The Last Post of January. Yay!

Except for two days when I didn’t have internet, I fulfilled my New Year’s Resolution to post every day for a month. And I am so glad it’s over. So, so, so very glad. There were days when I couldn’t think of anything worth saying and thought about posting a one liner “See you tomorrow” type post. But that would have defeated the purpose of trying to get back in the blogging groove. I don’t know that posting every day inspired me, in fact, I think it had the opposite effect there, but it did get me back in the routine. And that was half the battle. Posting every day meant the posts were generally shorter and less thought went into them. And if you are a regular reader, you saw that there were more quilting posts than anything else, mainly because that is what I’ve been doing lately.

Other than the regular stash busting and design wall linky posts, I am going to go back to my goal of posting three times a week. I plan on posting about my sewing table, and with spring planting not far off, I’ll be planning my garden and cleaning out the pond (ugh). So there will finally be some variety on the blog again.

Hubby is off mending the fence of an elderly friend, but when he returns, he promised to help me as I start building my sewing table. Sometimes an extra hand in the shop is much appreciated. He often has better ideas how to put things together too, although I’ve got a pretty good idea how I want to do these.

Until next time,
MartiDIY

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I Know You’ve Heard That Happiness is a State of Mind

There are self-help books, website articles, and Bible studies that delve into why people are unhappy and how to change the way you think.  There are songs and witty little posters telling us to just be happy.  It’s never been quite that easy for me.  If you have ever thought “I will be happy if _____ happens,” then you know what I mean.  It used to be “I will be happy when we have money for retirement,” or “I will be happy when the house is finished,” or “I will be happy when I have a job,” or…. the list was endless.

But this morning when I was cleaning the bathroom (yeah, plenty of time to think then), I realized that while I am not deliriously happy, I am content.  And I have been content for quite awhile and never really noticed it.  We don’t have enough retirement savings, the house isn’t finished, and I have no job opportunities on the horizon.  I still think about all that but somewhere along the line, I quit obsessively worrying about it.  Worrying didn’t solve any problems, and in fact caused more problems.

And there is a poster for that too.

Used with permission from livelifehappy.com

I’m not sure what I did to end the worry.  I prayed, certainly.  I also kept busy, connected with friends, and tried to help others.  One or all made the difference for me.

WordPress vs. Blogspot Part 1 – the Comment Solution

Right after I started this blog, a couple of people asked me how it compared to Blogspot, aka Blogger.  It’s actual name is Blogger, but because it is confusing to sort the Blogger service from the blogger people, I’m going to refer to it as Blogspot throughout this post.

I’m still learning about WordPress, but there are some differences I’ve encountered. Whether one is better than the other is still hard to say. They both have their merits. Of all the blogs I visit, Blogspot is far more common, and I agree that it is easier to use, especially for someone new to blogging, and has more features. However, the features that wordpress does have are impressive.

Blogspot started in 1999, and was bought by Google in 2003, so it has a lot of might behind it.  Wordpress started in 2003 and is reported to be the most popular blogging system on the web.  That may be so in some genres, but as I said before, I don’t see that in the type blogs I like to visit.

I switched to WordPress for a couple of reasons, the main one being the email copy of comments.  In both formats, when someone comments on a blog, a copy of the comment is sent to the blog owner’s email.  At least that is the way it’s supposed to work.  That quit working for me in Blogspot.  I stopped getting emails when most people commented, and my comment stopped going to their email.  I knew that because the email bounced back to my email, usually to my spam folder usually with the title: Delivery Status Notification (Failure), and sometimes: Returned mail: delivery problems encountered.

EmailDeliveryProblem

 

And inside the bounced email, was all the technical gobbledegook explaining why it was returned.

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I highlighted the reason Google was unable to deliver my message:   Message not accepted for policy reasons.  What policy?  Not mine.  I don’t even have settings regarding receiving blog email.  I wonder if it’s because I have a Yahoo email and Blogspot is owned by Google.  I’d try it with a Gmail email but I don’t have one.  My next test will be with a generic email.

Edited 1.27.15 @ 1:38 pm

I just got another rejected email but with a different reason for the non-delivery.  This was for a comment I made on a Blogspot blog but the blog owner must have a comcast email.  This one says: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain comcast.net by mx1.comcast.net. [96.114.157.80]. The error that the other server returned was:
550 5.2.0 l7KU1p00R1baoJR017KU9D Message rejected due to DMARC. Please see http://postmaster.comcast.

 

I have no idea what DMARC is.  I clicked on the link to find out and this is what it said: This message has been rejected by the Comcast mail servers due to the sending domain’s published DMARC policy. The sending domain has published a DMARC reject policy and this message has not passed either DKIM or SPF authentication for the domain.

Well, that certainly cleared things up.  Snark!  I still don’t know what DMARC is.  But evidently it doesn’t like yahoo.  Or maybe it doesn’t like Google.  Or both.  Or it’s personal.  Yeah, that’s probably it.

After moving to WordPress, I thought all my comment problems were over.  Not.  Blogspot doesn’t play well with WordPress.  Blogspot is like the bully of the playground and WordPress is that sweet kid who wants to get along with everyone.

The first day I had a WordPress blog, I tried to comment on a Blogspot blog that I had commented on many times before.  But this time there was a word verification box.  I hate those things.  But I did it because I already had a long comment written.  Then a preview box where I clicked Publish, then it said it was publishing, but instead went back to the preview box.  Click publish again, and back to the preview box.  Over and over again.  I never could get it published.   So I logged into my old Blogspot blog and published that way.  But that was not a good solution.  I didn’t want to direct anyone to my old blog, I wanted them to be able to find my new blog.

That’s when I realized that in the last year I had been getting very few comments from WordPress bloggers, and the few I did get used a blogger profile.  I had wondered why at the time, but now I know it was because they couldn’t post a comment with just their WordPress account.  So I did that too, although Google has made it harder to open an account than they did when I first started.  They automatically opened a gmail account with my blog name.  Sorry, I don’t like gmail.  I tried it and just didn’t like it.  If I only had one email and it was gmail, that would be fine, but I have several emails and didn’t want them merged into one Google account.  So with the help of those who have gone before, I managed to get rid of the gmail and put in my yahoo email.  Now I had a Blogspot profile with my WordPress blog as my website, and my yahoo email showing in the return email.  Still not the solution I wanted, but better.

For the first week or two, everything was great.  People were replying by email, so I knew they were getting a copy of my comment in their email.  Then I started getting some bounced emails.  And now I think they are all bouncing.  So all that trouble to make a Blogspot profile in order to comment was down the drain.

But what I wanted all along was to be able to post comments with WordPress.  And I finally figured it out.  The problem was… drumroll please…  Chrome!  I had this aha moment when I realized that Chrome is also owned by Google and since Google wants to rule the net, it was trying to make it difficult for everyone else.  So I switched to Explorer, tried to post on a Blogspot blog, and it went off without a hitch, well,  except for that word verification thing.

So, if you are using WordPress and having trouble posting a comment to a Blogspot, try a different browser.  I only tried Explorer and I haven’t been able to update Explorer since the last Microsoft breach, so I don’t use it much.  If you use another browser, please let me know how it works and I’ll include it in this post.

I am still working on my Pro and Con list for WordPress vs. Blogspot, so stay tuned.

 

The Diet Struggle

The other day I juiced an English cucumber, lettuce, cilantro, and ginger. It was really a mess without a juicer; I used the blender and then strained it.

Afterward, I swear it smelled just like a smashed green stink bug. It was hard to drink with that image in mind. Well, it was hard to drink anyway because it didn’t taste very good. Hubby agreed. He said the look on my face was just like this:

I Love Long Weekends

Not only a long weekend ahead, but our weekend is going to be warm and sunny.  I plan on getting all the Christmas stuff off the garage floor and into the attic, do a little woodworking, and then a little quilting.  I started a new quilt yesterday – I know, I know, what was I thinking, that I thought would be a good leaders and enders, but looks like I’m going to do it with English paper piecing.  So it will be another quilt that will be in the works for years.

What are your weekend plans?