...celebrating my dad's birthday today, so I'll update more later.
Answering two quick questions from Denice....
The countdown thing is from BlogTricks and you can set it to count down to any number of events up to ten events. The free version includes the little ads. ;o) My thumbnail picture thingy is also from BlogTricks and it's easy to customize it to include more or less pictures; to show random pictures each visit, or the same pictures each time; and to designate how many columns of pictures to show. You can also set picture size.
The referring web thing shows you where people clicked to your site from if they clicked on a link on another web-site. It's available from TrueFresco