Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Goodbye March, hello April.

Gran's Blanket

Last but not least, Kelli opened the blanket that Gran made. Kelli shed many a pregnant tear at her shower. She didn't want to be emotional, but you know how pregnant women are.

I remember how Hallmark commercials spawned many a sob fest for me.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lee Ann's Blanket

Here is Kelli looking at the blanket that Lee Ann made for baby Noah. Kelli's husband, Wade, on the left and her friend keeping track of the gifts and their givers on the right.

The photo uploader still isn't working for me. I understand blogger is changing/improving the upload system. It hasn't changed for me. Upload looks the same, one photo per upload, no hint about going to picasa to retrieve all looks the same, it just doesn't work.

And there was something about the great new templates. They don't show up in my blogger. Maybe I should try explorer and see if that makes a difference. I did upload a picture to my school blog from a school computer and it worked fine. Everything looked as it always does, but at least the photo uploaded like it always has in the past.

Funny that the html makes the photo visible when blogger doesn't seem to know where the photo is.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Kelli's Baby Shower

This is a practice run, to see if the picture upload is working.

No, it didn't work. I had to manually put in the html. What's up with this? Anybody else having this difficulty?


Why Blog?

Blogging can be very challenging. Rising to the challenge and succeeding can be very rewarding.

For example, I was trying to upload a picture on my Church blog. I went through the normal steps and received the message, "Your picture has been uploaded." But it wasn't there. I tried again. When the dialog box opened to browse for a picture, it said it was still uploading the picture. Well, no wonder the picture wasn't there. So I waited and waited. Still no picture. I tried uploading again, got the same results. I closed Blogger and did some other things. Opened it back up, signed on, uploaded picture again and the dialog box was still loading. So I shut down the computer and went to Lawton.

About 10 hours later, I turned the computer back on and went back to blogger. I tried once more to upload the picture and guess what! If you guessed things were the same as they were ten hours ago, you're right. I decided to try something different. I reuploaded the picture and when I got the message that it was uploaded, but it wasn't, I right clicked on the picture in the dialogue box and got its location on blogger. I pasted that into notepad. Then I went to another blog post that had a picture formatted like I wanted this one to be, centered and large. I opened that blog post and copied the html for the picture and pasted it in the notepad.

I found the html information for the copied photo and then replaced it with the same (yet different) html that described the photo I wanted in my blog. Oh my gosh, it worked! Makes me feel like a computer rock star!

Was it worth it? Oh yeah.

You can view the photo and blog at title: Send Crosswire to Illinois, date: March 27, 2010. This address will take you directly to the post:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Visit Celebrate Oklahoma Voices!

Celebrate Oklahoma Voices

We have a digital story telling project under way in Oklahoma. Teachers and students are telling stories digitally and posting them on the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices (COV) website.

I just finished a project with Noah Copeland and posted it on COV. You can view it at

Noah and his band, Crosswire, are trying to earn a spot in the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois. You can vote for Crosswire at The top 12 bands with the most votes will be going to Illinois in July. Some music industry people will listen to the remaining bands and select their 4 favorites, making a total of 16 bands participating in a battle of the bands competition. The winner gets to play on the main stage with Skillet, a very popular Christian rock band. I'd really like to see these boys get to take part in this festival. Other band members are Seth Copeland (front man/lead singer), Keith Jones (drums) and Justin from Elgin (bass).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's a Mystery

You'll need a few facts to help me unravel this mystery.

1. I normally exercise at Curves on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
2. This week I did not go to Curves on Monday or Tuesday. I was busy (after school classes), sick (allergies or a cold) and tired (still have jet lag from daylight savings time).
3. On Wednesday I wore a pair of earrings like the one pictured here to school and then to the Lawton Public Library where I work 5-9 on Wednesday evenings.
4. When I went to take off the earrings, I only had the one in my right ear. The left one was gone.
5. I had a pullover shirt on so I thought the earring might have come off with the shirt. I shook out the shirt and still no earring.
6. The earring could be in the bottom of the clothes hamper, in the car, at school, at the public library, or any number of places I'd been on Wednesday.
7. I went to Curves on Thursday. I was wearing totally different clothes than I was wearing on Wednesday - shoes, socks, everything.

Here's the mystery: At Curves on Thursday, I was doing my 30 seconds of aerobic exercise on a board, getting ready to move to the next machine when I saw my earring on the floor underneath the machine that I would go to next, and for the first time that day.

I would appreciate any comments you might have that would explain the return of my earring. The only idea I have is that God is showing me that miracles do happen. Have you got anything better?


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weekend in Tulsa

Beth and I went to Tulsa the weekend before my birthday to see "I Love You Because," a musical comedy based loosely on Pride and Prejudice. It was good, we had fun and I wore my pearls. Thank you Lee Ann, for the necklace and earrings.

After the play, we went for a swim in the hotel pool. We had to first buy "swim suits" at Target because neither of us thought to bring one. I thought I would model my stunning outfit with the pearls, although I left the pearls in the room when we went down to the pool.

The pool was most interesting. There was a pregnant woman splashing in the water with whom I assume was her husband, a 20 something girl bragging about her job as a singer on a cruise ship, an enamored chubby young pimply faced boy and a Euorpean looking guy in his underwear. (Did he forget to pack his Speedo?)