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Good day and welcome. We have another weekend before us and this alone merits a degree of celebration – does it not? Here in the US, we’ve had a week of some pretty big weather storms, while here in California, our weather remains better than many, but our storms are more political and frankly, it depresses me to think much about. Speaking or writing about it only presents as a great way to provoke arguments that I don’t care to engage as we’re no longer allowed to explore the middle ground of ideas, history and opinions. Instead, we get the highest taxes for some of the worst schools and governance. I will grant that Covid is legitimately proving to be a hard nut to crack and beat down, but so many around me are just tired of it being used to heard us in ways that make no sense other than political. Its a sad place to be.
So, let’s not go there; not today. I deny that avoiding troubling issues equates to ignoring them. Sometimes it is just healthy to set them aside for a time of clearing our heads and making sure we are still living the life we choose — wherever possible, rather than the one that someone, some group would choose for us. Our Saturday coffee time should be a time of fellowship, reflection and refreshment. This is what I’m choosing for a mindset for the rest of the day.
Shall we catch up? For those of you who are part of the posting team of our weekend get together, I’ll be around shortly to check out your essay. From my side the news is easily more positive than otherwise.
Tonight, we meet and retrieve our3rd child from his outpost in San Diego and this means that we will soon have our complete and expanded family all with us in the same room soon. Our first born and his new bride are often with us once a week for dinner and bonding with our new daughter in-law. Our second born and only daughter, still lives with us as she both works in healthcare and continues her path of becoming a doctor. She did well on her medical exam for admittance to medical school to become a doctor and living at home is allowing her to manage her finances and more quickly knock down her student loan.
So, this means that we actually see 3 of our 4 young-in’s at least weekly but this coming week, we’ll have them all handy. Such a blessings for parents who love these kiddos.
I mentioned the whole problem of living in California and this next year, we, like so many other families an company’s are either preparing for or are actually leaving California in our rear view mirrors. We have some work to do on the house to get it ready to sell. We are finishing a refinance cycle that will help and we are starting to consider where we want to land.
It’s a big question, because we want to land near our kids, but for now, it’s not clear where they’re going to land. My wife and I may end up being nomads for a few years, outside of California until the offspring’s combined dust settles.
To come back to something more relevant to our coffee share group of bloggers, I finally did it. I entered my credit card to purchase a year worth of WordPress, ad-free blogging. I think I deserve a bit of congrats because I’m still not ready to let the block editor into my weekends or other blogging efforts. I’m giving myself until January to select a new and improved theme to clean up and freshen up the look of my blog. No one has mentioned to me that my current presentation looks bad, so it might just be me, but to me it does look dated, but better now without the ads.
On the other hand, it seems that one of the negative benefits of being a paying customer is that I’ve lost the one menu of the classic editor that made it so easy to use. I’d add a photo here to illustrate, but I don’t seem to have the option to add media any longer unless I start with a fully new (non-copied) page.
If I can no longer mess with media on existing pages/posts, I’m going to be in a pill of a mood towards our friends (?) at WordPress.
This new paid-for relationship with WordPress is not starting well. If, I now HAVE to use the block editor, I will not be a happy blogger. Options = good. Forced Behavior is not.
My expansion of my fictional story, “Ayem Notthymn: Second Door”, is coming along, but slower than I wanted. Work and life, oddly enough are still happening. But I like what I have and am now crafting the ending scenes.
I reprised a Christmas related story that, this year makes three that I’ve added to the effort to share something encouraging for the season. I was pleased to see it still has a healthy following, so it may be something of a tradition now. Have you read my, “Of Crashes and Christmas“? It’s a story that takes the path of a real family crisis (a terrible car accident that almost killed my parents) and unexpectedly led me to an unexpected life lesson around the power of simple gifts. The lesson surprised me in a very good way at the time just as the popularity of this story surprises me now. It’s been one I’ve been very proud to share.
By the way, I’m still looking for alpha or beta readers for Ayem: Second Door Let me know if you’re interested.
Ah! I may have figured out a bizarre work-around that I hope I don’t need to use for long. I can add media by “copying it” from a new doc to this copy of an old one. Seems silly, but until I find how to restore that floating menu I may be stuck with this.
But that’s it from my side. I’m looking forward to a better year than 2020, pretty much like everyone, But there is still plenty to do; settle our kiddos better, fix up this old house, figure out that blasted block editor, select and populate a new blog theme, read more and better books and produce more and better stories to share.
Hmm. I think I need a new bio-block at the bottom of my essays. I don’t look like that heavily bearded guy any longer. Cool! Another item for the to-do list. Update for 210519. I’ve decided I like the photo enough to build my new Bio Card from it. You’ll see it below.
I do hope you’ll continue to be part of my 2021. If you’re part of the weekend coffee share group, I’ll be by your venue shortly. Blessings.