Good grief. I thought I knew a bit about HTML coding and working with WordPress, but I don’t. It takes so much time, but I’m determined to learn it…eventually. My big task is to figure out how to insert a snazzy header. Right now, the page is bare-looking. In time, dear readers…in time.

On Friday, I stumbled across something called Elegant Themes, a downloadable package of 80+ gorgeous themes. I’ve been working with the standard WP themes for years but have always chafed at the design limitations.  After trying out a few of the Elegant Theme demos and watching videos on You Tube, I made the commitment and bought a lifetime access pass (no red velvet rope, premium liquor or dancing boys included). I’ve started tinkering and I love the ability to drag and drop modules to build a site. It’s just that I don’t have enough time to play. That’s always the way though, isn’t it? The theme of busy-ness. It’s just that there’s so much to see and do and learn.


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I was semi-hoping for rain today so that I wouldn’t hear the siren call of the garden. But that’s not happening. I’m off to paint our wooden lawn furniture. I find painting very peaceful and will do a bit of meditating. Knowing me, I’ll go pull some weeds, prune a few stray branches then sit and gaze at the clouds of snowy blossoms on the crabapple trees. The rest of the time, I’ll be listening to my iPod – a new crime/murder mystery by one of my favourite writers – John Sandford. I have never read a book of his that disappointed. His characters are familiar, consistent and believable. They are all flawed in some way, which makes them even more appealing.

It always amazes me, when I read book reviews on Amazon or Audible, that people complain about ‘graphic language’ or ‘cursing’. These overly sensitive types should stick to religious tracts and Christian romances if they only want to hear ‘gosh darn’ and ‘shucks’. Real people cuss. Especially cops and soldiers. They have sex. They mess up. Sometimes, they are not redeemed. Crime is ugly. It’s the process of finding the bad guys and achieving some sort of resolution – and that is not always ‘justice’ in the sanitized sense – is what makes Sandford’s books compelling. And satisfying, especially for those of us who are occasionally vengeful. More of theme of retribution…very biblical, actually.

Yesterday I did almost 10,000 steps but boy, was that a lot of work. A wander around Costco, then a saunter up to the post office to pick up a new iPad case.  No wonder Best Buy stores are almost empty when I venture in – I can find killer sales online and get the product delivered in two days. Love technology. Just have to learn to focus my efforts and take greater advantage of it!


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