Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Wonderland ~ Wordless Wednesday











 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just enter your email address here
so we can be in touch regularly!

Enter your email address:


      
You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....

Until next time,

~Chris

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blog Disaster~

Hi there friends.....

So regular readers will notice a hugely changed look....
and not by choice!

The company who supplied my <free>
 background/ border/ header and most of my button designs
 has disappeared, taking with it
the overall appearance of the blog, 
its continuity and even some files.
Uggh.

I can only hope they  didn't encounter anything
 un-toward that caused them to shut down.
Seemed like a generous group of people, offering their tech work to
all of us bloggers for free.

In the meantime and three hours later
<yeah, can you believe three hours to achieve THIS gargantuan mess?>
I'm gonna have to settle for this until I can come back
with a renewed sense of organization and some time to re-do.

Thanks for stopping in though and I do hope to have things
a little tidier and well, less horrific, soon!


Update, Fri 1/23
Well......I do miss my denim and lace.......
But I think I have the look to a point of not-hate.


 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just enter your email address here
so we can be in touch regularly!

Enter your email address:


      
You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....

Until next time,

~Chris

And these post dividers?
Thanks to Sweetly Scrapped


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Awards ~ Love' em/ Hate 'em & A Huge Thanks! #HSBA2014


If you've been on social media at all today,
 if you're a reader of homeschool blogs,
or even if you're a blogger yourself,
you've already seen the #HSBA2014.....

So all this awards fun isn't news to you.....
Buuuuuuut, I must stop in and share my excitement
 and offer  my thanks to YOU!

Nominated in the Best Photos 
and 
Best Nature/Field Trip categories, 
I have to say honestly...
 with the help of that awesome camera I got from my guys
for Mother's Day,   this beautiful country of ours pretty much
...whether from summer 2014 or summer 2013,
helping me, along with all YOUR support,  to claim Best Field Trip!
Pretty cool, huh?!

It sounds really cliche, but seriously, being nominated
is truly humbling, especially alongside such magnificent, hard working bloggers
who share their everything from their sublime to their serious.
The time and effort  poured out in one blog post,
the heart, soul, energy?
And all for love of writing, learning, sharing and  building community.
I tell ya, bloggers are an amazing bunch of
people who exemplify the term "big hearted."
That's why, although I'm touched and proud and humbled,
when there are winners, there are, well,  "losers," right?
That's just the name of the game.
But in my book, friends, no one loses.
I'm sure you agree.

So, do go and check out that list of winners...
BUT, be sure to return every single Wednesday 
for the next  twenty weeks
as the HS Post rolls out the top ten bloggers in each category, 
shining a spotlight on and sharing the efforts of all nominated!
In years past, I've  found numerous gems featured
who've influenced me and inspired me. 

Now, the elusive element of time 
to read and revel in the words, the beauty....!

So, while we're talkin' awards,
 if you're into discovering a few aMAZing bloggers,
learning about Venerable Fulton Sheen
(and  if you'd like to cast yet another vote for
 <ahem> Campfires and Cleats)
in the Miss Congeniality and Most Underappreciated categories
click here to read up.
Thanks you guys.

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

I'll be back soon to share the latest from Catholic Relief Services,
as well as updates on  my friend, Lisa's,  trip to Tanzania ( ! ) for CRS!



 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just enter your email address here
so we can be in touch regularly!

Enter your email address:


      
You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....

Until next time,

~Chris

And these post dividers?
Thanks to Sweetly Scrapped










Monday, January 19, 2015

The 2015 Sheenazings Are Here!


How much do you love Venerable Fulton Sheen?

We have to assume that if was  alive in this digital age,
he'd be utilizing any means available to evangelize:
blogging, texting, you tubing, 
Am I right?
His popularity is still surging.......
entire clips of his  radio and television shows 
can be found on you tube quite easily and are
gripping, entertaining and inspirational.

His charisma knew no boundaries
and yet, his take-no-prisoners attitude with his messages 
won hearts and converted many.

Now, for me to be nominated in the
and
categories for awards named for this larger-than-life man?
Pretty AMAZING, I'd say!
Wow, I'm honored.
I'm humbled.
You guys are great.

THANK YOU to the kind souls who thought of me.
<hugs>

So there are two things:
One, of course, involves me groveling for your vote.
<ahem>
Yep, if you're so inclined and don't mind clicking over
to show  a little love to Campfires and Cleats, 
that'd be wonderful and sooooooo appreciated.

And hey, while you're at it, mind if I parade a few of
my blogging friends and their homes on the web
 for your support as well?
I mean, I don't want to tell you who to vote for or anything buuuuuuuuuut
<wink wink>

All those nominated and awarded Honorable Mention are awesome~~ 

Let's go category by category, if you will:
If you don't know these blogs, you should~~~

Most Inspiring Blog
Encouraging, uplifting, honest, challenging

and

Best Lifestyle Blog
Food, fashion, holidays, decorations, toddies, motherhood, 
Sacraments, and sex - 
amazing posts written courtesy of nap time and Netflix.





Best Under-Appreciate Blog
The best kept secrets of the Catholic blogosphere. 
These blogs are small-ish.

Smartest Blog
Not just opinions, well formed opinions


Best Podcast
Shhhhhh! I'm trying to listen!

Also, don't miss the Honorable Mentions:

and

Most importantly, 
aside from spotlighting amazing Catholic blogs,
 the Sheenazings are such a boost to the 
cause for canonization of Ven Sheen.
Please, please, click to Bonnie's blog to read her stories of
the <alleged> miracle involving her son, for which Ven Fulton is credited.
You will be truly astounded.

Thank YOU, Bonnie, for hosting and
 for allowing us all to be a part of this.





 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
And hey:

Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just enter your email address here
so we can be in touch regularly!

Enter your email address:


                                                                            
You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....

Until next time,

~Chris



Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Mosts" of 2014 ~ Most Popular, Most Fun, Most Commented on, Most Controversial and More


Hi there and welcome back!
It's been a while, what with getting back into the
 swing after Christmas break and all!
I hope to be blogging a bit more regularly, though only once
or twice a week as we resume the routine....
I do miss this space and all of you, as well,
but balancing life with blogging, well....
something has to give a bit!
I hope  you're doing well and enjoying January,
despite the deep freeze so many of us are enjoying enduring!
So I thought it'd be a  heck of a lot of fun to 
peruse my stats and reflect on the writings
here at my blog for a "mosts" of the past year.

Last year, I put together a mosts of 2013, so why not 
make it an annual thing? 

~~ Here goes some fun, in no particular order: ~~~


Most Popular Post in 2014 
(that was actually published in 2013! :)


San Fran, seen from Alcatraz Island

Proving that my readers really did leave their hearts in
San Francisco or they're just heavy into fish based soups! 

Most Visited Post of 2014

      

There's some easy, no frills fun for Lenten traditions here...
and guess what season begins in five weeks ! Eek!


Most Fun Post to Write






It really was as fun as the photos suggest!



"Tied" for The Most Visited "Recipe" Post
and
The Longest Post of 2014:




My most favorite place ever is Monument Valley.
Don't know this spot??
Sure you do!
This iconic Navajo Tribal Park 
has  been in all those westerns and movies set out west.
Ever seen a John Wayne movie?
Then you know Monument Valley.
Click over and take a peek.
Run Forrest, Run!


Most Popular Homeschooling-related Post




Robert Frost, especially in winter,
is one uber popular poet!



Most Popular Artful Friday Post


My little guy creates his own designs.
Come on over for some original ideas!.


Most Commented Upon Post



My oldest received the sacrament of confirmation
in May and wow, readers were really clicking over and leaving some
kindness in the combox about the dinner and treats.


Most Visited Travel Post of 2014



In southern Colorado,
one of the most stunning archaeological digs of North America,
if not the entire world, is waiting to be explored.

Most Popular "Poetry" Post
 AND 
 Most Re-Pinned on Pinterest:



We're still  fascinated by The Greatest Generation's 
 sense of endurance, patriotism and fortitude, aren't we?
This is my Dad, a captain in the US Army Infantry,
WWII, Pacific Theater.


Most Visited  Holiday-Related Post




Lots of fun with Christmas and advent!

Most Controversial Post.
Published in 2013, this was still causing a stir in 2014.
As in, comments needed to be deleted.

At Santa's summer home in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY-
summer 2008

I'm not exactly a controversial person,
 but this post certainly garnered much negative
 attention and soooooo many comments 
which I  simply deleted.
Tsk...When will they learn??
I'm goin' out on a  limb to say that 
a  whole lotta coal wound up in stockings of non believers!




 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
And hey:

Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just enter your email address here
so we can be in touch regularly!

Enter your email address:


                                                                            
You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....

Until next time,

~Chris

You might also enjoy:

`