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 It all just came out in a panic when I realized an out of date old post was accidentally published, lol.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. Kathy Hartzell says:

    Today, Malibu, California
    Inverness, Ca
    And next week, Larkspur, Ca

    It has been raining off and in for the last 24 hours in all those places. Yeah, once every ten years it rains in the middle of May.

    • Dave says:

      I’m from Geraldton in Western Australia and it’s been awful here today – 30 degrees Celsius, slightly overcast, light winds but a bit humid and it got down to 16 degrees C last night. Whatever happened to late Autumn/early winter?

      • Tamara says:

        Hello from Richmond, ON (NOT Richmond Hill near Toronto) near Ottawa. I think we are about to have the best day so far this year. I even planted some seeds in my veg garden. I tried your carrot seed trick.

    • Monica says:

      I’m so happy for you. We had drought last summer in South Dakota and the stress for our farmers was too real. I can only imagine how it is to have multi-year droughts.

      We’re gonna hit 64 (18 for the Celsius people) and we started out with some much wanted rain. Gonna be hot in a few days though!

  2. Julie says:

    Princeton, New Jersey – it’s 12:47 am and 53 degrees. It was a top 10 gloriously sunny day today in the mid-60’s. I was actually 2 hours south today at Brigantine Beach, next door to Atlantic City, NJ!

  3. Michelle says:

    Victoria BC! Sunny and warm today. And my son wants to name one of the chicks that will be hatching in a couple weeks in his kindergarten class: Cuddles :)

    • Theresa says:

      Hi Karen
      I’m from Hamilton too….on the mountain.
      I’ve enjoyed your posts for several years now. I work in a dental office and a patient who knows you initials KR , her husband told me about your blog.
      I’m in awe of how funny you are. If I met you in person, which I suppose could happen, would you be as funny? Because I would just be dumbstruck and in awe of your celebrity.

      • Staci Martin says:

        Do you think that with all the cool hipster people coming from Toronto, that eventually Hamiltonians won’t want to be from ‘the mountain’ and will wish they lived ‘downtown’? ;)

  4. AliceM says:

    Houston, Texas. We’ve been up to our elbows in rain this week. Next up: steamy heat.

    • Donna Sanderson says:

      Cape Fair, Missouri right on Table Rock Lake. A gorgeous day about to start, clear and 76 F.
      Everybody come visit me!
      Party On!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Bastrop, Texas – about 30 min. from Austin. Lots of rain here lately. We’ve had our AC on since April.

    • Elaine says:

      Hi, Carolyn, I’m in Round Top/Warrenton, TX, just down the road. So tired of rain, but happy the lakes are starting to fill up again after the last few years of drought.

      Happy to see Bahrain listed as one of “your countries.” It is a tiny (!) island in the Arabian Gulf, doesn’t even show up on a lot of maps. We lived there for four years and loved meeting people from so many different countries. Such an eye-opening experience.

  6. Shannon says:

    NE Saskatchewan

    21 for Friday, great start to the long weekend.

  7. Angela says:

    I’m an American living in Germany! It’s raining here this morning, which means my bamboo will grow another foot. Creepy bamboo, I’m just waiting for it to knock on my door to kidnap me.

    • Deni says:

      Hahaha! That’s funny! North Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦 here…sunny day with mixed clouds; going to be 22 Celsius Friday.

    • Tracy K says:

      Angela, did you get kidnapped? Did you barely escape with your life or did someone pay the ransom? I NEED TO KNOW MORE!!!

      This was 5 years ago and I’m concerned for your safety!!!!

      Please check in. 💕 😂

      • Angela says:

        The bamboo never got me, thank goodness! I miss the house and our life in Germany, now we live in Ohio. My husband is in the military and we move often, I’ve lived in two other houses between Germany and now! Still a major fan of Karen’s still ‘doing stuff’ whenever I can!

        • Tracy K says:

          *whew* Glad to hear you’re safe and sound. 😂

          I can just imaging how wonderful it would be to live abroad. I’m a newcomer to Karen’s blog, but my oh my, it’s helped keep the humor going this last year!!!

  8. Jen says:

    Portland, Oregon

  9. Claudia Urquhart says:

    Custer, WA, 1 mile south of Cdn. border, below White Rock/Surrey/Vancouver. 52 F. and clear, 9:30 pm. Love your blog, used to have Banty chickens, now just a Westie, Sophie, on the couch back as I type, her perch.

    • Beth Morris says:

      I grew up all over Western WA – I miss it. Wave at the Peace Arch for me!

      • Claudia Urquhart says:

        Hi Beth! We love the PNW! I grew up here but then lived in CA, OR, NY, MI as ex was in the military. I will wave at the Peace Arch for you. It’s so weird not to see the lines of traffic going into and out of Canada since the border is closed except for essential travel.

    • Julia Zugel says:

      My sister lives out on Custer road near you! We come from Michigan, but where you’re at is about as close to the same climate as I’ve seen… In the summer. You get lots more rain and in the winter I get lots more snow. I moved North to upper Michigan and had 4 get off snow in my yard most of the winter! If you know her, tell Cindy C hello😄

    • Linda Rust says:

      At the beach in Ocean Shores Washington. It’s a soft gray day with gentle winds – a great break from the crazy winds we have had for the last few days…

  10. Hazel says:

    Near Banbury (the one with the cross in the nursery rhyme), Oxfordshire, UK. It’s 5.30 in the morning and it looks as though it’s going to be quite nice- it was cold and rainy yesterday and my chickens didn’t like it at all.

    • Elaine says:

      Hi Hazel: I come from your area but live in Karen’s town now. Do you know where Radley is? It was once considered as being in the county of Berkshire but is now in Oxfordshire.

  11. Liz says:

    Central Texas — out in the country

  12. Twyla Sue says:

    buckets more of rain coming
    And tornadoes .,,!! I live in Midwest City, Okla

  13. Holly says:

    Mesa, Arizona (Phoenix). Been in the 90’s. Expecting 70’s next 2 days and rain!! Rare in May. Then comes the 100’s, 110’s and the monsoon season starting in July! We get some exciting storms and huge dust storms.

    • Pam says:

      Hey Holly! I grew up in Tempe and I miss the monsoons!! If only they could bottle the smell of the wind coming in over the desert! Ahhh…glorious!

      • Holly says:

        Hi, Pam! I know, huh? I’ve lived in lots of places prior to moving here a long time ago, but there’s just something about the monsoon storms. So exciting. I never get tired of them!

      • Marcia M says:

        When were you in Tempe, Pam? I graduated from Tempe HS (McClintock was the only other one at the time) and our kiddos went to Corona.

    • Ann says:

      We lived in Sierra Vista years ago while in the service. I loved the monsoons. Such lightening. I could just sit in a sheltered spot on my porch and watch the sky light up every few seconds and no matter how deafening it got, I would marvel in the beauty

    • Addie says:

      I too LOVE the monsoons up here in Prescott, AZ……Yes, I still love them even though 2 years ago they hit and knocked out my 55″ TV.

      • TucsonPatty says:

        Amen with the monsoons in Tucson – I love them ! I sit just barely under the roof of the covered patio and watch and watch and go in and find a sweater, and come back out and watch some more. Then go down to the nearest wash to watch all that water! Amazing weather!! ❤️❤️🌵🌵

  14. Deb says:

    Clinton, Mississippi. Highs are in the 80s, it’s extremely humid, the cicadas are deafening as they sing to find their true loves, and my baby cucumber plants are covered in sweet little yellow flowers.

  15. Sue says:

    North Carolina, where it’s cooler than usual tonight, but feels wonderful!

    • Sheryl says:

      Cary, North Carolina. We are actually experiencing spring this year. We usually go from winter straight into summer. Currently 49°, high today 71° and sunny.

      • Sarah Sapeta says:

        Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I too am so happy that Spring has stayed for more than a day or two here. The weather will be a perfect 72 today. Love your blog for its info, but mostly because it makes me laugh!

    • Sue says:

      Still here in NC after all these years..70 today and blue skies!

  16. Robert says:

    Yurecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. How many people in Mexico read your blog? I can’t be the only one but maybe I am. It’s been cloudy with a little sun through the day but still not rain, maybe tomorrow

    • Sande says:

      Hey Robert,
      Any chance you’re close to Cerro Pelon Butterfly Reserve or the JM Butterfly B & B? I hope to make it there to see the monarchs roosting and I’d appreciate any tips you have to offer.
      It’s because of my monarch madness that I found The Art of Doing Stuff blog. I highly recommend Karen’s awesome postings about raising monarch butterflies and her inspiring step by step videos. Save monarch butterflies-plant milkweed!

      • Robert says:

        No, I’m not and unfortunately I’ve never been but I think it’s like a +5 hour trip from where I am, generally the roads in that area have a lot of curves so always have something for the nausea if you have a problem with that.

    • Karen says:

      I have several readers in Mexico Robert! Maybe they’ll comment today. I believe Mia is from Mexico. ~ karen!

      • Sonia says:

        Mexican here! I live in Mexico City and i’ve been a regular reader for several years!
        Even though the gardening/chickens/snow stuff is hard to relate to being in the middle of the city, everything in this blog is interesting. And I love, love the humor.
        By the way, mayonnaise gone bad becomes chipotle. Just keep it for a little longer.
        Weather: 12ºC (which is cold for me) and cloudy.

  17. Edith says:

    Warm and damp here in the Dallas, Texas area after weeks of stormy weather.

  18. Dorothy Gardner says:

    I am from central Massachusetts, USA; about 80 miles west of Boston. We have gone from highs in the 40’s a couple of weeks ago to high 80’s last week, to more seasonable temperatures in the high 60’s during the day. There was also a frost warning last night in my area.

  19. Kat says:

    Omaha, Nebraska. Right now (11:20 pm) it is 57 degrees Fahrenheit , rain tomorrow with a high of 79 and a low of 64. By the middle of next week we are to have a high of 55 and a low of 45. This time of year can be all over the map. All I care about is that the tornadoes and hail stay away. Hail is expected in the next day or two. My poor baby plants.

  20. Erika says:

    Metamora, Michigan. Where the thumb joins the hand. We’re having the same weather as you, but maybe 12 hours sooner.

    • Laura Jane Hatcher says:

      Hey Neighbor!
      I’m a Textile Artist here in Detroit😍
      It’s a chilly damp morning today in the Motor City. 48°F with expected high of 71°. I’m so excited to be able to get into my garden over the next week which is supposed to be lovely weather😀

  21. SusanR says:

    About 40 miles N of San Diego. Thank the stars it is RAINING!!

  22. katrina says:

    Northern California in the house. We are in a horrible drought and I heared a rumor rain is heading our way.

    Yes! We have heavy pollen in the air now and I’m suffering from it! Come on rain!

  23. Wendy says:

    I live at Lake Errock B.C. a very small community in our Province’s Fraser Valley. Except for a few cooler days our Spring has been gorgeous. Right now we hover at high teens to mid 20’s most days. My flower garden is having a real good year.

    • Ron says:

      Hollerin from Cassidy, Vanc Island ( near Nanaimo ) and after a wet winter , we are having a pleasant Spring with perfect temps for fast-growth lawns, trees… my John Deere ( or is that Deere John )? is having a hard time keeping up, the Mason Bees are finished doing their righteous job on the orchard trees….and what the heck as a single guy, am I gonna do with all the peaches, pears and apples, come August and September ? Going to hunt down some good pastry makers who love to make fruit pies….my fave, of course! Karen ? ….is that you at the gate?

  24. Pati Gulat says:

    Monroe, Louisiana and, contrary to what most people who don’t live in Louisiana think, we don’t ALL live in New Orleans ! There ARE one or two other cities in Louisiana… ;)

    • Shauna says:

      My mom’s side of the family hails from Natchitoches — I love pretty much ALL of the cities in Louisiana!

  25. Liz says:

    Hello from chilly Adelaide, Australia :-) We’re coming up to Winter and its definitely stay inside with warm shoes on weather.

    It would be interesting to see the (# people who read your site from country x) / (# people total in country x), ie the density of people you’ve reached in that country. Ie 1/100 people in France read the art of doing stuff haha

    You’re famous!

    • Another Karen says:

      I lived in Adelaide for 6 months last year, and absolutely loved it! (That’s also where I was when I started reading this blog). I’m now back in Scotland, where our “summer” weather is very similar to Adelaide winters – cold, raining and overcast. At least it’s not 46c, which is the hottest it got in Adelaide when we were there!

    • Nancy Ann says:

      Hi Liz,
      Loved watching Lletton Hewitt from Adelaide playing tennis for years – still miss him; I live near Tampa, Florida – play tennis here all year round.

      Nancy A

  26. 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 😁

  27. Janet says:

    Just up the road from you in Hamilton (Westdale)

  28. kelly says:

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

  29. SK says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Lori says:

    Cassopolis, Michigan

    Chilly and raining.

  34. 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!

  35. Chartrice says:

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. Amy says:

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

  39. Auntiepatch says:

    San Diego CA – thankfully it’s RAINING!

  40. Tracy says:

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

  45. 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. 🤣😂

  46. Sheila says:

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

  47. 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).

  48. Lynn says:


  49. 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 :)

  50. 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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