Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Little Bit of Nothing

Photo taken in Tucson Arizona of my great-granddaughter, my grandson and me and my fantastic hubby (we've been married now for 45 wonderful years).

So what have I been doing ?  It's been months and months since my last post and all I have to show for that lost time is . . . well very, very little. 
Over the past few months I've been trying to find resources in which to sell my handcrafted jewelry.  My primary source, a studio/gallery in Bradenton's Village of the Arts, has moved and the owner is no longer maintaining a gallery featuring items made by local artists.  Keeping all of one's eggs in one basket is never a good idea but I really didn't want to have to keep track of inventory scattered about in several different boutiques and galleries, it was hard enough keeping an account of pieces at just one venue.  Perhaps I'll post more about those trials and tribulations at another time.

Recently I had a heart stopping experience.  One of those moments when that little voice inside my head screams out; "OMG !  What have I done ?"
A couple of days ago I decided to delete an old email account that I never use.  I sat up the account with Gmail because , at that time, I wanted to open another Etsy shop and needed a second email address in  order to  do so.  That was several years ago and the GMail  account was never used.  Since it was occupying space on my computer desktop it seem logical to delete it.  A couple of days later I tried to access my blog and got a white page informing me that ABeadersBlog did not exist and did I wish to use that domain ?  That's when my heart went crashing down to my stomach. Good grief what in blazes had I done ?  Unfortunately when I thought I was deleting my GMail account I was inadvertently deleting my whole Google account instead . . . including Blogger!
Therefore my blog vanished from the Internet for several days before I discovered what I had done.  Trying to restore one's Google account is doable but believe me it is one big, freakin' hassle.   I went around in perpetual circles, like a dog chasing its tail, and was getting nowhere.  Time and time again I went through their procedure to restore my Google account and spent hours accomplishing nothing.
To make an extremely long story shorter, let me just say that through some bit of Google website magic the mysterious "verification page", that I had so vainly sought, finally appeared and allowed me to submit my request to restore my account.  All of this required my changing my password a couple of times, filling out a form, getting an automated phone call with a "magic" code and then inserting said  "magic" code into its proper box.   Afterwards my blog reappeared as did several new gray hairs and a couple of wrinkles that I didn't have before all of this rigmarole !
But an invaluable lesson was learned;  Look, not once but twice or even thrice, before hitting the delete button !!!




  1. Glad you are back but OMG that must've been a sickening feeling to see your blog gone. At least they let you restore your account even if it takes a long time. Great pic of you and your fam although you don't look old enough to have a great grandbaby!!!!

    1. Yes it was a sickening feeling. My stomach felt like it had been tied in a knot and remained that way for several hours after I had finally reinstated my Google account . . . I also still have the GMail account and right now intent to leave it alone. :D

      Thank you JoJo for the compliment. :) There are times when I look in the mirror and wonder who the hell that old lady is that's looking back at me. I swear she looks old enough to be Methusela's wife.

  2. That must have been so scary! Glad you are able to restore. The pic of your family is so sweet.

  3. Oh dearie my, that is frustrating! I'm glad you got your blog back.

  4. I find google not so user friendly and cooperative sometimes. I think I would have cried if that was me! But in the end you have your blog back and I'm very happy for you.
    I hope you find somewhere to sell your jewelry. I've found several places here but can't afford the rent or fees.

    1. Annette, thank you for the kind thoughts.
      I know what you mean, it seems everywhere is charging so much more now. Sure makes it hard for a small time artist or crafter to find venues in which to sell.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing the lesson, Anna! I admit I also find my gmail quite pointless (I only got one to have a backup for my primary email account) and contemplated deleting it. Uh, NOT! I'm definitely keeping it now LOL

    I hope a good match for your jewelry locally is "right around the corner" for you :)

    1. Thank you Monique. I too have decided to leave my GMail alone. :D

  6. Oh A, I am so glad you were able to get your blog back :)

    I'm with Annette I would have totally had a break down, all the work we have poured into our blogs just to be deleted so quickly with a click of a button, I absolutely live in fear of losing all my photos off my computer, I hate the power the internet and computers have over our lives these days but then I wouldn't have been able to connect with such wonderful people as my "blogger buddies" :)

    Hope you are doing well, cheers, T. :)


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