This weekend I sent out the following message to most of my readers via my Aweber account (because NONE of my sites was online):
I got some VERY sad news this morning.
My friend and hosting service provider for many years, Steve Hetrick, passed away suddenly last week.
By result, most of my sites are offline, including:
** Rosalind Gardner’s Academy
I have been told that the outage should be relatively short in duration (a few days? a week?).
I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter and assure you that I will continue to do whatever I can to resolve the situation asap.
In the meantime, if you have questions, please address them via my Facebook Page at:
BTW, to post to that Wall, you will have to click ‘Like’ on the Welcome Page.
Sorry about that, but that’s a quicker and simpler solution than my having to process a number of friend requests on my Facebook profile — especially considering I’m currently in a State Park in Arizona at the moment with limited connectivity. :-/
Last, but certainly not least, PLEASE extend your thoughts and prayers to Steve’s family who have just experienced a huge loss. Steve was SUCH a good, caring man. I shall miss him terribly.
I went through the emotional gamut this weekend. From grief over the loss of my friend and business associate to feeling confused about what I needed to do and almost everything in between.
I honestly didn’t know whether I could or would get my sites back online, or if so, how long it would take to get them back. My mind tumbled with thoughts about how I would handle the former situation – how the heck to start over completely?
Talk about being a bit brain-fried.
Not that I was worried, per se.
I ALWAYS tell folks that worry is a completely wasted emotion. You’re much better off to spend time preparing the Plans A, B and C’s, rather than sit and worry. I definitely like to practice that one, ’cause worrying creates stress without benefit.
Fortunately, the sites are coming back slowly but surely with the help of Coast Inc., the folks who managed Steve’s servers.
But I also have to Thank YOU…
I have no doubt that the condolences, kind consideration and good wishes that you all sent via my Facebook profile and page beefed up my karma. 🙂
Comments like the following from Jacqueline Hutchins’ made me teary and happy at the same time..
I’m sorry to hear you lost a good friend. 🙁
I hope also that you are able to get your websites up as soon as possible. Don’t worry too much Ros, you have devoted followers/readers like this one. Even if people don’t know why they can’t reac…h the sites, they will return.
So, thank you SO much!
And trust me, I’ll be blogging about this situation more in the coming days with the I lessons learned that desperately need to be passed on before you find yourself in the same situation.