About Karen

Why is this so difficult to put in words?  Maybe I’m still trying to figure out who I am, even at my advanced age!!  These are the things I know:

For 30+ years I’ve been the lucky and devoted wife to a wonderful man (Charlie) who inspires me daily with his warmth and love for family, dedication to our country and his career, his sharp intellect with a dry, witty humor.  We have two lovely daughters who make us very proud.  I am a  farm girl from the picturesque foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in western Maryland.  For the past 30+ years I have been transplanted into the military life, moving 17 times and counting.  I live by the words, “Bloom where you are planted.”  My mother, Jeanne, taught me to sew at age 8 and she encouraged my cooking adventures in her kitchen…and still does when I come home to visit.  She is the best sous chef!!  I have glorious memories of the best times in that log cabin farm house and on the farm originally called “Hospitality.”

I found this at home (on the farm) in a closet and I’m so glad Mom kept it.  This is my first sewing project…okay, first you need to know the time frame…1969.  Now does it make sense?  I remember selecting the fabric at a local fabric store called Eve Lynn in Waynesboro, PA.  I loved the fabric.  I made a simple shift with neck edge and armhole facings and a set-in zipper.  I entered in the 4-H Dress Revue at the county fair that summer and won the Junior Division.  Of course a girl must accessorize with a purse!  Don’t you dig the fringe?  Groovy baby!


3 Responses to About Karen

  1. Frances Uhrich says:

    Karen, what a wonderful web page, you have given me the inspiration to take some of those irons out of the fire and move them to the front, and follow through with ideas. Also such a nice dedication to your Dad, they are always missed, but thought of each day with love.

  2. Kay Zobrist says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for sharing so openly your wonderful recipes. Can’t wait to try the Crack Mac! I’m living next door to your old house on Benedict and thought I’d look you up, we almost overlapped before at Hill AFB too.


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