Yes, I have been away.
But the reason was entirely out of my hands.
Dealing since October with biopsies, surgeries and weekly trips to Gainesville for melanomas was a piece of cake compared to the past five weeks.
This time it is all mental stress.
If you are here, it is likely because you care about animals, wildlife to be exact.
And so do I, BIG TIME.
In 2008, my passion for their well-being led me to create a website to address the countless Issues about them and it was called, Gator-Woman.com.
The reason for this unique name is a long story for another time.
This website has been a source of comfort to work on all of these years, believing, perhaps in vain, that it mattered and might be of use to others.
The website was also the reason that I initially came to WordPress, looking for a broader audience for the Issues and the animals, as well as a chance to interact with the readers, that I found just wonderful.
It was how I came to know and love all of you.
But, for the past two years it became apparent that some group was doing dastardly deeds to it and the Navy website that I had made for Walkingfox.
I reported these unknown hackers and their ads on our sites, on numerous occasions to Network Solutions, the company that is/was hosing them to deaf ears, being blamed each and every time, for using Front Page to build them.
Then about the first week of December, with no warning, Gator-Woman just left the building.
It was gone.
A Google search showed the entire world, that it had been “HACKED”.
At the place where Gator-Woman should be, was now advertising for Air Jordan shoes!
It and the Navy site were both paid for until May 2016.
My calls to complain were futile, once again it was all my fault, I was told.
So, I chose a new host and had it put back up on their servers but, with a new name.
The new site is: Walking with the Alligators
Then a week later, my one year old Sony Vaio laptop just died.
This was the one bought to replace the ones that has been stolen from us last Fall on Vacation.
I was understandably freaking out.
Best Buy did their best to try to save the data, but the external hardrive soon revealed nothing had survived.
Pictures, data, all lost forever.
They said that the OS had croaked.
I found this odd, I have two other Sony Vaio laptops, that are much older and still working just fine.
Can I tell you how much I hated using Windows 8 from day one?
My laptop was now as empty as my website.
It was all gone.
I have spent the past five weeks trying to recover, rebuild and save what I could from all of this.
As of today, it is nearly done and as soon as the transfer is complete, perhaps later today, his Navy site will also be in a new home.
Hopefully, when I put it back up, it will be minus the 3,000 pages of purses, shoes and other that have been selling quite freely and illegally on his Navy site from a place called according to the illegal pages: “Chanel Outlet.com”
My feelings about HACKERS are this: they do nothing, they give back nothing.
They are thieves and criminals without consciences.
And when apprehended, many of them say that they do it for fun.
These past five weeks have NOT been fun!
Yes, our sites have been viciously HACKED and attacked by unknown evil, but we now and forever, will refuse to allow them to beat us.
We will not go away and we, as you can see are, Hacked and Back.