Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Couloir

The Couloir

The descent began several hours after the rescue.   The remaining team tried to sleep, each eking out a narrow ledge on the rocky summit on which to lay their bags and gear in the cool September night air, but sleep was elusive for most of them; they replayed the accident, the twelve hours of anxious waiting, and the initial attempted rescue over and over again in their minds.  The roar of the final 11 p.m. rescue by a military crew in a Chinook helicopter with night vision capabilities still rang in their ears.  The descent, they thought to themselves, should be easy.
Suffering from adrenaline let-down and little sleep, they gathered their gear at dawn and began to descend.  Only six miles to the trailhead, and two more to the campsite.  A walk in the park for the four men and one woman--all fit mountaineers.  At first, there was little talk, as the group concentrated on the slightly technical descent into the Cascadian Couloir.  They rehashed the events of the day before and congratulated themselves for handling the emergency so well.  Of course, a few things might have been better.  It was lucky that another party’s phone had cell service and was able to get an emergency call out to the county sheriff.  And it sure was providential that the same couple happened to have narcotic painkillers with them.  Rick’s foot was nearly torn off, after all.  But, overall, it had gone as well as it could, and hadn’t they worked well as a team?
Approaching the Couloir, the team refocused on the new terrain.  The couloir is a scree field, a broad mountain avalanche field filled with loose boulders, rocks, pebbles, and sand.  It is active terrain, and the couloir hugging the flanks of Mt Stuart is renowned for its size, and its danger.  The team formed a single line, with Dee and Jim in the front, George and Bryan next, and John  in the rear.  George turned to John as they walked on
                “Careful,” he warned, “that  rock seems like it could be ready to go.” 
John looked up and made a conscious effort not to grab onto the boulder as he climbed through that area.  His hand, however, did lightly brush it, and what followed was later to blur in John’s mind.  The “rock”, a refrigerator-sized boulder, toppled loose from its resting spot—who knows how long it had remained safely in place?—and rolled over John’s legs, then bumped and rolled down the couloirs, breaking into bits by the time it reached the bottom of the slope.  Alerted by the rockfall, the rest of the team looked back, saw John on the ground, and rushed back. 
Stunned, John began to process what had just happened. 
“It’s lucky the scree is so sandy,” he panted to the team, “I think my ankle is just sprained.” 
The boulder had pushed him backwards, up slope, until he was nearly lying down on the field.  As it rolled over him, the left leg lay crossed over the right leg, with the sandy scree underneath absorbing some of the impact.  
“Are you sure?” Dee asked, “Can you make it down?” 
John tested his slightly numb legs.  He was shaky and a little shocked.  With the thought of yesterday’s accident fresh in his mind, John thought of the number of hours it would take a rescue team to be notified and deployed.  With still no cell service among the team members, no way to contact help immediately, and no way to notify family members of the further delay, John shuddered at the thought of putting his family through another night of anxiety.    His wife hated the climbing anyway, and was always a nervous wreck when he was out.  This could send her over the edge.  No, he’d have to make it down, one way or another, sprained ankle or not.
The rest of the descent was a nightmare.  John used his trekking poles as modified crutches and focused on the task at hand.  With years of triathlons, marathons, swimming and climbing under his belt, he felt he possessed the raw strength to hobble down the mountain on one leg and two arms, but it was his mental disclipine he would have to rely on the most.  After some time of achingly slow descent, the team stopped to plan.  By then, the couple who had aided them the night before had caught up with the team, and saw that another team member was injured.
“Why don’t Bob and Sandy go down with John, straight to the car?” Dee proposed, “and we’ll go back to camp and carry out the gear.” 
That was six sets of gear, each weighing sixty-five to seventy-five pounds, for four people to carry.  Jim balked.  Never known for his sensitivity, he looked at John,
“Hey, you can go back for your stuff…pick it up later.  You’re not injured that badly.”  John stood in stunned silence just looking at Jim.   Had Jim’s climbing partner’s fall the day before impinged his judgment? 
“What a jerk,” John thought to himself, considering what to say, but Bryan jumped in before he could form a cohesive reply.
“Hey, he doesn’t want to do that.  We’re not going to do that.  We’re getting all the stuff and meeting back at the parking lot.”
So, it was settled.  Four members hurried down the additional six miles of trail to camp, while the remaining three continued the painful hobble downward.  John’s arms ached, and his foot throbbed.  His legs slowly began to show purple bruises from mid-thigh to ankle.  With two miles to go, Bob and Sandy urged John to take a break.  Stubbornly, he refused, fearful he wouldn’t have the strength to start again.  Twelve hours after the initial descent began, the trip that should have taken just a few hours, ended in the team meeting at the trailhead parking lot. Three hours of driving were ahead of them.
Two weeks later, a surgeon cut through the fibula to repair John’s crushed talus and cartilage, along with several tendons. By that time, his legs had faded from purple, to ghastly green, and finally, a jaundiced yellow.  It would be six months before he could walk without a cane-- in another six, he would run 5k in 22:45. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Na Craga Update

Cranking along on Mister's Na Craga sweater.  The yarn is imported from Ireland--a nice crunchy yarn that shows off the pattern very nicely, but will never be merino-soft.  Definitely a sweater that needs to be layered (although it will soften a little when washed.)  Isn't it purty???

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dream with Sonoma--some home dec by Sarah

Sarah made this gorgeous home dec frame to showcase one of her engagement photos along with one of her favorite poems--EE Cummings' Dive for Dreams.  She used some CTMH to make this--namely the Sonoma paperpack.  Isn't this gorgeous????

Dive for Dreams
dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind) 
trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward) 
honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at the wedding) 
never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for good likes girls
and tomorrow and the earth) 
in spite of everything
which breathes and moves, since Doom
(with white longest hands
neating each crease)
will smooth entirely our minds 
-before leaving my room
i turn, and (stooping
through the morning) kiss
this pillow, dear
where our heads lived and were. 

silently if, out of not knowable 

silently if, out of not knowable 
night's utmost nothing,wanders a little guess 
(only which is this world)more my life does 
not leap than with the mystery your smile 
sings or if(spiralling as luminous 
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams, 
less into heaven certainly earth swims 
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss 
losing through you what seemed myself,i find 
selves unimaginably mine;beyond 
sorrow's own joys and hoping's very fears 
yours is the light by which my spirit's born: 
yours is the darkness of my soul's return 
-you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars

Friday, September 9, 2011

Vision/Goal Board

As part of a great online class (Soul Restoration II), I made a vision/goal board to remind myself what's important in my life and to celebrate meeting goals I've set for myself...

The papers are from the Dreamin paper pack.  I especially love the little Foundry Clips that are new this fall--they'll hold my little celebrations of success!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

No-Extra-Postage-Cost Cards Part Two

Here's the second don't-have-to-pay-any-extra-postage-to-mail cards described in yesterday's post.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

No-Extra-Postage Cards Part One

As much as I love embellishments, they do cost extra to send in the mail; the cards that are bumpy must be processed by hand and generally cost me 20 extra cents to mail!  Sometimes, I just want a cute card that will cost regular postage.  Soooo...

I spent a little time with one of my favorite new paper packs from the new catty--Dreamin (true confessions--I honestly LOVE all the paper packs this time around--not a dud in the bunch).  I teamed the papers up with the Unscripted Stamp set (see tomorrow's card), the Harvest Happiness stamp set, the Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle, and the Dreamin My Stickease set to create two cards that have low profiles.  Inks are Chocolate, Pacifica, Goldrush, and Honey.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Writing Exercises

I am one of those people--the ones who read nerdy books about waves, and tides, and the development of weather technology, watches Teaching Company videos describing the craft of sentence development, or who follows the exercises in books like Steering the Craft, not because I need to do it for school, but because it's fun.  Now that my soul is bare before you, here are today's writings based on the first exercise in the darn book.

I am surrounded by chaos.  Pets and generally-grown children bound me with a continuous cacophony of noise and entertainment, coming and going on their own schedules, oblivious and insensible to mine, not cruel but thoughtless; the benign insensitivity of youth. Usually one child stirs the pot—say in the form of liberating kitten from his crib, my bedroom, with savior’s satisfaction-- abandoning me to battle the ensuing pandemonium, the pattering gallop of kitten feet, attacking and withdrawing, tilting at kittenish windmills, finding foes amongst the dust bunnies, herding the feline household inhabitants into horrified retreat. 

The sun peeps, teasing and taunting, a tiny northwest glimpse groundwards, scattering back behind the clouds, surely to laugh at my longing.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

In Which I Become Mrs. Bennett

I have found myself channeling Mrs. Bennet lately, contemplating the impending marriage of my second daughter to a great guy..."oh Mr. Bennet, two daughters married....."

It really is a strange feeling to think that Miss Sarah will be going off w/ her Mr. Bingley in no time at all.  And yet, their engagement pictures show just how happy they are.  Complete series to be found on the incredible Lisa Lovely's Blog

This is the couple who got engaged on the Basin Quad chair at White Pass (all the while Mister and I innocently sat in the chair behind them wondering about all the giggling up ahead.)  Can you imagine if he had fumbled the ring?  But, he didn't, and she didn't, and the rest is history.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Knitting Frenzy

I've been knitting since I was 19, when I got roped into a knitting class by a friend who later dropped out.  It was one of those funky, chic yarn shops in San Francisco that has long since come and gone.  I hate to say how many years ago that was (or even think it!), but let's just say, I have quite a bit of knitting experience.

Knitting was my first passionate hobby, and while I've had some slack years, I've always been loyal.  Lately, I've had a bit of a knitting binge; I've already finished up two sweaters this summer, and I'm about to finish another (all for myself of course.  Knitting is the most fun for a truly grateful recipient.  And I am TRULY grateful!)  However, I am swatching to make this for Mister.  I made it many years ago for my dad's 60th birthday (he's in his mid-70's now), and despite its intricate look, it is actually a very easy Aran to knit.

For myself, I just had a weak moment and ordered yarn to make a sweater with the unusual name of Eala Bhan (wish I knew what that meant!  Need to research.)    It is a shaped Aran that I just love.  Only mine will be red....I love the orchid version shown here, but completed a similar sweater in a darker purple, and it would just be too much of a good thing.  I love red, though, and have never knit a red sweater before.  The yarn is manufactured by the gal who designed the sweater; she makes lovely yarn with lots of subtle color interplay--it's never just straight red or purple.  Really pretty close-up!  It is winging its way from Scotland as we speak, so I'll have to content myself w/ the scads and oodles of yarn I have right here in my own little house.  I have some lovely pinky/plum silk waiting to be a short-sleeved cardi, so that's in the queue, too!

I told you it was a frenzy!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Adorable Kitty Birthday Card by Sarah

Sarah created this adorable card for Mister using the Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge.  We have waaaay too many cats, as you already know, so this was a little inside joke ; )

Supplies were mostly non-CTMH except for the incredibly versatile stamp from Card Chatter--Birthday (the pic shows one of the stamps as "Hip Hip Horray", but no worries, the set, when you receive it, it says "Hip Hip Hooray"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mister's Birthday Card

Made this card to celebrate Mister for his birthday on the 18th.  All supplies are from CTMH:
Typeset Level 2 Paperpacket
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and Stamp Sets
Stars are from Milepost Shapes collection

Inks are Honey, Juniper, and Vineyard Berry.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Anniversary Card and Lots of CTMH Values

An anniversary card I made for Mister for our 26th (!!!) this past week.   Where does the time go?  The mirror tells me that the time indeed has past, but it feels like I've barely blinked.

The hearts are Irresistables from the now-retired Bliss Workshop on the Go.  The stamp is from one of my favorite sets:  Remarkable Wreath.  Sparkles are from the blue and red sparkles collections.  Inks used were Pacifica and Hollyhock. 

Inside I stamped "all you need is love" from the Pair-A-Phrase stamp set you can get FREE with a $75 purchaseAdditionally, you can also receive this month's stamp of the month for an additional $5.00 and besides that darling set, CTMH will throw in the Typeface bonus set absolutely free! 
That's a lot of free stuff!

I've been using Pair-A-Phrase a lot.  It is so versatile, and if you like to use markers to color in your images, it has some adorable stamps you could use to color.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ann is the Best

I LOVE Ann's blog.  Her art always inspires and motivates me; she is definitely someone to CASE from.  She is also an absolute sweetheart!  She recently
(well, in July--see how I am), nominated me for this:
Isn't that yummy looking?  So, in order to accept, I must tell you seven things about me and nominate seven other bloggers.  SO, here we go:

  1. I love to write, but it also is a source of fear and anxiety for me ; )
  2. I totally have empty nest syndrome right now
  3. I have a secret-until-now fetish for cheesy disaster movies.
  4. I don't have TV--well, I have one, but nothing is beamed into it.  We rent or borrow movies.
  5. The tv station I love to watch when I go to hotels is....The Weather Channel.  Seriously.  It goes hand-in-hand with #3.
  6. I love to read, but hate bad writing.  
  7. I have no self control when it comes to red licorice ropes.
And my nominations for the Irresistibly Sweet award go to:
  1.  Mary--Miss Mary Scrapping 
  2. Debbie--Scrapping My Heart Out
  3. Jennifer--LiveTeachCreate
  4. Holley--Heart to Heart with Holly (not a craft blog--just soulful inspiration)
  5. Melody--Brave Girls Blog
  6. Becky--Inking Idaho
  7. Christine--Create with Christine

Friday, August 19, 2011

Card for K-zatie

Katie is practically my fourth daughter.  She left for college yesterday (on the other side of the state), so I made this card for her using the Roxie collection from the new CTMH catalog--really fun papers in that one!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Some Sarah Creations

All of us like to create art of one kind or another around here.  It's great, because we often act as each other's muse, which is soooo helpful during a creative dry spell.

Miss Sarah has done a lot of creating lately.  Here are some of her offerings:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wow! An actual card!

A card for a dear friend; supplies are from the new CTMH catalog--which is fantastic, by the way ; )

Sonoma paper packet--
I also used the new Art Philosophy cricut cartridge, which is worth every penny and more!  I've already used it more than all of my other cartridges combined!
Love the Kraft die cut cards--10 to a pack for just 6.95.  I'm also using these for some mini albums, which I'll share in the future.

Monday, August 15, 2011


                Everywhere I look, there is cat.  Food bowls and towers, scratching mats and catnip mice, all trumped, of course by litter boxes. 
                “You need N+1 litter boxes,” states my vet authoritatively, when I bring in my neurotic tom, whose formerly sweet self has been replaced by a wall-spraying, fellow-cat-attacking fiend.  I look up and smile weakly.  N+1?  Who knew cat ownership was really just another exercise in algebra?  But, I comply, and soon six litterboxes grace my household, four lined up in the garage like some sort of mad cat comfort station , one for the kitten upstairs, and one in the downstairs bathroom for the sane cats to use while we wait for naughty Mr. Claudio’s Prozac to kick in.
                Wryly, I think to myself, N+1 would have been a good prescription during the crazy teenage years when my three daughters shared a single bathroom with a lone sink.  But, it is too late now.  They are grown and gone, and I am left with one dog ,five cats and a tolerant husband. 
                Lately, the kitten, El Diablo—okay, that’s not really his name—has taken to pacing the tub ledge during my nightly bath, with his curiously brown eyes, uncommon to cats, watching the tub fill.    No doubt he’s thinking how to get in and out without getting wet.  His face is totally black except for shockingly white whiskers and eyebrows, and a single white triangle starting on the left side of his kitten mouth and extending up to a point next to his nose. The asymmetry of it always makes me want to tilt my head while looking at him.  He is a “tuxedo” kitty , with broad triangles of white on his chest and belly, meeting in points in the center, white-dipped toes in the front, and rabbit-like all-white legs in the back. 
                At fourteen weeks, Diablo , aka Pippin, would like to spend most of his time tirelessly harassing the more mature cat inhabitants of the house, who by turns,  are shocked, horrified, and ticked. Undoubtedly, they concur that the wrong cat is getting Prozac.   Making friends doesn’t seem to be high on Pippin’ list of priorities, except with the dog, who, at forty pounds, gently plays with the kitten until her Rat Terrier heritage gets the better of her and she lies on top of her five-pound nemesis.  Pippin will run away when released—usually with human intervention—but returns mere seconds later for another round.   Persistence seems to be his gift.  Common sense, not so much.
                When Pip showed up two days before my forty-ninth birthday, with a huge purple bow around his kitten neck and a note apologizing for not being yellow, I was sure my family had lost its collective mind.  Usually the instigator of cat acquisition, I was stunned that Mr. Cat Lady had authorized this latest, but of course, one look at the sweet kitten face, and we were all undone.  Several weeks later, weeks filled with hijinx alternating with in-your-face cuddles, my future son-in-law’s insistence that Pip’s purring really indicated that he was recharging his Death Rays, seems apt.  We are undone, just not in the way we originally thought.  The formula for the Peter Principle of cat ownership does indeed seem to be N+1.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Times

Yaaaay!  Good times last weekend.  Kate and William may have garnered the press attention, but the REAL wedding to be at was for Leah and Scott.  A lovely day, a beautiful couple, fun times all around!  Here's the only sneak peek I have, hope to share more soon...

This photo is courtesy of Lisa Lovely, our fabulous photographer.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hope for Japan

CTMH is soooo great!  They've always been a charitably-minded company, but now they've created a stamp set to benefit the people of Japan.
Here's what Jeanette Lynton has to say about it:

We've all been reeling with the images of tragedy and devastation in Japan. If you're looking for an easy, real, practical way to help relief efforts, then I invite you to contact your Close To My Heart Consultant!

Typically, our A-sized sets retail for $7.95/$8.95 CAN, but the "Hope for Japan" set will be available through April 30 for just $5--and Close To My Heart will be donating 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross to benefit relief efforts in Japan.

If we all do a little, together we can do a lot. Let's show our support and together, provide real HOPE for Japan!

Please contact me if you would like this adorable stamp!  I'm going to be ordering soon!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Still Working!

I'm still working on taxes (I'm an EA), my redecorating project, and the WEDDING for DD, all of which leave little time for scrapping.  Breaks my heart to leave my blog so lonely, but there you go! 

So, instead of scrapping, I give you pictures....first is DD w/ her fiance...such a wonderful pair!  I'm pretty excited to announce that the wedding is in just 40 days!

Next, I'll share a darling pic DH took for his 365 Project page.  This little sweetie is a gal that DD#2 babysits every week, and she has just stolen all of our hearts.  She has a special silly game that she and DH play whenever she comes to our house, and when she wouldn't smile for the camera, DH began to play it with her, and this was the result!  Isn't she a love? 

Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blogger Tutorial--Adding a Background to Your Blog

Hi all--I've created a new blog tutorial, and I'd like to invite you over to check it out.  This week, I've added a tutorial on adding a background to your blog.  I'll always announce tutorials here, but feel free to become a follower over there, if you'd like:
Blog Bits

I'm working on adding a page over there that indexes and directly links to all of the tutorial posts.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tiny Blog Hiatus and Update

I'm on a tiny blog hiatus....I have several worthy excuses for neglecting my blog:  Tax Season (I'm an EA), We're painting and doing a little redecorating in my living and dining room (omgosh--gorgeous Wasabi green...sounds crazy, but it is fabulous!  My dining room normally serves as our photo studio, so in its current state of affairs, we can't photograph), Leah's wedding plans (we can finally say the wedding is next month--can you say panic??), and just general life fun--daughter Maura's voice recital,  a scrapbooking class--ya know!

Since I don't have any new scrappy pics to show you, how about a darling picture of two of my cats (I'm a cat lady--we have four PLUS two dogs--it's somewhat chaotic).  These two guys were born to a barn kitty where my daughter rides horses--we went to pick one little female out of the litter, and when we got there, all the kitties had been spoken for except for these two could we choose just one???   Best decision EVER--they are the best kitties--loving to humans and fun-loving with each other and our two other cats!  Plus--look at those little faces.  So--here they are:  Benedick (aka Boo or Benny) and Claudio (Claudie)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Perfect Day Round Card

Leah made this round card based on a design in the Wishes book.  It uses the supplies are limited Perfect Day set--still available on my shopping site for $5!  I am soooo tempted to buy it up myself, but after buying four packets, maybe I have enough stashed to satisfy my needs ; )

All supplies are CTMH:
  • Perfect Day Level II Paper Packet
  • Bohemian Alphabet Stamp Set
  • Lucky Workshop on the Go stamp set (bracket)
  • Round card bases
  • 2" scallop punch
  • Juniper and Chocolate Ink
  • Red Button collection

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lucky Layout

This layout is based on a layout in Jeanette Lynton's Reflections book.  My DH has been an avid bicyclist since I've known him (27 1/2 years now), and when I saw the Enjoy Life set of stamps and the Lucky set of papers, I knew I'd be making some layout and cards w/ the great bicycle themes!

All elements are CTMH except the little clips attached to the photo.

  • Enjoy Life Stamp Set
  • Lucky Wotg Level II Paper Packet
  • Lucky Wotg stamp set (for the denim bracket element)
  • Lucky Level II assortment (orange chipboard element)
  • Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand, and Sunset inks
  • Blue ribbon collection

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sarah's Creations

Sarah has been the creator lately....she is rocking the cards this week!  The first two are greeting cards, and the last is the invitation to her sister's bridal shower....
This one uses a retired CTMH stamp set called I am Tickled Pink.

This one uses stamps from the Bliss Wotg.

Tomorrow, I'll share a one page layout I did using the new "Lucky" Level II papers and "Enjoy Life" stamp.  set....Friday, I'll share the cover of my Soul Restoration Art Journal and a card that Leah made using Perfect Day papers.

Monday, February 21, 2011

What I Do When I'm Not Crafting

That's me on the left...DD#3 on the right....Heading up chair 4 at White Pass....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Go Ducks!

Sarah made this card with her boyfriend for her boyfriend's dad's birthday.  He's an Oregonian who is a Ducks fan.  Their nemesis' are the Beavers...hence that seemingly senseless act of violence against the darling Cricut Create-a-Critter beaver...

Of course, it's all in good fun! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Magical Blog Award

Okay...just how did Trisha M of the GREAT blog Finding the Silver Lining know I'm a total Disney nut and that Tinkerbell is my FAVE? She has blessed me with the Magical Blog Award, which is such an honor because I just think Trisha is a fabulous artist in her own right, and I'm always drooling over her stuff. Thank you, Trisha! You made my day.

I'm supposed to pay it forward, and I AM going to do that, however I will defer that until this weekend. This week is Busy Busy, and I just don't have a spare moment! But, I promise, Trisha, I won't let you down. I'll share the award with some of my favorite bloggers soon!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blogger Tutorial--Adding Tabs (or Pages) to Your Blog

I've had a few people ask me how to get the "tabs" at the top of a blog. Those are actually "pages" that you can add to your blog where you can put separate content other than just blog posts. Remember you can click on any of the pictures below if you need a closer view!

It is super easy to add pages to your blog. Sometimes a template will have them already included, but if yours doesn't, you can choose a gadget to help you add them. First, go to your design center for your blog. Here's what mine looks like:

Second, click on add a gadget. Look at the gadget list and find the Pages one. You'll click on that to open it up.

Third, you should get something like this, only yours won't have any pages yet! Look down at the bottom of this pop up box. It tells you that you can either have the pages at the top of your blog or as a list in a side column. I named my pages gadget "Pages" as you can see, so I can easily see it when I close the gadget dialog box.

After you close the gadget dialog box, check in your design center to see where your gadget wound up. If you want it under your blog title, just drag it up there!

Next click on the posting tab while in design center. See the link where it says "Edit Pages"? Click on that!

You'll get to this screen, where you can add, edit, or delete pages...of course you'll want to start out by adding a page.

The add a page section looks a lot like a blog post, but here's where you'll put the new content that you want to add.

Remember, you can always go back to the design center, click on the Pages gadget to manipulate the order of pages, or whether or not you even want them displayed. Sometimes, I'll add a page that I want to go "live" in the next month (maybe a monthly special), which is a nice feature. Remember, though, that blogger only allows 10 additional pages ; )

Here is what my blog looks like w/ the pages under my blog title.

Please leave a comment if you found this useful! Also let me know what other types of tutorials you might like to see! Questions are always welcome, too!