The chicken comes to lunch

September 19, 2021

Friday, I had the pleasure of attending a meeting up in Vermont.  Twist my arm; I had to go traveling to one of my favorite places. Sometimes life is so hard.  😉 Kathleen, my co-worker, and I traveled together.  Good company, good conversation.  We always have a pleasant visit whenever we go somewhere.  Thank you, Kathleen! I enjoy our trips. After the meeting, she asked me if I…

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,…

Family Lifestyle

2021 Washington County Fair

August 30, 2021

And it’s a wrap! To be honest I have a love/hate relationship with the fair—as I am sure many mothers do.   We can’t help it.  The fair consumes our lives the week before, the week of, and the week after. When you break it down it is a week that goes like this: It’s dealing with very tired, dirty children for the 7-day duration, turning the show clothes…



August 9, 2021

Here we are, August 9, where is this summer going? As I get ready to head into the last week before Tyler goes to college, I reflect and I anxiously think. I have tears that are bubbling underneath the surface that I desperately want to hide but can’t seem to. So we cry and laugh in this family because we embrace those tears. We are a family of…


An Angel Steps In

August 2, 2021

Dear Kyla (From Purdue), I just want to thank you so much for all of your help during this past week as Tyler and I realized our big university housing debacle.   It was our own oversight. How thankful I am to have waited for 45 minutes in the phone queue.  If I hadn’t, I would not have gotten YOU.   You were nice, taking me by the hand…



July 26, 2021

We have a problem in our family. Alcohol. We are no different than many other families. A few weeks ago, I lost a cousin because of it.  He was my age. I didn’t know him well, especially in his adult years.  I remember him as a child, playing together when he and his family came up from PA for a visit. More reserved and more cerebral, Seth was…



July 18, 2021

I feel a deep sense of pride when my children work and play with their father, uncle, grandfather, and each other at the farm. My heart fills up to the brim, on those days when I drop them off in the field to meet a truck, or pull up along side the bunk and watch them hop into the pack tractor.   It’s work, but it’s play. It all…


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…