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Yes, it is time to officially take a break. My life has become so busy that my attempt to blog on a somewhat regular basis is just not happening.
Today, we had a contractor come to my home to discuss the possibility of putting a second story on the house. My house is located in one of the best locations in the town of Murphys and I do not think I would be happy leaving this house for another one that would be larger. Importantly, I have the very best neighbors! And, to sell my house at this time with the recession would not be a very good decision economically. So, we will be exploring possibilities for more living space. I take it day by day and I think we will find the answers.
It will be one year tomorrow since My Special Man and I went out for the first time. We will celebrate by going downtown to dine ata very lovely place called - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - V Restaurant which is about a five minute walk from my home.
The year has been filled with the worst and the best of times. I believe that we are in a very good place with our relationship and the love for each other grows more and more each day! I don't think I could want for more from another human being unless it would be that each of us were a little younger. But, then we probably would not be the people that we are today. God is good.
I am wishing all of you very Happy Days until I return, sometime in the future.
The weather is so perfect for Crockpot cooking. So that is what I did yesterday. I saw some great looking beef short ribs in the meat counter and I knew I had to make them for dinner. Wow, did I ever hit a home run with this recipe from Allrecipes.com. When I saw that it had great reviews and that 13,000 (Yes,that is correct. I did not add an extra 0) plus people have viewed and saved this recipe I knew I had to prepare it. As some of the reviews suggested I doubled the sauce ingredients and that was a good idea!
Slow-Cooked German Short Ribs
"Beef short ribs and onions slow cooked in a spicy red wine sauce. Goes great over wide egg noodles."
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 pounds beef short ribs 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, sliced 1/2 cup dry red wine 1/2 cup chili sauce 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 cup water
1. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons flour, salt, and pepper. Coat the short ribs with the flour mixture.
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown short ribs in olive oil.
3. In a slow cooker, combine onions, wine, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and chili powder. Mix thoroughly. Transfer the short ribs from the skillet to the slow cooker.
4. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
5. Remove ribs, and turn the slow cooker control to High. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour with 1/4 cup water, and stir into the sauce. Cook for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Also, I used one package frozen boiling petite whole onions instead of the sliced onions. They were nicely caramelized and tasted great. I also made carrots and boiled potatoes which were especially delicious with the sauce that I reduced down to a silky smooth glazing sauce. I did not add the thickening flour.
This is a winner that will surely be added to a new recipe box of OUR favorites!
It is clear to me that I do not have as much time to post on my blog as often as I would like to. But, I will continue and try to post at least once a week. I will see how that goes. I continue to enjoy all of the blogs that I follow even though I am not able to check-in as often as I would like.
I am so impressed with the talent that goes into doing such beautiful handwork. And, this is the work of a friend of mine that I met in blogland as a result of my blog. She lives in Czech Republic and contacted me several months ago via email after reading my blog. A lot of our interests are similar. We exchange emails and photos and she reads my blog. Even though she does not speak English, she does a wonderful job of writing emails in English. I guess you could say, it is like a modern-day pen pal.
I marvel at the loveliness of her embroidery and handwork.
While I was away on the trip to Germany, my blog had its One Year Anniversary on June 5. A few months earlier than June 5 of last year, I started enjoying the new experience of following blogs that interested me, specifically about homemaking and all aspects associated with a home oriented life style, like cooking, baking, creating from thrifting, sewing, crafting, knitting, crocheting, interior design, gardening, entertaining and so on. Then one day I was reading a blog that had posted photos and experiences about the little mountain town that I live in. And, I thought, yes, I can do that, too. So, I set out to teach myself how to have my own blog. It was a very tedious task since I personally do not know anyone that has a blog. So, my new adventure involved many long hours on the computer with Blogger and Googling many questions.
The main driving force behind the tenaciousness that it took was the strong desire to blog for one year and then make a book of my blog entries for my only grandchild - a seventeen year old granddaughter, who is now a High School graduate, eighteen years of age and on her way to college. I have never had the joy of being around or seeing my granddaughter very much during her life and I thought the blog EVERYDAYDELIGHT would some day give her a picture of who her grandma really was. So, I have tried to make an entry on the blog as many days as I could throughout the year.
I have blogged 239 days during the first year. I say first, because I have found myself enjoying the blogging experience and I will probably continue to blog.
It has been so much fun following other blogs, leaving comments and receiving emails and comments. I have even acquired a non-English speaking friend in Czech Republic who does not have a blog but reads mine and exchanges photos and experiences through email and postal service. She amazes me with her ability to read and write English. I have come to learn that many European people are similar in that way. Reportedly, they do not have the opportunity to practice their verbal English skills.
It has saddened me that I was not able to visit her during my trip. I was so close-by but circumstances which were out of my control prevented me from traveling a short distance by train to see her. Since my return, she has sent the nicest email with the following photo expressing her desire to have met me and the opportunity to have coffee together along with some of her homemade cake. How sweet is that?
At this difficult time in my life, I truly appreciate such kindness.
Wishing you a Fabulous day and many blessings to appreciate. It does not take much to find the blessings in life. We just have to open our eyes!
Following weeks of trying different possible solutions to fix my "Comments" button - I DID IT - IT WORKS! I could not begin to tell you everything that I tried to correct the problem. And, yes of course it involved working with the HTML code. I really did not plan on learning this much. But, I guess it was inevitable because I am always tweaking something on my blog.
There is an old English idiom first used by Alexander Pope in the 17th century that says "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing". It is interpreted as "People who have only a little knowledge about something often make big mistakes because they think they know more than they actually know". Many times I thought I had gone just too far and my Blog was going to self destruct! Ya, like I didn't have anything to do with it.
But then, that leads me to the question of "Isn't it a good thing to think outside of the box?"
PLEASE, PLEASE send me a comment so I know it is working. Thanks. ~Mary~
WOW! I can hardly believe how much I accomplished yesterday. I had not planned the day but this computer/blog has truly become addictive. I understand that is quite common! Some of the things that I worked on are as follows:
I was able to do some cleaning of the HTML code by first using a validator at http://www.w3.org/ I was shocked, yes shocked, that there were more than 500 errors. I guess it was more surprising to me that the blog was working!
Then I used http://valet.htmlhelp.com/tidy/ to fix many of the errors. It is nice that my blog no longer says "done, but with errors" at the bottom of the page. There is more work on the code, but I am thrilled with this much progress this quickly.
Next, I was able to post a new archive calender. I am still working on it. The margins need to be changed to accommodate seven days of the week. Only six days are visible at this time.
Also, I was able to include a "label cloud" whereby you can click a label and all related posts will come up.
I am finding it easier to change color codes, and that is fun.
All in all, I think this was a lot of work. I can't believe how much time goes by when I am working things out on the computer. Frequently, when I look at the clock, another hour or two or three have gone by!
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It is almost two months since I stuck my foot into the big world of Blogging. Just what have I learned? First of all, I learned how much I do not know about what I am trying to do. Secondly, I have learned a lot and I have a lot more to learn. I think that means that I am seriously going to try to learn more about HTML code (I've already learned some) so it won't take me so long to put my posts together. There are several issues that I would like to get more clarity about.
Spacing of the lines of text specifically the space between the lines.
More control over paragraph position.
Making all photos "click-to-enlarge" except for scanned old photos and clip art. I know it has to do with resolution and amount of kilobytes or megabytes of the photos.
Clarification of code validation so the transmitted blogs will look similar on the screens out there in cyberspace. This is also important because I want to make the blog into a book. I think the code will have to be cleaner than it is at this time.
Figure out why I can't backup my template. I think it has something to do with Internet Explorer because I get the same error message when I try to download a sample template that has not been altered.
Better organization of Picasa photos and the Web Album.
Ability to change from a two column to a three column template and make the borders smaller.
Really, there are many more things to learn which may include learning some more about my computer in general.
Blogger certainly has its issues. But, who am I to complain, after all, it is free. However, some times I don't know if problems are because of what I am doing or if Blogger is having difficulties. For quite a while I could not use the editor buttons for text alignment but now it works great and I changed nothing.
I would certainly like to be able to get a finished product on my screen that looks a little closer to what I am creating in the editor. Perhaps, http://www.w3.org/Consortium/siteindex will be some help. However, I know I will have to dedicate a chunk of time if this is the path I want to take.
There is a possibility that I may decide that the aggravation with Blogger is just too much and I may change to another provider. However, I'm sure they all have their quirks. But, that decision, I will not make lightly!
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Would you like sugar and cream? And, Oh, please try my Spicy Banana Bread.
It's good - - - It's really good. Don't you think? Oh, I wish you were really here to taste this with me. The flavor is a little different than other banana breads I've made. It's not too sweet and has a faint spicy taste. It's nice and moist, but not too moist. I like it. It's "a keeper".
I have not had very much time to do anything else of interest because I'm still spending a lot of time learning about blogging and my camera. The camera is a nice little Casio 7.2 mega pixels digital camera EX-S770. It fits into my purse nicely and I must remember to put it there more often so I can take more photos out and about. I have had it about two years. My last digital camera was a big Minolta and of course, it couldn't do all the things this little one can. Don't get me wrong, it was a great camera for that time in technology. I have never spent very much time learning all the things my camera can do. And, I know I can take better photos if I just spend some time studying the manual. My photo program is nothing special. I have been using Picasa photo editing. No Photoshop here. I would like to get it but it's just to expensive for me. I am still having difficulty placing my photos. They always come out at the top of the post unless I go into HTML and do some tweaking. And, that can be very dangerous because I have gotten myself into trouble more than once, loosing everything on my post. I have never looked at computer code prior to this new endeavor. But, I will learn it through trial and error, I am sure.
What fun! What work! Since we last visited, I accomplished posting a header photo and description.
As you can see, the photo is of flowers - from my garden. The flower is a very compact rose bush called "Gourmet Popcorn" and it blooms all summer. The flower is honey-scented and I just love it. As you will see in my upcoming posts, my garden is one of my passions. I don't necessarily enjoy the work at this stage of life, but the rewards are bountiful. The rose bush resides in my White Garden. I am having fun working with this specialty garden. In the evening, some of the flowers are almost luminous.
The garden has many plants that bloom at various times of the year and of course, they are all white or near white. Plants like Dusty Miller and Lamb's Ear give a nice subtle contrast. Some of the plants are; Clematis, Rock Rose, Spiraea, Peony, Valerian, Tulips, Asiatic Lilies, Star Jasmin, Geraniums, Iris, Dianthus and Daylilies.
We will talk more about the White Garden later.
Well, I think it is time to do a few other things that need my attention.
Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe how much time I have been at the computer trying to learn how to do this new project of having my own blog.
One thing is for sure and that is I must do a better job of organizing my photos. It will take me forever to post a photo if I don't do some work on them. Also, I would like to change my template to something that is a little more exciting and a more accurate portrayal of my personality. All of this is a little daunting, but I am usually quite tenacious. So, I guess in time I will conquer this to my satisfaction.
When the day comes that I am more comfortable with what I am doing and not spending so much time at the computer, there is one four-legged creature who will be a lot happier. Her name is Lily. She is a three year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who has been with me since she was ten weeks old. And, oh, what a love! The breed is known for their endearing affection. Well, let's see if I can present you with a photo of Lily!
I did it! However, I really wanted it at the end of my post. I could not figure out how to move it down. I guess that is for another day.
New Beginnings! I guess that best describes what this is all about. Like so many other bloggers, I'm not quite sure how all of this is going to evolve. I guess I'm a believer of just letting it take me where ever I am guided by the universe. I have enjoyed reading so many blogs for the past year or so. And, always thinking, I could do that. I especially enjoy seeing pictures of gardens and projects. There are so many good ideas out there. I also enjoy the many uplifting thoughts of many of the bloggers.
The Door Is Open. Come on in. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you will enjoy your visit. I live in the historic town of Murphys, California which is in the Mother Lode Country were gold was discovered in the 1800's. The Murphy family "Struck It Rich" in 1848-1849. The lifestyle here is quiet and serene. A perfect place to enjoy nature, reading, being outdoors working in the garden, knitting, sewing, crocheting, cooking, baking, decorating, entertaining or whatever strikes your fancy!
IN MY GARDEN there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The Thoughts grow as freely as the flowers and the dreams are as beautiful. - Abram Urban
In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels. ~Dodinsky
Click photo to view more of my home decorating/remodel.