I did it!
Static background picture: check.
Better background picture: check.
Differnt background on the sidebar: check. (I thought the grey was very dreary.)
Improvement of the sidebar text colors: check.
The only improvement left to do is to add Hubby as a contributor. And that will, I hope, happen this weekend. Then I'll be changing the subtitle to the blog from "motherhood" to "parenthood." Cuz Hubby is not a mom. But I think you all knew that.
Anyway, please stop by, in case you are reading on an aggregator, and let me know what you think.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the background picture is of my backyard (sky and trees, though you can't see the Fall foliage the way it is on the page), and the sidebar picture is a view from the unit we stayed in at Daytona Beach this past February.