The verdict is still out

While the verdict about if switching to self hosted was worth it is still out, I thought I would take a few minutes to update everyone on where I have been hiding. 

First of all this is “birthday week” in my family.  My birthday was Sunday, Thing 1’s b-day is Saturday and Thing 2 will be turning 21 on Sunday, so needless to say things have been a bit busy.  (and been gaining a few pounds…yah cake?)

The stove/oven was identified as the cause of my C02 leak.  I am happy to report that the shopping for, financing, delivery, and installation of a new stove has been completed.

3 out of 5 of my animals, have had to go to the vet. (2 cats for breathing problems and one dog for explosive diarrhea)  I should be grateful that D.O.G. actually had most of her episodes on my bathroom floor, but if you remember, my bathroom floor is currently newspaper stuck to old tile glue, so it was actually a mini nightmare to keep cleaning that mess up.  The bill for the vet hurt quite a bit too. 😦

My bank went through a conversion and payments ended up not being were they were supposed to go,  So I have literally had to say, “the check is in the mail” which NO ONE believes or wants to hear.

One day, after reaching 7000 steps, I came home and took off my shoe to see this.

The Doctor is calling this Gout

My foot hurts like hell, but I have still been walking every day.  IMO, this is NOT gout, and the uric acid levels in my blood say that it is also not gout, however;  the doctor is still calling it GOUT.  I have purchased new walking shoes, and am having custom inserts made for my shoes, (yah more bills) hoping that that helps, while trying to find a new doctor, that will at least perform xrays….. again SMH

My Shadow

I feel like I should call this little guy more of a stalker now.  He comes to my house Every day and either lurks in the tree at the end of my driveway, or rings my doorbell continuously.  One day, I did have him sit at my patio table, and I let SNUFF out the meet him.  I wrote a note for him to take home to his mother, I read him the note, and reiterated that he can not come over without a parent.  I put my phone number on the note, and have still not seen or heard from a parent.  Instead, he brought another slightly older brother over 10 minutes after he met my dog……smh that is NOT what I said.  I did learn that he is six and his brother is 7.  When I asked about his mom, he said she worked until 4

Switching to Self hosted

As far as the switch to self hosted goes, the jury is still out.  As with most things in life, there are positives and negatives to everything.  One of the positives, or at least one of the reasons I switched include having more options or tools available to use.  When you are using, you are basically “allowed” to use what they tell you that you can use as far as plug ins etc. are concerned.  Last month’s, 370k in spam comments, and no ability to change security plug ins was the final straw for me, so I finally made the jump.

At this point, there have been more negatives, but part of that can be a learning curve.  I think I have said before, that I was skeptical about switching because I read the words “easy and free to transfer”….HA HA HA.  Some of the negative things are:

  • My stats are bunk.  I went from having 200 followers to having 5.
  • While “transferring your site” is “free, I don’t feel that it was easy and required a minimum of 15 tickets to and to “complete” the process.  To be honest, I still don’t feel that the process is complete.
  • Not only did my site “disappear” from Reader, I no longer have a Reader without going back to
  • Most of my comments are still going to the old “whatever its called”, and I am missing several.  To make it worse, some followers are no longer able to comment, and for the ones that ARE able to comment, most are not able to see when I have responded.
  • It WASN’T free.  SMH

There is a completely different dashboard, and staging area.  Siteground is also rolling out a new editor.

I keep trying to remind myself that it is all about the journey, and things will get better with time.  To those of you who still keep looking for me and who have helped me “test” things, I am more than grateful.  Ms Gracefulnot, is still out there, and I am hoping things will get better with time.

If you are reading this and don’t want to lose contact, please consider subscribing to the blog via email.  (there should be a link at the bottom of this post ) From what I can tell, so far, THAT part works

20 thoughts on “The verdict is still out

  1. Although every bit of that was critical, and I wish you and your family a happy birthday (and great luck and success with your new site), my one question – as an appliance guy – is … what stove did ya get!?

    Besides president-hate, retriever-love, and beer … appliances are kinda my thing. 😏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. oh sorry let me say some positives. my girls took me out for my bday and I’m spending theirs with them. The animals are no longer outwardly sick, dog is on anitbiotics though.. about the switch… I can finally use Yoast, updrafts, and no major spam so far. Now its a matter of taking the time to learn about the plug ins 🙂 The new stove is a whirlpool 5.1 cu foot with 5 burners, broiler, but its Not self cleaning 😦


  2. Happy belated birthday Grace! I’m sorry to hear about all the things that have been going on with your pets, your foot, and the CO2 leak, but I’m glad you found the cause and got your new stove. Thanks for sharing the update about going self-hosted. I’ve been thinking about it because of the plugins, but maybe I’ll wait awhile longer. I’m going to subscribe via email because even though this post showed up in my reader, I haven’t been seeing them…. I hope things settle down some for you soon.


    1. At this point, I do still think the benefits should outweigh the risks with going self hosted, it is just not as easy as they make it out to be (at least in my experience) Once things slow down here and I am more comfortable with the changes I would be happy share everything I have learned, it’s just very overwhelming now, and lots of speed bumps if you will. Ty for your comments and for subscribing, I have been feeling very lonely…lol


  3. Thankfully my dear sweet friend, I do get emails of your posts! I would hate to miss anything you write about. I am sorry the switch to self-hosting has not gone as smoothly as it should, but give it time all new things have a learning curve and I know absolutely nothing about it! Jenny, went self-hosting so she would be a great person to offer some assistance! Things will get easier Grace, just have some patience with the site and yourself!!

    I hope your birthday was wonderful and you enjoyed the entire weekend! Everyone should have celebrated your birthday because you being here is a gift to all of us!! We all love our sassy and crazy Grace!

    I think your “little” stalker has Mommy issues and more than likely did not give your note to her. Hell, maybe he really doesn’t have one or even have one that actually cares!


    1. Thank you Alyssa! Jenny? Yes I think he does have some mommy kind of issue, which is how I end up “adopting” everyone….smh


  4. Happy belated birthday, Grace!!!! I found you in Reader, but to comment, I am directed to your site. Is it like that for me in Reader, as well?


  5. This came up in my normal WP Reader and I’m able to comment like ‘back in the old days’ 😉 Even though I signed into your ‘new’ site with an email address, I’ve never had an email notification of post or comment reply. I will go check for the last post I commented on to see if there’s a reply I didn’t know about.
    Foot; Ouch
    Birthday; Yay, hope it was a good ‘un 😉

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.