Winter’s log, earthdate 201607.12

04.51 pm

Well, here I am, a little later than I’d hoped, but I’ve spent nearly all day trying to organise a new blog site – not for this particular blog (well, not yet, anyway!) but for another blog that will hopefully be ready for visitors within the next day or two… You’ll hear all about it then, but in the meantime, grit your teeth and prepare to be patient for a little while longer! 😉

However, I had occasion to be extremely angry with WordPress again! “Oh goodness!” I can hear you all asking “What are you angry with them about this time?!” “Oh! I’m so glad you asked!” says me in relief “well, the thing is…”

The thing is that all this time I’ve been writing the blog, I’ve been doing my best to make it as nice (read: “visually attractive”) as possible – changing Templates – many of which I’ve bought, only to find that they don’t work as they’re supposed to – creating new Custom Headers, Custom Backgrounds, and so forth – always in search of that elusive and probably entirely mythical beastie, “The Perfect Blog Set-Up”! I’ve bought quite a lot of Templates over the years, always with the thought somewhere in the back of my mind, that it isn’t a waste of money if I don’t use it for this particular blog, because I have another three fledgling blogs that I can use them on! I found out today that that’s not the case at all! I was pretty upset when I learned that if you buy a Template for a particular blog, that’s it – it can only ever be used on that blog! If you want to use it on a secondary or other blog, you have to buy it especially for that blog, and so on! Now, is that a scam or is that a scam?! At no point do they say openly that “are you sure you want to buy this (usually expensive) Template? You do realise, don’t you, that you can only use it on this one blog!”

I had to go hunting for that information this morning, because quite frankly, I didn’t believe – I didn’t want to believe – what I was beginning to suspect! I actually had to go fossicking in the forums to find it out! Someone had asked a specific question about using a Template they’d bought in the past on another blog, and they received the answer that, in my opinion, should have been made quite clear, but wasn’t, when the Template was bought! That is, that you could only use it for that particular Template!

Anyway, cut back to an extremely irate me! I was ropable! I’d decided that I’d use this Template (the one you’re currently looking at) on my newly resurrected experimental blog, only to find that if I wanted to use it, that’d be another $80.00, thank you very much, on top of the “per annum”, payable in advance, “Premium” charges, (applicable to only one blog, of course!) for being able to use a few extra fonts, and get the choice of a few more colours and backgrounds.

The worst of it is, they know that they’ve got you over a barrel! There is no “equivalent” to WordPress! Sure, there are lots of other “blog sites”, but you either have to not want anything too special or sophisticated, and not care terribly much if your Template looks more suitable for a texting teenager – or else you need to be tech-savvy, know how to write in CSS, and be prepared to do an awful lot of the “housekeeping” work yourself – something that not very many ordinary “men (or women) on the street” are capable of, especially me! Yes, Julian could, and would, of course, help me, but he’s a hardware and networking engineer, not a programming specialist. And so unfortunately, there is only one blog site that’s relatively easy to use, and that ticks all the right boxes – believe me, I know – I’ve tried them all – so, here I am, back again with Word Press. Thoroughly pee’d off with them, but I guess the old saying is true… “Better the devil you know…”

Oh, and just as a warning – I’ve also heard that WordPress can “cancel” your blog, at any time, and for any reason – in fact no reason or warning will be given – so if one day you come to read my blog, and it’s not here – that’s what will have happened, as if I do ever move this, I’ll be sure to let you all know, well in advance! 🙂

I also spent a fair amount of time tidying up the (one of the two) Horde Guild Bank(s) on Quel’Dorei over lunch – it was getting to the unmanageable stage, and most of the stuff that should have been in the Guild Bank was stuffing Xãnthe’s Personal Bank Bags to overflowing! Anyway, that’s all done now, and Xãnthe has some room in her Bank Bags where she can store “Costume” Clothes for Transmogrification, and souvenirs from all the fun places she and Jemimah are visiting in Draenor! 🙂

Yesterday, as you all know, my very favourite eldest daughter came over, and we ended up watching all of the episodes we had left, up to and including the final, “End of Season-cliff-hanger” of “Wynonna Earp”! And a Second Season hasn’t been mentioned, yet! 😥 but… I wanna know what happens! 😯  Poor Josh arrived about fifteen minutes before the show finished, and I’m afraid I was terribly rude and asked him if he’d sit down while we watched the last little bits… 😳

And now on to the good bits!

Food stuff. Lunch yesterday… well, we’re obviously not planning things very well, because once again, Julian had to run out at lunchtime, because we’d run out of just about everything edible (again!) and he came back with a great load of groceries, including one of my most favourite lunches, from Baker’s Delight – two different types of savoury rolls (we shared them, half each) and two of those absolutely divine fruit and white chocolate scones! Yum! For dinner last night we had the first of the two lots of leftover “Rich beef and stout casserole”, again, on a bed of plain, steamed rice – and once again, it was delicious! For dessert I had one of the “kiwi-fruit-brown” skinned Nashi pears – they really are very nice – and of course, my usual small bowl of the extra delicious Coles-brand, very low-calorie, Rice Pudding. For lunch today we er had… the left-overs of last night’s left-overs – if that makes any sense to you all – with three halves (each) of the very tasty whole-meal, sesame and poppy-seed crusted, bread, lightly buttered. Once again, the stew (or casserole) was really nice. Tonight we’re having spicy dukkah sprinkled chicken breasts, pan-fried, and probably with chips, steamed green beans, and our usual half a tomato. Dessert tonight will have to be the same as last night – a “kiwi-fruit-brown” skinned Nashi pear, as there’s no other fruit left (we’ll get some more tomorrow!) and a small bowl of my extra favourite Coles-brand, very low-calorie, scrumptious Rice Pudding.

Weigh-in yesterday morning. Was relatively good – I went from 63.2 kg to 63.1 kg, down one point, but still very much within the margin of error area… but then of course, I went and had the two half pieces of savoury roll, and the fruit and white chocolate scone… 😳

Weigh-in this morning. Wasn’t quite so good, as I’m sure you guess! Oh dear, the bits of roll and the yummy scone did their dirty work alright – I went from 64.1 kg to 64.4 kg! Up three points! And I had one and a half slices of buttered (but only lightly buttered!) bread with my lunch today. Tomorrow morning is going to be a lot of a rush – I think I’m going to have to get up half an hour early to fit in a twenty-five minute treadmill walk before breakfast! We’re seeing the ever-charming Doctor B. tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock – me about my ear, which is still [heavily censored!] blocked, and Julian to get a referral to a Physio for his sore ankle! (his left one this time, so he can still drive unimpeded) I’ll let you know how we go…

And that’s really about “it” from me again this evening – after our visit to the Doctor’s tomorrow, I dare say that if the weather’s good enough, we’ll stop off at Vermont South to do a small bit of shopping (I must get some more fruit!), and maybe pop into the great big Pet Barn place and see if we can spot which little chartreuse fishie that we’ll be taking home for Auric and Dapple to play with (not tomorrow though! We won’t be taking one home tomorrow! Next week! 🙂 ) Anyway, do call in again tomorrow night to find out whether my weight gave in and went down again, or it it’s still got it in for me and has gone up! Hear all the latest in the blog saga, and find out what Flipper, Auric and Dapple have been up to, and what sort of adventures we had at the Doctor’s! Until then though, please try to bee very good, remember to be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind! Don’t forget though, to look after yourselves, to always drive carefully, and to make sure you keep warm and dry in this cold, miserable Melbourne weather… but above all, please don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂