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Hiking, Running and Moving Right Through January

Wow, we waited SO long for 2021 and January is already over! It hasn't been a bad month. My immediate family is covid-free so far and I will be getting shot #2 of the vaccine in just 4 days. I've even been sleeping better (longer) but yet those wild and crazy dreams still hit me a few times a week. What IS it about these dreams/nightmares? Do you get them? Could it be because I fall asleep listening to murder/crime novels? I don't even want them analyzed - I mean how scary would THAT be?

Anyway, back to daily life, I got a lot of wonderful gifts for Christmas. One, of which, is a blender. Now I can say I have joined the group of healthy smoothie drinkers. I have to say that when I opened it up to use it the first time, I was somewhat taken aback by the name of the canister:

The total crushing pitcher? Seriously? So much violence to make something called a smoothie! :)

In two weeks, I am flying to Colorado for surgery on my ankle. A couple of issues: a torn tendon and some pretty nasty cartilage. I'm not fooling myself about the recovery - I know it will be tough. But my goal is to be back running and do another 1/2 marathon before the end of the year. Yep you can remind me of this in 8 weeks while I am hobbling around in a boot.

Considering I'm single and all my children are grown, it's amazing how much planning this trip entails. There is someone to take care of the horse - not only while I am gone but also after I get back and unable to walk without crutches. Oh and the dogs! Anyone who owns more than one dog understands how hard it is to find someone to care for them. And that someone makes you feel so guilty when you raise your eyebrows at the cost. "You mean your dogs aren't worth it? You don't love them that much?" Of course they really don't say that - it's all in the look.

Of course, I am whispering all this while I type so Jake and Gus don't hear me.

I guess you all have seen the funny mitten-wearing Bernie memes. You know I have to join in. A couple of years ago I was at the UFO festival in McMinnville, Oregon. I ran a 5K wearing an alien costume. If that wasn't weird enough, Bernie joined me!

Maybe he was stalking me, because there he was at the same gathering I was at in Wyoming!

Lets get serious, shall we? Even my 3 year-old grandson, Finn, agrees that this cloud is a great dragon.

Madeline, who started walking at 9 months is now almost running.

Finn says being an astronaut is totally exhausting.

I haven't sat on the couch much this month. I ran a virtual good riddance race

Then LOTS of callouts with Search and Rescue. This is a picture taken of me and another team member walking off a mountain ridge. So glad someone was there to pick us up!

You knew I would have to post an ocean picture. Here is my favorite from January.

I also got out with Durango a couple of times when the skies were blue. It's hard to beat the peace of mind I get while riding through the trails.

I hope you all have a good week. Try to find something that keeps you moving, gives you peace of mind, and most of all happiness.

One step at a time,


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