Well for starters, there seems to be a rather hopped up squirrel having a full-on, super-crazy-rave-dance-party in my attic. So that’s new.  I’m gonna have to do something about that.  Raves are so 1990, I don’t care if you are a squirrel and probably don’t know any better.  Get with the times there Skippy. For reals.  Nobody in the big city sneaks around hiding Ecstasy pills anymore.  They hide milking goats, and chickens.  Maybe the odd  plastic bag they were forced to get at the grocery store when they forgot their reusable one.

Stupid squirrels.

The other thing that’s new round these parts is the look of the blog. You may have noticed.   I mentioned when I switched over to the old new look, that I’d be changing things up with the seasons.  Dark for fall and winter, light for Spring and Summer.  Welcome to the Spring look of The Art of Doing Stuff.  Kind of like the weather, if you hate it, don’t worry about it ’cause it’ll eventually change again.

The other new thing is, I have finally opened up my SHOP page.   I’ve been spending the past several weeks curating pages of things that I love that I think you’ll love too.

The page is called The Good Stuff. For the moment you can get there from the large box at the top of my homepage, or you can just click on the “SHOP” button in my menu.


That’s just a sampling of the first few items, but you can see the sort of thing that’s there.  A bunch of stuff I like.

If it’s something I actually own, have used and love, it’s marked with a gold banner saying “Own it & Love it”.  So you can buy it knowing I don’t only like it, I own it, love it and recommend it.  So it’ll help you feel a bit safer about buying something you maybe aren’t sure of.

I created this page because I know how hard a time I have finding nice things on Amazon, Etsy, or wherever.  It’s just so overwhelming.  SO many choices.  The Good Stuff will be a place you can come if you are looking to buy someone a present and need some inspiration or even better, if you’re feeling like a little pick me up yourself.  Also they’re affiliate links so I make about 10 cents every time you buy something.  So there’s that.  It sounds ridiculous but those dimes really add up.  Soon I’ll be able to buy that goat.

The other section that’s up and running is an extension of one of my most popular regular posts “5 Books I’ve read and 5 Books I’m gonna read”.  That section is called Good Books.  That’s where I’ll list all of my favourite books including a lot of the ones I’ve read based on your recommendations in the comment section of my 5 Books posts.

It’ll be the fastest and easiest place on my site to come and look for a good book to read.

I still don’t have my Art of Doing Stuff Swag for sale (tea towels, reusable grocery bags, tshirts)  but that’s coming.  Eventually.  One day.  You know.  In the future.  When the squirrel parties have died down.

I’ll add to the lists every week so there will always be something new for you to look at. And if you look right now and scroll about half way down The Good Stuff page you’ll find something very, very appropriate for this moment in time.

Now for that giveaway.

As a thank you for reading my blog, as an incentive for you to look at my new Shop page and as a way of enticing new readers to The Art of Doing Stuff (yes, I’m pretty much always this transparent), Wednesday I am giving away …




Paid for by me, as a gift to you.  See you then!




  1. Sandra says:

    Good Stuff page works, but the Good Books link didn’t (from this page) – it did from the Good Stuff page.

    I want the processor – guess I have to wait until Wednesday? lol

    • Karen says:

      Thanks so much for letting me know Sandra. I was wondering if you wanted the processor. (just kidding … I’ve fixed the link) 😉 ~ karen!

      • Jacqueline MacDougall says:

        the book links go to amazon.com not .ca love this new area of your site!

        • Karen says:

          It should switch over automatically Jacqueline. (the links are to amazon.com but should switch to .ca if you’re clicking from Canada) I’ll look into it. thx. ~ karen!

          • gloria says:

            Occasionally, I buy from Amazon, but could you consider suggesting that your readers buy from an independent bookseller? I know Amazon is way easier, but a little more effort is not so much to ask to ensure a future that includes these wonderful places to shop for books. Or, another great option is your public library, heaven knows they need the business.

            • Karen says:

              Well, not really in this instance Gloria. You see, this is how I make my money. I get a (very) small commission from Amazon or Target or wherever else I find products I like and link to. Independent book stores just don’t offer that. I assume most people shop both online and in actual stores. This page is for people to use while shopping on line. ~ karen!

    • Gloria L. says:

      my most favorite blog was the one that you did on starting, and planting sweet potatoes & yams. Last year was my first time, and already have them going for this year.
      Pick Gloria Lundberg for the mixer, always wished I had one . Thnak Karen for what you do.

  2. Ell2 says:

    I definitely checked out your shopping page, got some ideas for purchases- most too expensive- I already have lots of the less costly items… but ideas nonetheless. Now, how do I enter to win the mixer- I still have my Mom’s from 1972- it works ok, but I cannot get accessories for it!

  3. Lavada says:

    The Secret Life of Squirrels – how apropos to this post! You absolutely crack me up! Happy Spring!

    • Jenn says:

      We have the book for our son, it’s a fun little read. Fascinating how the author set it all up for the photos of the squirrels, plus she’s Canadian.

  4. Cathy McCoy says:

    Love the Good Stuff site! Was tempted to get the chicken skeleton for my friends that recently opened the Brass Rooster Gastro Pub here in town. Think it would make a good bar accessory? I’ve already donated my pair of Royal Order of Exhausted Rooster mugs.

  5. Denise says:

    Love both lists, great eclectic variety!

  6. Michelle says:

    Had a long babbling post and was almost done when ignoring my battery back fired. Karma saved everyone! Anyway I will use the shopping and deep breathing exercises to recover from your squirrel attic rave induced ptsd. Understand I am recovering from a roof rat rave that cost us $25k and a year of construction hell! New ceilings, drywall, insulation, Air conditioning ductwork, and electric. So please tell mr squirrel to leave now!!! And my boy goats are milk goat mixes. Best pets ever but if they had not found a pet home they would have been eaten. Most milk byproduct babies share this fate. Just love my bratty boys. Lambert and Vincent Van Goat. You’d love their beautiful black and white coloring. Ok now to shop!!!

    • Michelle says:

      Ok the panic attack has eased for me. Even if I heard tiny running feet all night in my restless sleep. Now I have lots of stuff I really want. gold and copper are my obsession. As are wellies they come in handy with horse and goat chores. The thug cookbook is laugh out loud I love it although haven’t tried any recipes yet. Think I have some fun summer book ideas now.

    • Jen says:

      Vincent Van Goat! Love it! 😀

  7. Alison says:

    Love it all!! Thank you for curating a wish list for me to provide to family members for gift ideas!!!

  8. Joslynne says:

    Great new look and love the shop site!!

  9. TucsonPatty says:

    Love the lists, love the new lighter, springier looking blog, and want the Kitchenaid.
    I love the book list!! I have read many of these books – what great taste you have in literature!! ; ) I’m glad to see my all time favorite in my life: Laura Ingalls Wilder!
    I personally think the series should be required reading for every school child. You try to twist hay into sticks to burn and keep warm through a long freezing winter!

    • Karen says:

      The book list is a work in progress TucsonPatty. 🙂 I have a LOT of books to add to it so I’ll keep adding and adding. Just like The Goods list. ~ karen!

  10. Sarah says:

    My mother just gifted me her barely used white KitchenAid stand mixer, which probably means this will be the giveaway I win! (In which case I’ll really have to learn how to bake.)

    • Sarah says:

      I take that last part back. I revisited your first post ever earlier today, so I’ll probably tackle meat grinding before the whole baking thing.

  11. Nicole says:

    Five years ago I was having a perfect weekend ruined by the words “my real estate agent says there’s a squirrel in my house.” The problem being of course my brother was three time zones away and I was five minutes away. You have my sympathies. It probably took two years for me to stop jumping every time I saw a squirrel outside and I had a giant walnut tree in my back yard. If you like those French onion soup bowls you should check out Donn Zver pottery in Troy. I think he has some like that however I’m not currently seeing them on his website. Richard Fisher in Dundas does have a double handled soup bowl but it’s a bit deeper.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Hi Nicole, just thought you might like to know, if you don’t already, Donn’s got his spring 30% off sale this coming weekend. His website definitely does not show his complete line of pottery. I am a huge fan . . . wish I could afford a whole set of his dinnerware!

  12. Dawna says:

    I could do squirrel’s. They would be better then the white horned owl who moved in to our roof. It took two years before we could evict her and her owlets’ (they are protected in our area). There talons cause significant damage. They terrified our small dogs (add floor damage) and tried to eat one of our cats (vet bill). So squirrels? Bring it on! LOL

  13. Mel says:

    Ohhhh. Lovely things! I would be so so soooo happy to win this mixer. It would be treasured for years to come. My darling husband has been on a pankick (making pancakes almost every weekend for me, from scratch) but has an el cheapo type mixer which has a pathetic motor with a high-pitched annoying whine of trying to mix batter. He’s been smitten with The Great British Baking Contest show on Netflix, and I think that mixer would improve our baking experiences exponentially!

  14. Pam says:

    I own (and love) that mixer in black! Used it to make cherry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies today. Yum! I don’t have squirrels, but we have some pretty aggressive raccoon in the area. They’ve even attacked people recently. Maybe if they were taking ecstasy they’d be more loving.

  15. Lynn says:

    Had a pair of squirrels move in BETWEEN the first and second floors. Then they gave birth to a basketball team that practiced running continually from one side of the house to the other for months! Finally it warmed up enough for them to go exploring outside. After they moved out the hole got plugged and I had insulation blown between floors. Done. What a nightmare. Good luck!

  16. Ei Con says:

    No ‘Geek Love’ on the Good Books page? Thought that was a fav of yours.
    Always wanted one of those mixers. Sigh.

  17. Suzanne says:

    My friends had raccoons in their attic. A momma and 3 babies. The damage was horrific. They had to move out of their home for 6 weeks while the repairs to the roof, duct work, sheet rock, and painting were made. I hope your squirrel is easier to tame.

  18. Jennie Lee says:

    Long ago, I kept potted plants in my attic windows. I had colorful marbles on top of the soil, just to look nice. One day, I heard a really weird noise coming from the attic. A raccoon had come in through the window, and was rolling the marbles all over the floor. At least it wasn’t playing 90s music, like your squirrels.

  19. Elaine says:

    Hi Karen: is it my imagination or my eyesight but …. is the grey background now lighter in color? I’m so glad you have a Book List as I love reading and like to hear what others are reading especially since two of my favorite authors got up in years and have now passed away. Chatelaine has a pretty good book recommendation too but will certainly be checking yours out AND your Shop!

    A present being given on Wednesday? Wow! What do we have to do … just write in on Wednesday or what? In any event, good luck to all the entrants.

  20. Kelly says:

    How do we enter this giveaway? I cannot live without a KitchenAid, as anyone who has ever lived with me can attest!

  21. Jeannette says:

    Would love to win the mixer. I use an old handheld and could never see the need for the stand type…til I got old and now I have arthritis and it hurts to hold that thing for 2 or 3 minutes. So, yeah, now I see the point of it. It would be great.

  22. Lynne says:

    Love your new Shop page and especially your Good Books. Looking forward to weekly updates. Good luck with your squirrel quest – we’ve had them – I swore they were raccoons wearing army boots up there – but the guy that installed at the ‘one way door’ found wisps of red fur on the entrance. So my giant visitors ending up being tiny red squirrels. So much for my powers of identification. P.S. Great colour choice for the mixer.

  23. Marna says:

    Sorry to hear about the squirrel. We’ve only had rats over the years, they do a lot of damage too. We have nasty neighbors who must raise the rats in their yards. I would like about half of what you have in your shop! I saw that the chocolate bunny was out and the owl lamp. I pinned some items that might become gifts. (I have a board just for gift ideas, comes in handy.) I love some of the books you have in the list, and added some to my list to purchase later, thanks. 🙂

  24. Auntiepatch says:

    I love both lists! Thanks for the giveaway! Love the squirrel book, too!

  25. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Yes, Karen, I would love to win the mixer!

  26. Noreen says:

    Hey there!
    Do you ship to the UK?

    • Karen says:

      Hey Noreen! The objects come from all over the place, and they’re the ones who ship it. So in some cases yes, and some cases no in terms of shipping to UK. As far as the KitchenAid giveaway goes, it will be wired for North American use. :/ ~ karen!

  27. Suzanne says:

    Hey Karen! Love the new pages! Just letting you know the link for the butcher’s knife sends you to the page for the lamp. Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t wait to enter on Wednesday!

  28. Gillian says:

    None of the cookbook –> Amazon links work. 🙁 Also, when you hover over the links in the post above they completely disappear.

    Just a few glitches I know I’d like to know about if someone found them on my page. <3

    How do I enter the contest?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gillian. There’s an issue with Amazon not flipping the links from .com to .ca for some reason. And no I had NO idea when you hovered over the links with my new white background that they disappeared entirely, lol. Thanks I’ll fix it. 🙂 ~ karen!

  29. Lisa says:

    I’ve also had squirrels in the attic, running between the floors, generally having a grand old time exploring all the odd spaces between the walls and floors my crooked old house! Freddie Freeloader brought home a wife, started a family and we had to wait until the kids were old enough to venture out on their own before we sealed everything up tight. Totally freaked my cats out for weeks!

    Love the new look by the way – and I’m totally down with helping you get a goat!

  30. Katie says:

    Like the new look! Also, love the sentiment on those socks on your shopping page…as a teacher, I could proudly wear those with a high degree of truth and accuracy at least once a week…haha!

  31. Jenny W says:

    Must be a time zone issue, or the nor-easter that blowing through here, but I don’t have the new lighter spring-y-er look 🙁

  32. Sandra Lea says:

    Well the chicken skeleton is a little creepy but I’m not into chickens like you are. But the rest of the stuff is great.

  33. Jamieson says:

    Beautiful! Welcome, Spring Stuff!

  34. Teresa Jennings Richardson says:

    Nice changes. I’ve wanted a stand mixer for years but had no where to put it. I just got my counter tops cleaned off, and while I like that bare-to-the-bones look, I think I’d enjoy that mixer there too. I hate our neighborhood squirrels. The rascals raid my garden, eat every fig before they get ripe, snatch the strawberries before I can, tease my dachshund, chase the birds, strip my pecan tree and drop those painful-to-bare-feet empty shells across my back yard. They are fun to watch running through the neighborhood through the treetops this time of year although I’d rather have them gone. They made mighty fine eating when I was a child….

  35. Thera says:

    Love you, love your blog, yes please to a Kitchen Aid processor!!!

  36. Barb says:

    Yes to entering the mixer contest! I could use it to make bread dough for my new veggie farm/egg business.
    The umbrella flipping the bird made me laugh right out loud (I think I woke the dog!) and I want a brass knuckle mug. Great stuff! I love that so much beautiful and funny stuff is on one page- now if I only had some extra cash. Are you giving away any of that?

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Barb. Come back on Wednesday to enter to win the Kitchen Aid. And next Friday I’m going to give you all a chance to tell me what you’d like to win in the future! ~ karen

  37. Stephanie says:

    Hi Karen, as a fellow Canadian, I was a little sorry to see that the two products in the Shop that I clicked on were linked to Amazon.com instead of Amazon.ca, particularly now that the loonie is so low – any reason for that?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie! All my products link to Amazon.com first, then Amazon switches it over to Amazon.ca if the product is available in Canada. The reason I link to Amazon.com first is that is 75% of my readers are American and only 15% or so are Canadian. Many products are available in both countries, but the odd time (as you found out) it’s only sold in the US. ~ karen!

  38. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    Congrats on the shop Karen! I hope it makes loads of money for you. I was sooooo excited when I saw TAODS logo, thought I was finally going to buy a cloth with that fab hatchet……..

  39. Susan says:

    I’ve been lusting after a Kitchenmaid mixer for years I’ve also been lusting after the idea of owning goats. Those cute, sweet pygmy goats that can clear our property of rambles, poison ivy, and wild viburnum shrubs that are taking over the woods. I haven’t visited your shop yet because I’m sure I’ll only find something else to lust over. Something probably in linen.

  40. Sara says:

    Well, day-ummmm, you have good taste! LOVE the leaf vase and the bee earrings, and the knife, but when I clicked on “buy it” it took me to the lamp. :/ p.s. You’re fun to shop with because you don’t talk a lot.

    • Karen says:

      I know, lol. I’ve fixed the knife page. 🙂 I love that leaf vase too! I wasn’t sure anyone else would like it but I do so I added it. ~ karen!

  41. Diane Richards says:

    Love the spring/summer look, the shop and the book page.

    Would love that KitchAid stand mixer! Fingers crossed.

  42. Dorothy R. Stanley says:

    I am a new member of your club. Thanks so much for the Goods….I am an older lady and I do shop frequently online but get overwhelmed by all of the choice……and have been disappointed at the quality of some items I have purchased. Now I have an expert “shopping assistant.” Thanks…. There on three items on today’s “Goods” that I plan to purchase!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Dorothy! I know how overwhelming browsing on the Internet to shop is. It isn’t so hard if you know exactly what you’re looking for, but if you’re just looking for a few good ideas it’s really time consuming. This should help a bit. ~ karen!

  43. Trish Oriordan says:

    I am always so happy when someone loves “A Confederacy of Dunces”. I gave that book to my dad and he didn’t get the humor, which was heartbreaking. But hey, there’s you.

  44. Jody says:

    Happy Spring–finally. So happy you have the link to great books to read. It takes the exhausting work out of reading all the synopsis and figuring out what I want to read.

  45. Shelby says:

    This is very cool! Just this past week, I ordered something from one of your sponsors totally unprompted by your newly-designed page! (Old habits . . . blah, blah, blah.) Thanks so much for sharing, well, you with me/us. Oh, yeah, being selected for the mixer would totally rock, too! Super-crazy-rave-dance-party rock!!!


  46. Samantha Pellegrino says:

    I love you, your site and your squirrel parties. Even if I don’t win the mixer, I’ll still be around. ?

  47. Donna says:

    YAY It’s finally Spring and it’s snowing here this morning. I’d love to bake some cookies if I only had a beautiful brand new mixer ! Love your new shopping pages.

  48. Diana says:

    The link for the knife is broke. It shows the lamp instead.

  49. Dorothy R. Stanley says:

    How do you “sign up” for a chance to win the mixer?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dorothy. The contest is on Wednesday. I said that in the post but everyone is asking about it, lol, so I’ll go and make the notice that it’s Wednesday a bit more prominent. Details will be available in Wednesday’s post. 🙂 ~ karen!

  50. Barbara says:

    Love the lighter spring look and have a list of things I’d like from the shop. Winning the mixer would be great!

  51. Carolyne says:

    Is the giveaway for all your newsletter readers, people who comment, or just for me?

    i don’t see any instructions.

  52. T.B says:

    My husband purchased that mixer earlier this year and also bought the sausage & slicer attachment. He has been making breads and sausages. Love your posts and your new shopping page. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next blog on Wednesday.

  53. Tina Settimi says:

    Hi Karen, love the new look. I have a black kitchen aid and yes love love it but I’m afraid it’s on it’s last leg hope i win!!!

  54. Kiara says:

    Coming to chime in with the “how do I win the mixer” crowd!

  55. Jen says:

    On Friday I got the “Haaaaaaay” Cards…just couldn’t help myself and today I was going for the umbrella…freakin AWESOME! BUT, alas, it was not to be…it was unavailable. No worries, though, I put it on my wish list. LOVE IT! 🙂 Love the brass knuckles mug, too. I will probably end up getting those socks for my husband…he’ll wear them proudly to work. LOL

    And Love the Good Books page! I’ll be visiting that one again soon! I would also love the mixer as mine starts smoking if stressed and my house is a smoke-free house…working on stress-free but aren’t there yet.

    Good start to the week! Thanks!

  56. Roberta Boe says:

    Your stuff is great!
    The knife is broken! ;((((

    How to enter the give away?

  57. That mixer has my name on it!

  58. Erin says:

    WooHoo! Sign me up for that mixer, please.
    Love the “Bird” umbrella and would love to get that anatomical chicken for our resident chicken dispatcher. Maybe that’s grim.

  59. Alberta Gal says:

    Squirrel in the attic is likely more trouble than a moose living on the front porch (yup … a yearling moose hung out on my front porch from mid March to mid April a few years ago). Don’t be fooled by the word ‘yearling’. This animal was already huge. Think she was trying to keep warm close to the house. We named her ‘Mindy’.

    Squirrels cause loads of damage. They also love soda crackers … must be the salt. I use a live trap, put some crackers at the far end, and place it on its main travel route. Doesn’t take long. What to do with the varmints? Lucky for me there is a wild life refuge (large section of land, no hunting allowed) about 20 minutes away, and I drop them off there.

    Fortunately, we don’t have rats and racoons. Alberta has had a rat patrol, literally, for the last 40 years, mainly along the Alberta / Saskatchewan Border.

    Hmmm … a Kitchen Aid mixer ….

  60. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    I missed the squirrel post…and I can’t find it…which makes me sad…’cause I would love to know the stories of someone else who has guests in the roof! I must say a new Kitchen Aid would make me feel better! Mine is a 20 year old hand-me-down for which I am most grateful!

  61. maggie van sickle says:

    Hey Karen I like the way you set things up. Very easy to navigate. I don’t always comment but I read each and every one.. I love the comments some folks make. Checked over your shopping page and the boots. knife and leather (at least it looks like leather) bag stand out for me. I once was given a Wolfgang Puck stainless steel mixer with all the attachments and I figured I would never use it. Gave it to my Daughter in Law and she did use it. Wished I had of kept it so a new mixer would be nice. Have a great day.

    • Karen says:

      That leather bag is beautiful! It’s not cheap, lol. But it looks expensive. It’s from Frye so at least you know it’s a good quality, rugged bag, like their boots. One day. 🙂 And I know you’re a reader. You comment quite a bit! ~ karen!

  62. Rebecca says:

    I am so thrilled you have these pages! Especially for the book recommendations!

  63. Michelle says:

    Love the new shopping page! I can’t wait to start shopping!

  64. Mary W says:

    Everytime I click on the big knife – it goes to a target lamp that is unable to mail. Weird. Love all the “things” you posted – great selection.

  65. Ellen says:

    I bet it was Mama Squirrel looking to make a nest for her babies…better check for eenie weenie babies before you shuffle her outside again. 🙂
    Am I the only person in the world without a stand mixer…can’t wait until Wednesday!
    Mmmmmm…..Spring shopping….boots for the garden…YES!!

  66. christine says:

    How could a plastic anatomy chicken be out of stock? It scares me that there enough wackos like me that would need that.

  67. Kay says:

    I live in a 43 foot Motorhome full time, traveling Canada and the US, I didn’t bring a mixer and it sure would be nice to have one!

  68. Cred says:

    I do love the new additions. Always in search of a worthy read (have picked up a few from your recommendations in the past) but this will make it easier to find.
    But the shop…. Makes me want to spend money I don’t have. Really love that messenger bag.

    • Karen says:

      That messenger bag is the thing that makes my heart pound. The price does as well, but … wow. Pitter patter. ~ karen!

  69. Liz says:

    love the shop 🙂 I noticed the stoneware baker in particular, I picked one up at Value Village last year but have never tried it. Have you cooked with one?

  70. Myrna says:

    Lists are good. I love lists. And Kitchen Aid mixers.

  71. laura says:

    I would like to win the mixer because I would like to give it to a relative. Her mixer has broken and she is without one. I cannot afford to buy her one at this time.

  72. j says:

    So glad to see your Good Stuff page!! Love everything! So convenient!! Bought two of your dining room chairs! I am looking forward to the big delivery. Now I have to get that room painted!!

  73. MichelleR says:

    Wow, wow love your shop page. Lots of cool stuff and I like the variety of products. Something for everbody….I like that mixer too.

  74. Jan says:

    Squirrels! Have you ever caught one in a mouse trap? I don’t recommend it. I had a mouse trap set in the attic, because I could hear the little vermin rattling around with acorns in the wall at night. Last week after I got in bed for the night, the most alarming noises started coming from inside the bedroom wall. My dog Marvin became so unglued, I thought he was going to rip a hole in the sheetrock! My attic is no picnic to get into, a pull down trap door in the garage and the light is burned out. I had crawled up there with a flashlight to put the mouse trap in place. So it’s midnight, and I really didn’t want to change out of my jammas, etc….. But the noise and the dog were going to make anything else impossible! When I got to the top of said wall, there was such a commotion! Just as I was sweeping around with the flashlight A really freeked out squirrel popped out of a hole in the insulation and made a beeline for me! Holy shit! It ran right past me, WITH a mouse trap attached to a front paw! And I mean it was freaking OUT! No way was I going to catch it. What to do what to do?! Besides the Airedale Terrier that was trying to eat into the wall, I also have an old arthritic Jack Russell who used to hunt groundhogs, who hates all kind of furry critters. So down I go to let her out of her crate (not properly housebroken); and proceeded to carry her up that pull down ladder. She knew something was up and squirmed and screamed the whole time, wringing out of my grasp just as we got into the attic. She started running around crazy-like, but in 2 minutes had caught the squirrel! Behind the chimney where I can’t get to her or see. And she won’t come out! The struggle ceased; I knew the squirrel was dead, and she was just lying on top of the living room ceiling, where there is no attic floor, happily devouring her catch of the day (err night). I could hear the bones crunching. Well, I couldn’t get to her, she wouldn’t come to me, and I was freezing; so I retreated down the ladder and closed the trapdoor. Of course I was way too wound up to sleep for quite some time, like not until about 4 AM, but I did finally drift off. About 7 AM, opened the trap and there she was, pretty fat and satisfied; right there at the top of the ladder waiting for me to carry her down. Her tail wagging faster than it has in a long time.
    That was 4 nights ago, and I still hear the mice in the wall……………….

  75. Kitty says:

    Hi Karen, I recently discovered your post and became a follower. I read them and ALL of your other followers’ comments. WOW, I thought you were a little off the wall, but it appears you have gathered quite a flock. I guess, as they say ” birds of a feather..” or is it chickens of a feather?
    Love it all.
    Waiting for Wednesday with high hopes.

  76. West Coast Nan says:

    Love the new Spring look, and that brass knuckle mug is awesome! Will watch for Wednesday’s post about the stand mixer give away!

  77. Sonja says:

    Like the Spring look. Watching for mixer info! Lucky recipient!

  78. Cussot says:

    The blog looks super – I love the navbar’s drop-downs, not sure why, I just do.

    The sidebar hen photo “Top 10 Tips for new readers” isn’t clickable for me and I assume it should be?

  79. Jan in Waterdown says:

    If I read one more request about how to enter the mixer draw, I’m going to stab myself in the eye. You are the epitome of patience! lol

    • Bellygrl says:

      This comment really made me lol. I love this blog because it is educational and funny, and has the most hilarious readers around! I also really like the book list. Already have a Kitchen Aide, so I won’t enter the contest ON WEDNESDAY!

  80. Vanessa Richardson says:

    Oh man, this new page is going to be trouble for me. I want the umbrella, the bee earrings, the geometric pillows… I want all the stuff! Really though, I want to thank you. I seriously hate shopping. Having a page like this will save me so much time!

  81. Jennifer says:

    Well I’ll just have to have that see thru chicken! And the mixer!

  82. Linda in Illinois says:

    Apropos – Secret lives of Squirrels.. love it. I would love a reusable grocery bag, when you get them loaded. I seem to be addicted to them, most times I use them as handbags depending on what is pictured on the front..

  83. Lin N says:

    Really like the new page look’n’feel. Easy on the eyes, easy to navigate. Your always witty and shiny personality in your writing….maybe a little hit of yellow amongst the black for ‘pop-ness’. Keep up the goodness and laffs.

  84. Awesome items in your Good Stuff! Really like the Owl lamp.

  85. Cindy says:

    I LOVE the idea of the gold swag letting me know which things you actually have and love. Ingenious, girl <3

  86. SuzyMcQ says:

    Need. Those. Sconces.

    Maybe in my new kitchen….I’m adding them to the list.
    BTW, the chocolate bunnies from Wms. Sonoma are gone……..

  87. Amelia Naccarto-Coleman says:

    Great stuff!

  88. martina says:

    I love the content on your site so much! The new, lighter, design looks great, but… I have one complaint that’s been bugging me (as a web designer) for a while. The top bar hovers in the top middle of the page but as you scroll the text scrolls up and beside the sidebar. I find this very hard on my brain for some reason. It’s distracting and serves no purpose. Also, the drop downs are about a pixel off to the left. Please take these as the smallest nits to pick!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Martina! Are you talking about the “sticky menu”. So when you’re scrolling down a post or in the comment section, the menu doesn’t disappear? It stays stuck to the top of the page? That’s so if you’re way down in the comments you don’t have to scroll all the way back up to get to the menu. ~ karen!

      • martina says:

        That is what I mean and I totally get why you have it, and like it as a concept. It’s just that when it “sticks” and you scroll down the page the text on the page doesn’t disappear when it moves beside the sidebar, a little of it now is next to the bar and it looks really odd. I can email you a screencap of what I mean if you want. The other point it just about the alignment problem on the dropdown menu of the bar.

      • martina says:

        I re-read my original comment: I said sidebar, but meant topbar.

  89. jeanne says:

    Love your site! Keep up the good squirrel hunting!

  90. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Hey Squirrel Girl, I am the proud owner of a Haveaheart squirrel trap and would be happy to loan it to you in return for a small consideration with regards to Wednesday’s draw. Just kidding. You are welcome to borrow it, just lemme know.

  91. On a totally unrelated note: I saw that you pinned a chicken tunnel on pinterest. In case you were considering one, I though I’d share mine: https://forgottenskills.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/remodeling-the-chicken-tunnel/

    The local newspaper even ran an article about it!

  92. Gretchen says:

    I love the curated list – thank you!

  93. Grammy says:

    Tree rats. That’s what we call squirrels in my family. Sorry you have one in your attic. Every now and then, in warmer weather, the little pissers run around on my roof at night and it sounds like they’re in the attic. A few years ago my husband kept saying they weren’t I kept saying I HEARD them and they are. Then, very late one night when I was sitting quietly in the living room and everyone else was in bed asleep (it was very late at night) I heard some scritching and scratching and then a big WHOOOMP and a thud. Then nothing. Turned out the owls in the neighborhood are pretty good at catching dinner from the roof. It’s happened several times since then.

    Scare the little critter out of your attic and onto the roof. Then maybe an owl will take care of the problem for you.

    And thank you for that link to the French Onion Soup Bowls. I was just thinking a few days ago I’ve got to get me some of those and then you pop up with the most beautiful set. Yours is the only blog I’ve ever bought anything “from” — meaning I don’t trust just anybody’s recommendations on what’s good. Every single thing I’ve purchased that I’ve found on your site has been the best. So now I’m going to buy some soup bowls.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Grammy! I hope the soup bowls work out for you. I haven’t seen them in person or used them myself but they look great. I love the colour of them. Ahem … “color”. ~ karen!

  94. Cindy says:

    Way to go Karen!! Congratulations on your success with your very cool blog. I like that you are changing it up. Hey, do you use much of what SumoMe has to offer? I installed it just now and will take a look at it later.
    I got nothin’ for you with the squirrel situation. How dare they have a party in your house and not even give you an invite.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cindy. Thanks! It’s a lotta work to keep a blog going. A LOTTA work. I use List Builder and all of its features with Sumome. I used the free version for the first year but last October or so I upgraded to the pay per use which lets me do things like A/B testing, I might get more pop up templates (I can’t remember) and I really like the click triggers. Also they give a ton of free live, video workshops. ~ karen!

      • Cindy says:

        I’m trying to get more technical with mine so I can do more things. I have blog posts written but wanted to use the more high-tech platform to migrate them and have failed in my quest. It’s been quite a while since I’ve felt so utterly stupid as I can figure most things out with the help of the Great and Wonderful Google. I know that once I get to where I want to be using my localhost platform I’ll be in much better shape. If you’d like to say, “Been there, done that chica” read this post:

  95. Sara says:

    Stupid Squirrels, you said it. We once had an episode where one came down our chimney and got stuck in the cast iron heat stove, fortunately it was in the summer, so no fire. Anyway, hilarity ensued as we proceeded to remove it from the stove and then the house.

    Love the lists and shopping ideas….also love the mixer.

  96. Gayle says:

    You’ll get hooked on Janet Ivanovich. I just finished 22 and loved it.

  97. Etta says:

    Here in North Carolina I live in a maritime forest near the beach. LOTS of trees. With nuts. LOTS of nuts. LOTS of squirrels. In the attic.
    Take a sock, fill it half full with mothballs and tie a long string around to close it. LONG STRING. Open the hatch to the attic, hold on to the end of the string and toss the sock as far as you can. (Depends on the size of your attic, obviously ) keep the string dangling so that you can retrieve the sock later on.
    The squirrels can’t move the sock out of the attic, ( they will however carry single mothballs out , so don’t go th r owing loose mothballs around) they HATE the smell…So they leave. In a hurry. Stampede. Done.
    One sock is plenty ! I overdid it the first time, and the smell invaded my house ! You don’t need much.
    You’re welcome.

  98. Karin Sorensen says:

    YOU…. are the shit. Or, for the easily offended, you are the cat’s miau or meaow for those not speaking German…. I love you.

    I loooooooove your shop section. I don’t buy stuff online, ever. I would buy your stuff, I trust you. How can one go wrong with the Famemaster 4D Vision Chicken Anatomy Model or the “Get your own fluffin’ tools” sign???? One simply cannot. I love pretty much every thing you’ve got hooked up to The Good Stuff. Looks like I gotta get a third job to be able to get it all.

    You are awesome for giving away a KitchenAid. I already got one with meat grinder and sausage attachement- which apropos of nothing, how bout you do a post about making sausage? Yes yes??? I would love that.

    Anywho, I am in loooove with your shop. Only thing I’m not seeing is a different background, but that could just be me and since I love the dark one it don’t much matter, I reckon.


  99. Marti says:

    So… not the comment here will get me the KitchenAid mixer (do they call that a “processor” in Canada? Is that another CA thing? It’s all sooooooo confusing!) (or not) but in fact, I have to click in here again on Wednesday… and make another comment?

    All I have to say is that fro-yo tampon video oughta be in those top ten tips, Karen. I find that endlessly fun to mail to friends… even if they aren’t having, ahem, that situation. I mailed it to a friend’s medical student husband. He’s going to be a foot doctor… not sure he “got it.” But I laughed anyway, and what’s really more important?

    So here’s a question. I do buy things from Amazon. If they aren’t linked above, BUT I log to your page and use those links to enter Amazon.com, BECAUSE I’M A GOOD SPORT, will that get you your dime, anyway?

    • Karen says:

      Yes ma’am! That works just fine. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Marti says:

        Excellent news. Because I want to drop a dime on you sometimes (who else would I want to support this way? Shall I let all the profit go to Amazon? I think… not.) But I’m far too lazy to search out the links buried in the posts.

        Good job making filling your pockets, .10 at a time, easier for us!

  100. Denise says:

    Yoo-Hoo, Karen!!!!!! Is there something special I need to do to enter the fantastic giveaway???? Thank you Karen!!!!


  101. Pam says:

    I have loved and learned so much from your blog!


  102. Kris says:

    The chicken is fascinating, but the candlesticks are my favorite things!

  103. Tina Jeffrey says:

    I just discovered your blog 4 days ago, discovered the shop button last night (what can I say, there’s a lot of blog to read!) and bought the squirrel book! Actually 2 copies, a hard cover for me and a pre-purchase of the card (baby) book for my grandson and grandson-to-be. I love your blog (and not just because I want the mixer!)

  104. Sandy says:

    LOVE the new “shop” page! In a kinda-related thing, I’ve made a few purchases as The Kitchen Witch after hearing about it from you. Great, little shop!

  105. Suzanne Moore says:

    Just want to say that I love your blog ! Who won your give-away? So nice of you. Happy Easter

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