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September 29, 2013

Can you believe that it is basically October? Obviously I can’t, since the last time I wrote here was in July. Oops!

After a major summer adventure romping through various woods, prairies, mountains, lakes and streams throughout the West…


(Is that not unreal? Seriously. It completely looks fake. You may not believe me, but Joe really took this photo from the Jackson Lake Lodge in Wyoming.)

…we are now back in our autumn routine. Of which windy and rainy soccer games and dog walks primarily prevail. Life here out in the middle of beautiful nowhere beats a similar drum each year but the older I get, the more I like it. It’s soothing and consistent.

The near future is a bit more cuckoo, though. We are moving in a few weeks. Only a short distance, but as┬ámany of you may know, packing up a household is kind of challenging whether you move a few blocks away or a few states away. So there’s that. I’m really excited about the possibilities in the new house, though. The view (!!), design opportunities, and if I’m going to be perfectly honest: getting a bit more breathing room from my loud and loving children when I’m tapped out. It will be very good.

Another thing on the horizon? Jaw surgery to correct my bite…a long story which involves a random condition and previous jaw surgery in my teenage years. It’s not that big of a deal, but I’m progressively getting more apprehensive as the days move along. Maybe because I’ve been through it before? I’m been wearing my “invisible” trays (I’m trying to avoid search engines) for almost a year and I think I will soon need to wear traditional braces in preparation for the surgery which will be scheduled sometime in the next month or two. And then back to my invisibles for a while after surgery. Braces as an adult and a forced liquid diet during the holidays? Should be fun! ;) It definitely gives you perspective, though. Life could be a lot worse. I think I can handle a few odd looks. And hey, I should have quite the smile and I won’t need to worry about gaining any holiday weight, right?


  • mau

    It’s great to have you back, Katie! Good luck with your surgery. Doesn’t sound like fun, but as you said, you don’t have to worry about putting on weight!

    If you have more photos of your summer (besides the ones I’ve already drooled over on IG), please do share them. You know how some of us have plenty of sea but none of the green you enjoy. :-)

    • ptkate

      Thanks for continuing to check in on me, Mau! I will definitely post more photos--sometimes I wonder if I post too many, but hearing your feedback encourages me!

  • karina // curate the day

    I’ve enjoyed following your summer via IG. Your slice of the world looks & sounds so serene. I sometimes long for “life here out in the middle of beautiful nowhere” to be my daily existence. I try and escape to it as much as possible.

    Good luck with the move and your surgery. I know a number of people our age getting braces again and taking care of health matters. A mid-age tune up! Good for the body and the soul. And a fresh house with lots of possibilities, what could be more exciting! Best wishes with it all. xx

    • ptkate

      Thanks so much, Karina. It does seem like I hit forty and then the doctors told me all the things I should correct for a long and happy life. Ack! I’m definitely nervous in the short run but very excited for the long run. :) Once my jaw has healed, I’m hoping to finally get back down to San Diego (maybe this spring?) and I’d love to finally meet in person!

  • susan

    Oh my goodness you have a lot going on! Wishing you luck with your surgery + move…hang in there. And that photo DOES look fake…amazingly beautiful, unreal!

    • ptkate

      Thanks, Susan! The next few weeks should be interesting, for sure… :) Thanks so much for continuing to stop by the blog and check in on me!

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