When your life is out of balance…

It’s time to give your blog a facelift!

It is said that when everything is out of control, then you simply control what you can.

So in my mind the blogging facelift was an easy target.

Oh, but don’t start when the weatherman says a storm is coming and your power goes out in the middle of the night and in the morning you wake up late to find that the clocks are 3 hours off and

Your modem is toast!

I wasn’t done yet.

We went from last Friday to this Wednesday with no internet connection.     I know, I know,

Whaaaa… Boo-hoo…!

But seriously, aren’t most of you pretty much tuned in to being connected to the net, your friends, and all the other helpful resources provided at your fingertips?

Thankfully, the folks at AT&T replaced it at no charge to us.

Thank you AT&T!

I am now done with the makeover.

I like it.

Do you?


In my next post I will talk about the life out of balance part.

I’ve dropped hints here and there but hadn’t the energy to get into it.

 For those who worry about such things I will set your mind to rest and tell you that nothing dire has happened.  I promise.


Now it is late here and I am tired.

I’ll see you soon.

Perhaps Monday?



Here is something pretty to look at while you wait.



This phlox grows outside my window and smells divine. They are over five feet tall this year!  I liked how the light was playing on the petals.  If you click on them for a closer look you will have a better indication of their true color. 

36 thoughts on “When your life is out of balance…

    • Lynda says:

      Now there’s a thought, Annie! But really, we suspect a power surge. We saw the TVA workers on a local power pole replacing a transformer the next day.

    • Lynda says:

      When everything else has stopped looking pretty, and the heat and humidity produce ‘air you can wear’ I can always count on these for a pick-me-up at the end of summer! We have had odd weather here too. Either too dry or torrential rain. Now for (I think) the third time this summer our temperatures next week are going to drop into the 50s overnight. Weird!

    • Lynda says:

      Siobhan, I couldn’t grow them either, in California, so don’t feel bad. These were here when we moved in and have flourished with no meddling from me! What is different here is that we have acidic clay soil and lots of rain. You might consider composting your coffee grounds and/or tea bags to amend the soil where you want them to grow. If they grow for you I want to see them! 😀

  1. Vicki says:

    Love the shade of green as a background and I especially love the photo in the header. It’s absolutely perfect.

    I think the ‘page’ titles (or are they ‘categories?) might look a wee bit better if the 3 lines were centred…….just a thought. Everything else seems to be evenly spaced around the current post, but not those pages/categories. Was that deliberate, Lynda?

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Vicki, I know what you mean. There are a few other things I might have done differently, but since this a free template from WordPress I am unable to change the placements (with the exception of the widget columns). So, to answer the question: No, it was not deliberate. 😉

    • Lynda says:

      Hey, it is so good to hear from you again, Cindy! I think I didn’t word this quite right if that is what you came away with. Sorry. I view the internet as a useful communication tool, and if used wisely, a good information resource. However, I really resented being cut off mid project. The job, for me at any rate, was difficult and time consuming. The loss of access to complete the project simply made it all the more frustrating. 😛

      BTW, my knee surgery has really cut back my online usage. I simply can’t sit for more than about an hour or I will be crippled when I try to get up! 😉

      • Cindy Kilpatrick says:

        No, Lynda, it was me who was not clear. I was referring to my own experience! When you go to bed and wake up in the morning thinking about your next blog post (I have 3 blogs) then it’s time to take a step back – which I’m going – a long step. 🙂

        I can tell you keep a balance because you talk about lots of interesting experiences and projects from the physical world. With a full-time job, I obviously couldn’t allow my virtual world to dominate my life, but I was using up time that I now use and had previously used to work on my photography, to learn and practice new things.

        • Lynda says:

          Cindy, I really miss your photography posts! They were always lovely and informative. However, I do understand. I have really cut back on my online time too. I made a schedule for posting and visiting others blogs. So far it has been loosely kept. 😉

    • Lynda says:

      Lillian, thank you! That is one of my favorites too. I took it on the trail along the creek on the Mountain Farmlet. I don’t get many that come out this good!

  2. dogear6 says:

    I like the look except for the text being centered (which you can control when you enter the text). I like the rest of it – the header, the background color, etc. And the phlox are gorgeous – I’m glad you shared a picture of them! I always enjoy seeing what your place looks like.


    • Lynda says:

      Nancy, I centered the text for effect in this post only. Sorry. 😉

      I really need to get out with my camera more, don’t I? I have been out of the loop since the end of last year because of this stupid bum knee! I am on the mend since the surgery, but DANG is it taking a really long time! 😐

      As for the Farmlet… well it is an overgrown weed patch for the same reasons as above. (Bob’s been off his game too) It is depressing actually. But, bit by bit we are waging war on weeds and I have a good assist for these jobs in wearing the brace the Dr. prescribed. I don’t wear it all day. Only when waking and hard work are on the agenda. The muscles need to do something on their own each day in order to get back up to speed. 😀

      • dogear6 says:

        I know how easy it is to get behind! The blogs are fun, but they come last after everything else gets done. Keep in mind though, your pictures don’t have to be high art to be enjoyable – as you can tell by the comments here. Your readers (me included) simply enjoy spending time with you. So just take a few pictures during the day and share them. Don’t worry if they aren’t fancy schmancy.

  3. tootlepedal says:

    Keep looking after your knee. That it the most important thing. I shall keep my view of the design to myslef because a) I am a man b) I am a man c) I am very set in my ways and d) what do I know?

    It is always fun to change things.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Tom. You are too funny, and actually you do know quit a bit. 😉 It is interesting to me to see how this set up looks on the various monitors in our home. On the TV monitor the colors are hideous! The text comes across in varying hues of rosy purple, GAG! On the monitor in the office they appear much more rich in color. On my computer in my studio, they are black, brown, and a too light gray that can’t be altered. Those who see the new format on anything that makes it look like our TV monitor will most likely think that the only taste I have is in my mouth. LOL! The effect I wished to portray was nature/earthy tones that I found in the photo I used in the header.

      The knee is getting less painful over the past 3 weeks. The Dr. has been injecting a lubricant for osteoarthritis that simulates (and theoretically stimulates) the naturally produced lubricant your knee makes. Sinvisc I believe he called it. It took three injections and is supposed to last up to 6 months (we’ll see). I was also prescribed a knee brace. I have no idea how much or how long the benefit of the injection will last, but I am hoping that it will take the pain away long enough for me to completely rehabilitate the muscles in my leg and knee. I believe the rehabilitation will give me the best support and make the pain far less significant. I wear the brace to go on walks, vacuum the floor and do *yard work only, as these are the activities that cause me the most distress. Waiting and soldiering through the pain for a half year was the worst mistake I ever made. The muscles in my left leg are so atrophied… I kept thinking that the pain would simply go away like it always did in the past.

      *Yard work is ultra limited and mainly consists of following Bob about and being a gopher. Walking on uneven ground seems to really set it off, and stooping or kneeling is forbidden! I just can’t manage it. I feel these are permanently off the list for me now. Good thing I have my little cart “Violet” with the adjustable seat. 😀

      • tootlepedal says:

        Good muscles are very useful. I wore a knee brace so much when I first damaged my knee that my muscles gave up altogether and my physio (when I saw sense and went to visit her) had to lend me an electrical stimulator before I could even start to do some useful exercises. My cycling efforts are there primarily to keep my knee healthy though luckily I have turned out to enjoy cycling for its own sake.

        The background colour of the new design is very pleasant on my monitor and does echo the fine new header pic.

        • Lynda says:

          Good news, Tom, the last injection is working very well. I was able to vacuum yesterday without the brace! Next stop – GARDENING! (I hope) I never knew you began cycling as therapy. I thought you’d always done it. This is very encouraging news!

    • Lynda says:

      Fran, this was never a go to color for me in the garden until I met this beauty. She really graces that nondescript corner of our house!

  4. LB says:

    So glad you clarified that nothing dire has happened … you know me. I’d be checking up on you 🙂
    Love the look / so glad that AT&T replaced the modem!

    • Lynda says:

      Laurie, I’m afraid I am delinquent on the ‘special post’. However, I have been feeling so great physically, that I have been chasing dust and flotsam all about the house! I can now vacuum the floor without blowing out my knee. 😀 That special post is still coming. I’m just having a hard time writing about it. 😐

  5. Littlesundog says:

    I love the lift Lynda! The header really showcases your photo nicely. I need to give my blog a face lift too, but oh, I have no time! I’m so far behind reading other’s blogs too. And still, my garden keeps on and on with the bumper crop! I can’t get a break!

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, I still haven’t written my post about what all is going on here. It is a hard one to write. But I was serious about the control aspect. I tend to strangle things into submission when I can’t take care of the important things; the things that are beyond my control.

      I understand about time. For the moment I have lots of it! I have been using it wisely and cleaning up my pigsty of a house! However, now that I am feeling so much better I need to catch up, but at the same time, I have to take it easy. Do a little, rest and ice, do a little more. Progress is slow, but it is getting done! Pooh! No garden here, but there’s bumper crop of blackberries and blueberries too! I froze lots of them for baking goodies this winter. 🙂

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