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!

  51. marilyn says:

    merry Christmas karen…and continued succes in 2014..i’ll be with ya.

  52. viveka says:

    Love this … what a wonderful greeting!!!! Made me smile – I wish you all plentiful Christmas, full of joy – togetherness – warmth and a couple of unwanted gifts … and only the BEST for 2014.
    My Christmas Greeting to the world – will be posted this weekend – don’t know if the short code already

  53. Bonnie G. says:

    It’s all good! Thank you for your words of wisdom, DIYs, progress reports, fine (and other) art expos, photo journaling,poop scoops, and everything else. Enjoy your time off and have a beautiful and joyous Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

  54. Barbara R says:

    THAT was one hell of year for you Karen! enjoy the holidays and relax! Looking forward to how you will shake up our lives and force us to think-outside-the-box in 2014! Can’t wait—just like buying a new magazine each day! can’t wait to see what you have for us! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  55. Nancy says:

    Merry Christmas Karen – enjoy the break and the bacon! Love your blog – you bring a smile with you every time 🙂

  56. kate-v says:

    Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year — I’ll be watching for you in 2014!

  57. Kelly says:

    Merry Christmas (interesting how I notice this year it is more ok to say that than it seems to have been the past 5 years) and have a happy new year. Hope you’ll come visit in Siesta Key if you want some serious R&R. Appreciate the hard work you put into keep us amused and learning all year. with best wishes and looking forward to 2014.

    • Susan says:

      I was just saying the same thing, Kelly. I haven’t had so many people including store clerks say Merry Christmas. It was really nice.

  58. jainegayer says:

    Enjoy the much deserved break, Karen.
    I agree with Bernard though, scrap the closet clean out. Sounds too much like work.
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to my favorite Canadian!

  59. Lori Hall says:

    Sounds like the perfect way to spend the holidays. Enjoy every second!! See you in the New Year!!

  60. Maggie V says:

    Merry Christmas Karen and all the best for a happy, healthy and safe New Year.

  61. JF says:

    Merriest of Christmases, Karen

    thanks for all your hard work on TAODS — yours is the first site I check every morning and I’m always surprised and delighted at what you give us

    now, the couch is calling, I believe — see you next year!

  62. Sandy says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen. Enjoy your break!

  63. Diana says:

    Yesterday I read :

    When the devil keeps on asking you to look at your past,
    there must be something very good in the future
    he doesn`t want you to see!

    And because this year was the worst year ever, that is my motto for 2014.
    So with that on my mind, I press the reset-button and start over again…

    all the best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and your familiy from Germany

  64. Mary Werner says:

    Wishing you a Very Inspirational New Year! Cause we will all benefit with that wish. Enjoy your fire and settle your brains for a long winters nap. Love you.

  65. Reg says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you, your family and friends furry, feathered and otherwise.

  66. Cathy says:

    Merry Christmas Karen – enjoy your well deserved holiday. I must say I’m sad that I won’t have you to follow for the next 2 weeks. I will definitely be making the bacon wraps for New Year’s.

  67. karol says:

    And don’t forget Festivus, Monday the 23rd. You don’t want to miss the airing of the grievances, and the after dinner feats of strength. “Festivus for the rest of us!”

  68. Marcia says:

    Merry Christmas – enjoy your time with family and friends.
    Happy New Year – fresh start, new beginnings – oh the possibilities!
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

  69. Katie C says:

    Karen, thanks for putting your cool self out there for us every day–your vulnerability, your toughness, your humor, your irritation, your skills, your experiments, your chickens, your family, your porch, your vegetables, your life. I love it all. I’m so happy I found you and your Stuff!

    Merry Christmas, my friend whom I’ve never met! Ho, Ho, Ho!

  70. Jodi T. says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, KAREN!!!! Thank you for all of the laughs this year, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. I hope you and your family have a wonderful, relaxing, joyous holiday. SEE YA NEXT YEAR!

  71. I would totally vote for you!! Merry Christmas to you and your family Karen. Cheers.

  72. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen. I so appreciate all that you bring to us though this blog, The Art of Doing Stuff.
    Enjoy your respite. God bless you and yours.

  73. Alex says:

    Merry Christmas! I’d totally vote for you.

  74. Thera says:

    Merry Christmas Karen and Merry Christmas to all my fellow readers, lurkers and commentors!

  75. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen.
    Thank for being you!

  76. JebberJay says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! Enjoy your holiday and see you in 2014.

  77. NikiDee says:

    Merry Merry Christmas to you Karen. You have given all of us the wonderful gift of YOU all year. No WONDER you are exhausted (however, I agree with Bernard – no closets – just stare at them thinking about cleaning them up – from your couch). I can’t wait to read what you have in store for us in 2014. Just so you know some of the impact you have…. I convinced the hubs that we needed egg laying chickens so we went out last week & purchased our hen house. YUP because of TAODS we are going to be proud chicken parents in 2014! Again, have a Merry Christmas & a very wonderful New Year!

  78. olequiltbat says:

    Well…right off the bat…even tho I’m not from Toronto. If I was tho…I’d vote for you in a heart beat.
    Heaven knows those folks need someone reasonable, honest and creative like you.
    I hope you have a fantastic time off…and enjoy the Christmas season…and I look forward to your
    return in the New Year. Merry Christmas Karen.
    God bless

  79. West Coast Nan says:

    Merry Christmas to Karen and the chicks, may 2014 be the best year yet

  80. mia pratt says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen, in the lovely home you’ve built and loved and made beautiful with your own hands, and been so generous as to share with us all through your funny, candid and smart damned posts. Your posts are the bright spot every time I open my email. Here’s to an amazing 2014! Mia

  81. Jan Speas says:

    Thank you, Karen, for making me smile, smirk, and laugh out loud through 2013. Have a very, merry, Christmas!

  82. Shirley says:

    Karen, you earned and totally deserve this break, many times over. Do not let one guilty thought cross your mind during the entire holiday season. Let Christmas work its magic …

  83. Beinda Elizondo says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! Thank you for taking us to the land of know how, where we learn how to know how to do stuff. I love your humor and creativity. Take your much needed rest and enjoy!

  84. Bobbi says:

    Have a happy ho-ho-ho day, and a prosperous, happy, healthy new year !!

  85. Scott says:

    Have a Grand and Merry Christmas and a Cool, Soulful, Hip Rockn’ New Year!

  86. Judi Fleman says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  87. Nancy says:

    Merry Christmas Karen, have a wonderful and relaxing time!

  88. Jeannie B says:

    Wishing you peace, happiness, good health and love Karen. Do watch out for ice underfoot when you’re out for a run. Thanks for sharing all your good ideas and your charming home with us. Maybe you’ll meet a new “Prince Charming” over the holidays. Cheers!

  89. Elen Grey says:

    And a Merry Christmas to you, Karen! I could get behind you running for mayor of Toronto, but I’d have to see your bobblehead doll first. Thanks for keeping me laughing and sharing all that art of doing stuff in 2013. I look forward to more of the same in 2014.

  90. Kari says:

    Merry Christmas! Mmmmm. Bacon wraps.

  91. Leslie says:

    Merry Christmas! And thank you for a great year of blogger entertainment and inspiration! See you next year!

  92. Jan says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! And I hope you have a great New Year! I’m planning on a very similar activity set (minus the running) for my week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  93. Linda S. in NE says:

    Karen, I hope you and your family have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas. I have so enjoyed joining your extended family of readers during 2013. Thanks for the reality and the many laughs found on your blog.

  94. Carey says:

    Wishing you all the best of the holiday season. We’ll miss you, but are looking forward to more hilarity in the new year. ps. you better not be reading this until January! Much love sent your way!

  95. Mickey says:

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and all of your readers.

  96. arod says:

    enjoy your much deserved time off your plans sound fabulous may they all come to fruition see ya in 2014

  97. Mandy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Karen and thank you for my guaranteed daily laugh and inspiration.

  98. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Thank you for teaching us The Art Of Doing Stuff..also..Toronto needs you honey..actually..they could use most anyone..and right



  99. Merry Christmas Karen. I wish you loads of joy and happiness in 2014. Is it weird to say I’ll miss you til then?

  100. nancy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014! I have to tell you I really enjoy your blog, you are SO very entertaining. And, next year, I am starting the Christmas Pledge in October.
    Oh yeah, I have an idea for a blog post, you could do a home tour of Betty’s house! PLEASE, say yes!!!!

    • Shirley says:

      … and your sister’s house (the sister who’s always ready for a photo shoot)!

      • Gail says:

        A very Merry Christmas and New Year to a great gal who deserves a good rest! I have faith in you to present more new thoughts spewing (or stewing) from your brain. So creative and funny! You never fail to make me laugh! Thank you, thank you!

  101. Tres says:

    My favorite New Year’s quote for you, “May the worst of 2014 be better than the best of 2013.” Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  102. Tracie says:

    Merry Christmas Karen, I hope you relax and knit something (because it’s relaxing), rest (because you need to), and realize just how blessed you are to have your family, friends, and all of us (same thing) in your life (I know you do)…..and we are blessed to have you. May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white….xoxo

  103. Barbie says:

    Have a lovely holiday break Karen! I like falling asleep in the middle of the day reading a book! …In front of a roaring fire!

    PS: but wait until “after” your break to lose the extra 5….then you can blog about it and tell us all how you did it…so we can too!

    Merry Christmas!

  104. Mary Jane Morrison says:

    Merry Christmas Karen. Looking forward to many more belly laughs next year and no more centra vac repairs.
    The end.

  105. Carolyn says:

    Thank You Karen for all that you have done for us. I hope you have a wonderful hoilday and great start to the new year.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family…

  106. Shauna says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too. I will be doing the exact same thing.

  107. Roseanne says:

    I am right there with you. I don’t have to be back at work until the 6th of Jan!!!!! I will sleep in tomorrow and sleep again in the afternoon if I want. Bacon, you said eat anything wrapped in bacon? Sounds good and read, read, read. I will have fun. Enjoy your time off and I hope you have a peaceful holiday.
    Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!!!

  108. Rondina says:

    From “White Christmas, “May your days be merry and bright. And may all your Christmas’s be white.”

  109. Ella says:

    Merry Christmas!!

  110. Deb says:

    It has been an incredibly eventful year for you. I thank you sincerely for sharing the good, the sad and the super glue with us, not to mention publications and the yoga story (truly the funniest story ever). Wishing you the most joyous Christmas seasson filled with love, laughter and perhaps a cute fireman to gaze at…sans personal disasters. You will be missed around here. Merry Christmas, Karen.

  111. Jennifer says:

    Merry Christmas Karen. Enjoy your much deserved break…peace and happiness to you in 2014!

  112. Merry Christmas to you! (Nollaig Shona duit, in Irish!)
    Thanks for so much fun & inspiration during 2013! Enjoy the hors d’oevres!

  113. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    Oh, just think of all the things that would get done (and similarly *not* done) if you were in office!

  114. Sera says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! I was thinking how wonderful that 8 hours in bed then 8 hours on couch sounded, but what are you going to do with the other 8 hours?
    I hope your Christmas party is wonderful and I can’t wait to see more on your kitchen!

    • Karen says:

      What will I do with the other 8 hours? Eat. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Sera says:

        Ah! Of course. The bacon. And I assume some antijojos. I personally have procured 2 cheese balls, one with bacon. And I’m about to make another double batch of rosemary shortbread cookies. Will they last till Christmas? Maybe…

  115. Beth says:

    Definitely bacon wraps (thanks for the recipe!) Merry Christmas! Looking forward to 2014!

  116. Naw run for the mayor of Hamilton. Yes Toronto could do with a good non cracked up Mayor, BUT if you run in Hamilton you could make chickens legal and then I will have won part of the argument with my husband as to why we don’t have chickens. Because really Karen, its all about me isn’t it?

  117. Meagen says:

    Happy Holidays to you, Karen, and thanks for the year’s blogging – and everything else here. I love your home decor for each occasion.

  118. jenny says:

    Thank you for writing the Art of Doing Stuff! You are my DIY hero!!!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

  119. Merry Christmas! May you and the couch become one in body and spirit! ;-D

  120. Marti J says:

    Ok. I’m here. Where’s the New Year post. I showed up. WHERE IS IT????

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