Saturday, October 26, 2013

other than feedburner???

Need to know of alternatives to feedburner that can block bots and certains ip addresses...anyone??

Should we can these suckers????

Manns-Simon Cottage Field Trip

Biltmore - Part V

Biltmore Field Trip - Part IV

Biltmore Homeschool Field Trip -III

These are pictures from our recent field trip to Biltmore Estates. Such a lovely place and such beautiful gardens.

Biltmore Field Trip Part II

These are pictures from our recent field trip to Biltmore Estates. Such a lovely place and such beautiful gardens.

Biltmore Homeschool Field Trip

These are pictures from our recent field trip to Biltmore Estates. Such a lovely place and such beautiful gardens.

not as tech stupid as you might think...

my assistive technology cognate comes in quite handy still today, though it was obtained almost two decades ago...

here's the deal - a feedscraper is reprinting my content without permission. i have asked my content to be deleted. it is always done so for only a short bit, then it reappears. so if you are reading this, please stay with me and follow long for a short update...

an ip might scrape your content or a bot might do so. companies create bots to scrape content as well. where your feed is burning to and try several things.  if a company is scraping your feed, they can "delete" your blog feed content all day long. but, if the rss feed is not cut from the scraper, the content will reappear.

someone might tell you it is a "bug" or some other technical issue...but it is not...the issue is the company that is scraping did not remove the feed link.

as well, i have learned more about bots and feed and how to control them in less than one month than ever before.

other options bloggers might want to look into are using a different rss feed support. one where you can block bots and unwanted readers. just a thought to twirl around in your heads.

ending thought: a blog is not really deleted (in the true definition of the word) if you just rename the blog feed to be this blog has been deleted.  

Babies & Beanies


Finished product: 


I got the instructions for this baby beanie hat here.  I can take credit for crocheting the hat, but the credit for the instructions goes to the lady whom wrote these. They were downloadable. The directions say it will take about 30 minutes to crochet this. It took me about an hour or a little more. I did not do a "magic circle" as it calls for in the directions. I used a technique my great-great aunt taught me when she taught me to crochet as a child - the beginning of a granny square.   

Baby Toboggan


  I crocheted this hat for my grandson who will arrive soon. This was done with no pattern. I crocheted a rectangle and sight measured what I thought would be a suitable head circumference for a baby by looping the rectangle sides together. The hat was side stitched with a single stitch and the a string was ran through the top and tied off.

  The hat was turned right side out and is finished...very easy and very quick...less than an hour from start to finish.

  The bottom can be turned up for a trim. :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

little fingers and little toes!!

It's a  grandbaby!!

I wonder?

I wonder if TechCrunch or Gizmodo would be interested in hearing of complaints about things?

I wonder if TechCrunch or Gizmodo would be interested in copies of correspondence?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

FeedSpot said they deleted my blog - they did not.

This is my edited post for today:
Anuj, of FeedSpot, emailed me to tell that he has deleted my blog from FeedSpot. I went and looked yesterday and indeed it was not there. I wondered when I wrote the post below yesterday if it would reappear. When I went and checked today, it had (reappeared). The FeedSpot link says it is deleted, but it is not. It may be in faint gray font, but the last blog post is still there. Look closely, you can see it...right there behind the big pale yellow block. So, there is my NOT DELETED blog entry, behind the block that says it is deleted...but it is not. What this also indicates to me, is that the ability to block my blog feed is available and can be done...and was done for a temporary measure only.

Anuj had stated one thing in email correspondence to me, although this is not what occurred.

I began this blog for my own enjoyment and am saddened now that it has become something that I feel someone is trying to take away from me. I began this blog to discuss homeschooling and homesteading adventures with my child, to note the joys of homeschooling, being a wife, being a Christian, and being a mom. I began this blog to share with others. I began this blog to discuss and review curricula options for homeschoolers who homeschool children with LD and Aspergers. Over the course of three years, this blog has grown into something more. It is personal and it is my thoughts and words. They were put here to share with others, not to be taken without permission, particularly when I have asked repeatedly for them to not be taken as such...then, misled and threatened with legal action.

So, there. That is it in a nutshell. I have been misled and something I enjoyed is now not so enjoyable.

This was my original post below:
I am still suspicious of this company and I wonder if my blog will show up elsewhere in their feed and I honestly feel this is a saga.

It took five formal requests in writing to remove my blog, but the feed does appear gone. I did turn off my RSS feed for awhile on this blog. It did make my blog disappear for a few days from FeedSpot. When I turned it back on, it reappeared in hours. This showed me that it was removed due to my efforts and not by the promise of Anuj to do so.

After two more requests, my blog was removed. Anuj asked me to remove one of my posts about FeedSpot. He wrote it was affecting his company negatively. This morning he has threatened me with legal action if the post is not removed.

For the record, I wrote my opinion of the company and how they were taking my content. I wonder if others who are removing their posts of like content are being threatened with a lawsuit as well? So, I am formally removing my post, not on account of Anuj's request, but on my husband's request...because I honor his opinion in my marriage.

FYI - I did keep documentation of all emails and my blog posts.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Plain Disappearance: An Appleseed Creek Mystery...a review

A Plain Disappearance: An Appleseed Creek Mystery
By: Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower does well with this novel. First of all, let me just say that I love to read novels about the Amish and Mennonite. The simplicity of their lives and the devotion to the Lord is unique in this world today. It is obvious that Flower has a personal knowledge of the Amish way of life. A Plain Disappearance is part of a new series by Flower which continues to demonstrate why she was nominated for an Agatha Award. 

A Plain Disappearance is the third novel of the Appleseed Creek mystery series. I did not get to read the first two in the series. I will definitely be going back to read these after reading A Plain Disappearance for this review. I can say that though this novel is part of a series, the story stands alone on its merit.

The story centers mainly on the life of Chloe Humphrey. Chloe faced some childhood tragedies with the death of her mother, her father remarrying to a stepmother who does not want her, and having to leave her home and life. Chloe grows up with an English family and decides as an adult to move to the Appleseed Creek community to work at the local college in the computer department. Chloe is building a life for herself. She has a roommate, Becky, and is starting a relationship with Timothy.
 Chloe and Timothy encounter the murdered body of an Amish teenager, Katie Lambright. A friend of Timothy’s, Billy, looks to be to blame for the murder and is revealed to be living a double life. Now, Chloe and Timothy must work to prove Billy’s innocence and find him. really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

This story unfolds well and is a great read. The plot is well developed. The characters were well developed and had unique storylines that do intertwine well. I do recommend this book to others.

Handlebar Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Posting your stuff where FeedSpot cannot get the feed!! :)

by Analisa                    Posting your stuff where FeedSpot cannot get the feed!!  :)

If you want to read this blog or follow this blog - go to
Sick of FeedPost taking my

This should stop your blog text posts from going to FeedSpot. 1. Go to settings. 2. Click other. 3. Use drop down for "allow blog feed" to drop to none. 4. save. 
Take that!