An Art of Doing Stuff Video Diary
by Bogs!

Last summer, the folks at Bogs sent me a GoPro Camera
to capture some video of what I do around here on a typical day.

So I strapped it on and went about my business.

After months of waiting to see how it turned out, the video is done. The Bogs creative team did a great job editing it all together.

Watching this video even makes me jealous of this person’s life. It looks pretty idyllic. And it is.

Until a cat throws up on the couch. Or a girl decides to rip out a kitchen.


  1. Laura says:

    You’re darling!

  2. Amie Mason says:

    Awwww lovely! Your beets looked amazing by the way!

  3. Awesome! I actually just ordered my first pair of Bogs this weekend. I don’t have any chickens to chat with in the sunshine, but I do have a garden that I am putting way too much hope into.

    Love that you’re growing potatoes – I’m afraid that I don’t have enough space… but you’re doing it!

  4. Maggie V says:

    It does look like fun Karen but I also know it is hard work especially the chicken part. I have never raised a chicken or chickens but I have read a little about chicken farming. Not for me but kudos to you. Loved the video.

  5. Linda J Howes says:


  6. Carol says:

    Oh yes, absolutely idyllic. . .until you read about all the hard work you do to make it look that way. You are my inspiration!

  7. marilyn says:

    loved it..

  8. Mary Werner says:

    Idyllic yes but “endearing” even more. That last shot of you peacefully enjoying the sun with your hen even relaxed me.

  9. Robin says:

    Aw! I love this!

  10. Suanne says:

    How cool was THAT??? Just wish it would’ve been longer…you have soooo much to show us…and you look pretty awesome in those BOGS.

  11. Kimberley says:

    Great little video! The chicken in your lap is so sweet. Love your blog, thank you for rocking the internet! I think I read the entire archives in just a few days. Didn’t get much done around the house. Must remedy that today. Have a great one!

  12. That almost brought a tear to my eye. No , really! Has it been a long winter or something? I’m so going to read all your previous posts on growing things. Like, really read it to actually do it.
    We’re going to grow our own food, but have to figure out a way that the deer don’t get to it first!
    Thanks for your posts!

  13. Bonnie says:

    How very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Treva says:

    Wish my life looked so idyllic when I wear my Bogs. Then again, if I had that soundtrack, maybe it would! (Love the final shot of you and the ladies) 🙂

  15. mayr says:

    AWWWW. Who’s the girl loving being held by you?

  16. Patti says:

    Yay, Karen! It’s awesome!

  17. Miriam says:

    I had no ideas chickens cuddled!!

  18. SuzyM says:

    A woman after my own heart….tending to the chickens while wearing a scarf. I don’t even like red beets but that beautiful foliage has me rethinking my garden plans. Love the video.

  19. Reg says:

    Very nice. The video made me long for that warm enough spring or summer day when you could just wear a tee shirt with jeans or shorts to go outside…..and your bogs of course.

    • Karen says:

      I know. It has been one longgg, cold spring around here hasn’t it? It hasn’t even been spring really. Just an extension of the final days of winter. ~ karen!

  20. Cathy says:

    That video reminds me of warm weather…. guess that it is on it’s way…. this weekend sure was nice. Love your chickens. You have suck a great sense of humour,I so enjoy your blog. Thank you.

  21. Cathy says:

    Sorry… I meant to say you have SUCH a great ….. I hit that darn enter button and went …OH NO… have a great day.

  22. J9 says:

    Love it. Especially the chicken cuddles.

  23. Maureen Locke says:

    Yep, I’m jealous too. 🙂
    Karen, what’s that whispy/weepy looking plant shown around 24 seconds of the video. The one at the top of the shot. I love it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen – That’s a Weeping False Nootka Cypress. I have one in my front yard and one in my backyard. They’re very Japanese/Zen looking. They’re one of my favourite trees. LOVE them. ~ karen!

  24. Laura Bee says:

    I really would love to spend a day with you. I can help plant the garden, feed the chickens & I’ll bring cookies.

  25. Nicola Cunha says:

    Nice sized beets! Were they directly sown? Your garden looks very jungle-like from that viewpoint. Love it! That is a heck of a lot of birds chirping at the end!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicola – Yes, the beets were sown directly in the ground in the spring. Then I did a second planting around the end of July. They didn’t have quite enough time to grow. This year I’ll do the second planting at the beginning of July. ~ karen!

  26. Terry Sears says:

    Not taking anything away from your wonderful garden, the neato chickens, the lovely beets and potatoes, the very attractive BOGS boots. I would comment kindly on the lovely lady as well, but I do not wish to upset the FELLA and get myself in trouble. But what I am really interested in is the GoPro video camera. Which model did the send you? I have been looking at them for 6 months now, I really want to get one. The quality is amazing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Terry – I actually sent the camera back to them (that was stupid wasn’t it) so I can’t remember which one it was but I believe it’s the one I linked to in the post. The most basic model. ~ karen!

  27. Ella says:

    Hi Karen,
    Is that a compost system near your coop? I’ve been considering buying one or building one myself. I too have a coop and a vegetable garden, so it just makes good sense to have one. Do you like yours? What kind is it? Did you consider building one?
    … wish my hens cuddled.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ella – I got my composter out of the garbage, LOL. My mother’s neighbour had it out on the street with a “free” sign on it. It’s black, which I like because black heats up and helps the compost do it’s thing. I also have another pile which is just a big pile of straw and chicken poop covered in a tarp. It works just as well. If you have the proper ratio of components and you turn your compost every other day you can have it cooked and done in one month. The straw and chicken poop is the perfect ratio to do this. ~ karen!

  28. Kat says:

    Great video Karen which reminded me to ask if you could put a link up of the original video you did of that last shot of you and cuddles in the sun! If I recall “here comes the sun” was the music also?

  29. Barbie says:

    OH KAREN! What a great video!! Made me long for my garden and the warm summer days!! I had to pause the video at the shot of your front yard garden from your front porch. You even make me want to go make a chicken coop, get a few cluckers and wear some cool bogs around my hobby farm!

  30. Jeannie B says:

    What a sweet, lovely video Karen! I wish that I had your “green thumb”. I think your dear hens are responsible for the nutrients in the soil that produce your bountiful crop of vegetables. Love the Go Pro camera.I just watched my son’s video yesterday, of a bictcle ride through the trails in Oakville. High definition and totally excellent.

  31. Dee says:

    This is perfect timing to get inspired for my veggie garden this year. On my way out to turn some soil and plant seeds. Thanks, Karen!

  32. Sera says:

    I love the video! Of course, you knew we would. It does make me hopeful for when my beets and sweet peas don’t need to be measured in inches and admired for their tiny struggles through the dirt. I haven’t even planted my second veggie bed yet because my husband swears he’s going to build me a box this year, but he’s been fighting rain, rain, rain and then spent the last sunny day off hauling lumber for the deck he’ll be building soon. Ah summer.

  33. Sera says:

    Also, I can’t wait for kitchen updates!

  34. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That was just so nice Karen..I knew that had to be Cuddles on your lap..such a sweet little lady she is..I am proud to say I know you in a blog sort of knowing way..

  35. carolyn says:

    Awww, you’re cuddling a chicken! Loved the video.

  36. David says:

    Very nice! So, am I the only one who didn’t know chickens could leap like that? They are almost as good at leaping as my schnoodle.

  37. Sue T. says:

    Beautiful clip Karen ! Although we would have been even happier watching about two more hours of it! I love your blog, look forward to it each day…I am so in awe of you and your MANY skills.
    Well, it’s cold and 2 days of rain here and I just wanna go outside. Going to watch my favorite video, ‘’ again. Thank you Karen for letting us be a part of your adventures !

  38. Lesley Williamson says:

    That was awesome – especially the aerial chicken-hop shot.

  39. ruth says:

    loved it!

  40. kelliblue says:

    Adorbs. And love the chicken snugging at the end!

  41. AnnW says:

    It was too short! As those kids on the ATT commercial say, “We want more, we want more!”

  42. Heather says:

    Hi Karen! Love that video–lovely to have something that catches those moments in your life you live for–and then shares them. We shall be having more moments like that too soon–I finally broke down and we are hatching eggs. Rhode Island Reds =) and they should hatch today or tomorrow. There is giddiness about the house from the anticipation! So now my chicken envy will become chicken comradery. I havent had chickens since I moved off the farm I lived on as a kid….Thanks for all your inspiration!

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