Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring Cleaning



It's my favorite time of year. Vermont literally explodes with life each May and it's completely intoxicating. The forecast calls for a week of perfect weather, and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest. After fourteen months of denying myslef sleep, ignoring projects around the house, and pretty much living this blog, it's time for a break.

I'm anticipating completion of three major projects in the next 1-2 weeks, at which point we'll come back in full swing. Between now and then, forgive me for not creating original content - it's my biggest time eater so it will have to slide. Interesting news stories and video will still be shared, but the cartoon balloons will have to wait while I:

1. Clear another 3/4 acre to expand the fenced yard for the dogs. They will be thrilled.
2. Get our yard under control before summer finds us overgrown, and touch up paint here and there.
3. Finish building and tweaking this: The new Life With Dogs

After years on Blogger I've outgrown it's capabilities. Considering my appreciation for all things technical, I need more power - and Blogger is the bottleneck. A new site will fix annoying slow page loads, allow for multiple channels of video (hence the.tv domain, and it's being assembled as I type this, but is not yet ready for consumption) and a number of other features I simply can't incorporate in a Blogger blog. Please note that I'll continue to optimize for Firefox. IE now enjoys it's lowest share of market to date, and with good reason: it sucks. If you're still using it free yourself and get another browser. You'll be happy you made the switch.

Life With Dogs needs room to grow, so allow me the next week or two while I spruce up the new place and make it a little more inviting. I'm not certain if I'll only post here, there or on both sites for the next 1-2 weeks. I'm feeling my way through this process and it's actually quite fun - but there is no reliable roadmap for the transition. I considered hiding the new site until it was complete, but this blog has always been a work in progress, so the new home of LWD should feel quite familiar while I put finishing touches on it.

Please update your RSS feeds and e-mail subscriptions to point to the new site. I'll provide limited updates as possible, but don't be surprised if you don't see much from me until I complete these projects. I need to wrap them up as soon as possible. My blogging addiction is stronger than ever, and it's going to be an exciting summer. I have much fun to share, and I look forward to finding my way to you when I return.

Life With Dogs

46 comments:

  1. Woo really need to khurtail your khoffee khonsumption...

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  2. Best of luck in your new projects.. we bet the dogs will be over the moon with the additional space for them to run in!

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  3. Good luck with all that. Expanding seems to be the keyword. More space for the dogs in every way ;-)

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  4. OK, Hope I can remember to do all that, I SURE don't want to lose you like I did another! Good luck!

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  5. It looks great so far! I can't wait to see it when you're all done with it!

    And have fun with that yard work!

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  6. Good luck with all the projects...must look after the needs of all around you...blogging is addictive. We look forward to your new site.
    Enjoy the sunshine.
    Madi and Mom

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  7. Sounds exciting! Good luck with the clearing. That's hard work, but your pups will love you for it!

    Kisses,
    Emma Rose

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  8. Please tell Mrs. A to stock up on ibuprofen-clearing acreage means you're gonna find muscles that do not get used at a keyboard. ;0=)

    Sounds like a great plan and I'm sure it will all be terrific after all the dust and smoke clears.

    Chester & Mom ;0=)

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  9. Very exciting! You might have to remind Old Girl of the change again. She is tres forgetful.

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  10. oh my, my Jeannie has just kinda wilted reading the technical stuff on here.......she thinks she understands it, but possibly, going by the puzzled look on her face, she doesn't and she is just pretending to look clever.

    She says we use Firefox, but I.E. for Facebook otherwise she can't chat on F.F. F.Fox just shuts her out.

    We look forward to the new fandango in all its glorious tech-ni-cal-coloured genius.

    Good luck with the physical work toooooo!

    Marvin xxxxxxxxxx

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  11. Happy remodeling! The pack will love you for it....if it's possible to love you more than they do now ;)
    The new page looks greyt! Glad you're optimizing for Firefox....

    Angela xoxoxox

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  12. Why does life have to get in da way of blogging?
    Puddles

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  13. So sorry I missed the Hop - the past week and the next two over here has been/will be busy too, but... not as busy as you, apparently. I think you all must be on steroids heheh! So now, excitedly, we will trot on over to see the "New...." - congrats LWDs!!!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie

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  14. When you're done with all that cleanup, can you come over to my place and do some here? Yeah, I didn't think so... lol

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  15. We want your new link :)))
    Successss...

    ((hugs))

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  16. Enjoy the weather, your projects and your much deserved break! :)

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  17. Sounds like exciting things on the horizon. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow sounds exciting. Agree IE is frightening! Have fun updating
    Benny & Lily

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  19. I already have the new Life With Dogs on my iGoogle home page for fast access to the entertainment! You can't hide from a Doberman for too long!

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  20. Officially added the new feed, so can't wait to see what happens.

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  21. Looking forward to your new site.

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  22. oooooooooooooooooo.....can we have an acre?..PULEEEEEEEZE.....then we can hide there away from all the nut cases ....ahem....I mean friendly summer visitors..don't work to hard!
    Paw hugz, G-dog and his Ma

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  23. awwwwwww--you will be so missed until you are back~!! :(
    especially your short and sweet comments--they are the best~!! <3

    xo,
    luna

    ps. i was wondering if you took that Wordless Wed pic?? and if so--where can i view it?? let me know when you have time--no rush~! ;)

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  24. Hope you get those projects done and also enjoy the beauty of May in Vermont.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  25. We're terribly excited with your news! Number 1 was the most important item on the list, but the preview of number 3 was priceless. We're happy for you and look forward to the completion. Understood about blogger limitations. Best of luck with everything.
    Twinkie

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