Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly Round Up – 31st January – 6th February 2021 – 1960s Music, Bloggers, Book Reviews, Hormones, Shortstories, Slowcooking and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts this week on Smorgasbord that you might have missed.

I hope everyone is doing well and not to badly impacted by the winter storms across America and Europe… we don’t tend to get snow very often in our part of the Irish coast but it looks like we may well get hit tomorrow and then a freeze next week. I took the precaution of doing the weekly shop today instead of Monday and went early. By the time I was leaving at 10.00 the built up as a lot of others had the same idea.

Virus numbers seem to be coming down although not early enough here at the moment. We shall see if the March 5th lifting of restrictions will take place.

In the meantime as one of the five million people still choosing to use the Classic Editor.. I was furious when they updated the programme two days ago which now means adding two steps instead of one to inserting images, short links, centering text, bolding text, adding colour, and italics. Thankfully there are a few keyboard shortcuts for some, but otherwise you now have to click an up arrow to the editing icons instead of them being visible whilst you format the post. Pain in the butt and another move in my opinion to drive us into using the block editor.. underhand.

Of course unless you are a paid subscriber to  WordPress you cannot access help in person. The irony is that if they could guarantee that I could retain the classic editor and keep the current format, I would be happy to pay them an annual subscription. I am sure that most of the other 5 million people still using the Classic Editor would probably be happy to do so.

The latest news from the forums is that they say, if the demand is still there after December 31st 2021, they will reconsider supporting it into 2022.

Whilst it might sound like I am an entrenched luddite, it is more down to the way I blog, which is several times a day. I appreciate that for many that is breaking the rules of blogging, but my vision was of a magazine style blog with varied topics and an effective book marketing platform. I am not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but if they keep mucking around with the functionality of the editor then I will be looking at making some changes.

I love doing this and it is frustrating when I can’t do it the way I want.   Which incidentally was their grand opening mission statement.. ‘Your blog, Your Way.’

Anyway.. enough of the rant.

Thanks very much for keeping me motivated by your visits and comments…  Also to the guests this week who are participating in the Breakfast Show specials and the Posts from the Archives.

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1962 – Part One

The Breakfast Show – 1960s Hits Part Two – Special Guests John W. Howell and Jennie Fitzkee

July 1986 – Rafting on the Guadaloupe

What’s in a Name? – Patrick – Love in a Time of War

What’s in a Name? – Martha The System Administrator

#1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers

#Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Familysaga – The Memory by Judith Barrow

Past Book Reviews 2020 – a kiss for the worthy: #Poetry inspired by the Walt Whitman poem ‘Leaves of Grass’ (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 2) by Frank Prem

#PersonalPower #Standards by Toni Pike

#Finance – Reversal of Fortune by Sharon Marchisello

#Life – Nature’s Hideaway – Pond Party! – Observations by D.G. Kaye

#Writing D.G. Kaye, #Blogging Pete Springer, #Zucchini Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen

#Greece Eat Dessert First, Mairzy Doats by Elizabeth Gauffreau, #FlashFiction Janet Gogerty

#TVReview D.G. Kaye, #Mushrooms Carol Taylor, #Poetry Recap Colleen M. Chesebro

#WildDogs Patricia Furstenberg, #Tofu Jemima Pett, #SueVincent Carrot Ranch


Turning Back the Clock 2021 -Anti-Aging and The Hormone Factor

Vegetable Casserole/soup/base

– #Cheetahs Patricia Furstenberg, #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Nature Joyce Murphy

New Release -#Fantasy Heather Kindt, Reviews- #Poetry/Prose M.J. Mallon, #Paranormal Romance Stevie Turner

#Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, Fiona Tarr, #Comingofage Bette A. Stevens

Reviews #Family Christa Polkinhorn, #Shortstories Karen Ingalls, #Sc-fi Sandra J. Jackson

February 2nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Wine Day and One Liners

February 4th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Margaritas and Flying Companions. Posted on February 4, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – February 2021 – Another Open Mic Night


Thank you very much for dropping in this week and for your support.. enjoy the weekend and I hope you will join me again next week..

54 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly Round Up – 31st January – 6th February 2021 – 1960s Music, Bloggers, Book Reviews, Hormones, Shortstories, Slowcooking and Funnies

  1. Great week, Sally. Thanks for allowing me to be part of it. It was a treat to be with Jennie talking about the 60s. I so agree with you on the Classic Editor front. I like it because I can insert photos without a lot of hassle. I have tried “Block,” and it is not very satisfying. I do pay for my subscription and wonder why these dolts won’t just leave me the heck alone. Have a great week.

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  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    It’s that time again, folks! Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Weekly Round-Up! And what a great week it was, too. (Anyone besides me old enough to remember the TV show “That Was The Week That Was?” I always think of that when sharing Sally’s round-up with you. 😀 )

    I know you’ll enjoy checking this one out and passing it along, too. Thanks, and as always, thank you Sally for rockin’ through another week! You’re the best! 🙂

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  3. Great week, Sally, with too much for me to mention in one comment. But I do have to say that I LOVE that photo of John W. Howell! 😀 (Lookin’ good there, John! 😀 )

    Thanks for a great recap! 🙂 ❤

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  4. Arg Sal. You know I’m with you on all that classic editor shyte. Who has time to play with blocks lol. It’s all about the greed. And upgrading technology. They don’t want to have to keep making code updates for an older system. 😦
    On the flipside, thanks for another fun filled, star laden week. ❤

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  5. Good stuff as always, Sally. I like the series with the guest memories on The Breakfast Club. I think my favorite video of the week was the ninety-six-year dancer—a regular Betty White.

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  6. Wow, that’s quite a lineup! I forced myself to use Block and now I find it easy enough. I don’t know if I could go back to the classic. They do keep changing things up though and expect us to use the new links to get things done. I pay plenty too. I hope they don’t change things too much in the future to confuse me even more. Sigh! Thanks for the lovely post Round-up! Stay safe and well. God Bless! 🤗 😘 🥰

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    • I think it is great if you like the block editor but for me the classic style suits the format that I have established for some of the regular features better. As I mentioned in another comment, I would be very happy to pay to stay with the classic, and considering there are 5million others who feel the same from a business perspective they should look at the bottom line..hugsx♥


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