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Karen's Place - Webs-it-to-you!

April 19, 2021

Just checking in. I don't want to lose this space. It looks like WITY is still mine. It is late and what I have to write isn't easy, so I will come back. If you're visiting this site, you probably know that my mother passed away on the last day of February.. It has been a sad and lonely almost two months now. I will mourn to the end of my days. I've put photos, memories, thoughts, and updates on Facebook through most of it. I will face the future later. Now I am going to write my son Craig's birthday card so Gary can mail it in the morning on his way out of town. I am sorry I have neglected writing here for years at a time. I realize at last that I won't finish all that I wanted to do. That's okay. Pretty normal for most of us. Please stop back, again, and I will try to have something coherent. Nite-Nite as Mom used to say.

October 18, 2020

Two and a half years later . . . time for another post. I think I saw a notice that this application was being retired so I hope I have a chance to save it before that happens. So much as been on hold since the novel coronavirus hit our country in February or March -- depending upon -- well never mind that -- it's been a tough year for most of us since March 2020. We are looking at a general election in a couple of weeks and are holding our collective breath. Eventually, we hope for a vaccine.


Meantime, I have not seen a Stitcher since last November. I took a few photos at the last session--of those who hadn't left already for warmer climes or headed over to "Not Little Nickie's" for onion rings and such . . . I'll post them so we recognize each other in the spring of 2021.


It has been a quiet year in isolation. Our regular visitors didn't make it up, and we stayed close to home. Gary went back and forth to check on the Deer Creek house periodically. We know people who have had the virus, but, thankfully, they have all recovered, and, knock-on-wood, we have been lucky, too (avoiding it thus far).


Political and racial tensions are high. Excessive police force has people marching.and protesting in the streets. Massive wildfires wreak havoc on the west coast. Add the virus and 216,000 lives lost and you have what most people are thinking and talking about these days.


On the plus side, we decided we would have installed (how many?) tons of riprap boulders before the lake thawed in the spring. It has been a good thing to stop the erosion. We enjoy listening to the rollers again. Now they make a more slap-echo-y sound that reminds us of the Caves. Also, since we lost about a dozen trees along the shore, we now have the view Gary always wanted. However, since Nature did the pruning, I don't have the guilt of a single tree on me. I like this view, too.   

Find this date --around July 2017?

Just checking in so see if my old website has imploded or deleted itself. Well, it's still here but working just like I remembered it so I'm already frustrated. Fortunately, my clothes dryer is buzzing a dozen inches behind me, so I will quit. . . OK, I'm back. Remembered what I was going to do: Scan mountains of paper, share and shred. Shredding is easy, but why did I clip all this stuff?? Who will want to "share"? Obviously, these pages and pieces of paper once interested me - - maybe they still do. 

I've decided to scan what I'd like to remember (or find easily if a thought about it nags me someday). Now it's Happy Shredding Time (if I can figure out how to link a pdf to this site!). This will be my compensation for leaving just as the yard comes into bloom. Stay in touch! . . .

July 10, 2017

It's been almost two years since I've visited this site, and there's too much to share in the time left tonight. But I wanted to remember a childhood friend who passed away a week ago. I sadly add Jimmy Spier to that growing list of people I will always remember but won't see again in this life.

Although it's been over fifty years since I last saw Jimmy, I remember him well. He was Jerry's (my brother's) best friend. They were almost always together, and I was always with Jimmy's sister, my friend Shirley. We ran up and down the road in the old neighborhood in our bare feet, a dozen times a day. We visited, we played, fought, threw snowballs, tossed marbles and jacks, and caught the bus to school together. I remember JImmy and Jerry in their Davy Crockett hats and plastic gun holsters. Jimmy's face in the online obituary looked friendly and familiar. It was nice to see that old smile. I will miss it now that I know it's gone. See "In Memory" for condolences to Shirley and the Spier family.

July 27, 2015

Tonight I'm posting an article and links (under "Booksellers") about the demise of The Book of Knowledge (which I loved when I was growing up). Coincidentally, I just found nine of the ten volumes of The Book of Art this month.


It's the story of the rise and fall of an organization begun for the love of knowledge in books. It's also the sadly familiar story of small successes, over-extension, bankruptcies, corporate buy-outs, hostile takeovers, and layoffs.


The Grolier Club was begun in 1895. In the last 120 years, it's been incorporated, bought, sold, merged, purged, and resold several times. The remnants now belong to Scholastica. Ah, the market place. RIP Grolier.

March 1, 2015

Added a "Books Read" section, mostly fiction, historical, and biographical. Added an old Cayuga photo that Mom probably took. It is of her brother (Bucky), sister (Dorothy, called Dot), and cousin (Junie) haying around early 1940s. Cayuga, Wisconsin ("Cayuga Days" album).

February 24, 2015

It has taken several days and quite a hassle to get my domain name renewed, but it's done. I'm back! Will try to do some work on this site soon. Meanwhile, see me on Facebook. Also check Women's Color Photo Club of Minneapolis.

September 11, 2014

The clock just turned to the next day, which means I'm late for bed again. Had time to add photos from our visit with the Andersons, Wolters, and Gehlens in August -- and Savanna, followed by Craig, Tanya, and Mallory in July -- but no time for titles tonight. Also added a few photos around the yard on Bark Point. Hope you enjoy the pics if you're checking in. Night, All!

Next daypart (it's light outside) . . . added some titles and sent out a blast. Nowhere near done, but who knows when that will be? Thanks for your visit. :-) Have a good weekend! 

It's July 16, 2014

And . . . I am finally able to get in and manage this account. Joy! I've added new photos in recent days and hope you can find them without too much trouble, including two old B&Ws, one in the Dirschel Family album and one in a new album I'll call Cayuga Days. The second photo is of Grandma Englerth and the grandchildren who were visiting her on her farm in Cayuga, Wisconsin in the summer or fall of 1953. The reason for the photo now is, sadly, the passing of my oldest cousin Mack Conley this past week. I'll say more about this later.


I'm also adding (or will try to!) a video of Carter Tibbits, our 2nd oldest grandson (Lisa and Ryan's oldest son) who was on Kare-11 television last night. It is, of course, baseball-related, and is explained in the video. :-)


While Gary (G'pa) is out staining logs and cedar siding, I will get to work inside -- we are looking forward to a visit from our younger granddaughter Savanna at the end of this week. Because at that time, we will only play and enjoy ourselves. Have a good week, Everyone!

Hi! Today is July 7, 2014

Thanks for visiting! I have a group of photos today I didn't want to put on Facebook. They're of our friends, Greg and Terese's home and the other is a "pasture" on private property for which I didn't have permission to photograph. Greg collects first edition, often signed, quality books - he and Terese fill their home with books and pottery - so it is one of my favorite places to visit. Greg throws the pots, and Terese paints them.

However, even if they didn't have books and pottery and baskets and plants and flowers and gardens and sculptures everywhere, inside and outside their home, we'd still want to visit . . . for they are two of the most talented, hard-working, kind, and intelligent people we know.

If you visit us in Wisconsin and would like to meet these friends, let us know ahead of time and I will call to see if they will be home and available. We try never to miss Greg's kiln openings in the spring, summer, and fall. In one of the photos, you'll see Gary with a box of books and new pottery under his arm. Life is good! :-)

Today is June 11, 2014

Welcome! Lots of new albums and photos added tonight, mostly from our travels on the road - May 2014. You can tell when new pictures have been added to old albums by checking the 'last update' in descriptions. Hope you enjoy!

Welcome! Today is May 3, 2014

It 'suddenly' occurs to me that if I use a content box, I don't have to keep re-editing my Welcome Page! So here's the 'new' system. :-) Today I moved things around and changed the level of security on most categories. As a member, you can get into everything. But I didn't think there were 462 of you looking at Tammy's video. Duh! That is now also 'members only.' Let me know if you like (or don't like!) the changes.

April 26, 2014

Hi! It's Saturday, April 26, 2014. Day after Craig's 50th birthday. Last time added to Arizona home album--didn't get far starting Gary's "Golf Corner." Before that, added odds and ends (photos) looking for camera club entries. Before: photos taken night before my birthday at Fleming's in Peoria. (Julie and Tom were the best birthday surprises!) The old stuff: Previously, I added a second old B&W family album (The Kriegel Family). We have the memorial photo for our old family friend & neighbor Rosie Bauer. I was excited to add Julie's pastels here, but haven't gotten far. Sorry! Before that I added photos from our four 2013 Christmases and a new take on the digital age (aka Information Age) album. Before that I'd added old B&W photos (which I'm adding to today). Also focusing on adding photos to older albums that were never finished, including the Christmas ones; the Boys' Summer Visit; WCPC camera club entries; Milly's garden; Lenny and Patty's wedding; Tibbits and Laues at Gull Lake; Marisa's birthday; Julie & Tom's on Bark Point--July 2013; Dirschel Christmas 2012. So many photos - so little time! Will add photos from you, too (including Lisa's Gary/G'pa, Marisa, Carter and Hayden tubing behind the boat).

Help me get rid of stuff — see Miscellaneous -- this is a 'work' in progress. Just contact me!

"Blog-A-Bit" continues to Play Nice (but no one's talking!)

Check out links and clips under Topics. "The Artists" from random readings needs to grow. Tammy's video mixing me up with Mary Tyler Moore; Other links to my FB page; Ravelry.com (crochet & knitting projects); and other miscellaneous links of interest to photographers, book lovers, political junkies, and ??

I stopped uploading photos to Shutterfly (http://www.ourdaysandnights.shutterfly.com/), but if you'd like to view and/or order copies (need bigger files), just let me know.

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April 7, 2014

Hello :-) It's Monday, April 7, 2014. Just adding odds and ends (photos) while I hunt for camera club entries. Before: Recently added some photos taken night before my birthday at Fleming's in Peoria. (Julie and Tom were the best birthday surprises!) The old stuff: Previously, I added a second old B&W family album (The Kriegel Family). We have the memorial photo for our old family friend & neighbor Rosie Bauer. I was excited to add Julie's pastels here, but haven't gotten far. Sorry! Before that I added photos from our four 2013 Christmases and a new take on the digital age (aka Information Age) album. Before that I'd added old B&W photos (which I'm adding to today). Also focusing on adding photos to older albums that were never finished, including the Christmas ones; the Boys' Summer Visit; WCPC camera club entries; Milly's garden; Lenny and Patty's wedding; Tibbits and Laues at Gull Lake; Marisa's birthday; Julie & Tom's on Bark Point--July 2013; Dirschel Christmas 2012. So many photos - so little time! Will add photos from you, too (including Lisa's Gary/G'pa, Marisa, Carter and Hayden tubing behind the boat). 

March 31, 2014

Hi! It's Wednesday, March 31, 2014. Last day of the month and Karen Marie's birthday. The taxes are done (or off of MY desk), and Julie and Tom are heading home. I added some photos taken night before my birthday at our favorite dinner place. Julie and Tom were Gary's big surprise for me, and I loved it. (I don't deserve my new camera, however --just pretend the pics are technically better and I dared take more.) The old stuff: Previously, I added a second old B&W family album (The Kriegel Family). We have the memorial photo for our old family friend & neighbor Rosie Bauer. I was excited to add Julie's pastels here, but haven't gotten far.  

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