Where ya from?

When I first started this blog I was pretty surprised when anyone showed up to look at it let alone someone from another country.  I figured maybe they were lost.  Ya know.  Stumbled here while looking for a real blog.  Or stock quotes.  Or whether they can eat the mayonnaise that’s 2 weeks over it’s best before date.  (Betty would say mayonnaise is good right up until it develops that tangy green crust)

But then more and more people showed up from more and more countries and that’s kind of become one of my favourite parts about this site.  Seeing where everyone is from.  Most bloggers analyze their data a little bit through something called Google Analytics.  Google Analytics tells you how many pageviews you’re getting, how long people stay on your site, how many posts they click on, how much money you’re making, along with the MUCH more interesting … geography analytics.  Where people are visiting from. At any moment I can click on Google Analytics and see there are 6 people in Japan on my site.





Even though I’m from Canada, the majority of my readers are from the United States with the majority of American readers coming from California. I’m assuming it’s Drew Barrymore visiting a lot for some reason.  Canada comes in #2 with the majority of Canadian readers coming from Ontario.  That all makes sense to me.  But France as #6?  I wouldn’t have guessed that.  I’m not sure why that one surprised me but it did.  Probably because I imagine people in France are either eating fresh bread in their Pied-à-terre  or milking goats in the countryside, not reading blogs.  They’re also very busy strolling.  A lot of strolling goes on in France in my mind.

Here are the top 10 countries visiting my blog.





Don’t see your country on the list?  Don’t worry. Here are all 198 countries that have visited The Art of Doing Stuff  this past month from #1 to #198 in order of most visits.




So for the first time in a couple of years I’m going to ask you all where you’re from because there are a lot of new folks around here.    Be as specific or vague as you like.  EVERYBODY likes to see where everyone hails from.  It’s part of what makes the Internet great.  That and cat videos.

Plus Betty loves reading about where everyone is from.  It gives her something to do while recovering from food poisoning.

Lay it on me.  Where ya from?  Also just for fun why not tell us what the weather is like there this moment?  At this very moment, Southern Ontario is below seasonal temperatures with a frost warning for tonight.  So I’ve had to bring all my seedlings inside.

Have a great weekend, and an especially great weekend to everyone in my #2 country Canada who are celebrating the first long weekend of the summer.  Myself included.  See you on Monday!  Or maybe Tuesday cause Monday’s our holiday.  I haven’t decided on whether I’ll take Monday off or not.  I guess it depends on how my weekend goes.

If I *don’t* see you Monday you’ll know I’m having a good weekend.  ALSO this is the last chance you have to give your input with my reader survey.  If you fill out the survey you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of 5 Cleaver tea towels.  The survey asks for your name for some reason (I’m not the one who set the survey up, an official survey guy did that).  If you’re uneasy about giving your real name just list it as “Noneofyour Beeswax”.


Now!  Let me know where you’re from and what the weather is like!



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  1. Kathy Hartzell says:

    Today, Malibu, California
    Inverness, Ca
    And next week, Larkspur, Ca

    It has been raining off and in for the last 24 hours in all those places. Yeah, once every ten years it rains in the middle of May.

  2. Julie says:

    Princeton, New Jersey – it’s 12:47 am and 53 degrees. It was a top 10 gloriously sunny day today in the mid-60’s. I was actually 2 hours south today at Brigantine Beach, next door to Atlantic City, NJ!

  3. Michelle says:

    Victoria BC! Sunny and warm today. And my son wants to name one of the chicks that will be hatching in a couple weeks in his kindergarten class: Cuddles :)

  4. AliceM says:

    Houston, Texas. We’ve been up to our elbows in rain this week. Next up: steamy heat.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Bastrop, Texas – about 30 min. from Austin. Lots of rain here lately. We’ve had our AC on since April.

    • Elaine says:

      Hi, Carolyn, I’m in Round Top/Warrenton, TX, just down the road. So tired of rain, but happy the lakes are starting to fill up again after the last few years of drought.

      Happy to see Bahrain listed as one of “your countries.” It is a tiny (!) island in the Arabian Gulf, doesn’t even show up on a lot of maps. We lived there for four years and loved meeting people from so many different countries. Such an eye-opening experience.

  6. Shannon says:

    NE Saskatchewan

    21 for Friday, great start to the long weekend.

  7. Angela says:

    I’m an American living in Germany! It’s raining here this morning, which means my bamboo will grow another foot. Creepy bamboo, I’m just waiting for it to knock on my door to kidnap me.

  8. Jen says:

    Portland, Oregon

  9. Claudia Urquhart says:

    Custer, WA, 1 mile south of Cdn. border, below White Rock/Surrey/Vancouver. 52 F. and clear, 9:30 pm. Love your blog, used to have Banty chickens, now just a Westie, Sophie, on the couch back as I type, her perch.

  10. Hazel says:

    Near Banbury (the one with the cross in the nursery rhyme), Oxfordshire, UK. It’s 5.30 in the morning and it looks as though it’s going to be quite nice- it was cold and rainy yesterday and my chickens didn’t like it at all.

  11. Liz says:

    Central Texas — out in the country

  12. Twyla Sue says:

    buckets more of rain coming
    And tornadoes .,,!! I live in Midwest City, Okla

  13. Holly says:

    Mesa, Arizona (Phoenix). Been in the 90’s. Expecting 70’s next 2 days and rain!! Rare in May. Then comes the 100’s, 110’s and the monsoon season starting in July! We get some exciting storms and huge dust storms.

    • Pam says:

      Hey Holly! I grew up in Tempe and I miss the monsoons!! If only they could bottle the smell of the wind coming in over the desert! Ahhh…glorious!

      • Holly says:

        Hi, Pam! I know, huh? I’ve lived in lots of places prior to moving here a long time ago, but there’s just something about the monsoon storms. So exciting. I never get tired of them!

    • Ann says:

      We lived in Sierra Vista years ago while in the service. I loved the monsoons. Such lightening. I could just sit in a sheltered spot on my porch and watch the sky light up every few seconds and no matter how deafening it got, I would marvel in the beauty

  14. Deb says:

    Clinton, Mississippi. Highs are in the 80s, it’s extremely humid, the cicadas are deafening as they sing to find their true loves, and my baby cucumber plants are covered in sweet little yellow flowers.

  15. Sue says:

    North Carolina, where it’s cooler than usual tonight, but feels wonderful!

  16. Robert says:

    Yurecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. How many people in Mexico read your blog? I can’t be the only one but maybe I am. It’s been cloudy with a little sun through the day but still not rain, maybe tomorrow

    • Sande says:

      Hey Robert,
      Any chance you’re close to Cerro Pelon Butterfly Reserve or the JM Butterfly B & B? I hope to make it there to see the monarchs roosting and I’d appreciate any tips you have to offer.
      It’s because of my monarch madness that I found The Art of Doing Stuff blog. I highly recommend Karen’s awesome postings about raising monarch butterflies and her inspiring step by step videos. Save monarch butterflies-plant milkweed!

      • Robert says:

        No, I’m not and unfortunately I’ve never been but I think it’s like a +5 hour trip from where I am, generally the roads in that area have a lot of curves so always have something for the nausea if you have a problem with that.

    • Karen says:

      I have several readers in Mexico Robert! Maybe they’ll comment today. I believe Mia is from Mexico. ~ karen!

  17. Edith says:

    Warm and damp here in the Dallas, Texas area after weeks of stormy weather.

  18. Dorothy Gardner says:

    I am from central Massachusetts, USA; about 80 miles west of Boston. We have gone from highs in the 40’s a couple of weeks ago to high 80’s last week, to more seasonable temperatures in the high 60’s during the day. There was also a frost warning last night in my area.

  19. Kat says:

    Omaha, Nebraska. Right now (11:20 pm) it is 57 degrees Fahrenheit , rain tomorrow with a high of 79 and a low of 64. By the middle of next week we are to have a high of 55 and a low of 45. This time of year can be all over the map. All I care about is that the tornadoes and hail stay away. Hail is expected in the next day or two. My poor baby plants.

  20. Erika says:

    Metamora, Michigan. Where the thumb joins the hand. We’re having the same weather as you, but maybe 12 hours sooner.

  21. SusanR says:

    About 40 miles N of San Diego. Thank the stars it is RAINING!!

  22. katrina says:

    Northern California in the house. We are in a horrible drought and I heared a rumor rain is heading our way.

    Yes! We have heavy pollen in the air now and I’m suffering from it! Come on rain!

  23. Wendy says:

    I live at Lake Errock B.C. a very small community in our Province’s Fraser Valley. Except for a few cooler days our Spring has been gorgeous. Right now we hover at high teens to mid 20’s most days. My flower garden is having a real good year.

  24. Pati Gulat says:

    Monroe, Louisiana and, contrary to what most people who don’t live in Louisiana think, we don’t ALL live in New Orleans ! There ARE one or two other cities in Louisiana… ;)

    • Shauna says:

      My mom’s side of the family hails from Natchitoches — I love pretty much ALL of the cities in Louisiana!

  25. Liz says:

    Hello from chilly Adelaide, Australia :-) We’re coming up to Winter and its definitely stay inside with warm shoes on weather.

    It would be interesting to see the (# people who read your site from country x) / (# people total in country x), ie the density of people you’ve reached in that country. Ie 1/100 people in France read the art of doing stuff haha

    You’re famous!

    • Another Karen says:

      I lived in Adelaide for 6 months last year, and absolutely loved it! (That’s also where I was when I started reading this blog). I’m now back in Scotland, where our “summer” weather is very similar to Adelaide winters – cold, raining and overcast. At least it’s not 46c, which is the hottest it got in Adelaide when we were there!

  26. Vanessa says:

    From Auckland New Zealand – wet and a little windy – originally from Johannesburg South Africa

    • Jane says:

      Also from New Zealand in a little coastal hamlet of Te Horo Beach, we have just had the most almighty rain storm and have had our road in and out flooded. Pleased though because we are on tank water and the tank is now over flowing.

  27. Janet says:

    Just up the road from you in Hamilton (Westdale)

  28. kelly says:

    Weed, California it’s been cold and wet and expecting more

  29. SK says:

    Texas and it’s stormy outside. Fortunately, this neck of the woods missed the hail

  30. Mel says:

    Started reading your blog in Maryland, moved to Virginia, now I’m one of those many Californians. But I feel like a fraud of a Californian. Our weather is clear (for now) and mid 50s, as usual.

  31. Nancy C says:

    From the USA, Down south, as in South Carolina. Love the chic pics and the kitchen redo( esp the pantry, I have been panting over your little assembly ). Don’t like the recipes ( Did I mention I am president of the local liar’s club?). The weather here is a perfect 69 degrees with 81% humidity and 5 mph winds outside. Inside it is probably more like 15 mph winds since our baseball team just won a big game and my husband is very vocal about these things. Enjoy your blog immensely.

    • Nancy C says:

      Also, the Betty video is awesome. Anyone who has not seen it should indulge. Deserving of Best Choice Music Award.

  32. Kat says:

    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada… whoo hoo Alberta is in the lead!

  33. Lori says:

    Cassopolis, Michigan

    Chilly and raining.

  34. Betty says:

    Great Falls, Montana. It’s raining, and my flower & veggie gardens are happy, happy. Have a great long weekend!

  35. Chartrice says:

    Alvarado, Texas! Warm and rainy for several weeks (and more next week!)..starting to mildew..lol

  36. Right now I’m in Croydon, Victoria, Australia (an Eastern suburb of Melbourne). I see we’ve made number 4 on the list yay!

    Looking out the window its overcast but it looks like the rain might be done for today. We’ve had record rain for Autumn, always good for the garden. There was also record snow on the Mountains yesterday, luckily it doesn’t reach where I live as I’m not the biggest fan of freezing weather.

    Love your blog, keep up the excellent work!

  37. TASMANIA – The little island state beneath mainland Australia (NOT in Africa – that’s Tanzania).
    The cold snap continues, but today we’ve had sunshine, though there’s still a dusting of snow on Mount Wellington.

  38. Amy says:

    Santa Cruz, California here. It’s cool right now, somewhere around 60 degrees and sunny. Give Cuddles a cuddle for me!

  39. Auntiepatch says:

    San Diego CA – thankfully it’s RAINING!

  40. Tracy says:

    California gal loving this rain!! With drought this is desperately needed. Thanks for your fabulous blog!

  41. Sarah says:

    I’m originally from Texas, but I now live in Oklahoma City, OK. :) We’ve had record rainfall this year, so it reminds me a lot of Tallahassee, FL, where I spent five glorious years (right before moving to this barren wasteland). We’re expecting severe weather this weekend: tornadoes, hail, torrential rain, and the like. With any luck, I’ll be back in force on Monday. Wish me luck!

    P.S. I’m always ridiculously envious of your garden.

  42. Amber says:

    Originally I’m from the Yukon in Canada, but currently living in Vermont. Because it’s as close to Canada as I can be while in the states, and not just geographically!
    But I have to ask: you have readers in Lesotho? Where the hell is Lesotho?

    • Marlene says:

      I’m from Cape Town, South Africa, where the autumn chill is setting in.
      To Amber – Lesotho is in South Africa, a little mountainous kingdom completely landlocked by South Africa.

      • Marie-Louise says:

        Hi Marlene,

        Fellow Capetonian over here! Rather chilly tonight. Nice to spot you here :)

        • Marlene says:

          Hi Marie-Louise

          Ha, ha, loving this – so surreal!! SOuth Africans meeting on a Canadian blog!! The fog this morning reminds me that I need to win the lottery so I can chase the sun! Have a great week further, and stay warm!!

      • Irene says:

        Johannesburg, South Africa.
        So nice to see that us S’Affers made the top 10! :-)
        And yes, Autumn is here. HOT during the day, and getting seriously chilly at night.

        • Marlene says:

          Hi Irene
          Jozi is my birth city!! Still miss it! Especially now that the cold’s on the way – I love that JHB winters are cold and dry – I cannot handle wet cold, brrrr! Give my love to the City of Gold please!
          Have a splendid week!

        • Irene says:

          Marlene, you get to enjoy the mountain and the (freezing) ocean. :-D
          But ya, I never could figure out the logic of rain in winter instead of summer! You NEED the rain in summer!

        • Karen says:

          Isn’t it funny? All the South Africans here! I love it. ~ karen!

    • Kathleen says:

      LOL! Lesthoto is a country within the borders of South Africa.

  43. Kathie says:

    Bucks County Pennsylvania. A beautiful night and 55 degrees.

    • Roxanne says:

      Hi, Kathie, fellow reader from Pennsylvania:

      I live in Delaware County, Pennsylania, not far from the airport. And the past 2 nights have been beautiful and cool, haven’t they?

      • Jane says:

        Checking in from Delaware County, Pennsylvania too, just west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
        Beautiful spring day today!

      • Debbie says:

        Also from Delaware County, PA. Near Bryn Mawr Hospital. (I really do live in Delaware County, by a street or two.)

        • Debbie says:

          Oops – I have no idea what it is like outside as it is 3am and I’m not poking my head out. I never know where the fox that lives under our shed will be.

    • Rondina says:

      Kathie, I do a lot of research in Bucks County. I think it is beautiful up there. The people that moved west in the 19th century thought the grass would be greener. Nope.

    • Barbara says:

      Me, too!

  44. jamie says:

    I’m from Loma Rica California, about an hour north-east of Sacramento. Right now the clouds are rolling in and we’re expecting some much needed rain.

  45. Dani says:

    Kansas City, Missouri!

  46. Sheila says:

    Telkwa, BC….that’s in northern British Columbia…..where the weather has been beautiful. Still 21C at 9pm :)

  47. Becky says:

    Wisconsin. Its chilly and raining now, but it is supposed to be BEAU-tiful tomorrow.

    • Rebecca says:

      Also from Wisconsin! Milwaukee to be specific and the sun is shining and I’d say it’s warm (mid 60’s).

  48. Lynn says:


  49. Peggy says:

    Edmonton, Alberta. Great weather, mid-teens, sunny. Just got my garden in and I’m so excited! Have a great long weekend, Karen.

    • Bonnie says:

      Had to reply because I’m from Edmonton too. Only in Queensland Australia. I’ve had a few orders from overseas lately. One from South Africa last week. The internet is an amazing thing! Oh almost forgot the weather. Well today is the first ‘cold’ weather day we’ve had this year. From 32 degrees celsius down to 23 degrees celsius. Now you might laugh at that, but when the weather is usually skin-blisteringly hot and the humidity so high you look like you’ve just stepped out of a waterfall winter is jumper (sweater) time!

      • Peggy says:

        Queensland is a great place! I’ve visited your region, but never got to Edmonton. How nice that the weather is cooling off for you. Happy days……

    • Liz says:

      Edmonton too :)

  50. Julie says:

    San Diego!!

    It’s usually around 70 degrees and sunny this time of year, but it’s actually raining tonight! It’s kind of exciting. (i don’t get out much)

    • JMC says:

      Here in LA too Julie plus lightening and thunder 0h my! Also in LA people who ask ‘where you from?’ might be trying to figure out your gang affiliation so I kept giggling as I read. Where I’m from though is a lot further north than Lalaland – eh! ;)

    • Michelle McCreery says:

      Houston, TX and it is, and has been for days, RAINING! And when it stops we get 2,000% humidity and bazillions of mosquitoes. I am so looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. Frizzy hair and huge welts. I bet you’re jealous. :)

      • Julie says:

        haha. Not jealous…but I do love Houston!! I was just there last week. My mom moved there for a year last year to get treatment at MD Anderson. The best hospital in the world! Now we go back every few months for followups. We have really good memories there.

        We used to live in Louisiana..so yah, I feel your pain re rain, humidity, and mosquitos!

      • Dea says:

        Yep. I’m from Spring, Texas, which is just north of Houston. I was going to try having chickens this year but our neighbor advised against it, since our state bird (the Texas mosquito) carried off his chickens one by one last week. I’m not sure I’m very comfortable with his advice — he seems to be building a VERY large boat in his back yard…

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