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Free Music: Old Grand Ole Opry Recordings

Free Grand Ole Opry Recordings

Are you a fan of old country, bluegrass and gospel music? If so, you may want to check out some old recordings of the Grand Ole Opry:

Grand Ole Opry Recordings (MP3 format) -These recordings are from the 1940s and 50s and feature such artists as Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Eddie Arnold, a very young Minnie Pearl and many, many more. There are over 50 shows that you can download individually -or get the entire collection in a zip file.

Would you like to watch an old Grand Ole Opry TV show?

FreeClassic TV: Grand Old Opry April 28, 1956 -Hosted by Carl Smith. Guests include Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs, June Carter and others. Show is almost an hour long and is available in MPEG4* and Ogg Video* formats. Files are very large**.

*The free VLC player will play MPEG4 and Ogg video formats
**I checked the MPEG4 file and it can be paused during downloading. If you’re using dial-up internet, try the free Orbit Downloader which allows you to pause and resume downloads.

More Free Old Time Country Music

The Carter Family: Wildwood Flower
(MP3 format) -A classic, recorded on May 10th, 1928.

Pie Plant Pete: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane -From 1929, Pie Plant Pete (Claude Moye) was an early country music performer. Download MP3 or listen online.

The Coon Creek Girls: Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood (MP3 format) -The Coon Creek Girls were an all-female Appalachian string band, song was recorded about 1936.

Obed Pickard: Sally Goodin -Recorded in 1929, Obed Pickard was one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers. Download MP3 or listen online.

Blessings and happy listening,


Free Blogging Helper To Save Time

This is for all you new bloggers out there, you long-time bloggers probably already use it. :)

As most of you all know, I have dial-up internet and it takes an awful long time to do more than one thing at a time online.

I got to wondering if there is a way to post to my blog by some other means than going to my site, signing in, opening a new post, etc, etc.

Time for a Google search!

I found out that I can post updates by email, but the formatting doesn’t always turn out right, and I would have to create another email address just for that purpose. That didn’t sound so great to me.

I noticed that a couple of the search results mentioned “desktop blogging clients” – software that you install on your computer to write your posts in, instead of the editor on your blog.

That sounded more like what I was thinking of.

I found many blogging clients to choose from – and some are even free!

Desktop Blogging Clients: The Ultimate List

Why one should use Windows Live Writer or any other desktop blogging client!

Windows Live Writer is one of the free ones. It’s compatible with most blogging platforms (WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, etc.), it seems to have the most features and least bugs, and it’s highly recommended…so that’s what I tried.

It’s wonderful! I wish I had known about it from the beginning!

I’ve written all of this week’s posts in Windows Live Writer and the formatting came out fine, I can preview my posts before I publish them, I can add pictures and video – and I can’t tell you how much time it has saved me!  

Plus, if I had them, I can add more blog accounts. (I wondered how all the multi-bloggers did it!)

If you’re a blogger, you ought to give Windows Live Writer a try. It’s an easy-to-use, time-saving tool for bloggers –and it’s free! :)



Favicons and Logos

I’m still picking up tips about blogging and running a website and one thing I learned recently was how, and why, to add a  favicon and logo to my site. I decided to post about it with the hope it will help someone else.

What is a Favicon

It’s the little picture beside the web address in your browser.

Highlight Your Brand with a Favicon

What is Favicon.ico and How to Create a Favicon Icon for Your Website

What is a favicon and why should you have a favicon for your website?

How To Create A Favicon

Free Favicons

There are all sorts of free icons and favicons out there…

Free Favicons

20 Free Favicon Sets

Lorelei Web Free Favicons

Free Christian Favicons

…but I couldn’t find any I liked, so I made my own.

Make Your Own Favicon

First I drew my picture in Paint.net (free) using a 64×64 canvas size. I then resized it to 32×32 for my logo and 16×16 for my favicon.

The favicon has to be an icon file and Paint.net doesn’t have the capabilities to save it in that format so I used Irfanview (also free) to open the 16×16 image and save it as an icon.

If you don’t want to do all that, there are some free online favicon generators you can use to create one:

Favicon Tool

Dynamic Drive Favicon Generator


Favicon.cc Generator

Online Favicon Maker

Adding Your Favicon and Logo to Your Site

Next, I uploaded my images to my site and added the code. I followed these instructions to add the favicon:

How to Create a Favicon

I had a little more trouble adding my logo to the left of my title. The instructions that actually worked for me are here:

Add Your Logo to FTW Themes

I did have to adjust the margins a little and to do that I used the “Edit CSS” function of Web Developer Tools for Firefox, then copied the code into my theme’s style sheet. Firebug can also be used to edit CSS, I just haven’t tried it yet.


Let me know what you think. :)

Have a wonderful day,



I’ve added some free Christian cross favicons here:

Free Cross Favicons

Free E-mail Password Recovery Software

Good morning everyone!

Have you forgotten your e-mail password?

Last night I was switching an e-mail account from Outlook Express to Mozilla Thunderbird. I don’t use this account very much and I had forgotten my password, couldn’t find it anywhere. What to do?


I found a great little freeware program that installed in minutes and immediately brought up every e-mail account I have, along with the passwords.

Mail PassView

According to the website, this program will recover e-mail passwords for the following e-mail clients, with some restrictions:

  • Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Windows Mail
  • Incredimail
  • Eudora
  • Netscape
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Group Mail Free
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Hotmail/MSN Mail
  • Gmail

Mail Pass View worked great for me, although I may not use it again now that I have my password. :)

For more information and to download this program, visit the website.

Have a great day,


Free And Fun Computer Software

Happy first day of 2009!

I have to apologize, I said I would post some freebies yesterday but instead I’ve been helping my mom get a website going. She has a business and really needed her own site instead of a Blogspot blog.

Anyways, here is some free and fun software for your desktop.

Free Physics Application

I have this really neat educational software called Phun. What is Phun?

“Phun is an educational, entertaining and somewhat (!) addictive piece of software for playing around in a 2D physics sandbox in a cartoony fashion. Phun has deep gameplay, where you combine problem solving with creativity and artistry, and therefore Phun is both educational and entertaining, and much enjoyed by children as well as adults.” Please Note: Phun is no longer available, it was a testing version of Algodoo.*

*Algodoo is much more developed than Phun, with more tools and even lesson plans for teachers. Algodoo comes in three versions -Play Free, Physics -for  $3.99, and Algodoo for Education -for $37.99.

My children love this! Download it and give it a try.

Binary Toys

Would you like some little mechanical creatures crawling around your desktop?

Binary toys presents a collection of interactive windowless virtual toys made up of springs, muscles, and masses.”

This is another favorite of my children.

It’s time to play, with Souptoys!

Souptoys are a collection of more than sixty toys that you can play with directly on your computer desktop. Build intricate castles, create fantastic contraptions, decorate your desktop, design your own puzzles or just fling the toys around – they’re your toys, play with them how you want to.”

There are also user-created toysets that can be downloaded. A lot of fun!

Desktop Lava Lamp

Get a little Lava Lamp for your computer desktop.

Stress Reliever

Doodle on your desktop!

Desktop Graffitist is a small program that enables you to spray paint
your desktop, and anything else that might appear on screen. DG is
designed for recreation and creativity, and can be used to relieve
office stress and boredom.”

I don’t have this one but it looks neat, my children would have a heyday with it!

Have a great year,