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Journal Project Post 2

This will be a picture-less post this time. It’s 11:20pm and I want to make sure I get a post in tonight so I’m keeping up with my “every other day” journal project assignment.

So this weekend… I did some running. I joined two friends, Abby and Marlise, at one of our local parks and competed in a 5K charity run on Saturday morning. Everyone had great runs and I met my time goal this month for a sub-35 minute finish. On to next month’s goal of sub-34!!

Today, Abby and I met up with a running group that I had heard of but never run with, our local Hash House Harriers. We did an approximately 4 to 4.5 mile loop of road, trail and straight up hoofing it through the woods with a whole lot of alcohol mixed in before, along the way and afterwards. I choose not to imbibe before the run or after but did enjoy several beverages along the way at designated stops. It was a lot of fun. I covered terrain I certainly never would have thought to run on my own. It was challenging without being too hard. I liked it. But…. it’s not something I’m going to be doing on a regular basis. These folks have running and drinking down to a science. I’m too much of a light weight to do that very often… once a month or even every other month might be a possibility.

Tomorrow I’m taking it easy exercise wise and around the house, so I’ll get some reading time in and start a more introspective post to share on Tuesday.

Be Well!




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Continuing from part 1…

After lunch it was back to school work. Isaac read aloud from his Scooby-Do phonics reader. One story to me and the 2nd to Natalie. Maddie is reading a story about how a family made a garden.

Isaac reading

Maddie reading


While the kids finished up their reading time I walked out to the garden. Pea sprouts are just starting to peek through the soil. And I just realized an earthworm photobombed my shot. Oh well.. glad to have him in there!

Pea sprouts

My onion sets have also started pushing up. We need a warm sunny day and all these plants will really take off.

Onion sets


I had a couple furry and feathered friends hanging out nearby. The Mourning Dove was setting on the corner of the garage roof watching me. The squirrel was fussing back and forth with our resident flock of grackles. They bicker and fight about ownership of the backyard bird feeder.

Mourning Dove


A few of my perennial plantings are starting to wake up around the house.  In order of appearance: Peonies, Daffodil, Aronia, Red Gooseberry, and Black Currant.








After my nice little walk around, I switched up the laundry again, starting one more load in the wash, moving a washed load to the dryer, and putting this basket away.




It was time for another bottle of water and a bit of a crafty break. I took about 15-20 minutes to drop spindle some lovely fiber I picked up at the most recent Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet festival.


Drop Spindle


A bit more internet browsing and email checking and then it was back to the laundry gig again… nothing else went in the wash though… the end was in sight.



By now the day is pretty long in the tooth so I need to get the house whipped into shape before we move into dinner time and evening routines. So.. here comes the “keeping it real” parts. This was my den after a day of school, snacks, laundry and time spent outside… followed by the spiffed up version.

Messy Den

clean Den

Next up was the kitchen… and wow.. it was even worse. So once again.. here’s the end of the day “real” followed by the clean up.

Messy Kitchen

clean kitchen


In the clean kitchen photo above.. dinner is in the works… spaghetti with meatballs in a tomato-basil sauce with pancetta. Now.. the beautiful thing here.. is that I’m not the one cooking it. Nor did I have to go out and pick up the groceries to make it. This wonderful guy here took care of all that. Here he is coming in from work last night, carrying in the groceries in the pouring rain with his raincoat hanging haphazardly from his head. Thanks honey!!



After that delicious dinner I put away the last load of laundry, then got Miss Natalie ready for bed.




After the kids were all asleep I laced up my running shoes and hit the treadmill.

Running Shoes

My current training work out is three sets of runs… each 12 minutes long with a one minute walk break between each. Running pace is 11.1 miles per minute or 5.4mph. This gave me a 35 minute 5K time and a total run of 3.36 miles in 38 minutes. ¬†Hopefully I can keep or better that 35 minute 5K time on Saturday for the Achilles race at North Park.

So… there ya go… that’s a pretty typical day in our life.

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