Monday, August 22, 2016
Merci: 2015 was a year of injuries, sadness and blessings for us. In February Jan flew solo across the room and crashed, leaving her with multiple injuries, including a bad head injury and two black eyes.
Percy: In March Cameron died, was buried, dug up by a coyote during the night, his body retrieved and re-buried.
Merci: Jan dug up the dog pen to plant grass that didn't grow.
Taylor: I barely had opportunity to get to know Sam. I arrived in mid-November. He had a stroke in early December and died January 5, 2016.
Percy: It was a painful, sad year that Jan doesn't want to repeat. She survived and we lost two of our furry brothers. Our old posts are sometimes sprinkled with fairy dust but they are also a diary of sorts. Memories.
Merci: We don't know if anyone has noticed yet, but all of our 2015 photos have been missing from our blog for a month or two. There are no photos from our 2015 album in any posts they were used in, whether in 2015 or 2016. Ever since Google switched our blog photo albums from Picasa to Google Archives.
Percy: Please don't tell us not to worry, they're not lost, they're somewhere. We know they aren't lost! We know where they are. What we can not do is see them on the blog - because of a setting which we can not access because Picasa no longer exists and there is no way to change the setting. All the other albums have a different setting and are fine.
Taylor: Jan had contact with someone in a forum that was going to pass the problem up to Google. We don't know if we reached the end of the line with this, or if our problem is stalled in line with many others. We do know Google has no end of Bloggers needing some kind of help.
Merci: And there may be nothing that can be done! We can only wait. And pray for help to resolve this. We have so many memories in our 2015 blog posts.
Percy: Jan thought of trying to reinsert pictures into the old posts but re-posting stories for a year would not only be a monumental task, getting the right pictures in the correct places would be nearly impossible.
Taylor: We had no idea we would not be able to make changes to our Google Photos settings, or that the Archives would be managed by GP settings, so we have been very discouraged about this whole situation. We seriously considered closing the blog when we first saw all those blank photo holders.
Merci: Here is one of our 2015 posts (Surprising Update on Cameron). Notice the missing photos.
Percy: There are crucial, life-changing events happening in the world - for example, the catastrophic flooding and rescue efforts in Louisiana - so we feel a bit selfish desiring a solution to what is, in comparison, a minor problem.
Taylor: Still, we pray for a positive outcome. And for the people of Louisiana.