Best of July!

There is a blogger. Quite a famous blogger. I like her quite a bit.

Last week she put up a post with some ideas for fall outfits.

I could have cried. The outfit was beautiful. But I, at this particular time, do NOT want to be reminded fall is coming. Too soon.

Toooo soon.

I always have a really bad reaction whenever I see the first back to school commercials. It can manifest in a variety of ways from chronic acid reflux to punching the first person I see. In the throat.

So it is with great sadness I bring to you today, The Best of July. Which mean’s we’re into August, which is followed by September (the MOST depressing month of the year for me) and then October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May. Hey. Hold on a second. May is JUST around the corner. Everybody calm down. Summer’s almost here.

At the end of June I promised you posts on how to build a jail, curdling milk and red assed baboons. I delivered on 2 out of 3. And as the song says, 2 outta 3 ain’t bad.

I’m still working on the red assed baboons. It’s surprisingly difficult to get them to commit to any engagement.

Click the button on the pictures to go to the post!

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Edible Flowers How to Whitewash Furniture How and When to dig garlic Building Coop Gates Yogourt from Scratch

Coming up in August, fashionable hair options for your vegetables, how to make a bomb and providing their social calendar isn’t too full … red assed baboons.


  1. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I love Autumn..The only part I don’t like is the fact that Winter is right behind it..I am going to Kate’s blog now to have a look at your bedroom..The last time I saw it the Fella was in there crying..Something about band-aids and torture..

  2. carolyn s says:

    Will you settle for some blue butted monkeys? I have some on my blog here

    lol. you put a smile on my face this morning.

  3. Paulina J! says:

    Ha ha! My favorite in this post:

    “Hold on a second. May is JUST around the corner. Everybody calm down. Summer’s almost here.”

    I’m ready for Summer!!! :)

  4. Dawna Jones says:

    Just a special request can you get us red assed Christian Loubiton baboons?

  5. gogothrift says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with september….
    my 13 year old is back in school BUT the lazy, fun days of summer are over. There’s no longer an excuse for not doing all the things I hate to do around the house. In my mind’s eye I have a picture of a nun with a ruler saying “get back to work, you lazy sloth”.

  6. Kim says:

    I just love your style–your blog really is such a delight!

  7. Val says:

    Hey Karen, I LOVE your posts and get a kick every time I open up my emails! You are hilarious and I love that about you! I just did a neat craft idea and posted it on our blog and all you need it pony beads, a pie pan and your grill! Check it out & let me know what you think! Your forever follower, Val

  8. Melissa says:

    I dunno. Here in the scorched midwest, where we’re breaking records for days above 90 degrees, I was happy to register my kids for school and signal fall coming on. I’m usually full to my eyebrows of kids by now, but this year it’s the weather that has me saying “fine! Bring on fall! Anything cooler than 90 degrees!”

    But I’ll send you some fake sympathy for your pains, if you like.

  9. Diane Amick says:

    How, how, how I ask you can anyone not LOVE September…my favorite month of the year! I dance in September…cooler nights with a crispness in the air that says Fall IS coming – I adore, love, revel in fall and wilt, droop, drag myself around in summer when it is so hot/humid/hot/stuffy/hot. April – great! May – terrific! June – my birthday!
    J u l y….oh no… August – even hotter…but September – can’t wait for September.

  10. Heather says:

    It is very sad that you get so depressed about the arrival of Fall. Come visit us in New England where Fall is something to look forward to! The leaves changing, local fairs, apple & pumpkin picking, Halloween, it is cool enough to bake again, the glow of Thanksgiving and the sparkle of Christmas is right around the corner…..we can show you a good time. Around here, the only time it starts to get dreary is the end of January and February–but that is when I start to plan my garden. And if you come here let your NE fans know so we can spoil you. xo

    • Karen says:

      Heather – It’s not the arrival of fall. It’s the arrival of September! If given the option I’d choose to jump right into October, which I love! :) ~ karen

  11. Shirley says:

    I smiled when I saw that you chose Centsational Girl’s guest post as one of your Best of July posts — that was very nice of you — then I laughed when I saw your bedroom and cat in her blog today.

    As Martha would say: Cross-pollination, it’s a good thing!

    • Shirley says:

      And by bomb, I’m sure you meant bath bomb, right? RIGHT?!?!? Karen, say right!!!

    • Karen says:

      Shirley – That was just a coincidence! I haven’t been over to her today yet so I didn’t even know my cat and bed were on her site, LOL. And she didn’t know I was putting up her white washing post. Weird! ~ karen

  12. Alex says:

    I am a bad Canadian and I am reaching that point in August where I want hoodie weather to start. This is shamelessly because Fall is my favourite season and I love pumpkin farms and apple picking. My friends are no longer speaking to me after I said that.

  13. marilyn says:

    i on the other hand love september..i chose to be married in sept and it is fall my favorite season.i really detest november! it is the armpit of the year, the worst, grey, ugly month and the only holiday in it is depressing.

  14. Wendy says:

    Here in Lynchburg, Virginia, we all feel like we were cheated out of summer. Very intense heat in June that led to a Dracho storm that left us with out power from June 29 to July 6 or for some folks into that 2nd week. Trying to recover, cleanup and throwing out lots of food basically killed July for many of us. This weekend is our back to school tax free weekend,kids heading out for college in the next week or so and it is over. the only thing I have to show for it is some squash coming up and I may actually have some tomatoes this year. Not sure what to expect from winter as I have seen cardinals all summer and they usually hide out. Wooly worms have been out since mid July. Oh the good thing is that a lot of veggies have come in early so lots at our local at the Community Farmers Market. So hoping that despite the drought that the fall will be better and maybe lollygag around for awhile. :)

  15. Gayla T says:

    Building a jail is putting a chicken gate up? LOL OK, a chicken jail. Making Yogurt is curdling milk. But calling that sweet sweet man you live with a red assed baboon is a bit much. When the FBI was here asking if I knew a little bitty blonde from a foreign country who might be planning to blow up something, I didn’t say, “Oh, you mean Karen?” no matter what they tell you. They did write down that your alias is Chicken Woman, though. I thought that might be a redeeming characterization or I wouldn’t have mentioned it at all. I do have to agree with you about fall but this year is an exception. We had 18 days over 100 degrees (I have no idea what that is in metrics) and most were way over up to and including 110. We have broken records that have stood since the dust bowl days. I’m actually dreaming of cold weather. Both of my husbands died in late fall/early winter so I do get depressed at that time of the year. I heard a woman called Laura Ingalls today on TV and you roughing it w/o a fridge came to mind. I really don’t know how they could stand this kind of weather w/o even having a fan. It must have been awful!

  16. Sam says:

    I always feel a nasty lump in my belly when I flip the calendar to August (I thought havin belly removed would stop it, but no luck!)… Oh shit! It’s really august! Ahh! Yup. September’s always a wonky month! We should just skip it and go straight to “hay bale-fall mum-and- pumpkins-month” :)

  17. Polly says:

    Ahh ha haaaaa!


    From the Southern Hemisphere

  18. Carey says:

    wait, did i miss something here? we still have august, right? RIGHT?!

  19. Jodie says:

    I feel for you all in the North! We have a few signs of spring, jonquils are out and a few brave daf’s have poked there pretty yellow heads up. However it was very frosty this morning and a layer of ice on the trampoline made for a bit of fun before school for the boys. Love the blog, you always make me laugh! Southern Victoria, Australia.

  20. Are you serious? January is the most depressing month…by far.

  21. Centsational Girl says:

    How did I miss your amazing coop gates? LOVE them, they are genius! And I can’t believe my guest post made the ‘best of’ roundup – that would never happen in a month where you featured red assed baboons so I’ll count my lucky stars.

  22. Nikki Kelly says:

    Please update us (and probably the FBI) when you start to get a lot of search engine hits for “how to make a bomb”.

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

  23. Well actually I”m a four seasons gal and I actually love fall but for some reason summer seems wayyyy toooo short! So I get it, it is depressing to be on the down hill slide. Sigh!

  24. jo says:

    September is my worst month too!

    • Karen says:

      It’s depressing! Its quiet and nobody has that joyful “It’s SUMMER!” expression. Maybe it’s a remnant depression from having to go back to school. ~ karen!

      • Patti says:

        See, you guys have it all wrong! September is the month of summer that people forget about – so it`s like a buy one get one free! And then! Right on the tail of that is HALLOWEEN, so like.. what could be better? It’s Jan-April that I struggle to get through! And November would be better if there was a stat holiday in there somewhere.

  25. Jo-Anna says:

    You are SO hilarious! I read your bad reaction to fall out loud to my hubby – I feel the same way! Tooooo funny!

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