Another Update

Sadly we had to let Jack go, the injuries were too severe. I would not have shied back from a handicapped dog, but there would have been consequences that would have led to further disease and suffering, and so we stopped it.

Can’t write more now, this blog has to be quiet for a while. Both dogs I had taught me how to live in the moment. There were not enough moments…


An Update

After a very stressful (and tearful) weekend, news are much better. Jack’s condition is better and there is a good chance now that he’ll recover.

There’ll be months until he’ll be able to walk again (hopefully), but I’m optimistic about that. He’s had a luxation of the spine, a small rupture in the diaphragm, and several hematoma. He’s had surgery, and that went as good as it could go. The lab data didn’t look good, though, and the vet we spoke to was very concerned about organ failure. That threat has passed now (according to the ‘chief-vet’ in the clinic), so we feel much better. I need to get down from that stress level, though, I’m still feeling numb and don’t quite know what to do with myself.

Thank you, everyone, who thought about us.

Share Your World – 2014 Week 40 and Blogging 101 on Events and Pages

This post today contains two blogging101 challenges because I’m lazy and only did yesterday’s assignment today.

Yesterday’s assignment: add a new page to your blog, and make sure readers can find it easily.

I added a To-Do list because I don’t have time for anything fancy right now. You can find it under the About page.

Today’s assignment: pick a blogging event from the Community Event Listings to try for some instant community.

041514-sywbannerAll these activities… am I really a dedicated enough blogger? I went to this site, and got lost, as I always do when I’m visiting the Daily Post sites. There is so much there, it is incredible. And most of it is too complicated for me at the moment. I did find an event, however, that looks interesting and is easy to participate in. It is: Share Your World — an interesting idea where Cee, the site owner, asks five questions each week. Comparing the answers from around the world will be fun, interesting and educational. Participating is easy, you just tag and add your link to her comments page. I should be able to do that. I think I could make this a routine, too. And I’m getting more and more away from blogging about MOOCs. Oh my… Continue reading “Share Your World – 2014 Week 40 and Blogging 101 on Events and Pages”

Blogging 101: Plug In to Social Networks

Today’s assignment: if you’re active on a social network, set up Publicize or highlight your profile in a widget or menu item. If you’re not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.

Phew. I did that. With facebook and g+. I don’t want to get into twitter, I really don’t. I think facebook and g+ are just enough exposure from me.

And to prove it: linking to a lovely picture from my country our local astronaut Alexander Gerst posted on g+ and fb on our public holiday on Friday. It was a beautiful, sunny day. All these pictures are on his photostream on flickr, to which this image is linked.

German holiday

Blogging 101: Content Loves Design

Today’s assignment: open the Customizer and try out some new fonts and colors (and backgrounds and/or headers, if you’re still undecided).

Let’s see what html lets us do, ok:
Beispieltext mit Zeichenabstand 0.3em

kleiner Beispieltext
in Courier

großer Beispieltext
in copperplate

kleiner Beispieltext mit Schriftstil italic

großer Beispieltext mit Schriftstil italic — that didn’t work!

kleiner Beispieltext

mit Schriftvariante small-caps

Beispieltext mit Schriftvariante small-caps

kleiner Beispieltext mit Farbe blue

großer Beispieltext
mit Farbe green

kleiner Beispieltext mit Farbe red

großer Beispieltext
mit Farbe purple

I see that html does have potential when changing styles, colours and fonts. I apologize about the German text, selfhtml is my reference or preference, and I don’t even know if there is an English version.

Blogging 101: Try a New Posting Style

Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before.

This is not a food blog, I’m a lazy cook, often improvising with more or less sucess. I’ve been following craft and food blogs, and got discouraged of posting photographs , since the descriptions of the requirements for good photography seemed so strict. Stylish arrangements, decoration and embellishments seem a must as much as proper lighting, a good camera and perfect food. The same goes for displaying crafts or anything else. I’d never be able to do that, but ever since I started this blog, I just threw out my little pictures, since I like blog entries with pictures and when I use my own, imperfect as they are, I don’t need to worry about copyright issues. So, today, to do a different kind of post, I give you a bit of a food blog.

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Blogging 101: Increase your commenting confidence

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them. — Done now, there are so many interesting blogs out there–and so professional–feeling shy again. Did comment, will follow up on at least one of them.

Dear Readers,
You can find the part about the truth serum in the midst of yesterday’s meandering thoughts, but it was rather short, to the point, and not really fit for any follow up (although I still would like to have that answer). But anyway, in case someone from Blogging 101 comes here looking for an interpretation of the daily prompt: here’s one I have a bit more to say about than the Truth Serum:

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
Isaac.Asimov01” by Phillip Leonian [1] from New York World-Telegram & Sun.[2]United States Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Call number: NYWTS – BIOG–Asimov, Isaac, Dr. [P&P]. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-115121. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Isaac Asimov was a biochemist and one of the ‘old’ masters of ‘hard’ science fiction. He wrote fiction, non fiction, and was an advisor for Star Trek. If you can have it all, why even chose between fiction and non fiction? For me, there’s an answer under the cut.

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Blogging 101 – Blog Roll and Truth Serum

What a mess! My sidebar, that is.

Blogging 101 continues to be fun and educational. The last few days I’ve been very busy, so I neglected the blog, but now I’ll catch up.

Monday’s assignment was: Build a better blogroll, share the links you love.
Tuesday’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt, which is:  You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?

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