Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Summer Spotlight: Kate Crimmins

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Thanks to Jill Weatherholt for inviting me to contribute to her blog. I have been a fan of hers for a long time and it’s an honor to post.

My blog started as a way to showcase my skills for possible business writing gigs after I retired three years ago. I was the head of a Human Resources function and I did a lot of business writing. Most of it was what I call “thou shall not” memos along with policies and procedures (are you asleep yet?).

Unfortunately once I started writing for fun, I couldn’t go back. I like snark in my humor along with digressions, tangents and a pinch of sacrilegious or irreverence (depending on the spice du jour).

I blog about stupid people, cats and what happened on the way to Starbucks. Starbucks is a wealth of blog fodder! Seriously, how hard is it to order coffee? (This is so much more fun than business writing!)

I am currently pulling together a book of hmmm….let’s call it….reflections. It’s a series of humorous essays on life. Depending on your perspective, life can be darn funny.

Oh yes, everything I write is edited by four opinionated (and sometimes cranky) cats who do the damndest things.

Here are my answer’s to Jill’s questions.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

My great grandparents in Germany of course! They lived in the second half of the 1800s. Life was so different. They sent their daughter to the United States to find a better life knowing they would never see her again and they didn’t. How hard was that? At a time when family meant everything, they would be denied the pleasure of their grandchildren and great grandchildren. What did I inherit from them? I know I walk like my father’s father because my mother told me so but where did my other traits come from?
In my fantasy I envision very resilient people with crinkly eyes that laughed a lot. The women had their hair in buns and wore sensible tied shoes and pinafore aprons. There was always food cooking on the rustic stoves — especially cookies and strudel for their favorite great grandchild (that would be me!). Their gardens had fresh produce and there were live chickens in the yard. I know nothing about them. For all I know they lived in cities and hustled for a living but I like my fantasy better.

What celebrity do you get mistaken for?

I mistake me for Meg Ryan all the time. Maybe it’s wishful thinking but I love her hair. My hair is sort of the same color and I often look tousled. Of course, her tousling looks better than mine which just looks unkempt or uncombed….for days at a time. It’s best if I take my glasses off before I look in the mirror, then I can see the resemblance really well.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

I miss my parents. I really miss all my relatives. It was a different time when everyone lived close by if not within walking distance. It was safer and kids were never stolen or shot. In fact, parents would threaten to sell you to the gypsies if you were bad and no one took it seriously. (I always imagined myself as a gypsy with a tambourine and a long, flowy skirt!) Doors were always open and you could pop in to see anyone without notice. Best of all you didn’t have to put on makeup and comb your hair. It was such a carefree time.

If you could go back in time to change one thing what would it be?

I would start my career earlier and be more adventuresome. When I grew up, women could be a teacher, nurse or a secretary. That is until you married and became a mother. It was much harder to break into “male-dominated” professions at that time. I took some detours until I flourished but given my “druthers,” I would have been either a shoe designer (would you buy a Kate Chew shoe for thousands of dollars?) or a rock star (I would sound like a cross between Janis Joplin totally high and a bull moose in heat.) Perhaps what happened was the best course after all.

Is there anything about the opposite sex you just don’t understand or comprehend?

How much time do I have here? I don’t know why they don’t know what I’m thinking at any given moment. I don’t know why they don’t know what presents I want. How can they tune out things I say and only hear words that don’t include work? How does he exasperate, agitate and mystify me at the same time? Why is there such a hole in life when he is not around?

Thanks so much for taking the spotlight, Kate! Up next week, it’s Marie Ann Bailey.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

89 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: Kate Crimmins

  1. Wonderful to meet you, Kate! From one cat lady to another 🙂 You remind me that one of the nice of my childhood (and unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of nice things) was the sense of safety and security we all had. You didn’t feel like you had to lock your doors. You might be wary of strangers but you didn’t worry about serial killers or school shootings. Everyone knew everyone so kids could roam free because their parents knew that we all looked out for each other. As a kid, I had the cornfields and woods to play in and feed my imagination. Even when reading a book, I was more likely to be under a tree than in the house. Well, I’m getting nostalgic 🙂 We have three cats (down from four since Luisa passed away in May). They keep us busy and entertained.

    I like snark in humor too so I’ll have to visit your blog 🙂 Cheers! And, thank you, Jill, for hosting Kate! Happy Friday!

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    • I am so lucky to have had a carefree and fun childhood. Sure sounds like you did too. The scariest thing we had was one of our ice cream guys had really long hair which was scandalous at the time. He always gave us extra cherries on our sundaes though. Now that’s a great way to teach tolerance! I am sorry about Luisa. One of mine has one foot in the grave but he always seems to pull it out at the right time.

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      • Kate, I’m sorry to hear that one of your furry pals is teetering on that edge. Luisa kept us guessing for a while. She was the 5th furry friend we’ve had to let go. It doesn’t get easier, but we’ve learned to make the most of our days with them. Here’s hoping that yours has many, many good days ahead 🙂

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    • My pleasure, Marie! You and Kate have a lot in common when it comes to cats. 🙂
      I’m looking forward to your spotlight next week! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. This was so much fun to read over my morning coffee, Kate. I enjoy your brand of humor — thanks for the laughs!

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  4. Good job Kate. Always great to learn more about what makes you tick… and tock!

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  5. Great to meet you, Kate! I love snark too. I’ve also been a business writer. Fun times, huh? 😀 Based on your photo I can see the Meg Ryan in you. The eyes especially.
    I didn’t know my great-grandparents either. Some died before I was born, others when I was a baby. My grandmother on my mom’s side kept chickens though.

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    • My aunt kept chickens that she butchered herself so I was thinking her mother (my grandmother) probably did too. Taking it another step, my great grandparents most likely were farmers at least on a part time basis. I really wish I would have gotten more information before my mother died. She never wanted to talk about it because her childhood was harsh. She always said her best years were after she married my Dad. Her father died when she was 9 and they were really poor. Business writing bleah! “They” don’t like it when you add humor!

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    • Hey Linda! You know you love that business writing. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  6. A delight to read, from first to last, Kate. I’m glad you’ve focused your Meg Ryan looks on snarky humor writing rather than gray flannel business writing. Maybe you’ll still have a chance to create Kate Chew shoes . . .

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  7. See the resemblance, Kate. You’re right, we, the opposite sex, don’t read you lovely women well enough! 🙂
    Always a good work, good Jill!

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  8. What a very fun and interesting introduction! Pleased to meet you, Kate!

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  9. Sacrilegious posts? I am so visit your blog. I get tired of being the only heathen.

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  10. Ha! Crazy cat ladies are all over the world, nice to meet another one! Ditto on the men thing – I spent a short period writing ‘how to’ manuals which really were full of what not to do…… not my idea of fun at all really so I feel for you! 🙂 I get to officially retire next month and am hanging out for the opportunity to spend more time reading blogs that make me laugh – so I’m on my way. Nice to meet you Kate! Pauline

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    • Some day I am going to do a post of human resource emails (with a twist of course). It was always a struggle to be upbeat about rising health costs, dress code violations, etc. Enjoy your retirement! It’s wonderful!

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    • You hit the nail on the head, Pauline, there are crazy cat ladies all over the world. 🙂 Congratulations on your retirement, Orlando and Siddy will love that! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  11. Kate … It’s always a pleasure to learn more about your background. I do love your sense of humor, and all things cats. Your internal “thou shalt not” memos are also a hoot.

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  12. Kate I really enjoyed reading about you. I think you have a wicked sense of humour and that is a rare talent when writing anything. Good luck on your adventures Im sure the best is yet to come for you.

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  13. Oh my gosh, Kate. You are hilarious. Thanks for making me chuckle throughout this whole post. Glad your cats are editing your work though, if it’s anything like this post, you are going to do just fine!

    I love your description of your family that you never met. That’s a fun way to picture how things might have been. I like that you look like Meg Ryan but please do not plump up your lips like she has done! Clown lady! 🙂

    Nice to meet you and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂 🙂

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  14. Very special. I love your wanting to meet your great grandparents. And the story about how they sent their daughter away knowing they’d never see her again. For her to have a better life!! I love your reasons to blog (very similar to mine) and I love your wishing you had started your career earlier. A lot of what you feel is what I feel!!! Thank you. Hollis

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    • Thanks for your kind words. There are a lot of us out here. I never had a clue how much I would enjoy writing a blog until I started. As someone once said, “I’ll give you my keyboard when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands!” Well, maybe that wasn’t the exact quote but you get the idea.

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  15. Well Kate I found you through Nancy’s blog and now Jill has done this wonderful interview with you. I was drawn to your blog by your cats and then I just fell in love with your sense of funny! And I love your words, I love your writing! I love Meg Ryan, I love Meg Ryan’s hair, but her lips! What the what with them? And Kate Chew shoes, oh yeah I’d stand in line for them!

    Thank you Kate and Jill!

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    • Thanks for your supportive words. As you know because you write in solitary, you sit there and wonder if anyone likes it. I remember my snoopy dance after my very first “like.”

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    • Thanks for popping over! I think I found Nancy through Kate…or was it Eric…I can’t keep track. 🙂 I agree 100%, Meg’s hair is gorgeous, but those lips…I hope it’s reversible. Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. as always Kate … wonderful

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  17. Hi Kate 🙂 I liked your first answer a lot. Did you ever try to do the family history stuff and trace your great grandparents to find out more? But then you say you miss your parents. Does that mean they are no longer alive? It would be more difficult to go back in time without them, I suspect.

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  18. My parents are both gone as are my aunts, uncles and grandparents. I wish I would have asked more questions when they were around.

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  19. :D. It’s good to meet you, Kate. I’m still chuckling over your answers. We have a few things in common. I love cats and can relate to the cranky editing stuff. I take off my glasses and look in the mirror, but it’s not Meg Ryan I see a resemblance to. (although I love her) For me it Julianne Moore. But even with my glasses off, I have to squint really hard to get a good blur going, Have a nice Sunday.

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  20. Thoroughly enjoyed your post and meeting you, Kate. ALMOST as much as I enjoyed that camping trip described on your blog!! Looking forward to more of your posts!

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  21. Kate, so nice to “meet” you! I love that you mistake yourself for Meg Ryan! In checking out your great blog, I was first impressed with the kitty cats as your header photo because I am a cat lover and have 4 of my own (and 2 grandcats as well). Your description of your great grandparents was wonderful. Do you have photos to know they had crinkly eyes?

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    • I have about a total of 2 pictures of a grandmother and a grandfather. One grandfather died in 1918 (no pictures at all) and one grandmother died in the mid-40s. I think my brother may have a picture of her. They are all bad quality snapshots but my father’s father was a sprite man with a bounce in his walk and the crinkly eyes. And oh yeah, Meg and I are almost identical twins.

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    • Hi Luanne! Being the cat lover that you are, I knew you would enjoy Kate’s blog. Have a great week!

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  22. I enjoyed reading your piece. Kate. You painted such a beautiful picture of your grandparents in Germany. Won’t it be nice if that’s exactly how they lived? Ah, dessert for their favorite grand child:)

    Jill, I’ll have to return to the other guest writers later. Have a great week!

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  23. I love it that you have your great-grandfather’s walk, Kate. Little traits like that from our ancestors are special details. I was very proud to learn that, even as a young child, I had my great-grandmother’s way of looking straight on at people who usually did their best to intimidate others.
    What excellent information you revealed about yourself in this post.
    Another terrific interview, Jill.

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  24. It is great to meet you, Kate!! 🙂

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  25. Starbucks is a wonderful place to people watch. And ordering does seem to be a challenge for some. Then again, sometimes I struggle. I was in Paris a couple of months ago and I was in McDonald’s. I ordered one tea and one coffee in French (I’m not fluent so I’m sure it was hard to understand me). The woman didn’t understand me. So I ordered in English. Still nothing. A kind person repeated my order in perfect French. Still no connection. Turns out the employee didn’t understand French or English. But it all worked out eventually and we had a good laugh.

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  26. Nice to meet you Kate, enjoyed your humorous answers and thanks Jill for introducing us to Kate.

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  27. I liked all about this post, Jill!
    I would like to know more about Kate, since I love a sense of humor in writing. I definitely tend to get ‘too serious,’ so would like to read more light-hearted writing. I enjoy cats, but am a ‘dog person.’ I would love to go to Germany and check out if there are any paths back to my Grandmother (Paula Hilmida Haller) Mattson. She was married to Walter Mattson, in America, she did not like talking about Germany, because of the political climate, still lingering in her mind… I think grandparents with crinkling eyes, are wonderful, the warmth and fun of their memories with us, too. I wrote my Great Grandparents love story, (my Swedish side) and then my Grandparents love story, where they met on a street corner in New York City, in my posts… I don’t have anything but my Grandmother’s naturalization papers from when she became a proud American. I like to know about German great grandparents and grandparents, to help form more of a complete picture of my own grandmother who tried to hide her past from others.
    Sorry, I went off on a tangent. I enjoyed the interview and will be checking Kate’s blog out, too! Smiles, Robin

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    • Hi Robin! Thanks for sharing some of your family history. I have German roots as well. I think it’s awesome you have your grandmother’s naturalization papers. If you like humor, you’ll love Kate’s blog!

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  28. Awesome sense of humour Kate! started following you as soon as I read you blog about stupid people, cats and Starbucks 😀

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  29. Hi Kate…I’m late to the party (been away from blogging for a couple of weeks, on my hols!) but couldn’t miss this opportunity to come over to Jill’s Summer Spotlight and meet you! And so glad I have…love your sense of humour and take on life, not to mention that you have four cats (I have two!). Looking forward to checking out your blog as soon as I get caught up here with everything, but great to ‘meet’ you here… Sherri 🙂

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