The Sunday Post #9

Sunday, August 30, 2020

I do believe that the proverbial cat that got the cream  expression calls for no explanation today? My Mommy and I are still in awe about our gorgeous new template and all the added goodies. Do you like it? We love it!

I believe it might be easier and rather quicker to just give a short summary about our updated template:

  • When Blogger did their interface a couple of weeks ago, we managed to finally access a very old (2010 design, way older than me), but gorgeous template called Fluffy White Kitten. It couldn't be more perfect. As you know, perfect are very often the stuff of nightmares.
  • Nightmares: Comments (no reply function); share/follow/related posts (had to use plug-ins); upload images (what it looks like on the draft, the preview and actual post - all differed); due the lovely color theme (that is not available anymore....) all backgrounds had to be changed. All the time.
  • Resulted in tears and frustration on Mommy's side and me not entering the study at all.
  • Mommy started looking for new templates, but oh where to begin. She only knew what she wanted. Have you seen Heather's blog over at Random RedHead Ramblings? It's sooo gorgeous. That's what she wanted. 
  • Contact Heather. If you think her blog is nice. You should meet her (cyber meet). She's gorgeous! She had so much advice and tips and introduced us to Etsy. If you are looking for a new template, look no further. Stunning templates and the price won't result in your cats eating no-name brands for a month.
  • Bought and downloaded the template. Also created an Avatar that truly are very similar to what I look like in reality.
  • Got stuck after reading the 20 page instruction manual.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed. Mommy phoned her friend who is an extremely talented graphic designer for advice. Conversation resulted in Mommy hopping in the car and spending the rest of the day with Nedine. But when she returned, she brought gifts and smiles and a whole lot of happiness!


We still need to play around and tweak here and there, but mostly it is a very user-friendly and hassle free. 

The rest of your week was busy busy. Mommy is busy with assessments and tests at school, so there isn't much time for reading and blogging. Let's see what we can give you an update on.

Adding to the litter



Scratching the Blog Pole 


I didn't join Top Ten Tuesday or my regular Weekend Book Friends this week. Only two posts saw the light of publishing. I did start with drafting my application for The Classics Club and it should have been finished yesterday, but then other things got in the way. I did a Wednesday Wisdom and then did the most fun book tag, The Tudor Queens Book Tag! Click on the images to read the posts. 


On the couch 

Reading

I am not going to start with a new audio book before the holidays, end of September. Or rather, Mommy shouldn't start with a new audio book before all report cards and feedback reports are done and dusted. So for the moment, I only read a printed book and one on the kindle. 


Watching 

Proudly South African! We started watching Trackers this week and it is excellent. If you haven't seen it, try to get your hands and eyes on it.


On the topic of South Africa. We have 11 official languages in our beautiful country. The language that is originally spoken in Trackers, is Afrikaans. It is also my mother tongue. It's quite a unique language and it can be comically descriptive. For instance:


Mag julle almal 'n baie lekker week hê! (May you all have a wonderful and lovely week!)

Remember to add your blog post URL to the following ladies so that we can all share in each others weekly stories.



Lots of Love,

Elza 



33 comments

  1. I love the new template! Looks very nice. I like the color scheme and also how clean it looks. Great pick! :)

    Hope you are well this week! Happy reading!! :)

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    1. Aaah, thanks Greg! My husband also said he likes the "clean" look. So I guess it works!

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  2. Wow. Your template is fabulous. I love the simplicity of the layout and the colors. And how nice of our friend in Scotland to help you overcome the obstacles. Bloggers are the best.

    Happy you are working on joining the Classics Club. It will be fascinating to see what you put on your list that is from your home.

    I hope you have a great week, Mareli.
    I wonder what you thought of Olive. She's a mess, I think. An American. In the worst sense of the word. But she gets a little better in Olive, Again.

    I do like hearing about your country. When I think of South Africa, I think of nature. The words are brilliant, poetic really.

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    1. Hi Deb! Yea! I'm so glad you like it. I was wondering what you would think about it. We love it!! It's really simple and easy to use. It will take a few hours to update all the posts and the pages, but I can do it!

      I am excited for the Classics Club. Been wanting to do it for ages! I will contact you in the week, I do have a question or two.

      I'm only about 15% done with Olive Kitteridge. I also find her a bit mean and horrible. But I haven't seen things from her point of view yet. But it's a lovely read! Such rich language. Love it.

      Have you ever been to South Africa? It's an experience. And Afrikaans is a brilliant language yes!

      Thanks for your visit. They should now invent cyber tea and cake. That will be awesome!

      Lots of love,

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  3. Wow! Love the new template! I am very impressed that you managed to get a new template so quickly. I have been thinking and talking about doing something about mine for months!

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    1. Oh, and we watched Trackers a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    2. Hi Marg! The Etsy templates are immediately downloadable and comes with great instructions. Have a look there. Just type in blogger templates. Themeforest also have nice ones.

      Glad you enjoyed Trackers!

      Hope your week will be good.

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  4. I love your blog, it's new to me. I was happy to see Olive Kitteridge mentioned; that and Olive, Again are favorites of mine.

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    1. Hi there Diane! I am so glad you stumbled across our blog! I do enjoy Olive Kitteridge, early pages still, but I know I will enjoy it.

      Have a good week!

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  5. I like the new template. I've had mine forever and while I kind of want to change it, I don't want to deal with the hassle.

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    1. It really wasn't such a big hassle! Just backup everything that you still want to keep.

      I'm glad you like the new template, we love it!

      Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  6. Your new template is so purrfect. As a cat lover, I love it! <3

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. Hi Tania! Thank you.... We also think it's rather purrfect. So glad you like it!

      Hope you will have a purrfect week!

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  7. Your new template looks great! :D Very nice!

    Have a great week! :D

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    1. Hi Proxyfish! Jippy Yea!! So glad you like it! I didn't do a Friday Face-off. Will try to join again next week.

      Hope you will also have a wonderful week!

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  8. Oh this one is so much fun - and I'm glad that you have managed to get exactly what you want, which is always a result:)). I hope you have a really good week after all the work to get the new template loaded up and running...

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    1. Hi Saarah! It really is exactly what I want. I keep on playing around here...!

      Hope your week will also be wonderful.

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  9. it's good that your experimenting with new templates. I have heard a little bit about gutenberg through wordpress and something about blocks, but it's all over my head.

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    1. Hi Trin! I've been working with blogger for a while now and I use Google for everything. So I have no idea about Wordpress and don't want to move. They do have beautiful templates though. But Blogger also have nice ones! If you just know where to look.

      Take the leap and play around!

      Hope you will have a good week and thanks for the visit.

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  10. Nice work with the template :)
    I’ll have to look for Trackers, I did watch Shadow on Netflix which I enjoyed. Thanks for the Afrikaans language lesson!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. Hi Shelley! Oh there's loads more where that come from. I'm a teacher who work a lot with foreign students. Afrikaans is one of the main second languages in our schools, so I need to teach them Afrikaans. Luckily, it's a very phonetically easily language.

      Thanks for the visit and for the lovely compliment! We also love the template.

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  11. I love the new template! It’s clean and bright. I like your Afrikaans translations too. I took a class about South Africa when I was a teenager, and we learned a few Afrikaans words, but I don’t remember any of them. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Hi AJ!! So glad you like it!! I still need to get used to it, but luckily it's very user friendly.

      It does appear as if I need to give more Afrikaans lessons. Maybe I'll start with introducing new words and concepts every week.

      Hope you are going to have a good week.

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  12. Thank you for visiting my blog! I do like your new blog design; it's happy. I read Olive Kittridge ages ago and liked it, but had a difficult time liking Olive.

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    1. Hi there Helen! Happy, yes that is a good description. I also enjoy Olive Kitteridge, but she's not the worlds most likable person at all.

      Thanks for returning the favor!

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  13. I love the new look of your blog. The template is beautiful! Enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  14. Wow! What a busy and productive week. I hope it's all easy from here.

    Anne - Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post

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  15. Oh My Goodness! It looks ah may zing!! Well done, it’s so sleek and lovely, you should be very proud of yourself!! I love the sparkle on your header too, so clever!

    Thank you for your sweet words too, I’m more than happy to try and help and it was lovely to virtually chat the other day!

    Lazy Horse! I love it! I’m trying to learn French at the minute but somewhere on Duolingo it had Afrikaans as another language that English speakers could “easily” learn.

    Anyway have a lovely week, enjoy tinkering, I still do with mine!

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  16. Good luck with those report cards... :) And hope the new books are enjoyed!

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  17. Your blog is lovely! Your Afrikaans words are quite descriptive. They're like these funny alternate animal names on a t-shirt my sister wants. https://www.snorgtees.com/animals-of-the-world You can zoom in on the names on the bottom right of the picture.

    Enjoy your week!

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  18. I love the new blog design! It's lovely.
    I hope you have a good week!

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  19. The new template looks very pretty. I love the blue.. And off course the pretty kitten. ;)
    Happy reading.

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