Everything I Needed to Know to Succeed, I Learned as a Ten Year-old

succeed with industryWe attended a beautiful wedding over the weekend. I was enjoying the reception, — listening to the music and watching the young people dance. “They will dance through the night!” I exclaimed happily. “No”, my neighbor informed me, “they have to be out by ten”.

It was then 9 o’clock, and I realized there were stacks of dirty plates at the back of the room. Continue reading

Turn on the Way-Back Machine; WordPress backups

Turn on the Way-Back Machine; WordPress backups

Wordpress backupThe internet can be unpredictable, and it pays to be prepared.

New clients call on me, now and again, to take a look at a problem on their site. Almost 100% of those that I investigate (aside from the problem that initiated my involvement) do not have a WordPress site backup.  Some who think they have back-ups — do not have working backups.

This is where picking a host provider who states that back-ups are provided, can be a very good decision. Sometimes for a small fee, a host will include this service. Either way, that is a very good decision and certainly better than no backup plan.

In addition to my host’s backups, I run them for my own site through the host’s c-panel, and also run WordPress backups through my WordPress Dashboard via a plugin.  Ok, that may be overkill, but you at least want to do the latter. Any backup you create and download off the host server is your property, and a bit of insurance that your content will not be destroyed by cyber gremlins.

I talked about WP-DBmanager in another post and some simple advice for getting an error message to clear.  This plug-in also does some cool database repair and database optimization. The plug-in states that database optimization should be run once a month. (Database optimization can speed up a site considerably, especially if it has been neglected for any length of time).

The backup created by WP-DBmanager resides in a folder on the server where your blog is located. If electronic or physical disaster strikes that server, and you don’t have a copy somewhere else, you will not have a backup….  Be sure to download a copy of the latest backup to the device of your choice (cyber vault, external drive, PC hard-drive, etc.) on a regular schedule.

Even an irregular schedule is better than none ;)

Another cool plug-in — cool because I can get a back-up before I start looking into working on a site — is Online Backup for WordPress.  It appears that you have to have a vault to run the plug-in, but you can configure to just run a manual backup and then download that to your own space, which is some assurance that you are not working on the website without a safety net.

The thing about backup plugins is that they have to be configured. Installing them and thinking you are done, is not going to work. (This is a misconception that I have run across a time or two in my web-fix travels).

More commonly I ask, “Do you have a recent backup?” And the answer is, “I have no idea…”.

If you haven’t addressed the backup question for your website, please make it a priority on your to-do list, — so that if you ever need to call on the Way-Back Machine, it will be extant — and functional :)

ya yrmom is on facebook

social media statisticsThere’s nothing quite like a statistic to make you feel in touch with your world. And there is nothing quite like a statistic to make you feel out-of-touch with your world.

250,000,000 photos is a lot of pixels

Barack Obama’s victory tweet was the most retweeted tweet ever with over 800K retweets. (source: The Guardian)  This really was predictable and did not surprise me.

But, I find this hard to believe (NOT) = 85 percent of women are annoyed by their friends on Facebook. (source: AllTwitter)

The top 5 of the top 100 hash tags on Instagram are #love, #instagood, #me, #tbt and #cute. (source: Statigram)  #love is before #me? Well, that might be #instagood.

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Overwhelming Choices – curriculum

four core subjects curriculum

Conquering curriculum choices –

Earlier this week I was talking to another homeschooling mom (though now I am a "retired" homeschooling mom) who had always used canned curriculum for her medium large family.  She had recently moved to our state, and the state curriculum she had begun to employ was so restrictive that it had become obnoxious. 

As a result she decided to go it alone for the first time.  After the miracle of God that provided her with a whole library of books (for free) to use for the next several years, she was beginning the overwhelming task of how to organize her school year for several grade levels and several subjects.

A blast from the past –

I shared the "aHa" moment of my own, when I realized that all I needed to teach Continue reading

Accidentally Delicious Taco Stew

Accidentally Delicious Taco Stew

Taco Stew
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Taco Stew – yumm

Here is a simple and delicious recipe for your venison or any other type of stew (cheap) meat.  It also helps to use up those seasoning packets you can’t remember why you bought ;-)

Yes, this was one of those happy accidents.  I have lots of stew meat due to a very productive hunting season followed by the (recent) empty nest.  Mostly stew meat is left, — because that takes planning, and I am not usually a food-plan person.  I also had a couple of packets of taco seasoning left over from a college son’s move to a summer job.  I literally threw this together knowing at least the kitchen would smell good when I returned from work.

Accidentally Delicious Taco Stew
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  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (or your own)
  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 cans beans (drained)
  • 1 can olives (drained)
  • sour cream
  • dregs from a bag of chips if available
  • tortillas if desired
  • green lettuce if desired
  1. To 2 pounds of stew meat, add 2 envelopes of taco seasoning (or your own taco seasoning) in a crock pot and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. My stew meat was partially frozen, so I returned and stirred it after about an hour. This may also affect how long you want to cook it. I was thinking shredded venison, so overcooking was not one of my concerns.
  2. An hour before it is finished, add two cans of corn and two cans of beans (drained) and one can of olives (drained), and the dregs from any bag of corn chips. I used black beans, but you could use any you have in your pantry. Stir well and let heat through.
  3. This can be served in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream or over warmed tortillas or -- salad greens!
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My husband said he walked into the house that evening and felt loved!  Ahhh :) — the side effects of inspiration!  I had to look in the pantry for something-else-to-throw-in-there and came up with the corn, beans, olives and chips.  I served it over green lettuce with a dollop of sour cream, and it felt like we had gotten somebody’s favorite recipe.

Well, this is one of our new favorites!