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Kari of Writing Up A Storm
Austin, Texas
Hi! My name is Kari (rhymes with starry).
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Thank you, Magnolia! I am so sorry to be gone so long. We are in the third week of no kitchen, washing dishes in the bathtub. The living room is half-kitchen, my boxroom is half-kitchen, the bathroom is all kitchen. But when I compare my confusion to New Zealand and Japan, not to mention other parts of the world, I can only get down on my knees and thank God for my little discomforts. Getting back to blogland is the light at the end of my tunnel. I am inching my way. And I am so happy for your new happiness, new life. You inspire me!!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Hi Ginny, thank you for stopping by. We've had a very cold winter, too, (not anything like yours though!) but warmer weather is beginning here. The house repairs are finished on the outside, but now we are inside, trying to "tape and float" cracks and paint the walls, and it is taking so much longer than we ever thought. I hope to post again when all is finished. Oh, I do hope you get spring soon up there in your snowbound world!
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Thank you, Sandi! We have much to share, don't we? It is always wonderful when a word or a phrase or a whole sentence or a work of art lights up our whole world, and makes us see anew. I love that when it happens. I'm so glad I found your wonderful blog ~ I go there for a dose of pure light!!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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P.S. I love your description: "the wind howled around all the corners and terrified the trees." Just perfect! xo
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Hi Magnolia, you give so much I want you to be showered with blessings, too! That excerpt on your blog from Pablo Neruda's "Ode to a Hummingbird" is so perfect, how the smallest thing can jump-start us into being who we are, into life, into joy. I think your own poem to Robyn, "Believe," says it all. I'm holding on by my fingertips and I know you are, too, but tomorrow always beckons us. Let us believe and never give up hoping. The world is full of surprises. Love and hugs!!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Yummmmm. Delicious-looking loaf of bread! I'm glad I stopped by. I'm so far behind in blogworld, just trying to keep a fingertip hold, like a person at sea holding on to driftwood, or a piece of the moon, to make it to shore. I must be thinking about your boat with the sail. Take no heed of me, I'm obviously wandering here. But your blog is such a lovely place to get lost inside of! xo Kari
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2011 on in season: growing sourdough at bee creative
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Dear Magnolia, it is so very hard to lose a beloved pet. I hope you are beginning to heal a little. I do believe in all kinds of guardian angels who watch over us, and if there are such wondrous things, then Zoe is surely one of them, watching over you. xoxo
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Thank you so much, Dee! I need those words of yours right now, for I feel too much at odds and ends. Couldn't find a safety pin the other day. I know they are in the shed, but where? Oleta, whom you quoted above, is my mother-in-law. She is 90 years old, and leaves me lovely comments, surfs the web, and has a facebook page. We are so proud of how she has kept up with this rapidly-changing world, much better than I have. With her and your encouragement, I should be able to make it back to my blog very soon. This blog world has been a lifeline to me, and I don't want to lose it. Thank you for taking the time to keep a fellow-traveler from straying too far away! I agree with you about the details. It's the tiniest things that make all the difference. And the happiest of new year's to you, too!!
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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What a beautiful way to let something go! I have a whole flock of pages that I should give wings to. Letting go. It can be so hard to do, but if we are creative about it, as you have been, then it can be a work of art. I really treasure this idea. It's transforming! xo Kari
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2011 on one page at bee creative
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Oh, I hope your little WAS gets well soon! It is so hard when our beloved pets get sick. I am thinking about you and WAS with all my heart. Love, Kari
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2011 on Was not herself... at Spirit Cloth
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I always love the first day of the new year ~ it always feels like a chance to begin again. I thought we'd be finished repairing this old house but we're only half-way there. I thought I'd be somewhere else, but I'm only half-way there. So I love your idea of looking forward, and backward, and being somewhere in between, which is where we always are. Somehow the first day honors that curious time illusion, that we can never arrive because we can always only go halfway of halfway, etc. I look forward to this wonderful journey of going forward with you, and looking backward, and enjoying being right here. You have found a way to be absolutely "present" that is so enchanting and so inspiring. I can't wait to see where you are at any given moment in the year to come!! Happy New Year to you, Jude. Love, Kari
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2011 on on the first day at Spirit Cloth
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Since today is 1-1-11, I can't think of a more perfect word to begin the year with than "one!" I love your choice and all it means for us to become one with one another and with the earth and really care about making a difference, one by one. You do this so beautifully. I learn so much from you and cannot wait to see how one plus one becomes a multitude upon your blog. And I loved your last post, too: "begin again." For I feel that is where I am, trying to begin again. One of my mother's favorite sayings to us was to "take one day at time," and I know I must learn, every day, how to do that. Bless you, Deb! You are a precious "one," that's for sure!! Love you, Kari
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2011 on one at bee creative
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Oh, thank you, Ginny! How sweet of you to stop by again! I was just thinking today is 1-1-11, such a magical set of numbers, I am sure 2011 is going to be a very special year. Many blessings to you, too, in the coming year! Love, Kari
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2011 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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I love your using "yesterday" for an end of the year walk. A perfect time to reflect on yesterday and the whole year and how traditions come from yesterday. Where would we be without yesterday? I love how we keep adding to yesterday, how it becomes tomorrow, how we get to have today sandwiched in between. I love your family's tradition, so very sweet and precious. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year!! Love, Kari
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2010 on yesterday at bee creative
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Happy Holidays, Suzanna! Your family get-together sounds like what holidays are all about. Are you snowbound? We've had no snow but it's been very cold for us (30 degrees this morning!) and so it has felt like a proper winter holiday. The back of my husband's pickup turned overnight into a layer of ice because of an inch of water that had collected from a brief rain the day before. We imagined ourselves ice-skating!! I've been watching Nanny McPhee Returns, and a History Channel dvd about the true story of the Mayflower Crossing, which gives one pause about hot water flowing from taps and all the comforts we enjoy so effortlessly. I want to spend more time in the coming year appreciating the tiniest of things like this, and learning how to live with less and less. And I so look forward to seeing where you'll be going, what you'll be doing, what you'll be thinking about. Take care on your travels and Happy New Year!!
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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I worry so much about my own clutter that this video helped me get a little perspective ~ thank you! And thank you for constantly teaching me something new, showing me a different way of looking at everything, and inspiring me to create, create, create. Thank you for giving so much to all of us. Merry Christmas, Jude, and Happy New Year. You are a joy. Bless you!! xoxo Kari
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2010 on intermission at Spirit Cloth
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Merry Christmas, Deb! Thank you for brightening my world this year, for bringing me so much light and joy, for inspiring me to be better than I am. Happy end of the year, happy new year, and much peace and love and joy and all good things to you. Bless you!! xoxo Kari
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2010 on winter light at bee creative
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Hi Unmoored! Well, there are no pie-plate things on the chimney in the attic, but maybe under the sheetrock in the kitchen? I am more determined than ever to uncover those bricks in the kitchen. Good luck on your taping and painting! I think we'll be boxing up the kitchen between now and new year's for the fixing of the kitchen sink leak. We'll make a little temporary kitchen in the dining room, I guess, and wash dishes in the bathtub. My parents used to tell us about a place they lived in, in New York, where the bathroom and the kitchen were one and the same room. A lid was lowered over the bathtub to prepare food on, and then lifted for washing dishes and taking baths. Happy holidays, happy new year!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Thank you, Jane! Yes, everything comes with its pluses and minuses, doesn't it? I must admit I don't quite remember the exact colors of your kitchen, but red/lime/cerulean is pure poetry!! I was in a house a few years ago where every room was a different color: turquoise, saffron, dusty red. I found it very magical. I don't know if I would have the courage to try it myself, but I wish that I would! Happy holidays, happy new year!!
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Oh, Deb, I hope you get your snow, but not too much. I had my only white Christmas a few years ago when I spent the holiday with my aunt who lives in the little town in northern Illinois where I was born. It was so magical to experience the day snowed in! And with that incredible blue that snow turns at sundown, too. I love your tree. It looks like something my husband would make. He loves to make art out of found pieces of steel, iron, copper, wire, nuts and bolts. And your weaving puts me in mind of a stringed instrument, woven music on strings. I love that last photo of the blue sky and the moon, and I wish you many blessings and much peace and love. xoxo Kari
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on the magic of I can at bee creative
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Hi Ginny! Thank you so much. I, too, will carry your beautiful photos with me wherever I go, for you have a way of capturing the tiniest detail that says so much, like the snow on top of those Christmas lights on your post for today. I feel as if that one photo says so beautifully what I was reaching for, because the tiny Christmas lights give a magical fire to the snowy day. And I can hardly wait to see what you are going to do in 2011 with portraits of faces! Thank you so much for stopping by. Bless you!!
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Thank you for coming back to tell me more, Marie. I think you are right about the chimney belonging to a wood stove. I lived for a month once in a cabin with a large wood kitchen stove. We never could quite get the hang of how to actually cook or bake in it, but it kept the cabin very warm. Marie, one of my husband's brothers gave my mother-in-law a small black electric space heater. It has a glass window through which the electric fire looks exactly like the flames of a real fire. It is the closest thing I have ever seen to having a real fireplace that isn't a real fireplace. It gives out warmth and seems to be very safe. Peace and love and hugs to you, too!
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Hi Kerri! Can you believe I actually made it back? Thank you so much for your kind words. You keep me wanting, hoping, to be better than I am. I love watching you exploring your world, and I want to follow in your footsteps! I think once the kitchen sink has been repaired, then we can take one room at a time. The dining-room/living-room is really just one room, and the bedroom and boxroom (my room) can wait. I love all the white walls and the light and space in your house ~ it feels like a place where the mind and heart can roam very far afield. You must almost feel a sense of "outer space" in your house. We are too closed in for that, but I love the idea of it, like waking up in a meadow on a mountain top. Oh, and now I am thinking of how Christmas comes in the middle of summer for you! How do you deal with all the cards and books about wintery Christmases? Much love and peace to you during your summer holiday!!
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Oh, Magnolia, you had me laughing when you said maybe you weren't paying close enough attention to what a big job this little renovation was, because WE are the ones who have been totally taken by surprise at what a big job this has turned out to be. We thought we would be all through by Thanksgiving at the latest!! About that chimney: we have wondered if we could put a pot-bellied stove in our dining room and attached its stove pipe through the connecting wall to the chimney, but our house is so small, I'm not sure we'd have a way of arranging chairs to sit around the pot-bellied stove, telling stories on a cold winter's night. I'll settle just for the sight of the bricks in the kitchen, and the hope that the chimney swifts come back and coo for me again next June. Wishing you peace and love and hope and all good things!
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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Thank you, Marie! Ever since finding artists like yourself who are using recycled fabrics and the ragged edges of fabric to make art, I have been more and more drawn into wanting to be a part of this new art, too. I've learned so much from you because you are never afraid to do something unexpected in your art. I made a leap, too, from kindling to fire to fire-art, so we'll see what comes from it, but it has me thinking of new things, and that is always a good thing!
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2010 on The Chimney at Writing Up A Storm
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