Grandma’s apron

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. I remember my grandmother always insisting I wore one when I visited her. She would say that it was always easier to wash an apron than a dress. I had several full pinafores which were an apron with a bib attached. I still wear one when I am cooking but it is a plasticized fabric so I sponge it off rather than wash it and when I forget to put it on, I nearly always make a mess of myself.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the kitchen counter to thaw.

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Bear prepared for gardening

The temperature was quite tempwarm today and the wind had finally dropped and I was able to go out without a coat. You can just make out from the picture it is 15C (60F).

I bought a bear banger yesterday, it makes a terrific bang and the bears clear out fast so I am told. I don’t know who is going to be more afraid of it, them or I.

This one is ready and loaded. I took it outside with me today while I inspected my rapidly appearing garden. I also had my radio blasting out of the window.

bearbanger

I thought Country and Western was a good choice at first but on reflection thought that maybe Canadian bears might like that type of music so I put on a CD, Beethoven’s 5th. I thought that might be more intimidating.LOL

crocus

It was amazing to see the crocus that had pushed up, almost as if they nudged the snow aside to get to the sun. So lovely to see.

plants

I have been growing a lot of plants to put out at the end of May. They have been doing really well. In fact I think they may take over before May 24 or Victoria Day weekend, which is the usual day up here to put plants out.

Page Rank – does it matter

Want to check your Google Page Rank just visit this site and type in your blog address.

I guess the Page Rank (PR) is not important if you are getting visitors and you are not interested in making some money on your blog but if you do wish to make a little extra than page rank unfortunately is all important. The advertisers generally do not want to have anything to do with a blog that is under a PR3. A blog that has a PR5 if they wished to make some money with it probably could be earning $20 for every advertising post they did. I have a PR3 on both blogs so earn about $10 per advertisement on the Blogger (Mexico) blog but WordPress.com, that is this one, does not allow me to write advertisements.

Why did so many blogs including my Blogger blog get put back to 0 in October last year. I don’t think there is a straight answer to that. One reason is that Google was working out a new algorithm which determines where your blog or website will appear in the search results. The other reason seems to be that Google decided to penalize PayPerPost and all those associated with it.

Smorty, another advertising company, put this advice on their site.

There have been some recent changes that search engines have made with regard to sponsored postings.

Smorty would like to offer you some advice on this issue. search engines have primarily targeted member blogs and reduced their Page ranks across the board. Although this WILL NOT REDUCE your rankings or readership, your blog will receive more campaign offers if it has a higher page rank. To prevent any future loss of page rank due to this issue you can take the following steps:

1. Remove all sponsored post tags on each of your posts. Search engines can follow these tags to determine if you are being paid for posts.

2. Remove any other tags like “hire me” and “review me”. Any general affiliate banners are fine to keep.

Since you are only obligated to keep an advertisement on you blog between 14 days to 1 month depending on the company you are writing for it would be OK to remove posts older than that.

There seems to be ambiguous advice about using ‘do follow’ or ‘no follow’ code in the html of your blog. I can’t figure out if Google penalized for that or not. Occasionally you will come across a blog that states it uses ‘do follow’ but I can’t answer any questions on that because I don’t know.

I know my old blogger template had ‘do follow’ on it as I put it there, and now I have a new template it is not on there.

Another thing Google doesn’t like is duplicate content. Which is irritating as if one has two or more blogs, with different folk visiting, and one has written what they think is a good post you could be penalized by posting it twice. Something I recently found out and have been guilty of. So the best thing to do is link to it from the other blog. Which I will do from My Mexican Pot of Gold to here as I think this post may be of interest to someone who checks in there. Plus I just got a sneaky link to that blog.

I am trying to build up the other blog as I can see it as a way to bring in a bit more cash and contribute to our Mexican trip and although it is in its infancy I would very much appreciate anyone who links to it as it will help me. I will be doing more posting there in future. For example my Heads or Tails will come from there now as well as other things although I will keep this one going until the domain name expires and it just goes back to the wordpress address. This money making thing might be a flash in the pan but I feel I have to give it a try, as I shared before our pension is cut this year by $500 a month, because of the nasty tax man, and this might help a bit. I have also got my beady eye on and Mobile Internet Device as the ideal thing to take on trips. They seem quite inexpensive and might be just the thing to keep in touch and blog on vacation. Anyone have one?

Hope this answers some of the questions I received in my mail this morning.

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WordPress.com is too restrictive

I have been trying to do things with this blog that it just won’t let me do. As you know I am working with my old Blogger blog and it allows me to do all sorts of things that WordPress does not. I bought a domain name for this blog some time ago and I suppose the next step is hosting but I don’t think I will bother as the advertising companies have the old address anyway. The old Blogger blog is doing fine, although not a lot of money I have made $50 off it in ten days. If I can keep that up I will have a nice little pot of gold to go to Mexico with.

To add insult to injury this blog dropped in PR today although the blogger one stayed up. Probably because it is a Google product, I just might slowly move back to blogger. I will have to renew the domain name in December and I will have to decide what the smart thing to do is, let it go or whatever. I hate these technical decisions that may affect my blogging fun. Knowing my luck I will get it all sorted out, make a little bit of income and the PR will drop back to zero and I won’t get any jobs.

Also I have been having a hassle with PayPal the last three days. They have my measly $92 in there and they won’t give it to me. They want me to go through all sorts of hoops to get it. Every time I jump through them I get another email to jump through some more.

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Moms blogging from home rule

Here is a really encouraging article I found at Problogger about women blogging from home. Keep it up ladies it is going to pay off.

Five Reasonswhy Mom blogs are the Blogs to Watch

Excerpts from Mom Blogs is by Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit.

1. Moms can blog at home

You don’t need a PhD, an office or a small business loan to start up a blog and this especially appeals to mothers who are looking for ways to bring in extra income while they’re at home with their children.

2. Moms need the sociality of the net

IWomen need to read about other moms’ struggles and disasters–it’s how we feel that maybe our own traumas aren’t so bad–and there are more and more moms daily that are discovering how the world of mom blogs helps them feel connected to other women…

3. Moms have a wealth of material to use

Tech blogs are just about technology, celebrity blogs are strictly about celebs but a mom blog could focus on parenting, protecting the environment, politics, crafts, food, homeschooling, gardening, household products, design, travel or just funny stories…

4. Moms are record keepers

Blog means “web-log” and most blogs are started as online journals. Moms naturally tend to be the record keepers for their families whether it’s a newsletter, scrapbook or photo album and more and more women are turning to blogs as an easy way to keep their family’s diary…

5. Mom blogs wield economic power

You’ve heard “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”? Well she who does the shopping then blogs about it rules the net.

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Heads or Tails – Special Memory

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.Image via Wikipedia

Skittles has a meme called Heads or Tails this week the theme is ‘A Special Memory’.

About eighteen years ago we decided to take the boys to Disneyworld in Orlando Florida. We were living in Vancouver at the time so it was quite a long trip. We decided to go by Amtrack. This way we could tour North America in relative comfort.

We took a bus from Vancouver to Seattle and then boarded the train. We chugged across the continent to Chicago and then to Washington DC where we could see the White House and other sites from the train. Then on to Florida.

We spent a week in Orlando, visiting Disneyworld, MGM Studios and Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre.

On the return trip we went via New Orleans, through California and back to Seattle. I remember waking up very early one morning as we circuited Mount Shasta, and in the moonlight it was spectacular.

Images using CSS

A graphical depiction of a very simple css documentImage via Wikipedia

If you would like to know how to position your photos and images with CSS check this out.

I know some html but I don’t know any CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and it is becoming increasingly mentioned in blogging circles so I found this information, so just sharing with you.

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