Sunday, May 31, 2015


It began raining Saturday afternoon & continued steadily through the night.  Woke up to rain Sunday morning which in turn just kept coming down non stop until mid day.  Not necessarily a heavy rain but a steady rain.  Looking out our sunroom window one would think we are living in a jungle.  The lushest period of the season is now upon us with everything growing like gangbusters.  In our part of the country I always see June as the greenest month & it is all this fresh new foliage which in turn will set our forests afire with Autumn reds & golds come September & October. 
Been a couple weeks since I switched my blog's statistics info from Sitemeter to StatCounter & must say I do like StatCounter better.  Like their combination colored bar graph plus numerical counter showing daily page views, unique visits, as well as return visits.  Of course it does much more than that but it's that feature I have on my desktop which gives me an idea of how my blog is doing whether it's gaining in popularity, holding it's own, or sinking fast.  Stats can help a blogger determine if their posts are finding favor with readers.  I can generally tell when I've a written a clunker or a series of clunkers just by a drop in numbers.  To me stats are an important guide in encouraging one to continually try to do better.

Thanks to Retired RodSteve for the feedback to a question I had about Bloggers font size & color.  Although knowing about how to use it I had forgot to even  look in the template area for making the changes to Blogger.  It's a good example at this age of forgetting how to do things when you haven't done them for a long while.  This technically overloaded computer world is a classic example of that.  Like the majority of people & having not made a career of computer learning it is always a real challenge trying to hold all that information in one's head.  And of course with the passing of years it is not getting any easier either.  Not only is it harder to retain things in one's memory I find it is also harder to learn new things.  Where one used to pick up on new things reasonably well I find now an overall sense of confusion often seems to slip in quickly & envelope one's keen interests & learning abilities in a kind of fog.  Of course some days are a little less foggy than others & of course those are what can be hailed as 'good days'.
Well, we Windows Live Writer folks are still holding our breath out here & of course grasping at straws with every little murmur coming out of Blogger & Microsoft about a possible fix soon.  I'm still on the pessimistic side with it all though & sure hope I am proven wrong.  The Blogger format is working for me but it sure isn't as slick & fast as Live Writer when it comes to smoothly inserting & precisely sizing photos.  Had Live Writer never come along years ago I wouldn't know the difference & would probably think Blogger was just the cat's meow.  But it isn't & for those of us having used Live Writer over the last bunch of years that is where the real bite comes in for us.  Arrrrggghhhh!!
Weatherman is calling for sunny days ahead & warmer temperatures.  Today sitting in the sunroom reading & bouncing around on the computer I had not only our gas fireplace going but a small electric heater under the computer desk throwing out wispy thermals of warm air to dispel the day's mid 40's cold dampness.
Sad to read of a tragic aircraft related death in a fellow Blogger's family.  Stewart, who goes by his blogging name 'The Furry Gnome' is author of Seasons in the Valley & has written a fine tribute to his son.  William, 1977 - 2015.   Stewart's son William died a week ago flying a water bomber fighting a forest fire at Cold Lake, Alberta Canada. 

GROANER'S CORNER:(( Here is the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.
-The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than do the British or Americans.
-The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what causes heart attacks & kills you.


  1. I was thrilled to see that Blogger kept my template but if someone knows how to make a picture size between the too small "large" and the too large "extra large", I'd be really grateful. I'm willing to wait for my blog to post in exchange for being able to make my pictures any size I like rather than just small, medium, large and extra large. The other big problem with Blogger is that what you see is NOT what you get in either the editor or the preview. Things look fine in preview and when you publish, the spacing isn't what it was there. I'm with you Al, I prefer Life Writer. But, neither of us may have a choice. If I move to WordPress, I'll let you know how it goes. I've heard good things since everything can still be done in Live Writer.

    1. Sherry ... As a 3.5year blogger user I have to agree on that difference you speak about between preview and editor. I don't have the answer on how to fix it but here is what I do. Say I look in preview and see that my new paragraph is one word to the right of the image ... where in the editor or the place I am writing the blog post ... it shows that new paragraph on the left side UNDER the image. Drove me wild for a while.

      I went to editor or where I was writing the blog and kept hitting the enter key to move it down one row....the click preview to see if that paragraph had moved ... if not, go back and click enter to move that paragraph down another row..until the preview showed me the paragraph was all the way to the left and under the image.

      As far as image size. You have to set and adjust that image size in your computer version BEFORE you upload it into blogger. You will still have only those choices but based on YOUR set image size before the upload, that same SMALL or LARGE will be a different size of each.

  2. Thanks for the link to the fallen fire fighter. Very sad indeed, but I have found pilots have lost more friends than any other career I have been in. Quite a great life he lived.

    Enjoyed the Groaner tonight, now I just need to learn another language and forget eating healthy.

  3. With all the LW hassles I'm glad the new stat counter is a happy choice! Wonderful to see all the lushness of late Spring taking hold around you. Quite the contrast from the snow and brown you arrived to in April :-) Your birdies are so vibrant, love them!

  4. I managed to struggle through Blogger and did get a post done..The one thing I do like is that when you blog is done, you can click on any photo and get a slide show..Rick told me that, and he was right. That feature I really do enjoy!

  5. Your birds are just beautiful! I love the way you use several in a post. If you don't mind a small bit if format observation, I think if you put a "return" as in an blank line, before and after the pictures the page would feel more open and less squashed together. Just a thought. Blogger pages sometimes need a little help, and don't always publish the way we think we made them.