Fourth Anniversary Blog Post!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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8 responses to “Fourth Anniversary Blog Post!

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary
    I would love to read about your kefir
    We tried making some last year and it was the disaster.

    • Julie

      Happy Anniversary Dianne!!!

    • I got kefir grains from a colleague and followed her directions: keep in a jar covered in cheesecloth, every 24 hours (or so) pour into strainer and with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, gently push the liquid kefir through the strainer and put the kefir grains back in the jar, cover with milk (I use grocery store 2%-fat milk, nothing really special or organic even) and cover jar again with cheesecloth. I wipe the lip of the jar every time I strain out the kefir and every week or so I put the grains in a clean jar and wash the other jar. Most of the time I make a smoothie in the blender with the cup or so of kefir. I typically add 2 pitted dates, 1/2 a frozen banana, an apple cored and cut into chunks, a handful of other fruit such as blueberries from the freezer or fresh grapes or peach or whatever I can get in season. Pineapple and strawberries are other frozen fruit choices. I put in a handful of oatmeal too (raw oats, not cooked cereal). I used to add about 1/4 cup of fresh juice and a few drops of vanilla but I usually don’t bother with that any more. The kefir is around 1 cup of liquid.
      I smell it every morning and most of the time it has a good, tangy, kind of yeasty smell but two times it has smelled more sour and unpleasant and the liquid looked a little yellowish. I read not to use tap water and didn’t have any distilled but I boiled than cooled a bowl of water and once it was cool I strained out the bad-smelling kefir and poured it down the drain. I put the kefir grains in the water and with my hands, rinsed them. They were kind of sticky and viscous but I just used my finger tips and worked all the funny, kind of rubbery kefir grains around in the water. Into a fresh jar, covered in milk again, cheesecloth in place. One time I still had an off smell the next morning, drained and tossed the liquid, poured on new milk and the next morning had good fresh kefir. The other time it was good after the washing. Sometimes I drink the kefir plain. It is usually in two layers in the jar, one thin and clear, one thick, white and creamy. I stir it together before drinking it. Every week or 10 days I give away or most often throw away some kefir grains because they multiply and I have too much. I used about 1/4 of grains to a cup of milk and when it gets up to a half cup or more, I get rid of some.

  2. Sandy Carlman

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary and your “Italy” walking!

  3. Woo hoo! I can’t believe its been 4 years, congratulations! I love your blog and the fact that I get to keep up with your life so easily and so in depth. Keep up the great work, I’m a reader for life 🙂

    • Hey, You! Great to hear from you. Thank you again for the well-timed suggestion to write a blog. I love doing it, I love knowing that friends I know and friends I haven’t met yet are out their reading what I write. Looking forward to hearing more from you when you’re more settled (recovered?) from your cross-country move.

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