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October 29, 2005

Testing New Plugin


I am posting this entry to test a new WYSIWYG editor plugin that I just installed. It adds a much more powerful editor than the default one supplied with Movabletype. I am now able to increase or decrease the font size of my entry, justify, do unordered and ordered lists, indent and outdent, insert/edit links, change formats (H1,H2, H3, etc) and add emoticons. It should allow me to add some style and formatting to my entries.

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Fall is really here

Well it looks like Fall is here to stay. Temperature last night dropped down into the 30's. This morning it is clear and cool, a perfect Fall day. As soon as I can get myself together, Shakespeare and I will go for a nice long walk. I just finished adding a plugin to my blog. You will notice an "I'm reading" entry at the top of the page. This plugin gets book information from Amazon.com and presents the Title, author, book cover, and a link to the book on Amazon. It is basically just a perl script. I am amazed that it worked the first time I tried it. I am going to have to experiment with some more plugins to see if I cannot jazz up my blog some. That's all for now..

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October 20, 2005

Stay at Skyline Drive

I booked a room at Skyland Resort on Skyline Drive for Veterans Day, the 11th of February. Teresa, Kirk and I will be going up to see the Fall color change. I hope to get some great photos of the area. In the meantime, work has been going along fairly well. I have got my hands full with several projects but I don't mind. I feel comfortable knowing I can retire any time that I grow tired of it. I have been wathcing Hurricane Wilma's progress towards a landfall in Florida. I had not expected another hurricane of this magnitude this late in the season. At least the projected path shows Wilma will not come too close to our area. I hope that projected path holds true. Can't think of much else to report except I helped unload 1000 pumpkins the other night for our church pumpkin patch sale. I am still a little sore from all the unacustomed exercise. I am volunteering to help sell them this weekend so I should be plenty busy this weekend.


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October 16, 2005

We went to the Stockley Gardens Art Festival yesterday. The weather was beautiful for a change as the weather had been terrible for the previous two weeks. Stockley Gardens Art Festival is something that I have been going to for a long time. I have a lot of pleasant memories of it. Earlier that day we went to the Daily Grind coffee shop for breakfast. I was not very impressed with the quality of the food. The panini and the bagel were very ordinary but the muffins and coffee were OK. After the festival we had lunch at one of my favorite places, Cafe Mundo. The food is always very good at Mundo. In addition, Cafe Mundo now has free wifi access. When I get my Nokia internet appliance for Christmas (I hope) Cafe Mundo will be the first place I go to try it out. Also yesterday, I was supposed to help with the unloading of pumpkins that were supposed to be delivered to our church for its annual pumpkin patch event. Unfortunatly, the pumpkins have been delayed due to Katrina and Rita. I don't know if that is the real reason as I was told the pumpkins come from Arizona or New Mexico. What does Katrina and Rita have to do with pumpkins in the Soutwest? Click the link below for a photo I took at the Festival.

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October 8, 2005

We had a big storm today with lots of rain. The National Weather Service had flash flood warnings for NE North Carolina and all of Hampton Roads. We had flooding worse than any I have seen here. I went out after the storms passed and took several photographs of the flooding. We have a small creek that flows between our house and the B&B bank and it was way over its bank. The water was coming across our road so fast into the creek that it was making waves. Our front and back yard were under water. And if that wasn't enought, it rained hard enough that a leak has shown up in our bathroom. See the link below for a photo I took of the flooding.

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October 7, 2005

Long weekend begins

Well, I started the long Columbus Day weekend. I spent most of Friday reading, running a few errands, and working on my Mambo site. I added a new component to Mambo that allows me to create a travel journal complete with an interactive map and journal entries. I plan on using it to document our upcoming Italy vacation. The weather has been lousy but I managed to get out and buy a used book to read. Our new boarder, Michelle, had supper with us tonight. I cooked waffles and sausage and she cleaned her plate up like a good girl... Later she brought her bird ( a parakeet) downstairs. Her name is Petri and she is adorable. She can talk and is very friendly. Unfortunately, our dog Shakespeare almost ate it. Michelle had Petri on her shoulder and when she bent over to pick something up Shakespeare grabbed the bird. All I saw was flying feathers and heard a lot of squaking. Luckily, Shakespeare was only playing with the bird and did not really bite down on her. She lost a couple of feathers but other than that she is OK. I hope the rest of the day proves to be not as exciting.

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October 3, 2005

Columbus Day Weekend

I have a long weekend coming up this weekend. I will be taking off from work on Friday and next Tuesday. This gives me a 5 day weekend with Saturday, Sunday, and Columbus day. I will have to give it some thought as to how best utilize my time off. I will probably do a lot of work on my web sites but I also feel like I need to take some time for myself. I am thinking about going out of town somewhere and spending the night at a motel or lodge or something. I am thinking about somewhere near Skyline Drive so I can do some hiking and photography. I just hope Teresa doesn't feel slighted by my plans. After all, I am taking her to Italy this December.

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October 2, 2005


I have been trying to customize the look of the current skin of my blog with mixed results. I figured out how to change the background, now I just need to find one I like. The present one is not what I expected. I also want to be able to change the header, but I am not yet sure how to do that. I think I can figure it out as I am a pretty smart guy and I have a lot of years experience behind me. I haven't met a program yet that could lick me... On another matter, we had our year end picnic Friday and it was a lot of fun. The food was fantastic; I ate too much as usual, and we played horseshoes, putting, and name that tune. All in all I like most of the people I am working with now. I still miss my old workmates from PWC, but these ones will do for now...

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