Surround yourself

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life28 Comments

It's Monday. A new week. A new day. And it appears that with 70 whole degrees in the forecast, Spring has finally decided to visit Minnesota. Had a great weekend. No, really. It was great. Saturday found the Zielske's at an all-day volleyball tournament, where although Aidan's team didn't take the top prize, Aidan managed to serve four consecutive points … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSurround yourself

Drunk, or just no mascara?

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life35 Comments

Coming across more classic shots. I actually wasn't drunk in this shot, though the image might suggest otherwise. Taken in the woods, somewhere north of Ann Arbor, Mich., in, oh, maybe 1992? or 93? or 94? Definitely not after 96, because I  had a baby in 1996, and this was clearly before my maturity levels had progressed to the point … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDrunk, or just no mascara?


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I remember seeing the link for 3191 on Ali's blog quite a while back, but for some reason, I didn't really see it until it was a daily link at That said, I love the idea of finding cool details and images, every day, in your own  home. Yes…I love the idea. Doesn't mean I even remotely have the … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDetails

I love old photos

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking40 Comments

…with lips like these. Sigh. No…he's not wearing lipstick in this shot, taken in 1991. True, the little tuft of nose hair could go. But still…I look at pictures like this and I remember why my loins were drawn to him. Like a magnet. I'm scanning some old pics of Dan, because I want to do a layout about, well…stuff … Read More

Cathy ZielskeI love old photos

Farm dog

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life34 Comments

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


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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…

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…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…