Sometimes the name of this post is more true about my life than other times. Well the last few months it has truly been real. My sister has had to remind me several times that I am RETIRED! I like to say I'm somewhere between 'keeping busy' and 'running ragged'.
I have been able to spend some time in my pottery room. Oh lets call it my studio. Doesnt that sound more professional? And somehow more soothing....
Here are my first projects in the kiln.
And here are the final products. I'm pretty excited
There are some things I need to work on of course, like handles etc. But that will be ongoing . This may be my favorite for that group:
Just as I thought I was getting back into my running, more heel pain. If I was a horse, they'd have put me down by now. I got some insoles to wear all the time and they feel wonderful and also a cortisone shot. Super painful, but I had immediate relief. For the next few days, I was in amazement of this 'miracle cure'. Then at the end of the 2nd week, the pain was back. I am sentenced to physical therapy and then another appointment with the Doc.
One thing the Doctor said was that even at my low mileage, I needed to get new shoes every 6 months. If you are a runner, you will understand the big smile that was on my face. A Dr. telling me to buy new shoes every6 months? Its like a lifetime supply of chocolate.
I've had some more training and searches with the Search and Rescue team. I really enjoy this 'work' with so many good team members.
Finn and Madeline are both getting into gymnastics and doing great.
There is a new family member for them - Rhodi. A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. I have never seen such a calm, smart puppy. He loves to join in the family ballgames:
And who doesn't like snuggles?
There are hikes with the dogs - almost every day. Gus (the Chessie on the left) is getting old - but then again - so am I. They prefer that the hikes include water.
Twice now - on different hiking trails - I've seen the same kind of owl. A barred or Hoot owl.
When we aren't hiking, Jake is an avid bullriding fan. This is the only tv that he watches. Sometimes there are occasional low growls and runs toward the tv, but then I do that too.
I have moved Durango to a new home. He is settling in better than I expected and here we are getting an arena workout. For Durango, not me.
Of course I can't forget some ocean pictures. I never tire of the beauty.
That is NOT me:
Finn and I started a Thursday 'lunch date with Nana'. We both look forward to it. It's wonderful to sit and talk for an hour. It's very informative. Did you know that if you put your napkins in between the paper plates as you are carrying them, the napkins can't blow away all over the parking lot. This is also known as a "Napkin sandwich". I've also learned that Finn wants to be a scientist when he grows up. He wants to study rocks. He also wants to study aliens because his Dad and his Grandpa really want to know if they are real. Would this be a geo-alien-ologist?
His favorite lunch date is to get pizza, sit in the front seat and "view the ocean".
For someone who has anything BUT a green thumb, I am enjoying my gardens. It might be because someone else planted them.
As a very generous birthday present my daughter got me a membership with the coaching team I used to use. I am so excited to have help and additional motivation again. If you are ever interested in coaching for 'regular' runners - check them out. Realliferunners.com.
And now I must sign off, I have spent way too much time relaxing! You'd think I was retired or something.
One Step at a Time,