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I don't know what to say about myself when I'm put on the spot, and right now, that's how I feel. There are times I feel invincible, and times I feel so insecure. It's a feeling that I don't like.

Creativity may run in the family, I found some hints as to why I try to make perfect art, Lately, I have been trying to break the perfection gene. Map makers have to be perfect, not artists. Don't get me wrong, art takes practice and a certain amount of skill and training. Sure I can draw a box and say it's an apple. That would be an abstract of the apple form, but to get it to look like an apple, practice and a certain amount of perfection to make it look realistic. A square apple does sound interesting.

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The boring part. I started the day by going to work. I have a day job. On break I walked two flights of stairs. Now to ramble on to see if I can get some inspiration for drawing tonight. Perhaps I'll draw a map. I'm surrounded by maps at work. Perhaps just a cartouche. Strange, distant Uncle Martin Baty Lewis did not decorate his maps. That's it, a cartouce fit for a map. Spoiler, might take more than one day, so I'll be sure to post progress images.

The cartouche may be more ambitious than I has originally planned, but I shall attempt.

The cartouche has been started. I am going to set up a digital frame to use as an outline. It will be printed out in a light blue color, so that I can ink over it and remove any of the blue showing through the ink. Like using a non-photo blue pencil on a mechanical layout that was set up before the dawn of computers.

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Keeping up with web content will be my Inktober challenge. I will draw, I will ink, but I need to keep up with daily blogging. I like the simple days of html, and they are long gone.

I have been drawing, I will draw and ink creatures out of halloween candy. See the (visual link) imagery notes for this day.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Inktober has been changed to Oct-coder. It appears HTML would be a more fitting daily challenge. (Saturday October 5)

What a day. I mostly blew it. I did some tweaking on the cartouche file. Dare I say? Part of me is stressing over an announcement made where I work. A contest of sorts. How well will I be able to compete? Stay tuned for updates.

This is my Friday, WOOT! I will have all day tomorrow to prepare for the contest. My head is spinning. Part of that is due to a headache that I woke up with. Most of the headaches I've had during my life is due to neck stress. I do not recall anything that would cause it last night. Let's see how well I can describe it. The beastly headache is constant. Anymore, it seems noise and light bothers me (more than it used to). There seems to be a constant bad smell in the air, similar to a strong chemical smell that I can't get away from, like really strong hot peppers. The smell seems to be there, even when there is nothing causing the smell. I need to stay hydrated, during the day, and avoid eating too much. If the smell sensation gets any stronger, hurling seems like it could be a possibility. Not to mention all the construction that is going on the Capital Complex in Austin. Find a good way to avoid most of the crazy drivers, then a road gets closed for utility work and aggressive cars are appearing out of no where. Austin is one of the worst cities in Texas to drive in. I'm sure driving stress is contributing to the headache. Then there is the constant pounding. Excavators, digging equipment. I would be nice if they found an old skull or something and have to stop for a while.

pjcassel.com is live. At this time, there is no content. Prepping for the contest at work has taken most of today. I have been arguing with code all day. I think the outcome of the fight is pretty decent. There's a lot to HTML and CSS. I completely understand the benefit of CSS, I just think it would be helpful to have a preview option with the interface.

Inktober will be interesting. Life has already gotten in the way. I may not draw every single day, but I will have something to show for it. Check back.

The 30 day challenge. Well, it started out being Inktober. Necessary priorities says it should be HTML that I should practice for 30 days. Might have to delve into PHP as well. Code is different, Dreamweaver was touted as a GUI interface for HTML when I first heard about it. Then I took a class on Dreamweaver. Did the class focus on GUI design? NO! If focused on code design, using the GUI as a way to double check your work. You can get previews with the HTML code part, but getting CSS previews is difficult. Write CSS ... Save file ... update HTML preview.

Then there's the fact I wanted small type at the bottom of my web page. Natural assumption for myself, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5 and H6 tags for headlines, should I be able to write P, P1, P2 and etc tags for paragraphs. No, it does not mean that. HTML absolutely does not like P1, P2 and any other style of P(#) tags. I was trying out different ideas on how to center my P1 tag before work, it was close (had I spent anymore time on it, I might have been late). Without changing the CSS, I changed the tag to be a P tag, because I had tried everything else. Boom chalkalacka, it worked, text centered. There's probably another way of doing it. That is why the October challenge should be HTML instead of ink. Ink is for the retirement job (I started early).

I was chatting with a new friend last night on Facebook. I was invited to a group of local women, and I complained about the difficulty of code. One person replied to my comments, then other women did not understand the techie. I felt best to take the conversation away from the group. I am so often accused of thinking I'm smarter than everyone else with my skill sets. I don't think that at all, I just think I have different skill sets that I can use to benefit other people, and they have skill sets that I can benefit from. They don't need my skill sets, I don't need their skill sets, we just need to benefit from each other's knowledge. Back to the story, I nearly burnt my brain on HTML yesterday, and I was chatting with her last night. She mentioned PHP, another form of HTML. That did it. This site is not totally responsive. My apologies if you're on a phone. I'm going to dive into PHP, it's going to be brutal.

OOPSIE, just checked the phone, it is responsive. I should still dive into PHP though.

Just getting started. I finished up the candy corn creature last night. See the imagery for October 1. After thinking about it, I put it there instead of today. It belongs there as part of the grouping.

What else did I do today? I prepared for the contest at work. The products page had been started. I'm not exactly sure what I want to put on the contact page. We will see what happens tomorrow. Right now, it's time to take a break.

I did some computer updates this evening, so this entry is late. Thought I had it all figured out, referring to an html file nested inside another html file. It did not work as expected. That means more trial and error experimentation. I will get it figured out. After all, right now, I don't have a lot of pages to manage. What if that changes? Better to figure out nesting now, than when I suddenly have upwards of 20 pages or more to manage.

My entry for the contest is in. Now to wait on the results of the judging.

I wake up and my head spins, mild headache. The mildest all week. It's a good day. Making a good habit of getting my html on. Installed Catalina on the desktop last night and it nixed some of my favorite applications. We knew it was going to happen. How much will it cost me to find alternate applications. In the meanwhile, maybe I can hold off on upgrading the laptop.

It's only Tuesday, and I need to find a good tutorial on nesting html files within iframe tags.

I got it, I got it! Found the Dreamweaver feature I need to learn more about to make nested code. If only remembering features didn't take so much jogging.

It's working! Templates have been set up, and reworking the web site.

Yay! It's Wednesday. And I'm catching up on HTML. Oct-coder is working out well enough. I'm blogging everyday. The goal is to work smarter, not harder. I don't feel like saying much today.

Well...I'm definately getting bolder with coding (for someone that prefers not to code). Taking it one step at a time. I want to move the blog to a Word Press site, to allow for commenting. Right now, I'm happy to know that I haven't forgotten everything. HTML5 is an upgrade and different mind set from HTML4. I'm making progress.

I have been arranging the dates on this page by section tags, maybe they should be article tags. Once I figure it out, copy and replace is an option that would be easily used to correct and HTML mistags.

The day started off with a bang, er rather the shattering of glass. It woke me up from a nightmare, I'm not complaining. I will say one thing about the nightmare. It made me feel isolated.

And I thought I was being careful. There have been two typos as of now. Both have been corrected.

Interesting thought. Having been trained for print production, I'm on the look out for "widows and orphans," web pages with responsive design doesn't seem to care. I can fix a paragraph for the desktop view, and it looks very different on the tablet or the phone (with a few "widows and orphans." Something else to mess with my brain.

Took a little vacation today, 4 hours. Spent my time off relaxing. All work and no play is not good.

Site wise, I did work on the contact page, I'm not quite ready to make that one live. I have also been tweaking out the products page. Speaking of products, you may wonder why I don't have my own store. I have a day job, I am not in a position to handle fulfilment orders. I don't have a way of getting to the post office during the day.

brain overload

I'm getting ideas on how to better organize this page. Which way to go? Not sure yet.

Hmm, it's still Saturday, right? Good thing. I have been working on the Contact page and the Products page. And taking it easy, a vew breaks every now and then so my head doesn't explode.

Ding dang computers, messing with them is an easy way to get discombobulated. My 50¢ word for the day.

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Oh NO! It's Sunday the 13th! More discombobulation. Imagine that two 50¢ words within two days. My head might explode again. I try to live a simple life. I know, not going to happen, since I'm a techie person. I can make a file sing and dance it's way across the floor to the press and insure it will come off looking like a rock star. That's from the prepress side, once it leaves my hands, I have no control over how it looks. Just because I'm techie, don't get any ideas that this is an easy process. I can spend a couple of hours tweaking a bit of code, just to make it look right.

Then there's the computer. I updated to Catalina last week. How did that go you may ask? It has gone fine for the most part, except for when I open applications for the first time (Like Photos, and it take two hours to organize and arrange everything the way the app thinks it should be). At that point, it's easier to go away, and let the computer mess everything up, than it is to try and work while it's messing up my thought process. Hence, discombobulation. Oops, I said it agian.

I have my new email set up for the new domain. It is art@pjcassel.com. Spam filters are up! Woot! It doesn't mean all of them will work, hopefully, most of them. Contact page will be going live within the week. Contact page is officially live.

I got tired of looking at the computer, so I took a break to practice drawing. The results are linked to the (visual link) imagery for today. I was trying something different than realistic. Realistic doesn't seem to work out for me. We will call this one, Hurdor, he can be one of my ancestors (smirk).

This is the 3rd day in a row to feel such discombobulation. Not complaining, the day just seemed longer that what it should have felt.

What about the contest at work? The jury has yet to make a decision. I hope it's me, yeah, I do.

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Time to add video editing to the skill set. I call it, "prankster at midnight or there about." Need more sleep. I was up for hours after the doorbell incident. I did get a chance to work on video editing skills. Based on the fact that I have studied Flash, it was not difficult to pick up the timeline work. It was just a question of looking up a few things.

That is the clearest frame from the video.

I slept better last night. The doorbell pranksters kept me up the night before. Thought there was a chance they'd come back. We alerted the neighbors, no one else received a visit. After being up most of the night, I set a limit on a 2 hour nap.

This afternoon, I get to have holes poked into the skin for an allergy test, so not looking forward to it.

This is a different layout, going with accordion panels. Tried yesterday to figure some of this out, it didn't work. I had better success today. There is still some tweaking to do. However, I can live with this for the moment.

Off today for multiple doctor appointments (preventative stuff). Head spinning from a mild headache. Yes, I have taken something for it, and I'm in a working condition.

By the way, I haven't given up on the cartouche, just haven't been talking about it.

Friday! Friday Dance! However, feeling a little ill, it might be allergies. It's not the worst I've ever felt. But I have been feeling icky for a few days. Not sick icky, maybe fragile icky.

This weekend, I plan to work on the art page this weekend. I plan to make some more art too. I have some ideas for a video series on font recognition. For geeky folks like me. I have a lot I want to do, however, the mind gets crowded with ideas and I go into overload. Sometimes I feel like the only person with that issue but I know there has to be more people out there like me. We are the ones that get accused of not being able to complete a project. I have one thing to say about this website, it will always be under construction. Posting something to the site everyday is a goal.

This is a lazy day. Time to get unlazy. There are so many things I want to do, how to decide which one to do. Decided to work on a coloring page for the new book. I can't show the artwork until I'm finished.

Had to take a break, so I decided to color. I'll post tomorrow.

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I did finish up the coloring page yesterday. While it shows some impatience towards the end. I'm pleased with it. The art is from Break & Color Abstract Fun Vol. 2, and a link can be found on the Merch page, if you'd like to know more about it. Today I plan to work more on coloring page creation. If I want to sell more coloring books, I need to create more art. Plain and simple.

I enjoyed coloring this page. Took my time and had fun.

Well, it's getting easier to talk about myself. Don't know if that's a good thing.

Slight grumble. Gotta keep an eye on code. Sometimes it ends up in odd places. Then I have to spend at least 15 minutes figuring out what I did vs. what I should have done.

After some thought, I know what I want to say, the words aren't coming out. Do I start making accordion panels for the years, or do I create another page for 2019 when 2020 starts? In reality, Perhaps a new page for every 3 months would be a good idea, and link them as quarters. For 2019, I had 2 days for September and 3 months, that will be sufficient for 2019 Q4. I don't want to overwhelm anyone with really long pages.

Duh! I have been feeling weak and unmotivated. I think I just figured it out. I had a shingles vaccination last Thursday on the 17th. It's my guess (I didn't stay at a smart hotel last night), that I'm reacting to the shot. I just want to crawl up somewhere and get more rest.

Here I am at lunch. I have not heard anything about the compittion. How do I feel about that? I'm not sure. I want to ask questions, I don't want to ask questions. Catch 22, I guess. Will it hurt my chances if I ask or will it hurt my chances if I don't ask. Hey work! If you're reading this, I'd be a good person to award the prize to.

Did you see the (visual link) for yesterday? The coloring page? I imported it into a jigsaw puzzle game. It is challenging.

Horrible headache this morning. In addition to headache meds, it would be nice to take something a little stronger. Strong enough to make resting easier. I did find a muscle relaxer, non-habit forming, nice nap.

I feel better today. The ache across my shoulders is gone. Now to get through the day without any issues. Here's to a good day.

Special project from the supervisor, and yes, I want it to be obvious that I did it.

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This was an interesting project that I did at the request of my supervisor, see (visual link). Fancy border, and I branded it for the workplace by inserting a spot for a medallion. V1 was portrait mode, based on the information that was given to me. After feedback, V2 in landscape mode was made. It took a couple of hours just to make the border, and five minutes for warping the edge for the medallion. Initially I panicked when it was evident the change to landscape would be made. After 5 seconds of panic mode, I took a breathe and remembered that I had not expanded the warp effect, so it was a simple matter of releasing the effect and rotating the artwork. I did tell all parties involved with the project that if anyone asks where the artwork came from, they had Harry Potter in the closet. (Comment not sponsor, or affiliated in anyway, sometimes it seems like my skill is almost magical. I also feel like I've been stuff in a closet sometimes.)

I should mention the distortion on the border should have been expanded in the event the printing was to be handled by an outside vendor. You never know when something is going to go wrong. The warp doesn't print as expected, based on the vendor's equipment, or the warp is displayed in an unusual way. This video is a few years old, but it's still relavant.

Happy Friday! Maybe someone will notice the skill I used to make the border I made at the request of my supervisor. I should note, my supervisor told me to keep the file. To be honest, I don't throw away any artwork on purpose. You never know when it can be repurposed for another project. Let's say it was a business card, I create character/paragraph styles for the project. The card may seem to be a one-off, but two weeks later I could get a request for almost the same card with a different font. Ka-pow, edit the character/paragraph styles, and it's done. Or the customer doesn't like the font as much as they thought they would, edit the styles, right down to font color, drop caps, leading, and everything you can think of. Object style, way cool. One of my favs is to create an object style for a non-printing object. Create business card, put non-printing frame around the edges, export to pdf, ignore non-print setting, and when the pdf is printed, the customer can see the size of the card in relation to the text and graphics.

I miss doing graphic design work. The biggest obsticle is working in Austin, Austin is an over-educated city. Sometimes I'd hear the boss say, if only we could do this (when I worked in the print shop). An internet search and a couple of hours later, I had some things figured out. I did not and still do not know everything, but if the boss thinks it's important, I felt it was my job to do extra research. He called me in on a day off once. There was a customer furnished file that was supposed to print in black ink. The file had a black color that separated into CMYK colors without a 100% black separation. The designer was MIA, and I got called in to figure it out. I sat in my chair for a couple of hours, looked at the file on the monitor and knew there was a way I could fix it. Then it came to me, a blend mode. I export their PDF file to separations, and placed it into InDesign. A big black block was place on top of each page with a cut out for the photos (they didn't need to be darker). Set the blend mode and got 100% black, so that all the text would print and not look gray or faded out from the dot pattern of 70% black. I won the prize, the appreciation of my boss. Then I documented the process. When I mentioned that I documented the process, he gave me the look and said that I didn't have to do that. I replied, you know it's going to happen again. He shrugged and agreed. BTW, it did happen again.

It has been an interesting day. I rebuilt this blog page once...it didn't quite work the way I wanted it to. Took some time off and went to Austin for a little while. Then I started again, one step at a time, got the accordion panels to work the way I wanted them to, SCORE!

I'm also remembering more about Dreamweaver. I know DW is supposed to be a GUI application, I'm not using any of the GUI tools. I use the live preview to check my work. For writing code, online resources. This page is the (visual link) for today's work. I give myself a pat on the back for persistance.

Well, as I go through DW and recall the use of simple functions, this process is getting easier. The mistakes I make along the way reinforce the process of relearning. As I preview the sites (CreativeHwy.net and PJCassel.com) in different environments, there are still tweaks that need to be made. Would I want a job that is strictly web based? Absolutely not! These two sites, even though they mirror each other, are all I want right now. That does not mean I would object to being part of a team that can take what knowledge I have and combine for even better results. It means as a solo entity, this is my limit. Now I have some more fixing to do. The responsive phone version needs some help. I have an idea, and it may take a few hours. You will know when it works out. Well, the anomaly only happens on the blog page, grr.

The non-comforming blog page probable has something to do with the Bootstrap CSS that makes the accordion panels possible.

It appears to be fixed for now. 1 hour of thinking, what's different about this page? The one slight glitch, when holding the phone upright, the page is too wide, rotate it 90° and then rotate back, it scales to fit. I can live with it for now, it needs more investigation.

It's a miracle that I survived yesterday, the 27th. I refuse to explain too much, only that the stress is still with me. Yesterday's event, combined with Saturday's event, is enough to tell me that I have to fight a condition that may ultimately affect me. I intend to go down fighting, and not roll with the status quo.

Last night, after the day calmed down, I printed a page from one of the coloring books. I didn't just color, I took my time and relaxation kicked in. The piece is somewhat ambitious. Time to get ready for work, ought to be an interesting day.

End of the month already? That didn't seem to take long at all. I have officially been coding for 30 days, since this blog starts at the end of September. What now? Continue blogging and adding to the site. Art is going to be my retirement job, and I'm starting early.

The October goal has been met, a November goal... Find two more online merch stores. Maybe three. I do have one more October goal, finish up the coloring page I started Sunday night before November 1 roles around in 2 days.

It's lunch time, still no word on the competition. I think I have given up hope. On the bright side, I haven't lost much. Their loss is much greater. You will know what I'm capable of. I need to make progress with my art, my growth, and keeping my mind. Losing the mind is a possiblity. And at my age, I should be winding down, say some people. I say bring it on, let me create until I die. When the mind goes, I don't know what joke, moniker, story I will tell the patient people I hope to have around me. I hope they will hand me a giant, non-toxic crayon and let me draw on the table or the walls.

I did finish the coloring page last night. At first glance, it's Valentine's day themed, it's abstract art, representing a tree with heart shaped leaves with a heart shaped sun. In what world does this exist? Not ours, but it was fun to create. I'll scan and upload this evening.

BTW, Happy Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday are over, and we are two days closer to the weekend.

I know, October isn't over yet. Reflecting on 30 days of code. I'm less intimidated by it. I did enjoy Adobe Muse, but I guess it wasn't used that much. Why else would Adobe end support for it. I know, I could have continued to use it... but it became deprecated software. That means at some point the browsers would no longer support the features, and I'd have to warm up to DW. The way I see it, better now than later.

I just found out, I am up to 17 subscribers on my YouTube channel. It is time for a "Celebrating 17 subscribers" video.

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Boo! It's Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, we live in a day where you either see it as fun or demonic. The way you see it is up to you. I don't plan to do much this evening. Might start another coloring page. With the way Austin traffic becomes more congested (daily it seems), I work 10-12 hour days. That includes travel time, some days better than others. Most days not better. Traffic on the way home a;ways takes longer than traffic on the way to work.

You're not here to hear me complain. At least not a lot of complaining. Nice to know I'm human though. Only humans complain, right?

My mind driffs back to the competition of sorts. I suspect I will lose. So sad, but not the end of the world. I will tell more about it, once a decision is made.

Tomorrow is November 1. Woot! There will be a lot of distractions in November. One of them is a septioplasty. Will have to look up that word. Wow! I was close, septoplasty. Doc said it will help with the tinnitus. Hope is works, I'm ready for my ears to shut up. I know, it's all in my head. That's right, tinnitus is all in the head, but it's real. Sometimes it wakes my up at night. That's a weird feeling to wake up at 3am with noise loud noise in your ears. The popping is the worst, I don't know if it's caused by the meds I take. I have tried cutting out supplements. Seems to work for a week or two, but then not. It can be reduced by breathing slower. Try slowing down your breathing when you're exerting yourself. Not so easy. Blocking it out works sometimes. It may not ever go away completely, any help at all will be appreciated.

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Happy Friday! And Happy November! Bring on the distractions.

I was working on the cartouche last night. I may try inking a version, but the digital version will be pretty cool. No updated visual at this time, perhaps tomorrow.

Today is moving slow. I'm not complaining, I don't feel 100%, and someone brought a tiny upset baby into the dining room at work. I'd feel different if it was my baby, those years are long past.

Honestly, this would typically be the point where I'd give up on writing a little HTML every day and go on to something else. However! This is exactly what I shouldn't do. I had been trying to think up something to do for November, seeing this is the second day in, a 30 day challenge would not be a realistic goal. I did a look back trough October, thinking I had set up a goal. If the goal had been set, it got lost. This morning I woke with a headache, there is not a lot that I feel like doing right now.

The headache is feeling better, I'll work on the cartouche for a while, then doodle a bit.

I finished a guilloché pattern. What next?

I don't know what to say yet. I slept in the morning, only to find out it was not as late as I thought it was. TIME CHANGE! I did find out there is a difference between the code for % and ‰, I was looking for % and guess that the code would be &permil, because it was a percent sign.

If you haven't already, check out the visual link. I did get more chatty while talking about the artwork.

Overall, today wasn't a bad day. My idea to replace the dots created a different way has not panned out. I'm getting tired, might be from the time change. And there's work tomorrow. I had gotten an email about brochure design. I'm not sure I want to take on the project. Yes, it would be great. The facts are on the table, I have a day job, and I cannot allow side work to interfere with that. Especially if someone wants to pass on a rush job. If you want to support me, look at the merch page and consider a purchase there. I am in the process of looking for more outlets for creative work, storefront options.

What a nightmare, I dreamt I was back working in the semi-conductor industry. I am thankful that I am out of that industry, it's not for me. Just so that you understand, I admire the people who have the mind set to work and thrive there. The pay is good, the benefits are good, and the people are good. It's the economy swings that messed with my mind.

I started the 17 subscriber video last night. I need more content. Today I will probably work more on the cartouche. It's probably going to be silly. It will require that I learn how to insert a voice-over. Not difficult, I'm sure, it will be the first one.

Creative Cloud updates have been rolled out, time to see what is new.

Woke with a headache, so I will be doing my best to get rid of it before the day is out. I'm feeling rather discombobulated.

The ENT's office called, they want blood work and EKG prior to the septoplasty. I called the primary's office, (great team and few complaints) and asked if they could get me in today. I had taken the day off, and it seemed like a convenient time to ask for and EKG. They got me in. Blood draw was taken two-three weeks ago, so thankfully, they did not have to stick me with another needle. Info was sent to the ENT.

Creatively? It was not a good day to create.

Feeling much better today. Time to catch up on all the new features in Creative Cloud 2020. And there's Photoshop for the iPad. Let's see how much I can cram into my little brain. So much to learn.

I've been listening to the new features for Creative Cloud this morning, they are cool. I like the Adobe Capture feature that was built into the libraries panel for Photoshop. Something similar for Illustrator would be cool. Then there's coming to the iPad Illustrator. Wonder how long that will take. There was no promise for CC2021. InDesign support for SVG looks promising. There will be lots to explore.

Good morning. Yesterday was fun, listening to all the new features I could fit into one day, for CC2020. Today, I'll be listening to more. I was finally able to get some content written for yesterday. I got up, like I always do, got ready for work, like I always do, then I started writing, like I do since the beginning of the blog...and the file would not save. It kept reverting. A mildish annoyance. I do not know what was going on.

Now that I'm more comfortable with HTML (not an exper yet), I want to see about putting an accordion panel inside an accordion panel. That would be awesome.

I worked on coloring pages yesterday, no show and tell for coloring books in progress.

The ENT's office called today, there was another name on the EKG results that got faxed over. I don't know Abby Normal, and I don't even know who she is. Called the primary's office, hopefully it will all be straightened out soon. Like my nose.

Woke with a headache, this is getting old. Honestly I took it easy today.

Another day, a milder headache. I like milder.

Yum, chocolate makes everything better! I'm inspired, more about that tomorrow.

44 years ago, the winds of November came early. There's going to be a serious arctic blast this afternoon. A third of November has passed and daily code play is still a routine.

I worked on the 17 subscriber video last night. Editing takes the longest. I'm going to keep it simple, too late, nothing I ever do is simple. I was also able to work on a coloring page or two. Not sure what I'll get done today, car needs servicing.

I have seen the structure for a nested acoordion panel, I will save a copy of this file and see what I can come up with. Nested accordian panels are working, and my brain is getting fried! It won't be finished today, brain overload.

I spent a fair amount of time, rehashing this page with nested accordion panels. I'm half way through October. I'm not changing any of the text, I feel the creation of nested panels will make the page easier to read.

I also spent time on the 17 subscriber video. I had some interuptions while recording, it's taking time to edit those out. Now I have 18 subscribers.

I have come to the conclusion that the work contest is a lost cause. Now to get on with my life.

Darno, darno headache. I'm getting better. I'm also getting ideas for setting up nested accordion templates. Unfortunately, no time for experimentation at the moment.

It was worth the headache! I was able to take the code from the nested accordion panel, and set it up as a template. I have no complaints. Since it's mostly obvious that I'm not even going to get to interview for the job I applied for, all my skills (past and future) are their loss. How did I set up this template? I inserted a child accordion panel, DW only allowed for three sub-panels. Since there are 31 days in a month, it was not enough. It means that I would have to daily arm wrestle the code to make sure I had additional panels set up correctly. I separated the code by div tags, set it up in a spreadsheet, and tweaked it into playing nice. BTW, curly quote marks do not play nice with HTML.

The template for setting up nested accordion panels is working a lot better than I expected. I'm so amazed, that something so complex can be simplified to a template with minor find/change commands. <Insert grin>

Time for a new challenge. Post to Facebook for 30 days. "But you're starting in the middle of the month," some will say. My reply is simple, today is the 15th, the 15th to the 15th is 30 or 31 days. Problem solved. And, you can check my progress, I will be posting to my artist page there, PJCassel.

Happy Friday, BTW. I have some plans for the weekend. Big plans? No, not really, just not my usual plans. Which includes finishing up the accordion panels for the new blog page.

Grr, code is frying my brain. This page just does not want to cooperate. I type, I save, I preview, and the accordion panels are broken. What did I do? I get out the digital eraser <CTRL> Z, and it's still broken. I don't know what to do. Inspiration hits, you know, check the stupidest thing. CSS appears to be broken. I have not touched CSS code in more than a week. Open a finder window, and look at the folder with the CSS files. One of them is gone. The file left, no note, no message (BRB, went to the code bathroom), just gone. Not all is lost, I thought is was silly at the time, but I made a backup of the CSS file, and promoted the backup to primary. Then I warned it not to go anywhere.

It's Saturday, I sort of slept in this morning. Not sleep, caught up with the news out of Washington. We live in a crazy time. I am concerned about what's happening. I don't know what else to say about it, it's crazy

Rodney Reed had his execution blocked. It's about time. Is he guilty? I don't know. I think he may have been railroaded. The body of Stacy Stites was found within 5 miles of the house we had in Bastrop. It was enough to make every family in the neighborhood feel vulnerable. But as the details came out, it was clear that there was new evidence that should have been examimed, and the courts were refusing it.

I'm feeling inspired. The 17 subscriber video has turned into the 19 subscriber video. Video editing is a process. I can spend 20 minutes recording screen video and 2 hours cutting out unnecessary clips. Then exporting ties up the computer. My computer is arguing with me.

Ugh! I have not completed my creative to do list. Allergies? Who knows? I did feel as if I were in slow motion over the weekend. I took my iron pill Saturday and Sunday, I promise. I have a few more weeks before I find out if I need another adjustment on the thyroid meds. Inspired? I'm still inspired, I need the get up and go. An assistant would be nice. I lost about 45 minutes of video last night due to a silly mistake. Redo time. I was going to overlook that, and move forward, toner issues on my printed pieces for the video. I know, I'll use the ink jet, and give the pieces an hour for complete dry time. It is good to have alternative directions. Like when someone important comes to town, and traffic gets backed up for miles and it takes me 3 hours to get home. I see a vacation request in my future, or at least a leave early. If it's going to take me 3 hours to get home, I should ask to leave after lunch.

All this talk that people are taking vitamins they don't need. I can tell a difference if I don't take mine. I have also had confirming blood draws to verify that I need the vitamins. I took stuff for the arthritis, and thought I can't tell a difference. I stopped taking the arthritis suppliments, and I could tell a difference within two weeks. Since the thyroid issues, I have started multi-vitamins, and I can tell a difference. I'm not supporting the pharmacuetical and suppliment industry out of choice, I don't like taking pills everyday, but I must. So when they told me I was at risk for type 2 diabetes, it was easy to change my eating habits, because I don't want another pill.

Good morning. I was able to get further with the blog redesign yesterday. Progress is a good thing. I am closer to publishing the redo page. In my opinion, it looks better. The accordion panels have nested panels, like the Russian Matryoshka dolls. The year will be the top panel, secondary panels will be the months, and at the bottom of the stacks will be the days. I set it up, so that all panels are closed until the user selects one. I thought it looked better this way, less cluttered. I can get several top panel years throughout the journey. This will allow the user to drill down to where they want to be, and not feel like they have to start at the beginning.

Slow morning. But this is the launch of the new blog. December has no content at this time, the code is there because it's less than two weeks away. And 2020 less than 6 weeks.

I do hope this day is going well for everyone, I have a few things planned, if they work out. The 19 subscriber video is fighting back.

I'm invincible! This page was suddenly broken, now the page is fixed. Took a an hour or so to determine which part of the code decided to leave the room. Must have run off to join the French Code Foreign Legion. A note would have been nice (I had a bad romance with a cute line of code from October, it did not work out, so long). I did find replacement code to do the job. My first impression of the broken page was overwhelming, the days of November refused to work properly. I had to back off, and leave it alone for an hour. When I came back, I looked at the panels and noted working panels vs November panels. Only the November panels did not expand on click. I copied the code to a text file, and compared code from October, which worked to November and looked section by section until I found the code that was not there. I recruited new code to so the November panels could do their job.

So now what? I have been working with DreamWeaver and code for more than 45 days. Does that mean I'm going to get web work? Not unless I'm part of a good team. I don't know everything, and that's fine. I am comfortable with HTML code. I know where to look for additional resources for learning new HTML techniques. I began this project of practicing HTML to build my confidence. This page has been the most challenging to create so far. Building and maintaining this website has been a positive experince. Sounds like I might be rambling. Time to stop for the moment.

Good morning. Hopefully, traffic is back to normal after yesterday's presidential visit to Austin. I'm glad I tood the day off to avoid afternoon traffic. OK, maybe it wouldn't have been so bad, but my experiences with presidential visits have not been good traffic days. Who knows? There could have been a huge pickup truck waiting on me. Me and traffic, we don't get along so well.

I had a thought, two days ago, it seemed kind of silly. With the disappearance of critical code yesterday, not so silly. I made a complete backup of my working site files. Let me explain, it wasn't just some line of code. The code that disappeared had a <start tag> and its corresponding <end tag> disappeared. All the code inbetween remained. How does that work? Even if this is the only file that changes, it needs to be backed up daily. Yesterday's clue hunt to see what disappeared was a good exercise. Historically, the CSS file disappeared, and now critical code to November disappeared, I'm not sure what I will think if something bigger disappears. Take the CSS file, I was working from within DreamWeaver, I was not file browsing, does DreamWeaver have a command to delete just one file? When I discovered three broken files, then I went file browsing and found the missing CSS file. How does DreamWeaver select code with a start tag and end tag and leave everything else inbetween. Don't answer that, I don't want to know (if there is a way, I don't want to do it again).

On a bright note, I did finish up a coloring page last night. Oh (excited voice), and it felt good to have something go right for the day.

Today is a new Friday. So what's the plan for today? Now that HTML is within my comfort zone I need to expand the skill set. I also need to find more outlets for my art. Garment printers.

Right now, I feel like a great unkindness has been dumped on me. Yes, this blog is all about me for the moment. I need to bounce back, create more artwork and prove I'm a better person than they give me credit for. I should have known better, especially since there was a shrubery involved.

New merch available at Society6.com/pjcassel, the Merch page has been updated with a link.

The ears won't shutup, there was some early morning vertigo. I had big plans for yesterday, a nap got in the way. Take the nap or else, the threat of or else was very convincing. Let's see where it goes.

Although I have several video ideas, I hesitate to move forward with them because of COPPA and the YouTube fines because of COPPA.

I worked on a coloring page or two.

It's the day before the nose job, aka septoplasty. Doctor's office says, "But you're not getting a nose job," To which I reply, "The doc is working on my nose, it's a nose job." I have the week off, no time to relax though. The car has an appointment to get the seat heaters fixed. When I get back from dropping off the car, I want to work on some coloring pages.

My apologies, first and formost. Today is probably going to be very unproductive. Had nose surgery this morning, a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. When I set upt the appointment, it was unclear what time they would be able to get me in. They got me in at 5:30 am this morning. I was up at 4:30 am, taking pre-surgery meds. "You will need a designated driver, you will be a fall risk." Yes, I was loopy and a fall risk after taking the prescribed pills.

Now for the important part, I don't remember much. Bonus, the nusre put a pair of black out glasses on my head. They weren't just sunglasses, they were so opaque, they block out all light. Now for the humor, they said I was a very good patient for not wanting to be there. Just to be clear, I would have rather been at home. I did not want to be having surgery, in my minds eye there were more relaxing things I could have been doing (things that cost less to do even).

Wow! I was up at 4:30 this morning, at the ENT's office at 5;30 this morning. I knew they had an opening today, I didn't know they penciled in so early until late last week. I had to do it this week to minimize time off from work. I had to take some pills at 4:30 am and arrange to have a designated driver, the pills had side effects. Got to the office, filled out one last form and got started. Sat down in the chair, I'm sure they attached some monitor wires. Sprayed more stuff up my nose and started. I had mentioned that I didn't really want to be there having surgery. They took that to mean I was nervous about it. I have a credit card that got even more nervous about it with my out of pocked expenses. I explain that surgery wasn't on my bucket list. Doc and staff were very nice. Oh they gave me a pair of very opaque glasses to wear. They blocked out all the light. I felt so comfy with all the nice treatment and drugs, I went to sleep. I have vague recollections of the Doc telling me to move my head so he could get stuff done. I'm sure I was out by 6 am and was wakened after 8 am and Toney was sitting right there to take me home after they explained post-op instructions. What a day.

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Yikes, it's the 27th and I have not been publishing much in the way of artwork. I need motivation. I just have to draw for the sake of drawing. That sounds bad on the surface, however it's a way to find out what direction I want to take the artwork in. I can't really blame the nose job. However, thinking that I might qualify for a graphid job at work had me concentrating on HTML. Those unkind people did not give me an opportunity to apply for the job. I wasn't happy about that. I feel it was discrimination in a way, but ask them, and there will be a reason like I wasn't skilled in a certain area. I knew part of the job would require HTML, and personally, I had been avoiding it, because I like GUI interfaces. It's obvious that I can not avoid HTML, I have to be comfortable with it.

Today, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. That doesn't mean I feel great, nose is still taped up. I went and changed one little thing on the web page, and it was the wrong thing. So digi-erase and undo. Go and look at the area where the code was successfully implimented and start over. And I win! Found the code, copied it, tweak it for the new area, all is good.

I wonder where I can get print on demand boxes. Not packing boxes, gift boxes. I did get some ideas on how to make some boxes on the Cricut, the idea is still cooking in my brain. I should mention, it's not going to be simple either. I have a way of seeing things over the top, usually, I don't have a way to impliment the ideas, today I have the technology.

After sleeping most of yesterday, I need to go and see if I can find a few peaceful dreams.


It's Thanksgiving Day. What do I have to be thankful for? Less post-operative drip. The tinnitus has been greatly reduced since having the nose job, not perfect though. I'm still congested. Strange, I did not know I'd be awake so early this morning. Got up at 4:30 Tuesday morning for the surgery. Spent a couple of hours in la-la land during the surgery, came home and fell asleep at the computer for another 6 hours or so. Then I was up all night, and all day. Pulled a 24-hour shift of congestion. Hadn't stayed awake for more than 24 hours in years. Very unexpected. Last night after I did go to sleep, I'd wake up every couple of hours and check the time, midnight, 2:30, 4:00 and finally 5:50 am, then I decided I was past sleeping anymore. Now to get ready for the day.

Still early, head spinning. Came close to falling. I don't like this feeling.

I didn't want to change artwork for the PJCassel.com, but felt it neseccary to do so. Thought it would be good to have both sites with unique assets for each site. The obvious being, you wouldn't want to land on PJCassel.com and see assets for CreativeHwy.net. Initially thought it might be good to get CreativeHwy.com, but it was taken. I'm thinking someone snatched it up, in order to sell it to me at a later date for a pretty penny. Surprise! It was more economical to get PJCassel.com.

It's Black Friday! And you will have to go shopping without me. I still feel the effects of the surgery. Feeling better, just not up to being out much. I have one scheduled outing, and that's to pick up the car. Now would be a good time to do a little more code prep for December and 2020. I have a secret weapon. Well, not so secret, a little spreadsheet help with auto-numbering.

I'm feeling somewhat invincible! It is a good thing that I decided to separate CreativeHwy.net and PJCassel.com to have distinctive site assets. I'm editing this file, and a lot of errors start popping up for the DreamWeaver code. What have I done? What can I do? Since the sites are designed to mirror each other, I opened the unedited file in a new window to use as a compare file. It worked.

I have the months set up for 2020. Took some time to get everything sorted out. Curly quote marks instead of straight quote marks, that kind of thing. Along with recognizing code, and where bits were missing when I pasted in spreadsheet data. I disabled auto-correct features in the word processor.

Have a great day!

Last day of November, are you ready for December? The code on this page is getting long, so long, but it's not like I'm going to run out of paper, the page just keeps getting longer. I have inserted <!--HTML comments--> that don't show and act as section dividers. Smart? Maybe, maybe not, it does keep me on track as to where I'm at. Code is a bunch of glyphs that run together and don't mean a thing to my brain to see such a jumbled up mess. <!--HTML comments--> does help me to make sense of where I'm at and what I'm doing with the web page. Today would be a good day to experiment with some code. Therefore, I need to work with the developement site that I can totalllllly (spelled that way on purpose) mess up. If web HTML were more visual, I'd have the perfect mind set for it. Page rulers, guides, exact placement, but wait, the goal is to make responsive design, that puts me back in the pickle jar.

Success, I will soon have an interesting update to the artwork page. However, need a break, the head is spinning, and the nose needs attention.

Tuesday after the surgery, had lunch at Zoe's Kitchen, and it was good. Today, we had lunch at Plaka, in Georgetown, and it was just was I needed. Zoe's and Plaka make good hummus, I needed smooth and creamy on a soft pita. I'm still congested, and getting to the point where I can breathe through my nose again. After lunch, I walked around Michael's a bit, picked up a book for inspiration. Time to go back into recovery mode. Haven't been sleeping good, so I get a few hours at a time and sleep when it's time to fall over.

It's not quite December yet, still burning midnight hours from the surgery. That has to stop today. Need to go back to work on Monday. On one side of the coin, I can't believe how simple HTML and CSS can be at times. On the other side...dang, there has to be so much of it, and if I don't know what I'm looking for, it can take hours to find it. I do think I'm getting better at it.

<insert humor>Found a file that I was kind of looking for, but not where I expected to find it.<end insert humor> And the humor gets better, the time stamp on the file creation is 1978. More like 2008! Computers are here to humor us, make no mistake.

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Okie Dokie, it's December the 1st, only 5 minutes ago I was typing in November <smirk>. Time to restart the computer, I performed a stress test.

Well, I decided to attempt more sleep after the reboot, it worked (strange dreams thought). I should be back on regular sleep hours.

I'm breathing much better this morning, not perfect, but a lot better.

I haven't talked much about family life. This is an art blog, and I'm respecting the privacy of family members. You might hear me talk about the cat, we have no privacy in her eyes, she is fair game. Grumble, grumble, time for another reboot. My computer has a small and very powerful brain. That said, we did have a good Thanksgiving, though for the most part, I was mending from the surgery. This morning, with partial healing, the breath I can take in through my nostrils seems to be flowly more freely than it did before the surgery with two open nostrils.

For the computer lockups, I think I have it figured out. I need a better storage system for the NAS unit. When I know what I'm looking for, and I have to search for it, it can lock up everything. <Grumble> That will be a project for today, to at least get the data structure in place, then I can take 30 minutes to an hour every day or so for some organizing. And a chance to find duplicates that are taking up dead space. That means I'll get to put more on the NAS.

The new artwork page is coming along nicely. It may be a couple of days before it's up. Still sorting files on the NAS that I want to use.

I'm done for the day, spent at least 3 hours (didn't time it, probablly more), organizing files on the NAS. After organizing, some file would not delete. That's alright, there's a back up plan to nix those old files.

Today will be the first day back to work since the surgery. I made a couple of interesting discoveries about DreamWeaver over the weekend. If I put down a letter p, then hit the tab key, I get a bookend set of p tags, <p></p>. The discovery was made when I'd type a random word like bookend, and get bookend tags. Then it took a few trys to duplicate the bookend tag effect on purpose.

"Open call to challenge PJ." I need a challenging project that I can get lots of credit for! I feel like ranting and raving, which includes gnashing of teeth. I don't know what to say. Who even reads this? Let me know on Facebook if you read this. This is the USA, do I have freedom of speech? Why should freedom of speech mean calling me a problem? I said nothing mean, other than calling an action unkind. So I'm a problem now.

I am home now, another 12 hour day. Christmas traffic in session. But I can relax now. A workplace that does not encourage the skills and talents of their employees, that's a sad place to work.

A little more on yesterday's rant. This morning I am able to put something definate to it. It goes back to the job I applied for. I was totally ignored throughout the whole process. I tried to keep an open mind about saving the best for last, or giving others a fair chance. I have also been told that if there's something I want, I should raise my hand to be noticed, express an interest. That's what I tried, and it didn't work. I did not get notified that the position had been filled until I asked about it, then I got the notification email, an email I might not have gotten if I had not asked.

That's when things seemed to break down. I'm supposed to stand up for my rights, I'm supposed to be able to express my interests and desires. Cold hard truth, I've never been smart enough, pretty enough, posh enough, refined enough, strong enough, affluent enough, skilled enough, been trained enough, in the right place at the right time, or knew the right people. So yeah, I feel that leaves me sad place without a lot of room for expansion.

You are either on my side or not, and I refuse to apologize for trying my best, even if I make a mistake or two along the way.

I feel tired. All the stuff going on with the car, all the stuff going through the nose. I can breathe! Work has become less enjoyable. I know, change jobs. But it's not that easy. I have to selectively change jobs to avoid interruptions in my retirement benefits. That's the tricky part. It appears there is someone here determined to keep me down. Probably not a true statement, but there could be some basis in it.

Today the magic number is 909.

I'll be work on new code ideas when I get home. I'm finding DreamWeaver to have a lot of power under the hood.

Well, today I'm not sure what I'm thinking, but the ideas are stacking up.

As far as the nose goes, it's healing, but not as fast as I like. The internal bruising and itching makes it hard to sleep at night. It would be nice if I had the option to telework during this time, but I don't, so we deal with it.

Finally got my car back today. We bought it Certified Preowned, so it was supposed to be certified fixed in my opinion. The seat heaters were not working, with cold weather coming in, I said something about it. They had two weeks to order the parts, and it was supposed to be an in and out job the day before the surgery. They had the car 10 days. The complete wiring harness had to be replaced for the passenger seat in order to make it work right. First thing I did when I got the car, checked to make sure the seats heated up. Hewlett VW has been good to us.

Sleep schedule needs a realign. I go to sleep at a reasonable hour, I wake up way too early and have trouble going back to sleep. This has got to stop.

It's Friday, and I have some projects I need to work on this afternoon when I get home from work. If I can stay awake. I did work on the masthead for PJCassel.com last night. I used a fine brush in Photoshop to join up the script letters. I'll do the same for CreativeHwy.net. The masthead originally created for PJCassel.com when missing, no idea how or why. So it had to be recreated. First thought, I have a backup online, absolutely wrong. Don't know why computers enjoy messing with me so much. It has got to stop.

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