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  3. Julie says:

    Take all the time you need! I will always keep your site bookmarked.

  4. Sarah says:

    It takes what it takes, it is what it is.

    Love you.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    My sister and I both read your blog faithfully, and I think I can say in total truth that your writing has entertained me in so many ways and may have contributed to improving my sense of humor 🙂 Also, I purchased a potato ricer, and my life is changed. So many lovely words above for you…I would echo what Rhonda Smarty Pants said. I’ll keep checking in and clicking your ads. I hope August is redeeming for you in some way, and that you get spoiled and taken care of by your tribe

  6. Lynn says:

    You are fabulous (obviously), and I am so sorry this is happening to you. I miss you and your blog. Take good care.

  7. Tigersmom says:

    It’s good to hear you sounding like you.

    Click click click.

  8. Tracie says:

    Awesome, thank you!

  9. Tracie says:

    Well, sorry for that rant. I originally came to ask about your jewelry site…there was a sponsor who sold some interesting things. I had in mind some pistol earrings for my daughter-in-law, who recently got her gun licence. Or whatever it’s called, and now that I have my PayPal account set up, I can’t find it! Help!

  10. Tracie says:

    I don’t know if Chris was an asshole then. But clearly he is now. I don’t under-estimate the power some things have on our lives, like aging. Believe me, I’ve aged, and I know what it can do. I don’t mean to be dismissive. I feel I need to be supportive, of Karen. I love this blog. Karen is an awesome woman, whom I admire and respect. I realize I have never met her, I don’t know her in “real life”, but that really doesn’t matter to me. I get so much out of this blog, and I feel like I do know her. I think that is the whole idea of it. This is a pretty big bump in her life, but I have faith that she will emerge a stronger person for it. Whatever happens now, next, I will be waiting to hear. Big hugs to her, and the rest of us too.

    • Karen says:

      Everyone calm down. I’m fine. Chris was not an asshole. But yes. He is now. Which he acknowledges. And is seeking therapy for, frankly. Too bad he didn’t do that a few months ago. 🙂 ~ karen!

  11. christine says:

    Unnecessary roughness .. exactly.

    Some men feel threatened by the passing of time. Of course, some women do too. But, and not to generalize but yes, I am, many men manifest this fear by trying to recapture their youth, sometimes in cringe-worthy ways.

  12. Lori says:

    Hi Karen,

    Like so many others, I have been a faithful reader of your hilarious, wacky ideas. Always a treat!

    Since January, my reading has been sporadic because my husband of 11 years, who was turning 40, basically lost his marbles. And that was it. The end.

    I read your most recent post with a gaping mouth and a tear. I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone. I’m not going to offer any advice; you’re a lovely, smart woman and will find your way. But like so many others out there, I’m thinking of you, pulling for you, wishing you well.

    Lots of love, crazy lady.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Lori. I’m discovering this is not exactly an isolated issue. With men I mean. It seems to me that if this is so common, and apparently a man going crazy, like literally completely and totally crazy at 40 is VERY common, there should be a little more talk about it. You know? Like warning to women. They don’t all leave, but a lot of them really do lose it. Society has made the male midlife crisis a bit of a joke, but it’s no joke. It’s REAL. As you can imagine I’m sorry about your relationship and hope to God you’re feeling better now than you did in January. ~ karen!

      • denise says:

        same thing happened to my friends ten years ago or so, and now even HE realizes there was something wrong with his thinking at the time…she was very patient with him and now though they’ve stayed apart they have kept a friendship…

  13. Marion says:

    We were away on our family vacation and it was such a shock to read your horrible news, I can’t tell you how sorry I am for you, I am thinking about you every day, even If I don’t know you in real – but you feel like a friend and I wish I could help and take you out or cook or … (thanks for all the wonderful recipes and other stuff)!So why don’t you go travelling for while? I would honestly invite you to stay here in Austria in our home for a while, I’m sure other readers would do the same – tke a tour around Europe! Sounds crazy, but think about it! I wish you all the strenght you need, a big hug, love, M.

  14. SarahP says:

    Just checking in and thrilled to see some activity. By the way, I hated Eat, Pray, Love too.

  15. Lucille P. says:

    ha! ha! Nice Have. Have a nice day!

  16. Adrienne says:

    …annnnd thank goodness your talents are not wasted on a desk job. Just sayin. (I call unnecessary roughness on that one.)

    Also trying to respect your wishes, but feeling compelled to tell you that you are missed. That things will matter again…even if it doesn’t seem possible.

    Off to click around the site. Take care of you…I’m pretty sure you’re one of a kind.

    Hugs from Atlanta.

  17. Tigersmom says:

    Just wanted you to know I’m still checking in.
    And clicking and shopping….

  18. KJ says:

    Awful, horrible, terrible news. So sorry, it really bites.

    …If you had a desk job, you wouldn’t be able to take a month off. Maybe your boss would give you a day or two, but then it’d be nose back to the grindstone, which might not be a bad idea…

    • Karen says:

      KJ – I haven’t taken a day, let alone a true week off from this website in 3 years. Trust me. I’m due. ~ karen

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        You do whatever you have to do girl..This is your have to deal with it in your own way..You are not obligated to any of us for anything..

        • Karen says:

          Oh I know Nancy. Don’t you worry about me. And you’re right. I am obligated only to myself. We are *all* responsible for our own lives. I have had MANY 9-5 jobs, including most of my television jobs. And I hated it. So … I quit. And started my blog. We all create our own lives. I created one that I love where I don’t have to drive to an office. I created one where I can work 16 hours a day. I created one where I can take 2 weeks off if I want to. I created one where anyone can read my work for free, and if they don’t like it they can ask for their money back, LOL! ~ karen

  19. BarBee says:

    I have tried to respect your wishes, but I do miss you. When you’re ready, it’ll be the the best thing for you.meanwhile, his loss.

  20. Sara says:

    Just now read your news. I am so very, very sorry. Off to click ads now. Thanks to your other readers for the idea.

  21. Tracie says:

    Hey Karen,
    Ditto to the comments above. I think I’ve told you before, but I do start my day with a coffee and your wonderful blog. You’re on my desktop. Just you and Lynne Knowlton as a matter of fact.
    I must confess that I skipped over most of your last blog searching for the punch line as I could not believe the initial statement. I am devastated right along side you. That asshole. Clearly they didn’t feed him enough electricity in that wimp-mudder contest….You deserve more Karen. Don’t ever settle.

    • SJ says:

      I don’t think Chris is an asshole. Karen wouldn’t have stayed with an asshole all these years. It’s just life. Some people don’t adjust to life’s changes and getting older very well. Who knows what was going on for him. Happened to me years ago but I left ahead of him. Although, Karen’s event seemed to be completely out of the blue. Further on, it usually turns out to be a good thing. You know? New doors …

  22. Sue says:

    You and I are in the same boat….Sucks, but Life goes On

    When i read your post about you and the “fella” parting ways, I literally burst into tears… my heart stopped. I don’t know you on a personal level, but I consider you to be one of my closest friends. I start every day reading your blog because I know I can count on you to start my day with a chuckle, if not a full blown belly laugh!

    Unfortunately, I am going through the exact same thing with my “fella”. My relationship ended on 7/13….My relationship was 8 years in the making, and like you, we were together Every Single Day.Picture Perfect!

    My heart aches for both you and I as we heal from the loss, and yes, it is devastating, it completely sucks, and it takes the f***ing breathe right out of you. But we are stronger than our emotions!

    You and I are made from the same mold….we are both strong,intelligent,independent women. And in the end, we will be OK. Our “Fellas” are going to be the ones carrying all of the regret.

    You and I? We can we look forward to new
    beginnings!! When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? I’m gonna go make a Margarita. Whatever works, right?

    Virtual Hugs to you Karen, Chris has no clue what he has lost.

  23. Michelle says:

    Most of us don’t know you, but we feel like we do. (Not an intentional Frampton reference!) Know that you are adored and loved and that we are all sending you hugs, some are even sending you money! We are ready when you are. Until then, hugs & more hugs from San Diego.

  24. Nelly says:

    Karen, you have brought so much laughter into my life with your blog and I wish I could say or do something to give back to you a little bit of that happiness.

    Sending love and strength.

  25. jan says:

    I’m a non-commenter normally but I’ve been thinking for two weeks of something brilliant to say or pass along to you that would be comforting-unfortunately I have nothing. But it has been two weeks and hopefully there is a twinkle of light at the end of your tunnel. Maybe you need to find a little job where you could get out and interact with people a little? Best wishes!

  26. Sandy B says:

    What do men and sperm have in common? They both have a one-in-a-million chance of becoming a human being.

    Think of the people that have left comments that they are hurting for you, and then think of all the people that are hurting for you but haven’t left a comment! Tons!!!

    We’re all pulling for you.

  27. christine says:

    I’m sorry to hear your news, Karen, and hope you’ll be back soon, stronger than ever. I gotta say, I hated Eat, Pray, Love as well. I found her so entitled.

  28. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I just miss you girl..Thinking of you every day..I think I read somewhere that goats are a good replacement for that was jackasses..hugs

  29. Tigersmom says:

    Ahhhh, so good to see you respond!!!!!

    Off to click your ads again and maybe buy some stuff on Amazon thru here. : )

    Take care of yourself.

  30. Bonnie says:

    People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
    A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
    A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life…
    Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Oh Bonnie, I hate to tell you this but I read that book and I *hated* it! She did exactly what the rest of the world would be angry at a man for doing. She up and left without explanation and immediately started screwing some other guy. I had no sympathy for her at all. I thought she seemed like a spoiled rich girl who married someone when she knew she shouldn’t have. I dunno. I could be jaded. But I never liked that book. I do appreciate your concern and the effort it took to get the quote though. Honestly. ~ karen!

  31. Bonnie says:

    I don’t even really know you, but I am hurting for you. You are so loved because you are so smart, resourceful, warm, funny, and generally wonderful. I have been ripped open before. You will heal and be happy again. I promise. It will be okay.

  32. Dana says:

    My heart has sunk for you, that doesn’t help things but all I can say is I am so, so sincerely sorry. You bring so much funny to your readers I wish I had even a little something witty to say to ease some of the hurt but I don’t. Hang tough for now, we’ll all be here when you’re back and virtually rally around you until you are. Thanks for your transparency during a difficult time~ Huge support, Dana

  33. Anna says:

    Like the others, I too was worried when I didn’t see posts show up as usual at the beginning of the week. I read your blog every night before I go to bed or every morning when I sit down at my desk before work. You are so inspiring and funny, and have taught me how to can tomatoes, open a bag of spaghetti properly, and clean grease off of my driveway among countless other things. Since starting to read your blog I have a new found love for tools (seriously, the giddy feeling I get while at the hardware store is unhealthy) and fix things around the house myself instead of hiring someone else to do it.

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. Sending you love from Minnesota.

  34. Amy says:

    Sending loving support.

  35. Marion says:

    I’ve been on vacation and not reading the interwebs like usual. So sorry to hear your news. I know I’m one in a bajillion wishing you comfort right now, but for what it’s worth I know all of us in your little blogosphere will be here when you are ready to come back. Take your time. Do whatever the hell feels right for you. You deserve to sulk or cry or hop on a plane and go to Switzerland (or wherever…) **Big hugs**

  36. Lemurific says:

    Just another big hug from the blogosphere. Thank you for sharing with us. Take your time, we understand and feel your pain.

    Now go buy some Pygmy goats to spoil!

  37. Myra says:


    I was so sad to hear your sad news. A few years ago I, too, went through the unexpected breakup of a really good relationship and all of the heartbreak that implies. Allow yourself the time to mourn and don’t feel guilty or rushed. I wish there was something I could do to ease even a tiny bit of your pain. You have brought many smiles to my face since I found your blog. Take care of yourself. I’m off to click on your ads.

    Myra xo

  38. Beckie says:

    I was thinking *chips & dip*~

    ~clicky click~

  39. andrea meyers says:

    we dont need to offer her drinks, she likes cheese more :).

  40. Tigersmom says:

    I will be checking in daily and clicking on your ads. : )

  41. Elaine says:

    I started off clicking ads, but then I found you “Donate Now” button and gave you $5 for a drink instead. You’re a part of my daily routine- you’re a button on my toolbar, right next to Netflix. My breath actually caught in my throat this morning when I read your shitty news. You’re like a friend that I’ve never spoken to and I feel so sad for you. Come on, everybody- don’t just click on ads! Paypal Karen some drink money!

    • andrea meyers says:

      You said everything I thought! I found the donate button last night, and donated $10, and linked it to the facebook page today, hope more people find it! Lets give this beautiful lady nice paid time off to heal. We need her!

  42. Elen Grey says:

    (((((Karen))))) Take care of yourself. That’s the important thing. We’ll be here when you get back.

  43. Lori says:

    I am so so sorry to hear your latest news. Sending you lots of hugs and just wish that I could take the pain away and make it better. We all do.

  44. Rachel says:

    Sending you a virtual hug.

  45. Beckie says:


    I’m so sorry

    ~off to click the ads two times~

    {{great idea from a poster above!}}

  46. JennyW says:

    My heart just broke a little bit for you Karen 🙁
    I wake up every single morning to read your “Words of Wisdom” and to get a creativity boost, and I can not believe how much I missed your VOICE these last few days! I was worried, and thought the worst – but you are alive and healthy, albeit, broken. Broken can be Fixed!! Take all the time you need. I know I speak for many – We will be here when you’re feeling better. Now i’m going to support you financially every single day by clicking on all of your ads!

  47. Mariaurora Noriega says:

    Hi Karen,

    What can I say, I am saddened by your situation. I feel like you are a kind friend, having always a funny, quirky, amazing solution, words, or advice. Now it’s my turn to say something, so what I have to offer is this, cry if you want, or don’t, there is no rule, sulk and brood, or don’t… it is summer you know, eat with abandonment, or don’t …everybody’s different…so just be Karen, and know that we the people of your blogdom will be right here waiting for you…and sending you lots of positive energy.

  48. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…dammit. You are loved. You are lovable. You have available to you now and always the arms and hearts of thousands reaching around the globe to comfort you, care about you, lift you up, dust you off and put you back on your feet, laugh with you, cry with you, puzzle over the absurdities life brings us, wonder with you over how that which brings us such joy can become heartache in a flash, and will go to any length to reach out to you ignoring your request because you mean so much to us that we must let you know in any way available. And you, sweet Karen, let us in by approving these posts. Thank you for being so human, so vulnerable, so real. We’ll wait, baby, we’ll be here when you are ready. Take your time.

  49. Jane says:


  50. Jacqueline says:

    Like so many, I noticed your absence and hoped you were OK. This never crossed my mind as a possibilty. Thinking of you and will be doing some shopping on amazon through your site. One less thing for you to worry about. We’ll be here when you’re ready to come back. Hugs.

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