A bit of a blank show

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You know the old adage that bad things come in threes? First, let me change “bad things” to “problems with your old house,” and then let me change “threes” to “fours.” Okay, let’s begin! Our house was built in 1918. We took over its care and feeding in 1993. We were a young, hard-working couple who never imagined we could … Read More

Cathy ZielskeA bit of a blank show

Fit 2019: My February Update

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I have committed myself to posting each month about my self-care process with all of its upsides and downsides for 2019. If you’d like a recap from 2018, it goes this this: about half-way through, I sort of gave up. End of story. I gave up so hard last year that I was not going to offer my Fit e-course … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFit 2019: My February Update

Taking care of me is my job… who knew?

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First things first, yes… that is my actual skin tone. No, I’m not completely transparent nor am I related to the Cullen clan in any way. Yes, I strategically placed that foam roller in such as way as to complement the overall look and feel of this photo because my stomach may or may not be exposed just a tad … Read More

Cathy ZielskeTaking care of me is my job… who knew?

My plans for 2019, more or less

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This year, I want to drink more water. As I was coming up with ideas for my Letterboard, trying to be clever because if you’re going to put words up, they sort of have to be clever (just browse through Letterfolk’s Instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean!), I was thinking of ways to make drinking 75 ounces of … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMy plans for 2019, more or less

When Mojo Gets Up and Goes

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I’m having a dry spell of creativity. Last weekend, I spent a lovely weekend around amazing, creative women at a retreat in the glorious state of Ohio. While I created precisely nothing at this retreat, it was cool to look over the shoulders of artists and makers and all-around good human beings, as they did a bit of this and … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhen Mojo Gets Up and Goes

32 hours in Iowa

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My son Cole just made the St. Olaf Men’s Ultimate team and they had their first tournament down at Luther College in Iowa. Last year, you may or may not recall, I went to see my daughter play at the women’s event at the same location, and after having a freezing but fabulous weekend of watching ultimate, I returned home … Read More

Cathy Zielske32 hours in Iowa

Present Participle List for October 2018

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It’s October, my favorite month of the year, and you probably have noticed (or not) how little I have been posting about my personal life in this space. That’s going to happen from time to time so this is a small update of what’s being happening around here. Watching my daughter establish her life in law school has been a … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for October 2018

Transitions, middle age and chin hair

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One week from tomorrow Cole heads out for his freshman year of college. A few weeks ago, Aidan moved out to prepare for the start of her law school adventure, slated to kick off right after Labor Day. Dan is teaching a new grade this year (a third and fourth split), luckily at the same school, but a whole new … Read More

Cathy ZielskeTransitions, middle age and chin hair

The end of an era

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This past weekend, my college-bound son, Cole, competed at his final Youth Club Championships at the National Sports Center up in Blaine, Minnesota. It was a bittersweet weekend, full of the most exciting ultimate you can imagine, and Cole’s team, Minnesota Superior, made a serious bid for the finals, but lost in semis after mounting an amazing comeback that wasn’t … Read More

Cathy ZielskeThe end of an era

Present Participle List for July 2018

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Summer is in full swing here in the Upper Midwest, and I thought I’d update you on a few things that are happening right now: Celebrating the triumphant return of my son, Cole, from his 16-day camping trip out west. I ain’t gonna lie: it was weird to not be in communication with him all the time, but he made … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for July 2018