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A Few Changes

First off, I'd like to comment that The Man Beast woke me up at 6:30 this morning just so 'I wouldn't sleep the day away'. Yeah, right. Like that would happen! I'll have you know that I was up at 8 am yesterday - hardly sleeping the day away.

You'll notice that I made a few changes. First and foremost - the template. Try as I might, I need the three columns. In a perfect world, I'd have a custom made template and a custom made template maker on hand so that I could adjust my template according to the seasons (see Raisin Toast and Pioneer Woman for examples). Well, I don't live in a perfect world - so I make due. And this is what I've come up with. (If you've been a long time reader, you'll recognize the template as I've used it before).

Simple. 3-column. And pink. I don't have to explain the pink, do I? I personally am not a fan of pink. I try to stay away from pink if at all possible. I love red. But pink? Not so much.

I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and create a pink blog in order to spread awareness. (Talk about stepping out of a comfort zone - let's talk about The Twins in a society who either hides them away from the world or exposes them for all the world to see! And if that weren't enough, I'm going to encourage you to touch them, squeeze them and poke them. And. And. Go to the doctor and let them touch them, squeeze them and poke them. And if you're over 40, get them squished. Does the woman have no shame?!)

The answer would be no. Not when it comes to our health. Not when the key to fighting breast cancer is early detection.

Bottom line - do self-breast exams monthly, see your doctor yearly, and if you're over the age of 40 or have a history of breast cancer in your family, go get a mammogram. Isn't a couple of minutes of discomfort worth your health? Yes.

On to other subjects...

I've re-added my blog roll. In answer to Misplaced Alaskan's comment about having a reader to follow blogs, I do. I provide a blog roll as a bloggy love to those I read regularly. And I've seen it works. Several of my readers have added some of my blog roll blogs to their blog rolls. Just spreadin' the love. (There are some that I've added to my personal favorites that I read on a regular basis. I've just not put them on the site because of subject content. Family friendly blog, remember?)

Oh, speaking of bloggy love, I'd like to give a shout out to Pat over at Graphics by Pat for providing the breast cancer ribbon that I placed by my blog title. I searched all over the net to find just the right one and decided that simple was best. I figured I didn't need anything flashy to get the word across. I'll let the ribbon speak for itself. (That said, for those of you who have MySpace and FaceBook accounts, there are some cute/flashy comment graphics. Just google them. I think two of my favorites are 'Save the Ta-Tas' and 'Don't forget the Squishy Squishy.' Then again, I hardly ever take anything seriously and I think catch phrases that stick in your head are worth their weight in gold when it comes to the serious things in life - like Breast Cancer.)

Until next time...

PS A few cancer sites:

American Cancer Society
The Breast Cancer Site


  1. Hey Iva! Thank you for mentioning Raisin Toast, but you are giving me way too much credit. I make my headers in Photoshop, and it is really not that difficult. Then I upload them to my blog. Or should I say blogs since I have a new monthly header for every dang section in my blog. It keeps me busy, but I love doing creative things like that on Photoshop. If you are creative, fool around a bit with Photoshop and before you know it, wah-lah, you'll have yourself new headers every month. I created my blog using TypePad 3-column template too. I'd love to have a custom blog, like PW, but I can't afford such luxuries right now. By the way, your blog looks awesome! I love the color scheme too. Great job!


  2. Iva, thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I like that... "I fall with style". Very good line! And so appropriate for girls like us! Thanks!!
    I like the changes on your blog! I agree about the pink vs. red thing...but in this case the pink represents something very important. So it is acceptable!! :0)

  3. Very sophiscated, Iva.. I like it. Being a breast cancer surival, I really appreciate. I am going to use the pink ribbon too. Blessings

  4. I like the pink. I'm kinda a pink girl, ya know. Plus, it's for a good cause!

  5. Hey Iva! Thanks for mentioning PQ&K in your blog roll. Now I need you to come help me redesign it. So many interesting things to learn and so few hours in my farm-day.

  6. When will you post again ? Been looking forward to this !


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