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Happy Trails

Last time camping under the old, oak tree… I wish you the best, my friend.

I was thinking that my last post, the one that has been static on my site was a scary selfie of me in a welding helmet… That just can’t continue for any longer! 😉 This post will serve as a better landing spot for my blog and describe its status.

We recently went to our favorite campground, Hickory Hollow in Utica, Illinois. It is right near the Starved Rock area. Every September, you can count on us to be attending the wine festival! This year’s fest was a bit less chaotic, as last year’s fest was a madhouse. Because of this and the ticket prices doubling, we were able to get around much easier this year.

We were very melancholy, as the sand mine (just past the berm behind the camper) has bought the campground to destroy it for the sand it stands on. How sad is that?!? I can’t describe the pain I feel for my favorite burr oak tree (next to camper). It’s like knowing a friend with a deadly disease… knowing that in a short time, their life will end sooner than it should. I need a subject change… my blubbering is upsetting my dogs.


I have been researching my future ventures en mass! I have a plan for my future schooling in Horticulture Therapy, which starts this January, finishing in the Fall of 2018. Not too long! I have also decided to try to open my own business revolving around Nature Therapy. This will include Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese), and other programs for nursing homes. I’ll try focusing in those arenas first, and see if I need to branch out or not. I will post updates…

Hubby is doing super at quitting smoking! It’s been 4 months now!

For our Annual Christmas Camping Vacation….. GALVESTON, TEXAS is the winning location for 2017!!! We’re already booked and have started researching things to see and do. If you have any insider info, please pass it on 🙂 We will also be needing a Texas themed audio book for the 18 hour ride down there. Last year we listened to, “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” for our ride to Savannah.

Here’s a funny coincidence, well, maybe not so funny… We decided on Galveston one week before Hurricane Harvey hit them. Last year, we decided to go to Savanna, Georgia one week before Hurricane Matthew hit them. Hmmm, are we dooming the cities we choose to visit to hurricanes? Maybe next year, we shouldn’t pick a coastal city 😉

I hope everyone in my blog-o-spere is doing well. I’ve visited the WP Reader a few times. It’s really hard to be in there too long. I could have an hour blow by in what feels like a second. I love reading everyone’s posts, however I MUST STUDY!!! When my life has settled down, I will return to the reader and posting myself. Until then, I hope the best for all of you! I do miss our fun in the comment’s section!

Take care!!! Ilex

How to “Follow Me” or RSS Feed this Post

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I have only just started this blog & realized I have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging!

Many of my fans… HA! I have fans! OK, they are really called ‘followers’, have asked me how this whole blogging thing works. Can they get emails when I post? Can they sign-up for something, somewhere to make reading easier than logging in daily to see if I have left some words of wisdom? I’ve got an answer for ya’all, abet maybe not a ‘total geek answer’, but I think I can walk you through it.

I’m found for now on wordpress.com, specifically, midwesternplants.wordpress.com. The easiest way to “follow me” would be to sign up with wordpress.com. I have seen the ‘FOLLOW’ button on the top left but oddly, I have also seen the FOLLOW button at the bottom right of the page also. I think the difference is that if you are a Word press contributor, the button is on top. This way, you will get an email each time I post and can just follow the link in the mail.

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The next way to follow me would be through a RSS reader. RSS or Real Simple Syndication is a type of program/language that allows content (my blog) to be downloaded into a reader of your choice to make following the chosen content easier and faster.

I do not normally quote Wikipedia, but they said it best.

“RSS feeds can be read using software called an “RSS reader“, “feed reader”, or “aggregator“, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed’s URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is automatically checked for and advertised by their browsers as soon as it is available.”

There are many readers out there, and you’ll have to check out a few for yourself. I do have some suggestions to help you though… Never fear!


You come to this program daily for your mail, why not have your feeds come into it also?

You may need to get help if you have a different version of Outlook than me (2010), but it was quite easy to sign up. Right click on the RSS feed area; a box asking for the feed address appears. You will need to fill in the whole kabob (cut & paste): http://www.midwesternplants.wordpress.com/feed

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It’s that easy. It will appear like my friend’s feed, under the RSS Feed section.

Internet Explorer:

If you dock your favs on the side, you can see the tabs, Favorites-Feeds-History.

If the RSS feed icon on your toolbar is orange, then there is a feed on the page you are viewing, if it’s gray, there is no feed. My button is located in the group with ‘home’, ‘print’, etc. If you do not see this icon, left click on the toolbar and drop down to ‘add buttons’. Look for RSS feed and add.


Signing up is a cakewalk. Just click on the symbol and IE will ask you if you want to subscribe, say ‘yes’ and you are signed up. Now whenever you open IE, it will try to fetch any new articles.


I don’t have a lot of experience with FF, but it doesn’t seem to have a feed reader associated with it. If anyone knows differently, please let us know in a comment! Yes, there is an icon, just like IE that indicates a feed or not.


It is a dark gray when there is a feed, light if not. When you click on the icon, it asks me if I would like to use my Outlook to read the blog. This is why I wonder if there is a reader or not, as to why it would direct me to Outlook instead of using a FF technology?

Phone Apps:

This is my favorite way to keep up on the blogs I follow. No more of my time is wasted in store lines, waiting rooms, and yes, even the pooper. All my reading material is on my phone in an instant.

All readers are different and everyone has different preferences. Mine were a good layout, populate stories promptly and to download the whole story during Wi-Fi availability. I have a Samsung Galaxy II (android). Sorry, I have no iphone suggestions, but if you do, please comment!

The ones I tried and passed on, mostly because of layout, but some did not populate promptly were: Feedly, eReader, Goodnews, EasyRSS, Dolphin Reader, RSS Junkie, and Open RSS Reader.

The reader that won status on the homepage of my phone was RSS Demon. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meecel.feedreader.RssDemonAd&hl=en

I hope this was helpful, as writing it was not the easiest task. I will not be writing many off topic articles, but I do enjoy technology & might slip some in occasionally that I actually do know something about like great landscaping apps.