Update from cast land

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It’s been just over a week since I took a graceful plunge in my garage while attempting simple task of cleaning my vehicle. Last Friday I met with the orthopedist and he decided that a cast would be the best way to treat my injury. He looked me right in the eye and he said this, “If I were to … Read More

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Whoopsie Daisy

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Did you know that the iMac has a fantastic voice dictation function? The reason I know this is I no longer have two good hands with which to type words. Yesterday I was taking a quick break from work to head out to my garage to clean out my car following a weekend road trip to watch my daughter play … Read More

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The reason beehind the missing bee (see what I did there?)

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There will be no Bee Dance for 2017. You should know that right up front. You can stop reading right now if you’re thinking, “Well, Cathy, that’s the GREAT! Now how do I celebrate Halloween?” I thought I would share the reason why and it’s a very, very simple one: I had a lack of inspiration. You may or may … Read More

Cathy ZielskeThe reason beehind the missing bee (see what I did there?)

That one time when my website wouldn’t work

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Last week, I lost my website. If you’re reading this, it’s probably clear to you that I got it back. And it probably went unnoticed by most of you, but It was a bit of a nail biter on my end. Long story short: I was having some issues with my website, asked my web hosting service for some help, … Read More

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When creativity is lacking

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During the past two weeks, I’ve been experiencing something that hasn’t happened in a while. That something is simple: a lack of creativity. But it’s anything but simple when your livelihood is in large part due to the creation of new things. New products. New designs. New classes. It’s all about the new, my friends. And sometimes, when I’m reaching … Read More

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It’s gonna be a little weird

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This morning, Cole didn’t have to be to school early because of a conference he’s attending, so I decided to bump my morning alarm to 7:30. As I lie in bed, waiting to make that all important decision do I hit the snooze on my phone or get up?, I realized that this time next year, sleeping later could be … Read More

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Crafters for a Cause

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Many people in our world have been affected by the recent hurricanes. First Harvey, then Irma, and most recently Maria have caused massive devastation to countless communities in Texas, Florida, the Islands, and Puerto Rico. Simon Says Stamp, along with a number of crafters and craft companies are coming together to help. Please check out this blog post over at … Read More

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Present Participle List for September 2017 + a fall wallpaper for your phone

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Fall is in the air, though with our weather hitting 90 degrees over the weekend you wouldn’t really know it, but still, here are a number of things I’m doing right now. Rewatching the entire series of Game of Thrones. I finished the last season and decided to go back and rewatch. I break up my viewing time: watch a … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for September 2017 + a fall wallpaper for your phone

Previewing the empty nest

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My senior high school student returns today from the final school trip of his young academic life today. Both of my offspring have been educated in the Montessori method since preschool, and the school of their later years requires all students to go on trips at the start of the year that involve nature in some way or another. Nature … Read More

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Back to school

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Here in my neck of Minnesota, school begins the day after Labor Day. That would be today. Today is Dan’s first day of teaching 6th grade at a new school. For those of you who missed that part of the story (not even sure I really posted much about it, honestly), Dan was let go from his 5th grade position … Read More

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