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Karen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Thanks Eloise. So far so good. xo
Toggle Commented yesterday on The Gift of a Day at Sheepish
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Proof to me that the universe is watching. Because the fact that songs like "It's a Good Life if you don't Weaken" and "If We Make it through December" have been running on repeat through my head for the past month just weren't indication enough. When day one of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sheepish
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It is with growing acceptance that I acknowledge the fact that December is right around the corner. Over the past couple of months my days have been spent attempting to balance farm work with wool work. Oh yes, and the daily routines of home and family. Of note to me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Sheepish
That sounds like a great trade - help and advice for tea and conversation. I like it. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks. Yikes! A couple of weeks - how did that happen? xo
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2016 on Time's Up at Sheepish
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And so. Despite a stretch of Autumn days that defied all calendar logic, we somehow still managed to get caught with our pants down so to speak. This morning, in howling wind and snow we worked to dismantle the trampoline and put it away for another season. This afternoon Michael... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Sheepish
Thanks Denise. And welcome! I need these kinds of reminders...there are many who are of the same mind.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2016 on Love Harder at Sheepish
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As it surely must be with many, I am finding it difficult to keep my worry at bay. I know that it is a futile emotion. That it casts a shadow over all that is good. That it's insidious nature can reduce a person to inaction. The words "love harder"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Sheepish
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How can it be that the addition of just one hour shifts the feeling of an entire day? One extra hour of sleep. One extra hour dedicated to the list of weekend work. One extra hour for tea in the afternoon. One extra hour to lift my head and take... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Sheepish
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I miss spending my days at home. This place. The one that smells of coffee and woodsmoke. This place that is a reflection of my imperfect self. I embrace my homey tendencies. And acknowledge that there are times when I dream of flight. The lure of being somewhere deep in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Sheepish
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"The veil grows thin at the time of the dead, as we honour our ancestors in whose footsteps we tread. Life retreats into the bulbs and the roots, the time has passed for the flowers and fruits. As leaves fall thick and cover the ground, the Dark Mother waits in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Sheepish
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The leaves began their descent to the Earth this weekend. In earnest. With help from a strong October NorthWest wind. Which brings to mind this book - The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger. "A chill filled the air....and the sun sank slow. Not ready, thought the Little Yellow Leaf... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Sheepish
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With the arrival of the first hard frost, all but the hardiest of crops have now been stored away into fridge, freezer and/or jar. And my first full-tilt growing season here on the homestead winds down. This process - that of growing things, is as much a part of myself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Sheepish
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Finally. After way too long I am getting my etsy shop updated. This is never a quick process for me. The self-promotion and marketing gene seems to be lacking in my being. And while I accept that selling is the ultimate end result, I prefer the creative side of things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Sheepish
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I have a hard time putting to words all that goes on within my head when this time of year comes around. There is much work to be done to get both garden and home ready for the arrival of cold days. And, as with all shifts of season it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Sheepish
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** Incorporating handmade into my days is so very important to the functioning of my home. Each Friday I will be sharing a way in which I honour the spirit of handmade alongside my friend Melanie who blogs at Our Ash Grove. ** Autumn has officially arrived - the season... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Sheepish
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Well. The countdown is on folks. Etsy Made in Canada - the Ottawa version is just a week away. My days at this point are full of farmwork and woolwork......all other pursuits are put away for another time. The small issue of meals and sleep, let's just say they aren't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Sheepish
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There is life. And there are often times when it remains simply about keeping ones' head above water. Times when the extent of "handmade" includes getting dinner on the table. Times when it has to be enough to fall into bed remembering all that has been done and not what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Sheepish
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As the sun goes down my thoughts turn and begin to process the day that was. So much change. Our reach as a family now stretches out over two continents. My part-time gardening gig has joined the big leagues and morphed into a full-time challenge to my body and brain.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Sheepish
Thank you for stopping by. And for your kind words!
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2016 on Handmade Home at Sheepish
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** Incorporating handmade into my days plays a vital role in the functioning of my home. Each Friday I will be sharing a way in which I honour the spirit of handmade alongside my friend Melanie who blogs at Our Ash Grove. ** For as long as I can remember... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Sheepish
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Mist and dew sparkles have joined my morning coffee/decksit. Also, the need of a sweater. Only of the cotton variety, but still, a difference of note. Thinking back over the last couple of months the majority of my mornings began in the same way - rising with the sun, coffee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Sheepish
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There are days that begin and end with feeling raw. Heavy hearted. Small. Days where my thoughts wander my years. 1989. An angry 17 year old on a midnight bus to Toronto. Angry at being uprooted and plunked down in Ottawa of all places. Missing the life I knew and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Sheepish
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I struggle with the month of August. Partly it's just too damn hot. And being a February baby every part of my DNA recoils with the heat and humidity that is part and parcel to this stage in the wheel of the year. Mostly though, more than any other, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Sheepish
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While thoughts of my grandmother regularly enter my head when spending time in the garden, it is perhaps the task of harvesting peas and beans that her memory becomes palpable. As a city kid, spending time on my grandparents farm was a jackpot of different things to do. The garden... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Sheepish
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Holding it's place as the heart of our home not only during the colder months, is the hearth. While the hearth of Summer looks vastly different than that of it's cold weather predecessors, it remains a happy place for me to spend time. As I struggle to keep up with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Sheepish