Merry Christmas, 2013


Well, hello everyone.

Welcome to the very last post of 2013.

I will be returning after the New Year.

From now until then I will be taking a much needed rest.

For my Christmas break I plan to …

Have  a continuous roaring fire.

Lay on the couch under a Hudson’s Bay Blanket.

Go running in the freezing cold and come home to the aforementioned blazing fire.

Eat bacon wraps.

Wear slippers.

Clean out my bedroom closet.

Fall asleep while reading in the middle of the afternoon.

Consider  running for Mayor of Toronto.

Lay in bed for 8 hours straight, wake up, then lay on the couch for 8 hours straight.

Visit friends and family.

Gain 5 pounds.

Lose 5 pounds.

Hopefully in the midst of all of that I’ll also get some inspiration for next year’s posts and new and exciting things I can do for you.  Because I am here to serve.  Unless it’s the week between Christmas and New Years, in which case I’m here to eat hors d’oeuvres.

I encourage you to follow my lead here.  Relax, rest, recuperate.

Eat bacon wraps.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a most enjoyable New Year.  Thank you for reading The Art of Doing Stuff.




  1. Lindy says:

    Merry Christmas! I hope you have a relaxing break.

    Thank you for everything you do for your readers!

  2. Margaret K. says:

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Enjoy your rest.

  3. Susan G. says:

    Enjoy your well-deserved rest! Have a wonderful Christmas and great New Year filled with only good things.

  4. Tina Chopee says:

    Thank you for entertaining and educating me all year. I enjoy your posts so much!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a very very happy new year!

  5. Sue says:

    Hope you have a wonderful time eating and snoozing. Merry Christmas from your most interested lurker.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Have a Merry Christmas and a much deserved R&R… See you next year, 2014 is going to be a great year!!

  7. ruth says:

    Merry christmas Karen. Thanks for all you bring to us each week. Your plans sound perfect!

  8. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!!!

  9. Marti says:

    Run for Mayor of Toronto… Oh Puh-Leeeeeze, run for Mayor of Toronto!

    Think of all the good you could do:
    Legalizing backyard chickens and their coups.
    Encouraging rude humor on every corner.
    Making bacon wraps (what’s in those, btw? The jalapeño and cheese thingies?) the Official Hors d’oeuvres of Toronto.
    Teaching people to properly spell hors d’oeuvres.
    And supervising the growth market in antique show and sales.

    All very important and good things. Merry Christmas and enjoy your break!

    • Lynne says:

      I just want to second that motion. I’d much rather read about your daily activities – which I do – than contemplate those of our execrable mayor.

      And have a Merry Christmas!

  10. Jill says:

    Wishing you a very merry, Karen! Enjoy all that well-deserved R & R, and cuddle your cats some for me!

  11. Gwen H. says:

    Have a blessed Christmas

  12. Maureen says:

    Have a good Christmas Karen. It’s been a tough year and you are wise to take some time for yourself over the holidays. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping you are making very merry!

  13. Bre says:

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  14. Bernard says:

    Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to be…Karen!

    (By the way, I’d strike the intended closet clean-out – sounds much to much like work. Seems more appropriate as a productive kick-off to 2014.)


    • Barbara R says:

      This has my vote too! assign us closet clean-outs and organization in January!

    • theresa says:

      Nope, like a favorite scarf or the odd sock you will find topics for next year’s posts in a good closet clean out. But hey I am just here for the bacon wraps and kitchen porn.

  15. AbracaDebra says:


    Oh, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  16. Edith says:

    Thank you so much for working so hard to entertain and teach us. You’re a doll.

    Have a wonderful, restful time and enjoy the holidays.

  17. Dee says:

    Wishing you a merry Christmas, Karen, and the best New Year. Thank you for starting my days with a smile and often an LOL. Looking forward to another year of your wit and inspiring projects.

  18. Laura M says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May it bring you peace and joy! Thank you for all you do.

  19. Amie Mason says:

    Merry Christmas! Have a fabulous break!

  20. rktrixy says:

    Merry Christmas! And enjoy your break. I am looking forward to one myself!

  21. Claudia says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen, have a good one! I hope you’ll be able to do all those things on your list and will return next year, bursting of energy and full of ideas for our daily blog-reading pleasure (wink). And thank you so much for this year’s!

  22. Laura says:

    I know you’re on the nice list so I trust Santa’s bringing you some well deserved loot! Merry Christmas!

  23. Colleen says:


    I love the sleep 8 hours / couch 8 hours part of the day. Count me in.

    Merry Christmas,

  24. Tigersmom says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Hope you get good restorative rest and are actually ready to come back when you have committed yourself to doing so. That’s how you know you’ve had enough rest. (I now you’re still pretty new at this rest thing)

    Looking forward to next years’ posts. And I hope Santa brings you a completed kitchen for Christmas.

  25. Jennifer Fryar says:

    Merry Christmas! I just want to say I love your posts and the bacon wraps are the bomb! They were a hit here in Southern Arkansas, USA but of course we love everything that is smothered, covered, fried, or wrapped in BACON! WOO PIG SOOIE! (you may want to google) Anyway, can’t wait to see you back in the New Year! Enjoy your rest!

  26. Ritz says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen, and Happy R and R!

  27. Grammy says:

    Glad tidings, Karen. Rest up, munch all you want, enjoy the occasional run to prep you for more lounging and munching by the fire, and have yourself a fine time.

    Maybe the kitchen will just miraculously be finished during this time, maybe not. Whatever happens, don’t sweat it. We’ll all be fine till you get back to us.

  28. SK Farm Girl says:

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2014 my beautiful blogging friends! Karen have a wonderful staycation enjoying naps on the couch, roaring fires, visiting family and friends, eating copious amounts of bacon wraps and all the other great things you have planned! Cheers all, see ya in the new year!
    PS – Karen you do realize if you run for Mayor of Toronto you will have to become a crack-smoking raging alcoholic who can’t dance and enjoys a diet of domesticated house pets. I dunno, but something tells me you already can’t dance . . . just sayin – LOL! Cheers!

    • Karen says:

      Gasp! I will have u know I was not voted smartest, cutest or most athletic in high school. I was voted best dancer! Maybe ill shoot a video of proof on my break, lol!

      • Tigersmom says:

        I can’t pass up his opportunity to repeat my request that if you do a video of you dancing, at least part of it be to Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care, I Love It?”

        Merry Christmas!

  29. Cynthia Jones says:

    I just got home from the grocery shop.

    I bought American style strip bacon, white bread, dijon mustard, condensed milk and the sauce.

    That’s what I am having for my dinner tonight, with a bag of my favourite chunky style sea salt potato chips, while I watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

    P.S. did your parcel of chips arrive yet ?

    Merry Christmas and A Bright New Year.

  30. Jane says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!! Enjoy your well deserved R and R . Sounds like a great plan…See you in the new year 🙂

  31. Lin says:

    Have a very Merry….May 2014 bring you more of all the good things.

  32. shuckclod says:

    You didn’t say feed the chickens 🙂 Have a wonderful Holiday…

  33. Auntiepatch says:

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time off!

  34. Anne C says:

    Merry Christmas to you, dear Karen!! You’ve been giving us so many inspiring ideas all year long: thank you! This one is not the least: “Lay in bed for 8 hours straight, wake up, then lay on the couch for 8 hours straight.” To me, right now, it just sounds like pure genius (might even save my sanity). I intend to copy it to a T. Thank you again, enjoy your own vacation!

  35. Julia says:

    Merry Christmas, and, as the girls would say, “B-gurk” x

  36. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    Liar, liar, liar. Here is what your list translates to when read by someone who has been reading your blogs and taking meticulous mental notes (Actually, mental notes are the most meticulous.):

    Have a continuous roaring fire. (Good Lord, she’s going to burn the house down when she connects the new oven.)

    Lay on the couch under a Hudson’s Bay Blanket. (This is what she’ll do when the house starts burning because she’ll be so embarrassed.)

    Go running in the freezing cold and come home to the aforementioned blazing fire. (When Karen starts sweating under the blanket, she’ll realize what everyone knows but sometimes forgets in moments of panic, every single fireman in every single firehouse on this continent MUST pass the Cute Test before being hired. In that instant, Karen will dash out the door in the hopes of darting across her yard and banging crazily on the front door of the poor elderly neighbor – who has yet to sell her house even though it’s been on the market since Karen posted about stealing her flowers and then LYING to her face about it – all to fake out the firemen as they arrive because said elderly neighbor is known to sometimes keep a keen eye out her front door peephole just to be sure her landscaping is still intact and this night, instead of spying Karen bent over the begonia beds, she saw wisps of smoke and steam escaping from Karen’s upstairs window ledges and called for help. Of course, she dialed after applying fresh lipstick and throwing a floral-printed chiffon scarf over her curlers.)

    Eat bacon wraps. (Who wouldn’t guess that Karen used the smoldering logs from the kitchen framing and the promise of man’s favorite vice – bacon – to entice the whole firefighting crew to “Stay for a wrap or two, why don’t you? After all, what’s so urgent – ya’ got a fire to put out or something?” Karen guffaws here at this piece of ill-timed humour and evaporated milk and mustard shoots out of her nose at which point all firemen exit, some gagging.)

    Wear slippers. (Yep. Bet she does – the better to slip around her illegal chicken house collecting those illegal eggs all those illegal chickens are laying in those illegal nest boxes.)

    Clean out my bedroom closet. (Now, that is one that I would welcome. Please, Karen, come on down. My closet could use a cleaning out. That’s one I’m going to hold you to keep.)

    Fall asleep while reading in the middle of the afternoon. (You mean you don’t. Man, you are one lucky woman. Since turning 60, I had to be careful if I even rearranged the magazines at work after 1 o’clock. Snooze City. Pisses me off grandly, too. I have tons of books waiting to be read when I retire. Now that I am retiring, I cannot read because I retire whenever I read…nuts.)

    Consider running for Mayor of Toronto. (Oh, please, you can do better than that, Karen. Mayor? Toronto? Why not run for Governor of Alaska – you’re cuter, smarter, and don’t look a thing like Tina Fey!)

    Lay in bed for 8 hours straight, wake up, then lay on the couch for 8 hours straight. (Will not. Dare you to prove it to us that you did either. Don’t even try to convince us you did both; least of all in the same day. Ha! Not part of your DNA. I’m surprised you could even write those words all in the same sentence.)

    Visit friends and family. (Too easy. Your friends and family will be coming by to watch you finish the kitchen. Betty might help if you promise to let her wield a sledgehammer. The others will only come by to gawk, shake their heads, and leave – about what they do most every weekend.)

    Gain 5 pounds. (Right and there really is a Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Prince Charming.)

    Lose 5 pounds. (See above, only insert my name before the word Lose and add the word ‘will’.)

    I love you more than my luggage, Karen. Have as restful and relaxing and recuperative a seasonal break as you are capable of without harming yourself or others – now that’s a challenge!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Out with the Old and In with the New Year, and wish me a happy birthday ‘cuz my birthday falls on December 26 and it sucks (big time). Actually, it sucks big time for anyone whose birthday falls between 12/20 and 1/10, except for that Jesus guy. xxoo

    • Stephanie Hobson says:

      My dad’s birthday was on December 27 and one year we actually completely forgot it! Hope that hasn’t and doesn’t happen to you. Happy Birthday!

      • Rhonda SmartyPants says:

        Dear Stephanie,
        That’s the nicest thought anyone’s had about my birthday in a long time. It actually qualifies as a nice thought for your Dad’s birthday, too. Truth be told, I have made such a fuss over my birthday being forgotten or poorly executed over the years that my children have made enough fuss over me since they were in their pre-teens that even now, as adults, and long since I’d care to have my birthday remembered so regularly and boisterously, they go out of their way to arrange a special day for me on the day after Christmas. So, it’s true to be careful what you wish for, except I do wish you a happy 2014.

  37. debbie j says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Karen! Enjoy your rest. Thanks for all you have given us this past year and I sure look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next year.

  38. Sue Ann says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  39. Maureen Locke says:

    Merry Christmas Karen. Hope you have a wonderful restful holiday season filled with all the people and things you love.
    I’m having bacon wrapped scallops 🙂

  40. KarenJ says:

    I’m with Marti – please, please, please run for Mayor of TO (figured if I said it 3 times you might consider:)
    Happy Holidays!

  41. Marion says:

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year, Karen! Thanks for your great posts – I am looking forward to more next year!

  42. CaymanAli says:

    Happy Holidays Karen!

  43. Erica says:

    Merry Christmas Karen, have a great vacation.

  44. Elaine says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.
    Yes you should consider running for Mayor.

  45. Danni says:

    Merry Christmas Karen enjoy!

  46. Suzanne says:

    Merriest of Christmases, Karen, and looking forward to the happiest of New Years! Rest, recover, recuperate. You’ve EARNED it!

  47. Su says:

    Merry Christmas! God speed. Oh and keep believing in Santa – otherwise you only get underwear. Just saying…. 🙂

  48. Jody says:

    Merry Christmas and all the very best in 2014. Enjoy your rest. We are all looking forward to another great year of TAODS

  49. Ev says:

    Staycation? How perfect! Eat, Rest, Enjoy! Have a very Merry Christmas Karen! We’ll all be here awaiting your words next year!

  50. Karen Rains says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! I hope that you and your family have wonderfully warm and relaxing holiday. As for the mayor in Toronto…Bless his heart!

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