Let me say, this has been a trying couple of weeks around a couple of days of relaxation. My wife and I spent last Wednesday through Friday at the Inn on Canal Square in Lewes, Delaware, the fine inn where Retired on Delaware works. We
certainly needed the time away just to unwind and have some peace.
The day before we left was not a good one, nor was the morning before we left.
On Tuesday we had our dog, Tucker, put to sleep.
He was a yellow lab who reached the grand old age of 18, although it wasn't so grand for him. He no longer could stand up, let alone walk. We had to carry him outside several times a day and he needed someone to stay with him through the night. My son and I took turns with these tasks, but a couple of weeks ago, while taking him in and out, I torn something in my upper leg and could no longer lift him. I am still having a great deal of pain and can't really bend down and lift anything. My oldest daughter, who works for the SPCA, talked to the vet there and he felt it was best for the dog to bring him in and put him down. besides his inability to stand, he had some tumors and I could see he had cataracts in his eyes.
It was difficult to do. All five us had our moments of crying. My two daughters and my wife took him to the SPCA, where he was attended to. The Delaware Pet Crematorium director met them there and took the body.
We got him back this past Monday in a nice little casket with his ashes and a tuft of his fur. He is gone, but we still keep looking for him in the room or listen for his bark.
On Wednesday a week ago, the morning we left for Lewes, I went to edit a post and when I clicked view, a strange site came up, a kind of product search engine. Someone had taken my domain name. Now, I had registered the name a year ago and my subscription did run out on March 29, the very day I found this other party grabbed the name. I had no notification that my subscription was ending or renewal notice. Not much I can do, I guess.
I thought I had no choice but to rebuild my site, which I did. Then I discovered I could retain my old site as is by just changing it to nitewrit.blogspot.com. By that time I had sent an email to my followers asking them to change to the new site called nightwritinglem.blogspot.net.
I now think I will use nightwritinglem as my 2008 postings and do my 2009 postings on nitewrit.blogspot.com. I have a link between the two. I hope you will bear with me on this and continue to read my posts. My regret is directories, both on line and in print, will now be directing people to this other site and not mine, but it is what it is.
This has been a bad year for me on the Web. Last year someone breached security and took over my email to send out spam and I lost my original email address. Then my PC crashed and I had to transfer everything to a new Mac. Now this. Perhaps Satan is trying to shut me up.
But like an old Timex, pain or stolen web sites will not stop me from keeping on ticking. I'm just sorry I must put you thought this trauma with me.