2009 in Review

Polish Festival, September 2009

Just like a lot of people, we have encountered some challenges this year, but Marcel and I consider 2009 to be a good year for us. Mulder thought it was a good year too as he had lots of treats, walks, visitors, and a little snow.

javafoto.com has seen an increase in traffic this year but I have yet to see some evidence in the comments section. The gardening and food posts are the most popular as well as the festivals. For 2010, I plan to write more about these topics but also want to take the blog to the next level. I surprised myself when I learned to cook a lot of complicated recipes. I even got into baking. I’m not sure yet what this next level looks like but I am looking forward to a bigger and better javafoto.com next year.

Here are my favorite posts in 2009:

KishFish – This is what summer is like in Oregon.

Central Oregon Coast – A guest post from my brother Francis who spent the summer with us. The beauty of the Oregon Coast is breathtaking.

Garden Project Update – July 2009 – Our garden was in full swing and looked so beautiful here.

Speedlight and 50mm Lens – The day I re-discovered my camera equipment and significantly improved my photos.

Mt Angel Oktoberfest – We enjoyed this festival with a group of friends and would likely go again.

Wonton Noodle Soup– A taste of Hong Kong made right in my own kitchen.

If there is a post you liked in particular, please mention it in the comments section. You can use the search function on the left side bar to find a post by keyword. Any other suggestions, recommendations, or constructive criticism are welcome. My goal is to make this site more interesting to my audience and hopefully increase my readership.

I would also like to post a shout out to the following bloggers who inspired javafoto in one way or another:

Paperseed – Emily inspired me to start my own blog.

Smitten Kitchen – Deb showed me that baking is easy and taking good photos is not complicated.

Get Rich Slowly – J.D. believes that anyone can be an entrepreneur and that’s what I want to be.

Art of Non-Conformity – Marcel likes this site but more importantly, I totally respect┬áChris’ insights about life and work.

Posie Gets Cozy – Alicia shows that life is more beautiful with fabric. Someday, I will take the dust cover off my sewing machine and start crafting.

Steamy Kitchen – Simple but flavorful Asian recipes and beyond by Jaden. My source of the Wonton Noodle Soup recipe.

David Lebovitz – A reminder that life is sweeter with chocolate. David is the author of “The Perfect Scoop” where I learned how to make ice cream.

Cosmic Adventure – Life is an adventure. A great one with Marcel and Mulder.

Green Crop Circles – If we all do our part and be wise in our use of resources, we are essentially building a brighter future for generations to come.

Finally, I believe that information is meant to be shared. Somehow when you share, the blessings come right back to you. Thank you to all the bloggers out there who are giving a part of themselves to make the world a better place. To our families and friends, we appreciate your support.

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure– pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38

Cheers and Best Wishes for 2010!

-Charlotte with Marcel and Mulder

Christmas Lights in the Snow

Christmas Lights in the Snow

This entry was filed under: Baking, Family, Friends, Gardening, Mulder the Dog, PDX local, Travel


  1. Posted December 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad Charlotte. Here’s to sharing more adventures and more photography in 2010!

  2. Charlotte
    Posted January 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink