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I’ve decided I’m going to take a few days off from the world of blogging.  I’ll be heading up to the fella’s family cottage next week to do something I find very difficult.

I’m going to try and relax.

For hours on end.  Days on end really.  That’s the plan.  As to whether I’ll be successful at it or not is a bit of a crapshoot.  It really is the perfect cottage for relaxing.  There’s no television, no schedule and often no electricity.

There’s this.

Since I couldn’t leave you hanging while I bumble around at the cottage, I lined up a few of my best Intermet friends to write guest posts for you.

And it’s quite an impressive list if I do say so myself.

You have posts from Centsational Girl, Ashley English, WayLay and makeup artist Andrea Claire to look forward to.

I’ll be checking in and approving comments. Probably harassing you from time to time on Twitter and Facebook.

Unless of course I actually get the hang of relaxing.


52 Comments

  1. Centsational Girl says:

    Have a grand time my friend! If you’re anything like me you’ll have the capability of sitting still for 90 minutes then you’ll probably go find a fallen tree and whittle part of a branch into something cool – like the silhouette of your *favorite* blogger. (ha!) Have a great time relaxing!
    xo
    Kate

  2. Kate says:

    So, shall we start a betting pool on how many projects Karen manages to start up at the cottage?

    • Shirley says:

      I predict that Karen will quickly tire of all that free, unproductive time and will:

      – try to domesticate the wild birds and film another video of “Will They Eat It?”
      – figure out a way to build a better beaver dam
      – plan a week’s worth of menus based on one tiny rock bass and a pile of last year’s acorns
      – instruct the forest animals on better ways to prepare and serve roadkill
      – knit a lacy throw out of cobwebs and fish-line
      – and throw together a brand-new bunkie using only an old croquet mallet and hand-whittled wooden pegs

      I have no idea what she will do on the second day of her holiday but no doubt it will make for interesting reading. Enjoy your “break”, Karen!

  3. Shannon V. says:

    Karen, I hope you are successful in your pursuit of relxation! Love the picture too. Looks so serene!

  4. Natika33 says:

    Have a great vacation!

  5. Jamie says:

    That picture looks absolutely heavenly! I hope you have an amazing time.

  6. Gayla T says:

    Yes, I can imagine you will whittle your favorite poster, me of course, but then stick little pins in it all day long and laugh and laugh and laugh. Meanwhile, I’ll be stuck here in hot old Kansas crying and crying and crying while my favorite blogger has lost her mind and had to be taken away for a rest to recuperate from the first one. Take my advice and pack a tool box. I can’t imagine that cabin sat all winter long w/o any love and it doesn’t need a Karen fix. Just think of all the great stuff just waiting for you. High on your list would be to drain the lake and sort out all the unwanted species who had been living there. Perfect job for you! Then you can start your recipe book on cooking them all and if they are not edible, make little fishy habitats for them. You’ll need to pack your canning jars for that one. Just let us know if you run out of ideas and we’ll be thinking of things for you to be doing. It will be like you never escaped, no, not escaped, went on vacation. Oh, My, Gosh, I just thought of something. Have you packed for the girls? I’m so looking forward to that special post when you get back. Taking Chickens on Vacation! Bye!

  7. Enjoy yourself Karen! Goodness knows you deserve it x

  8. Jamieson says:

    Very excited for you! Welcome to average paced living.

  9. Tracie says:

    I look forward to your future posts, I’m pretty sure they will be something like spectacular…will also look forward to your stand-ins. Love Centsational Girl, looking forward to hearing from the others….Relax, please relax!! A little anyway. 🙂

  10. Carol-Anne says:

    Enjoy – bring some great books to help you relax!

  11. Jan says:

    Have fun! taking any books?

  12. Judy says:

    Enjoy evvvvery minute, Karen! All your sharing, work and great ideas require some recharge. May your garden have no weeds when you come back…and your vacation be trouble free. We’ll be muddle along.

  13. mickey says:

    Can I come with you?

  14. Mary Kay says:

    Have a nice vacation!!!

  15. Nicole2 says:

    Next post from Karen: The Art of Relaxing.

    Enjoy your holiday, my friend!

  16. Amanda says:

    Have a great relaxing vacation!!
    Enjoy yourself!!

  17. Debbie says:

    Can I come, too? I just had my first taste of cottage life last week and I’m hooked. I can do your relaxing for you, if it’s too much for you to handle.

  18. Lyn says:

    There is an art to relaxation – you figure everything else out, I’m sure you’ll get this!

  19. Wendy R says:

    Have a great trip!!!

  20. Cathy G says:

    We will be expecting a ‘how to’ blog on relaxing. You know, materials list, setting up your relaxing area, step by step instructions on how to actually sit still for more than 5 minutes…. 🙂

    Have a great time, you will be missed!! Looking forward to our guest bloggers!!

  21. Susan says:

    Want me to babysit the chickens?

  22. Elise says:

    If it’s not too much, please report back with a list of *TRUE* somethings from the fella’s dad. And relax dammit! =)

    • Karen says:

      Elise – The fella’s dad won’t be up there this time, but we’ll be going again this summer and he’s going to be there. I’ll work on another “true” list then. ~ karen

  23. anna says:

    can’t wait for more education from the fella’s dad! enjoy your time off!

  24. Everybody deserves a break Karen even you! We will miss your sarcasm but enjoy yourself and we will look forward to your return!
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  25. ruth says:

    Build an inukshuk. Saw a log in half with a pocketknife. smoke fish over an open fire. AND relax! You can do it! Have an excellent time away!

  26. jojo says:

    Anybody want to start a pool on how much unpacking/opening the house and relaxing Karen will do before starting projects? I’ll start – I think she’ll go 1.5 days before starting a project.

  27. Jennifer says:

    Enjoy your vacation! Next year, come to the coast of Maine. We Mainers are very CanadiANNE friendly. (Who’s watering the gardens??)

  28. Carole McGinnis says:

    Have a great time. I look foward to your guest bloggers.

  29. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Enjoy Karen..I will miss your wisdom 😉

  30. Chau says:

    Enjoy your time off, Karen.

  31. Laura Bee says:

    Enjoy, count the stars, practice your loon calls, avoid mosquitos.

  32. Spokangela says:

    I think even I could relax there. Do it Karen!! You deserve it 🙂

  33. Barbie says:

    Have a wonderful time Karen relaxing! I think you can ….I think you can….I think you can! I “think” I’ve been reading to many children’s books! Ha!

  34. marilyn says:

    can i come

  35. Sherri says:

    Heavy drinking makes it easier to relax. Just sayin’.

  36. Langela says:

    Now, Karen. If you go off and relax and enjoy yourself, you may find that you like it and forget how to do things and how to post how to do things and then where will that leave us? We will be without a leader in how to do things. Is that really what you want?! A bunch of clueless followers not doing things? Think of the chaos, the destruction. How will it all end? Please don’t leave us, Karen!

    Fine, you can leave. But don’t enjoy it. Too much. 🙂

  37. Liz says:

    Bring a jigsaw puzzle or two! It’s relaxing but still makes you feel somewhat productive. 🙂

  38. Tigersmom says:

    Oh crap! Are you seriously going to leave Betty to get the chickens drunk, I mean, feed the chickens?

    Well, I don’t want to ruin this self-imposed “relaxation” you have sentenced yourself to. I’m sure it’ll be fine. But, do you think you could get drunk eating eggs from drunk chickens? And if you did, would it make you sick like geting drunk from actually drinking? (Cause if it didn’t, I might have to find a way to choke down some eggs.); )

    Enjoy getting to read your comments without having to be insanely clever and funny for a week.

  39. Tigersmom says:

    Crap! I obviously meant to type “getting”

  40. Anemone says:

    Hi Karen. I hope you doing ok. That scenery is marvellous. So is the cup. Hope you having a good time.

  41. lindyb says:

    So, I’ve seen comments about care of the chickens and the garden in your absence, but what I want to know is who’s shaking your enzyme cleaner while your gone?!

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