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Friday, October 28, 2016

(If you got a profile greeting from me today, you have probably already read this. I\'m posting it again here.)

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are doing well. :)

As I write this, I\'m listening to lots of banging and crashing. It\'s been going on all day! At long last we are getting a badly needed new roof on our house. We\'ve been saving up for it for 3 years. To my amazement, Katie our collie is taking all of the noise & pounding a lot better than I thought she would. Now if only I could get her resigned to traffic noises...

I\'m looking forward to passing out candy to trick or treaters this Monday. But the best Halloween fun I\'ve had so far this year is planning & designing these 2 wallpapers! I chased one of them down with my camera...and the other one took me waaaay more time to do than I ever dreamed it would. It was worth it, but...if I spent 30ish hours on every abstract I made, I\'d go absolutely crazy! (Did I just hear a couple of smart alecs say that I\'m totally crazy already? Rat\'s... the secret is out! :P)

Have a great weekend, and a super fun Halloween! :D

Elaine :)



(If you got a profile greeting from me on Sept 30 or October 1st 2016, you\'ve probably read this already! I\'m posting it here because I was too tired to do a separate journal entry.

Hi Everybody,

Things have been crazy for me lately! It\'s hard for me to believe that these are the first wallpapers I\'ve uploaded since August 21st! I was afraid that I wouldn\'t get any walls up this September.

It felt so good upload these just before before October 1st hit. Especially since in Michigan, where I live, a new day/date on Desktop Nexus starts at 8pm, my time!

As some of you know, I have been getting onto DN in bits and snatches, mostly to comment on wallpapers. Especially on Cow Wallpapers! Black & white cows, brown cows, cows on mountains, cows jumping over moons, cows on farms, a cow family in a rowboat, a cow riding a motorcycle! I never know what kind of a cow is going to come down the pike next! It\'s hard to believe that just a little over a month ago the Cow group only had a dozen wallpapers in it! Thank you everybody who has contributed to this group! It has now started it\'s 6th page! :D

So what\'s been keeping me off of DN? Part of it is that I got spoiled, I guess. I got used to having lots more time for DN because of my broken foot and being in a wheelchair. Now that I\'m mobile and back to work, much of the time I had for DN is gone. If only I could fit more hours into my day!

In spite of all of that, I know I have so much to be thankful for. It is so good to be able to get around again. I\'ve been taking all kinds of photos, mostly nature ones. Also I\'ve made a new friend at work who breeds and shows Pekinese dogs.

My top favorite breed is (you guessed it!) collies, but it\'s fun to get to know another breed. I went to a Pekingese specialty show to help my friend out earlier today. When those little long haired dogs enter the show ring, they look so funny-- like furry caterpillars running around! I took a few photos of them, some of which I hope to upload to Desktop Nexus.

DN is one of my favorite places to be, and I\'m going to keep right on trying to figure out how to get more time up here. I don\'t give up easily! :D

Elaine :)

PS. Thank you to all of you who\'ve been dropping by my profile page, & commenting on my wallpapers... even though some of you have probably been wondering where I\'ve been at! :D


July 3rd, 2016

I have been "winging it" a lot lately, in the sense that Winging it means improvising with very little preparation. I\'m not a particular fan of living life that way, but I haven\'t had much choice in the matter. It\'s been especially true at work.

After months of being out with a broken foot, I finally was able to begin working again in May. It was good to be back. Gradually I got the company books caught up & I settled into our new building...something everyone else had gotten to do months ago. It all kept me happily busy for about 3 weeks.

Then, I faced invoicing. My daughter said she’d kept it up with it while I was out. That was largely true. But...I discovered some piles of work shippers that had gotten buried and never been made into invoices. The day to day invoices had begun accumulating also.

The invoicing system had been changed when I was out. I needed guidance on the changes. The plan was for my daughter to spend an hour a day with me, so I could learn the new system.

First, my daughter went off on a well earned and much needed vacation. I had no trouble keeping busy while she was gone, but by the time she got back, I was ready to start relearning invoicing. She’d planned to spend an hour a day guiding me. But our laser engraving machines had other ideas. On the very Monday she got back, our best machine stopped working.

For a week she worked with a general machinist to try to diagnose and fix the problems. (The last resort was to get a pricey specialized man flown in from 5 states away.)

It was a happy day for us when the engraver finally started working properly again. We ran parts on it all morning, getting caught up on all of the jobs we could. Then, that afternoon, another laser quit working. We were stupefied. We take good care of these machines, yet, the 2 most dependable ones we have went out, one after the other.

As a result of all of this trouble, I\'ve been left on my own to get the invoices done. I’ve been limping through one at a time, reading through a lot of paperwork for clues on exactly how to bill each one. Invoices that used to take me 2 to 5 minutes, are now taking me 15 minutes…& often I have to lay them aside anyway because I can’t figure them out. Eventually things will get easier, but I’m really struggling right now.

Another area I’m having to "wing it" in is Desktop Nexus. When I was out with my broken foot, I was able to spend lots of time on DN. I got to know many of you better, post a lot more greetings and wallpaper comments, and really start having a ball!

Going back to work has been good for me in many ways, but I’ve lost so much DN time. Case in Point: I was able to upload 10 wallpapers in March, 16 in April, 14 in May-- and 3 in June. I’m happy to be able to get 5 uploaded today… (3 cheers for the holiday weekend!) But I have a dozen from June that didn’t quite get finished... I can almost see & hear them waving their little hands and begging, “Pick me! Pick me next!” I’ve had to put them all on a growing waiting list.

Don’t get me wrong… I have much to be thankful for. My foot has improved a lot, I’m able to drive again, I’m working again and earning money. It’s funny though… I’ve been posting a lot of quick notes for Puppydawg/Roger about his computer woes & how he misses DN. The funny thing is, I find myself identifying with him! Computer woes are keeping him away. Time challenges are keeping me away much more than I want to be.

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence, I guess. There are many of you who are facing health issues, unique circumstances, have kids out of school for the summer, etc. All of us are dealing with time constraints in one way or another. We all live on, doing the best that we can. I just wish I could be on DN more to encourage you all through your problems, and to share good times & laughter together.

When I started this part time job in May of 2013, I was working 4 hours a day. I’m up to 6 or 7 hours a day now. I’m hoping that after I’m back for a couple more months, things will get caught up so I can cut my hours back. In the meantime, I want you to know where my heart is, even if you aren’t see as much of me… Right HERE!

Winging it, but not giving up!

Elaine :)


May 30, 2016

Hi Everybody,

Life has been busy for me lately! I\'m in physical therapy twice a week. I started driving again a couple of weeks ago, and I\'ve been back to work for almost 2 weeks.

I started back on May 17th. My daughter (who is my boss) was very happy to have me back. She surprised me with balloons, cake, and ice cream. :)

I found the first week back exhausting. Although I enjoyed getting back at it again, I came home every day feeling extremely weary but not knowing why. After thinking about it a lot, I finally decided that I\'d gotten too used to not working.

One good thing about it is that I am no longer having problems getting to sleep. (I struggled with insomnia for several months, due to lack of activity.)

During the past week, I did a lot better at work & had more energy. In fact, I was almost sorry about the 3 day Memorial Day weekend coming! Not any more though. It\'s giving me time to catch up on Desktop Nexus today! :D

Frankly, it\'s a struggle to adjust to living a "normal" life again. My biggest regret is having less time for DN. I\'ve gotten to know many of you better during my enforced time off of work.

I\'m longing to get around and favorite & comment on your wallpapers, and leave you greetings, and, and, and... all of that and more! Until I get more used to juggling & balancing my time again, I won\'t be able to spend as much time up here. Please know that I want to, and that you and DN mean a lot to me.

Thank you so much for being my friends! You rock! :D

Elaine :)


April 22, 2016

Hi Everybody,

Physical Therapy is going well. I\'m somewhat wobbly, but I\'m walking! This weekend, my husband and I are going to find a deserted parking lot and I will try driving again for the first time since my accident. The main concern, of course, is how flexible my right foot will be, since I\'ll need to be able to use it on the gas pedal and the brake.

I thought I\'d be back to work by now, but that hasn\'t happened yet. My daughter has to do some major "renovations" around my desk area before I can return. I guess I had better explain that.

We had just finished moving the family business to a new building the Saturday I had my accident. My daughter, being very busy, never got around to sorting through and putting away many cartons of things that got left around my desk. In addition, she tells me, my desk area has gradually evolved into a dumping ground.

She\'s been trying to clean up my desk area for the past month, but things keep getting in her way. A bunch of rush orders came in last week. Then her computer decided it was time to crash---permanently! (Thank goodness, she had back-ups of her work!) She\'s now trying to learn a brand new computer at the same time as she is trying to get lots of orders filled and out the door. I was supposed to start working again last week. That turned into this week. Now it\'s been moved to some time next week.

I have mixed emotions about this. I\'ve looked forward to going back to work. But I\'ve also loved having extra time to spend on Desktop Nexus and to create new wallpapers.
When I first joined Desktop Nexus, I wasn\'t working and I had lots of time to be on DN. Now that I\'ve gotten used to having that kind of time for DN again, it\'s hard to think of giving it up.

When Lydia is ready for me, I\'ll return to work and make a go of it. Once I get used to working again, I\'m sure I\'ll enjoy it. Our workplace is a cheerful one, and Lydia is a great boss!:)

Once I do start working again, however, I\'ll have less time for Desktop Nexus. I\'ll likely be slower at returning your PMs & Profile greetings. I\'ll do the best I can, but it will be harder to keep up. :(

One thing\'s certain for me though. Whether I\'m working or not, DN will continue to be one of my top priorities. I absolutely love it here, and that won\'t change!

CollieSmile :)

PS. It\'s hard for me to believe, but as of this Sunday, I\'ll have been a Desktop Nexus member for exactly 4 years! (Where has all of the time gone?)

DN has been a real blessing in my life. I appreciate the existence of this website. Thank you to Harry, Bonnie, Barb, and the rest of the behind the scenes people who keep DN up and running. Harry, when you created this website, you created opportunities for so many people to experience joy and fullfillment!

I am so thankful for the many fans and friends that I\'ve made here. (Who needs Facebook when you have Desktop Nexus?) I also am very happy about being able to create & upload wallpapers, as well as being able to see and appreciate the beautiful wallpapers that everyone else uploads.

What more can I say? Well... In the words of a wallpaper I uploaded after being a DN member for 4 months:


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A week ago Sunday, my husband John took me shopping. He helped me pick out a new pair of shoes. We got them because none of my other shoes would fit. I had to try several pairs before we found one that fit my right foot. It\'s somewhat swollen and will be for at least a couple of months, since it\'s still healing.

The shoes were "buy one pair, get the 2nd pair half price" so we tried getting a 2nd matching pair in my regular size. But for some reason, my left foot slid around in my normal shoe size, and did not slide around in the bigger shoe! John ended up picking out a 2nd pair of (half price) shoes for himself.

I keep the left shoe laced tied up tightly and the right shoe laced very loosely. It works out nicely. But oh...if only walking again was as easy as wearing this new pair of shoes is!

I thought it would be simple. I was looking forward to making this journal post. I figured I\'d be reporting that I was back to walking again; no more wheelchair, no more ramp in front of our house, life back to normal! Instead I find myself stuck at a confusing midway point.

On Saturday, for example, I ended up staying home from a Potluck Supper that John & I attend once a month. Up until now I was quite comfortable attending it in my wheelchair. But now that I\'m walking around the house, I didn\'t really want to go to the Potluck in the wheelchair. For months people have asked me when I\'d be walking again. What would I say, that yes, I was finally able to walk again but I\'d decided to keep on sitting in the chair?

If I had gone to the potluck without the wheelchair, I would soon have had problems with a sore foot, as well as an aching back. So I ended up telling John to go without me, and to let friends know that I\'d be back the following month. True, that decision didn\'t do much for my social life, but it did solve my dilemna for the time being.

It isn\'t just my still-recovering foot that\'s the problem. It\'s also that I\'ve lost a lot of muscle tone & stamina from having to sit around for so long.

I found out about that lack of stamina fairly quickly. I\'d had the plate and screws surgically removed from my foot on March 16th. On Friday, April 1st, my foot was checked and the stitches were removed. I rested over that weekend to let the foot recover. The following Monday, I had the green light to start using it again.

I started by walking slowly & gently around my house for about 15 minutes. I had no problem with the foot, except for normal soreness. But less than an hour later, the herniated disk in my lower back started reading me the riot act. The lower back pain continued for the next 4 days! Not only that, I got severe pain in my upper back as well.

I\'ve had back trouble for years... it runs in my family. I\'ve dealt with it fairly successfully by working out at a fitness center 3 times a week. As long as I go there faithfully, my back does fine. But the last time I went to the gym was October 23rd. On October 24, I was in the car accident, and haven\'t been able to go back since.

Now I\'m learning firsthand, that if one part of your body goes down, the rest of the body can start sinking also. It\'s not only my back, but also my arms. They\'ve been overworked for months now. Although they improved when I got help for them in February, they still aren\'t back to where they should be.

So a couple of days ago, I went back to my primary care doctor. She gave me a script for physical therapy. As soon as it can be cleared with insurance, I\'ll be going to PT 2 or 3 times a week. My goal is to be able to go back to my fitness club and pick up where I left off last October.

All of this is more difficult than I ever thought it would be...would anybody like a pair of shiny new shoes...? No, no, I’m just kidding!

Eventually, I\'ll pass the shoes on to my son, who has bigger feet than I do. For now, however, I’ll do my best to put these shiny new shoes to good use; walking back into the life I used to live, one step at a time.


March 8th, 2016
Kate Hatheway:
Born: April 24th, 1940
Passed: February 27, 2016

I\'m sure that many of you who read this will have your own good memories of Kate. I thought that you might enjoy reading some of mine.

When I joined DN in April of 2012, I didn\'t know much about websites like this. I didn\'t (and still don\'t) belong to any other social websites. I joined DN because someone told me that I could share my homemade wallpapers here. I knew nothing about fans, Profiles, or anything else.

Kate was one of the first 2 members to send me a Profile greeting. She used a picture of a beautiful young lady for her Avatar back then. I thought it was her picture! I felt a little bit silly when I realized it wasn\'t her...after all, I use one of my collies for my Avatar, but it isn\'t me! :P :D

About a year later she changed her Avatar to a cute little puppy\'s head. I liked the puppy Avatar, but I wished she had kept the other one. I will always remember her as that beautiful young lady who left me Profile greetings 2 or 3 times a week. She was young at heart, and that original Avatar fit her well. :)

Kate used to PM me from time to time... her subject line was usually "Miscellaneous." It was always something interesting. Once she said that she felt she wasn\'t artistic enough to join one of the Groups that I started... I think she was talking about my Homemade Abstracts Group. That really surprised me, and I told her so.

Kate was very artistic. If you want to know just how artistic she was, go through her pages of wallpapers and look at the beautiful things that she chose to upload... there are many! She had a wonderful eye for colors, designs, and delightful illustrations...here\'s just a sampling.


Beautiful Fall River in Autumn

Learning to Crawl

Mother Nature & Friends

name ginger snap

pretty kitty in pink

fantasy flowers

Beautiful Gorgeous Swan

Kate told me that she wished she could create wallpapers like I did. That made me wish that I could go to her home state of Missouri through my computer keyboard and show her how. I have no doubt whatsoever that she would soon have been creating works of great beauty. She had the eye... she only lacked a bit of hands on help to get started.

One of the last things I talked about with her was the Nursery Rhymes Group that she had started. It had gotten off to a weak start, and she was thinking about deleting it. Happily, she decided to let it keep going, and added a Storybook Character option to the group as well.

I know that Kate was active in many groups. I think that this one may have been one of her favorites though. If any of you reading this would like to join it and add some wallpapers to it, I think it would put a smile on her face. :)


Kate, I will miss you. A lot of us will miss you. You added a lot to Desktop Nexus, and we appreciate it!

CollieSmile/Elaine :)

PS. I am so glad to know that Kate passed away peacefully in her sleep. May she rest in peace, knowing that she brought a lot of joy to DN members like me.


February 16, 2016

Hi Everybody,

I\'m still living in my wheelchair & dealing with my fractured (but improving!) right foot. There are still a plate and a bunch of screws in my foot. I was supposed to have them removed on February 10th, but …

While I was in the hospital, I developed a blood clot. I was put on blood thinners temporarily, to take care of it. My primary care doctor insisted I had to finish the full round of b.t. medication that she\'d prescribed. The surgery could not happen while I was on them. So the removal of plate & screws got moved to mid March. I know it was for my own health & safety, but even so, my feelings about being wheelchair bound for yet another month were not exactly charitable. :(

My right foot didn’t mind at all. It had very little work to do, since I have to keep my weight off of it. It barely hurts anymore. But my arms were another story.

I spend a lot of waking hours in my wheelchair. But each time I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, move to a (rented) lift chair in my living room, or go to church or the doctor\'s, I have to use a walker. I have to haul myself onto it with arm strength only. Then I hop on my left foot and swivel around until I get to where I need to go.

My arms were getting more & more sore. It got so bad that they were constantly in pain. Everything that I tried to do hurt. I couldn\'t even type on a computer keyboard... all I could do was watch TV. I could only do that if I worked the remote control with my left hand. So my husband took me to the doctor. I was diagnosed with tendonitus, in both arms, but especially my right arm.

So for 3 weeks I had home physical therapy. It consisted mostly of moist heat, ultra sound treatments, a couple of gentle isometric arm exercises, and stopping just about all of the activities (like Desktop Nexus!) that have kept my spirits up since this accident. Not fun! But finally, my sore arms started to feel a little better.

Then last Friday, the 12th, I got some of the best news I\'ve had since I\'ve been wheelchair bound. The surgeon who mended my foot gave me permission to use the heel (only) of my right foot. This meant I didn\'t have to haul myself up totally with my arms anymore!

On Sunday, I realized that the worst pain had started to let up. Each day I’m feeling a little more better. I still have to limit my arm activity. For example, I’m having to type this journal entry a paragraph or two at a time & take breaks. But it’s a great improvement from when I could barely type a sentence at a time.

One of the main things I want to do as my arms improve is to spend more time on DN. I hope you’ll soon be “seeing me around” more often. Sometimes though, I still get surprised by some pain and I have to back off whatever I’m doing immediately.

If you contact me and I’m not able to get back to you right away, it’s probably because of my arms. Don’t worry, I’ll get back with you eventually! :D Now that I’m homebound 95 percent of the time, I appreciate you all more than ever. Take care, and God bless you all!


Elaine :)


And I\'ve made this wallpaper to prove it! :D :D :D

Christmas Eve, 2015

On Saturday, October 24th, 2015, I was in an automobile accident. It happened when a man driving in front of me stopped for a blinking yellow light. You aren\'t supposed to stop for blinking yellow lights, but to drive through them carefully. Since I wasn\'t expecting the driver to stop, I ran into him and my airbags deployed.

Although I didn\'t know it at first, my right foot got broken in 2 places. Also my knee was badly scraped and eventually became infected. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks. Doctors did surgery to repair my right foot, and I also got powerful doses of antibiotics through an IV to treat my knee.

Also, my van got totaled... but I am happy and thankful that I didn\'t get totaled too! lol

I am basically wheelchair bound for at least another 8 weeks. I can\'t put any weight on my right foot, or it won\'t heal properly. When I have to get from one place to another, I use a walker, and hop on my left foot.

I actually got back from the hospital on December 11th, but I didn\'t get to use my computer until a couple of days ago. The three wallpapers I just created are the first that I\'ve been able to do for quite awhile.

I was only able to post a little bit on Desktop Nexus, using a tablet, until now. My "I\'m Back" wallpaper refers to me being back on DN and being able to do whatever I want here again. Many thanks to my husband, who got my computer into this room where I can now use it!

It is so good to be back!!! :D

Elaine :)

PS. Below are the comments that I posted on my profile from my Tablet, in case you want to read them. I know some of you already read them... as they showed up on my profile. I\'ve edited them a bit for clarity.

Dec 2, 2015 (posted from Hospital)
Hello, my fantastic fans and friends! I\'m still in the hospital. The DN website, is blocked here, but my son is visiting me & has created a bypass so I can post. Thank you so much for all of your cheering posts & get well wishes!

I\'ve been moved to the rehab unit here. Rehab going well except for trouble going up stairs. Not allowed to put any weight on my right foot. My rt. foot has a 15 lb. cast. It will be about 6 days before I can come home...I\'m thinking of you all and am looking forward to being back on Desktop Nexus again God bless you all!

Dec 11, 2015
Hi everybody! I got back from the hospital 6 hours ago. Writing this from my tablet... Am having some technical glitches. I\'ll try to write more later. I\'m sure glad to be home!

Dec 14, 2015
Hi to all of my DN friends & fans, Thank you all of you who’ve been writing me on my profile... It means a lot to me! As soon as I can, I’ll visit back! Still writing from my tablet. I\'m hoping soon I’ll be able to have my computer at our dining room table. My husband and I are tackling major problems. Our house was built in the 1940\'s. It is not wheelchair friendly! I have 2 different sized wheelchairs because the larger chair won’t fit in all of the rooms. Insurance pays for the rent of the larger wheelchair. The other one’s a free loan from our church.

Space is so limited in our house because of the chairs & other equipment I need to be home. As a result, we have to go without a Christmas tree this year. Oh well... I\'m so happy to be home from the hospital! I\'d rather be home without a tree than in the hospital with one. Now the pretty Christmas posts you leave for me are doubly appreciated! Thank you all for stopping by!

Dec 16, 2015
I don\'t have much that\'s new to report. Still limited to typing from my tablet. My husband plans to set up my computer in our dining room so I’ll have full use of it again, but it will be at least a week. He’s been so busy helping me with everything! I wish I could give him a Nobel Prize or something. He\'s the best!!!

PS thank you James, Carmen, Emma, Roger, Cherie, and so many others who’ve been dropping by. Have a great night!

Dec 17, 2015
Guess what? I’m going to an opening night showing of the new Star Wars movie, wheelchair & all! John & I are going with other family members. We got tickets before I knew I\'d be in a wheelchair. We’ll show up early so we can get proper seating. I\'m really looking forward to it!!!

Dec 20th, 2015
The new Star Wars movie was fantastic! Wheelchair seating worked out well for us. We’ll be getting the DVD when it comes out.

I\'ve been getting beautiful Christmas cards, both snail mail ones and online ones. The beauty is not only in the pictures, but in the thoughtfulness and concern written in. I am so thankful for my friends, here and elsewhere. You all make me feel rich! Thank you for caring!

Merry Christmas to all of you, my wonderful friends. I\'ll be on here a lot more often, now that I have the use of my computer again... See you around Desktop Nexus! :D


November 17, 2015

Thinking of you...and you...and you...and all of you!

Some of you are probably wondering why I haven\'t been in touch lately. Others of you know that I was in a car accident on Saturday, October 24th. A man stopped for a blinking yellow light instead of going through it cautiously, like he should have done. I hit him, my air bags deployed, and my van got totaled. My right leg didn\'t come out of it very well either.

I have had to spend a lot of time keeping my right leg elevated to prevent swelling, so I haven\'t been able to be on line very much.

I got many bruises in amazing colors. Most of those bruises are very faint now. A bad scrape on my right leg got infected also, although it\'s much improved.

What I didn\'t know until about a week ago, is that my right foot got fractured-- in 2 places. I knew that it hurt but I didn\'t know why. 2 sets of Xrays indicated a lisfranc injury of the middle of my foot. But it took a cat scan to finally show that my foot was fractured as well. They are going to put metal plates in my foot and who knows what else...

I\'m going in for surgery tomorrow morning (Wednesday Nov 18th) and I\'ll be staying in the hospital overnight. Although I have to deal with a needle phobia, and overall anxiety, I\'m pretty much resigned to all of it now. A lot of people (including many of you!) have been praying for me to get through this. It has helped a lot!

Thank you all for being my fans & friends. I really love Desktop Nexus, it is my happy place, and I appreciate you all!

CollieSmile/Elaine : )

PS. I\'ll try to stay in touch. Puppydawg/Roger will be up on what\'s going on with me. I think. I have to check with him on that! :)

UPDATE: December 23, 2015: Well, my "Overnight" Surgery, turned out to be a Hospital Stay of 3 weeks!!! But I\'m back home now, and doing well, although I\'ll be wheelchair bound for awhile. Later today I\'ll be writing a new Journal Post about this. :)

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WHAT HAPPENED TO AUTUMN???November 17, 2019I\'m sure that many of you are wondering the same thing, if you live in the USA or Canada. A lot of us got plastered with unexpected snow. A lot of us got hit with freezing January like temperatures. Many of us got both.This is the story ...
A Difficult Halloween Week with a Few Funny Memories...Friday November 1, 2019What a week... It was such an exhausting one... and a sad one too.Most Halloweens are fairly normal for me. I get home, my husband and I eat a quick dinner, and we pass out candy to the trick or treaters. We visit with the neighb...
How To Post a Desktop Nexus Wallpaper on Someone\'s Profile: A Reprint :D10/26/2019....Well, this isn\'t exactly a reprint yet, but the link below will take you to the actual post, I promise! I originally posted these "How To" instructions back in 2012. I re-did the directions back in December of 2014, so I figure I\'m way ove...
Beautiful Autumn Colors!Wednesday, October 23, 2019I\'m pretty tired tonight, so I\'m just going to put my basic profile greetings in here I think. I\'ve been doing that a lot lately... oh well. If you\'re one of my fans or friends you probably saw this already.Hi Everyone,I\'v...
Just a Belated Repeat... Friday August 30, 2019Yep, I know that today is September 1st- - - but I meant to post this on August 30th, and I forgot. If you are a fan and/or friend of mine, you have probably read this already, since it\'s what I posted on your profile. But if I mi...
Finally Catching Up a Bit...If you\'re a fan or a friend of mine, you probably have this posted on your profile already. June 25, 2019Hello everyone, I\'ve been behind in all things DN, especially visiting around. I\'ve been dealing with everything from a very painful tooth to taki...
Easter PostIf you are reading this... you\'ve probably seen it already on your profile... April 19, 2019I\'ve been playing with colors......keeping my eye out for color loving rabbits...and being thankful for what Easter is all about. Have a beautiful & meaningful h...
Striped Cloud Formations...March 31, 2019 SundayIf you\'re a fan of mine you\'ve likely already read this....I did some unexpected & unusual cloud watching the other day. I\'ve got some striped wallpapers to prove it! Have you ever seen cloud formations like these? If you have, I\'...
Happy Saint Patrick\'s Day 2019!Sunday, March 17, 2019I have decided to make a journal entry to commemorate the fact that I stayed up waaaaaay.... too late last night struggling with my Irish Abstract Shamrock wallpaper design. (It\'s below.) I am truly glad that I have a wallpaper to s...
Frigid Weather & Sundogs(If you are one of my fans, you\'ve probably read this already... on your own profile) February 1, 2019I\'ve been a bit out of touch with most of you, because my back decided to go out once again. So up until now I\'ve had to limit my computer time becaus...
New Year\'s a Comin\'...December 30, 2018If you are one of my fans you\'ve probably already ready this... I\'ve posted it on many profiles already. Guess what? It is almost It\'s time to party, celebrate,and have a May you have a wonderful year! I\'m looking forward to great tim...
Almost Christmas...December 22, 2018 (Although it will be December 23rd in 15 minutes... lol)If you are a friend or a fan of mine, you\'ve probably read this... I posted it on many profiles already. Hello Everybody,Merry Christmas! So many of you have already posted wonderf...

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