Just enjoy this.

Not even 5 minutes. Less than that to have a look at something so familiar, & experience it in a new way. Enjoy, relax a little.  Sound, music, colour; all made from frozen water. Just enjoy, a small moment of enjoyment & wonder.

May we all find moments of peace & wonder everyday. May we all realize the preciousness of everyday things. May we all have equal , sustainable, access to clean, plentiful water. May we appreciate and honor all the gifts and living things of this world, and all of our sisters and brothers upon it. May we all be wise, compassionate, well, and at peace.


WordPress vs Blogger

What to do? What to do? Everywhere I turn, I hear more experienced bloggers singing the praises of WordPress- dot org, that is, mainly. As a happy shiny newbie (& complete non-techie!) I started off using Blogger in July, and managed to make using it a struggle even though it’s meant to be easy-peasy! After much ranting & begging, I mostly got the hang of it, but then I heard the siren call of ” come to WordPress, WordPress; it’s so wonderful!” Hmmmm…so here I am, I’ve tried it…and I don’t think I like it. Yes, I know it’s the .com & not the .org, but I didn’t want to pay for something that would be difficult for me to set up & that I’d not be able to easily customise. I want to be able to tweek my colour scheme in tune with the seasons or topics written about – girly, perhaps, but I am a colour fanatic!  And, oh god, I do need something for idiot bloggers because somehow, even tho’ I’ve inserted pictures before, this time I can’t seem to write below the photo & the text is all up here.… I’m sure it is something simple- but what?? You see how hard it would be for me to try to do something that needed any computer skills! I still need a bit of instruction; anyone have a 10-year-old they could lend?

Part of my dilemma is that I’ve just made my old Blogger blog all lovely & purple: http://joyousflowers.blogspot.com/ and even tho’ I’ve tried just about all the free WP themes on this site, they just aren’t colour happy enough! And I can’t seem to add a few of the plug-ins that I’d like- the Blog Action Day or the Christmas (yes, I’m an overgrown child) Countdown. So- what to do, what to do?? I had better make a choice, and stick to it, if I want to have any followers at all one day!  So- any comments on the  pros & cons of WordPress.com vs Blogger are VERY welcome!

Whew!  And I’ve still got to figure out where I’ll set up the business blog (again, must be easy & free!) for the Blooming Brilliant Garden Centre!


Finding Mexico & Africa in Dublin! good food and books

What €7 meal is worth a 2 hour car trip? A tasty & inexpensive Mexican one at Boojum, ( we are Mexican food lovers & were quite happy to find this place!)

boojum tasty lunch deal!

especially when combined with-HOORAY!- a several hour shop in Chapters bookstore! I didn’t take a photo of my 3 yummy vegetarian soft tacos (rice, and/or  black and/or pinto beans) with choice of cheeses, guacamole, sour cream, mild to very hot salsa, & more. (I went for the pico on the salsa front.) But I DID take a photo of my fabulous used book finds!

Well, 2 of them- Congo Journey by Redmond O’Hanlon & Facing the Congo by Jeffery Taylor– I got a few weeks ago, but I wanted to group them all together & roll in them they way movie folks do with cash after they’ve robbed a bank or whatnot.

For only €47, I got 7 books, most of them hardback. That’s kinda nice, because I usually donate my books to our little local library after I’m done, & hardbacks will be sturdier. (Our library’s book buying fund got badly hit by the recession) On another library note, inter-library book requesting  is brilliant, & a great way to get a hold of books not on the local shelf.

Anyway, I went whole hog for books on Africa. One of the ones I got was by Facing the Congo’s Jeffery Taylor: The Lost Kingdoms of Africa. This book got a 4 star rating at Amazon, & his other a 5, so I’m quite looking forward to them. I also got some books in which the travelers carry on despite what seem to be quite limiting physical factors. A Sense of the World is the true story of a man traveling from the beginning of the 1800s (excerpt from the book’s jacket:) ”known simply as the Blind Traveler—a solitary, sightless adventurer who fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback.” Click the book title above to go to the author’s site & find out more. I also got Far Horizons, written by Frank Gardner, who was paralyzed from the waist down when he was shot 6 times in Riyadh. He did not let that stop his adventurous spirit, & is still travelling to & reporting from rather extreme places!

None of these books were the ones I actually hoped to find- I was looking for Blood River by Tim Butcher, and perhaps his new one Chasing the Devil. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get those on inter-library loan, though. There’s a review of Chasing here, & if you click the Blood River title, you’ll find a review from Catherine, who also met him after he read a mixed review she wrote!

So now, this

ahh, reading in bed!

will be me for the next while- even lazier than an armchair traveler!