Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gratitude, Thankfuls and Learning

Once again, it is time to reflect on the past week and mention to you, my gratitude.  What I am thankful for this week?

Before I  begin  with my list of ten – it has come to my acknowledgement that my blog, or the reader,  or my comments, or my feedburner might be broken.

Last week I noticed two strange things in my blogger reader and that was SquaareKat first did not have thumbnails (pictures) listed on the reader and what was listed referred to me as:

“No reply blogger Marisa B @ SquaareKat”

What does that mean - I have no idea, so with great trepidation I set out to learn how to fix it….
The “no reply blogger “thing was an easy fix – it was advised to convert back to blogger original, go to accounts, and click on to the “show email tab” under settings.

Supposedly, what it means is that I cannot reply; or maybe you can’t reply to my comments whether it is on my blog or your blog - that is what I learned, however I don’t think I ever had a problem commenting on any blogs and for the most part I did have responses.  So believe me I am confused.

While I was figuring all of this out – I realized that my last post; last week’s Thankful list did not  show up on Bloglovin …hmm somehow, not sure how, I was able to feed it into Bloglovin.  

Throughout this process I learned that I have a feedburner listing all my active blogs  - yet let me assure  you I  don’t know what it does, how to work it, or fix it.  However, sometime soon I will reactivate the subscription feature on SquaareKat, for now I’m going to leave that feature out.

The last thing I noticed was all the SquaareKat posts in the RSS Reader;  all of my posts listed from current posts to posts from 11 months ago did not have pictures and referred to me as “no reply blogger”.  When I clicked on it, I was directed to the blog with no problems.

Yet I did notice that posts listed on the reader 12 months ago and back, even though the thumbnail is shown and I am listed as “Marisa B @ SquaareKat when I clicked on that it takes me to a feedburner broken page. 

Nevertheless, I was able to link to those posts from SquaareKat without any problems it’s not working or linking from the reader list.  Not sure, what is going on, I posted a test post, on Friday night the post did not show up in the reader until the next morning – yet it did show up in Bloglovin right away. 

This morning the thumbnails are back… I am not a “no reply blogger” anymore and the rest I can live with for now.   However I am wondering if my posts are being seen and read;  I posted a  few  in the last two or three weeks which I thought were interesting, funnyinformative and thought provoking  or so I thought without  much  responses or comments.

I’m wondering if my blog is broken and I am only seen when I link up with the Thankfuls each week. 
Anyway, I will figure this out …hopefully.

Here are my thankfuls:

It was Mother’s day last week - 
My kids made me a delicious brunch of pancakes, orange juice, and coffee.


A gift to a spa for a facial and massage - can you hear me sing Ahhhh!

This gorgeous pump 
I bought it at DSW – it’s for a Communion on Saturday, found it in the clearance section and I can wear it anytime; work, going out. I have not had a pump in a long time.

James home safe and sound -   his school had a class trip to Philadelphia (8th grade trip) no parents.

He had a great time but I was worried. 
Dad dropped off Kaiser Rolls, Italian loaves of bread, and hero rolls too.  So much bread that we gave some to our neighbor around the corner. 
Tonight I am making sloppy joes – inspired because of the Kaiser Rolls ; everything else in the freezer, if  I need any bread during the week - all  I need to do is wrap what I need in foil, pop it in the oven  for less than 5  minutes  and we have warm bread with our meal.

Bread available this week.

My eyes are healing nicely.

Evening Primrose Oil

I am feeling so much better because of this wonderful vitamin.

That is it for now - what are you thankful for…

 Because it’s Spring

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 


  1. From my understanding, a 'no-reply blogger' is one who does not have an email address linked to your blogger account. It doesn't impact your ability to comment or for people to comment on your blog; it merely means that no one could email you directly. (If I understand correctly.)

    I have not been great (or even good) about reading blogs lately, but I do try to read and comment on the TToT posts. I think others might be in the same boat. My TToT posts always seem to generate more comments than my middle-of-the-week posts.

    In any case, I hope you can figure out what is going on with your blog. It's frustrating when things change unexpectedly.

    1. Thanks I kind of knew that - because I didn't think I had any issues replying or commenting - but the tutorial that I found is how it was explained - yet it was an easy fix - Thank you I hope so too.

  2. Those shoes are gorgeous.
    Ah, the first trip on his own (well, without you I mean)? It gets easier, but you never get over the anticipation of their return! So great getting them back!

    1. I love the shoes hoping they don't hurt after a while - I am stretching them a bit -
      What can I say I'm a worrier :)

  3. Oh those are really nice shoes!

    Once the weather gets nice, people seem to drop off of reading and commenting on blogs. So maybe your feeds and such are working just fine and you're just feeling that nice weather slump?

    1. Thank you - I think that is so true - :) it has been Spring Break too:)

  4. loved the photo (" Mommm! can't we just eat... we don't even know those people!!)

    bread is good, have a certain type of roll that is a staple of my diet these days... don't know the name but it's kind of oniony....

    wish I knew more ('by 'more' I mean, 'pretty much anything') about how my blog works... but I'm one of those, 'if it appears to be working, don't do anything different' tech types

    1. they so used to it hey it's not my fault that it really took a long time for to be completed

      I am too - but this drove me crazy.

  5. Marisa, I am so impressed with your ability to navigate the ins and outs of your blog. I have a wordpress blog and it is very confusing to me. I'd give that ten thankfuls right there. Yeah for spa gifts cards and those shoes are smokin' hot. I would fall off them, I'm sure. I knew about Evening Primrose Oil for hot flashes, but it has very many other benefits, too. Cool. Have a good week.

    1. oh boy I'm trying very cautiously - because I know one false move and it will be bad. I cannot wait to use the spa gift. I'm short so I'm used to it. the Evening Prim Rose and stopping sugar in my coffee has helped a lot.

  6. Gorgeous shoes. And I'm very impressed with your blog tinkering. I honestly don't understand any of that part - probably should, I suppose.
    A healthy supply of bread always makes me happy and the pancake breakfast looks great!
    Field trips without parents - definitely not my favorite. Glad the trip went well and all are home safe!

  7. Very beautiful shoes, and now I want pancakes and I need to go look up what on earth a Kaiser roll is! Sounds wonderful, and HOORAY for your eyes getting better :)

  8. that james is so good looking!
    and i'm like lizzie! now I want pancakes! LOL.
    thank you for the tip on evening primrose oil.
    I've had thick hair all my life... UNTIL I started having thyroid issues.
    when they took it out from the cancer result in it... now my hair is thinning terribly. so I will check into this supplement for sure!
    have a wonderful week.

  9. I don't understand what Blogger did when they changed from http to https, because I don't know what either of those things are in the first place. All I know is I can't seem to put the TToT host code into my posts since the change. Sigh. Love the breakfast your kids made. the pancakes are HUGE, and I could never take a step in a pair of shoes like that!

  10. Well, I had a big long comment, but when I hit publish, it took me to a page saying I needed to sign up with a blogger account. What the what?? Seems it can't find me, so I'm going with anonymous, but my name is really Christine. :)

    Short version of deleted comment:
    Nice shoes!
    Teens traveling makes moms worry but it is a great experience for the teen.
    Great Mother's Day for you!
    Computer issues suck. and make no sense to me whatsoever. Good luck with it.

  11. Marisa - my feedburner quite working this week too. For help, you might want to check with Kim Six of the blog, Kim Six Blogger Support. She is awesome, and runs a closed Facebook group for Blogspot bloggers where you can get help with all sorts of issues. Good luck!

  12. Hopefully this comment goes through after reading above, hehe.
    Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! It looks like you have many wonderful things for which to be thankful.
    I'm going to have to look into the evening primrose oil...I'm intrigued!
    Have a wonderful day!


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