2013 in Review

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2013 in review

I’ve never shared an official blog year-end review with y’all, but some of the dynamics are rather interesting, so I thought I would pick and choose and share those with you.  I hope you find them as interesting and enlightening as I have!  Oh, and read on and you just might see your name!

Crunchy numbers

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 250,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 11 days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 46 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 718 posts. There were 387 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 52 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was July 3rd with 78,715 views. The most popular post that day was WARNING: Don’t go into the water. Really?

Attractions in 2013

These are the posts that got the most views in 2013. 

How did they find you?

The top referring sites in 2013 were:

  1. facebook.com
  2. pinterest.com
  3. pawpawshouse.blogspot.com
  4. mail.yahoo.com
  5. rodnreel.com

Where did they come from?

That’s 158 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States, Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2013 was Old-Fashioned Fig Preserves

These were your 5 most active commenters:

  •  Steffi 120 COMMENTS
  •  blufloyd 105 COMMENTS
  •  Gue’ 88 COMMENTS
  •  shoreacres 80 COMMENTS
  •  Cammy 70 COMMENTS

Well, congratulations and many thanks to the above “commenters” for hanging in there with us down the bayou in 2013 and being so chatty!

There are lots of other things we could talk about in review, however, without going into detail, one of our family members is in the hospital, where I’m headed now.  Please offer prayers for a quick resolution to these health issues for my precious daughter-in-law, and I will be forever in your debt.

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I hope you all usher out the old and ring in the new in good health and happiness.

Thank you all a million times for visiting with us here, and I look forward to a fabulous 2014 and many more entertaining exchanges!


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  1. Well, I truly don’t care what other people think. You were the first Wendy I ever knew and the only one that has ever made a difference in my life. After many years of no knowledge about either of us, a 40 year reunion came along that relit a friendship. I have thoroughly enjoyed your articles but, most of all, I enjoy having an old friend back in my life.

  2. Well, I knew I had to be #1 in someone’s book. LOL
    Hope all is going well with your D-I-L. I’ll add her to my prayer list, right after Blu.
    Happy New Year!

    1. See how valuable you are? Isn’t that great to know? Thanks so much for adding her, as prayers are welcomed and much needed. Happy new year, Steffi!

  3. I love your blog and really enjoy reading it. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. My prayers for your daughter in law. Happy, Safe New Years to you.

    Oh, I forgot, one of the lakes someplace west or northwest of Dallas had or is having a floating light show. I think they must have someone from LA on the board over there. 🙂

    1. Oh, I wonder if there might be some online coverage with photos of that light show? Surely, there MUST be someone from La. on their board! Thank you for the prayers, and I wish you and yours a safe and healthy new year, too, Cammy! I’m glad you keep coming back to the bayou to visit!

  4. Love you Dear Friend!!  So blessed to have finally found you!!  Will continue to pray, until all is well. Happy New Year!


  5. Happy 2014, Wendy. *White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits!

    I hope that this year is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you and your family and all who gather here in friendship.

    Heavens above! I’m # 3? I would have thought some of your other regulars would have snagged a spot in the top 5.

    I don’t know whether to be honored or slightly ashamed of how much I can run my mouth! Or fingers, as the case may be. LOL

    * Mama used to say that if you said, “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” on the first of the month, before you said anything else, you’d have good luck all month long. Her family was Scots/Irish and must have brought this with them across The Pond.


    1. White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit, well, well, well, me dear ol’ dad was Scots/Irish, too, but he never taught me that!!!! I’ll follow the rabbit trail now to the wiki link and see what it’s all about. Yes, aren’t you honored to be #3??? I’m happy you are!

    2. “Happy 2014, Wendy. *White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits! ”

      I wasn’t sure if you were after the luck or a song by Jefferson Airplane. But since there is only one white rabbit in the song, guessing it was luck. If you say it in Jan. 1st, does it hold for just January or does it do all year?

      And Happy Happy

      1. Say it the first thing, every month, out loud, before you utter anything else. It’s supposed to bring good luck. I wish I could say it really, really works. That elusive lottery win still hasn’t come my way! lol

        I’d about forgotten that Jefferson Airplane did “White Rabbit.” Boy, THAT brings back memories! hehehehehe

  6. Well, here I am again. I thought I’d bring a New Years gift for you and your readers: http://phoebeallens.com/

    Watching Phoebe raise her chicks is so much fun. How often do we have a chance to get a close up view of a hummer raising her babies?

  7. My gosh! Look at that! Gué, Blu and I in your top commenters? That really surprises me. Of course, a lot of the folks commenting on your recipes for fig jam and such probably only come by once or twice.

    You really need to take a look at that hummingbird link Gué brought. It’s fascinating to watch – maybe a little too fascinating, sometimes.

    I’m glad your blog had such a successful year! Can’t wait to see what other treats you serve up for us this year!

    1. Didn’t realize you were such a BW die-hard fan, did you? Not as many folks comment these days as in days gone by when there were regular contests and giveaways! Human nature! But I notice that you continually have a fantastic following and comments on your blog!

  8. The Garden club meeting is Jan.28, 2014….. Let me know how your daughter-in- law is doing….

    Sent from my iPad


  9. Prayers reciprocated. I guess I can do that as many as pray for me daily. Almost think I hear bells sometimes and think its all the praying.
    Up after midnite pushing fluids must be saturated now as nose is a runny bloody mess. Side affects. Grrrrrr.

  10. Hope you’re getting over The Crud and that your DIL is home soon. Sending prayers and good vibes to you both; and Blu, too!

  11. Brrrrrrrrrr……………………. Who left the gate open? 10:00 and its still 27 degrees outside! This ain’t New York City, I to look for long pants to wear! Close the gate whomever left it open!

    Chilly this morning, bundle up.

  12. This morning as I was going through comments the “spam bots” had doomed to Spam Prison, I found several from a new follower, Kathy Love. For some reason, the bots keep putting her comments there, and I’m really sorry this one got locked in Spam Prison. I decided to copy and paste it here, even though it’s way past Christmas, but the sentiments are so lovely and picturesque, and I think it does us good to see what others are doing across the world to keep traditions alive and share love, joy, and peace. So, I hope Kathy Love sees this and will forgive me that the spam bots are so mean to her. Kathy? Thanks so much for the lovely comment and happy new year to you and yours over in the Netherlands.

    DECEMBER 26, 2013, Kathy Love wrote:
    What a lovely post, BW! We take these Christmas memories with us all our lives; and in the quiet moments we draw close to people we love, those with us now and those who have passed on.

    Christmas traditions are some of the most precious things we inherit from our parents and hand on to our kids. Ours start in September when I bake Christmas cakes. I live in the Netherlands now, but these cakes are an essential part of British Christmas, and I use a great-grandmother’s recipe from Midlothian (southeast Scotland). The cakes mature for a couple of months until in November I cover them with marzipan, then with icing; and send them to family and friends all over Europe and even a few to the US.

    On Christmas Eve we all go to the crib service at church, even though our kids (in their 20′s) have long outgrown being shepherds, angels etc. In the evening we have a traditional supper with a pretty table and lots of candles, and a big puffy oven pancake filled with hot spiced apples and dredged with white icing sugar. Our choir director always joins us as she can’t get home between the crib service and midnight mass—for us, Christmas is a time to share with other people. My daughter and I sing in the choir for midnight mass: like you, BW, I find those quite candlelit moments are when I draw into the light those so dearly loved who have died: my Mum and Dad, my parents in law, and others. I can feel them there with me.

    Christmas breakfast is the one I knew as a child: sliced navel oranges (my Dad could make the most beautiful, fine slices) with lovely red sprinkles of pomegranate, then toasted pannetone and coffee. (How as a kid I could think pannetone went with hot chocolate, I can’t imagine! 😉 Presents are opened one at a time, with much admiration and hilarity, then traditional Christmas lunch (a light salad, followed by turkey and gravy, tiropites (Greek feta and spinach turnovers for the vegetarians amongst us), mashed potatoes, sprouts and carrots, and ice cream—nobody has the appetite for Christmas pudding!). We always have one or two friends with us for the day–they add to the celebration for us, and Christmas is not a time for anyone to be alone. We watch the broadcast Christmas messages from the Dutch King and from Queen Elizabeth, which are simple and straightforward but very thoughtful.

    Today, Boxing Day (26 December), we go out for a walk in the dunes, and in the evening we go out for dinner with our aunt, the only one of the older generation left to us now.

    As we have moved between countries several times, these traditions are a lovely anchor point for our family. (In fact very November my older son always asks me to recite all the things we will do over Christmas, and if I miss out anything he corrects me!) For as long as our parents were alive, they joined us. These days, we try to make sure the family circle is enriched with friends and the beautiful joy of Christmas is shared across time and space.
    I hope everyone has warm, happy Christmas days!