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tumbleweeds2seashells–Working out bugs–again

21 May

If any visitors read my post introducing my new sister site–tumbleweeds2seashells–I doubt you were able to access it from the link.  I have no idea why it didn’t link, or why my attempts to correct it were a failure.  Especially since this link seems to work:

www.tumbleweeds2seashells.com

I have been customizing the new site in order to obtain the apearance I like.  I am presently using the Twenty Sixteen theme, which allowed me to create page titles (widgets) across the top of the page.

I will continue to customize, changing the appearance and layout in the months ahead until at some point I will be satisfied.

Artwork on Facebook page

5 Nov

Since I have been focusing on my blog layout, I still haven’t taken the time to learn how to place photos of my artwork on a page.  There is so much to learn regarding size, placement, etc.

Today when I was asking one of my daughter-in-laws about the widget link to a Facebook page, she showed me how to set up a page and post photos.  That is an easier method than trying to post them to a page on this blog.  So, at least for now, please follow my link to my Facebook page to see the artwork.  I have two pics now, one the mask I donated to www.facesunmasked.org and another that I made into a birthday card.  I hope to get more posted this month.

As always I love your comments.  Do you like my blog’s new look?  Any suggestions on how to improve it?  What are your feelings about my art on my Facebook page?

Customizing blog apprearance

4 Nov

As you can see, I’m still working on the look of my blog. I just didn’t care for some of the Sight theme format, so I changed back to the Bueno theme.

In all my playing around with themes I found out how to add widgets, customize themes, font, color, and many other useful stuff.  I’ve learned that the different themes have different built in atributes, many which can be customized.  I changed back to Bueno promarily because I like way it displays my posts–the entire new post, followed by the other recent posts.  I prefer it to the Sight method of displaying only a portion of each post.  When I changed back to Bueno I was also able to spell out my full title with the tagline appearing above instead of behind the title.

I’ve found out the there are different places on my dashboard where I can change different things.  For instance, there is a Header tab under Appearance, which seemed to me the logical place to resize the title.  But it isn’t.  I had to choose Custom Design under Appearance.  From there I could change the font–which is how I changed the size–and the color of the title.  However, I had to go to Settings, General to change the spelling of the title.  The Header tab is where I can change the title color.   The Background (under Apprearance) is where, experimenting to find out what it did, I produced the green color.  I also choose gray for something, but can’t remember what or the tab from where I changed it.  I haven’t noticed any gray on the post, so maybe it was something I changed back again.  Images can also be added both in background and in headers, but I haven’t experimented enough with images yet.

I really haven’t decided whether to keep the current color scheme or not.  Once I got the title size and color changed, Bueno was still displaying the dates and the search box in red, which didn’t go at all with the purple title.  So I again experimented changing colors.  This is what I currently came up with.  The green is a little bright, but it is eye catchig and goes well with purple.    I’m still expermenting with different fonts for the title.

I’ve tried learning some from Support and the Forums, but mostly I have just experiemtned.  It anoys me that I still haven’t learned how to preview the public view of my blog from the dashboard.  When I make some changes it lets me preview, but not others.  It is very frustrating to have to log back in to the site just to see a change.  I know it surely must be possible to view from the dashboard, but I haven’t found it yet.  I’m glad that I have found out how to preview posts before publishing them, So much of this blog is a learning work in pogress!

Working out the bugs

23 Oct

As you can see, I’ve changed my blog theme.  But it isn’t quite like I want yet.  I don’t like the description of my blog placed behind the blog title.  I would much rather have it located under the title.  It’s really distracting as it is.  So I’m trying to fix that, but no luck yet.  One help topic I opened suggested a Custom Design.  Unfortunately that requires I know html or CSS.  I don’t know either.  But since that is the only topic I’ve found so far that addresses the issue, I’ve started a htm tutorial.  Wonder how long that will take me?

I just discovered one really strange thing.  When I preview this post using my laptop my description tagline is displayed as the above paragraph describes.  But when I logged on with my iPad it is displayed under my blog title.  I’ll have to check it out once I log out then just go to site as a reader, not signed in.  If the description  is under the title, then I will have to decide if I still want to learn html.

Another thing I haven’t yet figured out is how to add the selection tabs across the top of the page under my title.  The theme demo showed seven tabs, but only two are presently displayed on my blog–Home and About.  However, the reader can click on a topic in the Category section in the box to the right to access posts in that particular category.  I just wish I could put them at the top of the page.  One difficulty I’m finding  is that I’ve yet to learn what these tabs are called.  It seems the success of any search is to enter the correct word.  I seem to find things by much trial and error.  As I preview this post before publishing it, I’m wondering if the tabs across the top are Pages.  I will have to check that out.

I have addressed these issues in the WordPress forum.  Hopefully I will get some help there.  If any of you reading this has the answers, please let me know.

I still need to place a blog photo under under my title.  Since I’m interested in so many different things which this blog covers, I’m having some difficulty in selecting one.  .Maybe I need to make a collage and take a picture of that! (If I knew how to add a smile symbol, it would be here.)

Otherwise, I’m pleased with the new theme.   I have been successful changing several things to customize the page.  One is the color scheme–I love the title in purple (my favorite color).  I’m glad, too,  I was able to change my title to match my domain name.  I’m also pleased that I found out how to add the Widget where readers can follow my blog via email.   And I like the Category header above each post title.  I think the search box in also a good addition.  I’m not sure yet if the comment tab is best at the top or the bottom of the post.  I guess I will try it at the top and see how it goes.  What do you readers think?

Well, at least changing my blog theme is keeping me busy.  It’s really a good thing I enjoy learning new things or I would really be frustrated.  I realize more and more as time goes on that blogging is as much a learning experience as the things I’m writing about.  But for the most part I do enjoy it.  I just have to keep working out the bugs.  I just hope this work in process blog won’t be too frustrating for my readers.

Wish me luck!

23 Oct

Well, I’ve now got all the posts renamed and re-categorized.  Also, have the categories more condensed.  So now I’m ready to change the theme.  My heart is racing, but I’m going to do it.

I know it will still take me a while to reformat the new theme, so please bear with me.  As always, please comment.  Although I really do love writing this blog, your comments along with the stats really encourage me to keep  going.

Changing blog theme

20 Oct

There is so much to learn about so many things!  Nearly always when  I want to do something new or change things, I find I have to learn how.  Take this blog.  I do want to get my artwork published, but need to learn more about posting pics.  And I’m not really satisfied with the appearance of my blog.  So I must choose which to learn first.  After thinking about it awhile, I decided to change the appearance first.  Then after I have it set up the way I want  I can post the pics.

In searching WordPress support, I’ve learned that to change the blog appearance I need to select a different theme.  I’ve found one that seems to be more what I want.  And supposedly I won’t lose any content in the change.   I’ve read about how to do the change.  But, the idea of changing it is still a bit scary .  Just starting a blog was a big step, and now I’m wanting to change it!   Yet, nothing ventured is nothing learned.

I believe the first thing I need to do is  to make parent categories, more like the titles that I presently have on my posts.  I hope to have these categories displayed across the top of the blog.  This will make it easier for my readers to find specific content.  (I still need to learn more about the difference between Categories and Tags.  I think I have been using them interchangeable and they really aren’t  the same thing.)   I will need to delete or make subs of some of my Categories.

Next I will need to change the titles on all my posts, making them all different.  I will also need to put the post in the correct new category.  This should make it possible to select a specific post from a specific category. Then I will need to double check to see if the posts are in the correct categories

When I have all the current content with new titles and correctly categorized,  I will need to select the new theme.  Then it will be a matter of moving things around and getting the page to work as I want it to.

You can see this is a big undertaking for me.  And it will take me some time.   So if you happen to visit during this time of change, don”t be surprised if things seem a bit jumbled.  I will get it fixed.   And hopefully it will be a much improved blog.  Wish me luck!

Back online

16 Oct

Well, I’m finally back online.  After several frustrating weeks and trying various things, I determined that I needed a new router.  Which lead to internet search and shopping expedition to find the best value.  I tend to do that with almost everything–I want the best value for my money.  I ended up getting one from Amazon.

If I could, I would order everything online–I never have enjoyed shopping.  Except in a yarn store.  There I love to feel and see the different colors and blends.  Also a bakery where I can smell the breads.  I guess I am a very sensetory (I know that’s not really a word) person.  I seem to see beyond the obvious.  Sometimes I don’t even notice the obvious, instead my focus is on something else.  And when I listen to people speak, I hear the nuance as much as the words.  I’m not content just to look at or even have pretty flowers.  I need to touch them, smell them, and sometimes even to taste.  My kids could tell you about the flowers I used to put in salads, or the candied rose petals and violets.

One strange thing about me is that although I enjoy different tastes, I can eat just about anything.  Sometimes I concoct weird dishes.  When my kids were little I always insisted that they at least try everything. One bite can’t hurt.  Well, this backfired on me at my son’s recently.  He, too,  loves to experiment making different things.  But unlike me, he is very scientific in his methods and tracks each new venture.  He had made some egss–he told me about the method but I don’t remember what it is called.  (I probably wasn’t paying enough attention to his words.)  He uses a thermometer in the water and they are cooked for a long time.  Anyway, he had used this method and served the egg over toast.  The yolk was solid and stood up, but the white was very runny.  It looked pretty, but I like my eggs hard and just didn’t know if I could eat it.  So I ask if I could cook mine some more.  Did I ever hear it!  Both my sons were like “NO, mom, you have to ate least taste it  One bite won’t hurt you.  You have at least eat one bite.”  Well, I had to laugh with them, but I must admit I was one of the hardest bites I ever got down!  They were so surprised, cause they thought I could eat anything.  So I had to tell them that, even I, have some drawbacks.  One is runny eggs and the other is finding bones or eggshells in my food.   Whenever that occurs I find it very hard to get the food down, and to keep down what I’ve already eaten.

Last week my daughter and I did some masks for Faces.  See www.facesunmasked.org  We had fun making the masks and it is for a good cause. My effort at philanthropy .  I like the Wikipedia definition <philanthropy— the “love of what it is to be human”>   As soon as I have some time I will post the pics of the masks as well as ones of my drawings.  I, also, hope to get a post out soon about food and my eating healthy venture.

Back to the sensetory word.  I typed it in a web page just to see what came up.  Spelled either sensetory or sensitory it isn’t a word.  But I did find a Sensatori Resort Crete.  It is a sport type hands on resort–which I’m sure is way out of my price range.  It claims to bring you everything from sports to spa treatments with a touch of classic Creek style.  There are 4 restaurants, a main one with buffets, a Greek, a Tex-Mex and a Thai.  It sounds like a great place!

When I read their menus and often when I read of restaurant offerings for different types of food, I want to try to make them at home.  So I have lots of different spices and seasonings.  I enjoy experimenting, well really I probably like the experimenting, the trying as much as the taste of the finished product.  Sometime I enjoy the process much more than the product–as in the old world cheese venture!

That seems to be all that I have today.  Hopefully I can get another post soon.  Thanks for all of your comments and keep them coming.

The broken road of my journey in art

21 Sep

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  My interent has been very sporatic for a while.  I’ve got my laptop hooked up directly to the satalite modem now to see if the problem could be my router.  I think I have a love/hate relationship with technology!

I’ve been wanting to get some of my drawings posted.  I’ve taken pictures of them with my iphone 3, but unfortunately they aren’t the greatest.  I’ve heard the iphone 4 takes better pics.  But I’m going to attempt to use what I have and see if I can get some posted anyway.

Like my mother before me, I’ve always wanted to be able to draw and paint.  Recently, my brother gave me some of her drawings that he found in storage (we think they are from when she was in high school).  She did self portraits as well as ones of others in her family.  They are quite good.

One of my daugthers is very artistic.  She can paint, draw, decorate cakes, do crafts, as well as make things out of wood.  She is an inspiration to me.

For the last 20 years or so I have done sporatic drawings/paintings.  In the early 90’s I took a Bob Ross wet on wet painting class.  For a time after that I did several paintings.  My daughter did also, even doing some on old saws and saw blades.  I bought oil paints, brushes and canvas.  But unfortunately I didn’t keep it up.

Then sometime later I got interested in acrylics.  Again I purchased paints and brushes.  But it just didn’t seem to capture my attention for very long.  I liked doing it but, as with the wet on wet oil painting, I seemed to enjoy the process as much as the finished project.  And it was completed so quickly that it kind of frustrated me.

Then, last fall I went with a daughter-in-law to a couple of  her pastel painting classes.  I loved it–so much that she gave me a set of pastels!  But though I read books and checked out internet sites about pastel painting, I became frustrated.  I realized this time it was because I didn’t know how to draw.

So this summer I began taking drawing lessons.  I found an art teacher that would give me one-on-one classes.  When I first began I felt I didn’t know anything about drawing.  I would draw in my notebook for the actual class drawings, but most of the time I just drew on scrap paper.  Then, slowly my confidnece grew.  One day I looked at a drawing I had just completed and wished it was in my notebook.  That day I decided I had enough knowledge/skill that I all my drawings would be in my notebook!   It was king of a breakthrough for me.  (Of course, I still doodle and draw on scrap paper when I’m on the phone sometimes.)  So as well as giving me knowledge and skill, I realized the lessons have encreased my confidence.

Surprisingly, when I found an older notebook from a few years ago I noticed some of those drawimgs were quite good.    Of course I didn’t know anything about perspective, but I had captured the feel of the images.   I have learned so much and find that there is so much about drawing that I love.  I can draw something as simpIe as a spoon or work on a detailed animal or landscape.  I can do a quick sketch if I like.  Or, I can work at one drawing for several weeks, returning to it again and again, to add a little detail or change something a bit.  I have not yet tried to draw people–at present I don’t have the desire to.  Some days I find I only want to draw rocks, other days clouds.  Presently I’m intrigued with roads and highways.  I still haven’t been able to capture the look I want with those.  I feel it will take a lot of practice.  I also feel drawing is something I will never get tired of.  Indeed,  I feel this is one aspect of art that I will continue.

Pastels still hold my interest as well.  But I will have to get a lot more knowledge of color and light before I want to attempt much with them.  Also, I would benefit from some classes or lessons.  I can learn a lot via books and the internet, but some things work best with acual people.  Perhaps it is the interchange of ideas I value as much as the actual knowledge.  But pastels aren’t my focus at the moment.   They are probably one of the leftovers I will return to at a later time.

Well this post has gotten quite long and I haven’t even posted any artwork.  I guess I will keep the actural pictures for my next post.  Especially since it will I will have to learn all over again how to post them!  I seem to need to do things over and over to have lasting knowledge.

So I’ll close this post by adding my categories and tags–yes, I did remember them this time.  I hope to get the pictures posted by next week if my internet cooperates.

Technology frustrations

29 Aug

Often, I find that things that stump and frustrate me can be really simple to fix.  I just have to research and learn or ask the right person-one who already knows.

Take this posting for example.  I am STILL learning the mechanics of this blog.  I had thought that what I type was saved automatically every several seconds as I type.  I know that I have seen that message run across the bottom of the screen.  So, when I was interrupted after starting this post, I didn’t even think about saving it.  I’ve only saved the draft a few times.  (Usually I finish a post in one setting.). Well, when I returned, after logging in again, I found the post was gone!  I certainly hadn’t expected that.  After reading and experimenting, I’ve found that the automatic saving only occurs after the draft has been saved.  So now I save whenever I leave the computer.  It an easy fix that only takes a second.

Another technological thing that has been frustrating me was the Maps on my iPad.  For several months, whenever I tried to get directions it would give me a message of ‘no transit directions’, even when I entered exact addresses.  I tried rebooting but it didn’t help.  I wondered about re installing app but was reluctant to do it since Maps was factory installed.  So I waited, using the internet and mapquest instead, still frustrated.  This went on for several months.  Then when I was at my son’s I mentioned it to my daughter-in-law.  She looked at it a few seconds, then told me I had it set for bus route.  She showed my the little icon (or are they called widgets now?) at the bottom.  I had never really noticed them before.  There is one for car, bus, and walking.  How simple!  I was so glad it was a quick fix and very happy to have Maps working again, though I did feel a bit silly.  Sure glad I waited on the re-install idea.  I wonder when/if I will ever learn to think about how might be the one causing the problem, instead of something or someone else?

Just now, in previewing this post I realized I need to learn what a widget really is.  My grandson was the one that told me about them, but he really didn’t know the ‘icon’ terminology so didn’t know if they were the same or not,  So back to researhing.  Not wanting to spend a lot of time, I just read a few sites explanations.  As I understand it, a widget is an app icon that can indicate whether the app is active or not.  They are on the widget dock of smart phones.  And that is all I really care to know about them.  Just enough so that I know what my grandson is talking about.

Back to the iPad, I just learned to type the word correctly.  I had been typing IPad and kept getting the red wavy line for a misspelled word.  If I had been using an old operating system I could understand it since the iPad is fairly new.  But I have Windows 7.  So I tried different ways and found that the capitalization is a bit weird.  Apple named it the iPad.

While traveling with one of my sons, I learned that Maps on my iPad is run off GPS.  Now I understand why, even though I don’t currently have a data plan, the map app still shows me where I am.  But maybe that is only the case when I have previously run a direction route while connected to WiFi.  I’ll have to check that out.

I also learned something very helpful to me about the iPad.  I really just stumbled on it.  One day I was typing and noticed a little round globe like symbol.  This was after the Maps episode.  I guess that caused me to be a little more observant of detail.  Anyway, imagine my surprise when I realized it can change the keyboard so I can type in letter accents!  That will be so helpful on my Spanish posts.

After reading my last technology post, my daughter commented that there is a built in tape recorder on smart phones.  I was going to have her show me when we got together, but nether one of us remembered.  I asked by daughter-in-law, but she didn’t know since she doesn’t use it.  So I researched.   I found my IPhone has a built in app for audio record.  I looked at my phone but didn’t see the icon.  I finally found it in the productivity folder.  (I like to create folders for my apps, so it doesn’t clutter my screen.)  I must have put it there when I first got the phone.  I plan to use it next time thoughts come to me when I’m driving.   My phone is a 3G and only has about a half hour of time, but it will still be handy.  The 4G have much more run time.

When publishing my blog,, one thing that I tend to overlook is the tags.  I am usually so interested in getting the post completed and published, that I forget about the tags.  But I have learned how to add them, using my laptop, after I’ve published the post.

Another thing I just learned which made me feel really silly since the fix was so simple.  I switch from my iPad to laptop a lot.  Sometimes I have my posts open on both.  I usually have other tabs open with other sites I’m looking at too.  One day when I was switched back to working on this post on the laptop,  I noticed that the left side of my screen, where the mechanics of the post are located, was larger and was overlapping the post.  I couldn’t understand what had happened.  I tried shrinking them, but couldn’t.  I tried closing down other posts on both iPad and laptop and logging in again.  It was still like that.  It wouldn’t have been so bad-even though it overlapped where I type-except I really don’t have much luck adding the tags with the iPad and typing is easier with the laptop.  So I have been switching back and forth.  Frustrating.  When typing today, I suddenly thought about the maximize/minimize on the laptop.  Often on sites with smaller print I maximize the screen.  So I tried maximizing the screen.  Sure enough, my screen was back to normal, except that the layout was crazy from where I had moved things around trying to correct the overlap,.  But after some time spent moving them around, I now have the mechanic tabs again on the left where they are more handy.  So even though I felt silly, I really learned two things–the minimize/maximize and how to move tabs around on my post screen.

Well this  is one post I certainly didn’t finish in one sitting, not even in a day.  It’s a good thing I’ve learned how to save.  Ive been working on it a couple of weeks!  When I  started this blog I really wanted to do a post a week. But as is often the case, life has a way of changing my plans sometimes.  So I’ve had to do this blog in bits.  Glad to have it completed now, and I’ve even added the tags!  Now I just have to publish this.  Oh, and post my new blog address to facebook.

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