1st. Anniversary

I completely forgot, with all the alone time fun I am having, to post an anniversary post yesterday.
Yup, yesterday was the 1st anniversary for this blog, closing out last night with
28,065 visitors.  Not bad.

So here is a look back at how I got started
The first post on April 2, 2009

There was good, old Bear,

and snow covered chairs.

We celebrated birthdays and

I looked at houses and took pictures for you.

You saw sunsets and

the Wayfarer being cleaned up

The first contest and

pictures of the cookies I baked for the contest winner…

Thank you all for staying with me and commenting. Thank you  also

to those of you who commented in emails and in phone calls, you know who you are.

It has been a fun year for me, I hope to keep reporting to you and I hope you’ll stay with me.

Thank you!

Bear!

Bear has had a rough night.  I know it’s my own fault, I should not let him roam the property alone.  He goes and visits with the guests and he begs for goodies. The guests think they’re being clever when they feed him, which I frequently ask them NOT to do.
Bear threw up during the night in the house and is still throwing up now outside.  Amazing how much food he has in him and none of it his own.

Short of putting up “don’t feed the animals” sign like in the zoo, what can I do?
Now he sits there on the steps at the back door, tied up, sad and sick.
And I am angry 😦

Clean-up Day at the Wayfarer

A tarp full of leavesA tarp full of leaves

Today is the day we clean up the yard and all around the cabins. 3 boys, a husband, Bear and I. Raking is not exactly fun but it has to be done. I know now why there are so many leaves EVERYWHERE. Pudd told me that he wanted to mow one last time before we shut down in late October and I told him not to bother, that the wind would blow all the leaves into the field across the street, like it always does. What I didn’t count on was an early snow, which covered all the leaves and kept them hidden until a few weeks ago. Yikes. From now on, there will be one last mowing no matter what. I noted it in my “To-do” diary!

Marc and Mike discussing...

Marc and Mike discussing something over there

I wish there was a magic wand that I could swing wildly around the neighborhood  that would turn it all beautiful in an instant.

3 boys and a Bear 3 boys and a Bear shooting the breeze

Treasures by the old rock gardenTreasures by the old rock garden

All around where the old rock garden used to be there are these beautiful blue flowers.  The first person that can tell me what they are, gets a batch of any one of my cookies. Your choice.

Give me your answer in the comment section of the newly created  Contest page.  The first post with the correct answer wins!  There’s a better picture below.

blue flowers