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I would like to thank everyone that uses my Theme designs and Wallpapers.

A special thank you to all of you that take the time that to write or post comments on my designs at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/MaDonna/

I hope you become a follower and check in every once in awhile. I am trying a bit harder to update more often.

Enjoy!!



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Firefox 57

Autumn Mist

Well, have you updated your Firefox? If so, how do you like it. I have it on my laptop and am trying to get used to it. It takes me much longer to test a theme when I am making one. So I haven't installed it in my desktop yet because of that. But I will soon, probably. Plus my laptop just installed the latest big Windows 10 1709 update and things have changed on that also....so I am getting used to that. Changes! I don't like change.

The user count isn't working at all with the technicians and developers trying to get everything updated and problems fixed. I know there must be a lot of new Firefox users, though because I am getting tons more reviews. I get an email when someone reviews a theme and I always try to reply to a review. So my email tone keeps beeping. But I am glad to have people using my themes. Makes it more worthwhile.

Our oldest great grandson went deer hunting with his great grandpa yesterday and they had a ball. And he spent the night with us.  He is taller than my husband now! Hard to believe he will be 13 early next year.  When he was born I didn't think I would live long enough to see him in his teen years...so I feel super lucky and grateful. Plus we have 4 other great grandkids we have got to know and love. 

 We got up early and I scrambled half a dozen eggs and made 5 waffles for the guys this morning because he had an lacrosse game. We got our shopping done early, too.  I knew town would be busy with shoppers the Sat. before Thanksgiving. This will be the smallest Thanksgiving dinner I have made and I know I will cook way too much. My recipes are all for too many people. 

I have found a few extensions that I really like for the new Firefox. InformEnter has been updated and I am very thankful for that. But he couldn't put all of the useful things into the new format so I really miss the right click and enter the info when I am submitting themes. I like Owl to make pages dark so they aren't so hard on my eyes. I also like Translate Now because a lot of the reviews aren't in English so I have to quickly translate and this is easy to use. One extension I wish and hope will be available is Tabs on the Bottom and so far that isn't available and the developer said he couldn't update it with the new format so I doubt if I get that one. I don't like the tabs up where they aren't as easy to see.  Of course you have to use Personas Plus to be able to change themes and your favorites are there and you can change the text color, etc. Another thing about  FF 57 I really like is you don't have to use the search bar, etc. All you have to to is type it in the space you would type a website and what every you searched for will come up. Plus you can get rid of the search bar and see more of your theme. Just click on Customize and pull the search bar down into the space. WaLa....no more search bar because you don't need it.  Let me know how you like the new Firefox!

Gonna get back to replying to some of the reviews. Have a great week end. 
Winter Finch

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quantum Launch Day!

Hideaway Sunset

Well, today is the big day for Firefox! The new and faster Firefox is out now. I installed it on my laptop but not my desktop. The way I test my themes is not available on 57 yet and until they fix Personas Plus I won't install it on the desktop. I am working with them so hopefully they can fix it. For anyone else, it will work fine. So try it and let us know how you like it. 

There must be a lot of new Firefox users because I am getting so many more reviews than usual. A lot more. I try to answer each and every one so it takes a lot more time, but I think if someone can take time to write a review I can certainly take the time to reply.

We were supposed to go to our son's birthday party on Sunday and we thought we did!  BUT when the whole family sat down to watch a video...it was a HAPPY 60th ANNIVERSAY that came up. It was pictures of us, with the kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Every family member made a video with their wishes and thoughts. Clear down the the 4 year old! My gosh, it was so fantastic. I cried of course. It was just so beautiful and special.  And we had our first wedding cake! It was a pretty special cake with mountains, trees, flowers and a Seahawks emblem! I am quite sure the cake maker had never made one like it. Such a surprise because our anniversary was months ago and we thought we had celebrated it with a dinner out with the kids! They had a photographer there and I can't wait to see the pictures. I know I am always commenting on our family but this just proved me right. Our family is very special and loving. Our daughter in law went to so much work! I hope she knows how much we appreciated it and love her.

We have been having lots of rain and high winds and sounds like it will be that way all week. 

Try out the new Firefox and let me know how you like it. I would love to have it here, on my desktop but since this is where I have Photoshop installed, this is where I make the designs so I am hoping Personas Plus gets some extra things added to it so I can preview my themes. Sometimes I have to re-do a theme ten or more times to get it to look right and fit in that small space. 

Have a great week.

 Grandad's Barn

 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Busy November

Harvest Basket

I wonder if November has been as busy for everyone else as it has at our house. Normally everyone would think our lives are very boring, but at our age we kind of like boring! But hubby has been busy getting everything winterized and doing some hunting. I have been very, very busy with Firefox. Working on themes and keeping everything updated. The most helpful extension I have is InformEnter and I use it a lot and it saves a lot of time. The developer has been very busy updating it to the new format Firefox will be using when FF 57 is launched on November 14th. He has been updating it several times a day and it is working all right. Not quite as good as the original but that is not his fault. I am very appreciate of all his hard work. If you fill out a lot of forms, etc. this is a must have. You can find it at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/informenter/

Personas Plus was updated today but I had to go back to the old version because I couldn't get the preview to work. I HAVE  to use a preview to test my themes. And I test over and over so I hope the version for 57 will work for me when I update to that version. Footers will not be available for 57 because they are doing away with the add on bar at the bottom. It really isn't necessary and that just makes one less step for a developer. 

I use to use an extension called Color Picker and the developer isn't updating that one so I have to us the one for Web Developers and it isn't quite a good. Anyway it isn't for my use. 

I love Tabs on the Bottom and so far that extension isn't available either. I am also learning to use The Pocket. 

I loved Simple Night Mode but that isn't being updated, either. So I am using Owl and that is pretty good but not as easy as the Simple Night Mode. 

Monday I had a 2 hour eye appointment. And after that I couldn't see very well because of all the drops he used. I have extreme dry eye syndrome and the cataract surgery made it flare up again. (That is the reason I have been using an extension to darken the computer pages) I have to use a steroid eye drop for a month and then go back to see him. He could actually see the dry spots on my eyes.

Tuesday my husband had an appointment with his cardiologist and that took half the morning. Wed. we had dental appts. and yesterday we went to one of our great grandson's Veterans Day assembly and that was all afternoon with the driving, etc.

This morning we went to Costco to get a lot of things we needed. 

Tomorrow we go to our oldest son's home for his 60th birthday party. It is hard to believe he will be that old. I was 18 when he was born and I remember how excited I was. I wasn't worried about being a mother because I was almost 13 when my baby sister was born and since we lived on a big farm in Iowa, my Mom was busy outside a lot so when she was outside working I was taking care of baby sis and learning to cook! But time goes way too fast. 

If you read my blog, you may remember I mentioned our daughter losing her cat she had had for 19 years. Well, she has a new pet now. Last Sunday she showed up with a 2 1/2 year old Brussels Griffon called Lola. She is so happy with her and it is good for her to have something to take care of when she gets home from work. Her kids arranged the whole thing and all she had to do was go pick her up. You can tell in her voice how much happier she is. 

Well, I have killed enough time and have a few designs in my mind I want to work on. A lot of things on Firefox are kind of getting backed up because of the new version coming out next week. The user count hasn't worked for almost a week. There doesn't seem to be an Up and Coming page anymore. And if there is I can't find it!

I hope you are all excited about the new and hopefully improved Firefox that will be launched next week. I just hope everything goes well.

Have a great week end.

Dimensions in Circles

Monday, October 30, 2017

Great Week End

Fall Painting

We had a wonderful week end. The weather was fantastic for October and  got our shopping done first thing Sat. morning. Had my cell phone on all day so our grandson could text us and keep us up on the Lacross Nationals that our great grandson played in in Florida. They won two games Saturday and lost one. Our son and daughter-in-law stopped in and we celebrated the 2 wins. then our daughter and her son and a grandson stopped in with two Papa Murphy pizzas. A bit later our youngest son and his oldest son came over, too. So it was a super great fun day. And I ate too much...

Sunday morning I got up at 5:30 and got my cell phone turned on and let our son and grandson know I was actually up! (We sleep in on Sunday so this was very different for us) The first game was at 6:00 AM our time and they won that one, so got to play for the National Championship at 8:00 our time. They were live streaming that so we got to watch that one, but..not a win. But the boys got silver medals and that is pretty darn good and we are all so proud of him and his team. 

Sunday afternoon our daughter came over and brought a bunch of food so we could watch the Seahawks game. That was a very nerve wrecking game. But the Hawks can usually always pull out of it at the very end of a game and get a win. I was pretty exhausted last night, though and ate too much food over the week end! But it was fun. 

Our weather has been so nice but now they are saying a cold spell coming down from Canada later in the week and we could get snow on Friday. Not ready for that.

Got stuff ready for Trick or Treaters tomorrow night. Since we live on a dead end road we usually only get great grandkids. And I have no idea what they are going to be dressed up as this year. I usually get a hint from one but not this year. I wouldn't be surprised that the 4 year old is something from Star Wars, though! Will be fun to see. 

My X Marks extension updated this morning so it will work when the FF 57 update is installed on Nov. 14th. That is a great add on if you have more than 1 computer because you can sync them so all your bookmarks, etc.  show up on each computer, tablet or whatever.

Well, guess I will get back to work on themes. I make about 8 or 9 more a day than I submit so my supply is increasing every day. Fall is such a pretty season to work with, though.

Have a safe great Halloween. Will update my blog on Wed. 

Beach Sunset

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!!!

Firefox Quantum

A beautiful fall day here in the Pacific Northwest. 

I am so excited for our oldest great grandson. He is 12 1/2 going on 16! He and his Dad, our grandson are flying out of Seattle later today on their way to Florida for the IMG Fall Lacrosse Nationals. What an experience for him. The whole team, Time Bandits were able to go. They managed to get enough money to pay for the trip. And every boy on the team is able to go. I can imagine how thrilled and excited they are today...lots of butterflies, I imagine. I have butterflies and am not going anywhere!

I am still looking for extensions I can use for Firefox 57. So far I have quite a few yet to find. The new and improved FF is supposed to be two times faster and uses 30 % less memory so other programs you might be using won't slow down. Use Firefox Private Browsing to block ads with trackers for extra peace of mind… and pages that load up to 44 % faster. So it sounds wonderful and I have faith enough in Mozilla that what they say is true. I am not using the beta version because I didn't want to foul up my theme submissions, so I will be trying in on November 14th like most people. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the submission pages will not be effected. And there won't be any bugs!

Are you ready for the Halloween trick or treaters? It is so different than it was when our kids were young, in the late 50's. They would dress up in home made costumes that we would put together. Since we lived in the mountains we had to drive them around to neighbors, since our closest neighbor was over a half mile from our home. But the neighbors would all work on making home made cupcakes, cookies, candy, etc. Can you imagine that happening now? Your child can't even open a wrapped candy if it has a hole in it, etc. Our kids could stand out by the road to catch the school bus and I wouldn't worry or have to watch them till they got on the bus. It is sad that parents can't feel safe for their kids and have to watch out for all the dangers out there. It was a simpler time and I personally think it was a better time. 

Last night my hubby gave me a hug and said "We are growing old together." (we were both feeling a little stiff and achy) And we are, growing old together.  I am so happy that I found someone that I can grow old with, love and be loved by and feel safe. We got engaged 61 years ago this Christmas! Sounds like a long time but in my mind it dosen't seem that way. Seems like yesterday. I was thinking about my life and if I had it to do over, would I change anything. Maybe a few small things but nothing big. I am glad we had our kids when we were young so we could do things with them that we wouldn't have been able to if we were older. And we enjoyed doing things with the grandkids that we weren't able to with our grandparents. And now we are having fun with the great grandkids and being a part of their lives. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful, close family that we get to see often. 

I have been working on a book cover for an author and he seems to like the last layout I sent. I am hoping it will work out for him. If everything works out, I will post when his book is published. 

Time to work on lunch. Have a great week end and take care of yourselves. I will be close to my cell phone because our grandson is going to send out group texts when the lacrosse games are on. If they should go to the last two teams we can watch it on ESPN!

Have a Happy Halloween and don't eat the goodies!

Halloween Halloween

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time!

Rainy Fall Drive

Can you believe how fast October is going? The weather changed so quickly here in the Pacific Northwest. One day it was nice and hot and the next it was cold and rainy. Cold and rainy is here to stay...I put the clothes pins up today because I don't think I will be hanging laundry out anymore this year.

My 60th class reunion was last Saturday night and it was so great. One of my best friends from high school was there and I hadn't seen her for 30 years. Like I have said before there were only 5 girls in my graduation class and 2 of those have passed away. But I recognized everyone...which is pretty amazing how much we have all changed. 

I am anxious to get Firefox 57 update in...but yet am dreading it. I know things will change and I don't like change! It sounds like a lot of my extensions won't be updated so will have to do work arounds. There are new extensions coming on line everyday, though that will work with 57 so things will work out in the end. Hopefully. It is supposed to be much faster and safer. It sounds like there won't be a footer in the themes anymore, though. Which is fine, I guess. Less work for sure.

I thought I had lost another very sentimental item last week. I told you about the Pocket Angel. I have told you how we took care of my Mother after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Well, my husband made a lot of silver rings during that time. He made one for me out of a silver dollar his Mom had given us and I wear it as a wedding ring and have for years. I think you can actually see it in the Firefox video. He made rings for our daughter and several others out of old silver quarters. It takes hours for him to make them and don't ask me how because I don't really know...it takes a lot of hammering and turning, etc. Anyway, my Mom said she wanted one so he made her one which she wore the last months of her life. After she passed we took the ring off of her little finger and I put it on mine. And I had never taken it off. I know you can see that ring in the video. Anyway...to make this long story shorter...as I was getting ready for the class reunion I noticed the ring wasn't on my little finger..and I panicked. We looked all over the house and the car for it, tore the bed apart but not anywhere.  So I thought and thought about where and what I had done that day. I had noticed the ring was getting a bit loose but didn't think it would fall off. Anyway...I FOUND IT! It was in the rubber glove I use for washing dishes. I am going to have to have it squeezed a bit to make it smaller, though, or I will lose it again.

I went to town to do the shopping this morning by myself. First time in ages that we haven't gone together. But Hubby is hunting with a grandson and great grandson today so it was up to me....I am so spoiled because he has been doing the driving, pushing the cart, loading bags into the car, taking the cart back, and unloading the car when we get home. I am so spoiled.

Well, I am going to get back to work. Have to mop the floors. Have a good week.

Steam Engine

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cold Rainy Friday

Chilly Fall Morning

I was so pleased with how the above theme turned out. It is from a Thomas Kinkaid painting. It takes a lot of time to move and rearrange a painting or photo so it will all work together smooth and flowing on a theme. As you all know I love the cabin and farm paintings I can re-work into a theme.

Our weather totally changed way too quickly. We had super warm days early in the week. Even yesterday was pretty nice but today is a very cold, windy, rainy day. I don't like it! Put the heated mattress pad and flannel sheets on the bed today. Have to keep warm!

My 60th class reunion is tomorrow night and I have to admit I am a bit stressed out. I still haven't decided what to wear and wonder why is it so important that you look really nice for a class reunion! I had ordered an alumni hoodie that I was going to wear. That way I would be comfortable and warm. Well, it hasn't even shipped yet....so that idea is out the window. I may end up and run into Target in the morning to find something. 

I am still trying to find extension replacements for Firefox 57. You might want to check out: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/quantum/
 This will give you an idea of what is to come. It is supposed to be faster and safer. I have noticed that ever so often I get a pop up from Windows 10 telling me that edge is faster. NOT!  

Misty Fall Morning
Well, I am going to sign off now and look through closets again. Wish me luck!