Thursday, October 23, 2008

Times, They Are A'Changing

I have a question to ask you you ever want to change? I mean, you wake up, look around and say, "I need a makeover!" Well, that is exactly where I was. Yesterday I saw so many beautiful blogs and I was just so sad. I wasn't really sure how to achieve that most gorgeous look. My heart was filled with sadness.

Well, you know what a girl does when she needs a change - she goes shopping! I started looking at some of your blogs and saw some of the cutest backgrounds. And yes, I sinned...I envied you! Oh, I know, I've asked forgiveness now, so I'm okay!

There is this darling spot with so many cute and seasonal backgrounds for your blog called If you've envied too, this will take care of it and you don't have to feel guilty!

What does a girl do when she finds new products? She tries them out of course!

That's just what I did...I found this one and that one. Copied html codes, went here and there, logged on to my blog, lost everything, did it again...over and over and over again. I think you may be getting the picture.

I finally found a background I liked, but hey, I needed a header! I twiddled and copied and pasted and added fonts and froos froos. Then realized my font colors were all wrong! Shoot!! Finally got my font colors down and realized my beautiful background and header were too busy!! I closed down my blog and logged on again wondering if my eyes would light up with joy and glee! No no Nanette! I got a headache looking at my beautiful, or I thought was beautiful blog page!

What is a girl to do when hours have been wasted, fingers are tired and backs are breaking and her blog looks pathetic? She goes and eats ice cream with chocolate sauce. Yes, that helps more than you would know.

With a fresh new attitude about my blog and the stubborn determination in my soul, I tried again. This time I found another background that was easier on my most gorgeous eyes. And I looked around at your blogs and copied a bit here and there and made my own header with pictures of some of my favorite things. Hallelujah!

I think I liked what I saw!

So I'm asking you to tell me how you like my new look? Am I stylish looking? Are my colors okay? Does this layout make me look fat? Oh, Precious Ones, tell me the truth, but do be gentle...I just don't know how much more I can take!

Well, I can take one more thing. Last night in the middle of my frustration, a darling sweetie came into my life and gave me this 'badge'! Isn't it just the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? She told me I made her smile each day!! Me??!! Oh, thank you, Glenda, this is such an honor to me. My new blog will wear this proudly.

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
Times, They Are - Changin'

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesied with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

~ by Bob Dylan


  1. I love what you've done with your place, Shelia!!! It's gorgeously wondermous...LOL!! (Must be the drugs)...but it's Beautious!!!

    Your new badge is so pretty...what a thoughtful gift...for someone who makes me smile every day, too!


  2. Your blog looks fantastic! And slim and sleek! But tell me this. What program did you use to make your header? Mine is boring and definitely needs some work!

    Justine :o )

  3. Oh I just love the new doo! It is lovely!

  4. Love the new look. I changed my blog within the first 24 hours and now I think I love it. All thanks go to my sister Justine! Love the header!

  5. Oh darrrling.. I LOVE your new look!! Its very much you. Its a softer look and I love the colours. A hint of this and that and its perfect!

    I'm glad the ice cream helped you to think better and sort through your challenge better. I find that too. Going away and then coming back makes a difference in the way your brain understands eh? (eh being the Canadian word)...and ice cream will help ANYTHING!!!

    Love the look. You look perfect in my opinion!

    Congrats on the award too!
    Have a very lovely day

  6. My dear sweetie Sheila... LOVE what you have done with yourself... The look is so flattering and sleek... The colors are a perfect blend of savy and fun with a little bit of whimsicle thrown in... YES YES YES it fits your personality to the tee and I LOVE it! and CONGRATS for the award... you do make us smile each and every day that you post...


  7. Perfect! I love it and your header is super duper! YOU DID IT! Yea!!!
    Buffie :)

  8. Oh my word, I'm just giggling over your charming and whitty post and I am tickled pink over your new look. :) It's perfect! Ice-cream makes my world go It's the best cure. :)

    Hugs~ J.

  9. I think it's looks just like the sweetie you are~~~And your looking good;) French

  10. I like this one !!. I think a change is good!!!LOOKING GOOD!!!Kathy

  11. Your new background is beautiful!

    Congrats on the much deserved award.

    I've contemplated changing my background for awhile. So afraid I will lose everything and never get it back! So until my little computer guru's visit, I will leave it as is.

  12. Pickle it looks beautiful Girl..I did that the other day fooled aroung with a new face lift but never got the thing to load right for me and spend hours on it girl..when I was flying I soloed in 7 hours and it took me long to get around blogland HELLO what does that say...your look pretty girl.. Hugs and smiles Gloria

  13. Sleek and Sexy dahling!! Love the new look it is so you!! You did it! Congratualations!!

  14. I just LOVE it.....FABULOUS just like you!!!!!

  15. I am so impressed with you Shelia. There is no way I would have the ability or courage to start messing with my blog. I would be so afraid that I would delete everything...and I wouldn't have a clue as to where to start! You did such an amazing job. I love your is so YOU. Your blog looks beautiful and it's easy on the eyes. It was always a lovely pleasure to visit here each it will be even more wonderful! YOU ROCK!

  16. I like it, I like it ! Looks great Sheila . Rather than risking loosing everything on your blog,I made a test blog. I test the new stuff out on it. I went into blogger and just made a new blog.I went into somewhere on there and set the control so it will not show.

  17. Hi Shelia...Okay, okay...I owe you an apology...after your blog war yesterday, I can't say you're "wimpy" just 'cuz you won't eat Popeye's spinach...LOL... I'm still a'skeeret to start on just call me wimpy! No, my dear...this blog doesn't make you look 'fat' but it does make you look adorable! ;-) Bo

  18. Your blog looks stunning Shelia!
    Way to go! ^^

  19. Oh Pickle....looking good up in here!!!! I love the new look and that header is so pretty ..what did you use to do that???? Girl it took 20 years off of you and I must say you wear it well! lol lol

  20. Hi Shelia,
    I think it looks beautiful! Those lovely curving lines remind me of a favorite song that wanders all through your mind, and the header is perfect!

  21. Me again...I want to know how you did your header pic!

  22. I love the new look - it is fabulous just like you. I, too, am envious as I would like to make over my little page of cyberspace, but am so technically stupid. I don't have a lot of patience for that sort of thing either. Guess all of you will just have to look at simple Sally for awhile. Sally

  23. Ohhhhhh! It's lovely, lovely, lovely! I adore your header! I haven't even figured out how to put one picture up there, let alone do what you did!!! How DID you DO that?

    Have a lovely day!
    Margie :)

  24. I love the new look. And like the others who have asked, how did you do the header? All I know how to do is put one picture up there.

  25. Thanks girl...but I don't know anything about Paint Shop! lol I know what you mean about the glitter thingies..I can't put some of them on mine cause I don't know how to make them smaller! lol I am amazed at all you do girl for your church but then again I am not surprised because you give so much of yourself to everybody! Love ya girl!

  26. Well dear one, your blog is looking so chic.... indeed, is gorgeous! and I love all the colors and head banner... wow, I'm very impressed.... you would have to give me a lesson or two on how to make a pretty blog banner like that.... :)

    Have a great day, and rest of the week


  27. Sheila, first of all I did the tag today. I had fun speaking my mind.
    You tag was of great value!!!
    Now, I am stunned at the beautiful change in you header and blog. I am still laughing at your adorable post about it. I am almost in tears over your frustration in making all these changes work. I am in great yearning to have ice cream with chocolate sauce. Sigh. No ice cream in my freezer.

    You look sleek and beautiful. Change has changed you dear one and I love everything about you. I always did. smiling big!


  28. the new "dress" your blog is wearing is perfect! is it not great that we have the option of changing them? I know I loved the first two that I used...but after a few weeks, months you need a change...a girl just has to stay with the times you know!
    luv ya

  29. Love your new background Shelia! It was worth all your work yesterday!

  30. Hey Pickle...Susan at between naps on the porch did do the flying post on me already I think it was in Sept.. check it out there girl..if you want to read about my flying days and see my airplane..thanks again dear friend for coming by..and I love your new dress. Hugs and smiles Gloria

  31. Hello Sheila!

    It's wonderful, marvelous, sound like me about one month ago...then when I was finished with it, I rested about 7 days and 7 nights then I was ready to change things again LOL! Women are just never happy! I love your header! I think that's one of the important parts of a blog. You've done well!

    Have a great day!
    Kathi :)
    stop by when you have time, I left something for you

  32. Just popping in to say hi. You are looking just lovely this morning! I wish I could say the same for myself. I need a makeover too!

    I just got home last night. It is going to take me a long time to catch up on all of my blog reading but I will try to read everyone's posts from last week!
    Hugs, Bridget

  33. Your new look is wonderful. You can turn such a chore into such a fun blog! I laughed all of the way through it. Your award is well deserved. laurie (bargainhunr)

  34. I love your new header! And I must say how talented I think you are. I had a friend design my new header, because I don't have the slightest CLUE how to change things like that. You talented little thing you. And yes I think we all have days that we wake up and want to change. There are days I want to change EVERYTHING, but then I have ice cream and choc. sauce, because that DOES make everything better. Ice cream is my drug of choice you know.

  35. Sheila... it's so very pretty! Love it. Suits you to a T. :)

  36. I love your new look! The colors are perfection and the new banner is so fun! Honestly though if you had a plain white background with black print I would still come visit you! I love reading your posts and think you have a great- and colorful- personality. You are so much fun and it reflects in your blog!!

  37. Like the new look.

    I discovered that site a few months ago from another blogger. I played around with it on my other site. I love the changes you can make.

    I looks good on you, and I love the story you told with your journey.


  38. AHHHH, you are lookin' mighty fine here, Lady Sheila...I LOVE IT ALL...and, why, look makes your boobs pointy and pert, your waist tiny and sweet, your butt looks just where it is supposed to be, your teeth whiter, your smile sweeter, your eyes ALL LOOKS GOOD ON YOU!! ;o)

    Oh,how I would love to try a new look myself but I am so scared of losing everything, I can't make myself try. I am such a titty baby, you know.....
    love, bj

  39. It looks just so soft, so pretty, just lovely. Just like YOU dear Sheila!
    Love the colors...and the design. Isn't this site amazing! They have such beautiful things from which to choose...
    But they way you write is ALL you. And oh how well you do it!


  40. Hi Sheila!

    I love your new look and I think Chloe Dawn does, too, she looks fab in pink and brown :)

    You are so sweet and yes, I do sit...too much! haha Ah well!

    You know, I took a bathroom diva pic and of course, this elderly lady walked in while I was doing it, lololol...she probably was wondering what in the blue hills I was doing ;) Too funny...not sure I am going to share it with the world though ;)

    Love your blog and your upbeat attitude!!!


  41. Yep, I like your new look. It's light and bright.

    I have some awards to share.

  42. Hi Shelia,
    Congratulations on your award! I absolutely love the new look of your blog. You have decorated it like you do your home. It's so pretty! I hope you have a lovely evening.

  43. Hi Sheila...we must have just crossed blogging...I just posted a new blog tonight when you left a comment on my last one. I ended up drawing a beautiful picture AND writing a love poem...dedicated to the love of my life...

    I love your new's totally you. And why are you surprised that you made someone ALWAYS make people smile..that's who you are...YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL inside and out!


  44. I like it! I really like your header and I'm really impressed that you did that yourself!!!

  45. I've never met a problem myself that a little ice cream and chocolate sauce would not cure :)



  46. You my dear have a gorgeous and sophisticated look. Love this post and I so agree ice cream and chocolate sauce could save the world's problems! I know it helps mine. I love the background on your blog. You did so well and it looks so professional!! All that hard work was worth it to look this good!!

  47. It looks great! I especially love the new header! Great job!


  48. P.S. - I've never heard that beans and cornbread song - so cute!!


  49. Ooops, where did my first post go?? I wrote you a LONG comment, and now I don't see it??? Okay, I'll try again, I hope it doesn't pop up twice.

    Guess what I had for lunch today - pinto beans and cornbread!! We went to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I also had mac/cheese, fried apples, and slaw (AND Coco-Cola Chocolate CAKE!!) Yum!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and meeting my scarecrows! Please come back again!



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