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Miss Peg-o-Leg’s advice for WP commenting

I found this a couple of days ago on Harper Faulkner’s blog and thought it worth sharing. It’s clever, informative and, oh yeah, funny! My favorite thing.

Miss Peg-o-Leg’s Guide To Excruciatingly Correct Comment Etiquette

Posted in blogging, observations

What makes a good blog?

I’ve been searching Google again (Cha-ching! I can feel the royalties pouring in!), this time in search of some good ideas for blog posts. I could wander the aisles of the web via Google for days it seems. One thing always leads to another.

mandalas from:

In my meanderings, I came across a blog called Daisy Yellow written by Tammy,  a “self-taught artist + photographer” who paints in acrylics and watercolors, art journals, makes stitched journals,and draws mandalas. She posted some clever ideas and topic prompts for bloggers and that led to a set of questions that she nudged readers to answer about what they like and don’t like in blogs. Continue reading “What makes a good blog?”

Posted in inspiration, writing

Writing? Uh, not so much.

I’ve been struggling with my writing lately. I write here and I make a very few comments and posts on Facebook, but I’ve not been able to buckle down to the novel I got a huge start on late last year. I’d like to get back to it, but nothing seems to work.

I’ve tried going back to read some of it, to put me in the right frame of mind, you know. Nothing. I just can’t recapture the place where my head was then. (I’m open to suggestion.)

Continue reading “Writing? Uh, not so much.”

Posted in blogging, inspiration, writing

Finding a Liebster on your doorstep

The oddest things can happen while you’re sitting in a hospital waiting room. Imagine, for instance, finding a Liebster on your doorstep when you arrive home! Thank you, Claudia, for the recognition and the knowledge that I make you laugh!

It’s a treat to read Claudia’s blog The Accidental Chef, and to share it here with you. I love the recipes, the connection to Italy, and the stories about life. Always insightful, entertaining and enjoyable to read. Please stop by to check it out if you aren’t already acquainted with her work. Continue reading “Finding a Liebster on your doorstep”

Posted in blogging

Help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

Could/would someone please explain (clearly, in big letters and simple words) the difference between tags and categories?

break through

And, in the process, please don’t refer me to anything already written on the web (especially here at WordPress). I’ve read all of it. ALL of it. I still don’t get it.

It should be easy to grasp, shouldn’t it? I speak, write and read English, just not tags and categories. Maybe if it was in Italian I could use my translator and finally get the picture.

And, speaking of pictures, they work well for me, too.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my decrepit old soul.

Posted in humor

A really messy blog about nothing

A while back I realized there was no way I could keep up with my grand idea to discover one new blog a day and post about it. I decided to try to do it occasionally but couldn’t come up with a name for it. The old name (“Blog-a-day discovery”) was easy, but how do you gracefully say “I’m-going-to-use-this-idea-but-do-it-less-frequently-since-I’m-too-freaking-lazy-to-keep-up-with-it-daily”?

I thought about “Occasional blog-a-day discovery” but that made no sense. Then I looked at other options like random, periodically, every-so-often, sporadic, sometimes, once-in-a-while, once in a blue moon (I rather like this one!),rarely or seldom. You know, there really aren’t that many options.

Did you know you could use this stuff as a face mask??!! (

With the able “help” of fellow blogger Dave, I considered “temporary irregularity” and a big dose of Milk of Magnesia (MOM), thank you. Then, another great blogger, Anita, came to his rescue (and mine) with “temporary regularity.”

Continue reading “A really messy blog about nothing”

Posted in inspiration

Fourth try’s the charm – quick! Hit publish!

I Googled "sick man in bathrobe" and found this. Seriously. (Patrick Byrne, about 1794 - 1863. Irish Harpist)

I give up. I completely give up.  I’ve drafted three different posts today and somewhere between the initial idea and the publish button, they’ve all gone awry.

I’m just distracted today, simply incapable of finishing what I start. I’m sure it’s partly due to the fact that my husband is pacing the house in his bathrobe mumbling about his raging sore throat (from surgery) and because his Percocet kept him (read: everyone) awake ALL night.

Continue reading “Fourth try’s the charm – quick! Hit publish!”