Gmail, I Don’t Swear As a Rule, BUT . . .

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Hmmm . . . I was wondering why I stopped receiving notifications when my blogging friends posted new stories. Once upon a time my gmail box would be full every time I visited. I looked forward to reading what others were writing about, or photographing. I enjoyed visiting other sites when I could. Even when I got behind (usually due to studies or other life events), I knew that notifications would be waiting for me and I could catch up when time allowed. But for a few weeks now, my gmail box has been almost empty. There have been a few listings here and there, but only from sites outside of WordPress. Hmmm . . . (yes, I know I’m repeating myself). Had WordPress changed the way they notified blog subscribers? I found myself using the blog reader in WP, but that didn’t work so well when I wanted to go back and read back-posts from a week ago, or two weeks ago. Or, for those who post only two or three times a week, or less, it is a hit-or-miss situation. I found that I was missing many posts from a lot of bloggers that I enjoy keeping up with. MInd you, there are times when I definitely get behind. I’m in the midst of one of my most challenging quarters yet (lots of statistics–ugh!) but it is nice to take a break here and there, read something a friend has written, leave a comment when I can, or check “like” to let my buddies know that I stopped by. WELL, this morning while I was exploring the “new” gmail, which probably isn’t so new anymore, I discovered that I had close to 3,000 notifications in my spam folder…. 3,000!!!! You gotta be kidding me!!! So, I checked it out, and sure enough that is where ALL WordPress notifications of your wise, wonderful, insightful, beautiful, inspiring, funny, elegant and otherwise great postings have been going. GRRRRRRRRR….  Why they started sending the notifications to my spam box, I don’t know.

Well, it is not the end of the world, nor is the sky falling. The earth is not shaking (I’ve experienced that a few times and it is definitely more frightening than my email in my gmail going to spam mail). It is an aggravation, nothing more. But I do depend on the mail to help me keep abreast of what is happening in the blogging world. Soooooo  . . . I’ll try to get this straightened out. My absence from your sites is not intentional, nor does it mean my blogging days are waning. It simply means the GMAIL IS FALLING DOWN ON THE JOB! (Do you think that the gmail fairies are reading this blog?)  I may not be able to catch up with all the postings (3,000, can you believe it!), but I’ll be back to see you soon.

In the meantime, have a glorious day.  I feel better now that I’ve gotten this off my chest. 🙂 I hope you are feeling great, too!

With affection for all my blogging friends,

Cecelia Futch 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

This was a very challenging challenge! I think I’ve got it however. 🙂  Who can express wonder better than a child, and in this case, our granddaughter, Genevieve! Enjoy.

Photograph by GG's mother, Maria.

Five Question Friday: November 11, 2011

Good Friday everyone! First of all, I would like to salute all United States veterans. I think that most of us in the US have had at least one family member serve in the armed forces. so on this day, I salute US veterans everywhere.

Today this will be short. I have THREE papers due before the end of the day, plus an appointment with my academic adviser. To be honest, I shouldn’t even be here, but I just couldn’t resist. 😉 So, join me if you wish, but let’s get to the questions for today. Enjoy! 🙂

1. What’s the last thing you spent too much money on?

I spent $100 on a pair of shoes that were not even attractive! but they purported to be good for exercising one’s legs. Weeks later, I found that I could have gotten the same pair at a discount store for less than half the price. 😦  Next time, I’ll shop around first!



2. What celeb chef would you want to make you dinner?

To be honest, I don’t know any celeb chefs; we don’t have a tv. But if I could have any chef cook for me, it would be Susie Fishbein, author of the Kosher by Design recipe book series. Her recipes are phenomenal! I have three of her many books and frequently refer to them. I can’t say enough good things about her dishes. If ever you get the chance, check out her blog at Kosher by Design Blog.


3. Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal?

I don’t usually hide things when people pop over. They have to take me as they find me, however the Sabbath or festivals, I scoop up everything that hasn’t found a “home” yet and toss into the “catch-all” room (we’ve had one in every place we have lived) to be dealt with after the Sabbath or holidays are over.  No pictures for this one. Not much to see really, just a junked-up room.

4. Who is your oldest living family member?

Uncle David, Mom's brother

In my immediate family, Mom is the oldest at 82 years. But she has a surviving older brother who is 85 or 86. He looks good for being 86 years old, don’t you think?  I don’t know Dad’s extended family, so I can’t say if there are older folks or not on his side. His family has the genes for the age though! Many live into their 90’s. The photo to the left is Uncle David, Mom’s brother, who has lived in Louisiana as long as I have been alive. He and his wife have been married for over 60 years.



5. What is your favorite DQ treat and/or Sonic drink combo (ie: cherry vanilla dr. pepper)?

Oy . . . don’t do those either. We buy ice cream from the super market and bring it home to enjoy when we want. When the kids were growing up we often made homemade ice cream which was a treat. When I was growing up, coke floats, or Dr. Pepper floats were popular. Mmmm. . . maybe I’ll make one of those today. Sounds good!

There you have it. Have a great weekend, and we’ll do this again next week.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

I am in Chicago for a few days visiting my daughters and their families. I arrived in the windy city around sunrise Sunday morning. My daughter’s partner picked me up at Union Station (you really ought to travel by MegaBus at least once! Great fun!) but instead of going straight back to their apartment, we did a little sight-seeing first. Chicago on a Sunday morning at sunrise, empty streets, wonderful colors, fantastic architecture . . . and Marilyn . . . is awesome! I was not thinking about this challenge when I was shooting, but early this morning as I was going through the photos, I thought this would fit the bill. Enjoy! (and I’ll throw in a few of Marilyn as a bonus! :-))

Five Question Friday: November 4, 2011

I’m back.  It has been a challenging few weeks, but I’m back and ready to go. I decided to keep 5QF, but to add “Point to Ponder” on another day of the week, like maybe on Wednesdays.  And I absolutely reserve the right to change a question if the powers that be list a question that is too banal, gross, intrusive, crude, or what have you. So far I’ve only done that once.  At any rate, let’s see what questions we have for this week! Enjoy.

1. What movie do you love to quote?

I don’t actually quote movies, but there is one movie that I can quote, almost verbatim, from beginning to end. I LOVE it! Sadly, I packed the video away in storage until we move into a house which could be months, or even a year from now. It is a quirky movie and it makes me laugh and smile so it’s great to watch on a “blue” day. 🙂 Ever hear of “The Princess Bride”? Great for children and adult alike…. Dorky as all get out, but that is its charm. 🙂

Cover of "The Princess Bride (20th Annive...
Cover via Amazon
2. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
hmmm . . . a few! My parents belonged to a Harley Davidson club when they were in college. I rode around on the back of one when I was a small child. We owned a Honda dirt bike when I was in my early teens that we rode through cotton fields and on back roads . . . we (my twin brother and I) were too young for a license so we rode on the back roads and through the fields to avoid the traffic cops. A guy had a better chance of getting a date with me if he had a motorcycle…. sad but true. Haven’t been on one in a while, but have many memories of wonderful rides with the wind blowing through my hair (in the days before the helmet laws). I also have the burn scars on my calves from scraping against the exhaust pipe to attest to my motorcycle-riding days.
Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Image via Wikipedia
3. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
These days I read (academic stuff for class), write (academic stuff for class, and blogging) or sleep. But my favorite favorite thing to do, if it is not storming, is to grab the poncho, the umbrella, and the camera and take a walk! See here for what happens when I do that! 🙂

4. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts, or one really big, (expensive) gift?
I’m not one for big or expensive . . . but a gem or two here and there is appreciated now and then. 😉 On the other hand, the handmade gifts from my grandchildren (or children for that matter) or the sweet note from my husband written on the back of a PNC bank statement envelope are priceless, far more valuable than emeralds or diamonds.
multi-coloured lilies
Image by nicodeemus1 via Flickr
5. Do you ever lose track of days and show up somewhere wrong?
Duh…. I’m a middle age woman sliding toward 60 with ever-increasing speed. What do you think?
My "Good Morning" look with a cup of coffee, and Genevieve looking over my shoulder! 🙂

So there you have another Five Question Friday. 🙂 Have a joyful weekend, and I’ll see you next week for 5QF!

Pele, My Sweet Cat


Pele has been with me for 18 years, since she was weened as a kitten. She has been a wonderful companion through thick and through thin. It was a sad moment last night when Richard and I met at the vet’s office and had to euthanize her.  I’ve had to euthanize pets before, but none as beloved as Pele. If any of you reading this are in the Cleveland area, specifically Cleveland Heights, I highly recommend Mandel Veterinary Clinic. The staff was as caring, respectful and sympathetic as any vet I’ve ever taken my pets to in my life. After a physical exam for Pele, we were escorted to a “grief room” where we could spend some time with Pele. There were several steps to the procedure, but I was allowed to hold her through the entire process. As much as I despise having to make these kinds of decisions, every vet I checked with in the last month (many) told me that her time had come. I finally chose the vet where we received the kindest, most tender conversations. I will certainly miss Pele, but I am thankful that her parting was handled in such a sensitive way. Thank you to all the staff at the Mandel Veterinary Clinic.

Nov. 2, 2011 -- photo taken around 1pm, deceased @ 6pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

I’m a little slow with this challenge but here it is. I shot this photo a couple of years ago while visiting my daughters and their families in Chicago. Can you find the “hidden?”