At the risk of stating the obvious….it’s been snowing here….


Ice and snow and sleet and gray skies everywhere.

But last week….before the snow and ice descended upon the beautiful rural Kentucky countryside….

….we had a few days of warm weather.

Warm….as in a day with temperatures that started with the number 4.

Warm enough to pretend you could wear short sleeves.

Warm enough to cut lemons for sweet tea.

Warm enough for batting practice and catching fly balls and running the bases….

….because baseball season has begun.


I love baseball season.

Good thing.

I’ve sat through seven seasons of it.

I’ve watched a baseball player who was barely able to swing a bat at a pitching machine grow into size 10 1/2 cleats and the ability to catch a fly ball like his glove had super glue on it.

And even though baseball is a lot of hurry up and wait…..and a lot of watching when nothing is really happening….and a lot of games that feel like one big seventh inning stretch….

….when the bases are loaded and it’s the bottom of the ninth and your baseball player hits a grounder that sends his teammates home and they win the game….

….there is absolutely, positively nothing like it.


Yesterday….in the car…..we had a discussion about baseball “walk-up” songs.

You know….the songs that they play when the player goes up to the plate for his “at bat”.

Kind of a signature.

A summation.

A statement.

And my son spent the last 10 minutes of the drive trying to decide what his should be.

“Mom….how about….”We are the Champions,”  he said.  

I nodded.

I find that it’s best to nod in these situations….since in reality…..

….most of these questions are simply rhetorical.


He took my nod as an assent….

….and continued.

“Sharp Dressed Man?”

Another nod from me.

“Don’t Stop Believing….Hold on to the Feeling?”

I nodded again and said nothing.

“Or what about “The Eye of the Tiger”?   he said enthusiastically.  “Just a man and his will to survive.”

I smiled to myself.

And this is the point in the story where I should have kept nodding.

I mean….I know the script….I’ve been a mom for a while….

….but I just couldn’t help myself.

“I know,” I said to my overly confident baseball player with his will to survive and his sharp-dressed uniform and his champion stroll to the plate.  “I’ve got the perfect walk-up song for you.  How about….

…”Oh Lord…..It’s Hard to Be Humble.” 🙂

PS  Next time I’ll keep nodding….I promise.

Bless my heart. 🙂

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  1. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    Yep! I did what I said I'd do -- you got another vote. And bless your heart I can understand your nods and your comment. I just love baseball and now it is the grandsons turn. They are such sweethearts. Your children obviously got their mother's charm and wit :-) Hugs and hope the weather changes for you soon.

  2. Image for Sarah Sarah

    LOVE! We have four kids ages 3 - 8 and I adore your blog for many reasons, including your ability to parent with humor. Thanks for sharing your nods and comments :)

  3. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Great pinch hit - you are amazing to pull one out of the bag and hit a home run. You have already spoken to many and intimate moments perhaps should only be treasured in YOUR heart. You are blessed and I love you.

  4. Image for Tami B. Tami B.

    Every morning I wake up, pour myself a cup of coffee, sit on the couch, read my Bible, pray, open email and look for one from Thistlewood Farm, read said email and then either laugh or smile - in that order. Bless your heart KariAnn for blessing mine with your beautiful stories. Xoxo from the Midwest

  5. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I am laughing out loud right now because that sounds like a conversation I'd have with one of my boys. And now I will singing the Rocky song all day! Kind of a fierce way to start the day, right? Maybe I should sing it first thing EVERY day!!

  6. Image for Debbie @Dewdrop Gables Debbie @Dewdrop Gables

    That's exactly what I was thinking when I was reading his choices for his song. lol Too cute, ya gotta love his confidence! Debbie :)

  7. Image for Angela Gabhart Angela Gabhart

    Too funny...and I'm sure so true!!! By the way, LOVE the pictures this morning. I've been getting pictures from my family in TN and KY this week. Makes me, I always LOVE seeing pictures of your landscape. Please keep them coming. You never know what you're doing for some of your readers. :)

  8. Image for Susan Susan

    I love your blog and read it every day. I love your home - everything about it. After seeing the lovely pictures you posted today of the front exterior of your house, if I may be so bold as to offer my opinion: It is my opinion that the three trees in front of your house are hiding the exquisite beauty and architecture your house has to offer. Perhaps you could partner with Lowes or Home Depot and do a landscape project in the front exterior yard to allow the beauty of your home shine through. It seems such a shame to have all that beauty hidden behind those trees! Please take this in the kind and loving manner in which it was given, as only my opinion. I realize it's totally none of my business and there may be a very good reason why those trees are there hiding your house. : )

    1. Image for amy watson amy watson

      I don't think anybody should ever cut down perfectly beautiful trees, you should go back in her blog and look at some pictures of Thistlewood Farms without the snow, it is beautiful.....and in the South we consider ourselves blessed to have some big beautiful trees close enough to the house to give some nice cool shade in the heat of the summer....

      1. Image for Susan Susan

        Don't get me wrong, Amy - I LOVE, love, LOVE trees as well. I too am from the South and always hate it when someone chops down a huge tree. It's almost like losing a loved one! The only point that I was trying to make is that the trees hide the view of the front of an extraordinarily beautiful home.

  9. Image for Jill @ Still Keeping On The Narrow Way Jill @ Still Keeping On The Narrow Way

    First off, I loved your story. It made me giggle. Second, thank you for giving a term to that song they play. I now know it's called a walk-up song and people will actually understand what I'm referring to when I talk about it now. Thirdly, is it crazy that I, a forty-something-ISH female have thought about what my walk-up song would be if I were a professional baseball player? (Like that's gonna happen!) My boys think I'm weird.

  10. Image for Grammie to 5 Beauties Grammie to 5 Beauties

    Hey there my Southern Sol' Sista! Being from Canada, your picture just looks normal to me. My youngest daughter competed as part of the Canadian Saddle-Bred Dressage Team in Kentucky (won Silver)! During the down time we drove around the beautiful Kentucky countryside outside Louisville. Amazing! At that time of year it was all so green and lush with the rolling hills, gorgeous ranches, and huge homes. It was a Northerner's dream come true so I actually know what you are missing. So funny reading your story - I was smiling from the very beginning because I just knew you wouldn't be able to stop nodding....... love ya!

  11. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    LOLOL! Oh KariAnne, sometimes it's more important to be funny and make a point than to be remembered as a Mother Theresa .. . ;) LOVE IT. My girls have already decided that they're just like me, humor-wise, so there is a lot of eye-rolling and forehead-smacking when they come out with basically the same snarky answer I would! :) I'm very proud . . . I'm actually leaving town to shop the big city of Evansville today!! Must chech my Pinterst board to see if I need supplies for all these projects I keep saying I'm going to do! ;) happy sunny day!

  12. Image for Cindy Cindy

    I LOVE BASEBALL!! My son has played for 18 years and so I have watched for 18 years. He earned a full ride to a private college with his athletic and academic skill. Tell your son to keep on playing, good things are waiting!! this post out loud to my husband and we both could definitely relate and we both laughed :) Play Ball!!!!!!

  13. Image for Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story

    Again fabulous pictures and storytelling KariAnne. Our baseball season starts in 2 weeks, our 7th season. For us unless it is late April it is still cold, not something that enjoy, sitting in the bleachers in that cold but when it is warmer sure is fun.

  14. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne..... LOL, I can't help but believe we are.....somehow, down deep....awww, Bless your heart.....we are related! That is SO what I would say....if I'd thought of it! My question is this: did your remarkably talented baseball player respond with something akin to....."way to spoil the moment, Mom"....? I SERIOUSLY hope he had the foresight to say, "I know really is hard!" Hahahaha, Bless HIS heart.....does he know that, 'the bigger they are....the harder they fall'......? Oh, my sides are hurting. It is so good to laugh hard in the morning! PS I voted for your chalkboard

  15. Image for melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

    We are envious of all of your snow. Although we live in TN, we've only had a light dusting. Nothing worth playing in...Maybe next year! LOVE this story! I think I'd have to vote for Sharp Dressed Man. :) Life to the full! Melissa

  16. Image for Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger

    Sometimes I read your blog while I'm at work. I have to wonder what my co-workers think when I'm sitting at my desk laughing like a maniac... P.S. I voted again this morning. Yay!!! ~Cheryl


    Cute story. Being a Baseball Fan, I know where your coming from. The North East. like ever other places has gotten a lot of snow; just this morning pouring my coffee; look out, Sun shining,and snowing . Just flurries.,thank goodness. So we all have to HANG IN THERE.

  18. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    I found myself butt dancing on the sofa juggling my cup of tea while head singing his choices. Of course then I had to sing yours from start to finish while dancing around the living room. The lads were lined up on the sofa giving me a definitely jaundiced look because they had been warm and cozy just moments before! What a great way to start the day! Thanks for the boost!

  19. Image for Teresa Fields Teresa Fields

    This was so funny. I so know that feeling of "should of not said anything". I've raised 5 sons and a daughter, but my sons -- well enough said. Enjoy these moments.

  20. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    Sometimes it just pops out...despite our best intentions. I have been known to have that problem on occasion. The Other Marian Ps. Are you teaching at Haven again this year? I hope so. You were so good last year. Or are you just gonna go and be famous?

  21. Image for Julia G. Julia G.

    Karianne - I love the picture of your home. I know you and others are tired of the snow but here in Florida that picture of your home is so idealic. Snow covered fences and white lawns are so peaceful to look at - but not sure this Florida girl could actually live in it for long! Also, I love your conversation with your son! You are a champion mom!

  22. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    Well take me out to the ballgame and thanks for making me giggle! We love to go see the Cards play and love their walk up songs. yes just keep nodding haha but my kids say when I do that I am zoned out and in m happy place. haha Have a great day.. go to your happy place if need be!

  23. Image for amy watson amy watson

    Ha.....keep nodding Mom.....I am glad you didn't suggest. "may the bird of paradise fly up your nose" LOL As usual you made my day with your sweet story.... :)

  24. Image for Kim Kim

    I like that suggestion! I have a professional baseball player for a son-in-law. Perhaps I'll suggest that one for him!

  25. Image for Ellicia Ellicia

    What a great way to gently remind a teenager when they just might have crossed the line from exuberance to chutzpah. Good going Mom.

  26. Image for Beverly Beverly

    There is just something about teenage boys. This reminds me so much of my 15 year old grandson. When I compliment him, he responds with an I know. Modest, huh?

  27. Image for Laura Bervig Laura Bervig

    Yet again you made me laugh and smile and tear up all at the same time and so I just wanted to tell you....YOU bless my heart!

  28. Image for Jill Jill

    Thanks for the smile. Time in the car is precious! Just looked at BH&G. You won Round One! WooHoo! So today your theme song could be "Happy" or the theme song to Rocky. Let us know when to vote again!

  29. Image for Kathy Yost Kathy Yost

    Felt like I was living our grown sons' baseball games again. By the way, your heart has been blessed by the four gospels and Kathy! Loved your post!

  30. Image for Kris Kris

    Too funny! Love your sense of humor. My son just signed up for baseball, which will be interesting, considering the crazy depth of snow on the ground (and the cold temps to prevent melting!). I envision cheering from the depths of my parka with my hands wrapped around my travel mug for added warmth. Maybe throwing snowballs at the ref if he makes a bad call. ;)

  31. Image for Jane Jane

    Oh...this is just too funny!! You were pretty on the money with the song!! Both my boys played baseball and my hubby was a coach so it took over many years of my life...but bless your heart, I never knew those songs were custom picked!! Love, love your pictures!! The snow here in Chicago gets pretty messy looking so a nice dusting is good every hour. XO, Jane

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