You know those days when you think you may have been better off just going back to bed? Yup, that was mine today. It wasn't a horrible day, but neither was it a I-feel-good-and-I-got-so-much-done day. Blech.
On the up side, I was VERY happy to find 4 eggs in the nest boxes! I haven't seen 4 eggs in one day in . . . well, MONTHS, sadly! I'm trying to figure out how this coming year will or, more to the point, should impact Swamp River Ridge's poultry population. Had circumstances been "normal" (?!), I would have ordered a whole slew of chicks & turkey poults & probably a duck or two this spring for delivery ASAP. Now, though, with money being super-duper tight for me, I'm not sure how to proceed. Yes, they will pay for themselves in time, and they will give me a great deal of enjoyment. On the other hand, will they pay for themselves soon enough and will I even be HOME enough to enjoy them this summer? Oi . . . it's six of one, 1/2 a dozen of the other. What to do, what to do . . . .
What kept me up so late last night was working on the new header(s). Do you like it? I LOVE it! I knew the sunflower motif probably wasn't going to stay, but I also knew it would be hard to find graphics to properly illustrate the feeling I wanted to portray. BUT, lo & behold, I found 'em! I designed 14 different headers to rotate throughout the year. A few general ones, just one winter one (the above), a couple of summertime, a couple of spring. How do people function without a full home office including copy machine, a couple of printers, a scanner, and a good computer (or two)? I know I couldn't! :)
Of course, once I had the new header loaded, I saw that the old, dark template wasn't going to work, so then I was on the search for the perfect new one. Fast forward past an aggravating couple of hours futzing with the templates & HTML . . . and here we are. Whew! I still don't have all the items in the right-hand side bar correctly ordered, but that will come. At least I finally ended up with a template that I can stand to LOOK at, not to mention love!
(And WHAT would I have been spending those hours doing if it weren't for computers and silly activities like blogging? Yeah, yeah, I know. But, I'm using the excuse that blogging is my own personal journal of the past . . . GOOD GRIEF!!! . . . nearly five years! I started this blog in May of 2005! Wow, I had no idea! Crazy.)
Anyway, like I said, I love the new header(s). They'll all be pencil illustrations like this one . . . chosen to fit different situations, seasons, etc.
The rest of my day was spent doing outside chores and more shoveling, dishes & food prep, breaking up dog fights (empty bags of dog food will do that, ya know), and deskwork. And, ZIP, there it went! For whatever reason, though, there was no real feel of accomplishment attached to the days activities although there were, certainly, things that I crossed off the To Do list. Point is, I'm just hoping to have a better day tomorrow. That's what I like about the start of each new day: you have the option of making it a better day than the one before!