hopeful writer | says yes often | planner, doer, and finisher | filling my life with wit and humor | wobbly speller | lover of new technology | mom to a terrific millennial | always wondering, What Next!
I’m Katybeth welcome to My Odd Family.
Names, characters, places and incidents written about on My Odd Family are real and are not a product of my imagination. Any resemblance to actual events, locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely purposeful. However, in the immortal words of my grandmother, the truth should never get in the way of a good story.
My son’s name is Cole, and our family pups are Rascal and John Forbes Nash, Jr. My dearly departed husband is Joe. Joe died on June 2, 2009 of a heart attack. Who could have predicted that my change of life would come in the form of the death of my husband?
I did not vote for change and it often leaves me wondering, what now and what next.
Some of My Odd Family members are raising teens, while others have college-age kids or preschoolers. We married our spouses for better or worse but did not agree to have them as Facebook friends or follow them on Twitter. Some are ending marriages and others are finding love for the first time. Do we buy a farm or is city life where we would rather stay? Retire? Heck, many of us are just rejoining the workforce with new careers.
The big question for all of us these days seems to be, What Next?
My hope is you will stick around and be apart of My Odd Family as we use our collective wit and wisdom to bring life changes, big or small, down to a level where we can laugh out loud about them, and help each other discover what IS next.
11/19/2016 Update: My teen is now my 20-year-old and part owner of our family business Camp Run A Pup. He can frequently be heard saying…..Oh, the stories I’ll have to tell my someday kid.
12/23/2017: My teen is now 22 and we are both still busy running and growing Camp Run A Pup. I haven’t been around much. This will change in 2018. I’ve missed you all!
Odds and Ends about Me:
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico. I escaped.
I’m an only child, raising an only child.
I talk to my dearly departed husband more often now than when he was alive. He is a better listener. Sometimes.
Balancing grief with humor is one of my writing goals.
I love to eat leftover cake in the bathtub.
My beverage of choice is Coke in little bottles. Starbucks would be a close runner-up.
I’m a professional pet spoiler (PPS) and love running two business, Camp Run-A-Pup and Deer Antlers for Pups.
I am passionate about Waldorf education. We enrolled Cole in a parent/child class when he was 18 months old and never looked back. He had the same teacher for eight years of grade school, attended the Waldorf High School and graduated in June of 2014.
When I call Cole for meals, he often answers, “Really?” Cooking is not my thing. I love computers, gadgets, cameras, and take-out menus.
I saw Hulk Hogan naked when he wrestled live for KPLR-TV in St. Louis. Years later, I had my picture taken with him. He was wearing clothes that time.
I co-own a show dog with my mother, Ch. Soquel’s Last Souvenire, or as we call her, Trinket, a show-stopping Doberman.
Along with Winnie the Pooh, my spelling is wobbly and I believe, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
I am always and forever about the story. I will share our stories and I hope you will share your stories!
Odd Loves Company! We will leave the light on for you.