I’m not back. But the Chickens are.

Well hello all.  It’s me.  Karen.   From The Art of Doing Stuff.  You may remember me.

Regular posts will be returning in a week or so.  What with me being gone and Charles in Charge being cancelled, I was worried you were getting bored.  So I have some entertainment for you.

I’m not back, but the chickens are.

You may notice the large box with the chicken in it just to the right.  You can come back here any day until my return and click on the box to watch video of the chickens live.

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Lest you think watching chickens isn’t as entertaining as my regular posts, I would like to point out that chickens eat food off each others faces.

The camera will be up from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. E.S.T.  Maybe.  Probably.  Give or take a few hours.  Shit, I don’t know.  Quit bugging me.

Enjoy and see you soon.

137 Comments

  1. Cathy says:

    My friend and art teacher just moved to a country house with a pond, 2hole outhouse, outbuilding for classes and a great chicken coop. I am turning her on to yours.
    Only some of us are bugging you. The rest are stalkers.

    • Kat says:

      Cathy my gram had a 2 hole out house and one of the seats was covered with this scratchy fur but boy oh boy on those winter visits to Huntsville Ontario you appreciated the scratchy fur covered one in the middle of the night and mornings! Thanks for the comment that reminded me of those days!

  2. Anne C says:

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    A.

  3. KiwiKat says:

    Hello Chickies – hope you are looking after your Mummy (mommy?) and she knows that we are all sending her our best. Take care and make sure you are just eating food off of each others faces, not each others faces. Because that would be weird. And kind of gross.

  4. Dagmar says:

    Wow since you’re not back Karen, may I congratulate your chickens on their innate ability to have the same wit and writing style that sounds identical to yours. May I for one say, you have done an incredible job, teaching and raising your feather babies. Incredible.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Karen,
    good… for… you… it’s that simple.
    Feel weak, feel strong, feel it all. You have always demonstrated your humanity with your hardworking blog and now it’s time for you to take good care of yourself.
    Well, it’s time ALSO to let dear friends and family help you take good care of yourself.
    I will watch your chickens and look forward to seeing the missing one(s) try to come home to roost.

  6. Jay says:

    Look after yourself, Karen. And hello again to the chooks

  7. Rondina says:

    Well, maybe it’s the middle of the night and that’s why I can’t find the chickens. I hope you are back to your regular self and posting about your interesting life soon. In the mean time, I hope to watch the chickens. In fact, what a great thing to do while I work. I’ll just set up the laptop next the the “main” computer and watch them while I procrastinate.

    That being said, we miss the chicken-coop woman down here in Texas and wish for your speedy return.

  8. The Advicist says:

    Hope you’re slowly feel better. Take care (and I love the chicken cam!)

  9. Lynn says:

    Good to see you at least surfacing, Karen! All the best to you.

  10. Laura Bee says:

    Get OUT of my brain! I had this idea too, but did not want to BUG you. All that & a mind reader.

  11. Ian Warrington says:

    Hi Karen
    Glad to see that you’re ok, be well.

  12. Su says:

    godspeed…. been there.. sucks

  13. karol says:

    I’m pulling for you, Karen. Lots of things I could say, sappy quotes and all that stuff, but I won’t. If I have learned one thing from your blog, it’s that you are a survivor. Bless you.

  14. Suanne says:

    Karen,
    You don’t have to post this. It’s just for you. Just some observations I’ve had in my life. I have been where you are. It hurts like hell. Believe it or not, it WILL get better. Time will heal. You are cared about by many people. It hurts us all to know the pain you’re going through. Lean on your true friends and your family for awhile…that’s what they’re there for. Try to put that wonderful smile back on your face. We miss you.

  15. Mary Kay says:

    Hi Karen – <3 to you!!

  16. Susan M. says:

    Welcome Back… you have been missed.

  17. Meg says:

    The return of an old friend–incredibly good news. Take care of yourself.

  18. Lori says:

    Oh how it made me smile to see The Art of Doing Stuff in my inbox this morning. Good to hear from you….but take your time. Hugs!

  19. Gina S. says:

    Ahhh….chickens….heirloom tomato sammys….and the return of Karen….life is good….

  20. Deb says:

    Thank God…..”The Art of Doing Stuff” is back in my inbox! My days can now be complete, again. I missed you!

  21. Sally Berbert says:

    Thank God. Been bored silly.

  22. Langela says:

    It’s about time those chickens helped you. They needed to do something to earn their keep. They should have had their own site, “The Art of Doing Diddly Scratch”. 🙂 Glad to “see” you.

    • Kris says:

      Karen – so sorry to hear your news – been there and it really is no fun, no fun at all. Be extra good to yourself and find people who will constantly tell you how wonderful you are.

      But this post “the art of doing diddly scratch” made me laugh out loud – you too, I hope.

  23. SuzyM says:

    From one chick to another

    miss you, think of you often, wish you all the best, hope you are okay and that your happy face, wit and joie de vivre will soon resurface….

  24. Sandy says:

    You have been missed! Take care of yourself.

  25. Charles In Charge??? WTH. Well at least we have the chickens. We miss you Chickie!

  26. Debbie says:

    Karen-You positively touch many lives through your blog – I hope it makes you feel good to know that so many of us are sending supportive thoughts your way. Hang in there.

  27. Tigersmom says:

    Hooray!!!!
    Good to hear/read you again.
    I’m going to do some more clicking on your ads to help you buy extra chicken feed cause I’m betting the girls aren’t doin’ this for free. ; )

  28. Mary says:

    I have missed your snarky attitude and humorous posts. Hope you are doing ok and can’t wait for you to be back. <3

  29. Mickey says:

    Miss you. Just take one day at a time. We’ll all be here for you when you come back.

  30. toekneetoni says:

    Missing your wonderful words & wit. Hoping for you, cheering for you … patiently.

  31. Sandra says:

    Even though I’m a mother of two boys, sometimes I have to remind my two girls that boys have chicken brains and are therefore predisposed to doing dumb things. I often feel bad about saying such things about the chickens. Hah! both topics covered!

  32. Lynn says:

    You are loved!!

  33. Janet says:

    Hurry up and get well! Life is too short and your blogs are just too funny to be shutdown for long. We are having our State Fair next weekend and I get to judge chickens which I know nothing about except from your blog. Thank god the chicken cam is up! I will be watching. 0:

  34. J9 says:

    Take care of yourself, Karen! We’ll still be here.

  35. Kat says:

    Ditto to what everyone else has already said!

  36. mia pratt says:

    There is nothing that stops the pain, or the tears, or the incessant questioning about one’s self and every little thing you did or didn’t do just right…and the visions of one’s “ugly self”, that face in the mirror during moments of anger or indifference that pollute even the best relationships.

    But there is one thing that is constant in you, and that is the immense power of your own creativity, that sailboat of fire that can take the cruelest pain from the hollows of your heart and set it free upon the wind. In pain it is often reduced to a flickering candle by cruel doubt and the echoes of the past. But the moment you breathe in the remembrance of that powerful creative force within you, that candle bursts into a flame, and the flame into a bonfire!

    Take what is swirling around like a tornado in your soul, and set it free. Build something in the rain, throw a giant canvas on the basement floor and heave paint at it – and as the power of your anger and your pain courses through you, your creativity will tame it, one day at a time, until wisdom and acceptance and the remembrance of who you are returns – who YOU are, alone in birth and alone in death. And with that remembrance, one day at a time, will come peace.

    You are a powerful warrior, and you know this. You are wounded, but not defeated. And remember, too, that peace is simply the absence of negative thought. Tame your mind a moment here, a moment there, with visions of the creative you, the beautiful you, the loving you – the empowered you. And one moment at a time, like laying a cobblestone road, you will build the road back to happiness again.

    It is the road women have walked since time began, the road that long line of amazing women ancestors that streams out behind you for eons all walked – the walk of loss, and of finding your way home again. They are at your back, you carry the seed of all of their hopes and desires, and the essence of all of their power – and so, you are not walking this painful walk alone. Remember them, look for them – restore their remembrance and their presence in your life – and in that remembrance, you will find your whole self again.

    Your life can be destroyed, but the essence of who you are in that long line of powerful women, cannot. Shift your eyes off of the man who is gone, and onto the women who still live on within you. In the details of their lives, the dreams staring back at you from their eyes in photos of lives long ended, you will find yourself again. And it will be a brand new self, whole and liberated, more powerful and happy and free than you ever imagined possible. I promise.

    You don’t have to post this, I understand<:}

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Mia – Oh hell, I don’t blame myself or anything I did or didn’t do for one miniscule second. So don’t you worry about that. I can take care of myself. Him? Well that’s another story, LOL. 🙂

      • Jcrn says:

        Wise words, Karen.

        One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned- and seen other friends learn- was not not to take blame for the loss of a relationship. At least, not always.

        Sometimes people just change – but in a way that blindsides you. I’ve been there, felt battered, and then found that my “one true love” wasn’t that at all.

        Unlike you, I did obsess over the “whys”” and felt like I’d “failed” . But, years later, he contacted me and apologized for being confused and uncertain back then . He stressed that it wasn’t about me. He regretted the pain he’d caused. By that time, I knew that it really wasn’t about me. But it felt good to know he felt regret.

        If someone with a crystal ball told me I’d end up in a 27 year- and counting -very fulfilling relationship only a short while after the guy I’d thought was my forever love left, , I think it might have helped immensely, especially when I was wracked with pain and doubt so intense that it was impossible to eat or sleep.m

        Sometimes it really true – – but very painful before realizing it – that it isn’t about you but more about the other person going through a search for..,,something. Who knows what…or why?

        I note this because I do think women ( in general, maybe not you) tend to think they can “fix” things. We take responsibility, when in reality even those we think we know can change, feel a loss of identity, and go on a different path – without really knowing why.

        This is always the risk in loving someone.for me, still worth it. And I’m hoping for you as all. In your own time.,

  37. Manisha says:

    Thanks a lot, Karen. I’m going to have that stupid “Charlies in Charge” song in my head all day because of you. Despite that I’m glad you surfaced for a bit.

  38. ruth says:

    So happy to see you!

  39. Elizabeth says:

    I knew you’d stay true to your motto! Sounds like you are figuring it out just fine. Glad to see you’re ‘back’.

  40. Jacqui says:

    Good to see you again. We will all be right here waiting for you when you are ready. Big hug

  41. Caroline from Texas says:

    Glad you’re “almost” back! You’ve been missed, my dear!

  42. Jody says:

    Karen, I am so glad you are getting back on the horse–so to speak–and beginning to post your blog again. One step toward your new normal. I have been thinking of you often.

  43. Pat says:

    I know we have all missed you and worried about you. As a friend said to me during my time of being in the same place you are, “You may not believe me and it does not seem like it is possible but things will get better, slowly but surely.” When I stopped replaying all those old scenes in my head and stopped asking “why”?, I started to heal. You just gotta go through all that stuff before you see the sunshine in your life.

  44. Betsy says:

    Thanks Karen- Take all the time you need….the chickens will keep us company 🙂

  45. Ann Marie says:

    Love that you are back again…….

  46. Patti says:

    I like you! 😀

  47. Nicole Kemer says:

    I can’t hold it in any longer…You say “his name was…”

    um, *was* ???????

    you won’t be blogging from cellblock B, I hope!

    Possibly the worst advice you’ll get but I’ll say it anyways because I don’t have a filter or don’t care to acknowledge the filter I do have:
    Drink. throw things. then drink some more. It’s probably not healthy but very therapeutic!

  48. Lesley Williamson says:

    Take care of yourself and take your time. Will be here waiting patiently, and watching the chickens, whenever you’re ready. Hugs.

  49. Maggie V says:

    Dear Karen

    Have walked in your shoes so I get it but the sun will shine again on you that I know for sure. Chin up take heart . You may not forget but you will get by all of this in time as for the chickies I am looking after my 3 Grand kids for the summer all under 6 so chicks video will have to wait.

  50. Ritz says:

    Hello Karen,
    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to accept all of these warm and fuzzy emanations.
    See you soon.

  51. Anna N says:

    Rock on!!!

  52. Linda says:

    Chicken Coop for the Soul…

  53. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That’s my girl..chin up and eyes straight ahead on the future..Thanks for sharing the girls again..Hope I can catch them doing the chicken dance..lol..Take care lady!

  54. Dianne says:

    I have been sick at heart since your news. If you can manage it, maybe it’s time to think about getting that goat now?

  55. maria TO says:

    Have missed your witty sense of humour — always adds a smile to my day no matter how crappy it’s been! Hoping the heart feels a little lighter as each day passes.

  56. Michelle says:

    We are looking forward to having you back! Take care!

  57. Megan Hodson says:

    You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

    Take your time,and take care of yourself! Miss you!

  58. cc says:

    You make my day Karen, Keep Strong, we all love you here..
    There are plenty fish in the sea… Men can be so stupid some time the fella will wake up and say WTF and you can already say SEEYA..
    Big hugs and thanks for the chicken cam

  59. Renee says:

    Just shook hands at the net after 11 years, myself. I deserve better. You deserve better. *holy balls, do we deserve each other???* Kidding. Unless you’re down, then I’m serious. No really. Just kidding. Only kinda. …anyway, take great care, roll up the lessons learned, throw them over your shoulder and hike on. You can think that you couldn’t have been better matched, but I’ll put money on the fact you’ll find someone who debunks the notion. For now, fall in love with yourself and let his undoubtable regret kick his ass.

  60. Shirley says:

    Baby steps at first and soon you’ll be striding across the blogosphere again in 7-league boots. You are one of the strongest women I know and NOTHING will keep you down!

  61. Mary says:

    Wow, I have missed you so. In your absence, I realized you are a vital part of my life though I have never met you and it seems silly to be so attached to a blogger so far removed from my personal life but you make me laugh and the older I get the more value I place on that gift. Thanks for coming back.

  62. Ev says:

    Thanks for the chicken cam. We needed that! best to you, Ev

  63. Karen says:

    Hello Chick who’s not not a chicken when it comes to living! Love your blog and all the cool projects you undertake and share with us. You rock girl!
    Just checked in on my chickadees(three grown children with lives and dreams of their own that I mother from afar)and I implore to figure 1/2 of what you bring to the table on a regular basis!

  64. Kathy says:

    I’ve missed you so much! Thanks for the Chicken Cam and take good care of you!

  65. Naomi says:

    I’ve wanted to drop off an armload of great reads at your house, but dismissed the notion as creepy. If it were me, I’d want the books. But maybe you’d be creeped out by a total stranger who follows your blog providing bibliotherapy. If you want books, just let me know, and I can put them in your mailbox – or drop them off at Picone’s for you to pick up. I went to university with Lisa and she knows I’m not loco. Whatever the case, I’m thinking of you and am totally amazed that you posted anything so quickly.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Naomi! Thanks for the offer. What a nice idea! I can’t believe how thoughtful people have been. I’m pretty loaded up with books at the moment so I don’t think I’ll need them.

      karen!
      um … out of curiosity … you know just for interest’s sake … what are some of the books? LOL!

      • Naomi says:

        Two options – you can borrow some of mine or I can treat you to a brand new bundle to keep. From my own shelves, here’s what I was thinking:

        Mary Lawson – The Other Side of the Bridge
        Elizabeth Hay – Late Nights on Air
        Catherine Gildner – Seduction
        Heather O’Neill – Lullabies for Little Criminals
        something by Marian Keyes – I have a bunch

        And I’d probably throw in something brand new that I don’t own yet. I think your reading tastes are a bit higher octane than mine, so maybe the newest Evanovich.

        Anyway, the offer stands whenever you’ve read through your stack. Thinking of you and hoping you’re showered with treats.

  66. Amber says:

    Can I recommend burritos? My favorite comfort food, with the rice cooked in broth with tomato paste, black beans with onions and garlic, lots and lots of limes and tomatillos and those amazing tomatoes… I like to think that using yogurt mixed with sriracha instead of sour cream may make me look less like a burrito, but dieting is for winter.
    I wish you all the best. We all want to see you back again. Take all our hugs. Make a fan-quilt. Lots of love, and thank you for being yourself.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amber. Strangely enough I had one tonight. It was gross, LOL. I normally like them but it was TOO big. Way too big. TOO BIG. My one issue with Mexican food is there aren’t enough vegetables. I need my vegetables! ~ karen

  67. Susan says:

    Drat! I was gone all day and missed the Chicken Cam! Will definitely carve out some time tomorrow morning for it, though! Very glad to see you dip your toes into your blog, again. We said we’d be here. We are. Hi. 🙂

  68. Scooterv says:

    I have lurked and stalked your blog for a couple years but never posted until now. YOU MADE ME FIX MY OWN TOILET. Because if Karen can do it so can I. And I fixed my own dryer and put in a kitchen floor. I miss you and need to see what else you can do. Take care and come back soon.

  69. stephbo93 says:

    I’ve been checking in periodically to see if you were surfacing yet and sending good thoughts your way every time I saw that you weren’t. I had a Chris once who broke my heart. I practically lived on my best friend’s couch for a month. She had been through three different men named Chris. Maybe we should all just avoid anyone named Chris in the future. Just a thought.

  70. Thank goodness! I’ve nearly read through your entire archive! Or maybe not quite yet…so much funny and amazing goodness.

    Take your time. We’ll all be here for you when you’re ready.

  71. Jaime says:

    *hugs and tea*. It’s okay to be down as long as you get back up.

  72. Deb says:

    Karen:

    I absolutely love love love how many lives you’ve touched and how many of us worry for you, cry with you and laugh together. The news was heartbreaking and I did cry. And here we are, rallying, encircling and protecting. I love it! You are missed. Do take care until you return. And I think a little pigmy (pygmy?) goat is an excellent idea.

  73. Barbie says:

    So happy to see this post! Blessings on you Karen!

  74. mayr says:

    Maybe it’s time for some goat cuteing. It can’t hoyt.

  75. Domico says:

    Inspired by your chicken coop, I switched over to farm eggs instead of commercial eggs 😉

    Change the world one step at a time!

  76. Tigersmom says:

    Oh noooooooooooooooo! I checked in to do my daily clicking of your sponsors and 3 of them are missing! I sincerely hope that my clicking suggestions are not the reason for their absence. Or if they are, it is at least because you are rolling in ad revenue.) I was just wanting to help you in the only way I could right now. And I have genuinely bought stuff on Amazon through your site.
    I hope my efforts to help haven’t turned into further hurt. If they have, I am so sorry and if there is anything I can do to repair any damage, please let me know.

    “And now for something completely different…” You are sounding like yourself again in your responses. That warms my heart.

    • Karen says:

      Tigersmom – I’m fine. Well I’m not fine, but I’m definitely not the type to let anyone ruin my entire life forever. Will. Not. As far as the ads, those are my monthly Etsy sponsors that are missing. I just haven’t had time or energy to send out my advertising email to see who wanted to take part for August. ~ karen!

      • Toronto Boy says:

        That is one of the reasons why i enjoy visiting your blog! It’s your tenacity! One lesson I learnt this week was that no matter what happens in life, keep plodding forward and avoid looking back! Everyday that passes by is a lesson learnt. Life afterall is a journey. Accept what has happened, realign your senses, and keep walking forward!

  77. Maria says:

    A Karen sighting! I’m hatching with happiness!

  78. Helana says:

    Karen,

    I know you’ve got this. I mean,if you can lay tile and redo your entire backyard, you can handle this too. Hang in there.

  79. Kelly says:

    Huzzah for chickens! Huzzah for you!

  80. Marti says:

    Hurray! I knew The Girls would save you!
    Well, them and the pizza dough!

  81. Erin says:

    I’ve been a big fan for a long time but I’ve never been a commenter! But Karen, you’re a hoot and I miss reading about your adventures. Thanks for doing what you’re doing in life, it’s an inspiration.

    And Naomi, you should build a little free library for all those books!

  82. Kristin says:

    When you posted your last post, I was so shocked at your news that I felt I had to tell, well, someone! But no one in my circle of friends/daughters/co-workers was a Karen follower, so I had to try to explain how upset and confused I was. I was so concerned, I had to keep checking in on your blog. I even had a dream that you updated something! You two seemed great together, and I can’t believe he would choose to let that go. But I have had the same thing happen to me, so I know how you feel and how stricken you must be. My former step-father once told me (after a devastating breakup), “It gets better. It hurts now, and it will for a while, but it does eventually get better.” Which is true. To varying degrees, but true. Don’t get stuck in the “he was my soulmate and the only one” tripe.

  83. Jenny B says:

    So glad to hear a snippet from you. I know you don’t want a big emotional comment, but you’re very loved in the blog world and we are all thinking about you and hoping for the best for you. It is really bizarre how much we care (the royal we, but I also mean I know everyone feels like I do).

  84. Melissa Leach says:

    Lovin’ the coop cam. Waiting anxiously for your return. Hey, what is in the large galvanized tub seen in the coop?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melissa – The galvanized tub holds dirt and sand. That’s what the chickens bathe in. They love it. ~ karen!

      • Shelly says:

        There is an absolutely hilarious bit that Ellen DeGeneres did in her old TV show…way, way, back. Her friend convinces her to go to a spa and they take a “mud bath”. YouTube, Hulu, or somebody might have it…if I can find it in my DVD collection of stuff I’ll try to post a clip. Guaranteed to make you laugh so hard baked beans come out of your nose 😉

  85. Theresa says:

    *hugs*

  86. Kasia says:

    You are such an inspiration. Thank you 🙂

  87. Pam'a says:

    Two thoughts:
    1. The only thing worse than what you’re going through is going through it without a gaggle of adoring fans to buoy your spirits. (!)

    2. Yes, it’s true– Time does heal all wounds, but it takes WAAAY too damned long.

    Wind at your back, Miss K.

  88. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Well Karen..just have to tell you the news..My boyfriend left me last night..after 17 years together..Another woman..Maybe we should start a club..

    • Adrienne says:

      THEIR loss, ladies. No question.

    • Natika says:

      I know you don’t know me, but you are such a frequent commenter on here that I feel a certain familiarity and warmth towards you. I’m really sorry to hear this! I will be thinking about you and mentally sending you positive energy, too.

  89. sera says:

    Karen. I’m not trying to bug you but I just wanted to send my love. Not creepy love, but genuine kindness from one of your fans who recognizes your awesomeness, your strength, your spirit. Take your time. We all need time that we don’t take when it’s most necessary. We’ll all still be here when you feel your voice returns. In the meantime, we will all be thrilled with your chickens.
    hugs,
    sera

  90. nicola jones says:

    The Coop Cam is not the only great thing to come out of your break-up…I am sure of it. But even if it is- that is pretty fricken awesome.

  91. Rose says:

    Glad to see you surface, even if it’s just to give us reassurance that you’re alive and recovering (somewhat). Maybe we need to create another enzyme cleaner type thing from pintrest so we can leave it somewheres at his new place so he constantly wonders what’s that horrible smell? What?! I’ve never done that before, honest. You’ll never pin it on me!
    Seriously Karen, we’re all here for you. Hope to “see” you soon!
    Cheers

  92. Thomas says:

    Hugs, I miss you. You make me smile every day. (God I hope its ok for a man to post on here, I do have chickens and I think my subconscious is female is that ok?)

  93. Natika says:

    I was over-joyed to see that there was a post here again! And I like watching the chickens. Keep taking care of yourself. I hope to see you back again soon!

  94. FlagirlinTN says:

    Men suck….chickens don’t.

  95. Brie says:

    I was so excited to see you in my inbox!! I’m happy you posted- it lets us all know that you are starting to rally. You’ve been in our thoughts, and we can’t wait to see you come back stronger than ever.

    It’s strange you know, how you can feel so deeply sad for someone you have never met. My jaw hit the table when I read the last announcement, and I actually dropped tears when you revealed his name. That was how I knew you were serious…. I thought it was a joke at first.

    You are fierce, and you will be stronger and better than ever in no time. I look forward to your posts returning 🙂 You bring so much joy to the world. It’s amazing to see the love and support thrown your way from complete strangers!

    You. are. loved.

  96. Dana R says:

    How about the joke of the day from my quirky 9-year old son:
    Why did the chicken cross the mountain?
    He was an egg-cellent climber.
    Yeah, I know, but he is proud of it.

    May it get lighter every day for you. Know that people care.

  97. Suzanne in Austin, Texas says:

    I am thrilled to read the missive from the chicks. Have been thinking of you and wishing you well. Take your time and take good care of yourself. All my best.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Susan. I’ve been back part time and starting Tuesday I’m back at it full time with posts to follow. ~ karen!

  98. Debbie J says:

    Like some others, I find myself fixing things around the house. All due to your wonderful blog. Miss you.

  99. Johan says:

    welcome back Karen! I missed you! Many others too it seems 😉

    I make no excuses for the fact that I can’t seem to view the chickenCam without thinking of grilled lemon/rosemary/garlic thighs.
    How is your garden doing?

  100. Leona says:

    Happiness!!!! We do miss you. But the chickens are a nice distraction. I think I will bring this up on my iPhone and introduce your chickens to my chickens!

    The chickens all say, “pew-pew” btw. Which means either, “Hello and sending love” or they are playing cowboys and Indians…. not real sure.

  101. Chau says:

    Hi Karen, just want to say hi and looking forward to reading your blog again. Take care.

  102. Sally says:

    Yippee!!! I have been very concerned about you. Funny how one can care about someone they’ve never met! This is my first post. I refrained from sending you the cliché’s, (that was hard, because my heart really broke for you – you’re too sweet and wonderful to be done wrong – well you’ve got me fooled anyway :o)) but I DID want to tell you that this whole thing has effected me deeply. It’s like when they broke up on Mad About You…horrible. So please, for my sake, heal quickly! Ha! :o) J.K. Take your time. We can wait.

    • Karen says:

      Sally – Lol. Thank you! I’m happy you commented. I’m fine. Aside from the odd breakdown I’m healing quite nicely. I’m working away on posts at this very minute as a matter of fact (and you’re the first to know) regular posts will start up again on Monday. ~ karen!

      • Sally says:

        Excellent! Looking forward to it!

        P.S. I recently found out that you can cuddle a chicken. What? So I have a new-found like for them. I may actually think twice before enjoying their yummy yummy goodness.

        P.P.S. My Dad grew up poor on a farm in El Paso, Texas and had a chicken named Slop Ears. (Please…I really don’t know) According to history, he was delicious. Poor Slop Ears.

  103. Another Karen says:

    Glad to see you’re coming back again. It was a shock to read your last post, but as everyone else has said: We miss you, we’re here for you, and life *does* get better. xo

  104. Jcrn says:

    Since you wondered, out of curiosity, about someone’s book suggestions, I have two:

    1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I laughed so hard at some parts that my sides ached. A Novel.

    2. Wild:From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest. Nonfiction. Gutsy stuff.

    Then there is a wonderful book written by naturalist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, someone who went against the grain to drop out of Smith College and joined her parents to live among the Bushmen in The Kalahari Desert, back in the days when people didn’t even know if this was possible – or safe.

    This trip set the course of her life and the book took me far from my own presumptions about life.. It was riveting. It changed my perspective and values.

    The book is: A Million Years with You: a Memoir of Life Observed. But it is also partly a tale of a woman who persevered against great hardship.

  105. taria says:

    looking forward to seeing you again. I just noticed Costco (US at least) has chicken coops for sale in their ‘pets’ listings. A reveiw of those might be an interesting idea for the blog. nothing like your beautiful coop but certainly easy! be well Karen.

  106. Cathy in Colorado says:

    I’m glad you are coming back; missed you!

  107. Adele says:

    So nice to see you back, I have been worried about you. Hang in there Karen 🙂

  108. Shawna says:

    So sorry for your loss and I hope that you’re getting stronger everyday. Sending you good thoughts.

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