Ten Fun Filly Facts about Kathryn!


I feel like I need to have a name starting with F for this post!
Fun Filly Facts about Francine… hmm…

This week is dedicated to fun facts about the members that make up the corral
here at Wildflower Junction (a.k.a. Petticoats and Pistols) and today is my day!
I’m supposed to come up with 10 facts ~ we’ll see if I can…

FFF #1

~ I wrote my first manuscript with the hope that I could make enough money to stay home with my children as they grew. Call me naive to the publishing world! It didn’t happen, but now on the flip side of life, I have been able to retire early and be with my grandchildren and parents more.

FFF #2numbers

~ I prefer even numbers.
Not sure why…it just makes sense to me.
Maybe it was because I was born on an even day in an even month.
2014 was a good year. 2016 even more so.
(There might be a pill to correct this…or maybe therapy.)

FFF #3

Kathryn's Wedding Picture~ Although my first wedding was more exciting than my second, my second marriage has been more exciting than my first–and it’s to the same man!
Allow me to explain:  My first marriage at my grandparent’s farm lasted fifteen minutes ~ the duration of the drive from the farm to the church. I learned after the 1st ceremony, that the wedding wasn’t legal because the farm was just over the county line. The pastor had to take us back to his side of the line to say our “I Dos” all over again and sign the wedding certificate in the correct county. (It seems to have stuck — We’ve been married 38 years!) 

FFF #4

~ I love witty puns and quotes.
I think this may be a hazard of being a writer and loving the written word.

              “Borrow money from pessimists—they don’t expect it back.” (Steven Wright)
“If yourcar could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?” (Steven Wright)
“She’s descended from a long line her mother listened to. (Gypsy Rose Lee)
“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

FFF #5horse-3

~ I wanted a horse when I was a child.
I still want a horse…
(Or a trip to a dude ranch might help :-))
I did enjoy riding lessons for two years as a youngster.
Even won a red ribbon (2nd place) in my one and only horse competition.

 FFF #6Cuyamaca Countryside

~ I grew up in the big city but always was a country gal at heart.
My favorite times were when my family left the city of San Diego and went hiking in the back country, to the beach, or on a summer vacation to a National Park. Give me the wide open spaces, an open road, and a starry sky and I am happiest.

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~ I’m a dog person
—most particularly Golden Retrievers and Great Danes.
(I think this has something to do with never having my own horse.)
I’ve had three goldens that have come and gone in my life. The one pictured here was named Baron.
Every time I take a walk I think about and miss them.

FFF #8henry-cavill-superman-costume

~ I love everything SUPERMAN.
Mostly it has to do with his moral integrity, need to protect those weaker, and his strength.
It may have a small something to do with being able to fly. That is one cool super-power!
But then…he is easy on the eyes…

FFF #9

10914931_10153074190180135_517531118880944071_oIn my other life
I was a High Risk Obstetrical Nurse and a Sonographer.
That’s a lot of initials after my name…(I’m trying to beat my brothers…)
Now that I have left the medical field, I miss doing ultrasounds of babies in the womb.
I don’t miss having to get up everyday and leave for work.

FFF #10

I have my own “cheese cake” photo.  

Ready?  Here you go…


Hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me.
I’d love to hear a few fun facts about you! How about sharing one or two?

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37 thoughts on “Ten Fun Filly Facts about Kathryn!”

  1. Thanks for sharing Kathryn. About numbers…I love even numbers too. My favorite number has been 4 all of my life. I don’t know why. I was born in an even year but my birth date is uneven and so is the month I was born in. I often wonder why I have a favorite number. A favorite color isn’t so strange (it’s green and has been my entire life – 63 years). If you find out reasons for having favorite numbers I would love to know what they are.

    I would love to be in the drawing for one of your books. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Cindy W.

    • Hi Cindy,
      I have never met another person that had the same penchant for even number. Very cool that you “get” that part of me. Come to think of it, the year I was born in was also even.

  2. The ‘cheesecake’ photo was really cute.
    I grew up with horses. They are a lot of work, but totally worth it.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Kathryn! I have lived in Texas my whole life..small towns as well. My three grands are the best!

    • Hi Melanie,
      I am so glad that I found my way to a small town. I am so content here. The Main Street in the heart of my town has it all–Bank, Post Office, small grocery, and library, gas station. A notions store or Ben Franklin would be nice (do they even have Ben Franklin’s anymore?) but I’m afraid the Walmart that is about five miles away has wiped them out.

  4. Those are some pretty interesting facts about you. One fact about me still boggles some of my friends minds. I am best friends with my ex-husband. We get along better now than we did when we were married. when ever he comes to town, we always spend a day together

    • Hi Janine,
      That is mind-boggling about you and your ex-husband. It’s backwards of one of the “tropes” in romances that is “friends-to-lovers”. I think it is very rare in real life for that to happen that you would be better friends after your divorce. You must have a lot of respect for each other (IMHO)

  5. So fun to learn more about you, Kathryn. That wedding story was too funny! You should totally use that in a book sometime.

    My son and I love puns. The more eye-rolling the better. It’s going to be sad when he graduates and moves on to college and I have no one left at home to be punny with. My husband and youngest son are the eye-rollers of the bunch.

    I wanted a horse, too, when I was young. Every year I asked for three things – a horse, a piano, and a swimming pool. Never got any of them. Though I did take horse-vaulting lessons through 4H one year. I was always better on the practice barrel than the actual horse, but I was thrilled to have a chance to ride. 🙂

    • Hi Karen,
      Thanks for stopping by today! My husband spouts off those type of puns–the ones that make me role my eyes–but I have to admit they make my days fun. It has kept our marriage light and lively over the years.

      Lucky you to have those horse-vaulting lessons! Sounds like fun!

  6. Kathryn, you’ve led a fascinating life! I really admire you. I wonder how many babies you helped into the world. I think all of this is the reason your books have so much heart in them. I think our stories reflect us in big ways. Love your funny wedding story! I adore your cheesecake picture. So cute. I love dogs too and I always put them, plus many other animals in my stories. It adds another level of depth.

    Big hugs!

    • Oh Linda!
      I’m so glad to have you stop by! Thank you for the kind words. I’ve only put a puppy in my very first book and the little guy was integral to the plot. I may have revisit that idea for a future book! Hmmm…

    • Hi Cheryl,
      Well, thank you! I’m glad you thought it a fun read. I was a bit anxious about it–as I am a fairly private person and couldn’t think at first what in the world anyone would care to read about me.

    • Hi Kim,

      Is that what you think does it? Being born on an odd-day for your birthday? I really don’t know. I wonder if there is a study out there somewhere… Thanks so much for commenting!

  7. Love horses… was lucky when I was younger, I was able to go riding at camp for two years. My fav horse was named Jackpot!

    • Hi Colleen,
      That is something that you remember the horse’s name! Jackpot is a cute name.

      Whenever we would camp at a park that had stables, I always begged my dad for a trail ride. We went to Yosemite several times as I was growing up and I would haunt the stables there, watching the horses in the corrals. One palomino was so huge that it came up to me, put its head over the top of the fence and nuzzled the top of my head. Since I was facing away from it, talking to my brother, it really startled me.

  8. I love PUNS too, My favourite one is “When God Made Man, She was only kidding”.. don’t know who said it, but I love it.

  9. I wanted a horse too but lived in the suburbs lol. I love all animals and have had two wonderful dogs and now care for ferals/strays and have/had many, many cats.

    • Hi catslady —

      Hence your name (I presume!) Your comment made me chuckle. That was my trouble too, growing up in the big city–can’t put a horse in your backyard. I really miss my dogs, but just feel I need to be free to be able to travel now. I always hated leaving my dogs when we humans would go away for the day or on a long vacation. I was guilt-ridden about it and just don’t want that for me now.

  10. Kathryn, how much fun learning tidbits about you (and each of the Fillies). Thanks for sharing. I love all ten of your facts. Hugs, Phyliss

  11. I’m a dog person too. My grandfather gave us a fox terrier puppy when I was still an infant so I don’t recall ever being alive without a dog. My mom always said she raised the two of us together. We’ve mostly had herding dogs but now we have a cairn terrier who’s a very enthusiastic tail wagger. Also, two cats, and until just recently a wonderful talking, loving lovebird. We’ve had parakeets in the past as well. As you can see, we love animals and they are always part of the family.

    In my other life I was an editor, and like you I don’t miss having to get up early either. I also _really_ don’t miss the horrendous traffic I had to face commuting. Most people here when asked about retiring nearly always first say how glad they are not to be stuck in a car in rush hours any more.

    • Hi Eliza,
      It amazes me how much time I spent in the car going to and from work. I would always have an audio book or listen to a podcast. However, that was only 25 minutes each way. I cannot imagine the hassle of the commuters in LA or DC or any other big city. So nice to have you stop by and comment today!

  12. Kathryn, Thank you for sharing. It is a good thing someone realized you were in the wrong county at your wedding number 1. You would not have been legally married. What would you have done if you didn’t find out until years later? My sister was in the first ultra-sound technician class her school graduated. She enjoyed it. Eventually she left the hospital and started working for an obstetrician. Doing the baby ultrasounds was her favorite part of the job. Even in those early years, she was pretty good at telling if it was a boy or a girl.
    We are dog people and have had many over the years. Our favorites have bee our black lab and beagle, both rescues. Our first beagle has been gone over 20 years now. We lost our lab last year and still miss her dearly.

    • Hi Patricia,
      It is so good to hear from you! Ultrasound has come such a long long way from the early years. The history of it always fascinated me. I would always tell the kids in the room (older siblings) as I was scanning their mother that it came from the Navy and when ships would search for submarines under the water. They always thought that was cool.

      I like black labs too. They have much the same personality as retrievers IMHO. I guess I just like the bigger breeds.

  13. I really enjoyed reading your 10 facts. I love the number 6. If having an even numbered birth date is the reason then I’m the fly in the buttermilk. I was born in an odd numbered month, day, and year. Have been in love with horses all my life and had a pony when I was younger at my grandparents house. Rode all the time. I am more of a cat person. I just have better luck with them than dogs. I have had a few but the cats work out better. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Connie,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I’ve had cats too–just prefer the intense, over-the-top loyalty of a dog. Cats can be moody and distant (at least they are with me!) Maybe that’s because they can sense my preference. Hadn’t really thought of that before.

      Lucky you to have grandparents with horses!!

    • Hi Karen,

      I hope that you will get the chance someday to try riding! It is a unique experience. They are quite beautiful, with their big soulful eyes, aren’t they?

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  14. Hi Kathryn,sorry I’m late getting here – on deadline and didn’t get online much yesterday. But I loved getting to know more about you. What a fun story about your double wedding ceremony (though it probably wasn’t fun at the time!) And your cheesecake photo is adorable 🙂

  15. Thanks Winnie! It is always nice to have a Filly Sister pop in to chat! You have got a lot of “irons in the fire” as my grandma used to say. So much going on all the time!

    Glad you liked my “cheesecake” photo. I kind of like it too 🙂

  16. Kathryn, better late than never–I enjoyed your 10 fun facts so much! I am like you about even numbers. I wonder if there’s a name for that “affliction”? I have to eat an even number of candy pieces. Two brownies. Etc.–it can never be an odd number. Also, when I go shopping, I never take the first box or can on the shelf in the grocery store. It has to be the 2nd one. LOL

    I always wanted a horse, too, when I was growing up, but never got one. We lived in the city limits and had a small yard. It never occurred to me that we might RENT pasture space somewhere! LOL

    I really did enjoy this, and I loved that cute little picture of you at the end. You reminded me of the Coppertone girl!

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