Catch The Wind

It was a dark and cloudy day.

Everything changes. I had some lessons in that today. I wasn’t going to renew my premium membership with WordPress. It’s digital dump day, or whatever today is called. You know the equivalent of Black Friday. For electronic stuff.

I ended my premium plan yesterday. I received an email from WordPress today. 40% off for the next two days. I’m nothing if if not opportunistic. So, I renewed.

Don’t judge me.

While I have some complaints, especially with the Block System, I like it here. I have a community here.

I’ll still rebuild and redesign my website. That’s still the plan and the project. But, now I have a little more time. Like a year. That’s good because along with being opportunistic I’m lazy.

There is another important change too. You remember how I said that the all seeing dog was showing her age?


I noticed that when she stretched her jaw after waking up she would yelp in pain. I couldn’t find the problem until I put her leash on her. I happened to touch the back of her jaw. A little yelp.

Uh oh.

Another jaw infection. I called her vet and he prescribe the same antibiotics that he did when she lost a few teeth.

A week later and I let her out about 7am. The weather has turned cold here in the swamp. Luckily I had the presence of mind to dress properly even though I thought we’d be back inside in a few minutes.

Wrong again.

We went on the longest walk we’ve been on in the past few weeks.


Clouds. Both sides now. Joni is 77 and Judy is almost 80. My musical heroes may not be with us much longer. We’d better enjoy them while we can.

These are the first clouds of what turned out to be a three day storm and a cold front.

I made the file in color. I started messing with it and thought it looked better in black and white.

For sure, it brought out some things I didn’t see when I made the picture.

You can see the storm front as it moves. And, if I’m not mistaken, I can see a water spout. I didn’t hear any reports of a tornado, so maybe it broke apart.

No telling what a little post production will do.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Look after each other. Enjoy every snow flake.



4 responses to “Catch The Wind”

  1. Shepherd Cathy Avatar

    Tween good and challenges you had, a premium plan sounds great

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I just gave it up the day before. You never know.


  2. sbhopper8 Avatar

    There’s a lot to miss about WordPress. Mainly community. I’m on Ghost now. WordPress to Squarespace to Ghost. I loved the WP environment, but not the widgets and the UI. Stressed me out. But they made it easy to upload photos with that media library. Squarespace was gorgeous, but no community, and the writing editor and photo upload was not fun. Took me way too long to realize that. Switched to Ghost, and I’m very happy with the product, but still miss that community. I hope to never move again, though. Pain in the neck, and you always lose posts and photos. I kept WP going for a while through migrations, need to make sure I’m not still paying for it before year’s end. I opened it the other day, and it looks like they did away with the Discover feature in the Reader. Seems a shame – liked that, even though they could have done a lot more with it.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I was talking with a friend of mine who is a heavy marketing person. She said what I’d already thought about, that my followers are my asset. I will not leave WordPress now. I can’t take people with me so I’ll rework what I have and eventually close my commercial website. Beside, I have a way to sell or license pictures now which can be connected to WP.

      WP did a lot more. For most of us we must use the block system which is designed by idiots. They tried to use the European version of block design, but they didn’t understand how to make it work. It is time consuming and very limiting.

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