5/23/20

New Blogger Format

Today I'm typing on the new Blogger platform for the first time. I'm just hoping I can figure it all out. It seems everything works the same as before, but I'm mad they got rid of the spell checker icon. That actually happened some time ago, and one wonders why. In any case, this format looks tidier to my eyes, but I don't notice anything new beyond its appearance. Let's just hope everything works as it should. The new format appeared on my dashboard several weeks ago, and I reverted to the old dashboard. Then I received an email saying everyone would be forced to switch over sometime around July of this year (the date escapes me). So get ready, my Blogger blogging friends. Resistance is futile.

Not much got done yesterday. I spent the morning in the kitchen making dinner for last night. There was some fresh dill left over from a different dish, and I hate wasting fresh herbs from the grocery store. They're pretty expensive. One way to use the dill is in a Seafood Pasta Salad with Lemon-Saffron Herb Dressing. It's a family favorite and so Matthew and Mike gave it two thumbs up when I suggested it.


The only problem is that now I have a container of tarragon to use up after making this recipe. I suppose it's possible to fall into a fresh herb black hole, purchasing new ones in order to use up the old ones. Possibly there's no return from this. But I still had some dill, not to mention leftover sugar snap peas from a recipe last week, and so I tried something new in this Sugar Snap Pea Salad. It was pretty simple to make. It includes sugar snap peas, radishes, English cucumber, and arugula (although I always substitute spinach for arugula).


The recipe is from Cook's Country, and you need a membership to see it. If you really want the recipe, email me, and I'll send it to you.

Before I go on, I'll say this new format is confusing me a little. So far, I've been able to figure everything out, except how to insert a picture using the "image address." I've only ever used this feature when I want to link to one of my own pictures included in an old post. It doesn't seem to work when I try to add a picture, and so I'm having to first download it to my computer (because I deleted the original long ago), and then upload it to the blog again. On the other hand, a "drag and drop" feature has been added, and that makes the "upload" a little easier. 

I get frustrated when things change on the computer, and so it's going to take some time to get used to this new platform. Also, I was trying to figure out how to left align, center, or right align the text. For that, you must click on the three dots indicated in the image below.


That opens up a new menu, and you can do several things there. For me, it's usually "left align" after uploading a picture. 


Also, to change the size of a picture, just click on the picture, which will bring up a menu that looks like this:



From there, click on the little pencil in the lower left-hand corner to bring up this menu, allowing you to make changes to your pictures.


Okay, so I'm sorry to be going on about this, and I hope it isn't boring you. I'm creating a little tutorial for myself as I go. Mind like a steel trap, you know.

All right. Getting back to yesterday...

Before I spent the morning in the kitchen, I worked some more on the most recent snowflake. My friend Wendy correctly noted that there is a lot more stitching in this one than in previous ones. It seems that way to me too. There's a lot to fill in with the long and short stitches, but a little each day will get the job done.


After that, I took a little walk around the garden. More poppies have bloomed, and there are four in bloom right now. I didn't notice I'd captured the bumble bee until I uploaded the pictures. Isn't it fun when you discover a little surprise on your camera?


More and more buds are appearing in this whiskey barrel. Including the ones already bloomed out, I counted 18 buds on this one plant alone. It should continue blooming for a while.

The first buds are appearing on one of the lavender plants. That can only mean one thing: Bees Knees cocktails are on the horizon. It'll give me something else to think about while I wait for the peony to open. (Update: the peony has not opened.)


Also, I noticed the poppy seeds I sowed directly into the greenhouse whiskey barrel are sprouting. Usually, I start these in little pots in the greenhouse. When we moved the whiskey barrel into the sunshine, I thought they might sprout right there.


I spent a little time wetting things down in the greenhouse. The kitties don't like to come into the greenhouse since there is a hose that sprays water, and kitties do not like water. When I turned to leave, I spotted them harassing the squirrels up on the wall where the junipers grow.


And this brings me to some sad news...sad for kitties...and for us. The coyotes are back. We haven't seen them, but we've heard them howling during the day twice this week. And this seems to be an annual event. I've read several articles about coyote "pupping season."  This has happened at least four year's running here at the Three Cats Ranch. What it means to us is that the kitties are confined to the indoors again, and they probably will be for the remainder of the summer. It makes me sad for them because they so love being out.

We'll still get Smitty out on his leash and harness so he can nibble on his grass and get some exercise. I have a new harness on order for Sadie, and we're hoping it'll be one from which she can't escape. It's coming all the way from Hong Kong, and it's taking its sweet time. When it arrives, the next challenge will be getting it on her, since anything that involves holding her down is like trying to saddle a bucking horse.

Okay, and so finally, after all the kitchen and garden duties were finished, I made my way into the sewing room to finish off the last of the Charm Stars blocks. I decided to make the last two in browns. They're all laid out now, and I'll sew them together today.



That will be today's goal in the sewing room. With those finished, I'll have an opening on my WIPs dance card, and so I'll probably get started on the second shop hop quilt. I think I have 12 fabrics to get me started, and I have a pattern selected. When I see how large the blocks are, I'll know how many fabrics I need to make a whole quilt. In the meantime, I'll use what I have, and then egg Mike on to make more trips to visit more quilt shops.

Okay, so I still have all my hair, even after typing a whole post on this new Blogger platform. To my Blogger blogging friends, I'll be curious to know what you think of it.

17 comments from clever and witty friends:

Rosyquilter said...

I really like your charm star block for the RCS.. I might have to copy you in 2021. And, thank you for any tips with regards to the new blogger. I haven't switched yet and so your little tutorials and instructions are invaluable!
My peony was planted 3 years ago and this is the first time I have seen any sign of buds... and am waiting... and waiting... they don't seem to be getting any larger or show any indication of wanting to grow and explode with colour.
But, my poppies are like yours though I think mine bloomed a week or two earlier which is strange since I am further north than you in BC.

Quilting Babcia said...

I've seen some bloggers indicate that comments no longer came to their email with the new blogger. Will be interested to know what happens to comments on your post. Thanks for the tutorial, I know any changes computer-wise are an anathema to me.

Dorothy said...

Thank you for being up to learning new computer stuff to keep us all up to date on your life. And the kitties. And the garden. And the food. We are all so happy :-) :-)

Shasta Matova said...

Your food looks delicious! And the stars are so pretty! Blogger reverted me to a new format for my last blog post. I didn't know how to resize the photos so I wound up using the arrows to enlarge them, but then of course, they aren't consistently sized. Thanks for the tip!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have always love (not) when blogger makes changes without testing leaving it up to us to work out all the bugs for them. I had heard that comments don't go into your e-mail box, also. Now snap peas, spinach, and radishes sound like a good salad mix for me.

Julierose said...

[nooooo not another change? !!! If it ain't broke don't fix it...
Really ticks me off...]
Anyway, I finished two more 16 patch squared blocks today...
Very pretty Snowflake...
Hope tomorrow is a better day with some sunshine and warmth...
~ ~ ~ waving in the foggy rain Julierose

Sally Trude said...

Thanks for being a blogger scout. I definitely wouldn’t have figured out the alignment icon.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thank you Barbara for telling us about the new dashboard. I don`t like changes eighter ;-) Beautiful pictures from your garden too.

piecefulwendy said...

I post on Wordpress, but for The Endeavourers we post on Blogger, so I'm taking note of your notes. At least I'll remember I saw the solution on your blog when I can't remember anything else. LOL. Had to chuckle about how you reverted at first; I can totally relate. I put those things off as long as I possibly can. I'm liking the look of that little snowflake, and I'm very sad for the kitties. Sure wish you could be rid of the coyote problem!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I use blogger but haven't seen anything about changes. Maybe I will when I finally post next time. I don't like having to learn everything all over again. Change isn't always a good thing, sometimes it's just change for changes sake.

Celtic Thistle said...

I read that Blogger removed the spell checker because it was too time consuming to maintain! I miss it too. Thanks for the heads up on the other changes too, it is always frustrating when they change things without any indication of what the changes are.
Your salads look delicious, they are making my mouth water so it is a good job it is not long till teatime as I write :)

Rebecca Grace said...

Your snowflake is looking lovely and I can totally relate to the Black Hole of trying to use up all of the fresh herbs without wasting anything. Add to that, trying to use up the bit of red wine left in the bottle that is just beyond still being good to drink, but we really ought to cook with it so it doesn't go to waste... Would the coyote really be a danger to your cats? My neighbor warned me that he saw a coyote near our property line recently. He has a small dog that he was concerned about, but both of my Rottweiler dogs are big enough now that the coyote should leave them alone... Or at least that's what my husband claimed when i told him about the coyote. Lulu is our nine-year-old and she's about 98 pounds. Our puppy Samwise is only 7 months old, and he's about 82 pounds. How big is a coyote? As long as I don't see any packages showing up from the Acme Explosives Company... ;-)

kc said...

Oh Lordy, I'm just now coming out from behind the mask making machine to catch up with you, and look at those beauties. Oh my, those poppies are a-poppin with color, so very vibrant! And I'm not sure I remember the old blogger, so seeing your tips will be really helpful! And the whole thing might be just frustrating enough for me to give up on it altogether.

Sorry to hear about the pupping season. But at least you heard before anything irrecoverable occurred. And all tails (such as they are) remain intact.

The snowflake is coming along nicely, looks like a lot of work! Today, I finished (and hung!) 2 projects I've been working on, one of which has been stuck in my head for about a year now, so I'm glad they're up on the little bit of wall space I've got. If I can figure out blogger, and get past my inertia, I'll post pictures till then, I guess I'll go feed the woofie!

CathieJ said...

It's weird, I haven't seen anything about a new Blogger platform. I hate change when it comes to anything computer related. Thanks for the tutorials. I too have a mind like a sieve for this stuff. I have recently had to get on board with Zoom classes as well as Google Meets and I am still struggling with some of it after 10 weeks. Jeez, I need to learn something else now? I like your garden and kitty pics. I am glad that you are able to keep your kitties indoors and away from the coyotes. I hope Sadie's new harness (when you get it) is escape free. Love the quilt blocks too. Enjoy your stitching.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh no... thanks for the heads up about the blogger change!
I didn't get an email notice, so without reading your blog, I wouldn't have known that misery is coming to me/us! I'm pretty sure that will be the end of my Mom wanting to continue to blog. To learn a whole new system is pretty daunting in your 80s. And the steps you have written about here do not seem to be intuitive or user friendly at all!
And the timing is pretty annoying considering all the things I have had to learn/relearn in the last 2 months. UGH.
Anyway.... enjoy stitching your snowflake this week!

Kate said...

Thank you for heads up and tips on the new Blogger format. I'm holding off, but probably should bite the bullet soon to see if I can figure it all out. They just uploaded the new update for Office at work and I'm still trying to figure out the email updates. One software update at a time is all I can handle. Sorry the kitties have to go into lock down for the summer. Hopefully the new leash will work out for Sadie.

Angela said...

Your snowflake is gorgeous!