I just received an official notice. It’s been nine years since I first started blogging about our Little House in the Big Woods.
Nine years ago, on a snowy winter day in 2008, the idea arose to spend an entire year “Opening the door, walking outside” and blogging about it. On Solstice, 2008, I started yakking to no one in particular about this commitment to open the front door, day after day after day, and find out what new & exciting might present itself in the outdoors of this Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
So many folks paused to read about this commitment, to step outside with me day after day, to see what was happening in the cold and snow and black-and-white scenery of winter.
I was soon hooked–hook, line and sinker–in the world of blogging!
A year later, I started Lake Superior Spirit. This would be post # 970, just in case you’re a stats fanatic like I am. There has been 476,983 views. That translates to 116,360 visitors. On March 2, 2010, this blog had 4,294 visitors, just because it was featured on WordPress. These days–when I’ve quit blogging for ten months at a time and lost many readers due to inattentiveness–I’m lucky to have a hundred viewers after a published post, maybe two hundred if it’s an exciting day.
It doesn’t matter. Because you’re here. And that’s what counts; because you’re a real person and not a number. You’re HERE and that matters more than any numbers! (I always frown lovingly at the stats lover of myself convincing her of what’s truly important.)
So today I opened the door and walked outside, just to remember. And snapped pictures of our Little House in the Big Woods.
In the past two years we’ve paid a builder mega-bucks to spiff up our exterior. After 30+ years, the roof needed repair. After 30+ years, the siding had been pecked by woodpeckers way too many times. Big holes decorated its girth. Mice and shrews happily skittered within the holes.
Not only did we repair the roof and siding in the past two years, we also nicely asked the builder to put a roof over our firewood. We are in 7th Firewood Heaven. We no longer have to buy $100 worth of tarps to cover the firewood every year. Now we luxuriously load our wood room beneath the massive roof, thanking the entire Universe for our protection from the elements.
All is good in our Little House in the Big Woods. Even though we won’t see our two kids (and their significant others) at Christmastime, we are content. We’ve seen each of them more than once during 2017.
That’s a big year for us!
Thanks for stopping by, opening the door, and walking outside. Thanks for nine years of blogging here at WordPress.
May you be blessed by nature’s beauty as the upcoming year unfolds…