One more note to my readers:
I've hoped that I wouldn't have to use the word verification on my blog, because it can be annoying to leave posts when you have to take the extra time to type in the word verification, but unfortunately I've been having a lot of trouble with spam comments over the past few weeks. They have been posted by various "people" and usually say something like "Please see here." First, I think it is terribly rude to post such things on private blogs. I for one do not use blog comments for direction in my shopping preferences, and I don't wish to advertise their junk on my blog.
If whoever has been leaving these posts, I respectfully request that you cease and desist immediately. In the meantime, I have enabled word verification in the hopes that it will deter them from posting such inconsiderate comments.
But for my faithful readers, or for new visitors, I love reading your comments -- please continue to leave them!