Friday, November 28, 2008

Passing Know-How from Generation to Generation

Passing know-how along is a deliberate thing.
A few years ago during one of our family holidays, our daughter Sara arranged for her grandmother to teach her to make black bottom pies.
Yesterday my sister-in-law Pam arranged for our mother-in-law to teach Heather, Danny's girlfriend, to make apricot pies.
Makes me realize I need to spend more intentional time passing along what I know how to do. And I need to eat more apricot pies.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Love is in the House

Nephew Danny and fiancé Heather are among our Thanksgiving guests. So cute.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Two of my favorite people -- Mark and Ben (photo)

Snapped this shot of son and grandson last night. Only fair that dad
gets in some of the photos I take of Ben!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ben, Bob the Tomato, and Larry the Cucumber (Photo)

Some of Ben's favorite characters were visiting the local Chick-fil-a
tonight, and as you can see, Ben was a happy guy.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Don't say "You Should..."

Talking today on the Difficult Seasons blog about the damage caused by saying to people in difficult seasons, "You should..."

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Kids Don't Need Toys -- Paper Will Do

I watched in amazement yesterday afternoon as Ben showed me again that
kids really don't need toys. They can and will take almost anything
and do something imaginative with it.

Nana had these leftover strips of construction paper from a Bible
class project, and asked Ben if he would like to play with them. Sure
enough he took them and walked into the den, where what you see in the
picture was the initial result.

He used them to carefully "paint" first a rainbow, and then a piano
(keyboard). And for about 20 minutes, he would pick them up and put
them back down.

Kids really seem to prefer things like this to toys, which he has a
whole room of here. And for the six hours he was here yesterday,
during which he was busy the whole time, the only toy he played with
was a stuffed dog.

I wonder what kind of "stuff" I should get him for Christmas instead of toys?

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Where I'm Spending My Morning

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, or as Brighkite thinks, Mexico.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Paper Napkin Rings, Crackers, and Imagination...

What are 3 good things to keep a 3 year old entertained while waiting for food?

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ben's Animals at Nana/Papa's House

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WordPress tip for newbies re inserting photos and space between photo and text

I'm a WordPress newbie myself, although I've used Blogger for years.  This week I've been putting together a new blog, Difficult Seasons, using WordPress on a self-hosted site.  So my learning curve has been steep.

Writing a post earlier this morning, I inserted a photo and noticed that there was no space between the photo and the text.  Not satisfactory.  So after digging, I found two easy (if you know about them) solutions.

1.  Give the photo a caption when you import it.  That automatically puts it in a frame which also provides space.

2.  Click on the photo once it's inserted into the post, and then click on the icon that looks like a photo.  That brings up the menu to edit the image properties.  Click the "advanced" tab and type in however many pixels space you want between the photo and the text in the box labeled "Horizontal space."  That puts space on both sides of the photo, but if you want to reduce what's on the left, just go back to the advanced settings and edit the "styles" box.

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