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Worrisome WordPress

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I have just discovered that all my widgets, badges etc have disappeared from the sidebar and I can’t quite work out how to get them back.  They have been there for several years.

I have been to the forums/fora with no success.  And I also noticed that I have been publishing with a bright green background for a few weeks.

Has WordPress gone mad or have I.  Is this perhaps the work of the dreaded new format.  If anyone can give me some help it would be very much appreciated.


More WordPress Grumbles

I read this from Viv at Vivinfrance’s blog.   I am pleased to read that I am not alone in disliking (hate is too harsh a word) the new format.  I find it unwieldy but now have found how I can use the original.  Thank you Viv.

My next grumble is that I am receiving very few of the posts from bloggers that I follow.  Some that I have been following since I began blogging four years ago.  I have to resubscribe.  Bah bah WordPress.

Off to subscribe to all those bloggers of whom I have lost track.



Hooray – Unspammed Er…

No SPAMHooray – today for the first time in a couple of weeks, I have been able to respond to blog posts and my comments are shown on the post in the usual way. Oh no it’s not working for all the posts I have read so may I ask you now to check your Spam folder to check that none of my comments are idling away there?  Thanks.

As suggested by a couple of fellow bloggers, I have contacted both WordPress and Akismet, but so far no joy.

And now….Having been to a fantastic weekend long wedding celebration, I arrived home yesterday exhausted and exhilarated by all that I had seen and done in the 5 or 6 days that I had been away.

So starting tomorrow I shall resume my daily posts.

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Gremlins in the air?

“An apology is a good way to have the last word.” Anon

After a few weeks of being so far behind in reading the blogs I follow, I eventually spent all day yesterday glued to the computer reading, reading, occasionally commenting and often clicking ‘like’.  So now I am caught up and today have only 32 items in the inbox.  Hoorah!


But now I think I must have offended WordPress in some way.  I have tried to respond to various bloggers today and after pressing ‘post comment’ the comment has disappeared into the ether.  So for the many bloggers I follow and particularly those who have mentioned my blogs in their posts – Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation and Caterel at caterel.wordpress.com and therefore deserve a response from me, I offer my heartfelt apologies.  Hopefully, whatever the gremlin is it will disappear later today.


I recently came across this quote from Stephen Levine, poet, author and teacher.  It’s in his book A Year To Live

“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting? ”

Who would I callMy two sisters on a three-way call.  Why my sisters and not my family?  Because my sisters would not be able to be with me while my children and grandchildren are here in New Zealand and able to come to me.

What would I say? I would tell them how very special they both are to me.  What important parts they have played in my life.  How I have missed being and sharing with them over the years.   And if it was at all possible, I would wish to be all together again. It is now 12 years since we were all together (and that was for Mother’s funeral).

Why am I waiting?  I am not.

So think about it.  Who would you phone, what would you say and why are you waiting?

A stiff apology is a second insult…. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.  G.K. Chesterton, English author, poet and playwright.  1874 – 14 June

Recent posts on sisters

Celebrating a Milestone

This was yesterday’s blog but for whatever reason WordPress didn’t publish it so there will be two posts today.

Posted – January 11, 2012

Today I had no hesitation when I sat down at the computer to write my blog. No problem with water aka thoughts rushing to find a safe place. I knew exactly what I was going to write about.

When I started on my blogging journey way back on March 1, 2011 I didn’t know how much fun I would have in writing every day or how many friends I would make in this blogging world.

Milestone celebration

Well today, I have reached 100 followers and I would like to thank you all for reading and following and commenting from time to time. I really appreciate all of you. Many of the blogs I follow have a greater number of subscriptions but I am very excited at reaching this milestone.

Over the months I have read blogs from people whose lives are so different to mine. Most live in other countries and are of a different age group (well how many have reached my VAST age?). Many have young children and their days are taken up with all the busyness that accompanies families. Some are looking at retirement and how they will fill in their time once they do retire. Some are battling demons either within themselves or from actions of others, and others are living their daily lives with vigour and excitement greeting each day with enthusiasm. I do know that some have health problems and in one case in particular, these problems are the basis of his daily (and sometimes more than once daily) blog posts.

There are a number of writers that I follow and some of whom follow me. Some are writers of fiction and some of fact, and in a couple of cases have had books published this year. Congratulations to each of them.

So to all of you who follow my blogs and those of you whose blogs I follow thank you for the support offered unconditionally over the past months. Here I have to say that in receiving over 3,000 comments on the posts I have only ever received one that I didn’t want to publish – apart that is from all the spam.


And today I received another award – thank you Linda Cassidy Lewis for the nomination. Have you read Linda’s book “The Brevity of Roses”? It’s a great read and should be on your reading list.

Liebster blog award

In accepting an award I am called upon to nominate others to receive it and also to tell some things about myself. Well I have so many wonderful blogs that I follow that I will once again, just direct you to my blog roll. If any of these are new to you please do visit them. I always find something new in their blogs. And as for me, I have told you about myself in my posts and on my page Meet Judith Baxter, so I really think there is nothing more to add.

And because it’s a lovely day of celebration and sunshine. And because I have only 2 more weeks tomorrow to wear my big red Santa boot, I offer you once again, my special rainbow. Please accept it and make it yours. And if anybody wants to use it in a blog post, please feel free to do so.


My rainbow

Another Post on Writing

“Do you prefer to write notes on paper or on an electronic device?”

That was the suggestion for a new post from WordPress.  By the way – who the devil is WordPress?

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I have written on the difference between writing when I first started and now.

I may have already told you that I am in the throes of a love affair with my new i-phone.  I have had this for only a couple of months and just love it.  I use it all the time on my walks as a camera and recently have started making notes on it when I am out.  This will take a little getting used to because I ALWAYS have a notebook and pen with me wherever I go.  Oh no, perhaps not when I go to the theatre or a movie but certainly when I go to friends houses or go out to dinner.  Oh and not in the shower.  Pen and wet paper are not a good fit!

My friends are very long suffering about my note taking, only requesting that their names be changed to maintain their privacy.  People I know make jokes about the note taking – “Hey Judith write that one down” and “Don’t want to miss that” and “Did you see that?”  So they definitely encourage me.

So do I prefer to write notes on paper or on an electronic device?  I have to say that my notebook and pen win out.  I have a number of these lined up in a drawer in my study (just a fancy name for the spare bedroom) and often go back to look for something.  My family tells me it is easier to find things stored on a computer, i-pad or other electronic device  but it’s just not the same.

notebook and penI like to fossick through these notebooks looking for something that I know is there.  And the excitement and joy when I find it.  And I can spend hours reading the notes I have made and sometimes, when there is no mention of when and where, I wrack my brain trying to remember.

Now can anybody help with –

  • Tony,
  • Graham,
  • chocolate and
  • France?

This note written like this several centuries ago, well at least 15 years.  So….

Spending Tuesday With Friends

“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow.
If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder.
If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow.
If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile.
But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.”  ~Anon

I discovered that quote (according to my notebook) on 14 August 1985 and it has stayed with me ever since.   We have many friends during our lives.  Some for a short time and some forever. But today, Tuesday, I am spending with friends whom I don’t know really but whom I have met through their blogs.

I have been busy recently and so have missed some of them.  Today I have put aside the morning to catch up.  So:

Andi at http://www.bringingthesunshine.com/ is a very special person.  She has two special needs children and we are invited to share with her their lives as they grow into the people they will become.  Lovely photos adorn the posts.

Carl at http://carldagostino.wordpress.com/ keeps us laughing with his clever cartoons.   I look forward to his thoughtful comments on my blog.

Susan at http://comingeast.com whose tag is ‘living life on sunrise at a time’  made me weep today as she shared with us memories of her sister.

Debbie at http://dbdazedomain.wordpress.com/ is on a journey of self-discovery.  She is currently in Costa Rica with a couple of her kids who have some physical problems that they are getting help with.  I am constantly amazed at the strength of this woman.

Linda at https://rickandlindafamily.wordpress.com is another talented photographer.  She shares her photos and bits of her life with us.  And she has a fabulous new deck – check it out – http://rickandlindafamily.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/progress/.

Val at http://absurdoldbird.wordpress.com/ is a very talented artist who posts thought-provoking articles and drawings for us to share.

A new friend http://winsomebella.wordpress.com/ tells us that there will be dancing, laughing, sharing and communicating and cherishing by and to somebody if she ever falls in love again.

Robin at http://bogsofohio.wordpress.com has been to the Akron Zoo to see the jellyfish exhibit; spent a weekend catching up with her family and shares with us her fantastic photographs showing parts of her life.

Wendy at http://writerwoman61.wordpress.com is surrounded by statistics, sewage among other things.  She has also told us a little about her new contract and I love to hear about the bookshop she runs with her father.  If I had a retail outlet it would be a bookshop.

Chris at http://bridgesburning.wordpress.com/ is another of we women on our journey.  Today she talks about headlines in articles and blogs.  Interesting woman.

Mark (L’idiot speaketh) at http://redriverpak.wordpress.com is currently travelling through Canada on his stationary bike.  I kid you not!  He is also keeping us up to date on the saga of the pool, installed while he and his kid were away on vacation.

Jenny at http://skiingmama.wordpress.com keeps us informed of her life with three small boys.  Another great photographer and an indefatigable woman – almost counts as superwoman.

Renee at http://lifeintheboomerlane.wordpress.com/ is on her way to London where her daughter is expecting her second child.

Duke (sorry I don’t know his real name) at http://1959duke.wordpress.com is keeping us up to date with his new craft business amongst other things.

Linda at http://lindacassidylewis.com calls herself an accidental author.

Marty at http://bluebeachsong.wordpress.com/is giving us daily updates on the Casey Anthony trial.  Her blog is worth visiting to hear her singing some of her own songs.

And the list goes on and on.

Mirth and Motivation; Sunshine in London; Photographic Memories; Out of My Mind; Monica’s Tangled Web; Ahsome; Pointcabrillolightstation; the Chameleon’s Backbone; Fribnits World; The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife and on and on.

Is it any wonder I can sit at the computer at 9 am and start reading these and other blogs and suddenly find as now, that it is 12.30pm?  I love my new found friends and enjoy reading their comments and thoughts about life and living.

To the many others that I follow, I apologize for not including you in this list.  To do so I would be writing all day.  And now in my real life, I am off to play bridge (for the first time in 2 years) with some more friends.

See you all tomorrow.

Judith Baxter, EzineArticles.com Platinum Author
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Unaccustomed as I am and thanks anyway

Versatile blogger

Thanks to Susan at Coming East I received my second Versatile Blogger Award.  What do they say?  You can fool all the people some of the time….

Seriously though, I would like to thank Susan and those other bloggers who follow my ramblings each day.  You are the reason I keep to this self-imposed discipline.  Yesterday I eventually posted at 11.45 pm – had to get it in before midnight.  That was quite a feat having been to the movies and the dinner, before coming back here for coffee.


I have posted seven things about me in my thank you blog on April 30 – see here – so I won’t bore you with those things again.

But I need to nominate 15 more bloggers – see the earlier post for the original 15.  So in no particular order:

  1. L’Idiot Speaketh – http://redriverpak.wordpress.com – He doesn’t need my vote because he has had over 1million hits but I do so enjoy the humor.
  2. Sunshineinlondon – She keeps us amused about daily life in my home town
  3. bluebeachsong – Martie writes beautiful music and her haunting voice can be heard on her blog.
  4. Monicastangledweb – this is another of our very clever bloggers.  Thanks for the daily posts.
  5. Herdingcatsinhammondriver – though much younger than me, Wendy keeps me entertained with her wit
  6. Fribnitsworld – I really enjoy this guy and hope you will too
  7. Linda Atkins at http://rickandlindafamily.wordpress.com.  Always an upbeat post that I really enjoy reading
  8. Paul on the Goodgreatsby – This one makes me think
  9. the Docent Dog at http://pointcabrillolightstation.wordpress.com.  A clever blog using the dog as the spokesperson
  10. Duke at http://1959duke.wordpress.com.  Another clever blogger who also makes me think about all manner of things
  11. Life in the bogs – Robin writes and posts her photographs that fill me with joy and a little envy.  I wish I was a photographer and/or could write as well as she does
  12. Linda  at http://lindacassidylewis.com/ writes about writing.
  13. Debbie at http://dbdazedomain.wordpress.com/ has kept us amused with tales of downsizing and moving.  Enjoy Costa Rica Debbie.
  14. and 15 are all those whom I have yet to discover but already know that I will love.

So if I have left you out please accept my apologies.

Have to go and make soup for the family now –

Bowl of soup

Mulligatawny Soup – via Wikipedia

As I have said before, according to my son his “Mummy’s” soup is the best (that is according to him).

“There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can.”
Laurie Colwin, ‘Home Cooking’ (1988)