Happy Weekend. Shut it all down!

I’m taking the day off today so I’ve given myself a limit of 4 minutes to write this post.

I’m starting the timer now …

Today is Good Friday and I was reminded by the nice man working in Lee Valley yesterday that Good Friday is a holiday. When you work from home you lose track of these things. Because every day is a holiday when you work at home!

No it’s not. But it’s pretty good. The truth is when you work at home/for yourself there really isn’t such a as a day off or a holiday. That’s especially true if you work in anything that has anything to do with social media.

But I’m going to unplug this weekend and have an entire laptop/Twitter/Facebook free weekend.

And I challenge you to do the same. Yes. I CHALLENGE YOU!

No iPhone, no iPad, no Tweets, Likes or Instas. Nothing. Not even a Game Boy. Let’s take it back to the olden days where we only had radio, playing cards, board games and highly advanced, technologically miraculous televisions that are only 2″ thick.

I can’t tell you what to do with your long weekend … do whatever you want with it. But I CAN tell you what I’ll be doing with mine and maybe, perhaps it’ll give you an idea or two.


There will be no post on Monday at all. Not even a 4 minute post like this one. I will be back Tuesday with an update on what’s delaying the kitchen progress.  

And the challenge begins everyone … turn it all off. Or not. Whatever actually. Maybe we shouldn’t do this after all. I mean, what’s a little tweet. Or facebook stalking. How’s one supposed to enjoy their weekend knowing someone out there could be eating cheese or putting up cute puppy photos AND WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT IT????

I’m starting to rethink all of this turning everything off idea. Seems almost dangerous.

GASP. SEE?? Just like that all my eyelashes fell out from the stress of it all. Just right now. This second. Seems like a bad sign.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have a good weekend,



[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”5342563″]


  1. Trisha says:

    I’m so excited for you to read that book! Enjoy your weekend, enjoy the outdoors and just enjoy!

  2. Sally says:

    I’m all in favour of the unplug thing. Don’t have a facebook page or a twitter account or even a smart phone. I think all of 4 people have my cell phone number.

    I really think silence is a wonderful thing. I don’t blame you for wanting some after the flak you got on the Thursday post. Thank goodness Einstein didn’t follow all the rules. He never would have dropped out of school – which gave him time to discover relativity and change the world.

    Watched Easter Parade and read The Book Thief. Had friends over for Indian food – yum.

  3. Maggie V says:

    Happy Easta bunny day Karen and the rest of the year be blessed with good things for you.

  4. Barbie says:

    Happy Easter Karen!

  5. Amie Mason says:

    Happy Easter Karen. I’m working on number 9 right now!

  6. Lani says:

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is one of my most favorite books ever— and the other novels that Alan Bradley wrote. It’s like an upscale, English version of Harriet the Spy…but waaaaay better.

  7. Nicki Woo says:

    There is no way you wrote that in 4 minutes. But I appreciate the effort. Glad to hear you’re unplugging, its important to do that every so often. Have a Happy Easter. . .PS-your weekend list is kinda long. . .make sure you make time for a little bit of nothing, which is something in my book:)

  8. Shauna says:

    You must put up the scalloped potato recipe when you’re done unplugging. we’re going to Disneyland, which simply cannot be done without the app that tells us the wait times for the rides so I will definitely not be unplugging:)

  9. Suzanne @ Le Farm says:

    I might make a kudzu basket for Easter.

  10. Kelli says:

    a definite maybe for me. This weekend will be jam packed with “stuff” that may not necessarily need technology, but I may not actually know till later…tho’ I will definitely TRY. I enjoy a little tech-free downtime now and then (esp. when one works IN technology).

    HAPPY EASTER Karen – and remember: HE IS RISEN! :)

  11. Yvonne, the other one. says:

    I’ve read and loved all the Flavia books, but then, I’m a ’50s Brit girl myself, so I get what she’s about! Having a laid back weekend too- just some sanding and painting of floor trim, you know- the fun stuff! Enjoy your w/end Karen.

  12. Amanda says:

    When you plug in again, post the salad recipe! Happy Easter, and enjoy your time (Sweetness… is a great read)

  13. Dotti says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – and I have devoured every one of the books since then. I don’t even understand most of the chemistry and I still love Flavia de Luce. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  14. jeannie B says:

    Enjoy the weekend Karen. I was thinking scalloped potatoes for sunday dinner but might do a potato casserole instead. My kids don’t like either. Go figure. And I want to make a bumbleberry pie for dessert. And I promise to unplug for the weekend ( just overnights) .

  15. Sounds like a delicious weekend, Karen :) Enjoy every minute!

  16. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    What kind of cheese in the potatoes…I’m guessing gruyere…or emmental…or both?

  17. Kristin Ferguson says:

    I liked The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and have now read all the Flavia de Luce novels. They aren’t for everyone, but I like them. Can’t wait to see your kitchen!

  18. Sarah Waterfield says:

    Hey Karen! As you jog, by toss a Thai seed bomb over our way!!!! Best Easter greetings to Betty (miss her!!!) and your wonderful sisters! Oh, and you too of course! Thanks too fot the Easter stocking idea! I made 9 of them!! Fab!!!

  19. Laura Bee says:

    I am unplugging Saturday morning. Family birthday & then dinner on Sunday. I won’t be accomplishing much other than eating good food & visiting. Happy Easter!

  20. Rondina Muncy says:

    I’m wondering if one of YOUR chickens was sacrificed for the broth‽

  21. Kristin D. says:

    But I *need* the internet for the recipes I have to make for Sunday!
    (I’d better go print them out right now, huh?)
    …and the Peeps bunny cake my teen is planning to make will need to be Instagrammed… but that will be her doing.

  22. Feral Turtle says:

    Happy Easter Karen…to you, Betty the “Party Girl”, Fish Pedicure, Pink Tool Belt Girl, and all the rest of the clan!! Cheers.

  23. Tisha says:

    Enjoy your down time!

    Any chance of the scalloped potato recipe getting shared at a later time?

  24. stefani says:

    Happy Easter!!

  25. Sarah In Illinois says:

    I gave up using Facebook for Lent. 40 whole days! It has been terrifying and liberating at the same time! It really woke me up to realize how much time I devote to social media!

  26. Kipley says:

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is excellent. If you get a chance to get it in audio format, the narrater is excellent!

  27. KimS says:

    Number 4 sounds like work–meaning social media work. Thinking about and taking pictures, getting lighting stuff out, making notes about the process…etc. I suggest you push that down to the very bottom! Take a REAL break-go visit 2 friends!!

  28. jainegayer says:

    Have a wonderful weekend, Karen.

  29. Jody says:

    We are going to our maple forest near Fisherville. Enjoy the day outdoors, take photos, let the dog run wild, and our son run wild too. Enjoy your hippity hoppity weekend.

  30. Tigersmom says:

    Enjoy your long weekend.

  31. Julia says:

    Happy Easter Karen

  32. Stephanie Hobson says:

    I have loved all of the Flavia de Luce books. As a matter of fact I just downloaded the latest one, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. Hoping to read it this weekend. I can certainly see why you would enjoy them… she reminds me of you. Nothing is sacred!!! (Or at least not much. lol)

  33. Auntiepatch says:

    I think it’s a scream that you have funny names for your sisters! Enjoy your time off –

  34. Peg says:

    happy scalloped potatoes to you and your mom.And sister,sisters???

  35. TucsonPatty says:

    If she is beginning now and not back until Tuesday – Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon – she has a four day holiday! I don’t know if I can be without my TAoDS fix for that long!
    I have to work on Fri and Sat, going to friend with children for Sun dinner, home resting on Monday I hope.
    I can’t work that hard anymore. : (

  36. Jackie says:

    I just finished The Sweetness at the Botom of the Pie about 4 hours ago! Enjoy! (and good luck staying away – or I guess I should say congratulations since you won’t see this until Tuesday).

  37. Erika says:

    Amen to that! Will be doing the same (well, maybe not the running or the scalloped potatoes or making the lazy susans or organizing your kitchen), but something similar and no-tech.

  38. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That’s a heck of a list to do..How many days are in a Canadian weekend??..Have a good holiday Karen!!

  39. Jamieson says:

    But if we are not connected, how will you know how my dinner goes on Friday? I’m cooking for 11 adults and 8 kids… Bound to be something worth tweeting, facebooking, instagramming, being committed over. Happy Easter to you and yours!

    • Karen says:

      Really? Will the cat be involved? If you’re going to be tweeting cat pictures I’m pulling the plug on this whole thing. Have fun with your dinner. Sounds great! ~ karen!

  40. victoria says:

    Sounds like a great weekend plan! Relax and enjoy!

  41. Mary Edmondson says:

    Oh boy – organizing cupboards, one of my favorite things to do because it’s mostly mindless busy work & undoubtedly you are getting everything ready for the upcoming BIG REVEAL!!!! We are all waiting with baited breath. It helps to have a glass of wine or two or three when tackling such tasks – just so you know. :-)

  42. Patti says:

    Enjoy !
    Took 8 seconds !!!
    Bye for Now !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Seed Starting Calculator

  • About Karen