I am a Stratus Cloud

I am without inhibitions and hang ups. I just jump in head first, totally fearless.

I tend to make myself at home wherever I am. I have no problem kicking back and spreading out.

I enjoy being with people and tend to have many close knit, intense relationships.

I don't need much personal space or privacy. I'm happy to be where all the action is.

DREAM...EXPLORE...AND DISCOVER! (stop by here to see what I've been creating)!
(who still doesn't do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt...)
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I am Stumped...

stuck--unable to proceed, often regarding being confounded by some intellectual puzzle.

Anyone knows a quick fix and like to help expand these two pages--ABOUT and FOND MEMORIES on my bog? The Automatic Thumbnail and ReadMore hack is great...but not without a slight hiccup. I love puzzle-solving...but time is a precious commodity on my hand. Plus, I like to get back to musing over days of life rather than this techno/geeky stuff...there are many experts out there than me (one who still don't do texting, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt...)

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HTML Image Makeover: Color Frame & Read More

I spent the past few days refreshing html/hex code knowledge once acquired and used frequently in my ex-Corporate life/entrepreneurial mindset. Five minutes into the game, it all came back to me...but not without help. This site was useful in steering me to the right direction in blog makeovers rather swiftly. I managed to do not one, but two in a day. Click on menu tabs above, just below the header image on this page, and see for yourself.

As you see, I made a couple more changes to the layout. One was adding borders to my images, changing borders style and color, and increasing/decreasing space between image and border. As my image is much smaller now, any added background as a border would be too small to visualize anyway. So, I opted out such modification.

This is what I did: First, I went to Blogger and logged in, navigated to LAYOUT >> EDIT HTML >> and find the following code--you may click ctrl+f to find it via your browser finder
.post img {

.post img {
border:1px solid #CCCCCC;

.post img {
border: 4px outset #0000CD;

Be sure to PREVIEW before saving the changes.

The second change--Automatic Thumbnail and Read More Feature--is much more noticeable. A well written tutorial is here. Hope you enjoy these little tricks as I move on to more tweaking...one baby-step at a time :D

Next question to self: Do I care to be blessed with Google sitelinks or not? If the structure of my site doesn't allow Google algorithms to find good sitelinks, or Google doesn't think the sitelinks for my site are relevant for the user's query, Google won't show them. Simply adding the words--Facebook and Twitter--on my blog and/or post, my traffic would improve dramatically. Do I care when this is a portal for my random musings of life?

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2010 Baroque Festival

...celebration of some of the most beloved music of all time. The festival, which took place in Willie Hall (on COCC Campus) this afternoon was an unique opportunity to experience a remarkable series of concerts, the power of the music, by gifted/talented performers in Bend and Redmond. Studios represented: Jodie Bischof (Festival Co-Chair,) Peter Brownlee, Shannon Devir, and Pam Hughes. Festival Co-Chair and Accompanist: Jean Shrader. Participants: Lily Sulak, Nick Mitchell, Som Barnwell, Abby Stevens, Annalise Ramsthel, Allison Heatoon, Grace Petersen, Elizabeth Liska, Lindsey Willimas, Samanta Bryan, Olivia Holman, and my 13-year-old teen.

Not just for Baroque aficionados, the 2010 Central Oregon Baroque Festival charmed, moved, amazed, and even at times amused its audience--in its non-competitive format. Getting a lesson on musical interpretation in Baroque period from Molly Wheeler, our adjudicator from Portland, was a delightful treat and surprising bonus.

My teen played Concerto in D Major by Francesco Saverio Mercadante. Mercadante may not have been as famous and well-known as some of his contemporaries--Hummel, Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, et al--his music was and still is every bit as entertaining, lighthearted, and melodic as theirs.

Such a goof ball...all the pictures taken this afternoon at beautiful Willie Hall were deleted before they were uploaded to flickr!!! This is the second time I've done that--you would've thought I learn the lesson :0(

But...I can't have a photo-less post.
this one was taken at Aspen's birthday party last month.

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Catching Up...with a Blog Makeover

Greetings, families and friends. If you haven’t noticed, my blog has gotten a makeover. The makeover includes an updated theme along with a few additional tweaks, links to my craft blog, RSS Feed, and Comment Feed, as well as a commitment to update the newly redesigned blog on a regular basis--without frivolous formatting!

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Guild Night Out with Sue Spargo at Stitchin' Post on October 22, 2009--more treasures here

I am revamping to give the 3-column blog more clear and concise headings/subheadings and consistent page design. I'm not the most creative person in the world; hopefully my blog is looking pretty and spring-like. I'm so over winter and dreariness!

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Good Fortune

All of us, I suspect, imagine that a world exists from which we alone have been excluded; all of us have our noses pressed against the glass.

If we contemplate our own lives, not the phantom life on the other side, we might find things in them to envy-a family that’s intact; a job we like; excellent health--the thing we take for granted and on which all happiness depends.

Chloe's Exclusive Make-a-Wish Party at their Broken Top Home, on December 8, 2009

Good fortune is there, however sporadic, modest, difficult to achieve. The trick is to recognize it.

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True learning-learning that is permanent and useful,that leads to intelligent action and further learning, can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner.
John Holt
Real heroes are men who fall, fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they stayed true to their ideals, beliefs and commitments.
Actor Kevin Costner

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