- hello Karen Samenow
- Username: Karensamenow
- In response to: "What was the comfort food you enjoyed most growing up?" White bread, crunchy peanut butter, & strawberry jelly! I could live on that. Yummmmm
- Karensamenow's latest answers
- Fair or Not Fair....that is the question?
Playtime to me is being able to walk into my studio, without anything pulling me back, & simply creating! It doesn't matter if I'm painting, doodling, journaling, or stamping fabric for a project, this is playing!
I love going into the studio early in the morning, before I'm asked to do something else. I can play all morning, loosing track of time as the day flies by
My husband, & I have an agreement.........if I get to work in my studio in the morning, I will do whatever he wants in the afternoon. That's fair don't you think?
- These Are Tears of joy!
Several years ago my son Dennis graduated from The Music Institute in Los Angeles. His music education, along with the love for his guitar, & desire to make a career out of playing it, eventually brought him to writing music. He shared some of the things he was writing, but not all, & not often.
Finally I was able to listen!
Just before he flew to Austin, Texas to record his first CD, he played the music he created for me. Although it was all beautiful, there was one piece that touched my heart!
You see, Dennis is a trained Flamenco guitar player, & even though he plays many types of songs, his love is Flamenco!
After he returned from Austin with the final cut of his first CD, "Road to Conejo," we listened to it all the way home in the car. It was so beautiful!
To think my son, wrote this beautiful music from the heart blew me over, & we all sat in the car with tears in our eyes.
To this day, when he plays the song, " Road to Conejo," it brings tears to my eyes.
We are so blessed to be a musical family. Both my boys, & my husband are musicians, my grandson Nolan is well on his way to becoming a musical talent at four years old. My daughter-in-law, Shawna is a fabulous singer as well.
These tears are most definitely tears of joy!
If you feel like learning more about Dennis, or the CD, "Road to Conejo," is the name of it, & at one point it could be purchased from CD Baby, you can also check out Dennis' website at "B.Entertained.com," or just Google Dennis Bergstrom.
- You must be kidding! Are you kidding me? I don't believe it! Really?
Shut the front door!.............
Someone knocks at my front door, & the minute I open it I see this man in a business suit, nice shoes, clean cut - not doable, but nice looking! He starts by asking me if I'm Karen. I'm now on high alert!
What could he want, & how does he know my name? Oh that's right, public records, & the internet make it impossible to keep much of anything confidential.......
I'm cautious, & slightly curious all at the same time!
He continues with information about my family & myself, this makes me really uncomfortable. I can feel myself loosing interest in getting reeled in by a con artist, I tell him, "I'm busy now, & I'm not interested!" Can you believe the door shut all by itself?
Not too long afterwards I hear another knock at my front door. The dog is going off in an "Under no condition are you getting past me warning!" & I'm having trouble holding her back. Daisy wants whoever is at the door for lunch!!!
Finally, I get her to back off, & when I open the front door here is the same man, but now he's with a lady. She is dressed well, very business like, & this time she does all the speaking!
"Before you decide to shut the door again, please hear me out!" She introduces herself, & her companion. I'm thinking,The National Con Artist Headquarters are now teaming it! "We are here to inform you that your ticket has come up, & you have just won the $346,209,772.00 lottery!"
Now they have my undivided attention!
They show me all the documentation, & ask for nothing in return. Not my social security number, or a check to cover processing fees, nor my underwire size. That's good because I wouldn't want to give them my underwater size!
When they left, I was given a handful of documents to show my husband, & my attorney. I was to contact the lottery office the following week for the finalization of the papers, & photos of their newest winner.
Oh My Gosh, that would be me!
My head was reeling, I felt dizzy, & anxious all at the same time. I'm all alone, & I have to tell someone what just happened. Les is at a concert, I won't be able to talk to him for three more hours. I call my daughter, Tracy, she's at work, but I'm hopeful she'll pick up! Damn it's her voice mail. Ok my son Chris. He's not home either. One left, my son Dennis.....ringing, ringing...."Hi Mom, what's going on?"
" Dennis, I just won the lottery!" I'm half screaming because I know he's in the car, & on his way to work!
"Mom y....br...k....g up, I ....n't he.r a t...g ..ur saying."
"Cr...a..p! Dennis can you hear me now? Dennis, Dennis! Can you hear me?"
Just then line goes dead! I try calling him back without any luck. I'm now in a frenzy, a nervous reck, all the meditation in the world won't help me now!
About 45 minutes later my daughter returns my call, & we both scream, & yell.
"Mom, I can't believe it, what are you going to do with all that money?" I could hear her in the background yelling to my son-in-law, John. "Mom, do you think I could borrow some money?" I'm thinking, that didn't take long! I can hear her laughing on the other end of the phone.
"Let's all get together for dinner tonight," I say my, "treat!"
"Sounds good Mom, we'll come to your house! Where, & when did you buy your lottery ticket?"
"Well honey, that's the thing, I don't remember buying one!"
- I say this with Gratitude!
With so much negativity in the world, we don't need any more rants on how bad everything is, or trying to find out who's to blame for something. What we do need are more people looking for answers, or finding solutions for the things that aren't working. Focusing on the positive, rather than the negative!
There is a universal law that simply goes something like this.......
What you give out, you get back! Some might call it karma, some the law of attraction. Whatever you choose to call it, it works like this.....
If one always finds fault, is grumpy, & continually has bad days, I'm afraid this is just what will happen day after day.
If we tell ourselves, it's a beautiful day, life is good, & today I'm making lemonade out of lemons! The day will most certainly be a brighter, happier day. And, if we do this each and every day, pretty soon each, & every day will get better, & better! We could call this, getting up on the right side of the bed.
Each morning I go over, in my mind, what I am grateful, or thankful for. If you think about it, there are always going to be people who are better off than I am, are younger, prettier, smarter, have more opportunity, travel more, & buy more things!
And, before you start saying, "Karen can say that, she doesn't have all the problems I have!" I want you all to know that my life hasn't been perfect by a long shot, I have physical limitations that I deal with every day, but I don't focus on any of that. Instead I believe all I have been through, & am going through make me the person I am today. I focus on what is good!
On the other hand, there will also always be people worse off, have zero opportunity, are not as attractive, are unable to function as well, & have nothing! My heart is heavy for those people, I wish I could help change that for them!
This is why each day is a blessing to me, I am so grateful for my wonderful family, & my dear friends. I'm grateful for what I am able to do, & the things I have. I have more than many, not as much as some. How much is really necessary for happiness, & is happiness gained from having things, or is it an inside job? Something I've spent many years on before the light came on, & I reached an understanding!
Our world needs all of us to be thankful, to focus on the positive, to look ahead with hope, & avoid being critical of each other.
Diversity is what makes us all so interesting. Our homes will be happier, our children will grow up with a better outlook on life, & we will all be contributing to a healthier world!
- What would you give up?
How could I possibly choose?
If I couldn't see, I wouldn't be able to see my beautiful grandchildren, & how they so adoringly smile.
If I couldn't hear, I would miss the sweet voices of the birds, the melodic wind chimes that dance in the breeze, or the squeals of those same grandchildren when they show me their artwork, or the grades they received on a test, or the excitement of getting a surprise!
If I couldn't touch, or feel, I wouldn't be able to hold even a cup of tea, or drive a car.
If I couldn't smell I wouldn't be able to smell sweet lavender, or a pumpkin spice late as it steams in my cup.
If I couldn't taste, I wouldn't be able to taste the pumpkin in a late, or a pumpkin pie, or even a peanut, butter, & jelly sandwich when I'm feeling down.
So which sense would I, or could I do without? That's a really difficult question!
After thinking about it, & looking at the pros, & cons, the sense I would pick to do without would be the sense of smell!
But, if I could heighten one of the other four senses, that would be an entirely different difficult question. It might be the sense of hearing, & listening. Or if I could think outside the "box," I'd pick the Sense of Intuition!