How to Insert Bold Quotation Marks

There are three ways, at least, for adding quotation marks to a Blockquote. The first is the easiest – you just type them where you want them to go.

The second and third ways are achieved by writing CSS rules for Styling a Blockquote. If you have a theme, you will have to purchase the CSS upgrade before you can make these changes permanent. This option gives you many style upgrades, even if you never touch the CSS Stylesheet Editor.

You write the CSS in the Stylesheet Editor. Go to your Dashboard and click on Appearance – Customize – CSS.

Technique 1: Using the before selector to automatically add quotation marks to a blockquote.


The theme used a before selector that contained content: ‘201C’;
I added the CSS  (in italics below) to do three things:
I added the border with the blockquote { selector.
I moved the blockquote right and changed the background color with the .site-content .entry-content blockquote { selector.
I moved the existing blockquotes built into the theme to the left with the  .site-content .entry-content blockquote::before { selector.

blockquote {
border: .1px #a8a8a8;
border-style: solid;
border-radius: 10px;

.site-content .entry-content blockquote {
margin-left: -5px;
margin-top: 2px;
margin-bottom: 7px;
padding: 15px 20px .25px 30px;
background: #ffffff;
display: flex;

.site-content .entry-content blockquote::before {
margin-left: -35px;
margin-top: -10px;

Your theme may use different selectors, and you will have to figure out which ones to use.

Technique 2: If you want to use blockquotes you designed yourself, here is one way to do it:

Download, or create your quotation marks in the size you want them to appear on your page, then upload them to your WordPress Media Library. Note what the URL is for that image.

The quotation marks I’ve used here is a small .gif image that is 15X15 pixels in size. I could have made it larger, or a darker colour if I wanted bolder quotation marks.

Then write the CSS (in italics below) in the Stylesheet Editor. The blockquote { selector may not be the selector used by your theme – so you may have to test other selectors until you find the one that works.

blockquote {
background-image: url(‘insert your quotation mark URL here’);
background-position:top left;
padding:.7em 2.2em .2em 2em;

Insert your image URL where it says insert your quotation mark URL here. Your image URL must be inside one set of single quotation marks.
The setting for padding will determine where the image sits on your page, so you will have to tweak that.
The setting for color will determine the color of the font, so you will have to tweak that too.

There, that is it. Or it might not be it, in which case you should contact the WordPress Happiness Engineers or the WordPress Forum and ask for help!

Spruce Cone – Macro Scales

Do you need a clue or two to help you identify this photo? Okay, the mystery object is scaly and it grows on trees. No, don’t beg or plead. That is the only hint I am going to give you.


Normally I would insert a quotation about scales here, but it appears that no one has found a way to say something profound about (close your eyes if you don’t want to know what the object is) conifer cones.

However, while I was researching on the internet I found a small series of quotations that illustrate a different kind of scale. I thought they were immensely funny, but maybe it is because I found them on a Sunday morning, not a Monday morning. Sunday is a much happier day than Monday, don’t you think?

Here are two of the best. If you know of, or can think of any others, be sure to add them to the comments.

On a scale of Voldemort to Pinocchio, how Nosy are you?
– Unknown –

On a scale of One to Osama Bin Laden how good was my hiding spot?
– Unknown –

Monarch Butterflies Arrive in Alberta


Four photos in one to show you the movement of butterfy wings. But not just any butterfly – this is a Monarch Butterfly! And it is in my garden! (Forgive all the exclamation marks, but I don’t think I have ever seen a Monarch butterfly in my yard before).

My very own Monarch Butterfly spent much of the morning  sucking up the nectar of the Pink Painted Daisies.


There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
– Richard Buckminster Fuller –


Women, don’t get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you’re twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor.
– Billy Elmer –

A list of ‘Remarkable Feats of Navigation’ has to include the migration of these Monarch Butterflies.

Perhaps the Monarch in my yard found some milkweed and laid eggs, or maybe it was one of the many monarch butterflies that flew all the way from Canada to a winter home in Mexico – a journey of several thousand miles. Once in Mexico, Monarchs breed, lay eggs and eventually die. Three or four more generations of Monarchs come and go before another Monarch reaches Canada the following summer.

The Flutter Files
Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus
Alias: Monarch Butterfly
Migration: In Summer from as far north as Southern Canada to wintering grounds in Southern California or Mexico.
Date Seen: July 6, 2012
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Movement.

Fleeting Moment – Hutterites at the Playground

The playground in our Cabin Community. Children playing. Mothers nearby – watching, talking. Can you spot what makes this Fleeting Moment so unique?

Alberta Hutterite

The women are all wearing long dresses and head scarves. The women belong to one of the many Hutterite Colonies found in our province.

We are extremely fortunate to have several Colonies near our Cabin. Once a week in the summer they bring vegetables and baking to sell to the cabin owners. Our family is particularly happy when the peas arrive – we buy several bags each time, then spend the rest of the afternoon shelling and eating the little green morsels inside the pods.

Once a year, on  Canada Day, the Hutterite families take part in our little Canada Day Parade. They ride on the fire trucks, and throw candy to the crowds. For just a few hours our very different lives intertwine.

Canada’s Birthday – 145 Years Old

Happy Birthday, Canada!

The Canada I know best has big mountains, and on a clear day I can see them from my back yard. (But not this big. I have to drive for about an hour to see them up close and personal.)

My part of Canada has clear, fresh running water in uncountable lakes, streams and rivers.  (Except right now, which  is flood season here in Alberta. The water is pretty muddy, and we’re hoping the cabin doesn’t get flooded.)

My Canada has  four distinct seasons.  This is my yard in the winter when everything is coated in a blanket of snow.

Until I came to Canada I never knew ‘snow’ was a four letter word.
-Alberto Manguel-

I could go on and on, but instead, go to these two posts to find out more about Canada and Canadians:

144 Years Old and Going Strong!  –  a glimpse into how our family celebrates Canada’s birthday.

If you don’t know any Canadians, but would like to,  be sure to read my 52 Friends Plan. A Canadian in your home for one week a year – it is just that easy!

We have the mounties, they have the FBI. Can you imagine the FBI doing the Musical Ride?
– Dave Broadfoot –