Wednesday, April 21, 2004

My Daughter's Birthday

Today was my daughter's fifteenth birthday. She stayed home most of the time except for a short shopping trip and a drive up the mountain to check the snow level.

Thanks to Susan and Kyle for sending gifts to her!

I wanted to take her on a shopping trip to Oregon next month but she's decided she likes the idea of online shopping -- and staying home. We're many miles from any shopping centers. The nearest mall is a 3 hour drive away.

Now my son is asking me to take him to Yreka next month - to get gardening supplies. He's got a plan (on paper) for landscaping the front yard and already started implementing his side yard plan. It will look great here if he gets all this done this year. But because its raining this week not much is happening outside. He's been painting his bedroom instead.

Sunday, April 18, 2004


I've had this weblog for three or four years. Today I finally installed comments. Usually few people use my comment systems so ... it hasn't been much of a priority, but now its done. Leave a message, if you will.

The Case of the Shaking Cabin

I woke up in the middle of the night - and couldn't sleep so I got up to get some work done on a website I maintain. Now I'm feeling so sick!

My dog just got up and scratched or shook herself, and it made the whole house vibrate. I didn't know she could do that. Hopefully it was just the dog and not an earthquake. We live in a cabin-like house in the woods, but it really isn't that flimsy.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Third Generation Pages

The next thing to do on this site is to go to the third generation pages like the memoirs and poems, and be sure they are all in the same format. One page at a time.

When in Doubt, Reboot

Finally! I rebooted the computer and now it publishes to my site again! How tempermental.... why, why, why? But I will not complain - I am just so happy it works and I was finally able to figure out a way to delete the old site for this weblog.

Blog Frustration

After adding the no-robots meta tag I am having trouble getting this weblog to publish to my site again. How frustrating it can be.


The question is - why is it so hard to delete a blogspot account?

I want to delete my account... but it seems impossible.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Ta-Done! Lots of Things . . .

It is 4 and here's what I've done today:

woke up at 10 due to having a long bout of insomnia last night;

journaled less than a page;

cleared a multitude of spam emails out and downloaded email;

contacted 2 clients;

referred a grieving parent to an activist near him;

contacted an online shopping service that let me down after taking my money (first time that ever happened!);

contacted the county assessor's office about business property;

did financial paperwork (always so much fun... not);

went on errands to the post office, pharmacy and grocery store;

phoned the tribe and got told to phone back on Monday;

approved messages for a mailing list I manage;

ate lunch;

updated three pages on this website (Linda's Life).

Now I have to get to work on a client's site.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

What Aaron Likes To Talk About

Long day - and I'm still not done. Aaron wants to talk. Mostly its about going over jumps on his bike. He never seems to tire of talking about that. Or anything, for that matter. He's a very verbal person. Age 13. He goes out to visit friends almost daily. They just love the way he knows how to fix their bikes and he appreciates being with others who want to talk about bikes all day long.

Musing About Blog Changes

I'm re-writing the HTML in this weblog and am thinking of changing to another design. But there's so many other things to do to make this work right again. I want to gather all the photos and graphics and pages onto this server - get everything together in one directory again. Its coming right along. Then I need to review all the old pages, and make sure every page looks okay. It will all be in one subdomain over at my website.

[Update: It was on the other domain for a while then I moved it back to blogspot.]

I'm trying for four billable hours today - though I usually work six to ten hours a day at my business.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Chicken Pox and Gardening

I have so much to do today - and am feeling sick. I've already been up and working since 2 am.

My son just got over chicken pox and my daughter is getting them - though since she had a shot we hope it won't be as severe a case.

I had them when I was very young. I don't remember being sick as much as I remember when my mother told me it was okay to go back outside and play again. We were living in a house on Mira Vista Drive in El Cerrito then - and I remember being able to go outside to play on the swing - and my mom cutting my fingernails - and her putting clothes on the line or taking them down... something like that.

It was a pretty yard with lots of flowers.

This morning I went outside and planted the rest of my flower seeds. We've already got some things coming up in the garden. Hopefully a lot of these seeds will grow too. We bought new topsoil for the flower bed this year. My son has worked hard to landscape the yard.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Starting LindaJoMartin.Com

I finally got my own server space and moved onto - I'll be putting most of my weblogs here (at least, that's the plan). This one is more private than the others - it is now protected from spidering so future posts won't be in the search engines. Much better!

Anyhow - I've been way too busy since February and haven't been able to reach all my goals. That's a disappointment... but I've developed my web design business more. That's the good and the bad of it.

Now I have to get back to work.