Farm dog

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Easter Sunday. Down at the farm in Southern Minnesota. Chip the dog meets the cows. Chases down the resident peacock. And, makes friends with a 9-month-old poodle/beagle cross named Gordie. What a fun day for a dog, huh? Seriously. Watching Chip run around the farm made me a) nervous and b) happy, because she totally forgot she was 11. I've … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFarm dog

Chililicious—you’re welcome

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life43 Comments

Today I present the greatest white chicken chili recipe of all time. It is Jason Scherschligt's secret, prize-winning recipe and it is called "Chililicious". A little disclaimer: Jason, who is the other, equally fun half of my dear friend Margie, does not really use…measurements. He's that good. So I basically took his recipe, and kept track while I went yesterday. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeChililicious—you’re welcome

Sometimes it snows in April

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life43 Comments

…sometimes, it feels so bad Thank you, Prince. It's just wrong. That's all I'm saying. So I'm sitting here, still trying to recover files from my old external drive. It seems I can retrieve a few measley folders a week. Then it simply refuses to cooperate. I have to restart the entire system because everything locks up. Like now. I … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSometimes it snows in April

Feeling the photographic love

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life41 Comments

I've let my photo skills…slide. What I mean by that is that most of the time, I'm not taking great, "Ohhhhh…i LOVE that" kind of photos any more. And I'm not saying that I was ever Queen of All Things Exposed in some prior life. No. Not really. But, I did try real hard like to get good shots. So … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFeeling the photographic love

Overheard

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life43 Comments

Dan is on the phone, using American Express' automated phone system to check some payments on his credit card. I can tell it's an automated system because his "Yes!" and "No!' replies are a bit too animated, and slightly out of character for a typical Dan-style phonecall. I ask, just to confirm what I already know—that it's an automated call—and … Read More

Cathy ZielskeOverheard

I’m pretty sure I know what it sounded like…

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life13 Comments

…when the Titanic was going down. If I close my eyes, the sound coming from the upstairs bedroom (current location of four 11-year-old-girls, who are screaming, and jumping, and possibly, at least it sounds this way, are physically harming themselves by hurling one another into the walls of Aidan’s room) has got to be close to what it sounded like, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeI’m pretty sure I know what it sounded like…

Right about now…the contractions had just started

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life42 Comments

…eleven years ago, that is. Yes. 11 years ago…I was feeling the surprising effects of a pitocin drip, at a hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. And so began my parenting journey. I'd like to write something eloquent about the transformation from selfish, non-parent person to benevolent, loving parent person, but I'm not going to. What I can say is … Read More

Cathy ZielskeRight about now…the contractions had just started

It’s not just me, either

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Everyone loves Chippy. But Cole has an agenda. The reason he's feeding Chip in this shot is because he wants a lizard of some sort. I'm really a bit hazy on it, because every time he mentions the word "newt" or "iguana" my thoughts completely glaze over with the knowledge that I'm going to have to break his little heart … Read More

Cathy ZielskeIt’s not just me, either

Best life…and best friends

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Have I mentioned lately how attached I'm getting to Chip the Dog? Well, I am. Not so much that I'm going to cause a scene when the globe-trotting Smith family return, and lay claim to their pet. I know my role in this whole thing. No, really…I get it. One of the Smith family members was home over the weekend, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBest life…and best friends