Whew! What a week!

I sat down yesterday (Friday) afternoon and today to see if I could learn how to use HTML and CSS inside of my chosen WordPress theme, so that I could complete the assignment inside of WordPress.

I was feeling panicky about actually getting something done for my client before the end of the class, so I needed to just start.  Let’s take a short min. to client bash.  I wonder how many clients actually say: ” just come up with something.  I’ll let you know what I think.”   Not helpful.  So, I was basically on my own.  I had my vision and my wireframes and I was off and running—–albeit alone.  On my shoulder sat a little version of Janene, my professor, telling me to slow down and not do so much work.  Nice as that felt, I was still set on getting a skeleton up by week’s end.

I did it!  Check it out here!

calla lilly pondThis is my favorite picture. It’s a reflection looking down into the pond at the calla lilies.   I really want that to be the background, but so far, I haven’t been able to get WordPress to accept a smaller picture.  It’s so pixalated out, that it’s hard to even make out that it’s water.  I tried SO MANY different backgroundsScreen Shot 2014-11-15 at 1.25.34 PM.

In the theme I chose (Church), there was a CSS box at the bottom of the customize menu!  I typed in the image I wanted to use.  You may wonder where I found it!  Simple!  (Well, now it is)  I was SO proud of myself that I found (in the Gallery) how to tell Word Press to find that picture!  Whoot!

Next I wanted to add my cool business icon that I created a couple weeks ago.  The problem was that I wanted it at the top of the screen on the right.  I went to widgets and added a TEXT widget.  In fine print it also says HTML, so I used my recently acquired HTML skills and typed in the HTML to point to my icon!  IT WORKED!  Hallooo!  Hallaaaay!   I’m hoping that this coolness will still earn me points toward a grade—even though I didn’t FTP it up to UAF’s Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 2.14.05 PMserver.


I even canned some jars of homemade green tomato and apple salsa while I was at it!  Now that’s what I call AMAZING!


I checked out a lot of different widets and plug-ins this week.  The advise that my professor gave me was very helpful:  check out the screen shots and other info BEFORE you download something you don’t really want.  It’s really important to find out how many people use it and if they get their questions answered when there’s problems.

I wanted a plug in for my “wire rim” or whatever it’s called.  There wasn’t one like Moqup that was suggested in our readings, but there was PLUGNEDIT!   I’m still not sure if I like it, but I used it on my pages this week.    It only guarantees that it works on a fixed screen.  The other screen views are still forth-coming.  So, I could still use some time looking at it in different screens.  Not today.

I spent a LOT of time on my

Ultimate Social Icons and Share Plugin!

I like how it floats on the side and it’s pretty darn easy to move around.  I linked all of my social media sights to it, so folks can find me all over the place.  I assume that’s a good thing….


Lastly, I feel like my site is straight-forward and boring.  I totally get how it’s supposed to be simple and sweet and nice, and that I can link into other stuff through blog posts, but I feel like I need to work on that side bar a lot more.  I created two menus—one for the body of the site and another for the side bar.  Customizing it more than I have might be a good thing.

The last thing I needed to do was to work on <div>.  I know it works in the TEXT side of a post, but I still haven’t figured out how to add it to a page.  It may work in the CSS section at the bottom of the Customize menu…..I just don’t have time to try it out tonight.

I also think I need to have a FOOD page.  Sustainability is all about food….so I’m adding I think.

Please tell me what you think so far!  I’d appreciate any and all feed back.

PS  My mom says to drop the crazy background.  I will probably do that after this assignment.  Gosh, here’s a picture in case I change it before the assignment is graded!  Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 4.32.16 PM


Your lucky day!  A recipe:

4 cups green tomatoes, cored and chopped

2 cups yellow onions, chopped

1 1/2 c. sweet red peppers, cored and chopped

1 c. tart cooking apples, such as Granny Smith, cored and chopped

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup 5% acidic organic raw apple cider vinegar (or less, see note below)*

1 Tablespoon kosher or sea salt

4 jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded if desired, and finely chopped

2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)

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  1. I’m sure you can’t see this on your screen, because who has a BEAR PAW Font. BUT, yesterday I added Bear Paw to the CSS page and it’s SHOWING UP!!! Whoot! 🙂 I think the back up is sans serif, so that’s probably what you are seeing.

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