Dusting off the blog

crowded antique shop

[blows dust off keyboard]
Testing…testing…one…two…three…Does this thing still work?

Haven’t posted anything for almost two years, since my husband started his latest set of medical crises. Full-time caregiving has put my business and most of the rest of life on hold. Things seem to be settling down, finally, so I’m re-starting semi-regular posts.

Mount TBR (To Be Read) Challenge 2019

Haven’t participated for the last few years (see today’s previous post) but I want to get back in my reading groove. To find out more about MyReadersBlock’s annual challenge, please see her blog post.


To be kind to myself, I’m going to do two things:
1) sign up for a lower level of the challenge, and
2) list books as I finish them instead of publishing my list in advance.

If you decide to play along, please let me know by commenting here, or by contacting me on Twitter (@katnagel) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/katnagel). See you on the slopes!

It’s that wonderful time of the year

Another year without blog posts. Time and energy spent caregiving, an unsuccessful bathroom renovation, and dealing with my own health issues has left precious little time and energy for either reading or writing. Hoping this coming year will be different.

As usual, the latest WP updates have seriously interfered with my theme modifications. It’s been a long time since I last did a child theme, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Things have changed a lot since 2009! The parent theme I’ve been using since 2009 is apparently not being updated any more. I’ve found and purchased a similar one, and will build my new child theme on that. In the meantime, I’ve switched over to the standard Twenty Seventeen from Automattic.

In addition to building the child theme, I’ll have to fiddle with sidebars and menus. For now, please be patient while I delete old stuff that no longer works, and try to get back in the habit of writing regular blog posts. Looks like I also need to update my SSL certificate. Oh, joy.

Blog reboot

One of the hazards of living in a series of very large houses is that one accumulates stuff. I’ve let this blog stagnate while I concentrated on de-cluttering 40+ years of work files, and 60+ years of accumulated personal stuff. (We will not talk about the cartons of stuff I inherited from my mother or the stuff she inherited from her mother. Nope. Not going there yet.)

I’m not finished with that, but I think it’s time to start writing again.

man pulling off another man's boot
Rebooting a blog can be annoyingly complicated. (Photo credit: Botched by Nature episode 2016-08-10)

First, though, come the WordPress updates.


  • Database backed up? √
  • Child theme customizations backed up? √
  • WP 4.6 installed? √
  • Parent theme updated? √
  • Plugins updated? √


To Do List

  • Figure out why featured images aren’t connecting to slider categories.
  • Remove image work-arounds from last updates to see if that fixes the slider images.
  • Figure out why I now have at least three duplicates of all pages.
  • Figure out why some (but not all) categories have been duplicated.
  • Remove duplicate pages.
  • Remove duplicate categories.
  • Re-assign orphan posts to correct categories.
  • Figure out why the main menu and slider menu are swapped.

First, turn off computer and pour a glass of that nice 30-year Solera. The blog fixes can wait until tomorrow.