Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I'm back!!!! Kind of anyway. Thanks you for your kind words about my health issues. I've had problems with chronic back and pelvic pain for several years and I have good days and bad. Winters are especially hard and this one was no exception. I had some procedures done in the last few months with needles and stuff and it often makes things worse before it gets better. It's been hard to sit at the computer, or anywhere else for that matter, and I wasn't really feeling up to it anyway. I've missed you all so very much but it was also a nice break for me too. The pressure was off for a while and my blog most likely suffered for it but I needed the time away.

Now I'm doing my spring cleaning, in my home (kind of) and on my blog. It was time for some changes and I was looking for ways to try something different and crafty. When I read a post about creating headers from photos I started my new project. It's been so frustrating but lots of fun too and I've learned so much!

It started with some photos that I had taken around the house during all four seasons last year. I took them from the same locations so I could compare them eventually. My favorites were from our front porch with a view of the flag and yard. I decided to try to put them side by side in a new header and the post I found showed me how. I started with the idea from Sneaky Momma Blog Designs (she has the best tips and explains them so well!) which led to an easy tutorial from Clover Lane. They introduced me to Picasa for my photos. It's free and I love it! I found my background at Hot Bliggity Blog and used some digital scrapbook pages from Shabby Princess. It took a lot of struggle but hopefully it will be easier next time and I learned so much. There's still some tweaking to do but this is it. So, what do you think? Is it "springy" enough?
Thanks for hanging in there with me and I look forward to hearing from you and visiting your blogs. I hope your Spring is off to a wonderful start. Stay tuned for reviews, contests and more. I'm still a bit slow but I'm getting there. Tomorrow I am fortunate enough to be able to park my butt on the bleachers for my son's first high school baseball game of the season. I'm hoping for sunshine!

*(Happy 17th birthday to my baby boy! You finally have that night license. I love you!!)


  1. Very nice! I am in the middle of renovating my blog as well!

  2. I hope your back is doing better, because you sure don't want to miss any baseball games! I love your new header!

  3. I hope you feel better soon.

    I really like the new header and those links you mentioned I have added to my favorites bar to look at.

    Your blog is looking great. Keep up the great work.

  4. Everything looks fabulous! You've done a wonderful job on the blog and I am so impressed with your techno savvy. Glad to see you are back in blogland. I've missed you a lot.

    thanks for the links, Tootsie, I'll check them out but probably can't make heads or tails out of them. Happy Birthday, baby boy Wright!

  5. I really like the new header and welcome back!

  6. I'm glad you're on the mend! Your blog changes look amazing! I am so impressed ( and guilty because I need to do some updating...) The flag pictures are so inventive!

  7. Like the new header and I'm glad to hear that the blogging break helped you out and that you are feeling better.

  8. Welcome back! My father suffers from chronic back pain so I know it's tough.
    Love the new look and idea of the four seasons in the header. Very creative.


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