Cate’s Corner

Edits, Face Masks, and Grilled Chicken

Cate's Corner, Daily Life | 6 comments

Whew, these last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind! It’s funny, though, because some days pass in a blur and others in an eternity. Perhaps you know what I mean?

My family and I have been staying close to home, doing our part to flatten the curve, leaving only for necessities. Yet my soul yearns for a day of excitement and energy in the city. Typically, we head into Boston for a change of scenery, but that’s not much of an option right now.

Luckily, when times are tough, there are always bright spots in the dark.  

First, my son graduated from Boot Camp! He’s officially a member of the United States Armed Forces. As a mom, I’m beyond proud, but I’ll also admit to moments of worry and sheer terror when I contemplate the responsibilities of the job he has chosen during his service. Due to COVID-19, we unable to join him for his celebration (a major bummer), but we were able to watch the live stream, and we couldn’t love him more or be prouder.

Our soldier!

Next bright spot: The edits are back! This last week I hunkered down to go through the first round of edits for Aftermath Of Secrets. After excitedly reading and making necessary corrections, I’ve sent the manuscript off to my proofer for her to have a turn. We’re getting closer!

Edits Are Back!

Never in a million years did I see a day when face masks would become an everyday accessory, but here we are. My mother-in-law was so kind to make us some really cute masks. She made six in all—and I’ve claimed my favorites. Aren’t they adorable?

So cute!

It’s still cold up here in New Hampshire, but there have been a couple of evenings where we’ve been able to turn on the grill. I’m not a huge fan of chicken. It’s sort of bland and boring. But we found an online recipe for a rub. It’s super easy (comes together in five minutes) and is crazy delicious. I’m actually looking forward to chicken this week! I’m including a link to the recipe here if you’re looking for a little weekend or weeknight oomph.


And I’m adding this just to remind you that you’re awesome…

I hope the past couple of weeks have included a few bright spots for you too!


  1. Pam Vukelich

    Love your books. Staying home but not too hard as I am raising my Granddaughter, taking care of my 93 y/o mother (bless her) and keeping a home with my husband and I both 70 y/o. Think a work harder than when I worked!! I always heard retired people say that and couldn’t understand why! Thanks for your company. Pam

    • Cate Beauman

      Oh my goodness, Pam! You ARE working hard. That’s a lot of caregiving. I hope you’re taking some time for you too (Maybe with a good book!). Stay well, Pam! 😊

  2. Kathy Crowe

    I have been reading the first two books in the Bodyguards of L.A. County. Absolutely loving them!! Can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Thank you!!!

    • Cate Beauman

      Hi, Kathy!
      Aw, I’m so glad you’re loving the stories. Writing wouldn’t be any fun without readers like you. Enjoy the series! 😁

  3. Linda Gould

    Just wanted to let you know I have read all of your books already. I loved the Bodyguards of L.A. County Series. It has been a while so I will go back and read them again that is how good I think you books are. Stay safe and healthy.

    • Cate Beauman

      Hi, Linda! It’s always so fun to hear when readers love the books! It’s truly such a wonderful thing. I hope you’ll enjoy the series again. If you haven’t read Secrets Hidden In The Glass (A Carter Island Novel), you might want to give that one a try. Book 2 will be coming out at the beginning of June! 😊

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