Let me just tell you about our weekend. 

After a busy Halloween week filled with college ministry, cooking, trick-or-treaters, doctor’s appointments, and blogging, we finished a loooooooong post about 70+ things to do in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, on Thursday, posted it, and headed to Lincoln for a night out with friends and family.

We had a fantastic Italian dinner at Vincenzo’s in Lincoln before walking a few blocks to the Lied Center for Performing Arts to see singer Kristin Chenoweth.

An intimate evening with Kristin Chenoweth

An intimate evening with Kristin Chenoweth

To be honest, I didn’t know much about this Broadway singer and Oklahoma native before that night. But let me tell you, having heard her sing softly with tears in her eyes and then crack a joke and belt out another show tune, I’m a big fan, now.

An Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth dazzled the audience with songs like Moon River, Upon This Rock, and For Good, while telling stories and sharing her experiences between each one.

It was a magical night. We got home late but decided to answer a few emails and Facebook messages before going to bed. As we worked, we noticed that our website was not loading correctly and we weren’t able to access the WordPress dashboard that allows us to edit our website.

So, just before midnight, we sat in our home office in our robes, on the phone with our website host company trying to troubleshoot the issue. After several minutes of the most annoying on-hold elevator music EVER, someone came on and asked if we’d had an excessive amount of traffic on our site today.

Still up at 1 a.m. working in our home office.

Still up at 1 a.m. working in our home office.

Just as I was telling the customer service representative that we may have had a bit more traffic than usual, Steve noticed that our post about Pawhuska had been shared on The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Facebook page. Apparently a whole bunch of The Mercantile’s 331,510 followers tried to read our blog post. ALL. AT. THE. SAME. TIME.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile Facebook page

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile shared our post on its Facebook page and the response was overwhelming.

And they “liked” it. And they “shared” it. And they “commented” on it. So, apparently, our website host company has something called a query limit (who knew) that was exceeded and to put it in laymen’s terms, crashed our site. 

I didn’t know whether to cheer or cry. In one moment, we were high-fiving each other that The Pioneer Woman Mercantile shared our post, and we were elated that so many people wanted to read, like, and share it. Then, in the next moment, we were on the verge of tears, realizing that few of the people who wanted to could actually see it.

Let’s just say all of this made for a very short night’s sleep. We were back on the phone with tech support early the next morning with calls, emails, and chats continuing throughout the day.

Bottom line: Our little travel blog was having growing pains and we realized we needed to make some changes to keep up.

I won’t bore you with lengthy explanations of words and acronyms like propagation, bare domain, DNS and CNAME or the conversations we had learning about them. Just know that we have a new Nebraska-based website host (thanks, Flywheel), our own virtual private server, and we can accommodate lots more site visitors now. Yay!

If you got an error message over the weekend or noticed latency in our site, we’re sorry for that. Thank you all for your patience and understanding and for sticking with us as we try to figure out the blogging world one tech call at a time. 

  • Yesterday was Day 16 of social isolation for us. Because of Ann's underlying heart condition and suppressed immune system, we've cooked all our meals at home (no takeout). We've starting to get more and more creative as time has gone by. ⁣
Last night, we made chicken and shrimp vindaloo and learned online how to make homemade naan.⁣
It wan't as good as our favorite Indian restaurant, The Oven, but it did satisfy the craving we've had for Indian food. ⁣
What are you craving these days?
  • We moved our living room furniture around this week and put two swivel chairs near the sliding glass door. Each day, we take time to turn around, rest our minds, enjoy in the view, and just be. #webelieveinhome
  • Our daughter, Meghan, is a cardiac ICU nurse. Despite all of the current uncertainties in healthcare during this pandemic, early this morning she put on her scrubs and went to work a 12+ hour shift. 
She is not alone. Across the country and around the world, healthcare workers are putting the safety of themselves and their families at risk to help others. It's what they do. Every. Single. Day. 
We are incredibly grateful that there are selfless people like this in the world and we pray for them and we hope you'll join us. 
We couldn't sleep this morning, so we wrote instead. Click on the link in our bio to read our morning thoughts and prayers.
  • Trying to decide where we’ll travel this weekend. Covered porch? Living room? 😉
  • We are staying home. 
We've been here for almost a week now because Ann is one of "those people." You know the ones. Those people with an underlying health issue. Those people with a suppressed immune system. One of those people who could become seriously ill, need hospitalization, and even die if exposed to the coronavirus.  Those people need your help to stay safe and live. And all you have to do is stay home when you don’t NEED to be out.

Over the past few days, we’ve seen photos, videos, and witnessed first hand people of all ages (but mostly young people) gathering in groups for what us mid lifers would consider “non essential” reasons: birthday parties, movies, youth sports practices, St. Patty’s Day celebrations at the bar, spring break at the beach, and the like. 
We don’t understand it. 
We try not to judge. 
But just for a time during this worldwide pandemic, could we ask people who are participating in non-essential activities to consider who “those people” most at risk really are?

Those people are already battling serious illnesses.

Those people want to see their grandchildren grow up.

Those people need to do their jobs as nurses and doctors.

Those people are first responders. 
Those people run the grocery store, and the pharmacy, and the gas station. 
Those people pray for you and your generation. 
And what about those other people? 
The ones you know.

Those people who made sacrifices to meet your needs.

Those people who took care of you when you were sick.

Those people who went to your games and cheered you on. 
Those people who taught you in school.

Those people who helped you pay for college.

Those people who cooked your favorite dish for you.

Those people who taught your Sunday School class.

Those people who have forgiven you.

Those people who will always love you unconditionally.

We keep wanting to scream, “It’s not about you, it’s about those people!” But the truth of the matter is, IT IS ABOUT YOU. 
You have the power to help.
You have the power to influence others.
You have the power to flatten the curve.

And by not changing your behaviors, you also have the power to harm. 
How will you choose to use your power?j
  • We’re sharing your postcards and encouraging you to help others and stay positive. 
If you’d like to send us a postcard, mail to: Postcard Jar, PO Box 334, Crete, NE 68333.
  • Stuck at home? We're just social distancing here in Nebraska and thinking up ways to experience travel without leaving our home. ⁣
We have a NEW BLOG POST (link in bio) with more than a dozen ideas of ways you can curb your wanderlust while stuck at home. ⁣
What are you up to today?
  • It’s Day 2 at home together and here’s what we’re up to. Let us know what you’re doing in the comments below.

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