About

...the Island Girl!

Bio: Hello and welcome to my island! I write that because: 1. I live on one; 2. I love islands! Any kind of island and I've spent time on several. I have many things to share because my interests are as wide and varied as the ocean. I am a FOOL-osopher with a crazy, impish sense of humor. LIfe is like a diamond; mistakes are just lessons; everybody is different. Given this bit of information, my purpose with this blog is the share my perspective on the many facets of life as I've experienced it and what I've learned on my journey. Instead of putting a lot of that here, just read on and learn about where I've been, what I've learned and how I've lived. There could be unsolicited advice given, a crazy story told, a whimsical musing on one of my many interests. There will be photos, recipes and maybe even some cool tips for making your own life a little easier. Who knows? I would like to share these things with others in hopes that my written word either brings them up out of a low, inspires them in some way or perhaps helps with some dilemma they are currently in. I just want to put a smile on everyone's face that I touch. Read on, if you are curious. Slow your roll and enjoy the ride.... PLEASE NOTE: In many of the comments I have been receiving, there have been requests on contact information. If you are REALLY exploring my site and reading what is here, you will notice that most of my posts have a Contact form embedded in them. That is the way you can directly get in touch with me. If you really wish to contact me, use those tools. That is what they are there for. Explore and enjoy! This site is always dynamic!

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    • Yes, I do have a contact page. It is very basic. If you look just above that pretty photo of mine on the left, just below the tag line (“It’s all relative; ya gotta be real”), there is a tab labelled “Contact.” Click on that and it will open to give you that information. Thank you for the kind words. It is going to expand over time. I have changes coming even this week! Fun ones!

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    • Greeting from very NORTH of you! That is ONE WAY to counteract boredom! I’m glad it led you to read on my site. Thank you for the positive input. The quick loading may be in the simplicity of the site design itself. You are welcome to visit again!

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    • I’ve heard this before and did a little digging. If Safari works then stick with it. It isn’t my site; it’s Internet Explorer. It has compatibility issues with a lot of things. I haven’t used IE since the Windows 97 days because it is a giant PIG of a browser with just too much on it to be useful. I use Chrome with absolutely NO issues. Try that.

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    • Of course I get a lot of spam! I think anyone with accounts on the internet, whether it is email, a blog or some other account will receive spam. Do I have a fix to reduce it? No. None other that the spam area they go into and careful screening of it before I dispose of the real spam. It takes a clever eye to spot what isn’t from the incredibly amounts of spam that is. If you perused my site, you will have noticed a page I’ve posted that is also a post article that I expanded upon about spam. I recommend you read “Sir Spamalot.” It addresses what I’ve observed about spam and my thoughts on it.

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    • Thank for the compliment. My process for ‘centering’ begins with making sure I have as few distractions around me as possible. I get up very early in the morning, for now, because my spouse currently works third shift, so I’m by myself. I get a very nice cup of coffee, go through email, FB, and moderate comments on my site like the one you sent. That’s a nice warm up. Simple, casual correspondence is like warm up exercises before a good workout. With all of that out of the way, I get another cup of coffee and put on a nice playlist of mixed genre music and play a simple few games of Solitaire (I call it “sillytaire” because it’s a low key, no brainer activity) to totally clear my head of distracting thoughts and it allows me to decide what I want to accomplish on my site for the time being. Then, I just start working on posts. I haven’t gotten to the point of writing large page writings yet. Those are pieces that I work on over time….Always have a plan or direction….Point yourself there and let your heart and soul take it from there…..

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    • Thanks! The only thing I can say is keep it simple. The more flash you add the slower things may get. Those ‘videos’ you refer to are actually just slide shows of my photos….I like that method of presenting them. It keeps the reader/viewer from having to actually scroll or click through a large series of them.

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    • Thank you! I’ve been blogging since April of this year. I simply did the WordPress tutorial and learned to build my site using that and one of the many free themes they offered. I outgrew the free one and purchased and Premium theme that supports different media. I’ve learned that an overly flashy site can work against you and overwhelm the reader. Simple elegance is the way I choose to go. Keep it simple and pleasing to the eye. The images are all my own.

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    • I think that with the different browser available and the difference between computer systems WILL cause some compatibility issues. I’m just a blogger and have not noticed any issues from my end. I.E. tends to have issues with A LOT of things. My advice to you is to use Chrome; not I.E. I do not use I.E. for anything. I find it a dog of a program. All patches and little functionality.

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  26. I had the same issue when I started out. First, before deciding what theme you want to use, outline what you would like to do with your site. For example, I knew I wanted to write both short and lengthy posts. I haven’t gotten to the lengthy stuff yet because the requires concentrated time without interruption for me and I haven’t found the equilibrium. I continue to keep notes for that, though. Next, I’m a photographer so I wanted to be able to showcase my photo images. I love music, so I wanted to include that. I love to cook so there had to be something there, as well. With all of that in mind, I literally mapped out what I thought I should do with my site on a legal-sized tablet. Then, I took the tutorial that WordPress offers. Do that so you can learn what they have to offer.

    Originally, I started out choosing a free theme. They have so many, and I did take time to peruse them all. When I got the hang of building my site, then, because I knew I would need storage space, went ahead and purchased a Premium theme which includes much needed storage for images, music and videos. I wanted something where I had room to grow. The image you see first when you come to my site is one of my own, as are all of the others. I also knew that simplicity is key. Folks don’t need to be distracted by tons of fancy bells and whistles. Although impressive, they can deter from what you want people to see. Start with research and education. Take the tutorial, plan out what you want to do with your site and then begin the build process. It can be tedious and you need to be open to adapt to alternatives if your original ideas aren’t quite what works.

    You need patience, perseverance, a willingness to learn and discipline. A basic knowledge of computers and software helps.

    In my world, the only stupid question is an unasked one and there isn’t such a thing as “off topic” when you want to learn something. That’s just streams of consciousness…..Good luck.

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  27. When someone writes an article he/she keeps the thought of a user in his/her mind that how a user
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    Thanks!

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    • Thank you! I’m kind of a traditionalist when it comes to writing. With all of the technology out there (cell phones, tablets, etc…), I find formal writing becoming a lost art. I would like to preserve that. I don’t even care to learn to text! There is more to this site. Explore away and enjoy! Come again, often, because it is ever-growing!

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  28. Nope. It’s all about who I am! Registering the site was simple a savvy move for legal protection. I’m glad you enjoyed it. As the fall months roll into winter, etc….the site will be very, very dynamic. Many planned additions and more serious writing. I can post photos all day, but I also like to write. I just find spring and summer too much of a writing distraction. I have to be OUTSIDE! Come again, soon!

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    • Hey Tom! Thanks, man! I still have A LOT yet to do…..This summer has been a real busy one so I haven’t been able to get to it. I’m going to try to get to your photos tomorrow. I had a really full week and weekend. Took hundreds of photos of the hydro race. I got to sneak down into the pits. There’s the fishing. Hubby caught two on Sunday morning within 20 minutes. Family is supposed to be in town on Wednesday and then, of course, the volunteering on Friday. I think I’m A LOT more busier in retirement than when I was working but it sure is great because its MY OWN! Stand by for the photos and thanks again for the feedback. Come visit again! I’ll be loading up more music, recipes, pearls ‘o wisdom , tips, stories, etc…..I gotta get a tablet…

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  29. Cat, we are kindred sisters indeed! In time, I will share my story of despair, forgiveness, hope and finally spiritual freedom, too! Just not yet. I have too many things in the proverbial “hopper” to post, first. Thank you for posting the FIRST comment on my site! Welcome and come back again! I’m a little slower in posting during “growing season.” I garden, too! So, during this part of the year, I am outside AND learning a new camera. So much to do and so little time to do it all! It’s all GRAND, though! Keepin’ it real!

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  30. Hello Island Girl!

    I love “Girl Power”! Looks like you have just started blogging recently? I wish you much success with your blog, and together we can “Keep It Real”! I Thank You for stopping by my space I call blog home. Hope to see you again, and very nice to meet you!🙂

    Hugs& Blessings,
    Author, Cat Lyon🙂

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