Thursday, July 8, 2010


Imagine you log in to a Live Chat and for some mysterious reason,'acess is denied'. Pretty frustrating, right?

Now imagine the same thing happens when you are the Live Chat's guest and you are one of the two folks who are supposed to be ready to help moderate the chat and answer questions. My ship was sailing and I wasn't on it. XX#&~!@#$%^&*()_+!!

There I was sitting with my Mac, my laptop, my friend's laptop, paint color fans and a few favorite sources of inspiration and for 20 minutes I couldn't get online.
I could read all of the questions coming in ...but I couldn't answer. My office was not a pretty place to be from 11 AM to 11:20! Words that normally don't cross my lips came spewing out.
Then, thanks to the savvy tech crew at The Post, a lifesaver was found, and it worked!
I could publish my answers instead of just thinking about them. It was fun after all.
A great big thank you to everyone who participated in the Washington Post's Live Chat -- and to those who posted, re-posted, re-twitted and spread the word.

There were so many questions and comments that Washington Post editor Liz Seymour couldn't post even half of them in our allotted time!

Please accept my apologies if you were left out. If the Washington Post doesn't mind, I'll try to answer some of the coastal related in future posts.

If you missed the chat and want to read it online the perma-link is:

For now, I'm going to brew up a pitcher of iced tea and try to stay cool. It's another scorcher here today. I photographed the gull and ship murals at the fabulous train museum in York, England. If anyone knows who painted them please let me know. I'd like to credit their creator.

*** BLOG DU JOUR ***
I'd be remiss if I didn't share this great European ruffled table linens giveaway from Lidy at French Garden House. I know it dilutes MY chance of winning but I owe it to all of you who have been so nice about sharing my recent news. Go ahead and enter, I won't mind a bit.


Connie said...

Doesn't sound like ya had a good day, chick! Well, it's better than my weekend will be since Jack is draggin' me off to th' wilds of Idaho kicking and screaming again. Why, oh why, did I have to marry a man who loves camping more than air conditioning?????
Connie ;-)

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

I'm curious about the coastal related questions!! Glad it worked out in the end..., oh boy! The art is cool!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I saw that you were having problems! I am glad it all worked out. It was a great live chat, once you were there!

NeereAnDear said...

I thorougly enjoyed once you got on board that ship by golly...

Most of my questions were answered and there were a lot of other fabulous tips on decorating too ....

Was just about ready to jump overboard when you arrived... lucky for me cause I really didnt want to get wet !!!

Good job Ms Barbara... good job!!


Alison said...

Barbara oh so frustrating and annoying - computers or some service providers can be so unreliable. Its when we really want to get online that things seem to fall in a heap.Great that it all worked out in the end

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Sigh....So glad help was finally found and you made it! I was sorry to miss your debut on the Home Front Chat, I bet it was wonderful.

Thanks so much, friend, for giving our GIVEAWAY a shout out!xoxo Lidy said...

I'm so sorry to hear that! How frustrating for you.


It must have been frustrating, I'm so glad it worked out for the best! I wanted to thank you for your comment, I have been feeling a little lost out here in blogland lately and I have to tell you that you made my day, so thank you!!

La said...

Technology is great...when it works. Glad you were able to get there eventually. La

BonnieRose said...

Love the art, where is it from?

tales from an oc cottage said...

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I feel your frustration! Sometimes technology has to be taken with a grain of salt...and a martini! ;}

m ^..^

rochambeau said...

Hi Barbara ~
Hope your summer is going well.
Sorry about your glitch, really I am. Hope you are enjoying life and your writing.