To All A Good Night

For the past year I’ve thought and plotted and planned about all the things I’ll be able to do during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Or as I like to think of it …


Where days can’t be filled and every minute has 24 hours!

That’s the week I traditionally take off every year. Like, really, actually off.

I close my laptop and walk away. Unless there is something crucially important I need to do, I don’t touch my computer. Examples of crucially important include: paying bills, Googling symptoms for extremely rare diseases, and looking up how many ounces in a cup.

Checking the weight of a chipmunk’s elbow would obviously be allowed as well.

But other than that, I stay off electronic devices and do anything else I want. That could be staying in my pajamas all day, cleaning my basement or grabbing a thermos of coffee and going for a walk in the woods.

In addition to all of those things, this year I also want to find time to go through every drawer and cupboard in my house and get rid of whatever seems like it’s weighing me down. I want to move a cord of wood from the back of the house to the front of it, perform a mini-makeover on my bathroom, finish some rug hooking, buy and install a new range for my rental house tenants, wax my kitchen floors, remove the bookshelves on either side of my fireplace, plus I’d really like to remove my whole fireplace mantel but that means I’d also have to have enough time to make a new mantel and install it, which, NO PROBLEM because …


I swear to God, I’ve spent the past 12 days reminding myself that it might not be possible to finish this whole list in a week even if I eat cocaine for dinner and breath only helium. But it might, so I ordered a case of both on Amazon.

Those are the plans and the expectations.

None of which I expect will go as planned.

Have a good holiday for those of you who are off enjoying your own never ending week.

I’ll be using January for updating the guts of my blog, as I often do. Fresh and new posts coming January 31st.



  1. Katie says:

    A bright spot this morning! Your writing always brings a smile. Thanks for sharing your gift.

  2. Gwen says:

    Hello Karen!

    Gwen here. Long time listener, second time caller. Just checking in as it has been a week since you said you were planning to post and we haven’t heard from you. Hoping all is well in your corner of the world.



    • Karen says:

      Hi Gwen, yup I’m fine! Thanks for checking. I’m just writing a post right now actually explaining how there was much more work in updating my site than I anticipated, lol. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be back to normal and posting by Friday. ~ karen!

      • Gwen says:

        Glad to hear it! Errr… not the extra work bit… just the “I’m fine” bit.

        We will keep our fingers crossed for you, too. Don’t work too hard. (Ha!)


  3. Susan Magar says:

    Hi Karen, I had to re-read this post to see when you’d be back.. I got worried. 🧐 Enjoy your catching up and know that your sweet-quirky-knowledge-ness (? new word… ) is missed!! Still in search of a better seed starting set-up so I’m giving your method a try with the blocks, wicking fabric, etc.. keeping my fingers crossed. I love the idea of air pruning. I’m getting many started now and taking cuttings, mostly dahlia. Anywho, looking forward to your posts to come.. Susan

  4. Ann Visco says:

    Karen where are you?
    I miss your wisdom/insanity.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ann! Thanks! But like I said at the end of this post, I won’t be writing again until the end of January. I’m working on other stuff related to my blog. :) ~ karen

  5. Joanne E Mercieca says:

    I have two never-ending weeks… and I’m more than ready to go back to work.
    Done the taxes, put away my summer clothes, watched way too many movies, still have to cover my shrubs so the rabbits don’t eat them – but there is always next week!
    Karen and all the commenters – Thanks for giving some light and laughter during another brutal year. Here’s to 2022!

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