Tuesday, January 15, 2013

… tick . . . tock . . . tick . . . tock . . .

That’s what it felt like this past week.
. . . waiting for the ‘powers that be’ to respond 
when there was a little issue with getting my website cart
to recognize the pdf downloadable patterns. 
(first a little vent. . . then some news!)

I actually was successful installing the software to the website
on the first day (!) 
(. . . although it did take me all day (12 hours) to get the ‘test’ download to work. . .
. . . you would have had a good giggle . . . 
as there was a squeal & a little happy dance involved!)

But then. . . for the last step, the website shopping cart wouldn’t recognize the pdf items as downloadable.
So, the next day, I emailed the software company 
(which is in England), 
& even though it was about 10:30 pm their time - 
I heard back from them within 30 minutes. (bless them!)
They had checked all my work on the things I uploaded 
& let me know that it all looked good. (. . . & I must admit, 
it felt good to have the affirmation that I could do it!) :o)
They looked into a couple of other things & found an issue with the 
id codes & the website shopping cart & suggested that I ask my web host if they had disabled the id numbers in the cart. 
(the software needs to have the id numbers for it to recognize the item as a downloadable item.)

So, I did. . . I sent in a support request to my web host, 
. . . it shouldn’t take long - as it was a simple question. . .
. . . & they are located in Oregon. . .
. . . I waited. . . (1 day. . .)
. . . & waited. . . (2 days. . . 3 days. . . 4 days)
. . . & then on the 5th day. . . I sent in a new support request, asking if anyone was home. . .
. . . (nothing) . . . I started looking into new web hosts.

Thankfully, I heard back from my web host this morning, 
& they assured me they hadn’t forgotten me. 
(felt like it though. . . enough for me to look into switching everything!)

I’ve heard of several other folks have had issues 
with getting web hosts to respond, & I’m wondering 
if there is a big influx of new websites at the beginning of the year 
& they are overwhelmed with too much to handle. 
(. . . or, they are still napping after their New Year’s ‘celebrations’. . . ?)

Either way, the good news is that within the next 24 hours, 
I will be working like a little bee to get the first round 
of pdf patterns available on the website. 
(. . . & yes, there will probably be another little happy dance!)

So, until that happens, I thought I’d show you what is making the news here in southern Arizona. . .

For us - this is really cold!
Pipe-freezing cold!
It’s kinda cute (after living in Minnesota) 
to hear the news broadcasts here.
They spend lots of time trying to warn folks of what it means when the temps get this cold.
I’m sure that all the ‘snowbirds’ that live here in the winter (folks who live in the north for the rest of the year, & come & live in Arizona for the ‘cold’ months). . . find it funny too.
(by-the-way, it is the afternoon now & we just reached the 30’s. . . I’m doubting we make it to 48 like the forcasters thought!)

I actually like it.
I get to wear my coat & scarf (& even my mittems the other morning),
. . . & it’s a change from the norm here.
(by the way. . . we’re supposed to be back up into the low 70’s by the end of the week.)

The first & last photos on the post are of one of the plants that I’ve been bringing inside each evening.It’s a cute little geranuim that a sweet lady gave me. . . 
& I am smitten with it’s color!
It’s the prettiest coral-ly pink.

Okay. . . I’m off to the website. . . 

Hope you have a great day!



Vicky said...

All right!!!!! You're back up and running! We've been freezing here, too, in SoCal. Whodathunkit? Love your geranium. That was my mother's favorite plant!

Kristy said...

Hang in there, we miss you when you are gone. The geranium is gorgeous. Kristy