Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Mosts" of 2017 ~ most visited, most fun, most comments, most difficult to write & more

 Happy New Year! Sort of...
We ARE sixteen days into the new year....are we still new? Hmmmm,
well..... my blog = my crazy rules? So here goes:
At the beginning of the new year I love to look back on where we’ve been and blog happenings are no exception. My 12 in 2017 was a glance backward at photos of the year and........Today I’m sharing my favorite posts of the year as well as  most visited, most fun, most popular ones in certain niches and other "mosts" of 2017. 
There are posts of 2017 that I personally liked the most, the ones that mean a lot to me...
maybe because they conjure memories that are comforting, funny, happy, all too fleeting........?
And there are  the ones I still think about, many months or maybe close to a whole year later.

So....here I am, "late" to the looking-back-at-the-old but still honoring the past year by celebrating joys, mourning losses, and shaking my head at the wonder of it all.
 Isn’t it amazing another year has passed? And so the earth goes round and round and we are thankful for another fresh start to live,  be, do. And to bless those we love. 

Enjoy a look back with me? Here we go~~~~>>>>


Most visited  post of 2017  
( not written in 2017 ) :




It's mind boggling to me that this art project post has 
viral! Literally! Well, there are obviously and
heart warmingly an awful lot of moms/religious ed teachers
looking for an easy-peasy, fun and meaningful project during Lent!

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Most visited post of 2017, published this year!




Surprisingly, another faith based article!
Well, if y missed it, go check it out now!
I've all your movies for the next few weekends lined up ----
just download and you're ready to go!

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Most popular travel related post of the year:
(published in 2017) 

Ghostwalk into the Past at  Fort William Henry
This was part of my Adirondack Memories series
and April's classic #Atozbloggingchallenge!!


Did we spot Casper or his cohorts?
Well, come on over and find out!


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Most popular travel related post 
( not written in 2017) 


Descent to the Colorado:
 7 Tips for Hiking 5000 Feet and 10 Miles in 120 Degree Heat
 to Grand Canyon's Phantom Ranch 




I guess the title says it all?
Want to venture to the bottom of one of the world's natural wonders
without actually venturing to the bottom of one of the
 world's natural wonders?
Just  come visit the post!


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Most difficult post to write




2017 was a difficult year.
But I blogged none of the challenges that made it difficult.
This post, however, was the hardest one I did write


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Most commented upon post of the year 


Brave ~ from my 31 Days of Adirondack Memories
 during October's #write31days blogging challenge




My readers like to talk childhood, memories, trips,
summer! 

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Most Visited  Holiday-Related Post



Lots of fun with Christmas and advent!


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Most Controversial Post.
Published in 2013, this was still causing a stir in 2017.
As in, comments needed to be deleted.

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

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Most Popular Homeschooling-related Post




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


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Most Fun Post to Write:
The Ultimate List of Party & Cake Ideas  
 <Holidays, Birthdays, Everyday >


You name it........cakes galore!
Everything from volcanoes to pirates, to numbers, sacraments, 
book theme parties ( think Hunger Games and Shakespeare!)
 and tv show themes ( Avatar and Doctor Who, anyone?) 
Tons of fun.
A wealth of great recipes for your collection!
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Most popular gift guide!
"The Stockings Were Hung" ~
 23 Frugal & Unique Stockings AND Stuffers



SO many readers clicked to this post for ideas!
It was rather surprising!

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Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 

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Until next time,


~Chris


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 in 12 ( Photos, that is!)

I can't get enough of others' stories.
And that's not due to a voyeuristic streak or anything----
It's the need I have to get a sense of  how others structure 
snapshot - ing  their lives.
The ordinary-ness, the extraordinary-ness.
How do we create  a window into a moment 
---or even a day or a year ---- in the life
and make it  memorable, gripping?
That's  something I can't get enough of.

2017, for my family, was landmark in many ways.
Ways in which I cannot elucidate here,
 as much of it is not for public eyes and ears.
(even though I do love my readers!)
However, I'm grateful for the opportunity
to look back through my photography
 at the past twelve months.
There is always, always something to be grateful for.
That's my focus.... I'm a  glass 1/2 full kinda gal
and silver linings are my thing.
A huge thank you goes to Bobbi for hosting 12 in 2017.
It's been a treat, Bobbi. 💙

Here we go~~! 


January 
a light dusting the first week of the new year




February
wintry beauty on Valentine's Day



March
my fellas made me a cake!!!
It was red velvet and delish



April
my youngest, for the second time, has the honor
f portraying our Savior at our parish's Good Friday Stations


May
We celebrated the sacrament of confirmation
and, can you believe, our family's  l-a-s-t sacrament 
 until one of the kids gets married!
My son chose St Dominc as his patron saint 
and no, it was not his birthday.... those 7 candles
represent the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.




June
My most  favorite flowers in our yard...
I just love tiger lilies




July
A trip to one of the seven wonders of the world again this summer.
If you'd like an in depth peek, here's my story:
Descent to the Colorado: 7 Tips for Hiking 5000 Feet 
and 10 Miles in 120 Degree Heat to Grand Canyon's Phantom Ranch

August
Our annual week in paradise n earth, The Adirondacks






September
My son made varsity soccer !
DE - fense!
As you know, I don't share pics of my family on
the blog any longer....
soooooooo I thought  this shot would be apropos.




October
One of our many autumn evening fires





November
 A peek at  one of our Thanksgiving decorations.
By the way, I picked up the banner here!





December
A mid December birthday!
Yes those are LOST references!  Saw the memes...needed to frame them!
We're huge LOSTies here, folks...you know that!


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Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 

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In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
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THANK YOU!

Until next time,


~Chris


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Peek at Winter #WW






and we're to be hit with a doozy tonight!
I'll keep you posted!
If you, too, are in the path of this winter storm,
stay safe and warm.


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Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 

Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just click here to 
quickly and easily  so we can be in touch regularly!
You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....


If you are shopping at  amazon and Target
why not consider clicking through my link
In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
at no cost to you.
THANK YOU!

Until next time,


~Chris


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy blogoversary to Campfires and Cleats! 5 years of memories~

 On this very day in 2012,
Our Lady's Feast Day, I decided to begin my "online journal,"
never, ever realizing the world of opportunity and friends
 that would come my way because of it!

I've met so many truly amazing people,
developed friendships with special individuals
on this and three other continents....wow!.....
.....been granted the privilege to experience 
unique and crazy adventures....
and hopefully, improved my writing skills 
here in myhome on the web.....
I've slapped some poetry and memoir up here
as well as shopping guides,
 a camping how-tobirthday party wrap ups,
more cakes than I can count...but here's my fave, for you Whovians.
And here's a  Victory Cake for Hunger Games readers.....
and
boy, it's been a blast!
No one's more surprised than I about the world
of opportunity, creativity and reflection that my home on the 
web has paved the way for me.......
with "regulars" stopping by and new friends on occasion,
peeking in to introduce themselves and leave a comment once in  a while too!
And thank you all!



So, a look back with me??
Let's do it~~~ 



How about a real  quick peek at the top 3 reasons readers
have stopped by?

Back when I was a home school Mom
and I'd blog our curriculum, our crafts and our liturgical life:

The number two draw ever to my home on the web here,
was this post about our journey to San Francisco :

The Best Sour Dough Bread Bowl Clam Chowder 
You'll Ever Have, this Side of Fisherman's Wharf
which was more about Alcatraz, street artists, the Golden Gate
and walking the wharf, than it was about the actual recipe.
Though this clam chowder is to- die-for!


Third most visited post over five years of blogging?

This reflection on our trip to the Pacific Northwest:
Glacial Peaks, Alpine Creeks, Gunslingers and Gold Miners:

 How the West Was Lost 
Little Bighorn, Montana
formerly known as "Custer Battlefield National Monument"
July 2012




And my "wrap up" of each year since I began blogging?

Here's my look back at 20132014 and 2015. 2016!

Nope, haven't done a wrap of 2017 yet...coming soon!


 My blog's become less of a home school, craft, family scrapbook 
as it began in 2012
and developed into  more of a  travel / memoir space.

Over the past few years, Campfires and Cleats has had the  privilege of being sponsored 
 by some pretty amazing tourism companies.
A few of the organizations I've partnered with: 

























The blog right now, right here in 2017?
Well, my kids are growing up and  there are fewer current family
photos, less in - depth view into our day to day.
Mainly because parenting teens is ....well.......
harder than parenting littles
  and....although I love you guys....
it's just not for public consumption, IMHO.

 So........fewer peeks into the deep and the personal.
Of which there has been much recently.

But that's me and that's my season of life now.


Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 

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In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
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THANK YOU!

Until next time,

~Chris


BTW, I'm offering photo services and customized
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