more than one photo at a time. That would be an essential time saver for me. A year or so ago when I asked blogger to let the old editor stay they did and I was thrilled. I guess they knew at that time they'd be working on this new interface and the old one would eventually go away. It would have been nice for them to let us know though. After all, isn't it about pleasing the customer? I'll get used to it and stop crying now. I'll let you look at some eye candy while I go and lick my wounds and play around with the new interface to see what the heck I'm doing.

As you can see here in this screenshot what I mean about the new interface. It looks as if there is no space between the three photos just above this screenshot, but in actuality there is a lot of space between them when the Preview or Publish button is clicked and the blog appears. I am also paranoid about hitting the Publish button sooner than I want as it is so close to the Preview button now. It wasn't in the OLD INTERFACE (CAN YOU HEAR ME, BLOGGER TECHS?!!!).

 So I'm through for this day playing around trying to get the photos to work properly. I'm going to work with it and see how I can make it do what I want it to do and I have an idea. I'll just have to see if it works. Until then, happy blogging.

There is enough bitterness in the world without us adding to it.


  1. I have a bruise that matches yours from IV or IV attempts too. I had to get a scope of my tummy on monday and the nurse just didn't really listen when I said there are only 2 places you can get an IV in me. After the 5th (Yup 5th) attempt (finally where I said they would get it) they got the IV in me. Needless to say, I was a very unhappy camper because they hurt and they hurt bad! You know what that is like, I am sure. Anyways, I am glad you are not in the ER anymore and I hope you are feeling much better.


  2. No bruises on me and no kidney stones, all I have is plain ol' sinus from the privet hedge blooming. I hope you get to feeling better. Once when i was in the hospital a nurse let my IV blow (I kept telling them they had to change the bag and they kept saying in a minute, I had that woman barred from my room by nursing administration when I threatened to sue if she walked in the room again. In the future just tell them Anesthesia folks have to start your IV. They usually know what they are doing.
    I wish folks like Google and Facebook would just leave well enough ALONE!!!!!i QUIT PLAYING games on Facebook because Zynga could NOT add anything new without screwing it up. I posted early this morning on the new interface and it froze up and at one point I could NOT post after a pic without the text being wiped out by the same background color. Never did figure that out. So I just signed off above the pic and went back to bed to nurse my sinuses. I am plain tired of NEW AND IMPROVED !! iT SHOULD READ NEW AND SCREWED UP!!!

  3. Just a tiny note to maybe let you know that there is a spot on the new interface that you can press to take you back (for now) to the old interface :) I keep doing it every time that horrible new one shows up. Denise P.S. it kinda looks like a wheel in the upper R corner.

  4. Ohhhhh! I don't know what I did but I just lost my comments. Now I have to start all over again. First of all, I think I said that I sympathize heartily with all bloggers who are having problems with their blogs.

    I'm so sorry, dear Connie, about what happened to you at the hospital. It must have been terribly painful. I do hope that the stone is gone and that you feel better.

    I'm very sorry about the camper. We never know what to expect from one day to the next, do we?

    Regarding the photos, I adore the colours in the first one. I just love pink so much. It seems to go with everything. Does it? It seems to!

    Good luck with learning the new functions of Blogger, Connie! But, you seems to be very computer smart, so I'm not worried about you.

  5. Things certainly happen in 3's Connie! Your poor camper and your arm also looks quite painful! Ouch! Take Care - Rachael xo

  6. Good Evening Sweetie...
    Oh what a mess dear friend. First your arm, oh my goodness do I hear your pain. They do the same thing to me, everytime they start an IV my veins blow. Just blow like the wind, and they start again. It is SO painful, that bruise looks like a few of mine in times past. Did you pass the stone? I pray so for your sake. They are so darn painful.

    Sorry to hear about the pop up camper. Oh my gosh what a mess. There is no way that could clean up, and it breaks my heart for you all. When it rains it pours literally does it not? I imagine the new canvas will be quite costly.

    Yep, I too am making the new Blogger junk work. That is all we can do, they don't listen to us, and they don't care what we think. If they did, they would have left things well enough alone. We were all happy with what we had. People only want to fix things that ARE NOT broken.

    Love this share. Please take care of yourself sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  7. Hello Connie, Thank you so much for the sweetest comment. You did make me laugh because Bill and I argue too. We don't see eye to eye very often. We always do when it comes to our basic values and how to raise our children etc, it's the small stuff like ...'why are you going this way to town? The other way is shorter." We never agree, HA! Our love keeps us happy in our marriage.

    I also enjoyed your humor in the telling of the problems with blogging. Seriously, I am not happy when my computer is not acting right or typepad changes our format. I also do not like change. Do you think it is our age??? No way!!!

    When it comes to computers I love my MAC laptop so much. I never go to our IMAC but Bill uses it a lot. We are a MAC family.

    Your camper is pitiful Connie. I am so sorry it is such a mess. I know your hubs is also heartsick over the terrible condition it is in because of rain. This is a reason to be unhappy. I hope it can be fixed.

    I so understand your poor arm because of drawing blood... or not. My veins are very hard to find and I often have the very same condition on my arms. Now they take blood from my hand. That hurts.

    Just think about your darling Great granddaughter Caroline. She is so adorable you will have to be happy. Smile!
    xo, Jeanne

  8. Ah,the interface. It happens to me too. Just want to let you know, your blog design is lovely! And I wish you good health too. You're lucky you have a trailer, and we are here looking for one to start a home:) Always look into the bright side:)

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    Thanks and have a great day!

  9. All my arms and legs and all my hair fell off yesterday when I discovered that NEW THANG on my blog, too. I was in a panic for 3 hrs around here until Auntie Szzzz told me about the gear at the top.
    They do say we MUST learn the new as the old will vanish one morning. Woe is me....

  10. Oh Connie,

    I'm so sorry your camper is trashed. What a shame. I hadn't seen this post before I e-mailed you. I don't have that little gear thingy. All of the things are not showing up. Even the thing to upload pics isn't showing. Grrrr!

    Debbie xxoo


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