Today is my 4th Blog Anniversary. Wow! I’m still writing posts and you’re still reading them. Thank you!
I haven’t fit in as many blog posts as I would have liked, 69 since last anniversary, but it’s been a good year. This Coffee Sundae with Peanut Caramel sauce was delicious. I made it last year while we are at Sea Ranch. I need to make it again.
WordPress sends out stats every year and this year my annual report said that Madison Square Garden seats 20,000 people. So my 68,000 views in the past year was more than three sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden! This post makes my 415th ever.
A warm word of greeting to my international readers with people from 168 countries having a look at my blog in the past year. Of course that interesting statistical spike of readership in Bahrain can be explained by my niece, Caitlin, living and working there for four months. When she travels to Japan in the spring, I may see a similar jump in numbers.
Speaking of jumps, 2014 was the year Rem and I jumped out of an airplane.
Yup. Take a close look at my hand and I think you will see I am truly white-knuckled with fear. Fear and adrenaline and goggles that slipped up and mooshed my eyes closed. But hey, I did it and I survived.
We’re talking about a mellower outing for my birthday in March: zip-lining!
Looking back through the years blog posts I’m proud of the crafting I’ve done. I enjoy looking back at projects like my Gratitude Jar, lots of Art Journaling, these cute Birdhouse Cards, and always Valentine’s cards and crafts.
As was the case last year, there are posts that didn’t get written and crafts that didn’t get made. I purchased felt to make an Autumn Leaf Garland similar to this Shamrock Garland. The felt is in a drawer.
I’ve been making and drinking homemade kefir and kefir smoothies for a few months. But just when I think I kind of know what I’m doing, the kefir acts a little weird and I decide to wait before I write about it.
Crafts have been made that don’t get shared because it takes longer to stop and take pictures. Or sometimes I get pictures but choose to spend just a few more minutes crafting and the blog doesn’t get written.
Another thing I’m spending time on is walking and hiking. In 2014 I got my Fitbit. I’ve recently earned my “Italy Badge” for walking the distance equal to the length of Italy. After a holiday (and healing toe) break from physical activity, I’m proud to say this week I’ve managed to get 10,000 steps in every day. It hasn’t been easy with shorter, darker days and colder weather, especially compared to the summer when I first got the Fitbit, but it feels good to be moving around again.
I’ve got plenty of ideas for future posts. I just wish I had more time to write them!
Going back to one of my earliest posts, Brownie in a Mug, I tried it again the other night subbing in coconut oil for vegetable oil or butter. If you like chocolate with coconut, you should give it a try.
It hasn’t all been cut-out-hearts and chocolate, but I can look back at 2014 and my fourth year of blogging with gratitude.
Thank you for being such an important part of it! If you’d write a comment, I would be even more delighted.