Double Whammy

Stomach painYesterday I had to go for a CAT scan of my head because of a hearing issue. But the night before my scan, I came down with a pretty severe stomach ailment. I don’t know if it was something I ate (i.e., food poisoning) or if it was due to a 24-hour virus I picked up somewhere. But either way, it both literally and physically knocked the shit out of me.

I did manage to show up for my CAT scan yesterday, which turned out to be a bit of an ordeal due to my chronic positional vertigo ailment, but that’s a story for another day. By the time I got back from the scan, though, I was doubled over with severe stomach cramps.

I spent most of the rest of the day alternating between sitting on the toilet and sitting on the couch wrapped in a blanket watching the first day of the televised impeachment hearings. Oh the drama! Ultimately, having been pretty much exhausted from the continual stomach cramping during the previous 24 hours, I went to bed at around 8:30 last night.

The good news is that the worst of my stomach issues are over and, for the first time in 36 hours, I was able to eat (lightly) and drink something other than water. I even missed my daily fixes of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream for the past two nights, so you know I was really feeling miserable. Fortunately, I’m doing much better now than I was yesterday at this time.

But my reason for writing this post is not to make you feel sorry for me or to get your sympathy, even though it might appear that way. Actually, my reason for this post is to let you know that from Tuesday evening through most of yesterday, and even until midday today, I wasn’t using my iPhone at all, which means I wasn’t on WordPress, either. I didn’t write any new posts on my blog, although my daily FOWC with Fandango prompt, my provocative question prompt, and even my One-Liner Wednesday post were all scheduled in advanced.

But more important, I didn’t get a chance to read any of your comments or links back to my post. Nor did I have a chance, since Tuesday night, to read any of your new posts that showed up in my Reader. And while I will try tonight, now that I’m almost fully recovered, to catch up on all of your comments and pingbacks, I probably won’t be able to go back and read 48 hours worth of your posts that I missed. And I’m very sorry about that.

I hope you’ll accept my apology.

Does Anybody Know What This Is?

DA213B82-3F47-43F2-B32D-8DB55152BCC6Ever since I loaded iOS 13 on my iPhone about a week ago, whenever I am using my iPhone’s Safari browser to compose posts in WordPress.com, this message keeps popping up.

Sometimes I tap “Don’t Allow” and sometimes I tap “Allow.” As soon as I do, the message disappears. And then it randomly pops back up again sometime later.

I have 256 GB of data storage on my iPhone and when I just checked my iPhone storage, I’ve only used 36.1 GB, so there’s plenty of storage available. Safari accounts for 1.22 GB of the 36.1, and WordPress accounts for only 270 MB.

I have no idea why this message keeps popping up, what it means, or what, exactly, it’s asking of me.

If any of you out there know what this is all about, I’d appreciate it if you would enlighten me.

Thanks.

Chip Off the Old Block

I’m using the WordPress block (aka Gutenberg) editor for the very first time, since I’ve been having issues with the Visual editor in the “classic” mode in my iPhone’s browser. So far, I find it not at all intuitive and very confusing. I hope that I’ll be able to revert to the “classic” mode at the end of this experiment. But, I’m going to give it a shot nonetheless.

Now I’m going to try to post an image.

6e6146f3-4544-4466-b34c-082dc3d7ac1cWell, that seemed to work, although, because I’m using an iPhone, my screen doesn’t look like either of those two images in the graphic above.

4b1f98d2-ebd4-47c3-8ca8-6c0787fe6511So the next thing I tried to do was preview what my block editor post looked like. I tapped the “Preview” button on the top right of the screen. But instead of seeing a preview of my post so far, this is what I saw.73E676A9-7877-41BC-96C5-58FAB4E23A12It has taken me about three hours so far to compose this post, which is ridiculous. So I’m going back to the “classic” mode will finish this post using the HTML editor. It’s not as easy to use as the classic Visual editor, but at least I know what I’m doing, which I don’t when using the block editor.

That way I can finish this post, preview it, and publish it.

Finally!

Android Users — I Need Your Help

If it ain’t brokePerhaps you read my post yesterday in which I whined about updating my iPhone to the latest operating system (iOS 13). I also updated my iPhone’s WordPress app, which the “Happiness Engineers” at WordPress claimed was “optimized for iOS 13.”

The abridged version of what resulted from these updates is that when I attempt to use the WordPress visual editor within WordPress.com (not the WordPress app for iOS 13) on my iPhone using any web browser, it can only display three or four lines of text before I have to start scrolling to see more text.

This is what I see in my browser for this post using the visual editor.Visual Editor glitchI even downloaded iOS 13.1.1 last night to see if that would fix the problem. But it didn’t.

So, here’s my ask. If you use an Android phone and have the latest, greatest version of the Android OS loaded, I’d like you to try this:

  1. Open up your web browser on your Android phone
  2. Log into wordpress.com
  3. Start to write a new post
  4. Can you type more than three or four lines without having to scroll down?
  5. Let me know in the comments below
  6. Thanks

By the way, the way I’m dealing with the visual editor glitch in my browsers is to write my posts using HTML, where my raw text does show up. Have you ever had to use HTML to compose your posts. It’s not fun.HTML editor

Grocery List Challenge

img_5884You may be wondering why I’m sharing a grocery list with you. I’m kind of wondering that myself. The answer is because Cheryl, aka The Bag Lady, has a new Fun Challenge.

The idea behind her challenge is for us to reveal some things about our home life. The first one is to “take a picture of our current grocery list, whether it be on a scrap of paper, a napkin, etc.”

Before I (or my wife and I) go to the grocery store, I open the Notes app on my iPhone and tap out a list of items I need to pick up. Then, once I get to the grocery store, as I add the items to my physical shopping cart, I use the “strikethrough” feature on the Notes app to let me know that I have secured each item. That way, right before I get in the checkout line, I review my list to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It works for me.

Now how about showing us your shopping list?