Sunday, July 18, 2010

TSS: A Personal Bloggiesta

Good morning! It's a lovely summer morning here by the lake, so I'll just type a quick post before heading out to the Adirondack chair with another cup of coffee, a book, and the newspaper.

It hasn't been the most productive reading week, but I did spend some time on my own personal "bloggiesta". My current books are the same: The Last of Cheri by Colette (will finish today) and, on audio, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I also read a few short stories by Emile Zola from Dead Men Tell No Tales and wrote a Zola post for Paris in July.

 As for the bloggiesta, I changed to one of the new blogger templates, put up a new header photo, and started updating my blogroll (thanks for the motivation, Thomas!). The blogroll is becoming quite an undertaking, and I'm still trying to decide how to handle it. 

Yesterday I tried to experiment with a 3-column format, but couldn't get into blogger template designer at all. It seems to be working today, so maybe I'll try again later. Diane had some difficulties with this template looking a little strange with Internet Explorer, so we'll see. Any feedback would be appreciated.

After some morning reading and dog walking, I need to spend time cleaning up the flower garden and weeding. A family dinner is on tap for later this afternoon. What are your plans for the day?


  1. I like the new look :)

  2. I noticed the change in header photo earlier this week - and how it brings back such memories.

    I love the blue background - it is quite reminiscent of the lake itself.

    I need to do a personal bloggiesta myself :)

  3. Oh, you have created a fabulous new look! And those boats in the foreground...well, let's just say that I can almost feel the water splashing on me as they sail by.

    I did some of these makeovers, too, problem with the three columns was that I had to resize some things in the sidebar.

    Yes, Diane mentioned distortions with IE users...I have both, and everything looks fine in IE8.

    I prefer the Firefox, though, and shhh! I don't want to say that too loud, because the last time I was feeling so good about it, it had issues. Which now seem to be straightened out.

    Love the image of the lake from that Adirondack chair. Enjoy!

    Here's my salon:

  4. Very pretty! I'm in Firefox so I can't comment on the integrity of IE browsers...

  5. Your blog looks beautiful!

    I sometimes have little personal bloggiestas myself (which is what I call it when I fix even one link!)

  6. You did a great job with your blog--it looks great! And how I envy you--I would love to be sitting by the lake with a cup of coffee right now!

  7. I loved your old blog layout but this one's really nice too!

  8. This looks beautiful!! And what a blog header photo! Is one of those houses yours?? I use Safari primarily, but also Firefox and Chrome.

  9. I'm loving your new look. I am such a chicken to try new things. I had such a hard time getting wider columns, and screwed everything up, so now I don't want to touch anything. I just got Henrietta on audio not long ago, and hope to get to it this fall. I've heard such good things! Have a wonderful time sitting and reading and enjoying that beautiful lake!

  10. I've been playing around with the new template editor and like it, too. And I love the header--especially as I'm trying to learn to sail. :)

    Hope you have a fantastic day of reading!

  11. I think your blog looks great! I'm very ADD with my blog and am constantly changing the background and header photo!!

    Hope your day was great!

  12. Love the new look, and the gorgeous new header photo. (Soo jealous of that lake!)Your "bloggiesta" time was well spent.

  13. Iris - Thanks!

    Molly - I thought the blue background looked especially good with that photo. I'm wondering if I'll have to tinker with the color each time I change a photo now...

    Laurel-Rain Snow - All the new blogger templates were just too tempting. I had to make a change!

    Amanda - Thank you!

    Rhapsodyinbooks - Isn't it funny how just a little work updating our blogs can lead to such a feeling of accomplishment?

    Reviewsbylola - Thanks. I did have a great morning with my coffee and book... too bad Sundays happen only once a week!

    Gautami - Thanks. It's good to hear from you!

    E.L. Fay - I really liked the old layout, too, but felt like I needed a little change.

    Nan - No, those houses are almost directly across the lake from us. I took the photo from my father's boat.

    Sandy - Your comment reminds me of my husband's favorite Dilbert cartoon - "Change is good. You go first."

    Zetor - I love sailboats, but am not much of a sailor myself.

    Trish - My husband and I took a sailing class/vacation in San Diego many years ago. We had a wonderful time. I'm still not very good at it, but love sailboats!

    Staci - I won't change things too often... probably just with the seasons.

    DS - I've never participated in an actual bloggiesta, so I'm pretty excited about all this progress!

    Care - Thanks!

  14. JoAnn....It's not the template; it's IE (even version #8). If the page is allowed to load fully, it looks better. All other browsers it's perfect????

    I'm not going to worry about; too annoying..LOL

    Love the summer header...beautiful. Hug Zelda for me....I was at Petco recently and there were about a dozen Grayhounds for adoption. It was so funny as there were some ferrets in a glass enclosure nearby and two the the dogs were going nuts. (Must have looked like racing rabbits to them).

  15. Diane - Well, I'll just let this one slide, too. I'm not surprised those greyhounds went crazy over the ferrets. Some, like Zelda, have very high prey drives. She LIVES for squirrels... funny that rabbits don't have that great of an effect on her. Probably why she's a pet and not a racer ;-)


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