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Pictures of trip with Katelyn and Saragrace

Seems appropriate to write today with such an epic event.  I’m in the mountains of Colorado and we will be experiencing about 97%.

About another hour before the event so I’ll be back.

Watched the eclipse on TWC in Madras, OR and Jackson’s Hole, WY and it is awe-inspiring.

Planning now for the 2024 eclipse across the Midwest .


Another yeast problem has started in my mouth necessitating a change in diet.  I’ve already given up milk because of what it does to my RLS (restless leg syndrome), bread with yeast has been flung and now I’m looking at another elimination process and adding food that counteract the yeast.  The biggie to get rid of is sugar!  Yeast love sugar.

Finished “Planet of the Apes”  – amazing book with an incredible ending.

Working on Grantchester – book 1.

Then I’ll work on Ash Adventures.

Letting my right arm rest.  The shoulder has issues and I was crocheting a few days ago which created a flare up.  AH!!  Age.

For at least two weeks I’ve been trying to transfer my Bur Oak Chronicle website to SiteGround so I could add the book as a flipbook.

I know very little about the underpinnings of websites and when they told me I had to have nameservers pointed at blah, blah, blah, My brain went into gel mode.  First of all I need step by step instructions like a recipe.  I was afraid if I did something wrong, the whole thing would disappear.

I wrote back and forth between WordPress and SiteGround, sometimes emailing sometimes, chatting – AUGH!  Finally today I found someone at WP and I gave him two nameserver items and he said – that’s all he needed and it should be working in 72 hours!!!

Then the railroad website I manage needed an update for SpamMaster.  Couldn’t get that to work either even though I followed every direction.  Finally I sent a screen print to SM and was told there were blank spaces in front of the number that needed to go. – Picky, Picky, Picky – but now that works.  Happy Dance.

Only one more piece of technology – I need to delete a website that I’m not going to use.  It was free for a trial, but the email and username that is supposed to work, doesn’t.  I sent a screen shot of that to one of the tech people so she could see the error message I got.  Haven’t resolved that yet.

I’m exhausted.  Think I’ll have an apple and pecans to crunch on!!!

OH, yes, one more.  On the railroad website, I changed the front page and when I update it, only part changes.  I can’t figure that out yet.

Tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow. Too tired now.

I’m feeling so lazy, but I’m trying to rest my shoulder.  Everytime I use it, I’m set back.  So I’m bundled and cozy on the couch.  Think I’ll nap.

Haven’t written for quite a while.  But Thursday and Friday brought many thoughts to my mind.  Went to book club to discuss “Woman in Berlin”, which in hindsight was not a good choice given the political climate we’re in now.  Being the book subject was at the end of WW2, folks started comparing our new president to Hitler and all that is going on.  Tried to move back to the book, but some just won’t let go.

I was getting exasperated so I suggested folks watch the CNN Money piece about Beattyville, KY .

It ended and all went home.  On Friday folks started in again so I suggested again that they watch the video to try to comprehend why some poor white people would vote for Trump. The discussion went from bad to worse and I outed myself as voting for the Republican party because I am pro-life.  Then added my feeling of estrangement from that party because I am pro-environment, anti-gun, anti-big business, anti-capital punishment.  Don’t feel I belong anywhere.

The bottom line is that I won’t be going back to book club.  As I thought more of what I should have said – isn’t that always the way.  I’m not sharp-witted enough, I need to ponder.  The pondering brought me to the thought that all the conversation is on an intellectual level, not a personal one where you put yourself in the shoes of the poor white population.  What would I want?  How would I feel with the idea of no prospects?

I don’t know.  But I do feel their pain after living in Colfax and driving through Vevay or hundreds of other once-thriving communities who want it back the way it was.


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