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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!!



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

🦊🦊 Just an update 🦊🦊

Fractal Flower Lights

Wow, it has been a busy time. Our snow drifts are finally gone. We were snowed in for a week...but we had stocked up on everything so we were fine. And we don't get bored easily since we are always busy.

We had Bath Fitters come in and re-do our master bath last fall and it looked wonderful and we were very pleased....BUT I thought it might be leaking because I noticed the flooring looked kind of funny a month or so ago. Anyway during our snowed in time...my foot got wet on the carpet right outside the bath door! I thought I might have spilled a bit of water when I filled a water bottle so didn't worry about it. But I got up at 3:30 AM and my foot got really wet! I put down microfiber towels to soak it up and tried to go back to bed...but there was no way that was going to happen. So I called them at 6:00 and left a message. They called back at 9:00 but since the roads were so bad she said there was no way they could get up here so we were kind of on our own. It would be at least 8 days before they could get up. We couldn't shut the water off for that long so I just got busy soaking it up and we did that for a week. Hubby used the wet-dry vac a couple times a day...and we managed to keep the carpet from getting any wetter. It got so I could actually hear the dripping! So that has been a lot of fun! But they came up this morning, found the leak, fixed it and we have to let everything dry out before they can close it up, etc. If the flooring doesn't go back to normal, he said they would replace the flooring. More to follow on this...since there is a lot of drying out to go.

I had the cyst on my knee (that popped up after my knee replacement) removed yesterday and Dr. doesn't think it will grow back...so that is done. My husband's kidney surgery is next Fri., the 31st so we have that to look forward to. I hope and pray it goes as well as his last surgery. 

Has everyone updated their Windows 7 to Windows 10? I know there are a lot of people that don't want to, but you really need to do so. I personally did not like the way Win 10 works so I found a wonderful free program that makes it work and look just like 7. It is called Classic Shell and it is great. You can find it at several places....https://www.filehorse.com/download-classic-shell/
so just find a site you feel comfortable downloading it from and then set it up. I watched several different videos to figure it out....but it is fairly easy and I think you will like it. Our grandson that works on all the computers at Western Washington College has one lady that didn't want to have him update her computer to Win 10 so I think he was going to set Classic Shell up for her. I hope she will like it as much as I do!

Little Cabin on the Hill

I know...I added another cabin theme...but I like cabins.

Hope you all have a good week and managing to get through all the updates and winter weather.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

❄❄❄❄Cold Northwest❄❄❄❄

Cats Nap

Winter finally decided to stick around awhile. It has been so cold and northeast wind blowing. The storm we had last February blew a bunch of our huge spruce trees down so the northeast wind really hits us harder. Big snowdrifts in front of our garage so we are pretty much snowed in. Since it wasn't snowing last Saturday we decided to take a run for groceries so we are pretty well stocked up. I am hoping this clears up some but they are calling for more snow so don't know if we can get out this weekend or not. One of our sons stopped in Sat. after we got back from town and chopped and brought in enough wood to last for the week. I am hoping this weather clears up though. I have an eye appointment and have to have a cyst removed from my knee next week. For some reason a cyst formed under the incision from my knee replacement last March. It is right where I hit it constantly and it is like someone poking an ice pick into my knee when it happens. I am just hoping it is healed up enough by the time my husband has his kidney removal surgery the 31st.

Well, Firefox had another update and screwed around with the themes. In case you didn't notice....the search bar would turn black so the theme didn't show through. I had quite a few complaints and questions regarding it. I have spent hours and hours updating all my themes so the search bar would be transparent and let the theme show through. All that time wasted! I am a bit upset about it and I see no reason for it but apparently someone in power thought it a good idea. There is no way I am going to go back and update all 20,000 plus themes so if you have one that you especially want changed, please make a review with a comment, or email me and I will update it.

Then one day last week I was locked out of my Firefox account. I worked all day trying to get that figured out and finally the wonderful woman that was helping me called me and walked me through getting signed in again. I have the 2 step authentication and I think I screwed up my Google app on my phone. Thank you, dear Caitlin! She went above and beyond what she needed to do. 

I have tried to submit themes for Thunderbird and am unable to. You have to be able to do something that is above and beyond my 81 year old mind. I tried and tried to figure out how to do it and finally gave up. Maybe someday when I have no stress I will try again...but for now if you want my themes on Thunderbird there are quite a few available. 

With all the stress from the last year, it finally caught up with me. I did really well getting through 2019 but around Oct. my neck and shoulders started hurting so badly in the mornings, where I couldn't open our bedroom shade even. New Years Eve day I could hardly walk I was so stiff. Couldn't raise my arms and my back and knees hurt so I broke down and went do the Dr. He diagnosed it pretty quickly. Polymyalgia Rheumatica. Apparently it is kind of genetic and my Mother had it. I guess it only lasts around 3 years! I am not pleased about having to take steroids and will start cutting them back as soon as I can. Just have to get through my husband's next surgery and get him back healthy. Plus I am not a winter person. I hate it...I hate the cold...I hate having to wear so many clothes.

I am going to sign off for the day and clean out my Tupperware drawer! It is a total mess...I know where everything is but have to sort some of it out and get rid of it. As soon as I do, though I will need it from something...

Have a good week! 

Full Moon Forest

Friday, December 27, 2019

🕰 ✨HAPPY NEW YEAR ✨🕰

Glorious Sunset

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.And I hope you had a wonderful Christmas or whatever it is you celebrate during this season.

We had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Grandkids and great grandkids showed up with food and gifts Christmas Eve day. We got rocking chairs for our deck. Can't wait till summer when we can use them. I like to move so I love rockers. We have a rocker in every room "almost". Rocking is comforting to me and sometimes when my Fibromyalgia keeps me up at night I will sit in a rocker and rock as fast as I can...and that helps me get over it. They were all wrapped up in brown paper and we couldn't tell what they were so I asked them if they got us both walkers? 

Christmas day we got got up early and got the Christmas chicken wings in the oven. They take 3 hours to cook and you have to turn them every hour. It is an old family recipe and everyone loves them. Actually I posted the recipe on this blog years ago. The problem this year was I didn't make enough so have to make more next year. It is just our kids and spouses (if they have one) on Christmas day so it is a smaller group. Everyone brings snacks since we decided we didn't want to have a big meal. Snacks are easier and more fun, cause you can eat all day. I did make a pineapple upside down cake for dessert, though. Sent the leftover cake home with our youngest son. We have so many desserts that people had given us we couldn't eat it all. I had to freeze two apple pies, some muffins and several bunches of cookies. I think we are set up for awhile. Then we played UNO for about 5 hours. We laughed and had so much fun...plus lots of hugs and love. It was wonderful and I am even more blessed to have my husband with me this year. There were many days during this past summer when I didn't think that would be. So it was an extra special Christmas for me. 

 I have been trying to learn how to submit themes for Thunderbird. At almost 81 years old, I am having a hard time. They are much more difficult to submit that Firefox themes. So far I haven't been able to submit any and I won't be able to get back to it till after the holiday since a lot of Firefox/Mozilla people are off for the holidays. But I will figure it out....hopefully before I am 82. So everyone that has requested them...I am trying....please have patience. 

Going to sign off for now. Happy New Year to you and yours.  

Old Pick Up Truck

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

⛄ Using Themes on Newest Thunderbird ⛄


Holiday Greetings for You

I have been asked numerous times about adding a theme to the latest version of Thunderbird. To be honest, I hadn't updated my Thunderbird so didn't realize themes didn't want to work! So I posted on the theme forum and got an answer today. It is not the easiest answer to follow but I managed to figure it out...so I am sure the rest of you can if I did.

"The easiest way to install themes in Thunderbird is to open the Add-ons Manager and then use the search bar or the other navigation options to go through the themes available on https://addons.thunderbird.net/. It should still work.
It’s easier to install them through Thunderbird than to try to download them using a browser and then installing them manually."

Install the latest version of Thunderbird/Add on Manager/Themes/ Featured Extensions/Themes/Top Rated/ Choose the theme you want and click Add to Thunderbird/ and then you can choose newest/top rated/etc. If you want my themes you can put in a search as "by MaDonna". It only shows 93 themes and I don't know why. Or if you want a specific theme, try putting the name of the theme in the search but not all will work on Thunderbird for some reason.

Let me know if this works for you or if I need to get better information for you. Like I say, it worked for me!

Monday, December 9, 2019

❄ Oh My, It's December! ❄

Winter Glowing Green

I am highlighting one of my older themes but it is time tested and still a pretty good winter/Christmas theme.

I am happy to see I have some new followers. Thanks for becoming a follower and checking in on it once in awhile. You will probably see I am very sporadic at posting. Here it is 9 days into December and I just realized I still had Thanksgiving on my blog...Let us hope your Thanksgiving leftovers didn't last this long!

I am still working on updating themes and I did not realize I had so many Christmas themes and very few had been updated...so I am working on it.

My husband is doing very well....slow and steady. The Doctors have scheduled his kidney cancer surgery for late January. I am just hoping by then the soreness from all of his abdominal incisions from the October surgery are better. They are going to do this next surgery robotically also and there will be around 6 or 7 incisions but on his side. They also said this surgery will be 4 to 5 hours long and is riskier than the first one because there are so many blood vessels in the kidney. At this time they don't know if they will be removing just the growth, part of the kidney or the entire kidney.

Our Thanksgiving was very pleasant. No one brought up politics so everyone was speaking to one another and we all had a good time. Got to see a couple grandsons we don't get to see as often as we would like. Dinner was good and we did have some left overs! Which I do like...

Time to get the fire started for the evening so I will sign out for now.

Don't spend to much money on Christmas! But have fun shopping!

Christmas Tree Shine

Monday, November 18, 2019

Small Setback!

1 Fall Country Farm

Well, everything was going along soooo sell and then last Thursday my dear husband starting bleeding so I took him to the ER first about 6:00 AM. They took tests, etc. and we got to come home. He stopped bleeding on his own and was taking it a bit easier. He had been splitting wood, etc and shouldn't have since it had only been 3 weeks since his surgery. Then yesterday the hospital called and said the culture had shown bacteria growing so he had to go on antibiotic and hopefully that will clear everything up. It just seems like we start thinking everything is going to be over soon and then you get kicked in the butt! We will overcome this, too. 

I found a new extension I am liking. I have sensitive dry eye syndrome so light hurts my eyes and I had been using an extension that darkens websites. I tried another one last week called Dark Reader. So far so good. If the brightness bothers your eyes, give it a try. I will keep you informed on which one I like best. 

I don't know why I keep working on new themes. I guess it is therapy! I have so many farm, country, cottage themes made so I should stop making them. They really aren't very popular because I think the younger users are into gaming, etc. and many have probably never set foot on a farm!

I am sure you have noticed that when you go to your Add On/Themes they are listed in alphabetic order, which I do like. BUT I wish they would leave the theme you are using on the top until you disable it. I have to test every theme I make after it has been accepted and on line. But then I would like to be able to go back to the theme I was currently using but you can't. So I am putting a number 1 or 2 in front of a title so it will be at the top of my list. Because lets face it, we all have at least one theme, we really, really like.

My Fibromyalgia has really acted up lately. I don't know if it is stress or cold weather since both aggravate it. I am trying Tumeric to see if that will help the inflammation. Most of the pain is caused from inflammation they say. So we shall see. I never found anything that ever really helped in all 30 years I have had it. 

I am finding it hard to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving. I am so thankful that my husband is here and doing pretty well. And thankful that our family is doing well and are so close. It isn't that, it is just that I am so tired...the thought of doing all that cooking, etc. is kind of hard to get excited about. But have to get into the spirit of it by the week end because I have to really get to work...

Well I had best get to work. Almost time to figure out something that is very healthy for dinner. I would be satisfied just having a smoothie but have to cook for my husband. I find it hard to think...

Hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather and is happy and healthy.  

If I don't get back before Thanksgiving...have a great one and hopefully you have family to share the day with.

🦃

Friday, November 8, 2019

👌 Everything is Great

F-fox Gumball Bright

I have some time to catch up on my blog and it is all good. My almost 84 year old husband came through a very serious 4 1/2 hour surgery with flying colors. And everything is going very well. He just came in and said he was going on a hike! He has to get his blood count back up and his strength. In a month we go back and will see about getting the small cancer in his kidney removed. I feel so grateful and happy. If someone would have told me we would be in this place last July, I wouldn't have believed them. But he is an amazing man and I am happy and proud to be looking ahead to our 63rd wedding anniversary.

I have actually found time to make some new designs using some of the newer Firefox logos. And I so enjoy making the fall themes because of the bright colors.

 Thanksgiving Farm

Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and I will be having our usual Thanksgiving dinner. This will be the 61st Thanksgiving dinner in a row I have made. The first few I made were not turkey but venison that my husband had shot. As you know (if you have been reading my blog for awhile) we lived up in the mountains east of Everett, WA. My husband worked for the United States Forest Service so we lived close to the work! We loved it up there, over 11 miles from town and our nearest neighbor was over a mile away. So our kids were raised in a far different life style than most. But they learned how to play with each other, work together and not have to be taken to ballet, fancy birthday parties, dance, and every other thing that kids have to do now. They learned how to be without electricity after a snow storm. And we had a lot of those. My husband would pack water in buckets from the creek for our water supply because the pump wouldn't work if the electricity was out. And we had a lot of snow storms, but it was a beautiful soft snow that didn't drift like it does up here close to the Canadian border. 

Wow, I got off on a tangent there, didn't I?

Back to Thanksgiving....I have used the same menu and cooked the same things from the same old family recipes. I don't make near as much food anymore because aunts, uncles, and cousins came to dinner, and my parents and grandparents. Most of them are gone now, and missed. So it is a much smaller group. And I get much tireder when it is all done!

We have been having great sunshiny weather for November. Which is unheard of. November is usually our wettest month...and it sounds like we will be getting some rain this weekend.  

I am still working on theme updates and actually removing some of the old ones that weren't very good and no one uses. I should probably remove even more. So many of the new themes are made in Firefox color and are all so similar. I can't use Persona Plus to test my themes anymore and I really am upset about that. Using Firefox Color to test themes is not very user friendly. Plus you can only test so many and then I have to either delete the storage of remove FC and re-install it. They are supposed to be updating it soon so it may get easier.

Going to sign off for now. I hope you all a very good weekend and don't spend too much money Christmas shopping!

Thankful Thanksgiving Owls