Kathryn Fitzmaurice's Blog

July 3, 2016

Every year, on the fourth of July, our neighborhood does this very fun parade, and pancake breakfast and then the Marines raise the flag and the firetruck runs through our neighborhood at the beginning of the parade.  It is very fun to watch.

I love living in Niguel Shores.  It is a very nice.   Everybody waves to you!  Even when you are walking your dog!!

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Published on July 03, 2016 12:43 • 49 views

April 20, 2016

Holly....Holly has been on an elimination diet.   She also has a small cataract in her right eye.  I am afraid she might go blind in that eye.  But I will just let her go blind because I let her insurance go last year.

I think she will be fine.

I hope she will not go blind in that eye.

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Published on April 20, 2016 20:21 • 30 views

March 8, 2016

Brian and I went up to San Francisco to celebrate Hugh's 20th birthday.  We stayed at the St. Regis Hotel.

It rained the entire time we were up there.  But that was okay.  We didn't mind.  We took Hugh to Thomas Pink were he picked out two shirts and then to the Nike store where he got a pair of new shoes.  It was really nice to see him.
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Published on March 08, 2016 14:28 • 41 views

February 1, 2016

What is written beneath my grandmother's grave

The Cheroske gravesite

I am traveling to my mother's house on Thursday, February 4 and returning Monday, February 8.  I am going to see her because she asked me to come up and visit her.  I cannot wait to get there.  I think we will have a very nice time.

Today, I drove up to Long Beach to visit my grandmother Eleanor's grave.  I could not find it so I had to call the guy and he came and showed me where it was.  My friend Judy Thorpe came with me.
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Published on February 01, 2016 19:52 • 34 views

January 1, 2016

My husband and I went out to dinner with our dear friends John and Judy Thorpe last night.  We went to Splashes in Laguna Beach and ordered from a pre-set menu.  On the table were little hats.  Judy and I each wore ours!
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Published on January 01, 2016 21:55 • 10 views

November 7, 2015

I received an email from the head of The Vermont College of Fine Arts yesterday.  They are wanting the new students to send in 20 pages of a manuscript the author is working on and send in and a Workshop Submission Form. 
I had to really think about which manuscript I wanted to send them.  I went through all of my stories and decided to send in Naval Aviator Number 6463.  This is the one I need to revise.  This is the one that needs a little help. 
I am hoping this one will be okay.  But you never know. ..maybe they will tell me this story does not work.

But maybe not.
Maybe it will be okay!
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Published on November 07, 2015 11:00 • 25 views

October 1, 2015

I am so happy to say that I have been accepted into the Vermont College of Fine Arts, in order to get my MFA in Middle Grade writing.  I will start in January.  I know there will be a ton of snow on the ground then, but that's okay because I will just wear my Hunter boots!


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Published on October 01, 2015 19:54 • 39 views

August 4, 2015

By Eleanor Robinson and Josephine Bentham

Copyright date
I received an email from someone in Europe, asking me if my grandmother had co-written a book with this woman named Josephine Bentham, a novel called Wakefield House.   They used the name Jan Deering.

I immediately called my mother to find out if this was true.  She said yes.  So I went on Amazon, found the book and ordered it.  I am almost done reading it.

It's very mysterious.  You can tell it was written in 1973.  The authors used this as the back cover:

Beautiful young Meredith Wakefield was the last of the Wakefield line.  Her proud family had fallen into poverty, her whole world had come crashing down around her, even her sanity itself was threatened.  And now, Meredith faced the grimmest test of all, as she returned to her family mansion to find it filled with strangers, and she was a prisoner of fear in what was once had been her beloved home.

Centuries ago, a deadly curse had laid down upon all who bore the Wakefield name.  Now, this terrified girl stood between the curse and it's grisly fulfillment.  And someone, or something, was making sure she would not escape!
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Published on August 04, 2015 18:30 • 30 views

July 22, 2015

Sam at his Naval Academy Graduation
My oldest son, Sam, wants to attend the infantry school, which is a part of the United States Marine Corps.  link here:


He says he can do it.  This is his dream.  I can support that, if that is what he wants to do.  But I know that these are the Marines that they send in first.  These are the extremely tough Marines.

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Published on July 22, 2015 21:15 • 27 views

July 2, 2015

our American Flag
Every year, on the Fourth of July, our neighborhood does this huge pancake breakfast, which is put on the Men's Club, and then a parade, and then a sand castle contest, and then a BBQ out on the beach bluff.  I live in Niguel Shores Community, http://www.niguelshores.org/which is inside Monarch Beach.   It's a little like the town Mayberry, from the Andy Griffith Show.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayberry
Hugh will be coming home today.  I pick him up at John Wayne Airport this afternoon. 

I am very happy he is coming home. 

Holly, my nine year old dog, went to the groomer yesterday.  When I picked her up she had a big red, white, and blue scarf around her neck.

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Published on July 02, 2015 08:17 • 15 views