Monday, October 20, 2014
Here's a note 7 year old Natalie wrote for me a couple weeks ago, but just gave to me today. For those who need a translation:
"Dear, Old Ma,
I hope you don't fall. I hope you don't fall in the nesx [next] race. I hope you are OK. I love you and miss you. Your dater [daughter] hopes you feel better too. Love, Natalie, Dana, josh, Gwen."
I do appreciate her sentiment and effort!! The kids were very concerned about my scrapes and scabs. But both knees, one elbow, both hands, and my head that was glued no longer have scabs, just rough and redness. Isn't it a blessing how even old bodies heal??
It's a teacher's work day, so I have both kids again today. We've already been out riding bicycles in the driveway this morn before the sun was bright. Natalie challenged me to several short running races. It tickles her that she can beat me over 100 feet, but I'm close. Gwen gets frustrated, though, because her 4 year old legs just can't go that fast. I tell her all runners run in age groups, and in the four year old group, she's a winner for sure!!
Some people weren't crazy about the gator pictures I posted yesterday. Well, here are the bird pictures, herons and anhingas, my step daughter took on our walk 5 days ago:
We also saw osprey and red tail hawks, but I guess they didn't pose for us. At the reserve we also see blue dragon flies, while in my yard 2 miles away, all of ours our green and brown. The reserve has a wider variety of butterflies than we get on our property. Nature is truly fascinating!
I'm planning an active day and an extended family dinner featuring more of that smoked mackerel out of the freezer. It is tasty -- and thank heavens as we have so much!
What will be the highlight of your day?? Wishing you a healthy, happy, active one!!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I'm feeling pretty good about my eating and activity efforts. I've had challenges of health, visitors, extra child care duties, and blues, yet I've eaten pretty smart most of the time. And I've done as much activity as I thought I should given health issues. This morning I weigh 132.2, just .2 over my target. Hooray!
I am feeling a little better, but still coughing (more than 6 weeks now) and sore throat, nose running less and some dizziness that may be from the medication. Still waiting for CT results that has been sent for multiple interpretations.
Here are the pictures my stepdaughter sent from our walk 4 days ago at Circle Bar B Reserve just a couple miles from my home.
It is fun to take someone who sees the reserve with new eyes. Glad she had an eye for photography, too!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I went this morning to see my niece and nephew receive their Galloway half marathon training medals. They both finished 15 miles last Saturday. Our Program Director took this picture of the group:
That's me third from the right at the end of the row. Martin is squatting on the left. Can't see Ally, although she is there.
Martin is looking so good, under 230 pounds now, down over 71 pounds. His first half marathon will be November 8th. I'm running that one, too. Don't know if I can keep up with him since my training has been marred by illness and injury. I may try for a while, though. He'll do it. I have no doubt.
Allyson is looking good, too. She only had a few pounds to lose and has lost some. The first 5K she ran this year was probably in April and it was 34 or 35 minutes. Last eve she ran the Hoofin for the Woofin SPCA 5K in 28:31 and took first place in the 20-29 year old female category in this small race. So proud of her. She is running a 10 mile race tomorrow and her first half marathon - a Halloween themed run in a Minnie Mouse costume - a week later. She is going with one of my friends south of St Petersburg to Fort DeSoto. I'll have kids and not be able to go, but she'll be with a great group of people.
I did a 5 mile treadmill run this morning in under an hour. It was gorgeous outside, our coolest morning in months and I was tempted to run outdoors, but I'm on lots of meds, perhaps feeling just a bit dizzy, and cautious of falling again. The run itself felt good. All 3 of us will be completing the Red Ribbon HM three weeks from today. They unveiled the shirts on FaceBook today: white for the kids, grey for the 5K, and for us Half Marathoners, it is red:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Yesterday mid-morning we took a great walk at the Circle Bar B Reserve with our guests. We saw hundreds of birds and butterflies, and over a dozen gators of various sizes, armadillos up close, and more. My stepdaughter took a lot of pictures, some spectacular ones of a heron taking flight and gators in the reeds. She hasn't sent them to me yet, though. It downpoured in the early morning, so we turned off her alarm and let her sleep. At 10 am it was clear and not extremely hot and we were able to negotiate the few puddles on the trails even with Gwen's stroller, so it all worked out. My stepdaughter did send me this picture of herself and her hubby with the mackerel her husband caught on Monday:
At 2pm, the doctor diagnosed residual cold plus allergy as the source of my continuing cough and runny nose. I now have cough pills, nasal spray, and over the counter allergy medication. Hope it works. I am ready, ready, ready to feel good again.
Then we made it on time to the Cirque de Soleil performance. We had front row center seats and the whole experience was amazing. One clown bopped 7 year old granddaughter Natalie on the head with a foam noodle during the performance and she was so tickled she could hardly stop laughing! If you have no idea what Cirque de Soleil is, you may want to check out their web site. There are so many amazing acts - high wire, trapeze, trick bicycles, girls with amazing spools, trampoline, balance, juggling, silks, clowns -- very busy and very entertaining. No pictures were allowed during the performance, but stepdaughter snapped this one on the stage before it started:
Cirque de Soleil is expensive; more than a day at Disney World for a performance, but if you've never experienced it, I would say it is definitely worth it.
Although it might have been better for guests to come when I felt better, it is all working out.
Hope you are having interesting, healthy and happy days!!
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