First, thanks so much to the many, many friends and followers who have pinged YouTube about my account hijacking. I so appreciate it. I made contact with YouTube as of this morning. The contact was a very vague email, but I am hopeful that they are at least working to resolve the issue now. THANK YOU!

Second, I want to pay special tribute to one cookier in particular who completely overwhelmed me with her compassion and support. That one cookier reached out from halfway across the world in the most amazing display of selflessness and generosity. Just overnight (as I restlessly slept), she downloaded (and thus backed up) about 90% of the videos on my YouTube channel (some of which had the backup lost years ago when a drive failed). I am so overwhelmed by her act of kindness, it's really hard to know what to say other than . . . THANK YOU SO MUCH, ISugarfy - Sonja Galmad! Not only is she an amazing cookie artist (as you all know), she is a truly amazing human being. (Tears of relief and happiness are coming to my eyes as I write this.)

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Teri Pringle Wood posted:

Wonderful, Happy,  Happy,  Happy for you... Way to go SonjaπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Well, I am not jumping for joy yet, as my channel is still hacked and YouTube has not given me any info on how long it will take to get back, or much info at all. The longer I sit with no help, the greater the risk that I will have no channel left.

Cookies Fantastique posted:

This is good news...a positive amidst so much crisis and anxiety, Julia @Julia M. Usher! Dear Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie), you are amazing, so kind-hearted and a woman of action...not just words ❀️❀️❀️. Thank you for what you have done in support of Julia's wonderful work! Hugs...

Yes, I so appreciate the action she took - amazing!!!

Kanch J posted:

I am so happy to hear this dear Julia! finally your wonderful channel has restored. Many thanks to dear Sonja for all your support. πŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈ

Oh, the channel isn't restored yet. It's just backed up, meaning the videos on it have all been downloaded to external drives (which is HUGE in and of itself, for sure). But the channel itself remains hijacked, and I am still working with YouTube to restore its ownership to me. The latter is the preferred course, because, if I can recover it with the videos already uploaded (with accumulated views on them) and most of my previous subscribers intact, I won't have the work of having to rebuild the channel from scratch. But, the backed up files are now mostly there, so if I HAD to rebuild in the worst case scenario, I could. 

Dear Julia @Julia M. Usher, I've just got to say it again: You have done soooo much for all of us cookiers! For someone who is addicted to cookie decorating as we are, someone like you is worth their weight in gold and more. So it was not a selfless act, you see, but quite the opposite ;-): Never would we want to lose your precious work that helped so many of us to be where we are today and will surely help the future cookier generations in the same way.

But I want to thank you for being so appreciative, and I'm extremely grateful that I happen to have had the knowledge and capacity to help. I'm sure you will get your channel back, and you won't need to upload the videos again, but you deserve to rest assured that all is not lost.

Thank you again so much for all you do for us ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️!!!

Cookies Fantastique posted:

This is good news...a positive amidst so much crisis and anxiety, Julia @Julia M. Usher! Dear Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie), you are amazing, so kind-hearted and a woman of action...not just words ❀️❀️❀️. Thank you for what you have done in support of Julia's wonderful work! Hugs...

I just did what anyone would have done, did they happen to get the idea on how to help, dear Carol @Cookies Fantastique. What a hard going Julia already had this year with that TV fiasco, Corona and now this! Nobody deserves so much bad luck, and surely not a most amazing woman like her. Hugs back at you, dear friend ❀️❀️❀️!

Julia M. Usher posted:
Kanch J posted:

I am so happy to hear this dear Julia! finally your wonderful channel has restored. Many thanks to dear Sonja for all your support. πŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈ

Oh, the channel isn't restored yet. It's just backed up, meaning the videos on it have all been downloaded to external drives (which is HUGE in and of itself, for sure). But the channel itself remains hijacked, and I am still working with YouTube to restore its ownership to me. The latter is the preferred course, because, if I can recover it with the videos already uploaded (with accumulated views on them) and most of my previous subscribers intact, I won't have the work of having to rebuild the channel from scratch. But, the backed up files are now mostly there, so if I HAD to rebuild in the worst case scenario, I could. 

I'm certain you will not need those videos, dear Julia, but at least they are safe now, and I hope you can sleep better . Just knowing that your nerves would be soothed a bit was worth my time. Plus I quite seem to lean toward a compulsive personality disorder, as I kind of like doing repetitive stuff like this .

Anyway, you will get your channel back!!!

Sweet Prodigy posted:

A little silver lining right now. What a wonder person Sonja is. @iSugarfy (aka swissophie) 

- as noted above, it was just a selfish act, dear Christine @Sweet Prodigy . I couldn't bear the thought of losing a fantastic channel as wonderful as Julia's! But yes, I did think a little of all you guys out there, too, who would be hurting with me ;-).

Julia just deserves all our support, and that's why I'm very happy and grateful to you, that you have taken over the PBP reigns to help Julia out in this awesome way ❀️❀️❀️!

Julia M. Usher posted:
Teri Pringle Wood posted:

Wonderful, Happy,  Happy,  Happy for you... Way to go SonjaπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Well, I am not jumping for joy yet, as my channel is still hacked and YouTube has not given me any info on how long it will take to get back, or much info at all. The longer I sit with no help, the greater the risk that I will have no channel left.

Unbelievable,  I'm so sorry... 

iSugarfy (aka swissophie) posted:
Julia M. Usher posted:
Kanch J posted:

I am so happy to hear this dear Julia! finally your wonderful channel has restored. Many thanks to dear Sonja for all your support. πŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈ

Oh, the channel isn't restored yet. It's just backed up, meaning the videos on it have all been downloaded to external drives (which is HUGE in and of itself, for sure). But the channel itself remains hijacked, and I am still working with YouTube to restore its ownership to me. The latter is the preferred course, because, if I can recover it with the videos already uploaded (with accumulated views on them) and most of my previous subscribers intact, I won't have the work of having to rebuild the channel from scratch. But, the backed up files are now mostly there, so if I HAD to rebuild in the worst case scenario, I could. 

I'm certain you will not need those videos, dear Julia, but at least they are safe now, and I hope you can sleep better . Just knowing that your nerves would be soothed a bit was worth my time. Plus I quite seem to lean toward a compulsive personality disorder, as I kind of like doing repetitive stuff like this .

Anyway, you will get your channel back!!!

Again, you have been a savior - I am SO grateful. Still wading backwards through today's email, so will respond to those I see from you there in an hour or more.

Julia M. Usher posted:
Kanch J posted:

I am so happy to hear this dear Julia! finally your wonderful channel has restored. Many thanks to dear Sonja for all your support. πŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈπŸ’œοΈ

Oh, the channel isn't restored yet. It's just backed up, meaning the videos on it have all been downloaded to external drives (which is HUGE in and of itself, for sure). But the channel itself remains hijacked, and I am still working with YouTube to restore its ownership to me. The latter is the preferred course, because, if I can recover it with the videos already uploaded (with accumulated views on them) and most of my previous subscribers intact, I won't have the work of having to rebuild the channel from scratch. But, the backed up files are now mostly there, so if I HAD to rebuild in the worst case scenario, I could. 

Oh..I'm so sorry Julia! Thought you had restored my favourite channel. Anyway don't give up....if someone think that they can let you down by doing such a silly thing, I don't think it is going to be that easy...May you have all the strength to fight and restore your channel soon. ❀

iSugarfy (aka swissophie) posted:
Cookies Fantastique posted:

This is good news...a positive amidst so much crisis and anxiety, Julia @Julia M. Usher! Dear Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie), you are amazing, so kind-hearted and a woman of action...not just words ❀️❀️❀️. Thank you for what you have done in support of Julia's wonderful work! Hugs...

I just did what anyone would have done, did they happen to get the idea on how to help, dear Carol @Cookies Fantastique. What a hard going Julia already had this year with that TV fiasco, Corona and now this! Nobody deserves so much bad luck, and surely not a most amazing woman like her. Hugs back at you, dear friend ❀️❀️❀️!

I so hope that work is progressing quickly on restoring Julia's YouTube channel.  I know Julia will keep us posted @Julia M. Usher

I couldn't agree with you more dear Sonja!!! It's times like these when pulling together is of paramount importance.   @iSugarfy (aka swissophie) , as you said , we all have benefitted SO much from all of Julia's hard work and labors of love. I add Julia right up there with you when it comes to selflessness . I have no idea just how many countless hours she has devoted to educating cookiers all over the world but my gratitude is immeasurable. I know you and every cookier here feels the same way...

Wishing you all the best in health and happiness my dear friend ❀️❀️❀️ . (And, as always, I look forward to seeing your next wonderful masterpiece  ).

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Cookies Fantastique posted:
iSugarfy (aka swissophie) posted:
Cookies Fantastique posted:

This is good news...a positive amidst so much crisis and anxiety, Julia @Julia M. Usher! Dear Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie), you are amazing, so kind-hearted and a woman of action...not just words ❀️❀️❀️. Thank you for what you have done in support of Julia's wonderful work! Hugs...

I just did what anyone would have done, did they happen to get the idea on how to help, dear Carol @Cookies Fantastique. What a hard going Julia already had this year with that TV fiasco, Corona and now this! Nobody deserves so much bad luck, and surely not a most amazing woman like her. Hugs back at you, dear friend ❀️❀️❀️!

I so hope that work is progressing quickly on restoring Julia's YouTube channel.  I know Julia will keep us posted @Julia M. Usher

I couldn't agree with you more dear Sonja!!! It's times like these when pulling together is of paramount importance.   @iSugarfy (aka swissophie) , as you said , we all have benefitted SO much from all of Julia's hard work and labors of love. I add Julia right up there with you when it comes to selflessness . I have no idea just how many countless hours she has devoted to educating cookiers all over the world but my gratitude is immeasurable. I know you and every cookier here feels the same way...

Wishing you all the best in health and happiness my dear friend ❀️❀️❀️ . (And, as always, I look forward to seeing your next wonderful masterpiece  ).

Thank you for your sweet reply, dear Carol 😘 πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈπŸŒΉβ£οΈ!  The kindness you show in your countless thoughtful comments to clips on this site shows the wonderful person you are. I'm sure tons of other cookiers here appreciate you the same way I do!

I wish you and your family only the best, and good health always. Take good care of yourself.

Hugs! ❀️ Sonja

iSugarfy (aka swissophie) posted:

Dear Julia @Julia M. Usher, I've just got to say it again: You have done soooo much for all of us cookiers! For someone who is addicted to cookie decorating as we are, someone like you is worth their weight in gold and more. So it was not a selfless act, you see, but quite the opposite ;-): Never would we want to lose your precious work that helped so many of us to be where we are today and will surely help the future cookier generations in the same way.

But I want to thank you for being so appreciative, and I'm extremely grateful that I happen to have had the knowledge and capacity to help. I'm sure you will get your channel back, and you won't need to upload the videos again, but you deserve to rest assured that all is not lost.

Thank you again so much for all you do for us ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️!!!

Not sure how I missed this message this morning - oh so sweet. I am so eternally grateful!!! ❀️❀️❀️ Still have not gotten to your emails from this morn though. Will do before the night is over, I hope!

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