Sunday, May 22, 2011

Packing and Blogging

Packing, cleaning, washing, ironing, mowing...... LOTS to do before we leave at the crack of dawn for Virginia and graduation!!!!

Since we might have hordes of "lookers" (we can only hope) coming to see the house while we're gone, everything needs to be neat and we can't just blow out the door with clothes on the floor and dishes in the sink.
Noel, who will be staying behind with a housesitter and then Paige, is under strict orders not to hack up any hairballs  in order to impress potential buyers with her ability to decorate the carpet or kitchen floor.

Each time that I pat myself on the back that I'm getting the hang of this blogging thing, I learn something new and have to spend time "fixing" and "tweaking."  Will I ever be finished setting it up?  Probably not as I'm sure eventually I'll get tired of the existing template and rework the whole layout.

A few nights ago I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get my header photo to be small enough so that you didn't have to scroll down in order to see the title of the post.  Cropping doesn't work with the blog template; I needed to reduce the digital size and I found an awesome website called  It's a website that effortlessly lets you resize photos in a variety of ways, preset or in "advanced mode" which is what I had to resort to in the end.

A drawback to iphoto is the inability to resize without exporting and jumping through a thousand hoops. was so quick and even better FREE!

Then this morning thanks to nice commenters (I'm so excited to have comments and will respond as soon as I get packed and the floors mopped!!!!) , I learned that "following" and "subscribing" are two different things.  I had subscribe buttons, but not a follow widget.  Problem now solved, though I don't particularly like the looks of the lonely following widget with just a few little photos and wish I could hide it somehow!

Back to the drudgery!


  1. no no no. don't hide it! i didn't have a follower button for almost 6 mos. then, when my first fellow-blogger discovered me, i added it, and i remember those early days when i pleaded with co-workers to set up a google account and 'follow' me just so my blog wouldn't look like a loser! :) it'll all come in time! trust me! (glad my comment helped!)

    good luck with the packing up and cleaning! and hope you have a safe roadtrip!

    p.s. thanks for the helpful resize link! i'll probably use it in the future!

  2. I'm a follower now :-)

    And.. what texwisgirl said.

  3. Same here; the follow avatars seemed to sprout up from just a couple to a whole slew overnight. Hang in there because Blogger really does get easier with practice. I jumped over here and to WordPress when Windows live Spaces went down the tubes. I didn't know which format I'd like better so I tried them both and just a few months later I have blogs AND followers on both pages. If I can do it anyone can.

    PS - Welcome to the Old Dominion, I know you're gonna love it!

  4. Hi, I dropped in from Chip's blog, Virginia Through My Lens. We are transplants to Virginia and living on the VA eastern shore. Good luck on your move. We moved here from NJ 8 years ago. Please feel free to drop into our little blog spot when you have some time. We enjoy reading comments and reply to all. Thanks for teh resize it link.


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