Answers to your random questions.
Including the story behind the falling pajama pic!






Question: What kind of camera do you use?

Answer: I use an old Nikon D40 with the standard lens that came with it and occasionally a macro lens.  Sometimes my iPhone if I’m feeling lazy or rushed.


Question: How do you do everything you do?

Answer: I don’t have kids or a very regular bathing regiment.


Question: How do you stay in shape?

Answer:  I run sporadically and do things like build chicken coops.  And chase chickens.  And clean up chicken poop. And cat poop.  Oh.  Plus I work out 7 hours a day.  If you count sitting at a computer working out.


Question:  Can you really make a living blogging?

Answer:  Yes and no.  Can you start up a blog and because a big overnight success?  Probably not.  Can you start a blog and work on it part time and make a living?  Probably not.  But if you approach your blog as a business it is possible to make blogging your career.  You need to be an exceptional writer and/or photographer and have ideas that are unique to anyone else’s.  If your ideas aren’t all that unique you’d better be an exceptionally exceptional writer and/or photographer.


Question:   Are chickens a lot of work.

Answer:   Not really.  But going on vacation can be a pain because you need a chicken sitter.  Which isn’t as easy to find as say, a baby or a dog sitter.  Actually babies are pretty easy to find.  Just look behind you the next time you’re on a plane.


Question:  Do you ever relax?

Answer:  I try very, very hard to relax, but I find it awfully stressful.  I make sure to slow down and watch an hour of television a day, usually late at night and often with the computer on my lap.  I read every, single night before bed and have done so since I could read.  That is the only time you will probably genuinely relaxing and not doing a single other thing.  I’m truly trying to remedy that though.   It’s very difficult for me to turn my mind off. I also find cooking and gardening to be relaxing.


Question:  What really happened in that picture where you’re falling down the stairs in your pajamas?

Answer:  Well, it’s a funny story actually. To me anyway.  Not so much to my niece’s husband.  Her husband, we’ll call him Garry, (because it rhymes with his real name, Barry) was at a business meeting on the other side of the country.  The business meeting was taking place over lunch.  On his way either to or from his chair (I can’t remember) he wiped out on nothing.  Literally just did a Whoop!  Whoop! and fell flat on the ground.  He tried to break his fall with a single finger.  I guess he thought that finger was especially strong or something.  That finger broke as you might imagine, but he went back to his business meeting like nothing had happened, even though clearly it did and everyone saw.  I should mention that Garry/Barry often finds himself in Whoop!  Whoop!  situations.  According to my niece, his loving wife, he’s a bit of a klutz and often has unfortunate things happen to him.

So when Garry/Barry texted his loving wife and told him he fell in a meeting and thought he may  have broken his finger she, in her loving wife way, burst out laughing.

She continued to laugh for the majority of the next 2 days.

1 cross country flight, 2 emergency room visits, several doctor’s appointments, 1 surgery, several life threatening infections and a week long stay in the hospital later  … Garry/Barry was home.   His finger is still wonky.



SO!  The picture.  I took the picture one night as a bit of a reenactment and sent it to my niece and Garry/Barry with the caption.  “HEY! Look!  I’m Barry! I’m in a business meeting!”


And that is all I have for you today.


Have a good weekend!  And don’t fall down.  If you MUST fall down, don’t tell anyone who might write about it in a blog.



  1. Robyn says:

    If falling were an Olympic event, I would have more gold medals than Michael Phelps.
    I can fall standing perfectly still. I just don’t fall, I fall while speeding either forward or back. I always seem to have to time to think, “OH CRAP, THIS IS GOING TO HURT”. And yes, it always does. And being 100# over my height limit, hitting the ground is akin to those old Mutual of Omaha animal shows where the rhino goes down after being hit with a tranquilizer dart…the ground shakes and dust flies up. A few times I have fallen ON people and I can tell you that the look on their face is priceless! Of course, the best times are when I fall in public. I decided long ago, that to try to jump up and pretend nothing happened is fruitless so now I just lay there laughing like a fool (and peeing a bit probably). My hubs of 33 years still can’t believe how often I fall. I tell him it’s because I am so sensitive that I can feel if the earth’s rotation is off and it “throws me for a loop”….literally!

  2. jainegayer says:

    I love growing veggies in containers. I only have enough sun for lettuce though. There’s something really satisfying about going out on my deck and plucking lettuce leaves for a salad.

    I’m klutzy like Garry/Barry. I can actually trip GOING up the stairs. Special, unique skill of mine.

  3. Cathy says:

    The X-ray reminds me to tell you ” thank a surgical nurse” day is fast approaching. In the US , not sure about Canada. Formally, its Perioperative Nurse Week ( we do a lot so yea, it’s a whole week). I think I would have been a decent blogger had I not gone the blood-n-guts route.

  4. Jamie says:

    Be kind to poor Garry/Barry I too am especially graceful. Tripped over a HUGE chunk of air once. 2 years of recovery and a 6 inch scar from the surgery on my ankle and I’m half as good as new. :)

  5. Sebrah says:

    Hey Karen
    Slightly off topic here, but have you done anything with your stairs since? Mine has crummy old carpet on it and if I take it off I’ll be left with bare stairs like yours. Thinking of a paint job on them… What would you like to do with yours (if you haven’t done it already)?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sebrah – I’d love to have a runner with rails at each step, but my staircase is too narrow. It would just look weird. So I will just be painting them. Eventually, LOL. I painted the outside of them, in anticipation of having a runner, but then decided against it. So now I just have to paint the rest of the stapes. ~ karen!

  6. Barbie says:

    HA! I always wondered about that “falling down the stairs pic”! Fun post Karen.

  7. Robyn says:

    Just fan-freaking-tastic! Loved the post.

  8. Carolyn says:

    Pink pj’s I don’t even feel right wearing pink to bed. I limit my pink in take as much as possible. What did he do to have to wear those. He must have been really cold.. I will laugh for a while at this one… Your a nut…

  9. Linda S in NE says:

    Goodness, that pic of the metal pieces poking out of Garry/Barry’s finger almost did me in and sent ME to the floor!! That is until I scrolled down to the pic of our beloved Karen laying in a heap at the bottom of the stairs!! I be a gonner now!

  10. Sonja says:

    I think I have to be related to Garry/Barry’s wife. My husband was…how do I say this without providing TMI…was “teasing” me when I was in the shower, washing my (long) hair. I frequently sling my wet hair at him, creating a water stripe up his shirt. This time, however, I had shampoo in my hair, when I grabbed it like I was going to put a shampoo stripe up him. (Of course, I would never do that to him!) He turned to run, slipping on the rug while wearing his Crocs, causing a bone in his leg to show itself outside of his body. I wasn’t laughing, but of course I HAD to finish my shower before “dealing” with him. I did take him to the ER eventually, where he had surgery and is now as good as new with only a scar and a metal plate to show for his trauma. He loves to tell people that I ignored him while he was suffering horribly, so i could finish my shower, attempting to make me look like the uncaring wife. Oh well, it was all in good fun….and just think, we’ve been married 30 years! ;-)

  11. Laura Bee says:

    One of the great mysteries if the internets answered….at last. Thanks for all you do to make this world a better place.

  12. Kathe says:

    My DH’s boss always ends the day with “Good Bye. Don’t fall down”. So you ending your post that way made me truly laugh out loud :-)

  13. Deb says:

    Thank you … randomly my mind has wandered to that photo and wondered what in the heck Karen???? Now I am at peace. Good story … I hope that’s as bad as it ever gets for Garry/Barry!

  14. Marie says:

    OMG – I can’t stop laughing at the Garry/Barry story! But now I feel guilty, seeing the injury that resulted from the fall. The muscle man pj’s are perfect, since Garry/Barry thought he could break his fall with just his pinky!

  15. Marsha Jean says:

    I told my DH that I wasn’t the only woman to break out in fits of laughter when their husband got injured…most are just better and keeping it inside. Right girls?

  16. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..Was Garry/Barry wearing muscle man pajamas when he fell at the business meeting?? If not then that was not a true reenactment and we will be expecting a revision..I will try not to fall down this weekend but if I do I will email you immediately!! Have a good weekend and let’s get to work and that “true to life reenactment”..get to the thrift store and start looking for a business suit..

  17. Erica says:

    And if you must tell someone with a blog about it, make sure it’s funny as hell.

  18. SK Farm Girl says:

    Nice bum! Where you from? See, I’m an exceptionally exceptional writer so I could become rich writing a blog – bahahahahaha!!!

  19. AnnW in the US says:

    Finally, an explanation. I like the PJ’s. I wear Nick and Nora from Target PJ’s. I tried to branch out, but I can’t see spending $80 or $90 for some that aren’t any better. My favorite’s are those with sock monkeys on them.
    How about a kitchen update. We are all impatient.

  20. Mary Werner says:

    Thanks for the inside scoops! I can go to bed happy now. But what will I do for fun in the morning since I’ve already read your blog? or is this a 2fer?

    • Karen says:

      Nope. :) I always post at midnight. You could always spend the morning writing me a post. ~ karen!

    • Emily says:

      @Mary… That’s why I don’t read her blog until I get to work,.. its the first thing I do…. well…after I sit down with my coffee, turn on PC and go straight to Art of doing Stuff! If I read it in the middle of the night I wouldn’t have anything to enjoy with my breakfast.

  21. dana says:

    Love your muscle man jammies! I follow 50 (i know..) blogs & yours is my favorite. No clue how I happened upon it either but I am so glad I did.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Dana! That’s awesome. And I *never* use the word awesome. Except when describing one of the natural wonders of the world, perhaps. ~ karen!

    • Bobbi says:

      Dana…..50 blogs !!! I am looking for new blogs to read. Karen’s is the first I read, the second blogger I used to read stopped blogging, and I have a couple others I read that, meh, I can take or leave. Do email me and give me a top ten list.

  22. Debbie says:

    I am so happy I receive your blog! You make me laugh even when I don’t want to. (I also learn some fun stuff, especially about chickens.) Thank you!

  23. Marti says:

    My heavens, I don’t know if I can ever be happy again now that I’ve seen your pink Muscle Man pajamas. Where did you get those?

    • Ms Mathieu says:

      Girl you are as nutty as I am ! LOL but I am a tad bit nuttier ’cause I do have kids LOL and a Cowboy (aka “bargain utility turkey man) p.s. LOVE the pj”s

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