The 12 Gifts of Autumn

On the 1st day of October autumn gave to me a sense that change was in the air.
On the 2nd day of October autumn gave to me an opportunity to change.
On the 3rd day of October autumn gave to me trees of red and gold.
On the 4th day of October autumn gave to me fallen leaves to kick.
On the 5th day of October autumn gave to me pumpkins with hopes of becoming jack-                                                                                          O’lanterns
On the 6th day of October autumn gave to me news that I had a job interview.
On the 7th day of October autumn gave to me Sunshine and un-autumn-like warmth
On the 9th day of October autumn gave to me Canadian Thanksgiving.
On the 10th day of October autumn gave to me a job interview.
On the 11th day of October autumn gave to me bad news about my interview.
On the 12th day of October autumn gave to me a rainbow in the morning.

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Month in Review: October

Hello November. You’re looking pretty sexy in your yellows, oranges, reds, and bright blue skies. It’s not your fault that it gets dark just two hours after the kids get home from school. Every day sees less daylight now.

Thank you winter for that. We love having so much darkness (said no one ever).

Okay, November, pull up a chair and let me tell you how October treated the blog.

I published 28 posts. This is one more post than I posted in September. These 28 posts brought 1,266 views. This is 149 fewer than the month before. These 28 posts brought 500 visitors which is 1 more than than September. Thank you visitors for pulling up a chair with us here. We love company so make yourself at home. These 28 posts received 474 likes which is awesome because I like you too! That’s only 4 fewer than September.

The comments are what make this blogging gig so much fun. I started it as a way for me to talk about being a dad, a parent and to vent and brag about my kids. It’s turned into far more. There’s a whole community of like minded people and we ban together like the last few cheerios in the bowl of milk. October saw 379 comments which is 6 more than September. Thank you so much. I love the discussions! #TheStruggleIsReal #YouAreNotAlone

Besides my Homepage (341 views), the post with the most views in October was a guest post by Dori from Green Grapes with her post titled Acorns (83 views) about why fall became her favorite season. In second place was Be Hated (53 views) about standing up for what is right. In third was Month in Review (49 views) which was October’s review of September.

All In A Dad’s Work has travelled the world over. It visited 29 countries! The top 3 countries were the United States, Australia, and Canada. The Netherlands were a close 4th.

September ended with 571 followers. October ended with 630. That’s a gain of 59 followers! How awesome! Follow me. I don’t know where we’re going, but we’re having a great time getting there! My life’s motto is “Not all who wander are lost”. Wander with me…

The top commenters are the same 6 as September, just in a slightly different order.

With 82 – A Momma’s View
With 74 – Ann of Grubbs n Critters
With 70 – Erika of That’s What Anxious Mom Said
With 35 – Elen Grey
With 33 –  Daley Downing
With 16 – Karen van Benschoten

I want to thank everyone who stopped by to read. I’d hug all of you who commented if I had the time and Go Go Gadget Arms to reach around the world to hug you. Just know that it means a lot to this small fry Dad who writes about two little boys who make him proud and want to pull his hair out if he had any.

How were your stats for October? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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I can sympathise with Calvin’s Mom…

 

October in Review

October shaped up to be good. Better than I expected, really. October saw 29 posts, second only to April’s A-Z Challenge. I missed a thousand views by only 126. So close. Perhaps November will see 1,000 like March did.

September was a slow month so it doesn’t surprise me that October gained 350 more views with 874. There were 297 visitors, 80 more than last month. The US, Canada, and Thailand had the most views this month. I’ve gained 16 more followers and now stand at 180. My newest followers are RaphaellaFabulous With Glitches, Siuquxe Movies, and Darly Darly. Will you get me to 200?  You don’t need a WordPress account to get posts right in your inbox!

Besides my home page, Good Cop, Bad Cop (or pissing off an 8 year old) was my most viewed page for October. My most viewed this year is The Value of a Teacher. And Sink Soup is one I thought would do better. It’s not as delicious as it sounds. I did update my About page if you haven’t seen it yet. Check it out, you might learn something about me. Or not.

We survived made it through Thanksgiving and Halloween. This month we’ll celebrate American Thanksgiving. That weekend will probably see a few Christmas decorations go up. That, in turn, will bring the much anticipated arrival of Woody and Elfis. I’m sure they’ll bring a little trouble. But that’s next month.

My Autumn Bucket List

I read a thorough autumn bucket list on Early Childhood Family Education and thought that since I did a summer bucket list, perhaps I should do a fall list as well. I was successful in completing all but one item from my summer list. The painting never got done. Guess I’ll have to carry that over to the fall list. The first day of fall was last Wednesday and we’re already getting fall temperatures and weather.  Nice and cool at night which makes it perfect for sleeping, though we don’t get much of it (we’re early risers, even if we don’t want to be). So what’s on my list?

Bon Fires
We have a small fire pit in the backyard. More like a large metal bowl that we can put away when we’re not using it. But it’s great to get it out, set up the camp chairs around it and have a powwow. Especially now that cooler weather is here and it’s getting dark earlier. We’ll roast some marshmallows, eat s’mores, drink some drinks and laugh a lot. Perhaps if it’s not raining this weekend?

Get ready for Halloween
We have our costumes picked out. The kids are excited about them. DW is excited about them. I’m excited about them. I want to share now, but it must wait. Only 31 more days. It’s going to be awesome! I’ll also get the house all decorated. We have bats and crows and skeletons and spiders and webs and tons of stickers for the wall. We don’t go all out crazy, but we certainly do have fun with it.

Carve Pumpkins
They’re already sitting on the front porch, not carved yet, of course. Pumpkins last a long time. But once you carve it, it’s only a matter of days before it rots. I’m not sure what we’re going to carve this year. I just know we’re going to have fun digging the guts out. I’m sure Crash will something “Minecraft” carved into his. I can’t even begin to imagine what Bang will want. He’s pretty random sometimes.

Take a hike
This is the time of year when the tress are dressed in their best colors. The temperatures are ideal for walking comfortably. There is a trail near us that leads to a 25 foot waterfall. It takes about a 1/2 hour to hike to it and it’s a beautiful trail with a small bridge or two to cross. Plus the smell is intoxicating. I love it!

Watch Halloween shows
My favorite is “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. I know all the words. I know all the songs. Yes, I’m proud that Crash loves it, too. Did you know it took nearly 110,000 photos and three years to create the stop motion animation? Charlie and the Great Pumpkin Patch and Hocus Pocus are great ones, too.

A Farm
Not just any farm, but a farm that has hay rides and a pumpkin patch and corn maze. Those corn mazes have always intrigued me. Plus, I think the kids would love it. We already have two pumpkins, but there’s something about actually being in the pumpkin patch. The giant box of pumpkins in the grocery store just doesn’t cut it. And since Bang is all about tractors (and everything that has wheels) a hay ride would be right up his alley.

Leaves
I remember raking up a huge pile of leaves to jump and play in when I was a kid (if 13 still counts as a kid). When we lived in Virginia, I raked up small piles for Crash to run through. The piles weren’t nearly big enough to jump in. He had a blast running through them and kicking them into the air. Or throwing them up and letting them rain down on himself. It made for some fun pictures, too. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if we have enough leaves in our backyard to rake up a pile big enough to jump in. Guess we’ll just have to try!

What’s on your list to do this autumn?

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