Cheeky Life Lessons

No one says it better than Miriam! Another wonderful post by a special lady 🙂

Out an' About

With all of our dramas and flooding issues at home lately, life’s been a bit full on. But enough’s enough!

We all have our hard times so a big step back is sometimes necessary. Time out from the serious stuff where we can take a few deep breaths and focus on something lighter.

What better way to do that than through the cheeky antics of our pets and the animals that share our world.

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Roda’s December Gift of Gratitude Series

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping. That, by itself is not so impressive, especially this time of year when everyone is purchasing gifts for the holiday.

What was special about this trip is where we went to spend my money! We headed out to Leavenworth, which is a Bavarian themed town, 2 hours north of our home in Redmond, Washington. It is a special community located in the mountains and they know how to do Christmas right!

The drive took us over the mountain pass into the middle of nowhere, and then all of a sudden this town appears.

 

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It was a clear day, but cold! 34F was the high, and a decent wind was blowing.

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The views are spectacular!

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The main street, which runs through the middle of the town, is in the Bavarian style and decked out in lights, garlands and holiday colors.

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There are shops and plenty of restaurants.

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We strolled along the street, stopping every so often to buy a gift or duck into a store to warm up!

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We had lunch and lots of coffee on this chilly December day.

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We marveled at the gorgeous decorations inside the stores

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Finally, it was time to head home. We grabbed one more cup of coffee and climbed into the car for the 2 hour return trip, and this is where the gratitude part comes in!

An hour into the drive we were stopped on the road. We saw flashing lights about 100 yards ahead of us on the only two lane road out of town. No cars were traveling in either direction and we knew something bad had occurred. More cars came behind us as we waited for the accident to clear, but we didn’t move. An hour passed as we thought that we would be moving “any minute now”.

People around us began to leave their cars and walk over to the scene of the accident, and it was getting darker on this mountain road. I checked the map app on my phone and found that the only detour was to return to the town and head over two other mountain ranges to get back home. A detour that would take 3 hours and 20 minutes.

As a group passed our car, I rolled down the window and they told me it would be at least 4 more hours until the investigation was complete. There was a fatality.

A motorcyclist had lost his or her life that day. My daughter and I processed this differently. She was irritated that we did not leave earlier, assuming that we would have been through the area before the crash. I was not so sure.

As we turned around to begin the three hours detour she continued to be irritated at our misfortune. But I was grateful! What if we had left earlier and were in the accident? What if it was my daughter lying under that tarp?

We had just spent a marvelous day together and the worst that happened to us was that it took 5 hours to get home instead of 2.

But we were home, safe and sound. Eventually she came to the same conclusion and we both felt happy and safe at the end of this day, when another family had a horrible tragedy to process.

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Merry Christmas 🙂

Join the amazing Roda from Growing Self in her Gift of Gratitude series.

Roda’s December Gift of Gratitude Series

The amazing Roda from Growing Self has started a Gift of Gratitude series. I think this is a wonderful idea and am trying to figure out a way to participate with her on this brilliant quest. It has been too long since I spent time on my blog’s “Gratitude for Attitude” section, and long overdue! I am kicking off this series today by being grateful for time spent with my kids during this holiday season.

My children are young adults with lives of their own and quite busy. I no longer have daily contact with them, so I appreciate when they have a break in their busy lives to hang with old mom!

Our talented son had his senior recital a few nights ago. We were treated to 90 minutes of beautiful classical clarinet music, so proud of him!

I am grateful for his talent, hard work and the fact that he chose a college in our backyard so I can see his performances!

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Yesterday our daughter and I went to a local nursery, which is one of our holiday traditions, and spent the afternoon browsing, and spending my money! We had a marvelous time looking at all the sparkly things!

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I am grateful that I have these wonderful kids in my life and that they still find it enjoyable to hang with mom! Love these two 🙂

Join Roda in her gift of gratitude series! I feel better already 🙂 Thank you Roda!

Life at Midlife

This one says it all! Once again, Roda has found an answer to one of my many life questions 🙂

Growing Self

I came across this poem and it spoke everything I feel… ♥

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Life at Midlife

Author: Mary Anne Perrone

I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.

I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that even dust is Sacred.

I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me; It’s just not their task

I am no longer waiting for the perfect children; my children have their own names that burn as brightly as any star.

I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop; It already did, and I survived.

I am no longer waiting for the time to be right; the time is always now.

I am no longer waiting for the mate who will complete me; I am grateful to be so warmly, tenderly held.

I…

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An Award I Have Never Heard of Before!

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The beautiful and positive Roda sent me a message the other day. She said “I have nominated you for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award!” I thought, is she pulling my leg? It sounded kind of like a joke-but it’s not. What I found out is that the intent behind this award is to recognize those bloggers who attempt to write for everybody, regardless of the number of viewers they acquire. It is designed to acknowledge writing from one’s passions and not really targeting a blog that necessarily has a large following or a tremendous amount of “likes”. The official statement is:

What Is This Award

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

As Roda put it “This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee and it should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it.”

How kind is that! We all enjoy followers and “likes” of course, but I think we sometimes get caught up in that loop and forget that we started this for ourselves and our passions. I love the ideal behind this award and am honored that Roda thought of me!

Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions

Roda’s Questions to me:

  • What would you like bloggers to do more of that they aren’t doing right now?

This is tough for me to address because I follow a number of really diverse blogs. Cooking, rock climbing, running, story writing, photography-all are approached differently and I enjoy that diversity in my Reader feed. As long as everyone stays positive and supportive of one another I am happy. I have yet to find a blog that is negative or demeaning in any way (thankfully!). If I did run into that I would not follow, comment or like any part of it!

  • Tell us 4 things about yourself, one of which is not true… and see if we can guess.
  1. I have a Ph.D. in molecular biology
  2. I have a twin sister
  3. I have run 3 half marathons, to date  and
  4. I went to culinary school
  • Describe a perfect day that balances all the things you love.

I rise early and get in a good run then come home and have a scone (or two!) that I made earlier. I head out with my family for a day of rock climbing (of course I never fall because it is my “perfect day”!) We go out for a tasty dinner and a cocktail or two, then I spend the rest of the evening with my husband-not filling in any more details from here on!!

My Questions to you

  1. Where do you look for inspirations for your blog posts?
  2. How has your blog changed / evolved over time? Was the change in line with your expectations?
  3. What would you like to be doing in the future? Are you still blogging?

 

I do realize that not everyone participates in awards and my only intent is to honor and recognize those blogs that I truly enjoy! Please do not feel any pressure to engage with this post and know that I appreciate all that you do!

 

My Nominees:

Ink Owl

In Diane’s Kitchen

This is My Truth Now

Running Forward, My way

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Mystery Blogger Awards 2 and 3!

The creater of the Mystery Blogger Award is Enigma, here is her page.

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I am such a slacker! I was nominated for this award, some time ago, by two amazing bloggers, and I am just now getting to these. I do sincerely appreciate the time that both BeaFrietas and Inkowl have put into this posting! Beafrietas hosts a magnificent lifestyle blog that most humans in the blogosphere have already followed! And, Inkowl shares inspirational stories and artwork that will make your day a happier place! Check them both out if you haven’t already!

 

AWARD RULES

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me:

  1. I have a BS in general biology and  a Ph.D. in molecular biology, so I love science especially all things DNA
  2. I ran my first half marathon and began rock climbing last year at the age of 49, and have plans to keep going farther, faster and higher!
  3. I am still on my quest of “what’s next in life” and would love to define that path soon!

 

Bea’s Questions:

  1. What is the last song you sang along to? 

I listen to 80’s rock when I run and my last run was yesterday, so that was “Looks that Kill” by Motley Crue- ya, I know!

2. Without worrying about money or responsibilities, if you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go? 

I would leave tomorrow for Greece!

3. Would you rather be a singer, actress, or professional athlete?

Definitely a professional athlete

4. What games do you enjoy playing?

We are leaving for Vegas tomorrow and I really like to play Black Jack!

5. What product can you not live without?

I am not sure if this is the spirit of the question but coffee!

 

Ink Owl’s Questions:

  1. Where (physical locations) do you write?

I actually write in a number of different locations. Often in my living room or at the island in my kitchen. I sometimes will write out on our patio when I am looking for a creative vibe and will head to the local book store when I have a more complicated post in mind.

2. Why did you start writing?

I needed an outlet for some strong emotions that I was dealing with, and to be honest, am still working through.

3. What is your favorite part about your life?

The freedom to choose how to spend my time. My kids are grown, I work part time and I really have the freedom to structure my day around the activities I want to participate in.  If I feel like going for a run, heading out to climb for the day or spend time in the kitchen, I have that privilege. After all the years (decades) of operating on everyone else’s  schedules, I really appreciate the time to focus on what I like to do!

4. What has been the most challenging part with writing?

Effective communication and editing! There always seems to be the potential for confusion and a typo no matter how many times I proof read!

5. What gives you inspiration to write?

My blog is relatively new (started in November 2016) so I have a lot of topics and ideas at this point. It is really a matter of choosing which topics to tackle first. I really don’t know how long I will be doing this, but for now I am really enjoying connecting with some many interesting people.

My best post:

According to the stats for the site my best post was Are you really together if you are not side-by-side: A running query

My nominees!

 

My Questions to you:

  1. Do you prefer action movies or comedies?
  2. What was the last novel you read? Why did you choose it?
  3. Do you prefer warm or cold vacation destinations?
  4. Are you a cat or dog person?
  5. What foreign language would you like to speak fluently?

Half Marathon Training, Week 3 Update!

This is what it has been like to be in Seattle for the past two weeks.

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Sadly, I am not exaggerating! I am also not complaining (well, yes I am) because I know much of the US is under many feet of snow and have had a really tough winter! We in the Pacific Northwest are lucky compared to much of the rest of the nation, but I am not enjoying running in the rain. Tuesday’s 4 miles was cold, windy and wet. I got through it but never did warm up the rest of that day. Thursday was better because we managed to find a dryish window and fit in the 4 miles in-between showers. Saturday was supposed to be the long run for the week. When we got up in the morning, somewhere around 5:30am it was pouring! The forecast was for heavy rain all day. We debated running anyway, but ultimately decided to gamble that Sunday would be better. We went to Vertical World and climbed for our workout while it poured outside. I made some progress on an 5.11a and a couple 5.11b routes, but will need to work on those some more! The good news is that our patience paid off on the run and we got it right!

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The sun and blue sky! Now, it is not warm, not by a long shot!

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The mist took quite a while to burn off

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The steam from my morning coffee was a great indicator of the 35 degree temp!

But, all things considered, we were thrilled to be able to run 6 miles in our winter gear and not end up soaked! Thank you Universe, perhaps spring may come after all! I am grateful for the weather, my health (knock on wood) and being able to share this experience with my husband!

March 2017 Half Marathon Training Schedule
This is a blank and printable March Calendar. Courtesy of WinCalendar.com

February 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 26

Week 1

  Feb 28

4 miles

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2

3 miles

3

 

4

5 miles

5 week 2

 

6

 

7

3 miles

8

 

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3 miles

10

 

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5 miles

12 week 3

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4 miles

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4 miles

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6 miles

19 week 4

 

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4 miles

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4 miles

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6 miles

26 week 5

 

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5miles

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Next week is another 4, 4, 6 and I hope to get my times a little faster.