I just had one of those WordPress experiences that makes me doubt my sanity, doubt their sanity, then realize that there is no sanity and I should just give up. I though WordPress had done a new upgrade because everything was totally weird. It was set up for someone writing in code. All the heading information was gone. The link connection was gone. Nothing worked.


It turned out it was everything collectively. Windows 11 wasn’t happy with WordPress OR with the new version (yes, another update) of Chrome. I dumped all my browser cookies. She suggested I try Firefox and that was a total disaster, but to be fair, I’m so hooked into Chrome, any switch would be a disaster.

So now, I’ve got a normal screen again. The link “link” is back and I’m embarrassed to admit that I should have tried dumping cookies without “help.” It has been the bane of my life often enough I should know that sometimes, cookies just “go bad” and you have to delete them.

Spring arrived today and summer is expected tomorrow. That’s way it rolls in New England. Sometime between May 5th and May 10th — on the average, though occasionally it may be a couple of days earlier or later — it changes from cold to warm. The leaves open up between coffee and dinner. It should be in the 80s by Thursday if not tomorrow.

That’s spring in New England. One day it’s spring. The next day it’s summer. Whammo, bammo.


What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back? 

I actually can’t think of two things. I’ll probably think of a great answer in the middle of the night.

What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?  

Having WordPress remind me to clear my cookies. Shame on ME. I was embarrassed at the time because by now, I really should know to try the basics before assuming the application has collapsed.

If Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?  

Let’s see. Australia: Marmite? The UK: Oily fried fish and soggy chips. Ireland: Lamb or salmon. Germany: No idea. The USA: Hamburger, hotdog, with a side of pizza, quite possibly eaten in one meal. Italy? Which part of Italy. The food in the north is very different than the food in the south. It ain’t all pasta and sauce!

What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?

SWAT would break in and shoot them dead. Oops. Wrong address.

Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?

Silent but deadly in a big all-hands-on-deck meeting when I was still working. I was ready to die of embarrassment, but no one knew it was me. I got lucky.

If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day? What did you do? If you don’t (because you’re a single guy or it’s not in your culture) please share something fun you did recently.

We didn’t celebrate it because Owen’s birthday was yesterday and we ran out of celebration energy — and because Owen already bought us a TV for no reason but he felt like it. Our birthdays fall in a row: March 11, April 7, and May 7. By the time we are done with all three, it’s like a mini Christmas.

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  1. Spring is here, finally, but our boys of summer are playing like they’re in the autumn of their years. Yeesh!


  2. I keep thinking of a new TV. There is nothing wrong with the 40 in. Toshiba. My upstairs neighbor always comments on what an excellent picture I have, so I think that dissuades me. I bought a 24 in Vizio for the bedroom last year which I absolutely love. It connects to my wifi and has every app you can think of. The broadcast channels come in very well. Now I can watch YouTube channels from around the world in the living room, via Bluray player, and in the bedroom.
    On the other hand, large 4K TVs have really come down in price.

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    • Well, our bedroom TV looked good when it was looking good, but it was getting a bit erratic about starting properly and often needed to be started twice. It was 12 years old and was going to fail — when was the only question. So it was nice to get a better set. Also easier to see. Very crisp.

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  3. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World! That WP b.s. happened to me last week and now my ‘side bar’ is permanently stuck to the bottom of my posts and post page, not along the SIDE. Grrrr. I was unaware Chrome had done yet another update either, but should have guessed. It keeps second guessing me (auto word replacement) and other annoyances. I’m going to give Firefox a look and if me likee, me movin’. You also gave me an EXCELLENT reason to resist all efforts to force Windows 11 on me (Microsoft is relentless). If it doesn’t work well with WP, which doesn’t work well…oh my lord. 🙄 And that doesn’t even cover your excellent answers!! I love the photos, you both are so adorable! ❤ It looks as if that was a very good day! Have a great week!

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    • Adorable? Thanks, Melanie!


    • I moved and then, after I realized it had locked me out of several applications, I finally just deleted it. It made an awful mess.

      IF you haven’t done so already, empty your browser cache including cookies and see if that doesn’t fix the problem. It fixed mine, much to my embarrassment.


  4. Glad the problem was nothing worse than cookies. And don’t be embarrassed – I’m always forgetting to check if that’s what’s causing me issues!

    I’d like to assure you that the UK can do far better than ‘oily fried fish and soggy chips’ 😆 For one thing our chips are usually pretty crisp (triple fried is popular these days) but also there is far more to us than that! Roast beef (cooked rare please), smoked salmon, wonderful Welsh lamb, orchard fruits and berries (Eton Mess or Summer Pudding perhaps?), artisan cheeses, 184 Michelin starred restaurants, more great pub restaurants than most people could get around in a lifetime … The food scene here has changed immeasurably in my lifetime and is still getting better!

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    • The last time I was there was 1979, so I’m glad to hear your cuisine has improved. You had the best vegetables I’d EVER seen, but everyone loved those awful soggy chips and fish. We ate mostly in pubs after a while. My son said when he was there (about 10 years ago), Indian food was exceptional.

      Food has improved here, too. I don’t think I’ve been to one of our fast food restaurants in years. The problem NOW are prices! We can’t afford to go out, so what we eat is what I cook! But, to be fair, hamburgers (but good ones) are still a lot of people’s favorites. I can’t eat like that anymore. In my kitchen, I cook food from every continent from China and India through the Mediterranean. I don’t know how people who don’t cook manage to afford food.

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    • Toonsarah, it’s good to know the UK food has improved. I also recall – from the 60’s — the soggy chips in the oily tabloids. The warm beer also was a culture shock.

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  5. Cool present. Our daughter also gifted us with a 70 inches tv on our wedding anniversary last year.

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  6. Love these photos of you and Garry. I had a weird WP session tonight. I would do my post, save it, and when I tried to post it would erase the post. Tried 4 times and finally had Forgottenman post it for me. It worked for him, but then he is a magic man. Again, love your photography session pix.

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    • I think it may be the new “upgrades” from Microsoft are messing with WordPress’s somewhat erratic interface. And EVERYTHING is updating and without any organization.

      I am not thrilled with Win 11, either, but my old computer was on its way to the computer graveyard.

      We took a LOT of pictures yesterday. It’s going to be a while before I get most of them processed or even properly sorted. But there are some really good ones in there. Finally — SPRING!

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    • Life, thank you. I like ’em except for those that show the shiny parts of my skull. Yes, pure vanity!


  7. You have a long winter, Marilyn. I am glad its spring and look forward to more spring pictures. A TV is a smashing gift.

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