Under the Maple Canopy

Singing Union Songs Since 2009

Our Year in Review

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My 2010 Blogging in Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how Under the Maple Canopy did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 240 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 680 posts. There were 205 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 266mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 7th with 118 views. The most popular post that day was Book Review – “Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously” and Learning to Love Difference.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com, fotosbymeg.blogspot.com, blogger.com, martinimade.com, and maplecanopy.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lawsuit for soldiers funeral being picketed, value of silence in childhood, susun weed critics, imaginechildhood.com, and hostas for shade.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Book Review – “Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously” and Learning to Love Difference June 2010
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About January 2010

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FLOW (For Love of Water) March 2009
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4

Don’t Scrumple On It! March 2010

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Medicinal Herb Garden Harvest November 2010
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I have to admit that when I read over the above information from WordPress, it was a bit surprising.  I am my own worst critic and when I consider my daily stats I get a far less rosy picture.  I guess the lesson here is the same lesson I need to take in Yoga – less judgment over myself and more focus on being present in the moment.

2009 and 2010 were difficult years for me – regardless of how I think the blog’s done or over the top ideas I might have, it’s been my steady constant.  The place where I can come and share my thoughts, seek inspiration, and maintain a tiny bit of space that’s all my own.  For that I am incredibly grateful.  Thank you for coming along with me!


The Holiday Season in Review, Part II

Head to botanical gardens just a short car ride North of where you live. See holiday train display for free! Take far too many pictures and enjoy watching the kids more than the trains.

Visit the conservatory (also free) while there. Watch the fish swim and enjoy the tropical weather indoors.

Visit Great-Grandma on the way home from the botanical gardens and play with the marble track at her house.

Head to family get together and watch J unwrap a super cool wooden semi. Handmade by the very same Uncle who made the Advent Spiral.

Watch Hubby and kids a few days later fix the toilet (tank to bowl bolts have rusted and water is dripping on the floor – discover this at night after stepping in the puddle).

Celebrate L’s birthday which is more than just a celebration of her birth two years ago…it’s also a celebration of who she is becoming.


Clean and organize around the house. Get rid of loads of stuff (How can there be more to get rid of? We do this every year it seems and yet each time we do it we find more). Play with boxes which really is more fun than cleaning anyway. Take a van load (well…packed around the carseats so it’s probably less than that) to Goodwill. Chuckle at the worker’s surprise as you remove one box after another. Again…where was it all hiding?

Shovel yet more snow. Have as much fun watching L out there for the first time as she does “helping.”

Be thankful that both J and L enjoy their new sister. Watch in amazement as L “reads” her favorite book, “Mommies Say Shhh” to her sister complete with the animal sounds (and keeps her occupied with you take a shower). Marvel at all the words she has learned in the past few weeks and months.

Two days later…send Hubby back to work which really does bring the holiday season to an end. It’s hard to believe that a couple of months have gone by or more importantly that the four weeks of Hubby’s paternity leave have as well.


The Holiday Season in Review, Part I

First came Advent, the first Sunday in Advent to be precise with a good reminder of the importance one should place on Advent and Christmas.

Add in the tree and all of it’s accompanying excitement – walking through the tree farm, picking the “perfect” tree, taking the tree home, putting the tree up, decorating the tree with so many different ornaments. Add in Nana & Buppa and the kids really get in their groove. Finish it all out with chili for lunch and realize you’ve now created a tradition given this is the exact same way you did it last year. Enjoy the wonderful pine smell that then fills the house.

Next comes the Advent Sprial which is becoming a favorite way to bring some light into the darkness reminding us of what the season is all about. Watch as small faces light up as the candles and ornaments take their place. Plan on reading “Watch For the Light” during Advent, but end up letting that one go (again). Maybe next year?

Then celebrate St. Nicholas Day. Lament slightly the fact that you still haven’t found the right book about the historical St. Nicholas even though you’ve checked out a few from the library. Ponder why it’s so hard to find a decent picture book that references the historical figure without also coupling it with the miracles/supernatural bit. Add to that the fact that the baby hasn’t been born yet – what’s she waiting for?

Welcome new baby to the household. Wonder again what the child had been waiting for? Perhaps it was the voluminous amount of snow that fell the day before? Maybe it was the fact that Nana & Buppa were out of town and Nana was sick? Or perhaps the nasty GI bug Hubby came down with after labor quieted down and then started up again without warning? Chuckle at the sense of timing these things take and be very thankful that Hubby’s adrenaline kicked in making him a great deal more awake and able to help than he was earlier in the day.

Bundle up and head out to the local botanical garden’s outdoor holiday lights display. Be sure to buy tickets early as it saves you $1. Dance a little jig after buying the tickets because while you have to pay for J, L is free. Enjoy cookies while watching the indoor train display afterward (and try to figure out which part the kids liked most). Leave Mom and baby at home, though since it’s so cold.

Travel up North with one half of the extended family for Christmas away from home. Question the sanity of said idea after the van is packed leaving very little room for human passengers. Question sanity even further when it takes far longer than it should to leave town making one a bit behind schedule to meet up with family. REALLY question the sanity of it when you stop for lunch and realize L has had a case of explosive diarrhea and both her and the carseat need to be cleaned. Ewwww!

When you arrive break out the colored paper and other assorted raw materials to make simple decorations for the tree you brought with. Watch L realize with glee that the strips being used to make paper chains also function as very fashionable bracelets. Be very thankful that in spite of the hiccups along the way everyone seems to be fairly healthy (finally!).

Marvel in the simple tree. While the trip is less than ideal you can’t help but appreciate the fact that you never know when Hubby will have Christmas off again in his shift rotation or how Dad’s reoccurring Prostate Cancer will turn out.

While on Christmas trip away from home, visit favorite county park at the lakeshore (more pictures here). Miss it because you have to stay in the car with the baby, but enjoy the view from the front seat (could have seen it, but then would have had to so so by myself while everyone waited). Realize that it’s been since before L was born that you were there last.

Upon return home from Christmas trip (very uneventful along the way thankfully) come home and find that the house is 45 degrees F. Wonder when furnace stopped working and head to investigate. Find that Filter cover was loose some how (again) . Be *very* thankful that it wasn’t cold enough for the pipes to freeze!

Go bowling with same family members you went up North with. Have a blast!

Come back next week for Part II!