I know–it’s the 20th and I haven’t posted anything this month except my reading list.

I’m mostly just frustrated with the weird glitches that are making this blog so … squirrelly. The unusual amount of bandwidth it’s using, the fact that the current posts don’t always show up on the blog … and I have NO IDEA WHY. I don’t know how to fix it, and I’m sorry. I wish I did.

But meantime, it almost feels like … why should I bother? If I’m getting nasty emails from my webhost (even though I supposedly have “unlimited” bandwidth) which makes me feel like I should cut back on my posting anyway, and then there’s this weird problem so that you can’t always read the posts that I DO write … Sigh.

I don’t even have any new photos to share … where’s the fun in taking photos if I can’t share them properly? So my photo-mojo has scattered. (But here’s one to break the tedium.)

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The most frustrating part for me is that I don’t know how to FIX this problem. If I tried moving to a new host, would is the glitch somehow embedded in one of my posts? Could reinstalling WordPress entirely fix the problem? (Though that’s rhetorical, really, because I wouldn’t know how to completely reinstall it anyway.)

You’ll be glad to know that Chappy is finally off Prednisone, though he’s been having some REALLY flaky skin problems and has lost lots of fur–his entire belly and chest were bald for a couple weeks, though that fur is finally growing back in, once we started using the medicated shampoo from the vet.

…Although we had to stop that for a little. He wrenched his paw (or his neck, or his back, or his shoulder … we’re really not sure). He tends to be very stoic at the vet and doesn’t show any signs of pain WHILE HE’S THERE, so we kind of had to guess it was his paw because he was reluctant to go down the stairs and was holding his right front paw turned out to the side, like he didn’t want to put full weight on it. So, for a week he’s been on the doggy equivalent of bed rest–no stairs, no walks, and allegedly no jumping up or down off the furniture, though that one’s impossible to enforce. He’s been acting more like himself the last couple days, but because of the ┬áno stairs/no jumping/keep quiet rules, I couldn’t give him the twice-weekly baths, and in the last few days, I’ve noticed some fur loss again.

Poor little guy! Luckily, he doesn’t seem at all embarrassed at the fur loss, and the weather is warmer so he shouldn’t be cold. And it’s good to see him look like he’s feeling better.

Oh, and now that I’m carrying him up and down the stairs? Suddenly we started really enforcing that diet he was supposed to be on. He’s usually right around 35 lbs, but had put a little extra on–39 pounds–just before we started the prednisone in October. Then, the meds made him lose muscle tone until he was down to about 26, which has come back as we lowered the dose, but we went a little too far in the other direction in helping him put weight on, and when he was at the vet three weeks ago, was at 39 again. Last week, he had dropped to 38.6, but … well, that’s still a lot to be carrying up the stairs (especially since right now I’m not getting MY walks either), so I’ve been feeding him a little less this week and I think he’s closer to 37 now.

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In knitting, I’ve got one more sleeve of my Celtic Dreams cardigan, but it’s stepped to the side for a moment while I work on something needed for a gift.

I went to Jessica’s two weeks ago for her last fiber gathering here in NJ since she’s moving up to New England. I’m going to miss her! (You know, even if I don’t get to see her often–but obviously even less now.)

Yep. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Sorry if I seem down tonight (I blame my unhappy Spring sinuses).

5 Thoughts on “So, I’ve Been Lazy

  1. Hi there. I’m sorry to read about problems with your hosts. I can’t say from reading if there are issues in your posts or if it is all on the provider side, but one thing is very clear to me: please change hosting provider! Nobody should Ever send any nasty emails, they are supposed to help you and… be serviceable! You are paying for their service after all! So please, do dump them… I wouldn’t want something so trivial to stop you from doing what you do well and what many of us enjoy reading.

    If it where me I would re-install worpress with a new host. i don’t know any, but you could easily find then online. Then use your wit and instinct to select a good one. A very good one would even help you get your issues fixed and up and running.

    I know this can all seem daunting… Hang in there!

    A worried reader :-)

  2. I agree with Kateri. I’d change service providers. It’s truly a pain in the you-know-what to “reboot” all your old posts, but would be worth it in the end.

    Lewey and Riley send woofs to Chappy!

  3. well, last, week, I was thinking you had not posted since Sept or something. looking at your blog. My posting has dropped off too-or been Belvedere-centric. The iris is beautiful. Hope Chappy feels better soon

  4. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia on March 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm said:

    I’m sure you’ve probably heard this already a million times, Deb, but in case you haven’t—back in September when your posts stopped showing up (unless I looked in About Me for current posts…I found that adding /whatever year it is/ to the end of your addy made the posts turn up again. Now maybe this is a quirk peculiar to only AOL~~and I’m not particularly computer-literate~~but it’s a fix that works for me. After I did that, they were right where they used to be and I didn’t have to search for them.

    I agree with everyone else, though. You should change hosts. For a biz in the support services area, they don’t seem particularly supportive.

    http://chappysmom.com/2011/

  5. Susan on March 29, 2011 at 1:50 am said:

    Hi Deb,

    I love following you and Chappy but you need to change providers or whatever they’re called to make finding you easier. I don’t know much about computers but whoever is your “host” needs to be fired. It used to be so easy. I really want to keep up with your blog.

    Fellow Boykin lover,
    Susan

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