Saturday, March 11, 2017

What this is

I started a blog as Notes on Facebook, then moved to my old Mindspring page, but had to stop because I ran out of room.  Later, I moved it to my GDrive page, but updates were really difficult. So now, I'm trying Blogger.  We will see if I can get it to work. 

Originally, the blog was to document the acquisition of my 2 cats from my downstairs neighbor (and the trauma that involved). But, now I want to add more: about cats, science, Jeeps, and other topics where I want to do longer posts than FB will allow.  And now, you can add comments. 

Rant: 
Blogger is NOT user friendly, and has no way pin a post to the top.  Stupid.  Even more stupid, no shortcut links to the Archive, top of bottom.  Sorry.  This post has to stay dated in the future to stay at the top.  All the other dates in the Archive are the post dates.  Not the original dates.  Sorry. 
Rant over.

UPDATE
The website is back up.  Try www.ellenjeep.com.  Yep, my very own domain name. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ok, finally broke down and did it.  I purchased a domain name of my own, and can now post on my own webspace.  And email addresses.  Forever. 

www.ellenjeep.com

Simple, since I've been using it as an email address for years. 

So, the website it back up, please visit if you wish.  I can now add to it to my heart's desire.  And, technically use it for cloud storage, but I'm happy with my current clouds.  If they change, maybe I'll look into it then.  

Not a bad price:  $170 for 3 years.  Pretty much unlimited.  Great technical service.  Decent interface.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dog days of summer...

Leaves are turning, the grapes are purple on the vine, and it is time to pick them. It's been an interesting summer, spreading out the automobile fixes as money comes trickling in.  
I haven't had all 3 of my vehicles at home all summer. One or another has been in the shop since May.  
First the Jeep needed a new oil sending unit,
Then the Mustang got much needed shocks and struts,
Then the Jag needed an oil change, lube and well something is wrong with the cooling system,
Then the Jeep finally got new tires. The old ones were from 2002.  But it did very well at Sierra Trek. 

Then the front end of the Mustang broke. (see photo)
Now both the Jag and Jeep are overheating, and I'm waiting for the Mustang to come back to get the Jag fixed.  

All of this has cost an arm and a leg.  But, I didn't do any maintenance last year.  

So, it all evens out.  But I would really like to drive the Mustang again. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Frustration mounting...

I've had my website happily hosted on Google Drive for a couple of years.  I've been very happy with it.  I don't think anyone else has looked at it, but it serves its purpose as an easy link location for me.

But now, Google has sent out a warning that it will end hosting at the end of August.  Their email stated:

Hello from Google,
We announced last year that we’re deprecating web hosting in Google Drive for users and developers. Our records show that you might have used this feature to publish a webpage or serve other web assets.
On Aug 31, 2016, we will discontinue serving content via googledrive.com/host/[id] and the webpages will not be accessible anymore.
As an alternative to web hosting in Drive, we recommend:
  • Blogger—An easy and free way to host websites.
  • Firebase Hosting— An alternative if you’re using the web-hosting feature to serve static webpages with items on Drive.
If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Google Support.

Sincerely,
The Google Apps Team

Which is fine, except that Firebase costs money and requires a domain name.  

And no one I've emailed or talked to at Google can tell me how to host a site on Blogger!!  There it is - the first option in the email they sent, AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME HOW TO DO IT. I've tried Blogger support.  I've tried Google support.  I've tried the forums.  I've posted questions.  NOTHING.

Thanks Google. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Blues

Spring is here. My cars are green with pollen, and I survived my spring cold. The hills are brilliant green, and will certainly still be green on my birthday. 
But I'm still unsettled. 

Work is nice: I get to work with a bunch of nice people on a early iMac "network". Since I got assigned the IT guru in the first week, I now get to learn more stuff (like how to uninstall Office 2008 from a 2007 iMac).  The commute is great, and the "other duties as assigned" includes walking this lovely, sweet pile of fur called Spicer. The commute has no traffic, and one of the best curvy roads in the area. 
Why am I still not happy?

Glenn and family have moved back into the area, and I get to see them every so often, which is always a blast. Mom is thrilled they're back.  She's doing OK, playing bridge, needlepointing and dealing with tech.  
But I still worry about her. 

For some unknown reason I've lost 20 pounds in the last 8 months. More sleep?  Cooking for myself? Strep Throat?  
I should be thrilled.  

The best I can manage is content. 
That's not a bad place to be - certainly a step up from sleep deprived and stressed.  I just don't know where to go next. 



Monday, March 14, 2016

Life, part 2

I finally have a job. 
I enjoyed my year's vacation, but I really needed to get back to work. Nothing scientific - I've explored all those jobs, and there was nothing in my field. 
So, I'm now a bookkeeper.  Back to where I started!  Thanks Dad - you trained me well. 

I'm doing paper & pencil bookkeeping for a small travel agency that specializes in scientific based trips: eclipses, transits, botany and exotic locations. High end.  I don't get to do any traveling (yet), but I've seen their trips for years and wanted to go there & do that. 

Location?  Dream commute!  It's at the top of Montebello Road, right below Ridge Winery. I really enjoy the drive.  But it's taking a toll on my brakes and gas mileage. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

In memory of my “Little Green Eyes”

Original Post: Monday, April 27, 2015
I still miss little Tigger.  She had the most beautiful green eyes although she would never let you see them. I wish she had lived long enough to become a loving pet. I found this song and wrote down the lyrics when she died, but haven’t posted them for some reason. 

Little Green Eyes
Words: Mercedes Lackey, Music: Kathy Mar

Silent City, silent ruin stands alone.
Nothing left there but a wall piled stone on stone.
And beneath it, where the cellar used to be
lies a hidden sheltered place no one can see.
From that rubble two green eyes appear and blink, 
and a tabby cat steps timid through a chink.

In the twilight, in the silent evening gloom,
Tabby shadow runs with joy from room to room. 
Here his chair and there his bowl, and all the rest,
and his people, all the ones that he loves best.
With a tiny cry of bliss he greets them there.
Was it magic brought them back to him again?

Little Green Eyes, is it hunger makes you see,
all the walls now where your old home used to be?
Little Green Eyes, is it cold that clouds your sight
so the phantom fills with sound and warmth and light?
Little Green Eyes is it loneliness at last
makes you build once more this vision of the past.

But the vision disappears into the night.
Gone the people, banished are the warmth and light. 
Little Green Eyes you are by your hopes betrayed
all your memories are shadows and they fade. 
When they've left your self deceit you realize.
is it human grief and loss that fills your eyes?

Tabby shadow slips in sorrow to the stone
Little Green Eyes curled in pain so all alone.
But as dawn breaks and the stones are touched with light,
he is fading with the shadows and the night.
Little Green Eyes isn't really there at all,
one more ghost that haunts this fine old crumbling wall.

Little Green Eyes, is it hunger makes you see,
all the walls now where your old home used to be?
Little Green Eyes, is it cold that clouds your sight
so the phantom fills with sound and warmth and light?
Little Green Eyes is it loneliness at last

makes you build once more this vision of the past.