Sunday, July 5, 2015


Along your pathway of life you will observe
that you are not the only traveler. There are
others who need your help. there are feet to
steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage,
hearts to inspire, and souls to save.

~ Thomas S. Monson


Well, it feels good to be here. To be honest I
wasn't sure I would be back in this space,
I had thought maybe it was time to
move on, but after taking a week off
I found myself missing you, wondering
how things are going in your lives,
what you are creating, eating, reading,
if you are healthy and happy.
I have really come to love you all.
This month my blog is five years old
and I am not ready to say goodbye so
let me catch you up on my week okay?

~ it's been wicked hot
~ the figs are just now
   starting to ripen
~ the squirrels took every single
   peach off my trees...every one!
~ I learned to tie dye
~ I finished my shawl [more later]
~ finishing my book and starting
~ I worked on embroidery
~ I learned that you can cook
  spaghetti squash in the crock pot
  [ 1 cup water to pot, poke squash
  with a fork, cook on high 4 hours.]
~ Summer storms every day
~ I've walked 385 miles in 46 days
~ babysitting wee Porter who wants
   you to hold him and walk around,
   for hours!
~sitting on the shore and listening to waves.

It was a great week, so how about you?

Joining Karen

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Learn how to see. Realize that everything
connects to everything else.

- Leonardo da Vinci

 Just in time for shark week there
was a shark attack on one of my
favorite beaches and today the
purple flag [dangerous wildlife]
was flying as more sharks were
seen near the coast.  I realize
the ocean belongs to the sharks
and all the other ocean wildlife,
but I do hope they decide to
move out soon since I have
a healthy respect for any shark
and now have beached myself
until all is clear.
In the mornings I walk for exercise,
usually without my glasses, but
on my evening walks it's all about
seeing my world.
I've been paying close attention
to the little creatures that live
in me and marveling at their
beauty. Notice how each little
being has orange, cool huh?
Emerson is now back with her
Mom and Dad, but we had a
blast while she was here. She
is a great blueberry picker...
and eater. I really do love
this little girl.
My oldest son, Michael and his
wife Jordan, along with Porter
came to spend some time so
there was a lot of baby loving
going on. I am looking forward
to Friday when I will have this
sweet baby here all day!
My daughter, Erin, introduced me
 you tried it? Really good, especially
after being outside.
This evening I have some knitting to
do, I am two inches away from finishing
my shawl  and then I have plans for
a long soak in the tub and wrapping up
reading my book.
I wish each of you love and peace,
not just this week, but always.

Much love,
Weekending with Karen

Thursday, June 25, 2015


someone once told me to always
to live for the little things in life,
live for 5 am sunrises and 5pm sunsets
where you'll see colors in the sky that
don't usually belong.
live for road trips and bike rides
with music in your ears and the
wind in your hair.
live for days when you're surrounded
by your favorite people who make you
realize the world is not a cold harsh
live for the little things because they
will make you realize that this is what
life is about, this is what it means to be

~ a.y.

Slow summer days
filled with little things::

sticky heat,
watching the sun rise,
playing with pens and
watercolor pencils,
eating from the garden,
healthy cake
blueberry biscuits topped
with cinnamon butter,
a bathroom remodel,
drooling over BT's
newest Lookbook,
planning my next project
Porter turned one month,
spending a few days
with a favorite girl who
always makes me smile.

Enjoy a great weekend!

Much love,

Sunday, June 21, 2015


" It isn't about being the best,
because once you tap into the
creative, flow, the best doesn't exist.
It's about experiencing the magic.
It's about being in that place where
            your heart is free.
It's about grabbing hold of the
and making something beautiful."

~ Laura Jaworski


A weekend of early, quite
mornings with tea and wool.
Putting a huge dent in my
mountain of cantaloupes
by making preserves and
freezing a dozen bags to
be enjoyed this winter.

Playing with paints and
channeling my inner child
with oil pastels.

Picking berries, not only
to freeze, but so I can make
this. { It's freezing now.}

Taking it easy today with cups
of vegetable broth and my
favorite magazine. My issue
never arrived, but as soon as
I inquired about it another
copy was sent, arriving
yesterday. Thank you

My Mike smoked ribs for the
guys to eat, there are several
games being played, and I
have some knitting that is
waiting. Enjoy a beautiful
night my friends and
Happy Summer Solstice!

Weekending  with Karen

Thursday, June 18, 2015


What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion,
for yourself and those around you.

~ Lupita Nyong'o

 Summer didn't look at the calendar,
it arrived here early, bringing with
it temperatures of 100 degrees, heat
indexes even higher, air conditioners
that run non stop, humidity that makes
it hard to breathe and me wishing for

I am getting outside before dawn
and walking with a flash light so I
can see. I walk on long dirt roads
and it would ruin my day to step on
a snake so I watch closely.  I have
been managing to walk over 10,000
steps before breakfast so I am super
motivated to keep at it.

The last day lily bloomed, it was
beautiful while it lasted.

I've been snacking on fresh SC peaches
and dinners have been cold salads and
melons since it really is just too hot to

The afternoons are devoted to card writing,
reading, knitting and game playing. Now
if I can just get the cat, Miss Bette, to leave
the dice alone!

Cantaloupes are really coming in now and
the blue berries are being picked twice a
day. The gardens are hanging on, but in
this heat they won't last much longer.

There has been a lot of soccer watching
as the days draw to a close which has
allowed me the time to pick up my shawl
and knit a little before going to bed.

As we end the week and begin weekending
please remember that we are all out here
doing the best we can, love and compassion
my friends, love and compassion.

Much love,