Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Blog, Therefore I Am.

Well, . . . not really. But I really, really do like blogging! And today, I thought I'd update you on how Bonnie is doing, and tell you about a new little tool I learned about in the Blogging for Scrapbookers class.

Bonnie's paw is a little better this week, but we're still not feeling very confident about this. I've read that older dogs are stoics. . . that there is survival-value for a dog to not reveal illness if it can help it, so by the time a dog is making it clear that they're hurting, they may be in a great deal of pain. I looked up the medication Bonnie was on, and found it that Rimadyl is not a steroid, but a pain killer. She's out of this medication now, and what I worry about is that she'll now show signs of being in pain again.

091108_1584-Bonnie-and-Natural-Balance

This past summer, while Doug was away, I indulged The Beautiful Ms. Bonnie with this food, and she's been quite impressed with it ever since. Pardon our blur, but she was on the move, and I was experimenting with my external flash. I'd set the external flash at +1 exposure, and the camera exposure at -1.0. Wait a minute! Hold the phone! I think I know what I did wrong! I set the CAMERA FLASH EXPOSURE at -1.0 instead of the CAMERA EXPOSURE at -1.0! Time to check the manual again; maybe that's why the flash didn't freeze the action!

091108_1591-Bonnie-on-the-move

The tool that I learned about has to do with Google Reader. Using the Reader is a great way to read others' blog posts, but it's nice to use the reader to conveniently gather the posts to read. What I learned is that if you sign into your Google account, and go to http://reader.google.com click on settings, and then click on "goodies" , you'll see a little bubble labeled "next." You can drag the "next" bubble right onto your browser bookmarks bar. Now, whenever you click on "next" on your bookmarks bar, you'll bring up posts in your Google reader.

Also at http://reader.google.com, in "settings", then "goodies", you can find the "subscribe" bubble. Drag this to your bookmarks bar as well. Now, everytime you're reading a blog post (like mine, perhaps?) and think you'd like to read this person's blog again, just click on your "subscribe" button that's sitting happily (or at least obediently) on your bookmarks bar. If the blog lets you sign on as a follower, this accomplishes the same thing (oh, look! Mine again!), but the "subscribe" button is handy when a blog doesn't have a "follow" widget already built into the blog. (And of course, you might like to subscribe to my blog, even though "I Blog, Therefore I Am" is not true, but I do have SOME narcissism, and really, really do like when people read my blog.)

15 comments:

Sharon said...

I was just reading today about the best things to feed your dogs. I didn't really pay attention since we don't have any pets at the moment. But I do remember Dr Weil said to stay away from grain.

And I am bug fan of google reader. I use it on my iPhone too. I didn't know about the next button, pretty cool. I mostly read in the in the reader except for POTD because I'll want to leave comments. :)

Yolanda said...

I sure hope her paw feels better. She's the cutest dog!

shirley said...

I tend to go from my Blogger dashboard - then I get a snippet of the updated blog, and a link. But I added the Next button on my bookmark page to give it a whirl.
I hope Bonnie's paw feels better!

Suzy said...

I hope Bonnie gets feeling better!

Susan said...

Poor dog! Thanks for all of the info.! I enjoyed reading it. Now, if I can figure it out!

Lauren Hartman said...

I hope Miss Bonnie feels better soon! Thanks for all the info....one of these days I should look into it!

Cindi Koceich said...

I hope Boniie is better soon!!!!!
I use bloglines to read all of my blogs...it makes it super fast!!!

Nicki, said...

Always enlightening - I vary on my visit to other blogs. Well wishes to Bonnie.

Karen said...

Bonnie is adorable; hope she's better soon. I'm taking a class at adult ed tonight about using my external flash. I have never spent enough time to figure it out myself; I'm hoping this will inspire me. Anyway your comments about it are meaningless this morning, but by bedtime, perhaps they'll make sense! :-)

I use Bloglines which works the same way. Love knowing when blogs are updated!

Jeanne said...

Bonnie is one of the sweetest looking dogs ever and I'm so sorry to hear that she might be in pain. I hope you are able to ease that for her.

Flash talk is jibberish to me (a word my 7 year old talked to me about last night-love it that she knew what it meant).

And while that info sounds fab for Reader, what is interesting to me is I use Chrome (a google product) as my browser and that feature doesn't appear to work on Chrome. How funny is that? I do however, have my subscriptions categorized (all the digi type blogs are grouped together, all the stamping type, etc.) in my reader, which has been fabulous. I do love my Reader!

Have a great week Angela, and I'm so tickled to hear you are enjoying this class.

Reds said...

Sorry Bonny has had problems with her paw - hope she feels better soon!

dottydotty said...

hope the paw gets better soon. I discovered reader through shimelles class to its fab although It makes me spend far too much time on here:)

Deb said...

your dog has the most beautiful face! love it!

Annette said...

Having sick dogs is no fun, is it? I have arthritic dogs and allergy dogs and am constantly fighting infections, pain, etc. Best of luck with your treatment of your dog. (I am a classmate in Blogging 4 Scrapbookers.)

Catherine said...

Delightful blog, your post today was so authentic and grabbed me. TFS :)
I still have not tried Google reader, need to figure it out...
But I guess that is why I am taking this class.
Catherine
http://myview-catherine.blogspot.com/