Friday, March 29, 2013


Happy Good Friday to you all!
I want to give you one last update about my new book, SILENT SKY. I had expected to be mailing them out this weekend but just got a message from my printer that they have been delayed - again! Not for snow this time, although they've had plenty of that. Apparently, they had to re-order paper. Hmmm, something a printer might think through ahead of time. . . .
Well, I could pull out my hair in despair, but heck, that would hurt!
So, instead, I ask myself, "What have I learned from this?"
  • Everything takes longer than you think
  • Be careful what you promise
  • Give yourself time to learn a new industry
  • Expect the unexpected
  • As in all of life, don't forget your sense of humor
My current expectation is that I should have the books in hand at the end of next week and will mail them out to all of you who pre-ordered shortly afterward. Again, I do apologize for the delay and I do appreciate your patience. I am confident that you will enjoy reading SILENT SKY when it finally arrives on your doorstep.
In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter weekend. May it be full of laughter and love with maybe a little adventure thrown in for good measure.
Fondly, Cate

Monday, March 11, 2013


Well, I finally got back up in the air again last weekend with new friend, John Garrett. I met John, at Skagit Regional Airport, a few years ago when I was doing the nearly-famous Out of the Blue Aviation Poker Run with friend and instructor, John Pierson. John G. came over to see who was driving the little Navy Champ and we chatted for a few minutes. That was our only chance meeting.

So, after nearly three years, I was pleasantly surprised to get an invite to go flying in his beautiful Citabria. After taking off from Skagit, we toured the wetlands and estuaries along the coast that he managed for Fish and Wildlife. I learned about issues with the dikes along the Camano bridge, how to identify a marsh hawk, and the difference between little white specks on the ground and other little white specks on the ground (if they are grouped tightly, they're snow geese, if grouped loosely they're swans).

Aside from the pleasure of flying with someone who can grease a landing, I thoroughly enjoyed John's approach to life - be happy, be open, be affectionate, be adventurous, be generous, be kind. He and I share a common philosophy: expect good wherever you go and that is exactly what you will find. That's the way we roll, and that's the way we fly.

Be well!

xo, Cate