Monday, August 15, 2016

August Update

Sorry for the blog silence. One of the problems with not having blogged for a whole month is knowing where to even start. It's been quite a month. First the good stuff.

There's been lots of family time, with three weekends in a row of visitors.

Lucy has, unbelievably, turned three. She loved the "egg to owl" toy I made her, and word has it that it has made it into her favoured stuffed animal rotation that she sleeps with every night.




Toasting marshmallows for s'mores was a hit.




And it's always a treat to go to the blueberry farm, especially when Aunt Alex is there to pick with you.




Also unbelievable is the fact that Ella is now a year old. She made her first trip to the blueberry farm and ate the berries as fast as she could pick them.




When you are one things like the grates on the road are endlessly fascinating.




We discovered it is very hard to get a picture of two toddlers and a baby.




Oliver is a delight. He's a very laid back baby, and loves to coo and smile.




I love how his hair sticks straight up.




My mom, brother and niece Danielle came for a visit. Ella had lots of attention while they were here!




We visited the lavender farm.




I took Danielle to the 49th parallel, which is just down the road a few kilometres from where we live. My brother and I had her cross the line and enter the US. It's one of my favourite things to do with unsuspecting American visitors. The joke was on me this time though, as there happened to be a US Border Patrol guy there, and he came over to have a word with us about our illegal entry into the US.




Now for the bad. I'll spare you the full list and just tell you about two of the unfortunate things that have happened since I last blogged. The first is Sono Nis, the publisher of my two books, had their warehouse burn to the ground on August 4th. The news story can be found here. Every book by every author they published has been lost. That includes all the copies of my books. The owner of Sono Nis, Dianne Morriss, is such a lovely person, and I feel sick for her and her husband. I also feel sick for all the authors who have lost their books. At this point I have no idea what will happen. The picture below is a screenshot from their website showing a picture of the gutted warehouse.




The second thing is this past week my online banking was hacked into. It has been a nightmare trying to deal with it. The bank is saying my computer must have malware, and that it needs to be wiped and set back to factory settings. I'm not convinced it's my computer and think it could well be the bank who has a security issue. The two pieces of good news here are that the bank has put back the money that was stolen from me, and I have a son-in-law who is a tech expert. Anton has kindly said he will deal with my computer.

I've actually considered stopping blogging altogether. It really hasn't been the best summer (supreme understatement), and I don't like to blog about negative things. I would much rather talk about things that illuminate the light like family, creative pursuits and nature. But the blogging community and all my readers mean a lot to me, and in the end I have decided I don't want to make a hasty decision that I'm going to end up feeling sorry about. So for now I'm going to be taking a blogging break. I'll be back in September, and in the meantime I will still be popping by your blogs to say hi.



38 comments:

  1. So sorry to read about the devastating fire in the warehouse. Did you have any copies of your books stored there? Do they know how it happened? It must have been such a worry when your bank account was hacked too.
    Your family are growing so fast! It only seems yesterday that Lucy was a tiny baby. I love the picture looking into the grate!Hope the rest of the summer treats you better have a good blog break. Sarah x

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    1. All of my books were there, Sarah, except for the few copies I have here at my cottage. I think I'll edit my post to clarify that. They don't have any idea yet how it started. I'm still a bit soured about my bank account. If it happened once it could happen again, and the most unsettling thing is not knowing how it happened.

      The grandchildren are growing faster than I can keep up with. :-)

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    2. That should say scared, not soured, although soured might be an appropriate word as well. :-)

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  2. Sorry that things haven't been going well for you but having kids, grandchildren and your mother visit seems like they have helped.

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    1. It has been great having family and friends to balance things out, Nadia. :-)

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  3. Dear Kristie, we have missed your smiling face :). Your three little grandies are so delightful - I loved looking at their sweet faces. Happy Birthday to Lucy and what a special gift you made for her. Hello to your beautiful Mum, and fantastic that she can still come to visit you. You have had a rotten time - the fire is simply awful, and you must grieve for the owners and for all those books. I hope they had insurance to replace the stock. Online banking attacks are frightening - yesterday we had to bring the local 'Geeks' here to get rid of a viral attempt to do the same to us. I am so sorry it happened to you, and understand your concerns. The world at times can be a cruel place. I have felt unable to blog lately for a variety of reasons - let us continue to find little happies and hugs, blog them, and cheer up ourselves and everybody else! xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Patricia. I'm sorry you've been dealing with online security problems too. It's such a mess to sort out, and in my case I'm not even sure it's my computer, but am being forced by the bank to assume it is. Hopefully we can both get our blogging mojo back in the fall. :-)

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  4. Kristie - Your family is absolutely lovely and I enjoy your blog more than I can say. I understand your need for a break, however, and hope the time is restful and peaceful and positive! <3

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    1. Thanks Lisa! You are very kind. Restful, peaceful and positive sound like exactly what I need. :-)

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  5. Oh my I am sorry to read about the negative things in your summer but it is lovely to see your darling grandchildren...enjoy your blogging break and I hope that your computer woes will be an easy fix.

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    1. Thank you Hostess. My grandchildren are what have kept this summer from being a total fail. They are a true delight. :-)

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  6. That's a mixed bag of wonders and woes. I hope things calm down for you soon.

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    1. Definitely a mixed bag. The bad has been horrid and the good has been wonderful. I'm old enough now to realize that life has phases like this, and that thankfully things do eventually settle down again.

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  7. I can only begin to imagine how devastating the fire at your publisher's warehouse must be, how awful for everybody, publishers, authors and readers. As for your banking problems, I am really sorry this has happened to you and I hope you will get to the bottom of the security breach soon. I had my credit card cloned once and I felt so violated, I am still reluctant to use one after many years.
    The summer delights however are so precious, you have an amazing family. Your illegal entry into the US made my chuckle, I always assumed all borders are secured with fencing and border control. Enjoy your summer blogging break, I look forward to seeing you back whenever you are ready. xx

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    1. There are no fences along the Canada/US border, but it immediately made me think of Donald Trump (I hate to even type his name on my blog). If he gets elected I expect to see one go up right after the election. :-)

      The fire was unbelievable. It is going to take them a very long time to sort out. As for how you felt after your credit card was cloned, yes, that's exactly how this banking theft has made me feel. Violated.

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  8. So sorry about the fire and loss of your books, what a blow. Also awful regarding the bank account hacking, do you think its related to your car break in?

    Your grandchildren more than make up for all that sadness, they are delightful and enough to cheer any heart.

    Please don't give up blogging, I know I have considered it on numerous occasions but decided that little and often wasn't feasible anymore so it will be as and when. Enjoy your break xx

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    1. I've thought about the car break in, Sue, but I don't see how it could be. The only information they would have got from that was my name, address and birthdate off my driver's licence, along with my credit and banking card numbers. I cancelled the credit cards and bank card within an hour of the theft, so they were of no use to anyone. It's a mystery, and one I fear I'll never solve. Just like they'll never catch the thieves who broke into my car. I remember how awful you felt when you returned from a holiday to find some things had been stolen out of your yard. It just leaves you feeling vulnerable, doesn't it?

      You are so right about the grandchildren. They are the highlight of my life. :-)

      And I like your "as and when" approach to blogging. I think I'm going to have that be mine from now on as well. Thanks for that!

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  9. Such devastating news the fire and the bank, thank goodness the bank repaid your money. You are certainly blessed with beautiful grandchildren, what a joy to spend quality time with them, creating some beautiful memories. The summer is always a busy time for everyone maybe you will feel better after a break. Take care.

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Yes, the bank was very good about replacing the money. But that's why I have to wipe my computer. They said if it happened again and I hadn't attempted to fix it they wouldn't replace it again. Which is a very scary thought.

      As for grandchildren, yours are beautiful as well. I love the sleeping bag you just made with your grandson!

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  10. How terrible, about the books and your account--it's a scary world out there. I'm glad you've had some good to temper the bad. I miss you blogging and look forward to your return.

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  11. Oh Kristie, how sad about Sono Nis. Terrible to think of all those unique books being burned. And I'm sorry about the bank hacking. Such a worry and a nuisance (worsance?).
    I think you're wise to slow down the blog frequency a bit. You don't want it to become a chore. Just relax and enjoy the pleasures of family and your beautiful grandchildren.

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  12. Hi Kristie! I'm so sorry to hear about the fire. How sad and awful for everyone. I hope everything will be restored and back to business soon. I'm so glad to have copies of your books in my home. I will treasure them even more now. Thank you again from all of us here. Sorry about the bank hacking too. We've been victims of a government database hacking ourselves and I know how upsetting it can be. My children are now the proud beneficiaries of Federal identity-theft protection until they turn 18. Good, I guess? I don't appreciate how we got there, though. It looks like you've had some very nice times with your family this summer and I am so glad. The babies are all getting so big! They're beautiful. I hope you enjoy your little break from blogging. :)

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  13. Hi Kristie, Sorry to hear of your misfortunes, the fire is so sad and the hacking what a nightmare to deal with. Nice to have happy summer times with the family.

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  14. Dear Kristie, so sorry and rather upset about the personal disasters you have to deal with. It takes so much time but the most upsetting about it is that someone decides to ruin something important . The fire might have been an accident but often its not. The hacking is one of those things we have to get used to, in this technological and unfriendly world.
    In view of all these depressing tidings I'm glad that your family is such a treat and such a joy to follow. Those children, those sceneries you offer us!! But please take your time to mend and get your spirit and hope back. This is indeed the time to take up arms against a sea of trouble... That poor publisher.... Blessings to you all!!

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  15. Dear Kristie,
    Some months are more difficult than others, and I appreciate your willingness to share challenges as well as the positives. You are inspiring and I do hope you decide to continue blogging. I love to see your family, your travels, as well as your knitting, sewing and cooking. Even though we've not met, I feel like I have a friend who shares her life with me in an honest, engaging manner.
    Hopefully the bank (and your son in law) will be able to sort out the issues, and your publisher will too.
    Thinking of you in hot, hot Pennsylvania,
    Erin D

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  16. I don't know what to say about the books. Such a terrible loss. I hope the owners were not under-insured. That would make this a double tragedy. About the banking, I'm curious to hear what Anton discovers. I'm so glad you got the money back. One of our accounts disappeared from on-line banking today, but the banks swears it's just a glitch regarding what appears (not what the actual balances are).

    This will sound weird coming from me, but I hope you don't stop blogging. I think my troubles knock me down further now than they did when I was an active blogger. It's likely just a phase, but I'm a little less positive now than I was before.

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  17. Hi mam, I am a silent reader but when I read bad news I think, it's time to comment. I'm really sorry for the bad news you share here, I understand that you need a little rest from blogging to relax your mind, but I think (just My personal thought), it's better for you to keep writing to throw out the things you have inside. You don't have to put it in blog if you're not comfortable sharing bad things, you can just put it as draft or just write it like a diary. I know you're not a teenager who loves to complain, but for me, writing is like a therapy to let me take out things that bother me

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  18. I think it's good that you post the bad as well as the good, it makes you more real somehow. So sorry about the publisher's fire though, I hope their insurance lets them rebuild and reprint all the lost books, heartbreaking even so.
    On the bank hacking I've had something similar happen here, we had 2 visa cards hacked in a 3 month period, thank goodness the bank were onto it and stopped the transactions before they got anywhere. Not something I want to repeat though.
    Hope things improve from here, keep the important things close in your heart

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  19. I'm so glad you're not throwing in the towel - I really enjoy reading your blog Kristie and I do think blogging is a huge positive in our lives as it's a lovely community. It's sad news about the books, such a shame, but hopefully no-one was hurt, and I'm sorry about your online bank. That's a pain. As others have said before, keep your chin up and enjoy your lovely family and wonderful surroundings. Hope to hear from you again soon. Sam x

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  20. How fast they grow! I still think of Lucy as a baby. So sorry you're having a rough time with it and am annoyed on your behalf of the hoodlums who got into your bank account. On the other hand, I'm glad you're just taking a break and not closing down completely. I went through this with my own blog and decided rather than quit, to move it to Blogger so I wouldn't have to deal so much with h@ckers and coding issues. Anyway, I hope you can recharge over the next month and feel better. hugs, di

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  21. So many people I know have been dealing with online security problems. I was on a tour recently of a tech security firm's building, and the guide asked how many of us used our phone for banking. He then told those people to stop and never use your phone for banking. He gave detailed horror stories, but it scared me enough not to start. Adorable grandfamily.

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  22. Kristie: you will be in my prayers today. Please keep on blogging. I have enjoyed reading your blog over the years as we share several interests: knitting, hiking, and reading.
    This too shall pass.
    GonorthMary.

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  23. Wow, Kristie, I'm so sorry for your losses this month. We once had both our credit cards hacked in the same week and it was an awful feeling. It's scary how vulnerable doing business online can make us. I'm glad your bank replaced the money and that you have a family member to help with your computer.

    It's okay to share the not-so-great stuff on your blog. We blog about real life, and real life isn't always happy. It can be a real comfort to read the kind comments of online friends and know that people out there are praying for you and wishing you the best.

    What sweet grands you have! And as far as I'm concerned you're welcome in the US any time. :)

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  24. I can't believe Ella is a year already! My Olivia might as well be 3 already because she talks and acts like a 3-year-old. We were away for 10 days and her vocabulary and sentence structure was off the chart by the time we returned. I hope you don't have any more banking problems. We were in Mexico last week and one of the cab drivers asked us if we were for Trump. Ken can speak a little Spanish so they had a discussion about it. Ken tipped him well after telling him we definitely will not vote for Trump and if he wins we may be back to stay!

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  25. let's see: dog attack, broken into car and now online back hack. This has not been a summer of relaxation for you!!! I'm sorry about the bank issue but I'm glad they put the money back in and all is well once again. They say things come in threes and you just did them!! so that means you are in the clear :)

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  26. I hope that things have taken a turn for you Kristie since you last posted. It seems to be the year of bad luck. I've certainly had my share as have some of my family members. I was particularly sad to hear about your publisher's fire. To be eloquent about it -- that just sucks. Hoping you transition back to this space soon sharing the good, bad or indifferent. It doesn't matter to me, I just like seeing your world. Take care!

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  27. I'm really sorry to hear about the fire. Heartbreaking! As for online banking they are always quick to advise that the error is with the customer. Just recently I tried unsuccessfully for a whole morning to make a international payment. The bank said it was either a problem with what I was doing or even more likely a fault with my payee. Exasperated I left it till the next day and hey presto payment went through no problems at all.
    Can quite understand you taking a break from blogging but do please come back, your photos are always beautiful and your tales of teapot hill and your surrounding area are so interesting.

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  28. I agree with your friends here!! Hope you have recovered and come back to normal pace without further disasters! The autumn that awaits us might hold so much better things for you. Take care!!

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