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She's Here!!


Yep little Madeline Áine was born on March 19th. So beautiful and perfect. Only Daddy was allowed in the hospital, so Finn and I had to wait until they arrived home for our first peek.



Of course I need to put a few pictures on here now.



Big brother called her "My baby, my baby".



love this.



Hello World!

Blonde hair, blue eyes (so far) and two dimples!



And now back to normal things that we are all experiencing. Isolation, Quarantine, and all that comes with this pandemic. I think walks and running have helped me a lot. So I will share with you what I see each day. In Oregon all parks, playgrounds, etc. are closed but I was still surprised when my wooded trails were closed! The other day I headed to the high school track for a work out and found this:


I ended up doing my workout in the flat, empty parking lot! I was still able to enjoy the morning sunrise.





Another disappointment was to see now there are new pieces of trash on the ground. People! What is wrong with you?






On one especially windy day, apparently the neighbors were working on a science project. Bike-sailing? Wind-biking?




Here are some pictures of what I enjoy seeing while out running. This is at the end of our jetty. I was able to watch several of the fishing boats heading out.




But, while exploring the rocky areas, I still saw garbage.




No more garbage - just pretty.




On a evening walk, Finn took this distancing thing to a new level.





Parking areas along the coast are roped off.




We have certainly had lots of rainy days and I'm so happy to get sunny days. Hail has hit 3 times in 24 hours!



Today was beautiful, so I went for a run that took me first along the ocean and then over to the bay front.




I guess if you can't park in the parking spots, you just park wherever you want!


Maybe they need this sign:






During the rest of my run I did see some sign of self-isolation. I have to admit, I checked on this little guy to make sure he was ok. He was. :)




This man was power washing a dock. I watched him for a while as I sat on a bench. It was very tedious work. For him....not me.




Even this hummingbird was solo. I felt very lucky to stop, get my phone out, and still be able to snap the picture before it flew off.






There are other changes going on in my life. Patient husband and I are no longer together. In fact, the divorce should be final in the next week or two. This view out my window made me change from thinking 'Life as I know it is over' to 'The first day of the rest of my life'.



Rest assured, I am hanging in there and moving on with my new life. And as always taking life -


One step at a time,



Anne


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Could we just find a Restart button for 2020? I don't know about you, but I would press it immediately and maybe several times. For now, let's just say my world has been like a tornado and I'm trying hard to land on my feet.


But I'll get to that eventually. Meanwhile I've been acting like a blogger even though I haven't been posting. Taking pictures of anything and everything that is unique, unusual or makes me laugh.

Well, maybe not quite this funny..




I am so happy to have the longer days and of course the warmer temps. Everything is more fun in the warmth.


Durango is now spending lots of time out in the sun and mud. Sometimes disguising himself well enough that the barn family don't recognize him. It's been so long since his mane and tail is it's original white/white, I may need to do the bleaching in several processes.


I'm doing more running but less long distances. I'm working to get my breathing and strength back up to where it used to be. I really got myself worn down at the end of last year. It feels good to just go and run however long feels good.


I always follow the law:


Taking 3 dogs with me always leads to an adventure. Once they ran waaay ahead. Pretty sure they may have gone that-a-way.



Yep!



Of course I always need to take pics of my views. This one from Cannon Beach.



I'm not sure if I always want to take pictures of the ocean/beach because it's so beautiful or if it's because I've only lived on the coast now for 2 years. Or maybe it is both.



This new Grandaughter-to-be, Madeline, is making all her own rules. Twice she has taken her parents to the hospital (2 hours away) only to say "never mind!" or "Just kidding!" One of those times, we camped out at my sister's house over a long weekend to be closer to the hospital. Nothing happened, but we had a great visit.


This is Amanda and my sister, Marcia walking to the beach. Note Haystack Rock in the distance.


Finn and Daddy - twinsies.


One visit they stayed overnight at a hotel. Finn thinks this is just fine.


Baby Madeline is already a great helper in holding up the phone.....



Here is Finn on the bench, waiting for his turn at pretend baseball.

Batter Up!






This means 1) I've never loved you more but are you going to eat all of that?

or 2) If you don't get off the couch and go for a run, I'll go out of my mind; or

3) Can we cuddle?





Gus likes to steal something out of Finn's overnight bag and sleep with it.



Tomorrow is D-day. (Delivery day), so I'll be sending out Madeline pictures! Hurray - finally!


And now with chaos in my personal life and maybe yours, and chaos in all of our lives with the corona-virus, let's just take




One step at a time,



Anne




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I spent last Thursday and Friday worrying about Gus. Non.stop.vomiting. Oh yea. A trip to the vet on Thursday and then again on Friday because he wouldn't eat. As I listened to the vet's directions, I kept thinking "but I leave tomorrow on a trip!" He ended up staying the night at the vet.


Saturday morning, my SIL Joe and Finn drove me to the airport only to go back and pick up Gus from the Vet!


Yes, this was my view at the Portland airport. No surprises here.



So glad I got a window seat.


As long as I have my necessities: Coffee and airpods.





I considered this..... but didn't want anyone confusing me with a surgeon....



It was a long flight so we got TWO drinks, but only one snack, I guess they don't want us filling up on those 3 pretzels.



Changed planes in Boston. I think this was my first time at Logan airport.





Not thrilled to drive at night with snow on the roads again. But getting to see my son and his family made it so worth it!


Quite a different view, don't ya think?




The next day, Joey and Sarah left for Budapest(!) and gave the kids last minute directions like 'help Nana', and 'don't make Nana work'. Sounded good to me. :)


Ahnika (almost 6) said first things first. We must paint Nana's nails.


She has a very unique technique. Sideways, up and down, and sometimes around in a circle. Voila! Sparkles!





Let the games begin! First, TWISTER! Surprise! Nana wins.

They told me that it wasn't fair because I pushed them. Geez these must be new rules.


It's really cold here. Like really cold. But Monday I decided to brave it. I donned fleece lined tights, warm shirt and sweatshirt, gloves, and headband and out I went.



I actually survived 3 miles with only one "Whoa!" as I slipped, but did not fall.





Just a random thing that made me laugh.





Only a runner would understand why we need to read this article. Note that they are "Expert" tips.


8 Expert Tips on How to Avoid Pooping During a Race


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Tomorrow? Into town for a movie. But for tonight it's tenderloin for dinner. Yep Nana cooked. Then showers and then it's MOVIE NIGHT!! We are stocked up on popcorn and apples.





Jus' Sayin':




What happens when you do.not.like. family photos




I hope your day is happier!



One step at a time,


Anne

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