By George, I think she's got it!
Well, what do you think? I've always admired Susie's blogs at Bluebird Blogs, and finally I had some time to sit down and *see* if I could possibly redo my blog design on my own. And... I am pleased with the results! My blog does not have the polish that Susie's do, and I suppose no website designer in their right mind would ever do what I did... I sold my html soul and switched to Blogger-Beta. It's easier in some ways and much more difficult in others. What you gain in ease is lost in flexibility. Fortunately, people who seem to know what they're doing have been so kind as to publish lots of tips and tutorials.
I also switched to a new template, Minima Lefty Stretch, and added a right sidebar. This template is unike any of the others that I've seen because it uses percentages instead of pixels for the wrappers, just to confuse me further. And to top it all off, I downloaded a trial version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and have been wading through that learning curve as well. So if you notice problems with the new design, now you know why!
This is still a work in progress, since I'm fumbling my way through blog-designdom here. If you notice anything that strikes you as exceptionally weird or "off" or "I don't think it's supposed to look like that", would you please tell me? I know things look different with different screen sizes and browsers. I sure would appreciate the help! And in the meantime, welcome to my new blog! I hope you like it as much as I do!