Pinch me when it is over

afterflorence2wmThe fall of 2018 has not been a fall to cherish.  Fall is usually a wonderful time on the Crystal Coast but unfortunately the slow movement of Hurricane Florence over the North Carolina coast set the tone for the  fall.  Along with Florence we have had more than our share of rainy and windy weather.  Read more

Time to Take a Breath

beautifulwatersatthepointwmsmOn September 11, 2018, we heeded the county’s mandatory evacuation orders and headed west from our home along Raymond’s Gut which flows into the White Oak River just three miles upriver from Swansboro, North Carolina. The garage of our house is just twenty-five feet from the water but we have never suffered water damage from a storm, even Category 3 Hurricane Irene. Florence looked like it was going to be very different.  Read more.

Overcoming Technology

springboguesoundwmAs is often the case, technology is wonderful when it works and not so much when it does not. My problem started when I tried to use the automatic backup software from my hosting provider.  It failed in mid-backup and left lots of strange files and destroyed a few files.  I got the site back up but my email quit working. I talked to the technical people to resolve the email issue and in their infinite wisdom they decided my site had been hacked and took it down.  They offered me a solution, which would have cost $600 a year to fix the problem which their backup software inflicted on me. I declined their solution. Eventually they gave me a list of over 500 PHP files that they wanted removed.  I removed them all but of course WordPress depends on PHP to run and I have been unable to get my hosted WordPress site up and going again.  Fortunately this site is fine. While I continue to work on the other site in my limited spare time, I have brought back a number of posts as flat HTML files.  They can be found at this new landing site for my Crystal Coast Life blog.