Thursday, May 24, 2018

Relief in resolution

The concrete slabs are supposed to be poured on Tuesday. The plumber is supposed to come tomorrow. It rained a big bunch last night. Not good. Can't pour slabs if it's all soaked with water. But, it does look like (keeping fingers crossed!) the weather is now supposed to change to hot and 80 between now and Tuesday. Let's hope it all dries out. The weather report changes almost daily, so it's hard to say. DH got the forms set for the shed/chicken coop yesterday. Overall it's all looking so much better and "finished" there, rather than big piles of dirt everywhere. Too bad we are a month or more behind now.

DH chatted a bit yesterday morning with our property neighbor as she was leaving for work. She is very bummed about her job, of course. She is going to get transferred to an office in the city and have to commute, which she isn't looking forward to. But she said she has 5 more years to get vested for retirement and be able to retire (I think she is around 62 or so). She said in the winter months, she does have a friend she could stay with overnight, if the roads are too bad to drive back and forth on.

as for my website issue(s). I was able to at least figure out how to get into the Joomla admin control panel and check the caching and Gzip compression. The caching was set to default as disabled, so I enabled that. The Gzip compression was already set at disabled, so that was correct. I replied back to the "ticket" on the issue and got a reply back that CPU usage was still high and he pointed me in the direction of some large databases on the account. Well, at that point it's completely beyond me. I sent DS an email to the address he's always had, hoping it was still good. I then texted DD and asked her if she she still had the ph# he texted her from, which she gave me and I texted him, letting him know I sent an email with the info, if he could help me. He did reply back and went in and deleted the databases (they were for some old website that isn't really active anymore, so he's not sure how that would make high CPU usage) and I emailed Host Gator back on my "ticket" and they replied back that that fixed the issue. I have to say Host Gator is very quick to reply back. I'm impressed with that.

In my asking DD for his ph# I asked her when the last time she heard from him was (last I knew was around last May/June, when he told her his GF was pregnant, due in January). She said around September. I said last we could figure out on him (because we had figured out who his GF was on Facebook) was they must have broken up around August, as her status changed. DD said that he told her she had a miscarriage and the reason they broke up was because they were living with her brother and DS wanted them (she already has a 10 year old) to move out to their own place and she did not want to because living there she had a babysitter for her son, so she could go out and party on weekends. Nice 30 something mom, eh? The miscarriage is most likely a blessing in disguise, is all I can say. It was a actually a relief to me.

I also had to fix two other issues last night, while I had my "computer tech" hat on. Both Dh and I still use AOL for email. Every login to check mail an "enable location" box pops up. No matter how many times we check yes (or no) and save setting, it pops up. It was just getting plain annoying. I googled how to turn it off in Firefox and now that seems to be fixed. The other issue was DH sat down to work on a video he had started a previous day. None of the video or pics would load into Movie Maker. They were just blank squares where the pictures should have been. All his video and pics are saved on an external drive. When I hovered over any of the squares in Movie Maker it showed a link to his F: drive. But for some reason his external drive (he plugs and unplugs it when not using it) was now showing as G:drive so it wasn't recognizing any of his pics or videos. I have no idea how/why it got changed from F to G, but another google search and I was able to find out how to easily rename it from G to F. Problem solved.

Gosh, I'm ready for the weekend to be here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wishing for a website expert :(

UGH! DH is still doing the website updating for this racing club we used to belong to with the kids (well, we are still members, technically, just do not race anymore). Our son (the IT guru) set up the web hosting account with Host Gator years ago and also set up how DH was to go about updating the website, through some program called Joomla.  The website went down and I got this email from Host Gator. In exactly this format! (see below). How in the world am I supposed to understand this?! Good grief. I contacted support to ask about it and how do I fix it? Part of the problem is I (and DH) know nothing about this Joomla program. Apparently one of the fixes *might be to enable caching. Of which neither of us has any idea how to do. DH just knows the very basics of how to get into it, add or change something on the website and that's it. And up until now that's been working fine for several years.

Apparently the site is using too much CPU resources on their server. The guy I talked with put in a ticket and said an admin would look at it and email me back. They did quite quickly and "whitelisted" the account (what does that mean?) and said to notify them when the changes have been made and they will review the website. I emailed back: well, that was part of my question to the first person I talked with - I don't know how/what changes need to be made. Do we just need an upgraded account?

GRRRR! I really hate this, since we really out of our depth in dealing with this. And of course there is no son now to have help fix, which he could probably do in minutes. I've tried looking into Joomla help online but it's all way too techy for me to understand.

Hello, Your account on gatorxxxx.hostgator.com has been overusing CPU resources for an extended period of time and has been disabled in order to ensure continued performance and stability of the server. While we do limit each account to no more than 25% of a system's CPU in our terms of service, we do not actively disable accounts until they greatly exceed that number, which is what happened in this case. Unfortunately, there is no way of predicting an account's resource usage in advance. A sudden increase in traffic, a bot crawl, or a change in site activity can cause a site to dramatically increase its resource usage in an instant. When this happens, the server's ability to function properly is jeopardized, and we must, by necessity, restrict the source of the problem to keep the server functioning. Please take a moment to review this email in full as it contains important information and resources to assist you in resolving this issue. Please note that this permanent restriction requires you take further actions to gain access to and resolve the issues on your account. -How can you resolve the issue? We have two solutions available. Moving the account to a dedicated server, which will allow far greater hardware resources or you may try following some of our tutorials for optimizing popular scripts. http://support.hostgator.com/articles/specialized-help/technical/optimize-cpu-resource-usage. If you feel your scripts have already been optimized, it may simply be time to consider the hardware upgrade. -Important note While an upgrade to a dedicated server would increase resource availability, an upgrade to a VPS would not, in most cases. A VPS offers a root environment in which custom installs and configurations can be made, but only the very highest level VPS packages offer the same level of server resources available on your current plan. Moving to a VPS in this circumstance would likely make the problem worse, rather than better. Additionally, our cloud platform is also a shared environment, and does not offer an increase in available resources. -What do I do next? If you reply back to this email with your IP address (http://www.hostgator.com/ip.shtml) we will be more than happy to go ahead and enable HTTP access for you, allowing you to safely work on the script while minimizing the negative effects on the server and its other users. If your IP address changes frequently, you can reply back requesting password-based restrictions. -How does a CPU issue occur? Many times popular scripts may perform inefficient tasks repeatedly leading to CPU overuse. Below please find helpful articles outlining resource restrictions set on HostGator accounts: https://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-policies/rules-terms-of-service/cpu-resource-restriction https://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-policies/rules-terms-of-service/cpu-resource-usage -How can I rate-limit search engine crawlers? All major crawlers respect robots.txt to restrict them from crawling certain pages. Additional steps may be needed to limit the rate at which Googlebot and Bingbot craw your site: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/hosting-guide/lets-get-started/how-to-use-robots-txt http://support.hostgator.com/articles/telling-google-how-often-to-crawl-your-website http://support.hostgator.com/articles/telling-the-bing-network-how-often-to-crawl-your-website CPU Seconds used in the past hour: 3114, 87% CPU Mon May 21 11:03:58 CDT 2018 Running Processes:  420779 5.0 0.0 300760 32220 ? RN 11:03 0:00 /opt/php52/bin/php-cgi /

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Books, Netflix snd more

I think the book club I belong to has kind of been a disappointment. We only met about 4 times last year. It's supposed to be monthly. Finally, at last September's meeting (the only one I could not go to - as I was visiting mom and DD) they just met about the future of the book club and supposedly decided no more cancelling. If some couldn't make it, oh well.  Well, we are right back to same old.  Last month got canceled for a reason never said.  Yesterday the one hosting the upcoming one this week emailed everyone. She emailed back this morning that only two had said they were coming, so probably should cancel. You'd think with a little over 20 members we could scrounge up enough each month. The most that has ever attended to one I've been to was like 12. Usually there are around 6 of us and for the most part, the same 6, give or take one or two. Oh well.


More excavating - or rather I should say the opposite - got done at the property yesterday. The house foundation is almost done getting backfilled. DH did hear from the builder. He said the plumber he uses is working out of town and won't be back until Wednesday. Get this - all these contractors (most are from the nearest big city) complain it's too far to want to come out to work where we live - a whole 45 miles/35 minute drive, but this plumber will go work 2 1/2 hours away! Makes complete sense (rolling eyes). DH said even the excavator guy, when we was smoothing out where our back patio will be, said this is going to be really nice.

Did I mention that all this time, going along this year, I thought my company was meeting it's sales goal for our bonus, but found out we really aren't? I was going off the "quota" column in the daily sales report and thought we were ok. Apparently that isn't the right number. It's way higher. So, I doubt we'll make it. We'll be fairly close.  Seems like in that case they could give us the percentage of what we made. Like 80 or 90% of our bonus, LOL.  I guess we'll know one way or the other by the end of June. If we don't make the mid year, we still have a chance to meet our sales goal by year end and get the full bonus then.

I finished watching Rectify yesterday. I very much enjoyed it. A complex and thoughtful show. Now to figure out what to watch next.



Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekend recap

We did enough to keep busy this weekend, while relaxing at the same time. I just cleaned house a bit Saturday morning. Vacuumed while DH mowed the yard and sprayed for weeds.  Then we went out to the property. There is a small strip of natural grassy area between us and neighbors yard that DH wanted to cut down, so he just took his weed eater and quickly trimmed it all down. I just walked around with the dogs. It's looking a lot "neater" out there at least. They have a couple of hours this morning of work to finish up the slabs for the shop and garage. We have heard nothing from the builder again. DH texted him 2 or 3 times last week. Wednesday he let him know they were ready for the plumber, for some part he needs to do in setting up the water lines, etc. Friday DH texted him that the slabs would be ready for concrete Monday morning. Not even a text acknowledging he got the text. No plumber has shown up, of course.

On the way home we noticed the guy out working, who will be cutting our trees up for lumber. DH thought he might be working on our stuff (he had told him he'd help him) so we stopped and chatted with him. He was working on cutting up some other logs, that unfortunately had sat too many years (like 4) with the bark still on them and they were rotting inside. He also told us the people down the street from him, that just sold their house, well, I guess the lady is looking to buy a house here in town and he said he told her ours was going for sale soon. He said she and her husband are divorcing, so they sold their nice little house. He's moving to a different town and she's staying here in town. Maybe she'll buy our house?! I know their house should be closing soon, because I had already texted with our realtor about it...it's had a for sale sign on it for a couple of months and we were really surprised it hadn't sold yet as it's a very nice place. Realtor said it has sold (it took like 3 weeks) and should be closing soon, and then he'll know how much it sold for (so we can use it as comp). They were asking a pretty high price, for around here, so if they actually got that, that will be good for us and what we can ask.

These are the wildflowers growing every where around here this time of year. This is looking toward the vacant lot next to us.
Yesterday we went to Lowes and got flowers for here at the house. We decided not to put as many around in pots as normal and I spent that money on buying 3 hanging baskets that were already growing well and pretty full. Usually I fill my own hanging baskets, but they never get very full and takes half the summer. I want them to look good for when we (soon?!) get to list our house for sale. They weren't too bad of a price. $22 each. Last year the grocery/hardware store here in town had some really nice hanging baskets that I thought were around $25 each. I checked the other day and they were $33 and they didn't look as good as last year. I just bought enough petunias and lobelia to put in my whiskey barrel and a couple of other pots. Last summer we had a wheel barrow (that had been left in the shop by the old owners) that we put flower pots and big rocks in and set in our back "rock garden" area. DH decided he'd just use the wheel barrow out at the property and we'd skip all the flower planting in it. It needed new front tires (it has two) so we stopped at Harbor Freight and picked some up and now it's usable again. It really wasn't a wheel barrow that looked that great sitting as a yard decoration anyway. It was blue plastic type. A yard one needs to be old and rusted, in my opinion. LOL.  It didn't take long to plant flowers this year. We hung the 3 baskets up and just the planting in the whiskey barrel and few small pots and I was done. But it was enough bending over that my back needed the heating pad.  Gave me a good chance to sit down with it on my back and read a book.  We also bought two day lily plants. Two of the ornamental grass type plants we had planted on the side of our house last year did not make it through the winter. It's hard to know what will or won't. I guess I assumed if they are selling them here, they must be for this type of climate.

We also stopped at the grocery store in the city to stock up on some more water and pop. We hit a really good sale on the cases of water. $1.49 each, so we got 6. 

My neighbor friend across the street texted me early this morning. She's leaving all week for a work thing and her hubby is home and not working due to a bad shoulder that he's waiting to get operated on. She wanted me to babysit him and if we see him weed eating or mowing to go put him in time out. I texted back I'll try but I was having trouble babysitting my own, who is overdoing it and won't listen to me!

In other news (cuz this is a SMALL town) we also learned that our property neighbor lady will be out of a job at the end of summer. The place she works (only 3 work there, I guess) is going to be closing that office here in town. If she wants to stay employed with the company she would have to commute 45 miles to the city.  Maybe she could find something else here in town, but jobs are few and far between around here.  That probably explains why DH thought they were acting very distant the past week or so. Like they were avoiding talking to him, when they see him out there. Of course, he ALWAYS thinks it's something he did or didn't do. I remember commenting at the time (we didn't know about her job yet) "you know, it's not always about YOU. People have other stuff going on in their lives that don't have anything to do with you". He, of course, then admitted I was right. That has most likely been what has been wrong. At least she does have several months to prepare and look for a new job.

Friday, May 18, 2018

TGIF

The rain (other than some light rain) is holding off and they got a lot done at the property yesterday and should be finished up with the shop and garage floors to be ready for concrete pour, which then I'm sure will happen next week.



The big mounds of dirt are going away, there is only one left, as they use it all back up to backfill around the foundations. Things are starting to look smoothed out and not like a bomb went off. The other day our cut down trees got hauled off to another place down the road to be cut up into lumber for our gate and chicken coop/shed.

I just placed a Target order online. I had $10 in Target gift cards from previous purchase deals. I was ordering a couple of pet supplies and they were having a deal $10 off $40 in pet supplies. Of course my total came to $39. I added a second box of brushing chews for $11.79 and got the $10 off, so it was basically like getting the second box for $1.79.

We don't have any plans for this weekend. Hopefully DH can just rest up some.I was chatting with DD online last night. She hasn't been to work much this past week and a half. She said she's going to work from home a half day today and then back at the office on Monday. She said she's ready to get back to a regular routine. I don't blame her. Routine is good for helping get over a loss like they have suffered.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Can it be Friday today?

DH is completely over doing it. He was at the property almost 11 hours on Monday and when he pulled in he could barely get out of the car. His muscles were so stiff and he couldn't feel his right arm much, it has basically gone numb a couple days before.  After he got inside and sat down his muscles started cramping all over. At one point both his legs went into a cramp at the same time. He was in such pain and crying. There's really nothing one can do for it. I was surprised he slept as well as he did. Usually when doing too much, he'll get woken up with cramping.

He's been trying not to do as much the past two days. Tuesday, since no one showed up until late afternoon, he basically got a break (though mentally Tuesday was probably just as hard for us). He was out there all day yesterday (though less physical work done by him) and of course out there again this morning. It kind of rained all night and he was honestly not expecting anyone to show up today. It hasn't been raining since daylight, so they did show up. This time the excavating co owner guy showed up with his worker.  He apologized to DH for how long this is taking and said he has just taken on too much work. He promises to have our shop and garage floors ready for concrete by tomorrow at the latest.

I've had a headache the past two days I can't seem to get rid of.  Ugh. I wish today was Friday already. I'm looking forward to next week. Our office closes at noon next Friday for the 3 day weekend. The big annual flea market in the next town is that weekend. We had such a good time at it last year and I'm really looking forward to going again and seeing what little treasures we can find (though we have a much smaller budget for anything this year, due to all our building expenses going on). But we should be able to manage $75 budget and see what we find. I'm working M-Turk as much as I can. A few days ago I transferred $28 and am back up to $13.35.  I'll have also earned about $50 in cash back rewards between my credit and debit cards, which will be crediting soon.

I've really been trying to manage our food better. I now have 3 of my regular meals (2 casseroles and meatloaf) that I now split in half and freeze half for another meal. Which I'm finding I really like to have in the freezer on a day I don't feel like prepping a meal. When I buy a loaf of french garlic bread, I freeze half. I have another dinner recipe we eat quite a bit I'm able to cut in half. It's a chicken sandwich ring with crescent rolls, so wouldn't freeze well, but is one I can cut the ingredients in  half.  I save leftovers more often and eat them for lunch. Chips, crackers, and cookies are sealed up good, after opening, so that nothing gets stale. I still throw a lot out, but am pleased that I'm doing better with it all and I'll keep working at it. Though when we have to move into our shop and bascially "camp" there, I'm sure it will all go out the door for 6 months. We'll be eating whatever we can bbq, cook on a hot plate or in a microwave.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Another day

Life must go on. Some how, some way we all get through the loss of loved ones and DD's soon to be in-law family will get through it, too.  Makes one sure realize we should never ever take life and our loved ones for granted.  Some we get years and years to love (like my grandma at 95) and some we get a short time with (like my cousin who died at age 5).

I'm very thankful my test turned out ok and nothing to worry about. My mom had several cysts in her breast in her 20's and early 30's. Back then they used to drain them. The doctor who looked at my ultrasound yesterday said this, too, but that they realized it was not necessary to do that anymore, especially for such a tiny cyst.  I am done with all my tests now and shouldn't have to go back to the doctor for a year until my next annual check up.

Our site work on the property is going painstakingly slow. The excavating guy sent one guy out to do a 2-3 person job. Not much got done. He didn't show up yesterday. DH got a text around 9am that the guy had to go to another job and would be there in an hour or two. I think he showed up around 4pm for an hour or so of work.  He is there today, but again. One guy on a machine, without shovel helpers is going very slow. This should be about a 2 days job at most, with the right number of crew. DH is way beyond frustrated. We can't get the shop and garage slabs poured until this gets done....and of course starting this afternoon the weather is supposed to completely turn to crap for at least a week.

DD had good news last Monday, though very hard to deal with it while dealing with everything else. Her immediate boss (he's the supervisor of her department) needs to take off for a month or two to go back to UK for a dying parent. They asked DD to be temporary supervisor! 22 years old, others in the department with more tenure/experience, but they asked her. I'm not sure if she will do it or not. Any other time would have been no problem, and she would be glad to gain the experience on her resume, but she's not sure she wants the added stress and responsibility (and with no extra pay!) right at this time. I think it will all kind of depend on how soon her boss needs to leave.

I've been watching Rectify on Netflix - so thanks to whoever suggested that one. Good show. I also watched a few episodes of Father Brown. I like it, too, but it's not a type of show I find myself anxiously wanting to watch the next episode and see what happens in the story line. I think it will be something I watch off and on, when just want a quick break and not have to be involved in an ongoing story.

Cherish your loved ones even if they drive you crazy!