Wednesday, April 14, 2010
DON'T FORGET.......................I am now posting on my new blog A BREATH OF FRESH AIR - http://abreathoffreshair-mary.blogspot.com/ as I'm unable to upload anymore photos on this original blog.
Hope you will stop by and visit me soon. Lots to share........home, garden, antiques, vintage, worldwide travels...........and the bits and bobs which make up everyday life!
Look forward to seeing you over at A Breath of Fresh Air.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
No, as you can see, no images to share here as my ongoing problems with Google/Picasa storage continues.
BIG NEWS is...........I've started a new blog, at least for the time being, and will be posting news and images there. I'd love for you to visit me as I have lots to share with you as I get nearer to my African safari trip in May. I may not post as often but I just cannot stop cold turkey........the addiction must be in the blood after all these years!
My new blog is titled A BREATH OF FRESH AIR and hopefully it will be just that. Hope to see you soon and thanks again for all your recent comments and help tips.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I certainly appreciate all the kind responses to my question regarding having to purchase additional storage for photos used on a Blogger blog. Typepad works differently I believe because you pay a monthly fee to own a Typepad blog, and maybe their photo storage is included at no extra charge.
I understand, and perhaps someone with more knowledge of the ins and outs of Google/Blogger/Picasa will correct me if I'm wrong, that even though you have your pictures stored in MY PICTURES on your computer, as I do, but have opted to use Google's PICASA for storage, once you upload your photos, they go automatically to PICASA where they are also stored in a safe place for backing up photos. However, that free storage space is just 1GB for use on your blog (and G-mail account if you use it). Once you have tapped out that free storage space you have to purchase additional space from Google. There are several tiers, e.g. 80GB cost $20 annually which isn't too bad. It can be self-renewing and they send an e-mail just before the year is up to ask what you want to do about renewing storage. All the storage you've paid for ends within 12 months, it is not carried over, so if you don't renew or buy another amount, you can no longer upload photos on your blog!
I've purchased more storage again (my third year of doing this because I do take/store/use a lot of photos for my blog) BUT, Google apparently does a very sad job in keeping up with migrating that storage to the Picasa account thereby causing everything to come to a halt when you want to load photos to your blog! They take your money, show your storage amount in your account, say you may have to wait 24 hours, but don't move it into Picasa, and then become impossible to reach. I have been waiting 8 days! There is no way you can communicate with customer NO-service at Google! No phone support, and from my hours of searching, no way to send an e-mail directly to anyone who can help. You are directed constantly to Help Forums and there you will see the frustration and disgust of hundreds of Blogger users such as myself.
Why you may ask, can you not delete photos from the Picasa albums to free up space? You supposedly can do this, BUT then the photos are also DELETED from your blog if you've posted them! This means anyone reading back through your blog will see blank squares instead of pictures.
OK, next question for you great blogging friends. If you use Typepad, are you pleased with it? Do they store your photos for free? I'm seriously contemplating switching which will of course mean starting an entirely new blog. Meanwhile, watch this space, and IF Google wakes up and loads my paid storage I will be back with photos of my new treasure hunting finds, Spring blossoms, and more about my upcoming African safari!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
When I came home and looked at my photos after uploading, I saw the brushes again and decided their old silver backs really were beautiful. The etched borders, repousse work depicting tiny roses and leaves, monograms GWH, FEL, HGB, the soft natural bristles, all mean these do have a history going back long before blow dryers and flat irons!
So I returned and purchased the brushes thanks to Jeannie giving me a bargain price for all five. They are displayed in this equally old ironstone bowl.
OK Blogger friends.................what's with Google's storage problem with Picasa? It's been 5 long days since I purchased more annual storage from Google and still I can't load any pictures to my blog (these above were in a draft so already loaded). The max time for storage renewal is supposedly 24 hours but obviously that is not true.
Anyone else out there having a similar problem? I do see dozens of complaints such as mine in the Google help forums. People are so frustrated, tempers are flaring, Google is being called nasty names. Where do you store your photos to upload to your blog? Can anyone give me a good alternative to Picasa please.
Heaven forbid.....can my blogging days be coming to an end?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
This is what I could have used today - a calming woodland walk! No, my weekend company (family visiting from Arizona) didn't drive me crazy, but Google certainly did!! Have you experienced the same problem......trying to get Google to upload your purchased photo storage via Picasa? I cannot add any photos as yet, despite having purchased storage a couple of weeks ago and again 2 days ago. Have you had this problem?
I actually took these photos early last week after dropping DH at the airport and coming back to walk in the woods and a nearby park. As you can see, Carolina blue sky and budding trees displayed squirrel nests..........Canada geese were starting their Spring mating rituals...........
Bent Creek trail ~ early March 2010.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I love to have them close by as I work in the kitchen. Do you know that tulip stems continue to grow when placed in water? These little beauties were in a short tight bunch when I purchased them. I've already trimmed them twice but they're growing rapidly once again.
The front porch is awaiting a good clean up and rearrangement after the wind and snow of Winter.
Stop by to see Beverly at How Sweet the Sound - lots more pink to enjoy!
Reposted from 2009 - I'm still on Spring Break!