That’s What Husbands Are For

Last Friday morning, my blog was starting to look exactly the way I wanted it to. By Friday evening, I had messed something up and nothing looked the same anymore. It all started when I pasted my Google Friends Connect code into a custom code box instead of a widget box. My theme went berserk, and I couldn’t recover from my mistake. The funny thing about that mistake is that in a few months, Google is ending GFC for WordPress blogs! And just after I reached 200 followers. Gah!

I sprawled on the couch crying, looking and acting like a petulant toddler demanding ice cream.

The disadvantage of having a lower freezer.

I cried that I wasn’t smart enough to do this; I contemplated going back to Blogger; I cursed my lack of research; I regretted making my new blog public before it was perfect. And yes, I do have a backup of my blog before my mistake, but what good is a backup when you don’t know how to restore it to WordPress?

All the while, Ed sat by me and consoled me. He told me his programming problems at work, he told me I would figure it out. We brainstormed solutions. Most of all, he sat and listened to me.

In the end, I decided to go back to the previous version of the theme I had purchased, to wait until I watched more tutorials and figured out a few more things. Most of all, I just wanted to write again. But first, I needed a break. I barely touched the computer all weekend. I read my book, made scrambled eggs for breakfast, and re-caulked my shower. I played Labyrinth with the girls and took them to a Bethlehem Walk.

Thinking about all that time I spent on my blog design, just to lose it all, I realized it wasn’t all wasted time. For two days, I had an invalid feed, but I figured out how to make it valid again. After installed two different comment plugins, and having both the plugin and default comment forms appear on my blog, I posted in my theme’s forum and they discovered that duplicate comment forms was a bug in the new theme. They’re working to resolve that problem. Even though Lemon Drop Pie doesn’t look the way I envisioned it, I have accomplished some things.

When I thanked Ed for listening to me whine about my blog, he said, “That’s what I’m here for.” He couldn’t solve my problems, but he did just what I needed him to do. Listen.

After the Rain

On our walk to school today, we got wet shoes (I need to invest in a pair of rain boots), wet pants and wet umbrellas. Walking in the rain is lovely as long as it isn’t too cold. I love the different scents; the water dripping down from the sky and the trees; the ripples in the puddles. The girls love the rain, too; they get to use their umbrellas and wear rain boots!

The girls with rain boots and umbrellas a couple of summers ago
Rain drops on my rose bush
Watch out, Itsy-Bitsy Spider!
Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

One of the lovely things about rain is the rainbow possibility. Today Emmy and I were lucky; the sun started to shine and a rainbow appeared. Dark clouds were behind the rainbow yet, and it was faint and hard to see.  Once we walked into the preschool room, the teachers brought all the kids to the windows to see; the dark clouds were dissipating and the rainbow was shining brighter in the sky.

A faint rainbow after the rain during a Michigan vacation

Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. When a rainbow appears, the dark clouds are a reminder of the rain that just was. Rainbows are unpredictable; we hope for them; we wish for a rainbow to appear after the rainstorm. I have searched for a rainbow in the skies many times after a storm, disappointed. I’ll know that the conditions are right–the rain has passed us by and the sun is shining through the rain; there must be a rainbow somewhere! Perhaps someone else is in the right spot to see the rainbow when I’m unable to find it. Perhaps someone else is seeing its beauty. That’s a nice thought, isn’t it?

Wishing rainbow skies for you today!

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