Present Participle List for August 2017

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life16 Comments

Photo at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center.

Here are just a few things I’m doing right now:

Soaking in the waning days of summer break. We have had the freakiest weather here, in that August has been so cool. I think our AC has only kicked on a handful of times. I’m not sure if this is a harbinger of the coldest coming winter on record, but I have loved the gorgeous, mild weather.

Preparing to take this lovely young woman back to school for her final year as an undergrad. (Yes, she’s planning more school after taking a gap year. Her plans are to attend law school and she’ll be taking her LSAT this September.) You know I don’t have to tell you how much I love having her under this roof, right?
Helping Dan with some final touches on stuff for his room for the 2017/18 school year. It’s a new school for him (same district, thankfully!) and a new grade (6th!). I know a lot of you have asked Dan to write about his decision to change careers and what this experience has been like for him. He said, “It will happen before school starts!” I told him I won’t edit a word. The pressure is on!

Also preparing for this one to enter his senior year of high school. It’s both really hard to fathom and perfectly natural that this is happening. This is happening! Cole is starting to mention other schools that are not as close to home as possibilities for college in 2018. As with everything this young man has done, I just stay in the present and soak it all in. (And yes, I will be starting on this very special album project in just over a week!)
Organizing my crafty stuff in the old dining/craft room, which is an ongoing process. I bought an Alex unit from IKEA and am slowly filling it up. Unfortunately, it will very likely be filled before I know it. I’m hoping to do a video this fall if I can figure out how to film it. I’d love to show you how working in a non-traditional space works.

Enjoying a new restaurant that opened up in our neighborhood, Delicata. There are a lot of great places to eat in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, but we’ve really never had one in our direct vicinity. It’s a lovely little place where Dan and I can walk to, hold hands while we go, and talk about our feelings. Oh, and have wine and pizza. Bonus!

And that, friends, is what’s going on right now. Big week at hands. Two seniors is really happening. Life is big and good and wild.

What is happening with you?

p.s. I so appreciate the feedback from my Something Personal post last week. I hope to share more stuff like this in the coming weeks and months. 


Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for August 2017

16 Comments on “Present Participle List for August 2017”

  1. #1
    Denise M

    Loving it!!
    We just moved from Hawaii to Tennessee, sent one off to college, my oldest is getting ready to deploy, the youngest started middle school, my husband is gone for a couple more months of training then will also deploy. Lots of adjusting (and readjusting), exploring my new surroundings, reorganizing and purging!! 🙂

  2. #2
    Marcie L

    Cole cut his hair; looks fabulous! I love that you and Dan are walking to dinner holding hands. I wish we had a place near us that my husband and I could walk to; that sounds nice.

  3. #3

    Have all three kids starting school today! One in California attending nursing school, one in Maryland studying engineering and one beginning her Junior year of high school (she’s not too thrilled having all the attention on her!).

    Love the black and white photo of you and Dan. Gorgeous!!!

  4. #5
    Ann Megargle

    Great post! Life is grand, if we let it unfold as it should. And wow, that’s a healthy tumbler of red wine, what time’s dinner? If I can catch a flight, could join you guys in like 8 hours, ha ha.

  5. #6
    Amanda M.

    My daughter just started 6th grade and her teacher is a Mister. She is really enjoying his perspective on everything! Best of luck to your husband this year. Sixth graders are the best.

  6. #7
    Tammy B

    Let’s see…

    Waiting for my tomatoes to ripen on the vine. It’s taking forever!

    Thinking about our family and friends who live and work in the Houston area. They are currently displaced from their most-likely flooded homes but, as far as we know, are all safe.

    Hoping the nice weather we are currently having sticks around for all of September.

    These and a few other things going on right now. Can’t wait to read Dan’s post. Cole’s hair looks great. And law…you go Aidan! Have a good day Cathy!

  7. #8
    Deborah P

    I have a great-niece and a great-nephew who will be 6th graders next year (different parts of the state, so different schools). Wish they had a man for a teacher. As Amanda M. said – a different perspective – both from the teacher and from their viewpoint in gender roles. Looking forward to reading Dan’s post.

  8. #9

    We are:

    * shopping for new sneakers & cleats for our 8th-grade girl
    * stay-at-home-vacationing this week
    * putting up a nice pine wall in our basement to make a hangout space
    * hoping for lots of creative mojo this week
    * feeling like doing some major decluttering of the house

  9. #10
    Kirsten J

    My baby is also starting her senior year….and talking college clear the heck across the country!?! I can’t deal.

  10. #11
    Katie Jones (UK)

    Cole looks so adorable with his new haircut. Dare I say, I much prefer this cut to the long, shaggy option on him!

    You have such a fabulous approach to this thing we call life. I love how you just roll with it these days, and I definitely consider you to be an inspiration in how to approach daily events and activities 🙂

    1. #11.1
      Cathy Zielske

      I love the cut, too! Although I was torn… the long hair was fun while it lasted! 🙂

  11. #12
    Virginia Palmer

    My mother passed away 3 weeks ago at the age of 98 and 3/4, so I’m tying up details and sorting through the few belongings she had left. Lots of memories, tears, and even some laughter. Crafting is very therapeutic…

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