Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a drizzly Saturday morning:

1. Every Saturday I type the word Thistlekeeping at the top of this post and I smile.  So far I’ve typed it 134 times.  Here’s to 135.

2. I love a photo with a little bokeh.  See how the front part of the picture is blurry and the lemon is crisp?  That’s the best kind of bokeh.  It showed up with my 50 mm lens.

3. Have you ever noticed how just wearing yoga pants makes you feel skinnier?  Maybe it’s because when I put a pair on, my legs think there’s a chance of exercise.

4. I just saw pumpkins and fall decorations at a store and I wanted to scream out loud.  What is this? REALLY?  SERIOUSLY?  What about Father’s Day and Fourth of July and just general summer?

I really like pumpkins.  I promise, I do.  But I need some sweet tea before my hot chocolate.

Rant over.  Let’s get thistlekeeping. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning.

1. Have you ever painted ladybugs and stripes to your toes?  What if you were going to the beach?  Too much?

2. It’s a gloomy day here.  I think I’m binge watching the new Anne of Green Gables.  Has anyone else seen it?

3.  I found the cutest earrings at Cracker Barrel.   I know?  Apparently, accessories with your pancakes is a thing.

4.  I have the cutest project I’m working on this summer that involves traveling the country and photographing houses.  I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

5.  I just found a new program for my computer that’s FREE and life changing.  Like the kind of life changing that makes you happy to be alive.  It’s called Grammarly and it just told me that I spelled apparently wrong and added a comma all at the same time.  If you don’t speak grammar or you’re like me and didn’t pay attention in second grade when they rolled out the punctuation….

….this is the solution for you. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  I snapped this photo this morning with my cell phone when I took Buddy out to take care of his business.

2.  Yes.  The sky really is that blue.  I know, right?

3.  Yes.  We need to mow our lawn.  It looks like something from Little House on the Prairie.  Emphasis on the prairie.

4.  People always ask me why we have those big trees in front of the house.  They are there to prevent everyone and their dog (no offense to you sweet Buddy) from looking into the windows when they drive down the road.

5.  There is nowhere on the planet I would rather be at this exact moment than standing in front of the farmhouse in yoga pants and a messy bun holding a cup of coffee listening to the crickets and feeling the sunshine on my face and watching my dog run.

Nowhere.

Except maybe a baseball game.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a drizzly Saturday morning:

1. You are amazing.  Just in case no one had mentioned that yet today–let me be the first.

2. I’m all about this punctuation mark { — }  .  I’m not sure what to call it–the dash?  The middle mark?  The line half way beside a letter?  Whatever it’s called–I adore it.  It’s perfect for adding that last little thought–with emphasis.

3. Has anyone else watched the mini-series called The Pillars of the Earth?  A friend recommended it to me and I read about it and I think I’m in.

They had me at 12th century.

4. Have you ever written a word that you’ve written your entire life and suddenly, it looks like you spelled it incorrectly?  You keep checking and the dictionary says it’s right, but it just looks wrong.  So you type it and re-type it and ask your friends and double-check it and you just can’t wrap your head around it.  I do that all the time.

5. And can I get an opinion?

What do you think of cutting off the bottom of your jeans if they are too long and just fraying them instead of hemming them?  Too much?  Trying too hard?  Too vagabond-meets-baseball mom?

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Okay.

Deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Here is the official-amazing-incredible-awesome-I-can’t-even-believe-that’s-my-name right there cover of the book.

 

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT SAYS KARIANNE WOOD ON THE COVER?

I am literally in love with every last little detail.

And speaking of the book…

….I have an idea.

I’m thinking about putting together a launch team for So Close To Amazing.  I’d send you a book and give you behind-the-scenes access on everything going on and I’d put together a private Facebook group where we could all encourage each other and discuss what we thought of the book and ideas to promote it and we’d just generally hang out and remind ourselves that we all own our little bit of amazing and create a movement and change the world.

Or just drink coffee together.

Whichever comes first.

What do you think?

Are you in?

Oh good.  Me, too.

I’m taking applications now, so if the launch team for So Close to Amazing sounds like something you might be interested in, just e-mail me at thistlewoodfarms@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post.

Here’s to a little encouragement changing the world. 🙂

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I need a little help this morning.

(total aside:  I actually need help in more ways than one today….starting with my hair, but for sake of time I think I need to limit help to the topic at hand)

I’m working on the book promotion and ideas and tours and marketing and I have one question:  if you could sit in an auditorium and listen to me speak on any topic….

….what topic would you like to hear me speak on?

Anything at all.

Any. Single. Thing.

Like Interspace dating:  Exploring new life on Mars?

Or Hair questions we all wonder about: Should you trim or own bangs or leave it to a professional?

Or Grammar conundrums:   Is it their, there or they’re?

Or the ever popular oft debated question:  are leggings be considered pants?

Inquiring speaking minds really want to know. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. We lost a baseball game last night.  I heard more of that silent sadness on the way home.

2. The peonies are about to bloom.  They are one of the most beautiful flowers in the universe.  It’s so sad they only stick around for five minutes.

3. Just when I think the roads in Kentucky can’t get any prettier, spring shows up.

4. You will not believe what I found by the side of the road.

A piece of wood that looks like some pilgrims dropped it off.  I’m drying it out and spraying it off and planning the best project ever with it.

See what I mean about Kentucky roads being beautiful. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It was a week of learning about myself.

Do you ever have a week like that?

A week where you discover stuff about yourself that you weren’t even looking for?

We spent the week in Florida for a baseball tournament.  A week of spring break.  A week of family.  A week of and sunshine and warm weather and baseball games and the joy of watching number 11 run home again and again  I brought tons of work and writing and chapters to work on for the next book.

And then?

There wasn’t any internet.

I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t research.  I couldn’t post to this blog (except for the one post that was already written and scheduled).

At first I was frustrated.  And irritated.  And discombobulated.

But you know what?

In the end, it ended up being amazing.

I played more card games that you can count and fixed lunches and read books and listened to stories and took long walks on the beach and soaked in the sun.

And I learned that everyone needs a little break.

Everyone needs a week to run and walk and read and listen…

….and to just be.

Thank you Florida for mine. 🙂Continue reading