Good morning, dear readers!
I do believe it’s safe to come in our Little House in the Big Woods today.
We’ve had over 9,000 visitors in the past three days. Some of them paused to admire snow shadows. Others fed the deer table scraps out under the oak tree. A few ventured out to view Lake Superior, which is surprisingly ice-free in mid-February due to an unusually warm winter.
It proved another fun, exciting, wonderful, exhausting, head-spinning, mesmerizing spree on Freshly Pressed, the front page of WordPress, for forty-eight hours .
I was so tired last night that I fell asleep at 8:30 p.m.
Here’s what happened for you stats-lovers: In the first hour, 503 visitors clicked on Lake Superior Spirit. Every hour, for the rest of Wednesday, between 400-500 hits accumulated.
It makes one dizzy. You can’t see straight after a while, especially if you’re compulsively checking.
The next day, the editors added about ten new Freshly Pressed posts, moving the previous highlighted blogs down on the front page–although our blogs were still displayed. By yesterday morning, I was still getting an average of 80 hits per hour.
I wrote another wildly humorous blog (in my own mind it was humorous, that is) called Miss Envy and the Jealous Wanna-Bees. Last night I excitedly read it to a certain family member. He/She raised his/her eyebrows and inquired with a puzzled look, “What are you trying to say, Kathy? What does this mean?”
Sigh. Maybe I’ll show you this blog and you can determine if it’s completely off-the-wall, or if it’s at least 22% amusing. Or should I just press the “delete” button and bid Miss Envy goodbye? (P.S. It’s about me being envious of another Freshly Pressed rock star. OK, It’s about how envy arises at times in most of our lives. I think that’s what I was trying to say, anyway.)
In the midst of these days of compulsive computer-staring and hit-counting and comment-replying frenzy, something fun did happen.
An editor of a regional magazine phoned to interview me for a tiny quote in their upcoming edition. She may want to use a photo from a long-ago blog. We chatted for at least a wonderful half hour, and when the conversation ended, there existed the possibility to write a future story for their publication.
Isn’t that cool?
I’ve rarely been inspired to publish beyond blogging, but, hey, maybe the Universe wants it to happen. Will keep you all posted.
Want to know something funny?
Most people in this town have no idea that I blog. Heck, half of them don’t even know what a blog is, I swear.
So I’m having these wonderful temporarily famous blogging days.
Everywhere I went in town people would ask about my newspaper editor husband:
“How’s Barry doing? How are Barry’s knees? Hey, I love Barry’s columns! Are you Barry’s wife? Barry’s a funny one–he’s a keeper!”
It was impossible to get a big head about this WordPress honor…
Hope you enjoyed some of these photos from my friend Nancy’s house. She’s the treasurer of our local school district where I am the Business Manager. One of my two part-time jobs. (I am sharing this again because there may be a few newcomers reading this blog.)
She invited me to stop by her house and pick up a bank statement while she was at work. Of course, I had to pause and admire her outdoor nature decorating skills. I have no decorating skills.
It felt a little odd photographing through her window, but, hey, I’ll send her the photos. She sometimes reads this blog, too. She knows what a blog is, anyway.
Although she’ll probably want to know how Barry is doing…
Although, come to think of it, I did talk with one local person who reads this blog and knew that it was Freshly Pressed! It happened at work on Thursday. Our two-room school hires Ruth as a part-time Spanish teacher. She teaches the kids “Hola!” and “Que tal?” and “Como se llama?” one hour each week.
She grinned and said, “I am enjoying reading your blog, Kathy!”
Then she handed me her invoice for the week. She had written something like “Congratulations! Freshly Pressed!”
Oh be still my heart!
It was an all-star moment.
And then she paused and asked, “And how are Barry’s knees?”
**His knees are doing better, thank you. He’s still going to need two artificial knees, but the arthroscopic knee scopes have lessened his pain. Thank you for asking.**