Oh No, Not Again – I Need To Learn A New Wordpress???

Here comes a rant. You don’t have to read all this, but I HAVE to write it. That’s how I vent.

I mean…..

I took a look at the new one – they call it “Gutenberg” – and I hate it. Why oh why can’t they just leave well enough alone???

It looks dreadful. I tried playing around with the “Blocks” and all I can say is groannnnn…..

Right now I’m typing this in the old WordPress, the one that took me all of two whole weeks before I was comfortable with it. Learning WordPress was a real chore because it’s so different from Blogger which I had used for about 10 years. But for reasons I won’t go into here, I had to leave Blogger. That meant learning a whole new blogging setup. So I went to WordPress and had to plod my way through with tutorials groaning and screaming all the way because it was SO different from Blogger. Ok, I got it now. Leave me alone for goodness sakes. I do NOT want another change!

In the new one – WordPress’s “Gutenberg”- instead of seeing a flat text area like the one I’m using right now – you get these boxes that are jumping all over the place. Each paragraph is a separate box. Is that insane or what? I’m looking at my text here in the old WordPress. Everything is right in front of me. There’s a formatting toolbar above with the usual formatting icons. Why is this not good enough??? Why split up every paragraph into boxes that appear and disappear as you try to use them? What a nightmare!

It will be awhile before I go back and take another look. After just one hour looking at the new one I’m just overwhelmed. I don’t want to see it again until I recover from this shock. Until then I’ll just use this one that I’m used to – until they force the new one on me. Groannnnn…… 



A Report After Using Windows 10 For a Couple Days


Instead of complaining about the heartache of losing Windows 7 and being forced to go with Windows 10, I’ve decided to look instead to whatever good I can find in it. Mourning is unproductive. Well let me reword that because mourning IS productive, it produces negative feelings and I certainly don’t need that.

Ok. Windows 10. I bought the laptop a couple days ago and of course it has the dreaded new operating system, and I had no choice in the matter. So Windows 10 it is!

The first thing I noticed is what I DON’T have to do. The first thing I planned on doing before anything else was to search for and install an anti-virus program. It was quite a surprise that Windows 10 has one already installed. That’s a PLUS.

Being totally unfamiliar with this new operating system, I went first to youtube to see if I could find a beginner’s tutorial. Found a good one, and by the time I was halfway through it, I “got it,” and didn’t need to watch the rest of it. I WILL go back and watch the rest when I have time (like that’s going to happen?) because I’m sure there are tips it would be good to know.

By the way – you can find youtube tutorials for just about anything you can think of. Make use of them. It’s such a great way to learn, and usually with several levels of difficulty. I even found one on the best way to peel an orange! 

It’s not really that different from previous operating systems. As long as you have Windows Explorer, your files are set up as they were before, and I use a portable hard drive so I had very little to do concerning files. There are a few files I need daily on the laptop itself, but I had backed them up so I only had to copy them in. The only difference is that they now call it “File Explorer,” which actually makes more sense.

I do like the tiles in Windows 10. Makes it easy to get to programs you don’t want an icon for on the taskbar. There are a few that I only use a couple times a day, so I’m happy to have them sitting in the tiles place for easy access. The tiles are completely customizable, so I’m happy with that setup.

Another thing I learned to do before I switched to the new computer was to sync my browser across my devices, so that when I went into Chrome, all my tabs and all my bookmarks were the same. I didn’t have to set up anything in order to have my browser looking exactly as I left it.

I missed the gadgets that were available on Windows 7 and if they’re included in Windows 10 I couldn’t find them. But I googled “desktop gadgets for Windows 10” and voila, I managed to get them onto my desktop just as before. Actually, there were a couple I liked even better than the previous gadgets I had there. So now I have a large analog clock, a large calendar icon with the day and date, a weather gadget customized to my zip code, a gadget showing how much space I have left on the hard drive, and a gadget showing how much RAM is being used. I always watch that when I first come onto the computer and wait until it’s back down near zero before I go opening a browser and programs.

I wasn’t able to get a laptop with 16 gigs of RAM like the one I had before, the closest I was able to get with an HP, (and I insist on HP, had trouble with others before) –  is 12 gigs and I do very much see a difference. I mean, it’s ok. It simply means I can’t have as much going on at the same time as before. I always had two browsers open, so yes I can close one – the second one I only use when I come online and just before I close out. I always have two Excel files open and I use those all day, but one I can close after updating all I have to update in it. I always have a couple Notepad files open, and I need them to stay open. I always keep Free Cell open in the back. I use it to kill time while I’m waiting for something, or while I’m watching – actually listening to – a youtube video; and that’s every day because I keep numerous blogs and I’m constantly looking for appropriate videos to post to them. I have tons of subscriptions on youtube and that has to stay open all day so I can preview all the new ones that get posted. And of course I always have Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail open. Plus the tabs to my WordPress blogs, and Evernote. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but for starters this is a good rundown of the what’s and why’s as they apply to how I use RAM.

A problem I’ve been having is that several times a day I lose the internet connection. I’m pretty sure it’s not the computer, I have an ancient router. Unfortunately I found that there isn’t a port to plug the modem directly into my laptop. Well …let me explain that – there IS a port but the LAN cable I have doesn’t fit into it. So I’ll have to find out what kind of cable adapter I need and go look for one. In the meantime I have the stand with my modem and router pulled out and turned around so that I can easily access the router to reset it several times a day. Groannnnn ….

Maybe I’ll be back later to update this report. Right now I can only say that I’m quite satisfied with Windows 10 – so far.

At the moment I’m hungry, and that always takes priority!  



Apple Cider Vinegar

So . . . I hear that we should be drinking Apple Cider Vinegar every day. Yup. But . . .  have you ever tried it? It’s horrible. After trying to endure it for awhile I finally gave it up. because I just couldn’t stand it. 

But I found a way. I’ve taken to making smoothies which I absolutely love, so it occurred to me to try putting an ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar into my smoothie. The smoothie is already a bit tart because I make it with oranges, so maybe I wouldn’t even taste the Apple Cider Vinegar? 

  By golly, it works. I can taste it in the smoothie, but only because I know it’s there. This is going to work!  

If this inspires you to try it, be sure to get Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar because it has to have the “mother” in it. (Don’t ask )


How To Get Through Dieting

So I went on a fruits-and-vegetables diet. Someone I know did well on it so I decided to give it a try. What a bust! I was hungry all the time. I consumed massive amounts of watermelon, cuccumbers, smoothies which I made with oranges and pineapple. I found myself having to eat during all my waking hours. Didn’t lose more than a pound. 

I had lunch yesterday with a friend who is always on one kind of diet or another and after we discussed these things I laughed and commented, “Do you realize we had this same conversation 30 years ago? But she’s right in what she answered me, “Do you realize how much we’d weigh if we hadn’t been dieting all these years?”  

Atkins is my most successful diet, low carbs and high protein, but the trouble with Atkins is that it’s so restrictive. All you can have is meat and eggs, and some vegetables but vegetables are limited to a total amount of 20 carbs a day and that’s very hard to do, even ketchup has carbs. My friend is right now following Weight Watchers (again) but that wouldn’t work for me because she has to eat small portions throughout the day and I just can’t do that. I can’t eat small portions of anything.

Anyway, so yesterday I finished the fruits-and-vegetables diet and what a relief. It actually had gotten to the point where I’d lay in bed at night craving all the foods I wasn’t allowed to eat. For some crazy reason, the last thing I was craving was potato salad. So I boiled two potatoes and five eggs and today I’m going to have potato salad.  

I guess my friend is right – if we hadn’t been trying these diets all these years we’d be amazons by now. So I guess the message in all this is choose a diet, any diet, go on it for a couple weeks, then switch to another diet. Keep alternating the diets that work for you and don’t demand that you stay on them forever. I think it’s just as important to be able to do it without locking yourself in to one of them and suffer the cravings you’re currently denying yourself.

Potato Salad:

2 potatoes, washed
5 eggs (I like mine with a LOT of eggs, you can adjust to suit yourself)
a whole cucumber
celery if you like it
a small onion
handful of olives
garlic salt,  or onion salt, or any salt
mayonaise – a lot if you like it wet, a little if you want it dryer

Boil the potatoes and eggs
Put them in the refrigerator overnight
Next morning cut the potatoes into bite-sized chunks including the skins
Cut the eggs into bite-sized chunks
Dice the onions – if you only have large onions use only half of one
Add anythings else you like. Suggestions: mushrooms, bacon bits, tomato, diced sweet pepper, broccoli (YUK!!!), any other vegetable
Mix it all up and enjoy

Smoothie: My smoothie tastes like Orange Julius at the mall
Into your blender mix:
One whole large orange peeled, or two small ones
1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 small container of mixed berry Greek yogurt
Fill the blender with water up to 3/4
Blend 60 seconds, any less will give you unblended pineapple chunks
Drink with a large straw. The ones you get in the supermarket are too small, they’ll load up with any pineapple that didn’t get blended. See link below.

Best way to peel an orange

Reusable smoothie straws