Read 52 Books!

Read 52 Books!

I think I came across a post on #Mastodon about “The 52 Book Club“, so I thought I would share it with anyone else that might be interested since we’re starting a new year.

The challenge each year is to read 52 books in 52 weeks composed of 52 different categories! There’s a 2023 guide on the website with categories and books to pick from, so it takes out the hard part of searching out books to read. Once you find a book, read it, and then check it off of your list. They also have some pretty neat templates so you can post on social media about your progress.

Comment below if you think you’ll give the challenge a try this year.

Make sure to use #the52bookclub2023 #the52bookclub when you post anything.

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Photo by Mark Cruzat

Windows Not Showing Country Flags

Windows Not Showing Country Flags

I enjoy designing websites but I recently discovered that Windows doesn’t like to display country flag emojis. They seem to work fine with Apple products, but there’s some issue that Microsoft seems to be avoiding but not including the flags.

There’s a work around if you design websites and want to display flags like I have done on my homepage.

I use Divi by ElegantThemes so the workaround is pretty easy to implement!

  1. Visit https://github.com/talkjs/country-flag-emoji-polyfill and follow the instructions. I used the CDN script and it works perfectly. In Divi go to “Theme Options > Integration” and add the script to the < head > section.
  2. Now you need to add your flags to it’s own property. I used a “Full Width Header” on my homepage, so it has “Subtitle” box where I put all of my flags.
  3. Once you do this, go to “Fullwidth Header Settings > Advanced > Custom CSS > Subtitle” and enter font-family: “Twemoji Country Flags”;

That is it! Once you save everything, the flags will miraculously appear! It’s pretty silly we have to go through all of this trouble so all users can see the country flags, but it’s better than seeing the two letters instead.

Below is the script code that you need to use in Step 1 above.

<script type="module" defer>
  import { polyfillCountryFlagEmojis } from "https://cdn.skypack.dev/country-flag-emoji-polyfill";
  polyfillCountryFlagEmojis();
</script>

If you want to follow the full directions from the source website, please check out the GitHub for Country Flag Emoji Polyfill.

The Last Time

The Last Time

She leans in and kisses his lips
It’s the last time she’ll see him like this.

So strong and brave to the grave
It’s the last time she’ll see him this this way.

She puts a note in his coat
His condition worsens
Pale skin, debilitated, he’s ventilated.

All alone she waits and cries
Until the call that changes it all
He takes his last breath
With the note laying on his chest.

Meeting you was the best
I never had any regrets
Only that it was you and me
Instead of a family of three.

Forever you are my love
One day I’ll join you up above

She falls to her knees and begins to weep
Not knowing what will be

One thing is for sure
As she sits on the floor
He’ll never know about the child to be bore.

From heaven above
He’ll watch and guide
As his little one lives and thrives.

Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

Don’t

Don’t

Don’t look at me
Don’t talk to me
Don’t know me
Don’t try me

Don’t act like you care
Don’t try to be there

Don’t give me that look
Don’t read me like a book

Don’t hug me
Don’t kiss me
Don’t touch me
Don’t love me

Don’t act like you understand
Don’t try to hold my hand

Don’t tell me my heart will heal
Don’t tell me it’s not a big deal

Don’t invade me
Don’t persuade me
Don’t mess with me
Don’t test me

Don’t pretend you’re in my shoes
Don’t assume that I love you

Don’t question my faith and fitness
Don’t because it’s none of your business

Don’t be afraid of the new me
Don’t try to rip away at me
Don’t worry about the God in me
Don’t focus on the He in me

Photo by Arthur Brognoli

Crocheting

Crocheting

My Favorite How-To Videos

My Grandma and Mom taught me to crochet when I was a child. Today, I often crochet to relax and to create beautiful pieces of work.

Here are my favorite how-to videos if you’re interested in learning to crochet or simply want to see my favorite stitches.

Photo by Margarida Afonso on Unsplash