Andddddd where exactly have YOU been?

Dear Diary,

I’m getting a bit worried about my readers.  I’m not normally an alarmist but … I think they might be dead. For the past month they’ve just been … gone.  Vanished.  I realize that if Harvest Gold, AN ENTIRE COLOUR, can vanish, it’s possible my readers could do the same thing. But I think it would have made the news.  Twitter at the very least.

Maybe they’re all on some sort of spiritual quest.  I’m trying to keep my chin up but I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY WENT. They just up and disappeared without a word, leaving me to assume the worst.  I’ve had horrible visions of them in unspeakably torturous situations.  Binge watching  Dancing With the Stars for instance.

Me?  Oh I’ve been here at my computer like I always am.  Sorry I haven’t had time to write lately.

At the end of December I mentioned on my blog that I’d be taking the month of January off from posting so I could get a bunch of technical crap done.  Basically working on the guts of my blog as opposed to the face of it.

I have been to the bowels of my blog and back.  Turns out, my blog had a severe intestinal disorder. Possibly parasites too, who knows.

I won’t get into the worst of it, but suffice it to say my blog probably shouldn’t go anywhere without knowing exactly where the nearest bathroom is.

So even though I wasn’t writing posts, I was working. Of course, Dear Diary, I can also confess to you that I took a couple of breaks from my technical work during the month to enjoy myself.

For example, on the third Saturday of January I ate some toast.

And one day I went for a wonderful evening run.

(Click on photo to play video of my glorious running experience, click photo again to stop it)

I documented a lot of the month of January on my Instagram account.  Like that time I made toast.

Oh, Dear Diary, please let my readers be O.K.

It’s because of them I reworked all of my recipes so they’re printable, include nutrition and calorie information PLUS I made them prettier and added a little button on the top of every recipe post that says Jump to Recipe now, so people can ignore all of my writing and get right to the recipe.   Well I haven’t updated all the recipes yet, but some of them.  It takes a while to work through an entire intestinal tract.

This no knead bread recipe is looking pretty good.

So is the Quick & Easy Guacamole.

In between eating toast and keeping up my healthy and enjoyable running habit,

(Click on photo to play video of my glorious running experience, click photo again to stop it)

I also worked on some SEO (Search Engine Optimization) stuff so that Google will have an easier time finding my posts and giving them to other people. People who might actually show up around here and appreciate all I’m giving them.  I’m a giver. Just last week I gave someone the finger for reasons I can’t remember.  Let’s just assume they were being a twerp.

I worked on the SEO stuff by hiring  SEO expert, Casey Markee from The United States of America to help me. So in the course of a month my blog has gone from a pocket of intestinal distress to an International company with employees across two countries.

Oh, Dear Diary, I hope that when I wake up tomorrow morning my readers will have returned from wherever they went.

God help them if they somehow hooked up with Avocado Green.  I’ll never see them again.

Your pal,


  1. Paula says:

    So glad you are back!

  2. Lois Baron says:

    Oh, thank goodness you’re back. But where the heck did January go?

  3. Wendy says:

    Glad you are back,missed you!!

  4. Another Paula says:

    Ditto that!

  5. Melissa says:

    Your blog has marijuana ads now.

    But it could advertise cod liver oil for intestinal distress for all I care.

    It’s just good to have you back ❤️

  6. Lizzy says:

    Oh my goodness you were missed!!!! I’m back!!!!

  7. Markus says:

    You are the Bomb no matter what!

  8. Connie Volkman says:

    We are all trying to recoup from the flu. You need to get out more so you can catch it and then we can tell you how bad we feel for you because we have already been through the dreaded virus.
    Missed you too,

    Connie in Kansas

    • Gay in Vermont says:

      I’m laughing at your post because I the first in my family to “go down” and as the rest fall I just shake my head and tell them to drink plenty of fluids!!

  9. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Oh…it’s you again…lol

  10. Muff Hackett says:

    missed you – glad you are back

  11. Michele says:

    So glad you’re back! I’ve missed your blogs…and I’ve never said that to anyone before. ..

  12. Christina Contri says:

    What exactly are you chanting during your oh so inspirational (not) run?

    • Bobbles says:

      I had to turn it up…”I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it…”

      • TucsonPatty says:

        Yes, “I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.” Then “Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck.” I think? I keep watching and listening and thinking that this is what I’ve been thinking and saying for the past year and 2 months. Yeah. I’m so glad to read a new post and comments and realize that no one is dead.

    • Karen says:

      “Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck. I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it”. ~ karen!

  13. Emma says:

    Yeah Karen! Get a life and get the flu like everyone else did.
    Lying low? Yes literally lying in the bed cant get up..that kind of lying low. Crabby? Yes.
    Sick of longest month of 2018.? yes! The end. Happy February. Now go run for me..I need chocolate and booze. 😉

  14. Erin says:

    About damn time.

    … then again, I seemed to have lost track of your blog sometime in 2015, only to think to myself the other day, “Hey, I wonder why I stopped reading that blog of that lady in Canada with the sweet front yard garden and the chickens?” And now I’m back, too. Which, again, about damn time. 🙂 Welcome back!

  15. Lori says:

    Yaaaaaay!!!! 🎉🎉
    You’re back!!

  16. kddomingue says:

    Oh! Gods! You’re ALIVE! You didn’t fall into the black hole with avocado green and common courtesy that was hanging onto common sense for dear life whilst a desperate funny bone tried valiantly to haul then back over the edge of the abyss,….well, except for avocado green.

    Yep, the whole family got hit with the nasty flu bug and we fell like dominoes, one by one. Not a fun couple of weeks. My Christmas tree is still up for the love of Pete! Glad your computer’s intestinal issues are resolved….a computer with diarrhea or vomiting would have been more than my flu ridden body could have dealt with. It was hard enough dealing with the humans and animals that were having those issues!

    Yay! The band is back together….let’s make some raucous music!

  17. Teri says:

    What? January is over? I swear I only went for a nap, I meant to come right back…

  18. Elaine says:

    Yeah, welcome back, Karen!! 🙋🏼‍♀️ I’ve been here all along patiently waiting for your return!

  19. Carol says:

    I honestly didn’t know I missed you until I read this blog. Then I realized why my January was so dull.

  20. Sandra D says:

    I did wonder, but one less email was tolerable for awhile : )

  21. Dot says:

    I’m so happy you are back😍. All’s right with my world now. I expect to see flowers in my garden. Don’t pay any attention to those silly groundhogs.

    • Karen says:

      If I were there I could just wave my hand over your house to produce a proliferation of flowers, followed by a huge rainbow trailing from my fingers. I am THAT magical. Alas. I’m not there. Sorry@ ~ karen

  22. MrsChrisSA says:

    Welcome back to the blog – however, I was still around carefully watching you on your “beloved” instragram………………

    I love your instagram posts!

  23. Lisa says:

    You’re back – so are we. Now, please post some delightful chook photos (it’s been too long without you and your feathered ones). 🙂

  24. Roxanne Scott says:

    I thought January would never end! Bits of fixing going on everywhere!

  25. Megan says:

    We are still here and eagerly awaiting the next adventures! Welcome back!!

  26. Ingrid says:

    This South African, grey headed, tech challenged, wine lover – is immensely pleased you are back on line :)))

  27. Kristy says:

    We’re still here just where you left us. January was boring without you.

  28. Lin says:

    Yep. Like everyone else, glad you’re back, missed you. Now never do that again! If you must disappear, make a clone….please. 😄

  29. Janet says:

    Welcome back, Karen. I hope after your month off, you feel rejuvenated and inspired. Welcome to 2018.

    • Karen says:

      Um, no, I don’t, lol. I wasn’t off, I was working 7 days a week. So now I feel like I desperately need a vacation. Maybe I’ll take March off. 😉 ~ karen!

  30. :Muriel says:

    It is sure nice to see you in my inbox again.

  31. Kathleen Aberley says:

    Oh Hallelujah, you are back. You have been missed.
    Wish my desk looked as clutter-free as yours!

  32. Steph in Oz says:

    Thank goodness you are back, really missed you. Looking forward to another great year of posts.

    Thought you might like to see where I spent Christmas morning.

  33. Kris Wilson says:

    Yay!! You’re back!! Missed your posts but loved your Instagramming! “Hey guys” 😆. Very funny. Looking forward to doing more stuff with you!

  34. Jennifer says:

    I have been enjoying your highly professional and hugely entertaining Insta stories. 😜😂 Really glad you’re back.

  35. Katy says:

    We’re alive and kicking… And just waiting for you.

  36. Hooray!
    Needed a good belly laugh.
    Now I want to know what camera (lenses) you use for all your awesome photo shoots?
    My iphone just doesn’t cut it!
    Kristin in Oregon

    • Karen says:

      I have just about the oldest Digital camera in the world. The Nikon D40. I’ve been meaning to upgrade for YEARS. The lens is the standard lens that came with it but most of my food photos are with a fixed macro lens. ~ karen!

    • Tres says:

      That is a beautiful picture/setting Kristin!

      • Thanks Tres,
        I am staging my vacation rental/farm stay outside Portland, Oregon. That is the back deck…
        Having trouble with the camera… Saving up for the Nikon D750 with a fixed wide angle….
        Karen’s Nikon is still a fantastic work horse. But you, Karen also have an amazing eye!
        Now I just need to ‘get with the program’ on instagram….

      • Thank you Tres!
        Trying to update my vacation rental photos ;)-

  37. Your blog looks amazing! Well done! And thank you 🙂

  38. Bambi Mayer says:

    Welcome home!

  39. Margaret K. says:

    Glad you are back – I kept hoping you might slip in one or two posts in January, but no luck.

  40. virginia says:

    January was long — glad you are back. I did enjoy Instagram.

  41. Susan says:

    Wahoo! You’re back….missed your zany blog!

  42. Fonda says:

    I’M HERE!!! {waving wildly with both hands from in the back row} Ummm…have you tried Pepto Bismal?

  43. Juli says:

    Justin Rhodes and family have been keeping me company.

  44. Katek says:

    I didn’t disappear! I watched your Instagram stories! The toast one was riveting. Actually I do remember thinking while watching that is that you could be a food stylist! You make pretty food, even toast.

  45. Renee says:

    Oh Happy Day!! You’re back!

  46. Cathy says:

    Yay! You’re back to work the day I am retiring from work and let me tell you it’s still surreal to write that let alone say it. Living it? To be determined I’d guess.
    By the way, is that a new desk/working arrangement? I thought you had a standing-treadmill desk thingy.
    Nice to have you back.

    • Karen says:

      I have both Cathy. My treadmill is in the other corner of my room. Where the camera was set up to take this shot actually. I go over to the treadmill desk when I can tell I need to. ~ karen!

  47. Jenny W says:

    YaY! Finally, it’s was a loooong, dreary month without your sauce 😉
    And, I have to say, watching your stories on Instagram were the highlight of my social-media creeps -“Hi Guys!” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  48. maggieb says:

    At last! Happy New Year, 2018 has now officially begun. I did keep checking in just in case you were teasing about disappearing. But enjoyed your Instagram whilst waiting in hopeful anticipation.

  49. Myra says:

    Welcome back! When you mentioned an SEO guru in your last email I actually wondered if there was a chance it might be Casey Markee! We are waiting to be scheduled for a site audit too, and very excited about it! We only have a little over a year of content to work through so hopefully it’s manageable. I’ve been reading your blog for at least 4 or 5 years and I know you had it before I found you, so I can’t imagine the pile of work you’ve been buried under!

    Happy to have you back!

    • Karen says:

      Lots of work. LOTS and LOTS of work, lol. Casey is great and he’ll recommend things you can actually implement. He’s VERY thorough. ~ karen!

  50. Catt-in-Kentucky says:

    Thank goodness you are back! It is a freaking “feels like 4 degrees” outside. I need comic relief. And two tickets to Florida.

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