Surprise find

My wife recognized this as a Simon Michael painting as we left a New Braunfels’ restaurant.

Through the years I’ve been very blessed having some long-term employees. However, whenever they leave, regardless of reason, there is a certain void left in me.

Catheryne “Cat” Little has been my bookkeeper and front office manager for a little more than 24 years.

She is retiring.

Friday, Aug. 23 is her last day.

If you’ve ever run a business, you know how important trust is between the boss and bookkeeper.

Cat has been awesome all these years, with a commitment to doing her job well, and treating customers with respect.

There was never a time I doubted her honesty or integrity. If she didn’t have the answer to one of my many questions, she didn’t make something up. She told me, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”

She has been through more difficult times than most people can imagine, with the loss of her son before Hurricane Harvey, the storm itself, and then the recent death of her beloved husband, Jim.

Through it all she came to work and continued to do her job.

Many years ago someone referred to someone they held in high regard as “good people.”

I loved the way that sounded, because it was different, and I have used it as well, when warranted.

There’s not much more I can say about Cat, and her many years of service to your hometown newspaper, other than to say, “Cat, You’re good people.”

Enjoy your retirement.

You deserve it.

I’ll miss our conversations.

Simon Michael

in New Braunfels

My wife and I were in New Braunfels with my siblings this past weekend cleaning up and uncluttering our parents’ houses. On Friday night we all went out to eat, and as we were leaving the restaurant, my wife said, “Hey look, is that a Simon Michael painting?”

Sure enough, sitting on the floor, was a Simon Michael painting, waiting to be hung.

Through the years I’ve seen local artwork in other places, but I don’t ever remember seeing any of Simon Michael’s work.

It’s sort of neat seeing something from the Rockport-Fulton area treasured in other locations.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at

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