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Welcome to The New Three Plus Two!

February 19, 2014|Posted in: Uncategorized

Hello!  If you’re reading this through a feed reader (and I hope that all your feeds have been moved successfully), you might want to click through to see the new home of Three Plus Two.  I’ve tried to make it a little easier on your eyes by reducing some of the visual clutter.  Posts are excerpted in a list on the home and categories pages allowing you to navigate straight to the post you want to read instead of having to scroll through full posts on your way to what you want.   (If posts are excerpted in your feeds, though, let me know! I want the feeds to be the same as they’ve always been.) I tried out a number of different layouts and this one was the one that didn’t make me tense up too much.  Of course, I just got my first pair of bifocals last week (mainly for reading) so maybe I’m a little more sensitive to what’s on my screen than most people! But I hope you find it easy to navigate, too.

There are still a few kinks to work out.  As it happens, Bluehost gave me a refund because they said they wouldn’t be able to transfer any of the photos from my Typepad blog.  I’m taking a breather before I attempt that… but it will happen, one way or another.  I’m also still working on the navigation bar at the top of the page, so expect some changes up there.  Once I get the Typepad posts moved over, there will be more pages for you to visit.  And there are a couple of bugs I’m trying to sort out… probably this is just more of the figuring-out-self-hosted-Wordpress learning curve.

And now I’m eager to write some new posts! I’ve been following along with Jen’s Living Page book discussion, and recently I pulled out our languishing nature notebooks and set them up on a shelf so we could actually start using them again.  I have some more learning-in-review to post, and a long overdue review of Simply Classical by Cheryl Swope.  And… spring is coming!  We had our first warm-up of the new season, the overwintered spinach looks green and ready to start growing again, and Andy got out into the garden and pulled all the winter weeds.

So have a look around and let me know what you think!

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9 Comments

  1. Jen Mackintosh
    February 19, 2014

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    I love the new look, Angela! The design is very soft and easy on the eyes – at least it is on mine! And everything is very intuitive to me – straightforward and easy to navigate. It’s wonderful having that nav bar up there – can’t wait to see all you do with that! And most of all – I’m just glad to have you blogging again! I totally *get* that learning curve in moving…and I’m still so excited that eventually I KNOW you’ll get all your Typepad posts over here, too. I know how much that means to you! I can’t wait for you to chime in on the Living Page series – I’m eager for your thoughts and sharing there!

    {Hope you guys are getting to enjoy some of these warm days like us – the kids have been bringing me “signs of spring” all day – little flowers and buds!}

    So glad you’re here!!!

    • Angela
      February 20, 2014

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      Thanks, Jen! And we have gotten that little taste of spring here, too… yesterday we saw our first honeybees!

  2. Amy
    February 20, 2014

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    Very nice, Angela, I love it! Very “clean” and easy to get around. I’m sorry Bluehost couldn’t help you with the photo moving. I moved too but haven’t posted much of anything new, just a few things from old blogs. Been too busy! Can’t wait to join you here more often!
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    • Angela
      February 20, 2014

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      I hear you about being busy. But I’m excited that you’re starting to post again!

  3. Meredith
    February 20, 2014

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    Looks great Angela, I love it!! Very clean and a pleasure to visit!! It’s nice to make a clean fresh start isn’t it!! Hugs to you all!
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    • Angela
      February 20, 2014

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      Thanks, Meredith! It *is* nice to make a fresh start. I’m hoping I can settle in here for a good long while after this!

  4. Erin
    February 20, 2014

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    Angela
    love the soft colours on the side and the crisp white. And then a splash of blue at the top:) oh envious of the category bar at the top. like your pop posts and pages visual too:)
    Does the banner pic always mirror pics in posts? thought this was your banner pic but when I checked out your about me post noticed you had diff pic on banner.
    Great about me bio too:)

    Hope you can work out your typepad issue soon:)
    look foward to reading your blogging renewal
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    • Angela
      February 20, 2014

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      The banner only shows on the front page. If you click on a post, the template I’m using has a “featured image” function that puts a featured image at the top of the page before the post. In the imported posts, it just pulls the first picture from the post, which sometimes looks a little weird. I’d have to go back to every post and set a different featured image to change it, but right now, that sounds a little daunting! LOL It’s one of those kinks that I’m still trying to figure out.

  5. Erin
    February 20, 2014

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    ohh just checked out old posts, like how it allows you to do short versions to scan quickly
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