Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Sister Loves Horses The Way I Love Chocolate

... but her horses last a lot longer than my chocolate, ha-ha-ha.

Anyway, I was just thinking about my baby sis, and a conversation we had not too long ago on Facebook that, while serious between us, had the audience (our collective friends and family) laughing their proverbial asses off.  You see, she wants me to ride horses with her, but I have a deep seated fear of them.  I called it "post traumatic runaway horse syndrome" when she said she'd gotten our elderly at the time mother up on her horse and reminded her that our mother (now deceased) did not suffer from it.  I told her I wouldn't force her on roller skates, so she shouldn't try to force me on a horse.  Anyway, maybe you had to be there and know us.  Guess you'll have to trust me that the exchange was humorous to those who commented.

So, rambling on today, I had an issue with one of the links in my last post - apparently I had made an error in the html for Pip the Bear in the tiny heads kingdom.  So this morning, first thing, I had to go learn how to fix the issue.  And I did it without my coffee!  (breaks arm patting self on back)

I saw that there's a horse category on my favorite calendars site and thought I'd toss it in here for my sister and her horse loving buddies.
Shop Calendars for Horse Lovers at Calendars.com. Wall, Mini, and Desk Versions Available!

Then I discovered that there are a lot more than just calendars there ... OMG!  I am amazed!!!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tiny Head Kingdom Plush Toys Cute Overload

You wouldn't expect adorable plush toys to come from a site that sells calendars, but these absolutely adorable plush animal toys are an exclusive at Calendars.com!

Fat bellies make them useful as a pillow, and soft plushiness makes them ever so cuddly.

What a great idea for a practical (multi-function) toy for children.  Heck, I'm almost 60 and I would love to have all 3 on my bed.  

Love, Love Love these!!!




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shift Happens

Seems as though no matter where I turn, I see evidence that Profit is the new god and the Ferengi (Star Trek Reference) have nothing on the GOP. 

Meanwhile, sales of the 1949 novel by George Orwell, "1984", have soared.  When I checked it earlier today it was riding a high #5 in Books on Amazon.  When I was in high school in the early 1970s, this, along with A Separate Peace and Brave New World, were required reading. I have no idea if they still are, although I rather doubt it.  




It was suggested on Facebook recently that the current administration read 1984 and thought it was an instruction manual rather than a warning.  Feels that way, what with all the "Alternative Facts" floating around on social media.

As is so often the case, while searching for something else, I happened upon an interesting individual who has just published a book:  Trumpocalypse?: The Liberal's Guide to Saving The World

It's priced at $9.99 for the Kindle edition, and I understand it will soon be available as a printed volume.

 

 I also found another interesting book called "A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age" that piqued my interest. 




I suppose I need to buckle down and read these books - however, I'm not sure if I should start with the two current ones, or go back and enjoy the old ones again.  In what order would you read them?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Neither Rich nor Glamorous nor Photogenic

After watching maybe 200 or so videos on YouTube over the past couple of years on the subject of RV Travels, I've come to the conclusion that I'm never going to be a Vlogger on RV Traveling.

One thing nearly all of the vloggers I've watched over the years have in common, aside from being photogenic (which I am NOT) and being willing to open up their lives to public scrutiny, is the ability to make even mundane things appear somewhat glamorous, thereby enticing viewers to live vicariously through their videos.

I know that's an over-simplification, but I already tend to write at length in a 30-second soundbyte world.

There are families on the road, couples out exploring, and singles who have opted to live out of a van or camper or motorhome.  A few do take the time to discuss things like health insurance, and the need to have a domicile for registering your vehicles and getting your mail, but very few people have actually solved some of the problems I have encountered so they haven't helped me all that much.

Most of the YouTube Vloggers who have large followings are coming into the lifestyle from positions of plenty.  I have lost track of the number of people I've encountered in Facebook Groups, on Blogs, and on YouTube who are out of touch with the fact that not everybody lives in an RV because they want to exit the rat race and see the world.  

Not everybody can say they walked away from a lucrative job, sold the house, bought a $300K motor home and are living off their savings because they made such smart investments. If you spend too much time watching YouTube videos of RV Vloggers, however, you can easily come to the conclusion that there are no poor people living the RV Lifestyle.  

I find this rather ironic because just like the Tiny House movement has been monetized to the max, so has the idea of living the RV Lifestyle.  Poor people have been living in travel trailers and tiny houses for a long, long time, but now all of a sudden, it's sexy to live in an RV and travel, and it's a badge of honor to pay as much for a tiny house as for a large one elsewhere.

In real life, most of the RVers I've met have been working at places like Amazon not for the thrill, but because they need the money and once you get hired into Camperforce that first time, it's fairly easy to return season after season.  There's a lot to be said for the knowledge that you can always go to Amazon if your other plans don't pan out.

If I have a point, and honestly, I'm not really sure I do beyond my premise that I don't think I'm ever going to do a youtube channel about my RV travels, it's that youtube is not an accurate reflection of the real world any more than reality TV is actually real.  Real is often boring, mundane, and dreary.  Real is often hard, sad, and confusing.  Real is not rewarded unless it can be slanted in such a way as to become entertainment. 

So ... when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping ... on Amazon, of course.  Here's the obligatory Amazon shopping link to get you started.  I just like this image a lot.  It makes me think of my little sister, who loves horses the way I love chocolate and peanut butter.  The image is called "Band of Thunder" and this product is a tree free journal.  Long ago when Squidoo was alive and well, I had an entire page that was dedicated to items with this particular painting.  I always thought it somewhat unreal how many people decorated their homes and especially bathrooms with these horses.  


Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Getting Ready for 2017 - Got Calendar?


Sometimes my brain feels like a flippin' ping pong ball. This would be one of those times.

Talk about a rabbit hole (As in going down one a la Alice in Wonderland) I started out clearing up my bookmarks bar, then started deleting old squidoo bookmarks that are broken links. Hit upon one that has some javascript that used to make a nice image & link to Amazon that would work on Squidoo. 

If curious, you can find that page at the link which follows, but I think it's outdated and that using the tools at Amazon proper works better than imarketingtool.com

Wondering if it would work on weebly, (it didn't) I went to Amazon to find a link to test it with. Logged into my associate account, and saw clicks and purchases that I didn't know had happened. While trying to figure out where the clicks had come from, I found a tiny house calendar and recalled somebody recently saying they were very interested in tiny houses ... only for the love of chocolate I cannot recall who or when. So apparently I have the mind of a jackrabbit and the memory of a goldfish. 

That said, here's the calendar, and fyi, it is an affiliate link because that's how the site stripe works. I have no idea where the clicks came from, however, because I haven't used that particular tracking ID since Squidoo died. I am really puzzled!




So after determining that the tool's generated HTML doesn't work on Weebly, I decided to see what it looks like here.  This is the result:

















Rather ugly, in my opinion.  Hard to see, and the image for the "buy at amazon.com" button no longer links to an active icon.  I also tested the tool with 10 titles in rows of 2, which is how I have used it in the past, during the glorious days of Squidoo, but I kept getting an error that said the site was taking too long to respond, so I finally gave up.  Guess that's another bookmark I can safely delete.

Seriously, though, Amazon's new tools are awesome especially when compared to the old tools I had to use on Squidoo.  

This was all done with Amazon's image linking tool:






Then, of course, there's the old way of inserting images that can include the price.  




I am still fond of using the image and text as separate entities, like this: 

Grumpy Cat Mini Wall Calendar (2017)

Now to figure out which calendar I want for 2017!