May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Found a New Tool Thanks to a Cool Blog!

Today I stumbled across a tool that allowed me to make a "header" for this blog out of photographs stored on my computer.  I am not a very techy person and while I don't consider myself decorating challenged, per se, as much as I just haven't paid attention to decorating since 1996 or so, I was skeptical that this tool would be as easy to use as the blogger said it was.  I know what I like - but creating it - another story! 

Here's a great wonderful THANK YOU AND SHOUT OUT to Joy at a Vintage Green for turning me on to iPiccy!

Well, it is fairly easy to use - sort of.  I believe I understand what are some of the basics okay, but there are a lot of bells and whistles that allow one to do all sorts of creative fancy things with photographs and putting them together in a "collage", one of which I used as my new header for this blog.

I'm still experimenting.  For instance, I don't understand how to get that header "centered" on my computer screen in this blog itself.  I looked around inside of my Blogger stuff but couldn't find anything that I thought applied.  So I experimented around some with the relative size of the "header" I created at iPiccy.  One looked too big and overwhelming, one was too small, and if it's not exactly the right size it looks like it's aligned with the left hand margin rather than being centered over the body of the blog.  Driving me crazy but I've got lots yet to do tonight so I'm settling on this look for now.

It is a wonderful tool, and I look forward to experimenting more with it to see what kinds of collages I can create.  I think it would be neat to do a series of season-themed headers/collages at iPiccy to use for this blog.  And, tee hee, now that I know about iPiccy, there's no reason I have to limit myself to this blog.  Nope -- I can finally do a chess and goddess-themed header/collage for Chess, Goddess and Everything.  Mr. Don will be soooo proud of me! 

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