I am the wife of a great guy, I am the mother of three incredibly handsome, amazingly talented young men, and I am an educator in one of the best school districts in the world.

I love reading, writing, gardening, biking, cheering on my favorite baseball team (the St. Louis Cardinals), soaking up the sunshine, and taking occasional rides on the back of the Harley.

In my spare time I enjoy playing with my pet tarantulas, trying out new flavors of chewing gum, and knitting socks for prison inmates. I’m almost positive that in a past life I was one of the Seven Dwarfs (most likely “Grumpy”), and in my next life I’m going to be either a taste tester for Hershey’s or a model for Victoria’s Secret’s new line, “Bloomers for Boomers.” When I retire I plan to travel country back roads, singing Vanilla Ice songs at every karaoke bar and rating bathroom cleanliness at every truckstop. And someday I plan to own a private beach where skinny girls aren’t allowed.

I want to be a writer when I grow up.

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”–Henry David Thoreau

21 Responses to About

  1. You’ve got to be a southern gal with a blog name involving our house wine of the south! Love the beach idea for non-skinnies, and the Thoreau quote. I actually used one of his quotes in my blog as well today. Good stuff here!

    • “House wine of the south” … I like that! (A midwestern gal by location but definitely a southern gal by heart!) Thanks for stopping by … I’ll have to check out your blog as well!

  2. I absolutely lvoe your plan for retirement. -kate

    • Why, thank you, “Kate”! As my retirement date draws ever closer, I find myself making a few mental additions to those plans, but most importantly I’m just looking forward to the adventure (whatever it entails!).

  3. (and secretly know how to spell love)

  4. Subhan Zein says:

    Hi there,

    To find your blog is a pleasure I have been indulging myself with. I have deep respect for you. Keep penning and keep inspiring, I am sure lots of readers have found your posts equally entertaining and enlightening!
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

  5. The reason I like your blog is the full stories–real words and descriptions. Too many blogs out there are full of one liners and just simply take up space. Your blog is worth reading…

    • Thank you, “thatfunnyblogguy”! You are very kind. I hope you’ll stick around and read more! I just checked out your blog on “Nasty Birds,” and I agree with you completely! I recently visited a beautiful garden with a lovely pond in the middle of it–and so many geese surrounding it that walking along the trail without stepping on green slime was next to impossible! Great read!

  6. Kip Light says:

    I’m happy to tell you that you’ve been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award! If you’ll come by http://kipsthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/one-lovely-blog-award/ you can pick up your award and see the rules. Congrats!

  7. You have the best retirement plans I have ever heard πŸ™‚

  8. jeanjames26 says:

    This had me laughing out loud. What a pleasure to read.

  9. Jak Rosen says:


    My name is Jake Rosen and I’m a producer at NorthSouth Productions. We are currently developing programming for channels like Discovery, History, National Geographic, A&E, Spike, etc and are exploring the idea of creating a series about the Ozark’s of Missouri. I was researching your blog and found myself very fascinated, and you seemed like a perfect person to reach out to. I couldn’t find your email address so I resorted to writing here! I would love the opportunity to get a chance to talk to you sometime in the near future if you have time, to discuss maybe a collaboration or any incite you have about the area you work in. Please let me know if you have time!

    Jake Rosen

  10. Ann Koplow says:

    I am so glad our paths have crossed here. I look forward to more encounters, very soon!

  11. Very well-written blog, Karen! I enjoyed reading. Hope to meet you soon at the Springfield Writers Guild!

    • Thank you so much, Candy, and thank you for stopping by! I just checked out your blog, too, and especially liked your post about the braunschweiger, cheese and jelly sandwich. My dad also owned a service station when I was a little girl (although his sandwich of choice was fried bologna). I’m hoping to attend the next SWG meeting on January 24; perhaps I’ll meet you there. πŸ™‚

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