Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


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Chrome Malware Warning

malware warning Those of you who have Google Chrome probably already know that my blog was blocked by Chrome with a big malware warning page. It took me nearly three days to get this fixed. There was never any malware here on my blog.

When I first saw that my blog was blocked by Chrome, I ran some checkers to see what the problem was and how bad it was. I checked it on Google Webmaster Tools. It came back clear. I then had the entire blog scanned by a few more checkers and it still came back as clear. So if my site was clean, why had it been blocked?

According to the warning message the problem was with a specific site I’d linked to. I won’t put the name here for fear Chrome will zap me again. But I didn’t recognize the site and knew I’d never downloaded anything from there. I thought perhaps it was from one of the ads put on here by WordPress. But nope, that wasn’t the problem.

It was a picture I’d used from the web. Now I almost always add pictures to my blog in two different ways. I upload my own photo which has been scanned by my PC’s antivirus/antimalware software or I save a public domain or free picture from the web to my personal files which is then scanned by the same software. That way I know it’s a clean image. Sometimes I will borrow a picture which requires a link back to where I got it. This is never a problem because I still save it to my files and manually add a link so that I know exactly where that link is going.

A while back, I was in a hurry and to save time I did something I normally will never do. That’s how we get into trouble–trying to do something when we’re rushed. Dummy me, I used their code to add the picture here. The site where I got the photo wasn’t the problem though. It was the link from the photo, which was a different site than where I got the photo. I found the post and a couple of links and deleted them. Unfortunately that didn’t solve the problem. The warning persisted. I even posted for help on WordPress help forums. In the meantime, all the sites I went to looking for help said I’d have to request Google to do another scan of my site to get the warning removed. But Google won’t let you do that unless your site is actually flagged as containing malware or distributing it or whatever. Mine had not been flagged-only blocked because it did not have malware, it only had a link to a flagged site.

To wrap this up, I finally found a site (on the WordPress forums) that offered a free scan to flush out the problem links. I thought this was a waste of time since I’d already deleted the links. But as it turns out, these links were sneaky. There were actually four links in the html. I’d only deleted the ones on the visual editor. The others weren’t visible except by looking at the post with the editor showing the html. Once I’d deleted them and cleared my Chrome history and cookies, the warning went away and my site was unblocked. After losing two nights sleep working on this I was ecstatic to finally solve it. Just wanted to let everyone know that my site is not and was not infected with anything and I am not a scummy malware pusher. And a big thank you to the lady who answered my question on the forums. Although I’d already solved the problem, she was dead on right with her answer. Have a great day and be careful adding your photos and links. Love and hugs, Elizabeth

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West Baden Springs – Part I – Exterior and Gardens

Here are the photos of the old hotel I promised. This will be in two posts because of the number of photos. First the exterior and part two will be the interior. Click the pictures for larger image and click the wiki link for the history of this amazing place. Touted as the eighth wonder of the world, West Baden Springs Hotel is part of the French Lick Resort and is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on 100 acres and is centered on a circular building, topped by a one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet. Rooms rise in six tiers around the dome and balcony rooms offer a panoramic view of the atrium. Although originally built as and is now a hotel, it has also been both a Jesuit seminary and a private college. I can spend hours here just walking the gardens. Part of the upper porch was closed because of scaffolding set up for maintenance. You can see it in one of the pictures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Baden_Springs_Hotel 

from a distance

from a distance

the dome-garden view

the dome-garden view

front-doing maintenance

front-doing maintenance

front

front

side porch and stairs

side porch and stairs

brick drive divided by rose bushes

brick drive divided by hydrangeas

entering the gardens

entering the gardens-spring house in back

fountain and gazebo

fountain and part of Apollo spring house 

fountain

fountain

bridge over creek

bridge over creek

pink hardy hibiscus

pink hardy hibiscus

white hardy hibiscus

white hardy hibiscus

spring house 1

one of many spring houses that were here

view from another spring house

view from another spring house

Eric taking a break at door of one of the spring houses

Eric taking a break at door of one of the spring houses

backside walk lined with rose bushes

backside walk lined with rose bushes

back side from parking area

back side from self parking area

back of dome

back of dome

entrance gates as we're leaving

entrance gates as we’re leaving


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Stormy Evening Brings Triple Dose of Morning Beauty

There were storms circling around the area last evening. Unfortunately we were not fortunate enough to get any rain, only lightning. But this morning it’s like another world. Humidity is gone and a cool breeze blowing. What a beautiful day! The sunrise this morning was lovely and while snapping a few shots, I turned and the moon was in the western sky directly across from the sun. Gorgeous. Hope all my fellow bloggers out there has a beautiful, inspiring day. Hugs, Elizabeth

Storm Brewing

Storm Brewing

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

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Sunrise-7-24-13

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Sun Glow -7-24-13

Morning Moon

Morning Moon

 

 

 

 


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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour. In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day.

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE TAKEN DURING THE GOLDEN HOURhttp://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-golden-hour/

I wanted so badly to participate in this challenge. I was hoping to get out and find some really cool shots of shadow and light. Unfortunately it’s been an extremely hectic week for me. So this morning I went out early before I had to leave town and snapped these shots. Not exactly magical shots, but I think they’re nice.

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Daily Prompt – Opposite

Today’s daily prompt is opposite: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/daily-prompt-opposite/ I don’t normally participate in these because all my posts are pretty random and spontaneous, but this one got me to thinking. I don’t post about one thing or even three or four things. I post fiction, non-fiction, art, poetry, photos, nature, books and book reviews, even rants at times and of course, my life, family, pets….so on and so on.  Now what on earth would be opposite of that. I’ve been racking my brain all morning to come up with one subject matter opposite of what I generally post and I finally came up with one. I have never posted a sketch. For a very good reason, I can’t draw. I freehand my paintings. Sketching is something I have absolutely no gift for and no patience for learning.  And believe me, I’ve tried because it’s something I’ve always wanted to be skillful at. So my opposite post today is a self-portrait sketch. I worked really hard on this. Must have slaved over it for at least three seconds. So enjoy! 🙂

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Happy 4th of July – The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Graphics from: picgifs.com


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Small Parade in a Tiny Town

A very small, but lovely parade. The old cars are cool and so is the guy riding the ox. Click for large image.

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Visit to IU Campus in Bloomington

Eric at IU

Eric at IU

My son Eric has decided on Indiana University for his college because they offer the major in environmental science he wants. New student orientation was yesterday and today. A parent/family program runs concurrently, so my two sons and I got up at 4:00 AM yesterday and headed out. We had to be there at 9:00 AM for registration.

Not long after registering, they separated the families from the students and we went for our individual programs.We were put on a campus bus and taken to our first location. Newbies like me were thinking how easy a day it would be with being shuttled around on the bus. UH…no. That was the first and last ride of the day. After that it was walking and climbing, sitting through speeches, walking and climbing, sitting, more walking, more climbing and so on and on and on. The speeches were pretty boring. Well that’s not entirely true. They were VERY boring. I don’t think anyone actually fell asleep during the first few, but that would change.

I found some of the speeches informative and was happy to have the info. Most of it was just kind of silly and repetitive. One speaker and I won’t say who, must have said twenty five times that the biggest cause of failure for students was the abuse of alcohol and that we, as parents, should have the discussion with them on not drinking or over indulging. DUH…! My son is 18 and just graduated high school. I must have had this conversation with him a thousand times in the past four years and at least a hundred over the past few months. And since keeping his biggest scholarship requires that he not get into any trouble and that he doesn’t do any underage drinking, he gets it. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in having this conversation. There probably wasn’t a parent there who wasn’t thinking–DUH! Whether our children continue to avoid these problems, only time will tell. Eric has always been so serious, not a party animal. So we’ll see.

Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture

Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture

I did enjoy most of the slide shows, especially the ones on some of the more famous alumni, Hoagy Carmichael, Suzanne Collins, Kevin Cline, Lee Majors, Jane Pauly and others. By the time lunch rolled around, I was already getting pretty tired. Of course, that’s what usually happens when you’re up all night with stomach pain. I think it was nerves, but can’t imagine why. The only thing I was even remotely stressed about was getting Eric there on time. We’d never been there so there was the possibility of getting turned around or not being able to find the right building…ect. Poor Eric seemed fine and then all at once he asked us to stop the car so he could be sick out of the car and not in the car. 😦  He claims it was the McDonald’s breakfast sandwich. I say it was nerves. To the right is a sculpture of Hoagy Carmichael. Notice the flowers in his hand, they’re real. The first of twenty times we walked this way, there was a hydrangea flower in his hat. This time it’s a flower in his hand. Students I assume.  It was cute.

IU Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture-2The sculpture itself is amazingly lifelike in detail and very beautiful. As is the entire campus. It has a very relaxed and comfortable feel about it. It’s landscaped to have equal parts shade and sun, which is wonderful and has all these lovely little areas for quite study, reading or just contemplating the universe.

More Walking!

More Walking!

We were reunited with our students around 3:00 PM and had a little break before going to the next set of speeches together. Or at least about 75% went to the next session. The three of us ducked out and did what we’d been longing to do since we’d got there. Explore the campus together. Bad, I know, but we weren’t the only ones. We returned right as the session was ending and fell in line for more walking and climbing to to get to the last session before dinner. In the ladies room, I heard women talking about how bad that one had been and how they hoped the next one would be better. Hearing that I was truly glad we’d ducked out. The next one was better, after a speech from the bursar’s office, mostly about paying the bills, a professor gave her prospective. She was a great speaker and I enjoyed her program. But it ran longer than it was supposed to and looking around the audience, I noticed many of my fellow parents were sleeping.  🙂 There were evening activities planned, but after dinner, we left for home. Worn out but happy.

IU Art Museum

IU Art Museum

I decided to stay home and let my ex go with Eric today. The fun day with more free time to explore with your kid. I think they’re even supposed to tour a residence hall. Something I really wanted to do that and visit the museum and Lilly Library. Sometimes I’m so generous I can’t stand myself.

Birth of Venus Fountain

Birth of Venus Fountain


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Prayers

Candle-light-Oklahoma

Sending thoughts and prayers to those devastated by recent tornadoes. These horrible storms are not over. Will be in our area later today. Stay safe everyone.


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Garden Slug Solution That Works

I’ve posted in the past about my slug problem and all the avenues I’ve tried to rid myself of this destructive little critter. I’d been looking for a good method of keeping them away, but after trying hundreds of home remedies and having no luck, I’d resorted to salt. Salt will definitely kill them, but as I’d stated before, I didn’t like killing them as they are beneficial. I didn’t want to use the chemical/poison method because of any cat or dog that might wander by and take a bite of the stuff. I’d pretty much given up and had ripped out all my Hostas and other slug yummy plants. I guess I didn’t get all the roots/bulbs though because they came back bigger and prettier than ever. I figured they’d just have to continue to look like these photos taken summer before last.

With Slug Holes

With Slug Holes

 

Almost Eaten Away

Almost Eaten Away

But I have found a solution that actually works for my garden and it doesn’t kill the slugs nor harm the plants. Hot Pepper Wax Spray. You spray it on and the slugs pretty much stay away. To me this product is like a miracle. They say it lasts for a month, but I had to use it every couple of weeks depending on how wet and warm the weather was. Before I found this product, I’d been making my own pepper spray and it worked very well, but I had to use it every day. With the wax in this product, it stays on the leaves. Did I say miracle? 🙂 If you’re having a severe problem the way I was, get you some of this stuff and try it. You can buy it a lot of different places online. I usually buy it from Amazon.