Friday, September 20, 2013

My Writing and Photos Are Featured This Week

I am really pleased to share with you the news that two websites have featured my blog this week!

The first site is Quilt Shop Navigator which highlights quilt shops across the United States and Canada through video interviews with shop owners and photos from inside the stores.

So how does that connect with me? In June 2012 I had the joy of touring the Amish Country Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in northern Indiana which I posted on this blog here, here, and on flickr. When the Quilt Shop Navigator was in the area this year, the flowers were not yet at the height of their beauty. So, for this week's post on a quilt shop in Middlebury, Indiana, three of my photos were used to illustrate the article.

I was contacted online first by the author who requested permission which I was happy to grant her. As a bonus, I enjoyed getting to know her a bit through our emails back and forth and hope she will continue to stay in touch. I may even take up quilting someday. It looks like so much fun.

Here's the post with my photos and a nice shout-out for my blog.

A second site to feature my blog is Healthy Hearing as part of a series they are publishing on bloggers. Speak Up Librarian is included in an article on professionals with hearing loss. I was very touched by the kind words used to describe my writing. I hope you will take a look for yourself. As a bonus, you can find out about other blogs on hearing loss.

Here's the post which features my blog writing.

I'm very grateful for this recognition and for all who read my blog and share the journey with me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Skunk - 2, Dogs - 0

Recently, our dogs have had two unhappy encounters with a skunk in our backyard. P.U. Multiple baths later and hours outdoors drying off, they have been allowed back into the house. 

P.U. That skunk smell is hard to get rid of. We used a home made recipe from the internet which combines 1 qt. hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 2 teaspoons dish washing liquid. We also used a product from the pet store. (We had to visit two stores because the first one was sold out of it. Apparently skunks are active right now around the area.) Then we used normal dog shampoo and conditioner with oatmeal. 

As you can see from the photos below, the dogs were not too happy about their cleanup. Maybe next time they will learn to run the other way when that skunk comes calling!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Google Docs Online Forms

I learned a new thing today and thought I'd share it with you in case you haven't discovered it yet. Google Docs offers unlimited, free online forms. The service is easy to use. I'll walk you through the basics.

  1. Log into your Google account and select Drive from the menu options - located between Gmail and Calendar. 
  2. Click on Create, the red button at the top left. 
  3. Choose Form. 
  4. Pick the style/look you like. 
  5. Type the name of your form in the Title box. 
  6. At this point, the form workspace will open. You can now type a description of your form. 
  7. Next, enter the data entry fields for your form which are presented here as questions. 
  8. Use the Question Type drop-down menu to choose between text boxes, multiple choices, check boxes, lists, and more. 
  9. If you need any assistance, click on the Help button and select Forms Help.

A nice thing about the Google forms is that Google will tabulate the responses into a spreadsheet for you. No need to keep track of response emails. You can share the form with the people you choose and they will be able to view the responses spreadsheet too. You can also embed the form into a website.

This is a great tool for those who need to use simple web forms. Please be aware that it does not have all the bells and whistles that come with forms you have to pay for through a subscription.

If you have used Google Docs online forms before, I would be interested to hear about your experience with them as I am just getting started. Thanks.