Update – Update

This mock orange blossom wants has come through the fence.

As I mentioned last week, I’m mostly taking Mondays off for the summer. I do have two short updates. One good, one not so good. Let’s take the bad news first.

Many of you have mentioned having been dropped from receiving notifications of new blog posts. Some of you are unable to find my posts in the Reader. Some of you have refollowed this blog multiple times. I appreciate your efforts, and I am sorry you are having these problems.

I brought this issue to the attention of the Happiness Engineers in late March. Since then, I have had over a dozen email exchanges. Each one ends with “We are working on this problem and hope to have a solution soon.”

I was given the reference number for this case on GitHub, an online platform where the various people working on this problem collaborate. There has been little activity other than suggestions that this problem is more widespread than they realize and the fact that they have no idea what is causing the problem. I have provided as much information as possible, and being a veteran of 42 years of systems development, I have offered what were no doubt some unwanted opinions.

I do not have an answer. I know that problems like this are hard to diagnose, but I’m not convinced their heart is in the effort.

Now for some good news. The wall between my workshop and my garage has been opened. I have resecured the wiring, and relocated some of the fixtures and tools from the workshop. I still have more things to move. The next major step is to raise the floor in the workshop 1⅜” so I can install flooring that will be level across the entire space.

That’s it. I’ll see you here Wednesday and at your places between now and then.  


  1. I got a good laugh from the part about your “no doubt some unwanted opinions.” What headaches and magic come with these machines. On the other side of life, there’s that beautiful mock orange and the progress in your garage. A nice balance to “hope to have a solution.”

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    • I explained how I would go about solving this problem and asked if they were doing anything similar. They did say they would escalate the issue, but that hasn’t led to a solution yet. I figured I’d keep sharing the mock orange while it’s out there.

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  2. I am having software issues with Lightroom and before that Edge browser. What is very annoying to me is they have people who are willing to wreck my computer as a solution. Like reinstall windows (I refused) and make me reinstall everything. I finally got up to level 3 who fixed Edge which is imbedded in the OS. Today it is level 2 for Adobe LR. I hold little hope. I will resist their completely ripping it out. Seems companies are hiring lots of people who know less than I do.
    This give WP a bad rep. They need to hire or use better techs. Hope they fix it soon. I am having issues with some of the blogs I follow too.

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    • It seems Adobe’s first line of defense is to suggest that you remove and reinstall their software. I refused to do that when I had a problem. I told them that I have a subscription and that I had applied all of their updates, so the problem was theirs, not mine. They moved it on from there. I was never notified of a fix, but I think the problem I was having has been solved.

      I don’t think any of these teams take this seriously.

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  3. Thank you for trying to help us in that WP glitch problem. I only just located 3 more this morning I had to re-follow. It appears to be an on-going glitch, not a one time event, as I first thought.

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  4. Good luck with the spontaneous dropping issue Dan. So far I have not noticed it or I should say I have not noticed being dropped. The internet is a gray and fuzzy place. Happy Monday and good luck on your workshop.

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  5. Hahahah, love your toll collectors! And of course the bunny. We have baby bunnies scampering around here. MuMu has a hard time keeping you on her brushing schedule.

    I can’t choose a favorite between the Mock Orange and the Korean Dogwood. Love the “almost a picture of a flicker.”

    You’ve made good progress on your current project. Your workshop is going to be fabulous.

    Interesting shot of Old Glory.

    It’s just plain dark gray here. No rain yet, but the air is ‘wet’. And it’s very buggy!! Ewwwww. Hope you have a pleasant Monday and that the rest of the week follows suit. “Hello” to the

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    • Thanks Ginger. I’m sure The Editor says Hello back to you.

      We have very dark skies, thunder, rain and a chance of MuMu-needing-to-be-brushed here.

      I forgot to include a flag photo last night when I scheduled this. Then I saw Jennie’s post and ran over to add one. That was the first one that popped up in my search.

      Those two toll collectors wait for Maddie and me to come out, and then they are waiting in the dogwood when we return. Maybe they could teach WordPress about the importance of following people.

      Stay safe today, and I hope you have a great week.


  6. I am back to receiving you. So some button I pushed worked. I love the thought of that beautiful flower pushing through the fence to be on your side. I wonder if there was thought…

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  7. “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” Um…Yes. I got the notification of your blog this morning, so small miracles! You know, people lie in wait for hours to get shots like yours of the flicker in motion. I love it! It’s terrible to admit this, but Flag Day will always mean Jack the Ripper to me. When Daughters #2 and #3 were pre-teen, they were obsessed with protecting the city from Jack the Ripper. On Flag Day, see, he would cruise around in a gray van with his knife collection and victimize Louivillians in the dozens. Chilling!

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  8. That’s a big project! I imagine you’re working in the mornings while it’s cool out and in there.

    The Dogwood and Mock Orange are just lovely!

    I hope you get your issue resolved and the Happiness Engineers come through for you and a lot of other people too. I’m knocking on wood that my WP site stays working.

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    • I have been working about four hours a day on the shop. It usually stays cool/comfortable until about 2:00, even on the hottest days. The shop is in the shade until then. WP is working on it. I try not to get frustrated, but I am. I hope all is well for you.


  9. I’m knockin’ wood that so far so good with following you. Yeah, they’re escalating the problem…they don’t have a clue, do they? The ‘almost’ photo is beautiful, Dan. The action/blur shots are a favorite of mine. I had to look up your Mock Orange because your flowers are prettier than mine. Yours is a virginal mock orange; mine is just a plain old mock. The garage/workshop is looking great. And, of course, cutest toll collectors ever! Enjoy your Monday.

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    • Thanks Lois. My wife wants to get another one of those plants. I’ll pas along what you said. The toll collectors are hard to refuse, but they’re a little like Abbot and Costello. I’m glad you like the almost photo – I almost didn’t’ include it. I hope your week is off to a good start.

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  10. Dan your woodcraft and building skills continue to impress. That building still lives up to my name for it — the Taj Ma-Shed, just for the work and thought put into it. Thanks for all the photos. MuMu looks like she really means business. =^-^= Hugs on the wing.

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    • MuMu always means business when she visits me. “I’m here to be brushed.” seems to be what she’s muttering as she enters the room. The thinking on the workshop is ongoing. I’m trying not to build myself into a corner. That’s why I’m not making permanent wiring changes, just yet,

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  11. Wow, that is a lot of reconstruction. Looks like you have a plan, Dan, as always. Stay cool out there. Love the light illuminating the bunny’s ears. Toll collectors. 😜😂😂😂 The mock orange blossom is lovely. Happiness engineers indeed….hmphhh. 😏

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  12. I’m glad there was good news to balance the bad. WP has mostly been quiet in my little part of it and I’m thrilled that they finally put back little dots on days when I have a post scheduled. I’m occasionally having the problem again of highlighting a section to italicize or put in a link and then when I try to apply what I want to do, only part of the section works. Sometimes it takes three tries to have the entire think working. Sigh.


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  13. Now there’s something we don’t see too often this side of the pond 1 3/8″ (not sure how to do the actual fraction bit). I remember at school (seems like 1000 years ago now) having rulers with 1/2, 1/4 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 & 1/64th of an inch sections marked out on them.

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  14. It seems to me that WP spent too much time focusing on the block editor and not enough time on making their platform work right. I’m having some cell phone/IT issues of my own today, which I won’t go into, but suffice it to say that I should have known better than to trust.

    I hope you’ve had a wonderful Monday, Dan, and I’ll see you here in a couple of days. I may have a post by then. ;-)

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  15. good morning the hiccups WP has are becoming more frequent, they have grown so much in size, sometimes too many cooks spoil the broth, Ii personally appreciate your efforts, kudos dear friend, you are an unsung hero… that’s fun, the “the retired” sets aside a long week-end.. hmmmm… do you have a list for your lists? Waves a wet soggy good morning across the miles.

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  16. I see you have been hard at work as usual, Dan. Beautiful gallery, thank you!! As for the problem you mentioned, a lot of people I know are having the same problem realizing they are not getting notified with my new posts. Let us both INTEND that those happiness engineers get their you know what moving to rectify this problem. So not fair to those of us who are experiencing these things. Have a great day!! xo

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  17. I’m glad you wrote this post and are trying to work with the Happiness Engineers to find a solution. I use Feedly most of the time because when I try to depend on Reader it lets me down. Still I’d prefer that it work better– or at least as claimed. The longer I write my blog the more problems crop up that have nothing to do with me writing my blog.

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  18. I just realized I didn’t get your Wednesday post but when I got here I realized I didn’t get this one either. Those happiness engineers aren’t making me too happy. Anyway, I love the shop progress. I have a battery reciprocating saw, and it gets used a lot. Keep us posted on your progress. Love the blooms.

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  19. Good luck with workshop project . I hope you won’t need to take a second mortgage to afford the lumber . The ‘good news , bad news ‘ reminds me of a joke . A guy goes to a doctor …………

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