I am going to make a second donation considering that I am asking question several times daily -- But, I changed the background of the widgets in the sidebars to bright yellow, just to see where the margins are, since the widgets seemed a bit bizarre. Well, the yellow background shows that the margins or widget containers are irregular, the category widget overlaps over other stuff, etc. Would you mind having a look and tell me what I am doing wrong?
Basically, what I would like to do is display Recipes on the left sidebar, and Books on the right. The right sidebar is OK so far with the books and their links. I couldn't find out how to display Pages with excerpts and images on the left sidebar, so put lots of text widget linked to each page instead. It's somewhat tedious, but OK if there is no easy way to display page excerpts and images on the left sidebar, with links to the full page pages.
But the left sidebar links in the text widgets are acting strangely (e.g. hovering over a text title sometimes leaves the underline for link, sometimes doesn't).
I hope I am making myself clear...