More River Pics


South Fork American River, Lotus Park

A beautiful day on the south fork of the American River through Lotus Park

kayak, lotus park, south fork American River
Gentle waters

American River South fork lotus park


Adding a Tiled Background

Image I looked into customizing the TwentyEleven theme page and some of the explanations seem more geared toward users. CSS.

I followed this very well done video by Jerry Bates. Looks like there are a lot of them to watch, so that will be fun to go through. He talks about the TwentyTen theme here, but it works just fine for this theme…and I am sure it is pretty standard. He uses a free online pattern generator called BgPatterns where you pick various images, colors, transparencies, size, canvas texture. I was trying to match the sky in the balloon header that I have up right now. After you have the pattern how you like it, save it to your computer. Use the Dashboard to adjust the Appearance and the Background. Upload your background there.

Simple and easy to understand. I think his video series will be quite helpful.

Take Me to the River

I had every intention of updating posts with information within the parameters of the title of this blog, but lots going on at work. Sunday was Baptism day. Lots of people came out and the smoke cleared with temperatures in the 80’s (not the water…the water is very, very cold). I was able to get across the river to get a nice shot of everyone on the shore. Image

In Other News…

I believe we will be signing up for Creative Cloud shortly. Our last version of Adobe was Creative Suite CS4, so I am pretty excited about getting more of the programs to try out. There will be more on that.

Great Races in Nevada

Camel, Virginia City, NV
It’s almost that time of year, again, so I thought I’d put up a few pictures from last year’s Virginia City Camel Races and Reno, NV Great Balloon Race the first weekend in September.

Last year, I went with my youngest son to Virginia City where we sat in the very hot sun to watch camels, emus and ostriches Virginia City, NVrunning about the place. It wasCamel Race quite fun and a great photo op! Bring cash as a lot of the vendors didn’t accept credit cards last year. Oh…and sunscreen. The seating is metal stadium benches so something to sit on is Ostrich race, Reno, NVhelpful. The town is fun to walk through.

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Inserting Images

Hope House Charity Golf Tournament
I work full time, so I haven’t kept up with reading and research the last few days. Having company over tonight. So just busy. But I did want to learn how to insert and image and wrap text around it. I started by uploading an image of something I am doing at work. The background of this image can be found at

Muchsino’s Weblog talks about wrapping text. I copied and pasted a couple commands from there. My goal was to tilt the image, shadow background and I did that in Photoshop and saved as a .png. Ideally, I wanted to have the text wrap to the image more than the border around the image, but I could not figure that out.

Another way, I just now noticed, when in the Visual window, you can click on your image, then on the Edit Image button and align that way. It looks like it wraps automatically.

As for the Golf Tournament. It raises money for a transitional home in Northern California called Hope House which is for women with children and provides a not only a place to stay, but counseling, employment assistance, mentoring and connections to community resources. This is the ninth year of the tournament and since the organization Emerging Hope is looking into acquiring a second home, this would be a great year to get involved/donate! The website above has all of the information.

Rules, Rules, and More Rules

“We judge others by their actions, but we judge ourselves by our intentions.”

Funny, I’m starting this out with a quote that I’m not exactly sure to whom to attribute. Stephen Covey? Jerry Wunder? Ian Percy? Montague Jocelyn King-Harmon? Jerreau?  If you look it up on the internet, it’s hard to know who said it and who re-said it.

But this is less about words and more about pictures. Adding a picture to a blog is a lot more pleasing than not having any. I started this post because I was reading various samples of books on Kindle, last night, and I wanted to start out my post with a nice little picture of a book. But what are the rules on that? Turns out, even if your INTENT is to provide some nice free advertisement, one can get into some big trouble even if there is no profit to the blogger from using the image. I knew this… I mean, I think we all know that using other’s images isn’t such a good idea, but it’s so easy and it helps them, right?

Instead of supplying pretty pictures, I’m just going to provide a few links to a couple of bloggers that talk about this:

Roni Loren posted this on using images in a blog and I found it most helpful.,1

Meghan Ward’s Blog Writerland covers Creative Common logos and codes, while providing some places to safely get photos.

Interesting and good to know.

I’m still going to look into using a book cover image for a review.

The Learning Part

I’m all about simple.

Making webpages, especially from scratch, is a little complicated. And I don’t wish to generalize, but the people who are naturally wired to see things as a series of lists, sometimes expect those of us who don’t to be more up to speed. Since I am hardly linear (well, sometimes…it depends) and it’s not like I’ve never created webpages before, but that was a very long time ago. So much has changed.

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill

So, some things I have found more useful than others…to me.  Everyone learns differently. My first stop was checking the video tutorials over at (visually pleasing and well done) where I’ve already gone through five of their videos. I’m still not quite clear on how to combine a CSS style sheet with the HTML index, but I was viewing everything in the Try it Yourself viewer.

That said, I am typing this post in the Visual section, only going to the Text viewer to add a link here and there. I want to understand the structure to this, but my goal is more design and not so much nuts and bolts.

You have to start somewhere.

So this is blogging…

I’m over 40. It’s true. By quite a bit. I’m still in the 40 range, so there’s that. Learning new things used to come so very easy. All it took was a little interest and some invested time. Now… sigh. Yes, I would like to learn this. But first, I’ll poke around some established blogs and see w’sup…