On Cats and Blogging and a Road Trip

First of all, my apologies to the cats.

“Sorry, Benji”

“We worried you weren’t coming back, Sue.”

“We’ll always come back, Benji. You can count on that.”

“Same to you, Tiger.”

“It was lonely without you, Sue.”

“Sorry boys. It couldn’t be helped. There’ll be special privileges for you both in the coming days. And extra treats, too.”

We’d sought to escape from one of the coldest Seattle Aprils on record and found refuge in sunny Southern California. We also found scenic views, theme parks, and a wild and rugged coast, all of which I’ll share with you in the coming days.

But for now, I’ll talk about the blogging I did on the road. On a teeny, tiny, phone. With limited cell service. I managed a few posts, including the last one. But I was unable to comment on the blogs I follow, due to ‘features’ of the mobile version of WordPress, commonly known as ‘bugs.’

I also returned to 197 Spam comments, and 288 in Trash. You know what they had in common? The phrase, ‘near me.’ Hmmm. I guess I said that a lot to google on our trip and the spammers used it. Don’t ask me how.

But that’s enough for now, as there’s shopping, gardening, and unpacking still to do. Why on earth am I blogging first? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

~ Susanne

30 Comments on “On Cats and Blogging and a Road Trip

  1. It’s always nice to find some warm weather! I suggest you use Start Page.com instead of Google, Start Page doesn’t track you. Have a great weekend, Susanne.

      • I also use a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. Your online security is greatly approved. I use Nord that you see on TV.

      • My blogging was done the last two weeks on my Android phone. While vacationing I often asked google to find such and such a place near me. Isn’t VPN more for a desktop?

      • No, my iPhone, iPad and MacBook all run a VPN, they are simple to install too!

        The only problem for me and I’m sure others is that when visiting certain websites like a bank website, you must pause the VPN until your done.

        The bank’s system can’t identify or resolve where you are coming from, hence you can’t log in which is good of course.

  2. Blogging first- you have your priorities straight. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I took that picture of Morro Rock from Morro Bay. Interesting about WW2. I knew there was some action on the West Coast but didn’t know anything about this area specifically.

  3. I have experienced the inability to comment on the mobile app too. It makes it so cumbersome to attempt to comment on Chrome with the phone since you have to login every single time you make a comment!! I’m looking forward to more photos!!

  4. Glad you had a good trip and got a bit of sunshine. I too have been bombarded by the ‘near me’ spam and I haven’t been anywhere or used Google at all. I just cleared out 89 received today. I was getting these all the time and then they stopped for about a week and now they’re back. If you register on their radar just once, you’re liable to get spammed.
    My wife uses a VPN most of the time, but I’ve found it frustrating because I visit too many sites where I have to get out of it to proceed. Instead, I use private browsing and I’m pretty fastidious about clearing cookies as soon as I don’t need them.

    • My Spam and Trash folders have been filled up with lots of junk lately. Seems to come in waves. I tried to filter some of the Spam into Trash directly with my Discussion settings, but I just found your comment in the Trash! So I think I’ll give up on that idea!

    • Thanks, Pete! California is pretty reliable for good weather. We enjoyed 88 degrees the day we spent at Disneyland. 🌞

  5. ‘Why on earth am I blogging first?’ Haha, I ask myself the same question some days πŸ˜† I guess it’s more interesting and enjoyable than chores for one thing, and it’s also an opportunity to relive a pleasant trip in your head. And we get the benefit as we can say hi to Benji and Tiger, and you of course, and get a hint of the sights we’ll see in forthcoming blogs.

    I too struggle to keep up with comments while travelling. I find it easier to ignore the app and use Chrome on my phone instead. That lets me comment on most but not all!

    • Yes, indeed! Blogging is much more fun than unpacking! πŸ™‚ Interesting about not using the App. I’ve not tried going into WP directly through the internet when on my phone. Strange thing is my phone works at home perfectly for commenting. Not sure why it was so troublesome on the road!

  6. I love the plaintive looks on the kitties’ faces! And, ahh, Morro Rock! I’ve been there so many times, but not recently. Interesting about your not being able to post comments on the mobile app πŸ€” It must be an android thing, because I’ve never had that happen to me on my iPhone, which is pretty much the main way I read the blogs I follow. I think I’ve only done one blog post on the phone though, and it seemed like more trouble than it was worth.

    • I loved Morro Rock! We’ve been down the coast before but I don’t remember ever seeing it. It was a perfect place to stop halfway between LA & Monterrey. The bay was full of sea otters! On the blogging issues – I often like and comment on posts from my phone while at home. But for some reason when I tried to do it on the road, it kept asking me to log in. Some kind of glitch, and I finally gave up. And I agree about creating a post on the phone. A big hassle!

      • Morro Bay is a fun little town. Cayucos is really close to it too, just a few minutes on the freeway. I’m glad you got a chance to visit there. πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Terri! The boys were indeed glad to see us again! And I agree with you that blogging on the road is challenging and probably not worth the effort! πŸ™‚

  7. When our Nicholas sees the suitcases, he turns his back on us, making a statement!
    As much as I love vacations, it gets harder and harder to leave the kitties behind.

    • I know what you mean! I always feel a little guilty leaving them behind and look forward to seeing them when we return. ☺

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