Hot Cider for a Rainy Afternoon

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sam isn't feeling well today. He caught a cold last week, and then woke up a couple of days ago with a fever, but within a couple of hours seemed to be back to normal, so I thought the virus had passed. This morning I took him to the community center for his thirty minute soccer class, and within fifteen minutes, he was sitting off to the side watching. When he came up to me after class, he was flushed and feverish again. Makes sense, because Sam is not one to sit on the sidelines, and proudly announces to his coach every class that "he's getting really good at soccer." But today he was unwell, so back home we came, although I had plans to run a few errands afterwards. He's watching a movie now with warm cider by his side. It always makes me sad to see my little ones sick. Juniper is also getting over a cold, but her teething discomforts seem to have waned the past few days, because I've been able to get her down for a least one good nap each day.

I've been reading about Rahm Emanuel, Obama's pick for White House Chief of Staff, and David Axelrod, who will be Obama's Senior Adviser. I'm anticipating more announcements today about Obama's selections for his cabinet. I usually listen to Fresh Air, a program on OPB, via their podcast, but if you get a chance to tune in later, today's program sounds interesting:

Fresh Air RADIO: November 6, 7-8 pm. Robert Kuttner discusses the economic crisis facing President-Elect Barack Obama, and what some of his options are. He is author of Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency.

Before I go, the little cup Sam is drinking cider from is made by an artist I was introduced to by SouleMama, and I must admit that I'm now very much a fan of the seller, Little Flower Designs, who makes these adorable ceramic cups and various other dinnerware items and sells them in her Etsy shop. Check out her items for sale--many of her items would make a perfect gift for Christmas and you'd be supporting an indie artist! I plan to give one to my husband's Aunt Marylou as a hostess gift when we visit them in the near future.

Goodbye for now--enjoy the warmth and comforts of home on this rainy November afternoon. Speaking of warmth and comfort, I think I'll grab a cup of hot cider myself and do a little reading before Juniper wakes up from her morning nap . . .


Jeremy said...

I love the mug and I hope Sam is feeling a little better today.

I really like the new design Karli! Beautiful background.

Beetles and Bees said...

Hey Andrea, Thanks, I'm testing out a few things right now, exploring options. Not sure I want to move my blog, so keeping it here but renaming isn't something I'm sure about yet either. I'm looking at hiring out design for the background and header, but if I use pictures for the header, then I could do that myself. I'm not sure yet, but yes, changing the template and background last night was easy and made a big difference. Now if I could only find time to work on this . . . !

Anonymous said...

i like that picture. it's nice that you left the flash off.

Anonymous said...

Super cute background Karli! Would you be willing to share your source?

Beetles and Bees said...

Hi Kari,
Sure! I loved the seamless background on blog, but she was unsure of the source for hers, so I found mine at which literally has 25K seamless backgrounds to choose from! There are several other sites online as well if you google search "seamless background." Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link Karli. There are a couple cute ones on there. Now, I just have figure out how to get it onto blogger. I may have to get an HTML book myself. Sigh.

Beetles and Bees said...

Find a seamless background you want to use. Save it to your computer somewhere.

Create a new blog post. Attach the seamless background as an image to the post. Don't publish the post --- just save it as a draft. You have to keep this post for as long as you are using this background.

View the post. Click on the image. Your browser will load a page that contains only the image. The URL to the page will look like a link to the image itself, but it's not. It's an HTML page. What you have to do is view source on the page to see the actual image link. Select and copy this.

Now you have a link to the seamless image on Google's server. Edit your template. Find the body background css style. Update the style to include the background style, like this:

body {
background-image: url(http://theimagehere/a/b/c.jpg);

That should do it.

Beetles and Bees said...

(Above post from Landon, my husband and adviser for all things technical).

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