Lifestyle Perspective

A Case of the Pregnant Pause

September 12, 2021

There are always those situations that we wish we had handled differently.   I am talking about a bad draw of interaction, a time in which you might have been put into an uncomfortable spot—not because of you, but more because of the mood of someone else. (eyebrow raise) I always feel that I need to immediately come back with a response when I am spoken to. I think most of…


Doing the Fair…Aunt Kate Style

September 7, 2021

It sneaks in every year, right after our own county fair in New York.  The Hopkinton State Fair—the fair where I grew up, every Labor Day weekend, in New Hampshire.   It is the backdrop of where I showed my cows, went to the tractor pulls and fell in love with all of my 4-H friends year after year. The reigns have been turned over to my nieces, nephews,…


It’s Finally Here!

July 12, 2021

It’s here, it’s finally here! The Just Me, Kate website has arrived!!  After months of designing, constructing, and tweaking it is ready.    I am very excited! I am very nervous too! This is where I share with you what is going on with me and my family, fun stories, and things for you to think about. It’s personal, and it’s me. Yikes! I love to write and…


PODCAST: Kate joins Chrissy Wozniak to discuss the story behind Morning Ag Clips

July 9, 2021

Have you ever wondered how Morning Ag Clips began? Chrissy Wozniak, of North American Ag, welcomed Kate to a recent edition of her podcast. Tune in below to hear the story behind the company: how it started, how Kate created a vision for its growth, and how a love of farming supports it all. For more information about North American Ag and Chrissy Wozniak, click over to northamericanag.com…


Dear Dad

July 9, 2021

Dear Dad, Thank you! Thank you for catching softball pitches after dinner and dancing in a ballet recital with me when I was 8. Thank you for moving me 4 times my first year out of college and rescuing me from a guard rail on one snowy night — you told me I shouldn’t go out. Thank you for buying me Toby and carting me back and forth…


Mine Don’t Stink

July 9, 2021

It’s a smell that most find disgusting … but yet I find welcoming. It brings me back to many years of good times, with some challenging times. Work and play, summer and winter. It represents chewing cuds and the milking parlor. It’s fresh, line-dried sheets on the bed, and song sparrows sitting in the sumac hedge. And people who don’t raise farm animals just won’t get it ……


A Family Tradition

May 31, 2021

For over 50 years, my family has been frequenting Back Lake in Pittsburg, New Hampshire.  Only miles shy of the Canadian border, it is our family tradition. It was my grandfather and his buddies who first started going up annually for a men’s fishing retreat. Over the years, it spilled into many separate annual outings that included their wives and children, their spouses, and close family friends.  My parents…


Things Can Be Funny

May 23, 2021

Sometimes things are just funny … yet so telling in a truthful, honest way. Saturday, Stephanie and I attended the New Hampshire Maple annual meeting. Yes! It was our first event with people since the start of Covid, and it felt so nice and free! I enjoyed the connection with my home state. It was comfortable, and it felt eerily familiar, in a way that I couldn’t put…


When a Place Speaks

May 16, 2021

When a place speaks to you… I will never forget that fall day when I had an eerily memorable moment driving through a village. You see, it wasn’t my village.  It sat 15 minutes west of where I lived at the time. It was small, and quaint, and fairly busy, with a happy demeanor, and a relaxing little bustle.  The homes were well kept and the trees looked…