Where ya from?

Hey!  Sorry!  There isn’t any actual post here, lol. It was sent out by mistake. (The post that was here called “Where ya from” was the original post that I rewrote and published yesterday). Good thing I was awake when this one was accidentally published so I could panic write this moderately convoluted explanation. 🤣

But since I have you here …. if you had any interest in joining The Art of FUN Stuff and you like gardening, right now is the time to sign up.

I send out the FUN Stuff mail tomorrow so if you join now, you’ll get this month’s mailing.  


Saturday evening The Art of FUN Stuff is heading to my community garden for a live 1 hour ZOOM.  We’re going to tour the community garden I’m a part of, walk through my own garden which is a DISASTER at this time of year, and I’m going to answer any gardening questions you have.

It’s going to be the first beautiful weekend of the season and I’m really excited to do this ZOOM from there. I was at the garden tonight and the Osprey were flying, I heard a coyote and saw my first snake!


I’m giving away a copy of Discovering Dahlias by Erin Benzakein.


Honestly, I didn’t plan this whole infomercial. It all just came out in a panic when I realized an out of date old post was accidentally published, lol.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have envelopes to stuff. Like seriously, I’m closing the laptop and going back to stuffing envelopes. .

Have a good weekend, whatever you do!


  1. Vanessa says:

    From Auckland New Zealand – wet and a little windy – originally from Johannesburg South Africa

    • Jane says:

      Also from New Zealand in a little coastal hamlet of Te Horo Beach, we have just had the most almighty rain storm and have had our road in and out flooded. Pleased though because we are on tank water and the tank is now over flowing.

      • I used to live at Te Horo Beach – Dixie St and Pukenamu Road – good times!!

      • Jane Hill says:

        TO understand this comment you need to know that Te Horo Beach would only have about 1000 residents at any time. The chances that 2 people reading your blog would have lived in a different country in a tiny hamlet with no shops or footpaths etc are remarkable.

    • Stephen says:

      And another New Zealander – Picton, sunny, 15C, and with the best leeks we’ve ever grown, thanks to the wonderful Karen…. Always look forward to her ramblings!

    • Kerryn says:

      Another South African here, but still reside in South Africa, down the South Coast in a little place called Umkomaas.
      Whenever I comment on posts like these I never know whether to put our weather in Celsius, which is how we get it (26 going into “winter” today), or whether I have to convert to Fahrenheit (79) so everyone else who reads the blog can understand 😁

  2. Janet says:

    Just up the road from you in Hamilton (Westdale)

  3. kelly says:

    Weed, California it’s been cold and wet and expecting more

  4. SK says:

    Texas and it’s stormy outside. Fortunately, this neck of the woods missed the hail

  5. Mel says:

    Started reading your blog in Maryland, moved to Virginia, now I’m one of those many Californians. But I feel like a fraud of a Californian. Our weather is clear (for now) and mid 50s, as usual.

  6. Nancy C says:

    From the USA, Down south, as in South Carolina. Love the chic pics and the kitchen redo( esp the pantry, I have been panting over your little assembly ). Don’t like the recipes ( Did I mention I am president of the local liar’s club?). The weather here is a perfect 69 degrees with 81% humidity and 5 mph winds outside. Inside it is probably more like 15 mph winds since our baseball team just won a big game and my husband is very vocal about these things. Enjoy your blog immensely.

    • Nancy C says:

      Also, the Betty video is awesome. Anyone who has not seen it should indulge. Deserving of Best Choice Music Award.

  7. Kat says:

    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada… whoo hoo Alberta is in the lead!

    • Sandra D says:

      Calgary, west of Med Hat! Yesterday it got to 19 C above. Beautiful out. Should be about the same today. I’m going to plant my potatoes and corn.

  8. Lori says:

    Cassopolis, Michigan

    Chilly and raining.

  9. Betty says:

    Great Falls, Montana. It’s raining, and my flower & veggie gardens are happy, happy. Have a great long weekend!

    • Jessica says:

      Love your Blog!!! Recently Joined … think I discovered you from a Instagram post about chickens … anyway tuning in from Southern NY (Not the City) todays going to be sunny and just reaching 70* The perfect day for playing in the dirt.

    • Holli says:

      Emigrant, MT. Snow on the ground 2 days ago. Today is glorious, sunny, and 70 degrees!

  10. Chartrice says:

    Alvarado, Texas! Warm and rainy for several weeks (and more next week!)..starting to mildew..lol

  11. Right now I’m in Croydon, Victoria, Australia (an Eastern suburb of Melbourne). I see we’ve made number 4 on the list yay!

    Looking out the window its overcast but it looks like the rain might be done for today. We’ve had record rain for Autumn, always good for the garden. There was also record snow on the Mountains yesterday, luckily it doesn’t reach where I live as I’m not the biggest fan of freezing weather.

    Love your blog, keep up the excellent work!

  12. TASMANIA – The little island state beneath mainland Australia (NOT in Africa – that’s Tanzania).
    The cold snap continues, but today we’ve had sunshine, though there’s still a dusting of snow on Mount Wellington.

  13. Amy says:

    Santa Cruz, California here. It’s cool right now, somewhere around 60 degrees and sunny. Give Cuddles a cuddle for me!

  14. Auntiepatch says:

    San Diego CA – thankfully it’s RAINING!

  15. Tracy says:

    California gal loving this rain!! With drought this is desperately needed. Thanks for your fabulous blog!

  16. Sarah says:

    I’m originally from Texas, but I now live in Oklahoma City, OK. :) We’ve had record rainfall this year, so it reminds me a lot of Tallahassee, FL, where I spent five glorious years (right before moving to this barren wasteland). We’re expecting severe weather this weekend: tornadoes, hail, torrential rain, and the like. With any luck, I’ll be back in force on Monday. Wish me luck!

    P.S. I’m always ridiculously envious of your garden.

  17. Amber says:

    Originally I’m from the Yukon in Canada, but currently living in Vermont. Because it’s as close to Canada as I can be while in the states, and not just geographically!
    But I have to ask: you have readers in Lesotho? Where the hell is Lesotho?

    • Marlene says:

      I’m from Cape Town, South Africa, where the autumn chill is setting in.
      To Amber – Lesotho is in South Africa, a little mountainous kingdom completely landlocked by South Africa.

      • Marie-Louise says:

        Hi Marlene,

        Fellow Capetonian over here! Rather chilly tonight. Nice to spot you here :)

      • Marlene says:

        Hi Marie-Louise

        Ha, ha, loving this – so surreal!! SOuth Africans meeting on a Canadian blog!! The fog this morning reminds me that I need to win the lottery so I can chase the sun! Have a great week further, and stay warm!!

      • Irene says:

        Johannesburg, South Africa.
        So nice to see that us S’Affers made the top 10! :-)
        And yes, Autumn is here. HOT during the day, and getting seriously chilly at night.

      • Marlene says:

        Hi Irene
        Jozi is my birth city!! Still miss it! Especially now that the cold’s on the way – I love that JHB winters are cold and dry – I cannot handle wet cold, brrrr! Give my love to the City of Gold please!
        Have a splendid week!

      • Irene says:

        Marlene, you get to enjoy the mountain and the (freezing) ocean. :-D
        But ya, I never could figure out the logic of rain in winter instead of summer! You NEED the rain in summer!

      • Karen says:

        Isn’t it funny? All the South Africans here! I love it. ~ karen!

    • Kathleen says:

      LOL! Lesthoto is a country within the borders of South Africa.

  18. Kathie says:

    Bucks County Pennsylvania. A beautiful night and 55 degrees.

    • Roxanne says:

      Hi, Kathie, fellow reader from Pennsylvania:

      I live in Delaware County, Pennsylania, not far from the airport. And the past 2 nights have been beautiful and cool, haven’t they?

      • Jane says:

        Checking in from Delaware County, Pennsylvania too, just west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
        Beautiful spring day today!

      • Debbie says:

        Also from Delaware County, PA. Near Bryn Mawr Hospital. (I really do live in Delaware County, by a street or two.)

      • Debbie says:

        Oops – I have no idea what it is like outside as it is 3am and I’m not poking my head out. I never know where the fox that lives under our shed will be.

    • Rondina says:

      Kathie, I do a lot of research in Bucks County. I think it is beautiful up there. The people that moved west in the 19th century thought the grass would be greener. Nope.

    • Barbara says:

      Me, too!

  19. jamie says:

    I’m from Loma Rica California, about an hour north-east of Sacramento. Right now the clouds are rolling in and we’re expecting some much needed rain.

  20. Dani says:

    Kansas City, Missouri!

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Hi, Kansas City! I lived in Overland Park, Kansas for 4 years before moving to Tucson. Worked in the hair salon of The Jones Store at Metcalf South, then managed the downtown Jones store salon. So sad to see them go! I like the dry here much better than the muggy humidity of KC. I still visit every year in August so I can enjoy the muggiest part of Summer. 🤣😂

  21. Sheila says:

    Telkwa, BC….that’s in northern British Columbia…..where the weather has been beautiful. Still 21C at 9pm :)

  22. Becky says:

    Wisconsin. Its chilly and raining now, but it is supposed to be BEAU-tiful tomorrow.

    • Rebecca says:

      Also from Wisconsin! Milwaukee to be specific and the sun is shining and I’d say it’s warm (mid 60’s).

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  24. Peggy says:

    Edmonton, Alberta. Great weather, mid-teens, sunny. Just got my garden in and I’m so excited! Have a great long weekend, Karen.

    • Bonnie says:

      Had to reply because I’m from Edmonton too. Only in Queensland Australia. I’ve had a few orders from overseas lately. One from South Africa last week. The internet is an amazing thing! Oh almost forgot the weather. Well today is the first ‘cold’ weather day we’ve had this year. From 32 degrees celsius down to 23 degrees celsius. Now you might laugh at that, but when the weather is usually skin-blisteringly hot and the humidity so high you look like you’ve just stepped out of a waterfall winter is jumper (sweater) time!

      • Peggy says:

        Queensland is a great place! I’ve visited your region, but never got to Edmonton. How nice that the weather is cooling off for you. Happy days……

    • Liz says:

      Edmonton too :)

  25. Julie says:

    San Diego!!

    It’s usually around 70 degrees and sunny this time of year, but it’s actually raining tonight! It’s kind of exciting. (i don’t get out much)

    • JMC says:

      Here in LA too Julie plus lightening and thunder 0h my! Also in LA people who ask ‘where you from?’ might be trying to figure out your gang affiliation so I kept giggling as I read. Where I’m from though is a lot further north than Lalaland – eh! ;)

    • Michelle McCreery says:

      Houston, TX and it is, and has been for days, RAINING! And when it stops we get 2,000% humidity and bazillions of mosquitoes. I am so looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. Frizzy hair and huge welts. I bet you’re jealous. :)

      • Julie says:

        haha. Not jealous…but I do love Houston!! I was just there last week. My mom moved there for a year last year to get treatment at MD Anderson. The best hospital in the world! Now we go back every few months for followups. We have really good memories there.

        We used to live in Louisiana..so yah, I feel your pain re rain, humidity, and mosquitos!

      • Dea says:

        Yep. I’m from Spring, Texas, which is just north of Houston. I was going to try having chickens this year but our neighbor advised against it, since our state bird (the Texas mosquito) carried off his chickens one by one last week. I’m not sure I’m very comfortable with his advice — he seems to be building a VERY large boat in his back yard…

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