I did not remember the gifts I gave away until they were returned

The afghan knitted by Cat’s grandma on the couch she purchased upon returning to New England. Photo by author.

It was 4 years before I could attend a family reunion. Four years of selling everything and moving across the country to attend tech school. Then, Covid and an end to all gatherings.

Those years were painful. I started from scratch, without friends or furniture I slogged through school to…

A woman standing near water outside, smiling
Photo of the author, used by permission.

I have gotten old too darn fast.

I spent a good portion of my life raising four children (in what I describe as my conservative Christian period) only to get divorced.

I had to re-invent myself.

Change is the only constant.

I embraced it fully in 2017.

I learned to say “Yes!” to new things and since that time I have had…

ThisTravel. Central America.

My Trip from Florida to the Bahamas on a Sailboat.

One of two vessels spotted on the open seas during our passage. Photo credit Cat Stravino

I had only started sailing in the previous 6 months, helping the real Sailor move his Cheoy Lee designed sailboat, Blown Away from Rhode Island to Florida on weekends, a good way to social distance and be outside, although a tad cold. I still confused “port” with “starboard.”

If I…

Who would buy a mattress that has been used? Is it a viable option to hauling it to the dump?

The queen-size mattress my son passed to me as he left the state a year ago, was sitting unused when I decided to move.

Should I really haul this big thing with me, if I wasn’t attached to it? I was sleeping on my favorite single in the other room.

Being the only woman in a variety of workplaces has offered insights into the interests and conversations of men

Two men with heads close, one smiling and the other talking.
Photo by Kato Blackmore on Unsplash

My father who is of an older generation, would often say, “There’s no need for you to trouble yourself about this. This is Man Talk!” which was a joke then as well as now.

Man Talk for him was listening to a male relative explain his garage set-up, or another…

How are these two related? Temperature and force change everything. If you have cooked, you can understand the basics of metallurgy.

A woman sprinkles ingredients into a skillet.
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Long before I stepped into the lab of my tech school, I baked and cooked, almost daily for my family of 6. Both require the assembling of ingredients in proper proportions, mixing and applying heat, whether you are making soup, baking a cake or making steel. …

I was concerned about the lack of a seat assignment, then decided to embrace the randomness as opportunity for my Higher Power.

The tip of an airplane over a mountain.
Photo by Christopher Jolly on Unsplash

I was the second to last person to board the flight. Why I landed in Nashville, TN en route to Hartford, CT from Houston, TX, I don’t know.

I do know I was a bit concerned. Would there be an open seats? Could I find one?

I only needed one.

Cat Strav

Yogi. Wordsmith. Hutch Pup. Diagnosed with I.O. (idiotic optimism) since an early age.

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