Such strange goings-on!

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After a couple of weeks of being unable to log in to Active Rain, hitting the "forgot password" button numerous times, writing emails to everyone and every place I could think of, and getting zero response, suddenly I got in!

When I tried logging in again today, I thought I'd just try again to see if I could get a response to the "forgot password" request.  But instead, here I am!

I'm not going to complain, since I'm glad to be back in, but this is certainly strange.

But it's not the only strange thing that's happened lately.

A laptop that refused to print and refused to accept new printer drivers suddenly decided that yes, it could print now. I don't know why I decided to try again, but I did, and it worked.

And then there was seeing a Whitetail Buck tearing across our meadow with a huge cow elk. I think something must have frightened both of them, because they appeared not to know what to do when they got to the other side. At that point they parted ways.

Then yesterday I was coming back from the garden when suddenly the air was filled with butterflies. Hundreds of butterflies. They were landing on the sides of the house and under the eaves, and flying everywhere. Our 5 month old Airedale pup tried very hard to catch one, but without success. Today there are still an abundance of butterflies, but not like the swarm we had yesterday.

I guess - life is just strange.


Comments (8)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Marte- so good to see you even though it seems that the world has gone wonky. Is someone or something telling us something??? BTW- if this happens again (not being able to log into the site) contact me and I'll try to contact Support. 

Jul 30, 2022 03:40 PM
Marte Cliff

Thank you Kathy. I found it very strange that I didn't receive even one reply to all of my "Help!" messages.

Aug 03, 2022 11:02 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Glad you were able to connect, finally, Marte Cliff Life is strange here in Bizarro World. Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Jul 30, 2022 06:55 PM
Marte Cliff

Yes Doug, life is very strange. Especially lately.

Aug 03, 2022 11:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Marte - as a method of brainstorming, I occasionally take a trip through the AR archives to revisit my previously published posts.  I "see" evidence of quirks, glitches and mishaps throughout my history as an ActiveRain member. 

It happens in real life too so why would this site be any different.  Although it's not any consolation, I am happy to read that you were able to find a way to successfully log on and post.  And then there is the visual of your puppy and those butterflies.  Talk about truly amazing.  

Jul 31, 2022 04:29 AM
Marte Cliff

Michael - Jesse was having great fun trying to catch them, especially when there were so many. He still kept trying for a couple of days. They weren't as thick, but there were enough to entertain him.

Aug 03, 2022 11:04 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Marte... I was wondering where you'd disappeared to! Life indeed is strange. Did you clear cache on your computer when you couldn't get in? I've often found that helps move things along. I love butterflies and would have very much enjoyed seeing them flying around. I don't suppose you manage to catch a picture?


As Arthur Conon Doyle said: "Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind could invent."

Jul 31, 2022 04:52 AM
Marte Cliff

Hi Nina. I don't remember if I cleared the cache. Seems like I did, but I could be confused with the other computer and the printer refusing to print.

I didn't get a picture - wish I'd gotten a video!

Aug 03, 2022 11:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm sorry to hear you were having problems logging in and that you didn't get a response. Kathy Streib has volunteered to help if that happens again - and if you can't get her, you can try me ( and I'm sure there are a lot of other AR's that would help.


I wonder what scared the deer and elk...  maybe a mountain lion?


And the butterflies! You're right, that's a lot of odd things all at once.


Jul 31, 2022 05:10 AM
Marte Cliff

Thanks Kat, I appreciate the offer. I was also thinking it might have been a mountain lion that frightened the deer and elk. I know there was one hanging around here a couple of years ago. One of our neighbors came across a fresh kill and came to warn us to keep the dogs close to home. I do that anyway, but it was nice of him to let us know.

Aug 03, 2022 11:09 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is strange indeed, I wonder if ActiveRain Member Support could help you figure out what was going on so that it does not happen again.

Jul 31, 2022 05:56 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

There's really nothing to figure out.  Clearly there's something bizarre going on at the user's end, since it wasn't just AR's password that wasn't working, but also her printer that refused to print and accept new printer drivers, but just as suddenly started to work.

Jul 31, 2022 06:09 AM
Marte Cliff

I don't know Brian. I couldn't reach them at that time, because I couldn't log in. Thinking it's something strange on my end doesn't explain why I never got a response to the emails I sent - both to "forgot password" and to the "help" link at the bottom of the page. I've received plenty of other emails all along.

One of my printers is still misbehaving. It keeps telling me it's out of paper, but it isn't!

Aug 03, 2022 11:11 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Marte, I too was wondering what happened to you, and you do have lots of things happening that are unexplainable.

Jul 31, 2022 09:11 AM
Marte Cliff

Joan - hopefully that's the end of it. The current problem with one of my printers may just be that the thing is old and worn out.

Aug 03, 2022 11:12 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's the 5G.  That's my standard answer now to anything strange happening.  My standard thought used to be asking if Mercury was in retrograde.

Aug 01, 2022 09:32 AM
Marte Cliff

Chris Ann. That could be. Someone here suggested sun flares. Who knows?

Aug 03, 2022 11:12 PM