What I’ve Been Doing the Past 2 Weeks.

Hey! I’m not sure if you remember me, but it’s Karen. Let me tell you a bit about myself.

My name’s Karen and I’m a blogger who does a lot of stuff. What does that involve? At the moment it involves a lot of slack jawed drooling.  I’ve been locked to my desk for the past 2 weeks going through close to 2,000 of my posts deciding which ones to delete and which ones to keep and update. I’ve also spent a lot of time contemplating some of my life choices up to this point.  

To put it plainly this is a nightmare and I hate every single second of it because it makes me antsy and bored at the same time which results in me wanting to scratch everyone’s eyes out. I basically feel like I’m in jail without any of the cool stuff like having your meals prepared for you and learning how how to make a shiv out of hardened toilet paper.

So why the hell?  Why the hell am I doing this exactly?

The reason I’m doing this is twofold. Because of Google and because of you.  So mainly you’re to blame and you should be the ones to buy me salve for the chapped corners of my mouth from all the boredom drooling.

A little bit about Google and how it works.  You know when you search for something on Google?  Say – a hamburger recipe?  Well 99% of people will search for that on Google and never scroll beyond the very first page of Google suggestions.  Because we figure the ones on the first page are the very best hamburger recipes.  So as a creator of content, if you don’t come up on the very first page in Google results you’re doomed to a life of eating crickets and living under a dirty couch on someone’s porch.

Google judges where it “ranks” you by how good your content is. How well written it is, if all of your photos have text built into them (alt text), if you use subheadings to make scrolling for information easy, and how well you cover every single aspect of the topic you’re talking about.  Google is looking for a certain type of structured post that has up to date, good information that’s easy to read.  I do that now. That is how I write my posts now.  But 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 years ago?  No.  So I have to go through all those posts and make them friendlier for Google to say Hey!  Look at that!  That’s a good post with updated information and pretty pictures! We like that!  

And as far as you go, I have to do the same for you, the readers. I can’t just throw a post out 6 years ago and forget about it because that’s great information you’re not learning about if you’re new here. And if you aren’t new here, I might have more information about that topic now. Or better pictures, or great tips that I didn’t know about 6 years ago.  Like garlic.  I’ve been growing garlic since I was a teenager but in the past 6 years I’ve learned even more about it than when I first posted about growing garlic. So, tomorrow, I’m publishing my new how to grow garlic post.  That’s “just a for instance.”

So my days now consist of waking up, getting a coffee and heading to my jail cell where I have a binder of every single post I’ve ever written, printed out in order from the most popular to the least popular.  I have a cup full of highlighters that I use as I go through the binder from back to front.  Blue is for delete, pink is for keep but remove it from Google’s search, green is for redirect that post to a newer post with better information, orange is leave it as it is and yellow is update this post.

I’m just about 3/4s of the way through the highlighting section of my nightmare.  THEN it’ll be getting down to the real work of rewriting the hundreds and hundreds of posts that I need to update. So that’ll lead to more questions about my life choices.

STUFF I DID THIS WEEK

Other than work, I did do one super-cool thing the other week. I took a cooking class at Dundurn Castle, a historic home in Hamilton, Ontario where you GET TO COOK IN THE ORIGINAL KITCHEN of the home that was built in 1830.  It was exactly like cooking in the kitchen of Downton Abbey (before they got electricity).  We cooked soups from original recipes of the time using vegetables grown on the grounds of Dundurn Castle. And the most amazing part is none of the vegetables are varieties that would have been introduced to the world after that time. So all the varieties are obviously heirloom varieties of tomatoes, carrots, turnips and everything else.  

We cooked on the original stove which was the size of a Buick and was fire fuelled.  The kitchen is deep down in the basement (as they were in those days) but had the unheard of luxury of a WINDOW.  A very small basement window, but still. That tiny window let in the only light in the room, the rest of it was lit with a couple of gas lanterns. That was it. You could hardly see anything it was so dark.  4 people chopped off fingertips in that class.  It was unfortunate but necessary for the true historical experience. You understand.

THIS stack of dishes we used inspired me to go back to using my mixed antique dishes for Thanksgiving this year.  LOOK how great it is.

 

I also harvested a WHACK of stuff from the garden like squash, dried beans, carrots and the last of the broccoli.  I still have the regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, more tomatoes and the luffa sponges to pick.

I USED MY OWN TUTORIALS

My Herb Drying Rack – My onions finally  fully cured on my drying rack – have you seen the drying rack I made?  – so I got to take those off of the drying rack to make room for the 400 bean plants I need to dry before I can shuck them to get my dried beans.

 

Making an Onion Braid!   I got to BRAID some of the onions to hang in my kitchen.  That’s one of those posts I found from AGES ago while I was going through my site that I completely forgot about.  How to braid onions or garlic.  If you’re wanting to braid your own harvested onions click on the link over there to learn how to do it.  If you can french braid you can do it. If you don’t know how to french braid but can count to three you can do it.  If you can’t do either of those things you probably operate a phone or laptop either so I’m not worried about it.

I MADE A NEW SOUP

Broccoli & Butternut Squash Soup – I made this Half Baked Harvest recipe when I discovered I not only had every single ingredient on hand, but I had grown or made ALL OF THEM.  Bay leaves, broccoli, squash (I used Delicata, my fave), DIY cayenne pepper, garlic, onions – EVERYTHING. I had it all.  And best of all, this soup was MIND BLOWINGLY delicious.  Like – make it right now good.  NOW.  The only thing I did differently (other than using a different type of squash) is I didn’t have any puff pastry so I used my own homemade croutons, with some white cheddar cheese melted overtop of them.

Wish me luck, keep your eyes peeled for sporadic updated posts and hopefully another post next Sunday. 

Have a good week!

 

95 Comments

  1. Karen, If anyone ever asks me why I read and save your posts, my answer will be, because she writes imaginative things such as …sleeping under a dirty couch on someone’s porch. Plus your content is informative too! You do a good job.
    Linda White

  2. Marcia says:

    I want that tunic apron thingy you’re wearing at the castle. I’ll bet it’s linen.

    • Karen says:

      It is. It’s from Rough Linen. I have 3 in different colours! ~ karen

    • Grammy says:

      Marcia, it’s a pinafore from Rough Linen — one of the fine advertisers here on Karen’s site. I loved it so much when I saw a picture of her in it several years ago, I got one for myself through the ad. I’ve since bought other things from Rough Linen, and it’s all wonderful. Click on the ad over to the side of Karen’s post here at Art of Doing Stuff and you can get one. It’s my favorite apron and I wear mine all the time.

      Now that I’ve taken care of that, Karen can continue with her project and not have to stop to explain this one little thing. So now I can tell my friends I’m a blog helper. Yay.

  3. Marcia says:

    This sounds like a nightmare. Similar to going through the hundreds (thousands?) of photographs I have on my laptop. I miss the days of getting film developed and acually having the prints in hand. Also, things are blooming her in the Arizona desert, so I would be happy to have my eyes scratched out, they itch soooo much.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I remember my eyes feeling like that when I used to wear contacts. At the end of the day when I took them out I’d scratch them until my eyes were a different shape. ~ karen!

  4. Pamela says:

    Seems to me that Google does not work nearly as well as it did a couple of years ago. Too often, when trying to look up something these days it sends me to things I do not want and I totally believe that it takes bribes or payments, whatever you want to call it, for higher placement.
    The wood fueled stoves: how do you know what the temperature is at in the oven? Any way to regulate it? Or is it just more wood, higher temp?

    • D Peterson says:

      My great grandmother baked bread in an outdoor oven. I remember her saying that it was the right temperature when she put her arm into it and could only hold it there to the count of five. Then she would bake her bread.

  5. Mliss says:

    Funny, since Amazon always seems to fill the first three pages of any search for me, I always assumed whoever paid Google the most got moved to the front; or that if placement had anything to do with content, the amount of hits controlled it. Seems like a lot of work for Google?
    Thanks for the info. I guess it’s something I need to know more about. Although I know it’s inescapable, I do everything I can to fight the manipulation.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I know it seems like that! But the truth is Google is how people find me and my content. Or anyone else’s for that matter. The first thing anyone does when they’re looking for information is Google it, right? That’s why Google is so important. Google isn’t so much a manipulator as a fact finder. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

    • Cathy Reeves says:

      Great to hear from you again. I don’t envy you your job as a blogger. No way I could do what you do β€”and you do it so well.
      Back to work and don’t forget to get up and stretch every once in awhile.
      Oh, and eat too. That’s important.

  6. Linda says:

    I haven’t read all the comments so I apologize if I’m repeating but I have a tiny pet peeve that may be correctable during this time of change… I always prefer if when I click on something you’ve highlighted, it goes to a second page as opposed to replacing what I’m currently reading. Do you know what I mean? Then I can simply delete the second page and go back to what I was originally reading without going “back”, “back, “back” in my history… assuming I’ve gone on a little voyage… (I read you on Firefox on my MacBook Pro)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda. Believe it or not, the correct way to do it is the way I am doing it. But ONLY if the page you’re clicking to is one on my site. If I’m directing you to anything outside of my site, like someone else’s blog or Amazon for instance, the browser should open a new tab. Those are the rules. I don’t make ’em, I just follow them. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

    • Natli says:

      Hold down the control key and hit enter or left click on your mouse. It will open the page in a new tab. You can right-click on the link and a menu displays. Choose open in new tab.

  7. Debbie says:

    When you get frustrated, remember that we love you and appreciate your blog. XO

    • Jennifer McGill says:

      I second this… πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Debbie. πŸ™‚ That actually helps and is what motivates me. The ACTUAL real people reading the blog, because in the end that’s who really will benefit from this. (well I will too, but I want it to be a better place for my readers). ~ karen!

  8. linda in illinois says:

    I said to myself just the other day, “Self – where the heck is Karen” I had to go back and figure out if you had said you were going to be off for a while or not and as i did not find a post about it, i figured i must have missed something. So glad you came back because i need to fix my tub faucets and can only hope to find a post from you about it. You are my encouragement.

  9. Jen says:

    Weirdly, the idea of color-coding all those entries is something I would love to do.

  10. Barb says:

    Oh, I am probably in the same boat! Sitting at a screen is my absolute least favourite part of this blogging thing! I should take you out for lunch and we could commiserate…

  11. A Guy says:

    What does “fire fuelled” mean?

    Also, what will all the rewriting and fixing do to your revenue stream?

    • Karen says:

      Fuelled by fire. Wood fire. Wood fuelled? LOL. It’s a range that is fuelled by burning wood. The rewriting and fixing will decrease my revenue stream to begin with. Then in 6 months or so once Google recognizes my updates and more readers are able to easily find and consume my content, it should go up. ~ karen!

  12. Gayle M says:

    Since you’re working on your blog posts, does it matter in your “Make snd Onion Braid” post you jump between onions and garlic during the tutorial/explanation? I’m (actually diagnosed, not just forgetful) ADD, and that stopped me in my tracks having to go back to see which I was suposed to be braiding, etc. Just thought you should know. Google might do the same, if not on her meds that day. Lol

  13. Hi Karen,
    At this point, I feel sorry for you… you probably read every single post as I did… and I couldn’t resist adding to it to tell you I feel sorry that I added to the wasted time 😏 get back to work! Bon courage!

  14. Christine Campbell says:

    Hi Karen
    As you can see from all of the other posts, we have missed reading about your adventures three times a week. So glad to hear you are not totally chained to your desk and are having some fun.
    I totally had a WWKD moment when I was pulling up my first batch of sweet potatoes. I guess they are a fingerling variety πŸ˜‰
    Keep up the good work and know that we are all waiting for you to come back!!
    Christine in BC

    • Karen says:

      WWKD? Karen probably would have left them in the ground a little longer, lol. πŸ™‚ Maybe you didn’t get them in the ground early enough? Other than their diminutive size they look perfect. ~ karen!

  15. Marie Anne says:

    The cooking class looks like fun! I have been on a stretch of no inspiration to cook… Something like this might Kickstart it again!
    I’m also going down memory lane of your posts. Love the patio furniture build, your Christmas decor. Oh and i just told some the other day that i want to make the fire glass square thing, i can’t think of its name. Your post on what you protected your floors with saved my stairs from orange doom, and so many laughs over the years! I’m looking forward to rereading all the ones I’ve forgotten. 😊

  16. Sarah Padron says:

    Hi Karen! This may be inappropriate and slightly scary but I think, being my bold self, it will help your boredom plight. Anyway, good luck and I hope this makes you laugh!

    https://pin.it/lorvauyt2jgg3d

  17. Laurie says:

    Glad to hear your written voice! Gas lamps look awesome! Love the braided onions! Timely. Speaking of -happy Thanksgiving next week and Im going to need you to start haranguing about Christmas prep soon though, is that happening this year?

    • Karen says:

      It actually probably isn’t Laurie. I really do need to take about 6 months off to focus on this. I will give you a reminder for sure, but there won’t be any harassing so you guys will have to pull your own weight for this year. I know you can do it! ~ karen!

  18. Jen says:

    Keep up the good work Karen, it is appreciated. I hope you’re not highlighting too much in blue.

  19. deanieday says:

    Missed you! What a huge job!!! I had no idea that Google was so restrictive, but you can do it!!!
    I just started following you on IG. Love the pictures. Also the cooking class looked great!
    Take care πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Deanie! And I don’t blame Google, it isn’t really being restrictive. It wants bloggers to make their posts so they have the most value to readers. I get it. :/ ~ karen!

  20. Jess says:

    I really miss blogs that pre-date all the requirements that are necessary now. I moved abroad in 2007 and started my research to do so in 2005. The blog posts were not necessarily pretty or professional, but they had so much great information on them. Very real experiences and tips and day to day life that wasn’t sanitized for advertising or really for the purpose of doing anything besides sharing information they knew others might benefit from. I considered moving again in 2015, and it was impossible to find anything of a similar quality. Every moving abroad blog had been ‘optimized’ with snazzy professional quality photos that were obviously the result of an endorsement agreement.

    I remember when I found your blog around 2013? and went back and read every single post that you had done earlier. It was nice to see the evolving style and focus as you became more knowledgeable and made bigger partnerships to help this be your full time job.

    I totally understand that you need to do what you have laid out because this is your full time job, but it will be sad to alter the historical record that has been created.

  21. Beth W says:

    Miss your posts, but am dying laughing along with you on Instagram πŸ™‚

    Do you want any editing points on posts? I find things as I read and never know whether to mention them… but since you’re on this big overhaul, I thought I’d offer. “If you can’t do either of those things you probably operate a phone or laptop either so I’m not worried about it” – it’s missing a “can’t” between probably and operate

    Keep at it!

  22. Suzanne says:

    I was so happy to see your latest post. I have wanted to write you for about two years now about the MOST WONDERFUL post ever written. Or at least the most helpful post I have ever read. It has saved us so much money and hours of my husbands time. It’s the post about toilet paper. Cascades toilet paper. Our house was built in 1954 so we have old sewer lines. Plus we live in Lassen National park ….. lots of trees with lots of roots. We were having problems with the sewer line about once a month. My husband and brother-in-law spent one Christmas Day outside in the snow working on that line. And then one day I read your post and thought what the hell, I have nothing to lose. I’m so happy to say that we have not had one problem since we started using Cascades. All that being said I wanted to tell you my story because I don’t think you should blue line this post. It really is the best. It could save the world and maybe bring word peace.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Suzanne! Don’t worry, I would never get rid of that post. Anything that has valuable information won’t get deleted. And THAT is valuable information. I spent thousands of dollars on new sewer lines before figuring out that different TOILET PAPER was all I needed. It’s been years and I haven’t had a single issue. I’m so glad you found my post before having to put out thousands like I did. ~ karen!

  23. Janine Ranwez says:

    KAREN WE MISSED YOU

  24. Roz Ball says:

    I wondered what happened to you? Did I miss the notice you gave?? Is this going to be your only post for the week now or is it just temporary till you get all this google work done?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Roz. If you read the last post I published prior to this one, it explains everything. I’ll be taking 6 months or so to go through all of my old posts. I will not be posting new information in that time, other than the odd post like this one you’re reading. I WILL however start (soon hopefully) to republish my older content that needed to be updated and improved. ~ karen!

  25. Dolores Fowler says:

    Karen…been missing you. It’s funny that I’m not the only one that doesn’t want to miss any of the blogs you might delete. I’ve been on a bad depression cycle lately due to deaths in the family and illness. I seem to have lost my funny bone. But I still enjoy reading your blogs and of course reading the comments. The one that made me laugh so hard that I cried was the one on your trip to Thailand and the story about Fish Pedicure. That one still makes me smile. Please don’t delete that one. I have saved on Pinterest. If you delete it, will it go away? How can I save it forever? I always go back to it to smile and see what happens when you get your way. One thing I wanted to ask was about TOMATOES. Lately when I cut into older store bought tomatoes, I’ve freaked out because they had squiggly thing that looked like worms. Turns out to be sprouting seeds. Internet says they’re poisonous, throw them away. WWKD?

  26. dee says:

    I can’t imagine deleting any of your posts!! And lesson to all of us……look beyond the first page in a Google search……I have found great material beyond that page.
    Thanks for the update.

  27. Lisa says:

    Love all your posts! You are always full of inspiration and the best humor!

  28. Cristie says:

    Hello! Long time No hear from! So glad to hear your still out there in cyber space!
    Just kidding around and look forward to your snippets

  29. carla says:

    I want to make an apron just like the one you are wearing at the castle stove. Is that yours or supplied by the castle? Probably simple enough to come up with design and dimensions, but I’ve been looking for a pattern to simplify the process. Haven’t found one yet. Also, sometimes you just need to see stuff multiple times or at just the right time. Been wanting to make an onion drying rack like yours, hadn’t gotten around to it. Seeing yours… again… I realize my sister gave me a shoe rack that is setup in a similar fashion and I’ll be able to use THAT for my onions and garlic next year! Yahoo!!! Drying beans? I just figured they dried on the plant…guess I need to research that one now…we won’t have a freeze for a while, so I think I’ve got a bit of time. Thanks for all you do!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carla. My pinafore is from Rough Linen who are now shipping to Canada for FREE. I’m not sure where you are but if you’re in Canada it’s a good deal. And beans do dry on the plant, but it was incredibly wet here for a bit and they were starting to sprout. So I pulled the entire plants up to dry on my porch in peace. ~ karen!

  30. Barbara H. says:

    All I have to say is GOOD LUCK! STAY THE COURSE! You inspire me all the time.

  31. Wendy says:

    I really miss starting the day (3 times a week at least) with info, great photos & most important HUMOUR. Whenever I’m questioning something I ask myself WWKD?
    (What would Karen do?)

  32. Rebecca Holt says:

    Hang in there, you can do this arduous task. Always be true to yourself. I’m beginning to hate the internet of things.

  33. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Dang it. I thought about going to that thing at Dundurn by totes forgot. We coulda bonded and everything. Glad you had fun but it would have been waaaay better with me there 😏.

  34. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Dang it all. I thought about going to that thing at Dundurn but totes forgot. We coulda bonded and everything. Or had a food fight. Ah well, glad someone had a good time there but it would have been waaay better with me 😏.

  35. Stephanie says:

    Pleaaaaase don’t delete the sock darning post! It was how I found your blog! And I also refer to it from time to time…. I am confident I don’t need to ask you not to delete any Cuddles or Cheez Whiz or Christmas house tour or Hallowe’en posts! πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing all you do!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie! Not to worry the darning post stays. I won’t be deleting any posts that have good information in them. Like sock darning. πŸ™‚ I will just be updating them. The posts that are being deleted are, for example, the post that was literally just a picture of a frog in my backyard. Yup. That was the whole post. It’s gone now, lol. ~ karen!

  36. Bev says:

    Ooh! I’m looking forward to the garlic article- planting mine in a week or two and it would be sooo good to have them bigger than frozen peas πŸ˜‚

  37. Marian says:

    Wow you are way more organized than I am… don’t know if I’ll ever get to doing that blog stuff. I’m just flying by the seat of my pants (now isn’t that a saying!). Good for you though! All the best and I’m sure you will reap the results!
    Cool cooking class and recipes too, you are amazing!

  38. Diane says:

    Sorry, I’m havin’ one of those days where everything makes my hair hurt. Farming is hard AF! I ain’t gettin’ no younger. I’m 55 and not ready to throw in the towel. The way you write is inspiring and makes me smile. p.s. Tall Clover Farm’s blog also makes me happy.

    • Karen says:

      Um, yeah, farming is hard. HARD. And at times 100% out of your control if you’re farming crops. Plus you know, the whole never ending thing with no days off ever. Good luck! Farmers are feeders and everyone loves food. ~ karen!

  39. Chrissy says:

    Missing you, K.

    Do you grow your own bay leaves?

  40. Doug K says:

    Ok, I can’t get the β€œhow to grow garlic” link to work… it says something about me being stupid…or something like that!
    Doug

    • Karen says:

      Oh! Sorry Doug, that’s because you’re stupid. LOLOL! Justttt kidding. That post won’t be available until midnight when it automatically publishes. You’ll get notified about it in your inbox when it’s up. Just a few more hours to go. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

  41. RG says:

    I know this is needful, but I am starting to worry that my favorite posts might be deleted. Is there any way you can give us a heads up on what’s going away so we can reread one last time?

    • Karen says:

      Only posts that are terrible are being deleted. Like ones that LITERALLY no one has looked at for an entire year. Many others that I think are reader favourites, but not necessarily ones that Google would have a use for have been archived ON my site. So even though it might not show up on Google when you search, you can always find it by searching my site. ~ karen!

  42. Vikki says:

    I’m hearing this same comment about Google from quite a few bloggers lately. While I like the instant access to all kinds of information today, I really HATE how the media drives our choices–likes/opinions/desires/information. One example (not on blogs): I wanted to watch the U.S. baseball World Series. On our satellite TV with 999 channels, I could find about 300 football games, lotsa basketball, various and sundry hockey, soccer, wrestling, racing, and probably even toe wrestling. But I could find no baseball. Whenever I read your latest blog, I always go back and read your earlier ones; that’s what I’ve been doing the past 2 weeks. Thank you for all the time and information and humor you put out there for us–your fans.

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! But it’s not entirely altruistic, I mean, selfishly I want to continue to make a living blogging, so to do that I have to keep updating. And crying. And drooling. ~ karen!

  43. I think you should be nominated for internet sainthood for doing all those good things to make your blog user friendly and explains them to share that knowledge with us!
    AND
    This was bonus blog with the Ontario Castle kitchen story…sounds like a great experience.
    Stay calm and carry on! πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      I’m tryingggggg. But I’m really getting antsy not doing stuff. I’m currently just holding myself back from stripping my dining room table before Thanksgiving, which is in a week here Canada. ~ karen!

  44. Jan Hebert says:

    What fun! I’d love to take a cooking class like that – in a castle!? How cool is that? The soup sounds amazing. I was looking for something to make for dinner, and I have all of those ingredients even if they are all store bought. I’m sure it will be almost as good. I love your kitchen too. Especially your copper pots! Nice collection! And how do you make your floor so shiny? Do you use a buffer? I’m so jealous. My kitchen floor is very similar but cranberry and cream in color. We have it on the diagonal too. I love it. Yours is lovely! Good luck with your updating. I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

    • Karen says:

      HI Jan! I actually put a finish on it a couple of times a year. πŸ™‚ It’s called Zep Wet Look Floor Finish. You can get it at Home Depot. At least you used to be able to! ~ karen

  45. Lin says:

    Hang in there dear. At least you are missing all the political hysteria. So consider yourself fortunate.

  46. Maria says:

    As long as you don’t delete the yogurt tampon one, it’s all good. I still have coffee up my nose from snorting while reading that one. It’s where I learned to never eat or drink while reading your blog.

  47. Jody says:

    Other than coveting your kitchen I covet the Dundurn Castle kitchen just as much….well…maybe your kitchen a bit more.
    Glad you’re still posting….I miss our thrice weekly adventures together.

  48. Kunyi says:

    Jesus Mary and Joseph. You are in purgatory. A very productive purgatory but nonetheless, purgatory. Or maybe the seventh ring of hell. Whatever. I wish you luck. Salve will not help with amount of drool youll be producing. So I’m sending a plastic bib. The ones with the catch basin at the bottom. I have a feeling the terry cloth ones aren’t going to cut it. But… thank you. You have amassed a phenomenal amount of practical and hilarious information on our behalf. Keep up the good work.

  49. Danni McLaughlin says:

    Oh, this is the super sexy part of blog life. Hang in there. Your old writing was excellent! I hunt for posts sometimes when I decide to do something I really don’t have the skills to do. Like once a month usually.

  50. Mike Clark says:

    The last time I saw you you were giggling and drinking whiskey. Was that before or after old-timey cooking and making soup? It’s hard to keep up with you.

    • Karen says:

      Old timey soup making was last weekend. πŸ™‚ Or maybe the weekend before? It was the first Saturday after I put myself on posting hiatus. ~ karen!

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