weary body, weary mind

“You change your life by changing your heart.”
St. Benedict of Nursia

(moss / Julie Cook / 2020)

First let me start by stating that I am NOT a fan of this new writing format that WP has imposed upon its bloggers.

The old format was user friendly and easy to navigate. It allowed me to focus on what I wanted to share without having to jump through a myriad of hoops of pop-up toolbars and then waste time hunting options in order to simply put up a humble post.

In a word…aggravating.

I thought when this new format business first came on the site a few weeks back, I had figured out how to simply stick with the tried, true and familiar setup–happily, I pecked away at posts…that was until Sunday afternoon. All I wanted to do was to have a post ready for Monday.

Then poof–there it was… the new format and nowhere could I find how to get back to my old and familiar posting format.

But hey, it’s 2020 right?! Crap happens, obviously.

So the yard sale came and went Saturday and this poor body of mine has seen better days. And that is probably one reason as to why I got more than irritated Sunday evening when all I wanted to do was put together a brief post, only to discover that some happy helper had the bright idea of reinventing the wheel in my happy little corner of the blogosphere.

Maybe it’s just a concerted plan to quiet my voice of discontent as I do tend to enter my bully pulpit here. I tend to sound the clarion call—calling on the body of Believers to action.

Take the Lewis quote below.

When I went to paste the quote into the body of the post, it went into a box. When I went to preview it, the quote was minus the box but was smaller than the rest of the type body of the post.

So what’s up with that?

And thus I hunted and pecked around to see how to remove the stupid box. Frustratingly, I couldn’t find any way to do so anywhere on the page–I even accidentally erased the quote twice.

Maybe the happy helpers are hoping to wear me down so I’ll just say to heck with blogging. A slick attempt to quiet the conservative voices of the Believers.

And yes, I am obviously tired as now I must be hallucinating–happy helpers wanting to silence me…hummmm

And make that three times I erased it.

I’m giving up for the night…

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
C. S. Lewis, p. 205
Mere Christianity

36 comments on “weary body, weary mind

  1. bcparkison says:

    Yes to the quote and there has been many a discussion over a new house being built and home renovation. We just have to let our God do his thing.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Only God can bring order from chaos, but I feel your pain on this one too.

  3. hatrack4 says:

    I must be missing something or I do not have something set the same way. I do not get the pop ups. The sidebar has two options, one for the overall post and another for the individual block (paragraph). Maybe I do not have the latest yet.

    • I kept the original long-standing posting format used forever -so when this new style came along, I managed to keep the very original yet now I’ve got what you and Kathy have, the post or block format— the old, obviously antiquated format, seems to be gone with the wind — ah change 😑

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  5. Karen says:

    “Then poof–there it was… the new format and nowhere could I find how to get back to my old and familiar posting format.” Yes, it happened to me as well. Thankfully, I had one post ready to publish on the old format and it went through fine. Now I’m working on another but my recipes aren’t going to be indented and are smaller print that the rest of the post. When I went in to complain to my husband he reminded me that this shouldn’t have come as a surprise, that they had warned up it would happen October 1st. Well as they say, it is what it is. Good luck!

    • I hear you Karen—and these know it all husbands, what can I say 🙂 hahaha 🙂
      No sympathy!
      I had managed to hold on to the years old format and thought I could still have that option until suddenly yesterday evening when I found no way of going back.
      It’s taking time to navigate and figure out how to make things look the same but, like you with the recipes, I can’t get my quotes aligned as they should be.
      But such is life.
      I suppose if I work with it long enough, I’ll figure it out but I was just content with the way it was.
      But like I say, it’s 2020 😉

  6. oneta hayes says:

    I got so frustrated trying to publish Sunday, I gave up and haven’t tried again. And I had put it in draft a day or two before. When I pulled it out of draft, it came out “block.” Now it is impossible to get help from a Happiness Engineer. Formerly I found them to be so helpful. By formerly, I mean before block. Now they are obviously so busy they can only be reached by email, assuring one they will receive an answer within two to four days. I had my “Sunday sermon” ready to go on Sunday – not Tuesday or Wednesday! Then I get an answer back saying I have two titles similar in drafts so which did I need. I needed the one in the editor! And I still have no idea why it wouldn’t publish. So here I am with comments. Whatever I try for the next couple of days will be short and sweet to save my time – just in case I can’t publish again. I hate it. Dawn Marie at Hugs and Blessings is encouraging to me. She sails into it. But I can’t find how to even make a font change although I thought that was going to be a big motivator to try. Good night. And Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow. Tonight one of those blessings is having President Trump back in the White House.

    • When you first expressed frustration, I had finagled where I could manage to keep the old format— classic editor and tried to explain is I found the option but just as I explained, the option was no longer there.
      Even when Kathy told me to click post vs block, it still is the classic format and keeps attempting to default to block while I attempt writing a post.
      I can’t keep anything pasted out of a box which when posted leaves the text smaller than the rest of the text body.
      And adding pictures is interesting- the day before I could upload yesterday I could only drag it in—
      When I first started blogging, I’d never done so before and basically stumbled my way through the process— now they may think they’re making the process more streamlined but they are not—
      And I couldn’t figure out how to trash the empty draft attempts I’d started before I got one to work—
      But yes, I am glad the President is home!!

  7. Tricia says:

    Julie I so feel your frustration with the new format. In fact it’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been posting so much. I don’t see what benefit it could possibly offer other than to the brilliant idiots who thought it up and who now think they are that much more brilliant.

    Someone pointed out to me that if you go in to WP Admin and click on posts, in the upper left corner there is an “add new” tab and it gives you the classic option. It seems to work but I”m sure once WP figures this out it will disappear too.

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    Can you still have access to the classic editor?

  9. K.L. Hale says:

    I only began blogging in January and with my purchase, only knew block editing. When I click on WP icon on top left it my screen it allows me to switch to “classic editor “ in which I have hardly any experience. I found it odd when I began that it was more “helpful” in writing (vs writing in Word or any other publishing software). I really struggled. Most times I writ in Word and copy and paste into blocks and modify them there. I’ve had to watch YouTube videos and it’s definitely been a learning curve for me. And I’m doing it all on a $300 laptop with poor graphics (sent my high dollar wonderful one to son in Air Force to complete his degree). Alas, I’d just as soon be like Jo in “Little Women”, dipping my quill on beautiful paper ~and then I’d never had the opportunity to meet such lovely friends such as you!! Gif gives us the grace to grow through it (and for me, to grow my grit! Lol). Take care Julie! 💚💕❤️

    • When I started almost 8 years ago, there was the classic editor and it was the only one.
      A few years down the road they did a switch up and I managed to hang on to the original format. I figured I’d have the same option when they started touting this latest version— but no.
      Even using the ‘new’ style of the classic, which you and others are familiar with, is still not that original classic format—
      So it’s definitely crazy and once again, a new learning curve!
      And I’m with you on Jo and her quill or Ann if green gables— I still greatly enjoy writing cards and letters and using stamps and the post office!!!
      But you’re right— God has given us one another!! Classic or block 🥰🤣

  10. Dawn Marie says:

    Hope the yard sale was more successful than your go with the new format, giggles! 🤣🤣🤣 As I am behind in my reading…I look forward to discovering how you progress. 😉I am CERTAIN you will master-it quick!! Hugs to you for taking the time to post, regardless of the frustration you felt!

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