Saturday, January 2, 2010

2 January 1956 “Website, it is BORN. Shall We Help it to Grow?”

Hello ladies, here I am stuck between 1956 and 2010 and frustrated that I have not as yet let you peek at my website. Having now the task of transporting myself back and forth from 1956 to the present shall be technology enough, non? But, I am determined that with the posting of this blog you shall have the link to OUR new site.

So, the site. You will first off notice that I have used a rather outdated form of layout that you may recognize from old sites. That is, I have made the Header or top of the site static. It does not move. To the left of the site are the links to all the pages. This, too, stays still while the various sections open in the center. I rather like this sort of layout, but cannot for the life of me figure out how to get a scroll bar on the links page. So, you must realize this until I get it fixed. When you look to the left of the page you will see the various links such as Home Blog etc, now in order to see all of the you must click in that area (your curser will not show up either) and then use your arrow buttons to navigate up and down. It is easy once you realize that is what you do. It shall be fixed or else I will replace it with the body of the site being one large page with the links that moves with the main scroll bar.

Now, the content is spotty at best. It takes a long time, I have found, to design, layout and then fill pages with content. Yet, in its very sad empty state at present I see it as a wonderful project this year for all of us. IT is the vessel waiting to be filled with all our knowledge and good intentions. We shall do it and there are a few ways for you to be a part of it.

First, I wanted a Forum link, but all the free Forums have endless adds and noises and I cannot abide it, so my solution was to make a new Blogger Blog page which we can treat as a forum as we can have any of you be able to access it at any time and post. You just email me your email address, I invite you and then we can, any of us, access this page at anytime and write in it. So someone may write a question or query and post it as a post and then we can all go in and comment, thus a forum of sorts. IN time, if you wish, we can get a traditional forum page, but it does cost me, so I may have to wait.

Next, I wanted a chat space. A coffee klatch if you will, so I found a free service that has no adds and was the least annoying of any I could find. I have the sound off, I believe, but hopefully it won’t return when you open it. Anyway, I hope it might be a fun place to just grab a cup of coffee and have a chat. I tried to shut off the ‘emoticons’ as I think we are all able to express ourselves without a series of colons and parenthesis or a bouncing smiling face, but you express yourself how you wish.

Now, for all the other links, they are in the process. I have made it so that you can email me as much as you like and I will try to add content from you when it is possible as I do want it to be OUR site.

So, now, back to work. I am determined to get it up for you today, so we can get some feedback and have a good ole time trying it out and giving opinions etc.

As to the 1956/2010 question, I am not sure. I think for the most part it will be 1956 for me but for the importance of the ‘cause’ I shall comment on any modern things that seem relevant to the Apron Revolution, does that not sound a good idea?

Now, meet me there today and let me know what you think and what we can add or take away etc. I hope it can become a mixture of a ladies (and gentlemen too of course) club, an old fashioned magazine that actually teaches, a place to visit, or dream or unwind and of course a place to rant, but with civility. Oh, I have also decided we should have a link with Gentleman who are sympathetic to our cause, my hubby being one of the first. He is rather a good writer, in my opinion, and I asked him if he would consider a sort of ‘companion blog’ this year. He has acquiesced. I am going to also ask our dear friend 50s man, if he would like to have a link there. I might make the link on the site be called the ‘Bowtie Revolution’ how do you like that?

ADDENDUM TO ABOVE: I had to leave the above information to show how I have been laboring over this site, but my hubby was smart and darling enough to change it so that the links page to the left now has ITS OWN SCROLL BAR. You don’t know how I have been worrying over this! So, now there is no worry, just scroll away! I will need to change some of the content on the homepage to reflect that as well, but gosh darn it I just want it up so we can change and alter it together.

So, enough said, go to the site, let me know what you think, keeping in mind it is just the skeleton of the site and will grow over time.

I also just wanted to say (you know me, why say in one word when you can speak an entire volume!) that I think today, here, that this is a perfect 1956/2010 moment. I have taken the technology of the day and used it to help me create a new world we can participate in that will allow us to relearn, celebrate and integrate the good of the past into our today. Really, a new day being made. What other time in history could we do such? I am glad that we can use it thus and make the technology work for us and we not be the slave to it. ENJOY!

I will be off and on the site today as I am trying to get more content together. I also need to upload the two drawings I have so far for one of my THREE yearly challenges on the CHALLENGES page.

OH, and it is listed on the new site, but don't forget to check out my hubby's new blog. I have asked him to do a companion blog with me this year. He can be found at

Well, if you are reading this, here we go to the website.


  1. I think it looks fab! Great job! Keep up the good work in 2010, er 1956, well you know what I mean :)

    Happy blogging!

    Ally at

  2. i like it!! it looks great! i hope you are having fun with it. i am not understanding the chat area yet. but i will figure it out. i have been on housewife forums in the past, and currently use one on cafemom, so it's all just learning the particular quirks of each place.
    i will send you my email, so that i may keep in the loop of all the goings on. thanks for all your hard work!

  3. Congratulations on your new site! I know how much work it can be. It looks great!

  4. Okay, gals. SO far four of you have already emailed me for me to 'invite you' to be on our forum page. This is actually just a new blog that we can access as a group. However, I see that after 100 people no more can add to it. So, I will continue to be on the lookout for a forum that we can add to our site that is not too obnoxious. As I said, so far those I have encountered steer us away from the site and have far too many adds and things. I am not sure if my site will ever have ads, but if it does it will only be local or small owned business. We shall see what happens. This is exciting, it's like Christmas morning all over again!

  5. It's great!!! I love it!! You did a great job! I love all of it, I tryed tha chat room , somebody was there but didn't answer =( perhaps next time I'll be lucky and be able to chat with many!
    It's a good idea what you say we can think about you like a "time traveler".

  6. I am glad you like it. I am now on chat and it seems not too annoying. Someone already helped me to change my name on it, so I am called, of course, 50s gal. I think it would be fun to choose a day a week or month that we could 'meet there' EST and have a chat. We could even do a 'book club' etc in time. Oh, what fun. A virtual kitchen, but we musn't allow ourselves to spend too much time chatting, right?!

  7. 50sgal, The new web site looks wonderful. You have obviously put a lot of time and effort into it, and I thank you.

    The chat window is a lovely idea for just popping in and out of. I shall be there either as Metherer or HelenInEngland (Metherer was too short a name).

    Anyway, I hope to see some of you there.

    By the way, can anyone convert EST to GMT for me?

  8. This is a great site, i have been waiting for a site like this for a while, i can't wait to chat to like-minded people!

  9. Wonderful! I can't wait to peek around some.

  10. Oh, here is my e-mail:

  11. Congratulations, it's sooo fab!!! Warmest Wishes, Linda xx

  12. Wow, the new site looks *wonderful*, great job 50's Gal!

    Oh and I really like the new blog color too--much easier on the eyes. (o:


  13. 50sgal,

    I am unable to become a follower on your husband's blog. I try to sign in using my Google account and even reset my password. It still doesn't work. Maybe he can't help from his end, but if he can, I would love to be added as a follower.

  14. Texas Accent In SydneyJanuary 3, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    Have peeked at website ... will try to join you sometime to chat ... wonder, though, if time differences will be against me ... we'll see ... will keep checking back to witness expansion and improvements ... good luck.

  15. Zebu-I shall ask him if he knows why it will not work.
    I am glad everyone likes the site thus far. I know it is still very 'rough' but I haved added, 'website' maitenance to my daily chores list. I am determined to get the forum working today, we shall see. I have never used a forum but have heard they are nice to have on a social site such as this, of course I wish our site to be not JUST social for I want there to be much knowledge etc and information we can access, so again, just by rote putting up content as much as possible each day.
    Well, off to start breakfast after I check in on our little 'baby' (the website I mean)

  16. I am honored beyond words to be a part of your website.I look forward to your "baby's" growth!

  17. Oh, wonderful James. I was hoping I wasn't being to presumptious in linking you straight away, but I am glad you are glad to be here. I hope we can make a fine place here, in time. Welcome, indeed!

  18. Perhaps you think your layout is outdated, but it is my favourite since it is so easy to find what you’re looking for. Just like a recipe book with a content page at the beginning. My own family-website is made this way too ( And I simply hate websites with moving cliparts, I get so tired I surf away.

    Why is hubby’s blog called “grumbles”, he does seem very satisfied with his life, or is my English lacking?

  19. Well, his grumbles our our grumbles of todays society and the over all consumerism etc. He and I are very happy, but we do like to have a bit of a rant or a 'grumble' if you will, so that is why it is thus named. Your English is wonderful and much better than my Danish!

  20. i may keep in the loop of all the goings on. thanks for all your hard work!

    Work from home India

  21. I'm a reader of your blog and really appreciate everything that you have worked on and written about.I have finally made it to 2010 (1956) on here, I've read it all! I've told my partner about it and he has started to read it.

    I've found it very informative and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and will continue to do so.


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