Why I love ultimate

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Photo by Alex Fraser Photography.

Photo by Alex Fraser.  Yesterday wrapped up the 2017 Youth Club Championships (YCC) of ultimate at the fantastic National Sports Center in Blaine, MN. The YCC event brings the best youth ultimate players from around the country to compete for three days. Cole plays in the U20 boys division. The other divisions include: U20 girls, U17 girls and boys and U20 mixed, where female … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhy I love ultimate

Looking forward to breathing

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Yesterday I went for a walk in the morning to the lake by my house and I realized that it was the first walk I’d taken to the lake this summer. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m a bit of a homebody. I don’t require much variety in life. Sometimes I think it’s just garden variety … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLooking forward to breathing

Present Participle List for July 2017

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July is in full swing and here are a few things I’m doing right now. Binge-watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. I started a free trial on the weekend, just so I could see what everyone was talking about and holy dystopian future, I am hooked! Singing karaoke on my Instagram Story. I just posted my second installment of Cathyoke. … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for July 2017

Introducing Cathyoke

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I have two Instagram accounts. This one (for my personal life stuff). And this one (for my crafty, scrapbook-y related stuff). From time to time, I have been known to do a little karaoke on my @czdesign Instagram Story. Stories are fun because you can post silly stuff and then it’s gone in 24 hours. Unless you SAVE IT! I … Read More

Cathy ZielskeIntroducing Cathyoke

Mr. Z Goes to 6th Grade

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If you’ve been following along with the Zielske Family Story for the past year, you’ll know that Dan just completed his first year as an elementary school teacher, leaving behind a 27-year career in the coffee biz, a biz that kept this family with food on our table, health insurance cards in our pockets and a steady supply of superb caffeinated products at our disposal. … Read More

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Today is the first official day of summer in our house. No more school for Cole or Dan. (Aidan was done in May!) And while I may be handing off a summer Honey-Do list to my teacher hubby, who literally asked me this morning, first thing, “So, what should I do this summer?”, I do have a general list of … Read More

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Present Participle List for June 2017

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June is here and that means change is in the air on multiple levels, other than the outside temps. Here are few things I’m doing right now. Loving the Portrait Mode on my iPhone 7 Plus. Remember when I thought the iPhone 7 Plus was going to be too big? Lol. Me too! I need to take more photos this … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for June 2017

Trips, Sports and a Fuller Nest

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My girl is home for the summer. There are only so many more summers that I can type out that sentence. And while I realize that is part of the flow of life—birth, growth, leave the nest—I am soaking in this time possibly more than at any other time before. It’s good to have the whole family under one roof. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeTrips, Sports and a Fuller Nest

Lenvy Part Two

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Have you ever coveted something deeply and thought to yourself, “Would it be so bad to just do a Kickstarter campaign to get one?” That would be me and the newest version of the Canon L-Series 100-400 Zoom Lens. Both of my offspring play ultimate (learn more about ultimate here), and over the past few years I’ve rented lenses for … Read More

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Middle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense

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An online friend posted the other day, “…card making is where it’s at for those of us whose kids are past that stage where you can make enough scrapbook pages about them to satisfy our need to CREATE.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement. My kids aren’t really kids anymore. My daughter is 21. She’s a … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMiddle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense