away for the weekend: grow your blog - valentine's day

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

grow your blog - valentine's day

A very happy Valentines Day -
and many thanks to Nancy and Lisa for hosting this party!

If you don't know me already -
Hi, I'm Karen.
I'm a 50ish empty-nester
(I stopped counting a few years back and have no plans to start again anytime soon)
wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, aunt

I live with my husband, Greg, in the suburbs of Boston, work in the city, and spend most weekends in the green mountains of Vermont where we have a little getaway that we simply call

Here our sign hangs as a gentle reminder to check your stress at the door.
(You can have it back when you leave - if you really want it.)
I enjoy far to many things to list - reading, cycling, most anything outdoors -
and toting my trusty Rebel (without a cause) to capture it all.

So - what do I blog about?
I'm pretty sure I had a purpose - at one time -
Yeah, that wasn't a lot of fun.

I guess I think of my blog as a photo journal.
I post mostly about our downtime at Away.
This is where I do the things I enjoy the most, and have the time to do them.
(And believe me, my weekday life - not so interesting)
Life moves just a bit slower here.

I also truly enjoy seeing what's going on in your corner of the world.
The connections I've made through blogging mean a lot to me.

So here's a little sample of what I post about:
There is a whole lot of quaint

A little bit of quinessential

I'm always on the lookout for quirky

The photogenic barns of Vermont are one of my favorite subjects.

Occasionally I'll share one of my crafty projects

It's all about kicking back

And then, sometimes I throw in just a dash of daily life
(it's what I do)

So - that's me in a nutshell.
I'd love to have you along for the ride - I usually follow back
Because - as I mentioned, the connections mean a lot to me.

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. already a fan, but nice to know just a bit more about you since i'm still kinda new here. :)

  2. you had me at the covered bridge ...i am so in love with that ski chair. how comfortable is that one? could i sit a spell? you always can & do make me smile. i need that sign here at my home. great shots. thanks, for being my friend. & always leaving me such encouraging words. i have not a clue how i got here the 1st time, was it FF or BC? but so happy i did find your blog. take care. ( :

  3. Hi Karen, your blog sounds delightful with some similarities to mine, only we live a world apart (Australia) and we still have a home filled with children (yet I'm not too much younger than you). Love the rural scenes and snippets of everyday life you shared.
    My name is also Karen

  4. Hi Karen! I am visiting from BMB!
    What a great idea to do a get to know me post, I didn't think of doing that but I will later today!
    Your newest follower ;)

  5. Thanks for the mini look into to your life and thanks for the beautiful photos. I'm a recent follower of your blog and I like what you have been posting. I'll be back for more.

  6. Karen, a nice getting to know you post. Thanks for sharing about your interests in words and photos. From time to time, we have put info about ourselves on our blog, perhaps I will do another one soon. We started out using aliases of Bearrice & Grenville just for fun and in reality are Dorothy and Pat who live in a 100+ year old Victorian in a very small VA eastern shore town with hopes of relocating to NH...when we sell this home, which we do really call The Frog & PenguINN, but it is neither an Inn or B&B and drop in visitors are always welcome at the back door. Thanks for dropping in...come back anytime as the Welcome mat is always out.

  7. I love your blog Karen! Thanks for participating :-) That's a great picture of you on the water!

  8. Fantastic "get to know me" post Karen -- wish I had thought to ask the BMB participants to do this... maybe next year?

    Thanks for participating in the Boost-My-Blog Party! xo

  9. Thank you for the lovely introduction. Wonderful pictures and so special to have a designated 'get away'. I have a daughter at college at Wellesley, so New England has become more 'real' to us than previously. I hope to make another trip in that direction to include more rambling around and not just packing up a kid to take her to or fro.

    Nicki (from West Virginia)

  10. I love your get to know me post- and I truly love your home "away" from home. Wish I had one..but I want mine in the mountains of Wyoming or Colorado!

  11. It's so nice to meet you; what a great introduction.....Your photographs are beautiful and I look forward to visiting with you again....

  12. I also meant to add that I am visiting from the Blog Hop....So much fun to meet new people through this hop.....

  13. Oh I love away and the meaning of the name. Your photos are amazing. I think away is a place that works well. Visiting from Valentine blog hop. B

  14. I'm a fifty-ish empty nester too! Added you to my Google reader ~

    Popped in from the Boost Your Blog Valentine hop.

  15. i loved getting to know you better...i saw one of those quirky ski chairs at black dog salvage...their pretty cool aren't they?! happy valentine's day!

  16. So nice to get to know you better! I've been following your blog for a while now of course :) I always enjoy your beautiful barn photos and seeing all the things you do while at "Away." Hope you're having a great Valentine's Day :)

  17. Happy to see more of what you are interested in. I liked the bridge, by the way. Covered bridges are very scarce to non existent around here. However, no way do I buy the 50th thing...More like 35! :-}

  18. Fun getting to know you a little better, Karen. I always enjoy seeing your photos from "Away"!

  19. Ha! A fun post. I agree... having a set purpose was not so interesting. Quirky is much more fun!

  20. I feel like I know you from your posts but this was a nice way to be formally introduced.
    Love that chair!

  21. well, i love your blog & swing by as often as i can, so i feel i already know you just a bit, but i always like the recaps. lovin the 'Away' sign & of course, the covered bridges... don't see many old cars like that or horse & buggies for that matter... esp fond of the beautiful barns! =)

  22. I really enjoyed visiting here, and wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. I love the name of your getaway spot. I would definitely check my stress at the door visiting there.

  23. hi karen, a lovely post!! we have many common interests and your blog looks like it's versatile and lot's of fun. your images are beautiful!!

    thanks for visiting it's all about purple and for leaving such a sweet comment. i am also participating in byb!!

  24. Great post for the Valentine's Day Blog Hop, Karen! Lovely introduction and pictures.

  25. Better late than never . . . I'm finally getting around to visiting. Love your blog. I am also a 50ish empty nester. We don't have an "Away" spot yet (we're dreaming of one on a beach) but we get away to wander and hike and garden - hoping to take up camping this summer. Thanks for visiting my blog - good to meet you - and I've added you to my Google Reader, so I'll be back often.

  26. Lovely photos!!! So enjoyed looking at these and seeing your getaway! We have had our mountain cabin for 15 years this spring. Many joyful times spent here and the biggest "gift " we have ever given ourselves. Yours looks like a charming spot, and like how you leave your cares at the door. That is how we are, and don't even have a clock in the cabin. Everything is just done "when we feel like it". Especially enjoy kayaking and 4 wheeling at our cabin


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