Month: December 2016

Another WordPress “snafu”….

I’m a huge WordPress Blog Software fan but every now and then something will happen that just totally drives me up the wall.

And yesterday’s event was no less irritating when out of the clear blue as I am composing a post on my blog it started giving me an error message every time I tried to upload a graphic. When I clicked on the upload button it would seem to be uploading and then an error message would pop up on my screen which read “http error” in lieu of the graphic appearing. See the error graphic to the left and also the graphic below shows the typical page where you upload your graphic along with the associated error message (click to enlarge)…..

Now when I say it began “out of the clear blue” that is exactly what I meant. There had been no recent software upgrades or changes, I had added no new plugin’s or made any changes to JetPack. Nope, but for no known reason whatsoever the software abruptly stops uploading graphics.

Well, in accordance with my normal investigative procedures I immediately went to Google and entered the search parameter “wordpress http error”. I was floored when the search results appeared. There was entry upon entry, webpage upon webpage, relating to the problem going back almost two years.

There seemed to be a number of fixes offered up so I decided to go to the WordPress Forums and get an overview of the discussions there since I assumed surely there were some relating to the problem. Sure enough there were and it seemed there was no real consensus as to the cause of the problem but there were two main solutions that were being offered up by the WordPress elite.

The first of those solutions was to go to the “.htaccess” file which is located on my host server and add the specified ‘statement’ as suggested in the fix to the beginning of the file. So I did as suggested but still my software did not function nor respond correctly.

The other primary suggestion was to go to my “function.php” file which is part of the WordPress theme software and add the specified ‘statement’ which was suggested in the fix at a specified point in that file. After doing this “Walla!”, the software began functioning properly and I was once again able to add graphics to my posts.

As noted earlier in this post, there continues to be no real unified consensus on what is causing the problem and certainly not the solution. And individuals like me are often dependent on the computer skills of others to root out a solution as was reflected in this case.

And so it goes in the world of blogging, it’s not always smooth sailing and problems may certainly arise so you just grin and bear it, muddle through finding a fix and then continue the grand pursuit of blogging…

Gotta’ love the “Clicklist”….

There has been a lot of talk about this new Walmart convenience feature they call “Walmart Pickup Grocery” that allows customers to shop on-line for their groceries and then go to Walmart at an appointed time and pick them up. You apparently just go to a designated pick-up location, stay in your car and a Walmart employee brings your ordered groceries out and puts them in your car and you pay the employee for the groceries. Not being a Walmart grocery shopper I didn’t give the whole idea a whole lot of thought. Then a short time back I heard that Kroger, the grocery franchise I use, was starting to offer a similar service at some of its locations. The information again registered but still I gave it little thought at the time.

But here recently, given my COPD condition and the fact that I do live alone, I began feeling a more urgent concern about how I was going to get my groceries when it became much harder for me to get around. I have pretty much always assumed I would probably have to hire someone to come in at least weekly and do my shopping for me. And of course nothing is free so I was wondering what I would have to pay for a service like that. It’s disconcerting and frustrating to think that they’ll surely come a time when you can’t even do your own grocery shopping.

Then more recently one of my sisters mentioned in casual conversation that one of her daughter’s had begun using the grocery pickup service at her local Kroger store in the town where they lived. My sister also noted to me that even though they are offering the service, it’s only at certain stores. So I told her I would have to check it out and see if any store close to me was offering it. Turns out the local store I used wasn’t offering the service but another Kroger only a little over a mile away was so that was good to know.

Now I already had an on-line account with Kroger because the pharmacy I use for all my medication needs is the Kroger pharmacy located at the store where I do all my grocery shopping. And while on the subject I can’t say enough good things about them. I really like the pharmacy and their friendly staff. Anyway, as is quite normal these days you can go on-line and set up an an account with Kroger and then you are able to track all your medication needs and transactions on-line for your pharmacy.

So… a few days ago I thought I would take a look on the Internet and see if I could learn more about Kroger’s grocery shopping service which they call “Clicklist”. I signed on to my Kroger account and noticed a tab at the top of the page that read “Order On Line” so I clicked on the tab and was immediately taken to the Kroger store closest to me which offered the service. Well, as I looked over their website I was a bit taken back after clicking on one of the site’s menu items titled “My Recent Purchases” because it appeared to contain every item I had purchased at least over the past 6 months. The “screen capture” below (click to enlarge for a much better resolution) shows a portion of the webpage I am referring to along with several of the items I typically purchase….

Then I realized they were getting and tracking my shopping habits through my Kroger Savers Card which they scan each time I shop to apply any current savings on the specific item I have purchased that day. That gave me a bit of a eerie feeling to know they knew that much about me. Since virtually every item I normally purchased was listed in the “My Recent Purchases” section, that mean’t if I were shopping I could finish selecting my weekly grocery items in a few short minutes, submit my order and be done. So, that’s exactly what I did. I had to see if this service could satisfy my needs due to my health issues and facilitate my future mobility issues.

I made an appointment for the next morning to pick up my order between 9 and 10 AM and then submitted my order. Shortly thereafter I got a confirming email. Then the following morning I drove to the store and went to the designated pick-up area and parked. There was a sign posted there giving you a specific phone number to call. When you called that number you let them know you were there and give them the number of the parking slot you were parked in which was also posted on the sign along with the phone number. In a short time they came out with your groceries on a cart, you paid by credit card, in my case they then put the groceries in my trunk as requested (no tipping by the way) and that was it…. I headed back to the house.

Should note at this point that this service is not free. At the store I am using, for your first three orders there is no charge for the service. After that, each time you use the “Clicklist” service there is a $4.95 charge and as previously noted, there is no tipping the grocery clerk who brings out the groceries and loads your car.

After arriving back home I unloaded the car and checked out my groceries. I was completely pleased. It was as though I had done the shopping myself. Had even ordered ¾ lb. of shaved smoked turkey from the Deli and it was perfectly cut and packaged.

Finally I should note with regard to purchasing of fresh beef, I am quite particular and for this type of service the purchasing of beef was my biggest concern. Having someone one else pick my beef selections was a bit unnerving. I noticed while doing the on-line shopping that their sirloin tip roasts were on sale and since it’s pretty hard to screw up on a roast I ordered one. The one they chose for me is shown in the adjacent photo (click on image to enlarge). The choice wasn’t all that bad although I’m not sure it is the one I would have chosen but obviously without the selections in front of me it is hard to say. At any rate I cooked the roast yesterday and it was really good.

I suppose this is a rather lengthy post but I just thought that someone in the same boat as I am with regard to lack of future mobility that had never considered this new service being offered by so grocers might like a bit of a review from an old person who had actually tried it. I did like the service and there is no doubt that I will use it a number of times in the future. The only roadblock I foresee is if something were to happen to my ability to drive a car. 🙁

It’s a “no-no” to mess with my nuts….

Well I guess no matter how old you get, life continues to spring new experiences and surprises on you. Such has been the case with me this past week.

I have always been an almond lover. I do enjoy a sundry of other nuts but almonds are the tops. Now some years back I got on the “Blue Diamond Roasted Salted Almonds” kick which I purchase at my local supermarket. They’re a bit pricey but when something is that good you usually can overlook such things. I’ve posted a photograph of one of the cans just to the right.

I try to make it a point not to gorge myself on the little critters, therefore I exert restraint by only eating maybe 10-15 at a time when visiting my stored supply, which by the way comes in a little can holding some 6.0 ounces of almonds. Usually I find myself purchasing a new can about every two or three weeks unless I lose all measure of restraint.

Now the cans themselves come with a plastic lid on top and when you remove the plastic lid the new cans are sealed with a thin tin cover which ensures the almonds stay fresh which has a tab on it as can be noted in the photograph on the left. You have to pull on the tab and the tin cover will peel off. The furnished plastic lid is then what you use to maintain the freshness of the nuts in the can.

So, there I was this past Sunday just finishing off the few left in a previous can with my lunch and then deciding that I should go ahead and open up the new can and grab a few more, just for good measure. So I pulled my new can out of its little storage place and removed the plastic lid in anticipation of removing the tin foil seal. But there was not tin foil seal on the can. And furthermore, when I looked into the can there were only about half the almonds remaining in the can that there should have been. The photograph below can best attest to the traumatic experience to which I was subjected to when opening that can….

Oh I think we all know what happened to my nuts at this point. Some really clever, nut grabber opened the can, grabbed a bunch of nuts and then by putting the plastic lid back on the can, no one would know anything was wrong. In all this time of buying these almonds I have never removed the plastic lid to see if the tin seal had been removed and someone had pilfered the nuts. Well…. you can bet your sweet bippy I will from now on!

I took my nuts back to the supermarket this morning and they let me swap out for a new can, no questions asked. The store supervisor seemed to know exactly what had happened which led me to believe I’m not the first one to have ever had problems with someone messing with their nuts! 🙂

Lexi Lu & Santa….

Back in June of this year we had a new edition to the family. I now have a new little “doggie niece”, compliments of my younger sister. She’s a cutie and they named her Lexi Lu. She had her first visit with Santa recently and I just had to share her photo….

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