News Archive: November 2004

Originally, each post from this month appeared on its own separate page. They were combined here in February, 2022.

Halloween Photos Are Up

Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 4:20 p.m.

The latest photo section entitled October Madness 2004 is now available for viewing.

Home Page Gets a Makeover

Posted Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 9:08 p.m.

Our Home page has received a slight makeover; all else on the site remains the same at this time. The changes are noted as follows:

Your comments regarding the new Home page layout are welcome. Simply use our Contact page (this is gone, 2/17/2022).

Kind Words from Louisiana

Posted Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 9:12 p.m.

Every now and then I receive some very encouraging input from one of our visitors. I don’t post all of them, but this one from Barbara (who lives in Louisiana) was particuarly heartwarming, so I decided to include it here:

Just checking for a recipe for coleslaw dressing and found the home page. Your photos of Halloween and the kittens are great. Will definitely check out the rest of photos another day. The cat photos are so cute. Thanks so much, I loved the visit with your family. Sayonara.....

Thanks again, Barbara, for your kind words.

If you’re new to this site, please check out some of the wide variety on The Oo Kingdom. Honestly, it’s all free of charge and free of commercial advertising. This site is family-friendly, and we intend to keep it that way.

Pictorial Blast From the Past (Part 1)

Posted Friday, November 5, 2004 at 4:55 p.m.

Finally, some more photos from 2003 made their debut in Ummamum’s Picture Place today:

“Peaceful Coexistence” Revised

Posted Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 11:20 a.m.

Peaceful Coexistence—Almost was originally published in September, 2003, in a hurry, and the photos were smaller than those in the other sections, and a bit off-color. Today I reprocessed the photos, giving new life to the album. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery Completed

Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 11:55 p.m.

As of 4:38 p.m. today, Ummamum’s Picture Place is fully up-to-date with the last five additional sections. These are all old photos from 2002 and 2003:

Happy Holidays—Already?

Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 12:18 p.m.

A few years ago, some stores brought out their Christmas merchandise very early, in September and October, but this year it didn’t come out until after Halloween in most cases. But the holiday season started way early in terms of radio and TV ads, which I personally listened to and watched as early as November 4, the day after the presidential election was resolved! And the general population is starting early this year; people at work were talking about Christmas shopping this week, and I am already seeing some decorations up around town. One house had their tree up already, decked out, on November 8. Another house that was decked out for Halloween now displays a Christmas wreath. Yard decorations were seen at still another house yesterday afternoon.

Maybe this is a good thing. Finally the store merchants and the general population are on the same page. Anyway, the holiday season, once said to include Christmas and New Year’s, now includes Thanksgiving and most of November, for that matter. This appears to be a fact of life; I guess we should make the most of it. My fear is that we can get so caught up in the festivity and even the stress of the season that we lose sight of what it all means:

Being truly thankful for all things, great and small
Celebrating the birth and life of Jesus Christ and the love and compassion that goes with it
New Year’s
Closing one year and ushering in the next with the hope that we can do better in the new than we did in the old

As I said, we should make the most of this holiday season. May it be a special blessing to you and yours—from start to finish!

A Better Solution for News Posts

Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 11:15 p.m.

In my November 3 post I announced that the Home page had received a slight makeover. The new navigation bar setup still stands, but I believe I have found a better solution for news posts.

Part of the reason for shortening the Home page in the first place was so that it would load more quickly on slow connections (a few people are regularly visiting the site on their cell phones). Although the Home page was shortened by removing the full text of news posts, this may have made some complete posts inaccessible to cell phone users altogether, because they could only be read on the monthly archive pages, some of which are very lengthy! To remedy this, each news post will appear on its own page, retroactive to November 1, 2004. This has the added benefit of simplifying the URLs for posts; is now reduced to

(2/17/2022: I’ve just combined all of November’s posts onto this single page, so the new URL would be https://www/

I always liked having the latest posts appear on the Home page, so I have gone back to that. But here is the difference: only the latest day’s posts will appear on the Home page. Below that will be links to the previous post and the monthly cover page in the News Archive.

As I said before, your comments and/or suggestions are welcome, via our Contact page (this is gone, 2/17/2022; see bottom of Home page for contact info).

New Page in Metric Section

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 9:29 p.m.

A U.S. visitor named Max asked about the “grams per square meter” used for measuring the weight and quality of towels and bath robes. The result was a new page on Grams per Square Meter which should clear up any confusion.

Success With Peanut Squares

Posted Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 10:30 p.m.

Our recipe for Peanut Squares appeared incorrectly online for a long time until I figured out what Mom accidentally left out of the copy of the recipe she gave me. My spirits were lifted, but my diet certainly suffered. I forgot how addicting they were! I had not eaten them since (I think) about 1972.

There are a lot of different recipes online for peanut squares, but I haven’t seen this one anywhere else.

Say Goodbye to the Style JavaScript

Posted Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 10:30 p.m.

The Oo Kingdom is no longer using JavaScript to serve different style sheets to different browsers. A PHP script is doing this on the server now. This means your browser doesn’t work as hard because it doesn’t have to run the script. The result is slightly faster rendering of our pages.

With this change and the recent News Archive makeover, it’s time for another change in the site’s version number. This is Version 12.1.