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  • annerunningragged

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.

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,


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  • annerunningragged

When your 'landscaper' is only 5 foot tall....

There have been several 'firsts' this spring/summer.

Finn had his first graduation. He graduated from Montessori preschool - can you believe he'll be in kindergarten this fall????

I also had my first Cousin's week. Two of my sisters (Marcia and Susan) and two of my cousins (Wendy and Cindy) all met at Wendy's house in California for a fabulous time. Wine, shopping, great meals and lots of laughs. Oh, and I had another first ...... my first cosmopolitan!

On a trip to Portland, I had my first visit to Voodoo donuts. Oh my gosh - the best ever.

During a trip to visit the barn, Finn decided he was brave enough to have his first solo ride on Durango. Yay!

Some of my first garden bouquets. Love these peonies.

On a trip to the library, Madeline pointed at a picture of Dolly Parton on the wall and said, "Nana!". Now that is a first for me.

Adorable beach picture.

We took a trip to Florida for a family reunion last week. Yes, Florida in June. Despite the unGodly weather, it was wonderful to see my family. Its been almost 7 years since our last reunion so it was amazing to see everyone and all the new children.

You know how if they misplace your luggage, they ask for a description? We decided this was the best way to show them without having to remember - is it silver or would you call it platinum? Gold, really???

Of course there were trips to Disneyworld. Moments of excitement for some, not so much for others.

My NY Grandchildren: Alistair and Ahnika

So many great photos of Disney: Note, Madeline definitely wants to go to the Country Bear Jamboree. But once inside, she kept saying NO!

River kayaking fun:

Someone thought this cute hat had palm fronds on it!

A random chuckle

And one more. Exactly WHAT is going into that trunk?

Cousins. Sweet Bergen trying to console Finn.

Did I mention that we were asked to fly on a later flight to Orlando and we got flight credits AND flew first class? I have now been severely spoiled.

Once back home, we took in some whale watching down the road at Depoe Bay.

The dogs were very happy to see us. But I thought I heard some grumbling about not even getting a t-shirt.......

I'm already missing all the family we got to see and the ones that couldn't make it. But summer is here so let the fun continue!

One step at a time,


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To all of my dear friends:

On the stroke of midnight tonight, you can resolve to be better, if you like…

to be fitter, to be healthier, to work harder.

On the stroke of midnight tonight,

you can resolve to become a whole new you, if you so choose.

Or, you can take a moment to acknowledge what you already are.

All that you already are.

Because it’s a lot.

You’re a lot.

And you deserve to be seen.

On the stroke of midnight tonight perhaps you could congratulate yourself, for coping.

For breaking, again, and for rebuilding, again.

For catching the stones life has thrown at you,

and for using them to build your castle that little bit higher.

You have endured my friend.

And I don’t see the need to resolve to become a whole new you,

when you are already so very much indeed.

Happy new year.

You made it.

(-Donna Ashworth)

Doesn't that say it all?????

I've never been much of a partier, so on New Year's Eve and New Years day I usually end up reflecting. Of course I think of the big news in the world, but also a more personal reflection.

What did I do that I'm happy or proud of? I go back over the months thinking of different obstacles and how I handled them. Surgery and the aftercare took many months but I'm so glad I did it. Although there were a few times I was battling loneliness or depression, overall I feel that my inner strength pulled me out. I even put myself out there to date! Yup and I must say that went VERY well.

What didn't I do? I'm not going to beat myself up, I just recognize it and make note to do better in '22.

I have many pictures from the last month that I want to share...and a picture is worth a thousand words, right? So lets get started.

Looking out at the ocean brings me a sense of peace - whether sunny or cloudy.

Jake is very patient with me during grooming episodes. How many tools does one grooming take?

In case you are wondering how I look afterward.....

Another buddy who is very patient. No matter how long between visits, he's happy to see me and gentle to ride. After my ride, he stayed at the gate watching me walk back to the barn.

I read somewhere that after a big life occurence (death of a loved one, divorce, etc) you become a new person, you change some things forever - a rebirth that you may not see. As I look over my life and over the last 2 years, I believe it is true.

The Land of Beginning Again

I wish that there were some wonderful place

Called the Land of Beginning Again,

Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,

And all of our poor selfish grief

Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door

And never put on again.

~Louisa Fletcher

hmmm, what do I wear today?

After Thanksgiving, Amanda and family went off to cut down their Christmas tree. I asked Finn to find one for me. Maybe one the same height as he is.


Then we went on a Santa train ride in Garibaldi, Oregon. SO much fun. Finn said it was the best day ever. :)

Personally, I thought the hot chocolate was the best ever! Santa and Mrs. Claus and a couple of 'elves' went through the train visiting with everyone. But the funniest moment was towards the end of the ride. One of the 'elves' came through with a garbage can and Finn said "Here comes the trash elf".

Back at school, Finn said Who's afraid of Santa? Not me.

On Christmas morning, Mom, Dad, and Nana were the first ones awake! Checking to see the half-eaten carrots and apples the reindeer left.

Always start at the top.

Is there anything better than Christmas morning with the kids?

And now I have some shocking news. Brace yourself. It snowed. Yes, not heavy frost or hail - actual snow.

This is the best version of Auld Lang Syne ever.

What the heck is in that sippy cup anyway?

Today we have new high winds, king tides, and flood warnings. First I took the dogs out for a run before the rains start.

I saw some branches and brush near my property in the creek. I knew that could possibly cause more flooding so I did my best pulling it out and clearing a path for the water. That 'little' creek is waist-deep. Lets not talk about how I know that fact.

And now I have the sump pump ready to go, and these:

(I'll let you know how they work) Or even better, I won't have to try them out.

So the boys and I are anxiously waiting......

So here's to a new year with wishes to you for a very healthy and very happy 2022.

One step at a time,


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