Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! If you follow my blog, you know I've had a busy week. I posted my August Island Batik challenge on Saturday, and spent most of the weekend working at the quilt shop and writing two blog posts for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along.
To say I wanted to do a good job for you all is an understatement. What you don't know is the rest of the story. I'd gotten the post for Block 3 done fairly early, and had written my post for Block 4. But I needed to take photos in the daylight. So I finally did, and on Monday I was editing them and inserting them into my post using my blog editor. I was more than halfway done when the power went out. That happens from time to time here for no reason we can decipher--just an old transformer is our best guess. Then the internet went out. Oh no! How could I finish if I couldn't connect to the Internet?
Thinking fast, I copied the rest of the images for the post onto a flash drive and found my old tablet and booted it up to see if it still worked OK. My husband is out of town with my current tablet. The old one worked, except the bluetooth keyboard wouldn't connect, so that meant I'd have to work with the touch screen keyboard which covers more than half the tiny tablet screen. Nevermind I thought, I can do this!
Then my husband called and he tried to help me get the internet back up. He had me crawling under the desk and then some wires come loose from the back of the computer and I wasn't sure where they went and well, it wasn't pretty. And at some point he had me reboot my computer and it goes down but never comes back up. Yep, my computer is dead. So he tries to help me figure that that out, God bless him, with him telling me what to do over the phone. It was almost comical, because I decided to do a video call to show him something and I'm holding my phone up to the back of the computer at one point and he's telling me to move the phone a bit to the left, then up then back and then to the right, and so on. At one point I can see him squinting on my phone, trying to figure out if a switch had blown. Poor guy. Not sure how he could see anything. But I was oh so happy that he was trying.
So while I'm doing chest compressions on my computer, the internet comes back up. Yeah! So I give up on my computer and boot up my husband's so I can get the post done which has to be up by midnight. Got three whole hours left, so why worry? Unfortunately, I quickly learned that I didn't copy all the files I needed to that flash drive.
And my computer's dead so I can't go back and get the files I need.
Luckily, some of my everyday files are on my tablet. Which is in Las Vegas with my husband. So he finds them and emails them to me. But they don't arrive for some reason--maybe because he's on a poor wifi or maybe because I'm trying to use the web interface for my email account. Anyway, eventually he copies them to his OneDrive, which I can see on his computer so I get the files. Yeah! We're cooking with gas.
Then I get down to the last critical part. The pattern file for my block! Yep, I didn't have that either. And it's too new to be on the tablet which I don't use all that often. (Although I guess I'll be using it more now that my computer's dead. <wink>)
The gods were with me however, because I'd shared the pattern with my quilt along besties in our private group. You see, some of us are host for the quilt along and we get the patterns ahead of time so we can make the blocks and post them at the same time the pattern goes up. As hosts, we show our version of the block and share our tips for making it. So I downloaded the pattern from our private group onto Scott's computer and with a half hour to spare, I had both posts all done and ready to go.
I even had time to read both of posts over one last time and fine tune them.
As the seconds counted down to midnight, I started noticing some funny things about my posts. My blog editor for some reason chose last night of all nights to start acting up, and selected images were disappearing! And links were getting messed up! So as the midnight deadline approached, I was editing my post to put things back in. Even after midnight I was fixing things until suddenly everything was put back and I crossed my fingers and everything continued to be OK.
I'm happy to say that today's been wonderful. In the end it was totally worth it, but man, what a day!
So how was your week? <grin>
If you don't mind, I'm going to skip the feature this week because I don't have the photos and the notes I usually use to determine who to feature. Instead let's jump right into the giveaway details and the linky party.
First, up for grabs is a $25 gift certificate to Always in Stitches, the quilt store I now work at. You'll be able to use the gift certificate in-person or online, so no worries there. To enter, link up to three different works in progress or recent finishes for up to three chances to win. We'll continue this next week where you can get three more chances, and I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, September 13th.
Here are some quick reminders:
- This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
- If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
- Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
- If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.