I’m a huge fan of British mystery shows. Agatha Christie and her Hercule Poirot character are my favorite, followed by her Miss Marple character. I can’t name all the shows I’ve watched over the years and enjoyed, Lynn will have to help me out with the names. There is, of course, my very favorite non Agatha Christie mystery with Dame Helen Mirren, “Prime Suspect”. There was a rather strange show with a motley mix of town folk and rural characters. The local Constable had a name that began with “Mc” and I can’t remember what it was. They lived in “McDoo” or is “Loch Doo”. Yes, I know that is not the correct way of spelling the town or village but that is how they say it. The main character went on to make a movie “The Full Monty” which had me laughing till I choked myself in a coughing fit. Then there is one show with a rather handsome Inspector that lives in a village with a lot of hidden villainy going on. He is forever telling his wife he will be present for some local event and gets side tracked by nefarious people. He does make a show at the event but usually near the end of it all.
Okay, that is not the direction I wanted this post to go. My brain is cycling like a car with bad spark plugs or something. Kind of hit and miss as it rumbles along with a bit of backfiring now and again. I hope I can get through this without any stalls or …..
Have you ever taken on a project that leaves you wondering if you will make it all the way through to the end? When you are already loaded down with your normal life? I’ve done just that.
This project has become all consuming to me. Just when I think I’ve got it in shape I find there is more things to do and changes have to be made to all I’ve done. I’m taking an online course in “Creating Web Pages” and I’m beginning to wonder if I will make it to the end. Unlike my favorite character, Hercule Poirot, I think my “Little Grey Cells” are bursting like popped balloons instead of being stimulated. They are getting over stimulated and I can’t hold a conversation with Joe for longer than a couple seconds before I lose all train of the conversation. Things I want to say go off like camera flash bulbs and die just as quickly so I don’t remember what I was saying or what I was going to say.
I thought stimulating your brain and activating it out of atrophy was the way to stave off senility! It seems to have the opposite effect on my brain. Maybe it is because of all the years sitting behind the steering wheel of a semi truck and inhaling the diesel exhaust. Like my butt, it has spread out from all the sitting and my bones and muscles tighten up from the long hours of inactivity where I have trouble getting moving for a time until my body limbers up.
A dead stall now and I’m trying to get it running again…..
My Goal….to have a website available to anyone that is trying to learn all there is to know about making cards or creating scrapbook layouts. I remember the total frustration I had when I was teaching myself how to make a scrapbook page. When it came to product purchases I didn’t have a clue and bought anything I could fit in the cart. Budget? What’s a budget? That all went out the window as I walked the aisles of Michaels grabbing stuff off shelves. Didn’t matter what it was as long as it was in the scrapbook or card making aisles it went in my cart.
Then I became addicted to eBay. Early in the morning and late at night I was trolling the goods and bidding on anything so I would not have to go to Michaels. I became quite friendly with our postal carrier. Joe asked me if I was trying to open a store since I had so much stuff to nearly do that with. My purchases far exceeded the space my room would hold and I had to have him install cupboards and armoire things. I still have quite a bit of the original “Stuff” I bought in the beginning of this madness. Pawning stuff off to Carissa and my sister Pati has barely put a dent in it all. I think it is time to do some heavy duty “RAK”s and get rid of a bunch of stuff.
Okay, backfired once again….
Back on track here. Like everything else I undertake, the concept is simple, however, the actual execution of the concept is anything but simple. Those of you that have been crafting for quite a while…take a look around at your space and actually see what you have. How many types of glue do you own? Me…I have white tacky glue that is not acid free, another tacky glue that IS acid free, bookbinding glue, Glossy Accents, Mod Podge, E6000, Anywhere Glue Stick, and Two Way Glue Pen. That is just glue!!! Then I have all the other types of adhesives. An ATG gun, Snail, Dimensionals, foam dots, foam tape, Sticky Strip, Vellum adhesive, Sticky Dots in two different sizes, Glue Dots, repositionable tape runner, and double sided sticky tape.
My website concept has gone from “Adhesives” with a short description of acid free and regular to this mass of different types of adhesive and what they are used for. I spent all of yesterday working out the page for the different types of paper available.
What began as a place for a beginner to come to and get answers is turning into a massive undertaking that has me waffling between continuing on my path and having a comprehensive site that will answer any question put forth by a beginner to just down right chucking it all and walking away from it. The only thing that keeps me going is remembering how frustrated I felt when I went from one website to the next reading what a seasoned crafter had to say, which generally wasn’t much, about any product or technique. I had to go through so many websites to find my answers that later I could not remember which site had the answer I needed.
So…learning how to write HTML code properly has added more to this equation. Today’s lesson is about Tables and how to write them to get pages to look good. Everything I did yesterday on my “Paper” page now has to be gone over and redone using Tables. No…that is not someone knocking on your door. That is me banging my head on my desk as I write this.
Lynn Claridge, in the UK, has excitedly shared with me that she wrote all the codes for her website when she and her husband, Rod, had their Greenhouse Nursery. I guess I’d better stop whining about all this and get about the business of having a place for beginning crafters to find answers to all of their questions. Lynn….my hat is off to you! You still seem to be able to walk and talk after all of that so there is hope for me, too.
UPDATE on the Baby Front: Carissa just got back from her doctor and their urine test says she is pregnant too!!! WOO HOO!!!! Confirmation! I’m so happy and excited for them. About to burst 🙂