New Site — Orples.Net

Today’s post (to be posted later today) will be on http://orples.net. I am weaning away from this site to pick up a private Domain under GoDaddy. I am still trying to figure out all of the ‘bells and whistles’, but while I’m fumbling around, trying to learn what’s, where, when, and how, I figure I can be redirecting traffic and maybe some of you brighter seasoned bloggers might have some suggestions.

The face of my new web site. What do you think?

The face of my new web site. What do you think?

Please tell me what you like, don’t like, etc. Talk to me, guys. You are my audience. With out you, why bother? Your opinions are important and appreciated—and so is your patience.

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of you who are bearing with us, as the Orples and I transcend one more time.  I am sure as time goes on, so will life, and with it, change.  Thanks for tagging along. I hope you’ll each be glad you did. 🙂 Hugs to all, Love, Oscar, Olivia, and Marcy.

The Orple Update Report

Many of you are aware that I have been trying to work my way through switching my WordPress Account over to be hosted by GoDaddy, complete with a new website address. I am making some changes on my website, including a facelift while I am making my other site adjustments. It is/has been a journey. In addition to the aesthetic changes, you will notice that I have posted some Amazon links on the side of my posts for your shopping convenience. Shopping through these links helps me survive at no cost to you … hint, hint…We all have to make a living, sad, but true.

I'm getting there! If you want to check out my upcoming NEW site please feel free to visit me over there (link given in text below).

I’m getting there! If you want to check out my upcoming NEW site please feel free to visit me over there (link given in text below).

I am still trying to reconnect with my old followers and many of you are already linked to me on my new site as opposed to here. Our ‘Orple Adventures‘ games will continue on my new blog with a page having been added to give our neighbors a direct link to their own web/blog sites—see ‘The Rules of the Game‘ (top right of page under the title block of my new blog). Don’t forget to like, like, like, away as you peruse the content of that site if you will please. Likes are loved (and appreciated) by Olivia, Oscar, and myself, have no doubt.

For now, while I am working out kinks on that site, I am continuing to post on this account (my original WordPress account).  I still need to figure out how to update my posts since December 5th, to show up on that sight. When the dates catch up in both places, you will know I was successful. In the meantime, today  is a good day to officially launch http://orples.net.  

Today should prove to be a memorable date to introduce the sister site since it is 12/13/14 … It will be the next century before we see the sequences begin again with 1/2/3 in 2103.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT—REALLY

Early next week, Monday (?)—I hope, I will be switching my current wordpress blog address to a private address: orples.net. I am hoping, with my son’s help, I will be able to transfer all of my blog contents without any problems. I am not sure how my existing links are going to be effected, and/or if I will be able to transfer them. Since I’ve purchased my new domain name, I’ve been looking into the necessary steps to try to maintain my established links, coming, and going. Please keep your fingers crossed that I don’t end up losing the relationships that I’ve built to date. Should that be the case, please try to re-link to me, as I will you.

The Orples and I are getting ready to make some changes. :)

The Orples and I are getting ready to make some changes. 🙂

Sadly, I’m not sure how any of this is going to work, so I am hoping you guys will bear with me while Olivia, Oscar, and I are in transition. ‘The ‘Orple Adventures‘, aka, ‘Visiting the Neighbors’, have blossomed into a fun way to communicate with my friends, here, on wordpress, and I think ‘our games’ will be the focus of this blog, from here(*), on out. I will leave my archive posts as is, although I may re-categorize the existing content to try to alleviate redundancy wherever possible. While some of my categories have little to do with orples for the most part, they really don’t interfere with the orples, and I think those posts add a little more variety for those visitors who might like to check out Maymont Park, or perhaps some of my other ‘earlier’ topics, posted before I finally found direction with this blog.

Please accept my apologies now for any unforeseen problems. You know what they say, “Expect the worse, and hope for the best.”—thus the reason I am making this announcement ahead of time—just in case. I treasure my followers and the relationships we’ve built up since I first began THIS blog. I hope you do, too, and will stick with me if we are temporarily parted.

(*) here, being once I have completed setting orples.net up and have it running. I will make an announcement once I’ve made the change. In the meantime, I should be making one post a day, so if you don’t continue to see posts after Monday, you’ll know why. Please type in my address if you cease to get my ‘post notifications’ and we can re-link if need be.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. 😉 The orples and I have are just beginning, so PLEASE STAY POSTED!

Hugs to all, Marcy, Olivia and Oscar

[New Post] The Daily Post . Bad Signal

Those nice people at the Daily Post have really done it now with their Bad Signal’ Assignment. “Oh man, I hope Olivia hasn’t checked my voice mail. My friend, Sally, called and left a message about my newest book, she just bought.  I’ve been writing an adult trilogy about the Sanderson family, and some other people.  My newest series is a family saga, stretching over about twenty-three years, so, of course, the peopling varies. Olivia was upset, thinking we were still in the prototype stage of that series, and we probably should be, since I’m sure I didn’t catch all of my errors, prior to self-printing. Olivia is still going to be bent out of shape, and she even likes the story. But she’s a perfectionist. She said I should pay an editor, instead of doing everything myself. I told her, I’m broke, and am playing catch 22 with fate. One day, when I’m back on my feet, I’ll reprint, then I hope the first printing will be valuable to anyone lucky enough to own a copy of this version.I keep hoping I’ll run into a big wig, publisher who thinks my Brides trilogy is the bees knees, and will want to reprint the story under their banner. Right now, the first printing is available for sale for both books 1 & 2, warts and all, on Amazon.com. Olivia is too busy being mad due to her competition to care why I self-published behind her back. I might have to spank her if she doesn’t straighten up and act like an adult. I wonder how old orples have to be, to be considered an adult? Who would I ask?

Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.

Olivia and Oscar have just found out Brides has been published.

Back to my dilemma. What on earth am I going to tell Olivia to appease her? She and Oscar are my sidekicks. Besides, Olivia can be difficult when I hurt her feelings, which happens anytime she not in the spotlight. I think I’ve created a monster. For anyone unfamiliar with what an orple-keeper (me) has to put up with, you should check out ‘How Orples Came To Be.’.

[New Post] What In The World?

Last night, I was admiring Sonel’s lovely roses, and with her permission, The orples and I snagged a beautiful closeup shot she’d captured with her camera. The orples are wondering what they are looking at. Do you know? Are you curious? Well, all I can say is go see Sonel, if you want to find out what the orples  are ‘oohing and ahhing’ over now.

Olivia and Oscar admiring Sonel's marvelous talents.

Olivia and Oscar admiring Sonel’s marvelous talents.

If you’d like to be included in my blog, let me know. Of course, I’ll credit your work back to you if we play in your mudpuddle. Be aware, that I’m contemplating (time, being the major factor) pulling a book together with these little drawings, so you may see your work out there in orpleland, with your permission of course. Please clue me in as to how you feel about ‘orple’ exposure. Olivia loves playing with new friends, so the more the merrier. Let me know. In the meantime, this post is dedicated to Sonel with tons of gratitude for posting such beautiful photos, so worthy of sharing. 😉 Please feel free to ping back, hint, hint.

[New Post] By Heart

Here is today’s Daily Post suggestion/challenge and I’m sure I’m a day late, but his one is fun anyway, so here goes…. The idea is to recall a song by heart that sticks with you, and why. Song 1… Love Grows Where My Rose Mary Goes.   One of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard … so from memory, here goes… There’s something about her hand over mine It’s a feeling that’s fine And I just have to say-aaa She’s really got a magical spell and It’s working so well That I can’t get away Well, I’m a lucky feller And I just gotta teller That love grows where where my Rose Mary goes And nobody knows like me And you’ll just have to click the title link if you want to hear the song because I have forgotten the rest.

Olivia and Oscar enjoying the tunes.

Olivia and Oscar enjoying the tunes.

Quickly, three other songs I recall lines from are these; these lines speak for themselves, and have always stuck in my mind. Seasons change with the scenery, weaving time in a tapestry by … Simon and Garfunkel . from ‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’ You only dance on this earth for a short while   by Cat Stevens . from ‘Oh Very Young’ Someday, I’ll get my life straight … Alan Jackson … from the song ‘Someday’.  This song really hit hard for me, for awhile. Thank God, those days are over. Whew!

Lava Spill in Hawaii

This is such a cool video. If I’m breaking copyright infringements,someone please tell me since this is a Flicker share.  Watch it full screen, in motion.  Enjoy!

Oliva and Oscar discussing the cool 'Lava Flow' screen show they just watched.

Olivia and Oscar discussing the cool ‘Lava Flow’ slide show they just watched via Flicker.