A German phrase meaning "it is always something" which I learned a few years ago from a favorite cousin. We loved to use this phrase between ourselves, bantering it back and forth whenever the situation called for it. An appliance would break and she would tell me "immer etwas". An item purchased from the store was faulty and needed to be returned and I would tell her "immer etwas". We enjoyed this phrase and it was our personal connection.
Well, dear readers, let me tell you that in the past 10 days I have been saying Immer Etwas to myself on numerous occasions (along with some other phrases that could not be published). And, why, you might ask? Because my 18 month old Blog "Two Sides of the Ocean" just up and disappeared off the face of the Internet.
WHAT? I can hear you all rallying behind me in support after this disastrous occasion. Yes, my blog is gone and I am told by Blogger that it was deleted on my end and cannot be retrieved. Now how this would happen is beyond me - my 83 year old mother lives with me and there is no way she even touches my computer. The only other person in this home is my 10 year old poodle, Zoya,
and while she is very smart, she does stay away from my office mostly because it is in the lower level of the home and she hates to be down here. So that leaves me to have deleted the blog and unless I sleepwalk, I don't know how it could have happened.
After several back and forths with my blogger cousin, TK, of Before My Time, we have concurred that the blog is gone and I will just have to recreate it. This could not have happened at a more inopportune time as I am 6 1/2 weeks away from my long awaited trip to Berlin and had intended to take my laptop and post to my blog from there.
Now for all those followers of my blog, fellow bloggers or not, here is a lesson for all of us - BACK UP. I am here to tell you that I am glad that I am a compulsive gal. Why, because cousin, TK, had told me from day one of my blog that I should copy and paste each post to a Word file for safekeeping and I faithfully did that. And I am relieved to say that all my 18 months' worth of posts are safely sitting in a Word file along with copies of the images that I used. Now, I will add that TK herself told me that it was such a great idea she couldn't understand why she herself didn't do the same!
So I have wrung my hands for the last week over this issue and now took the plunge tonight and created a new blog with a new URL but the same title. And here is the recreated blog "Two Sides of the Ocean" in new form and style. My German cousin, Gerhard, has already told me that he will help me create a new header for my blog when I am in Berlin and since he is a retired graphic designer I can only imagine how creative he will be. He is one talented person.
So please continue to visit my blog and watch the changes that will occur to its format over the next months.
Above photo of Zoya - Copyright © 2006 by Cheryl J. Schulte