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    The Birthday Fairy

    Rebecca is our official mail carrier. She (and her willing assistant, Cookie-the-dog) walk down the street every day to collect the mail from our mailbox and the print shop’s mailbox. When she gets back she sorts it into boxes on the shelf in my office… one for the shop, one for Dad, and one for Laura. Recently I added a box…

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    Blackberry Cobbler

    I remember going out into the woods to pick blackberries when I was growing up in the south. Summers were hot and humid then. I guess they still are down there, but I don’t live there any more, so I really can’t say for sure. The blackberry bushes were covered in briars–“stickers” we called them–so we would inevitably get scratched…

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    A Walk Through the Neighborhood

    I’ve been wanting to give you a tour of my immediate neighborhood, so you could visualize the setting when I talk about the view from my front porch or down my street. To make it easier to explain where everything is, I thought I’d draw you a little map. (This is a very primitive effort with my new drawing pad.…

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    One Sentence a Day – August

    A recap of August in one sentence a day… and a few pictures. Monday, August 1. Porch-sittin’ in the evening has become one of my favorite summer [in]activities. Tuesday, August 2. Played around a little bit with graphic design. Wednesday, August 3. Celebrated Lyle’s birthday with take-out pizza and an evening at home. Thursday, August 4. Sometimes it’s just good…

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    Where to Find Huckleberries

    When we moved to the Idaho panhandle in the summer of 1998, I heard people talking about huckleberries. I had never tasted a huckleberry, but I love berries of all kinds, so I was intrigued. “You say they grow wild? I’d love to pick some. Where can I find them?” “Oh, they grow all over. Just go up in the…

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    A Little Imagination

    Admittedly, the print shop needed a little TLC when I took over managing the office earlier this summer. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do for a place, though. I had other ideas, too. I took down the broken blind on the left window. The one that had been cut out around the neon OPEN sign at…

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    Movie Night in the Park

    One of the nice things about living in a little bitty town is how simple and accessible the community activities are. I’m sorry, but I just did not care to join a million (literally! a million!) of my “closest friends” in downtown Denver for the Super Bowl party last winter. Just not my idea of fun. At all. Ever. Thankyouanyway.…

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    The Man Behind the Blog

    A silly interview with my sweet husband whose birthday happens to be today. “Hello. I’m Karla, your resident blogger. I would like to interview you for an article I’m working on this week. Would that be okay?” “Do I have a choice?” “No. No, you don’t. And just so you know, I reserve the right to include leading questions in…

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    Currently

    Right now I’m…  | hearting | Watercolor clipart and design elements. I’m dabbling around in graphic design and exploring what I like and don’t like. I’m kinda loving watercolor art at the moment. (This daisy is not my artwork. It’s just one I thought was so pretty.) Also, I’m thinking of investing in a drawing pad for my computer. Maybe…

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    One Sentence a Day – July

    A recap of July in one sentence a day… and a few pictures. Friday, July 1. It’s been a somewhat cool summer so far. Saturday, July 2. Just because we love to trade cars, we now have a Toyota Sequoia. Sunday, July 3. We went on a back-roads drive to Jordan Camp, then to Bayview for the fireworks display. Monday,…