Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogging with Windows Live Writer

I’m trying out Windows Live Writer to blog. Since I have several blogs, I figured I’d check to see if this was easier.

First, you have to set up all the blogs you want to use by providing the website URL, user name and password. Then you can create a blog post and just click “Publish” and it does the rest. The blog you wrote stays on the screen until you close it, so if you want to post it more than one spot, there’s no cutting and pasting or rewriting involved.

Adding photos is easy, too. Here’s one of some semi-recent knitting:


I adjusted the photo using Windows Live Photo Gallery, just using the auto-correct feature, and it did make the colors stand out more.

I’m sure there are features I haven’t found yet. Anyone have any tips? I do like the ease of posting to more than one blog.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Checking In At Long Last

I've sure been missing in action these past couple of months. Have been going through a rough time...was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in August. As you may imagine, that brought my entire world to an abrupt halt.

But after a couple of months of carefully chosen exercise, music, reading, whining, and of course chocolate, I'm more or less on an even keel again. I'm doing all I can to keep the symptoms from getting worse, and I've finally resumed my knitting. At first I was too anxious and distressed to do *anything,* including knitting. But I dipped my toe in the water, just knitting one row at a time, and now I'm back. And it feels good.

The first thing I completed was a Christmas item, so I can't mention it here. ;-) The second thing is a stocking for my grandson Aaron, and it's not a surprise, so here's a picture:

It's an old, out of print pattern that I used to make stockings for my three kids when they were small. Now I'm using it for a new generation!

Currently I'm working on another gift, so can't mention that, either. All these secrets! But that's a big part of the holiday fun.

I can truly say knitting is therapeutic. I know it's helping me keep calm. Thank goodness for yarn and pointy sticks!