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Just when you relaxed and thought I was gone for good.......I'mmmmmm baaaack!

Can we just blame it all on 2020? Yes, some of it is because of all the hell that 2020 has brought us, but it's also so much more. Have you ever read one of those lists of top stressors? Well I had 3 of the top 5. And those didn't include the pandemic or fires causing a short evacuation!

Then it was soo hard to start back. Have you ever stopped calling someone or writing someone and then the longer it gets - the harder it is to make that call? Sorta like that.

But I'm taking the first step back. Funny thing was that during my disappearing act, I continued to take photos of things I wanted to put on my blog! You've missed so much!

I moved into my new home last month. I kept thinking it's perfect and I don't have to do anything! Ha! So far - inside - I have painted one bathroom (and quickly learned that is the hardest room to paint), installed a solar blind on a sliding glass door (yea - all by myself) ,

turned a closet into a pantry (this was not easy by any means and required several conversations with son and son-in-law), and changed out all the towel bars and toilet paper holders!

A gift to me from my son-in-law was getting my deck repaired and stained. Wow! What an amazing change!

My number one goal was to get the back yard fenced in for the dogs. Right now I am walking them both twice a day and its actually a nice time. But when winter and the rains get here -- not so nice. My assignment, given to me by the 'fence guy' was to clear away any brush. Unfortunately that included bamboo. Have you EVER tried to cut down bamboo?? Now that was a job. By using a reciprocating saw, I believe I am done.

First I had to remove some pavers that I didn't know were there!

Then cutting the bamboo and stacking it.

I started the day a little less grueling. I drove to some new areas for my morning run. My running has been off. I had an ankle issue that put me off for a long time. Then it is truly like starting as a beginner. And that makes motivation a problem. From running 1/2 marathons and then hardly making 3 miles. ugh. But I'm trying!

Here are some pictures from my run in Depoe Bay (just 2-3 miles south):

Then I went up the road to Fogarty Creek park. I was hoping to find more trails than I did, but it was a nice change of pace.

Fellow runner taking a break.

Old benches never die, they just...well.....go away.

Last night's walk with Jake and Gus allowed me to see a great sunset. I wasn't sure which pic I liked best. So lucky you - you get to see all three!! :)

AND I scored a treasure !

I cannot go further without a picture of Finn and Madeline (Finn is a little over 3 and Madeline is now 6 months!

And now I shall settle back with my guys on the couch. I'm glad to be back with you - hope you are too!

One step at a time,


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I'm really hunting for things that will prove I am not going through Groundhog Day after day after day after day.......

Part of my 'moving on' is I've decided to change my name back to Benjamin. Do you realize what this entails? First, the lists! From Social Security Card, drivers license, credit cards, and on and on. It seems to keep me busy and I think it will for several more weeks!

About 10 days ago, I developed a sore ankle. Right around the outside ankle bone. No swelling, no bruising, and no memory of hurting it. So I would take a day off. Still hurt. Like most runners, I hated to take more than 1 or 2 days off. I was icing it but not getting better. Finally, I convinced myself to take at least a week off. Resting and doing ice massages (Thanks Laurie) and I'm almost healed. Ive decided it was running on the sand. Even though I try to run on the hard sand only, I believe it was just unstable enough to irritate my ankle.

A few area here have opened for hiking or running. So I wasn't inactive - I was still taking the dogs for a walk. I even carried my coffee mug so I wouldn't be tempted to run.... One of my walks ended up with a great view. Looking west:

And then the ocean to the West:

Of course the dogs could care less about views.

Some of my time with Durango included learning new tricks. Here we are learning to open gates. If this was a video, you would see that he is vigorously shaking his head 'no'.

Here he is much happier on the trail staring at a herd of elk.

He makes me happy when he just follows me around.. :)

Just wondering if you know.......who do I contact about this? Obviously it is a lie. Is there a customer service number, or a toll-free complaint line?

I drove up to see my sister this weekend. Jake told me he'd be right here when I got home.....

My sister from Colorado was visting too. We stopped talking when we slept - but that's about it.

The drive up the coast is always amazing.

Finn took us all fishing:

and hiking. Both of which he seemed to excel in.

Madeline prefers to hang out and check her toes.

and she laughs at my jokes...

Sand angels are fun and not cold.

So I tried something new. I bought harnesses before because they say it keeps them from pulling. Not sold on that. But today I tried this new strap that keeps the dogs walking side by side and I only use one leash. Look! It's perfect!

The next picture should actually be a video. This is what you'd see: Somewhere there is a quiet bark. Then you'd see whirling trees, then houses, then grass. Then probably some sky. Oops then dirt. End of video. The dogs are almost on top of me because their leash is wrapped so tight around my legs that they can't move. My legs are like up in the air. All I can think is "Oh God, I hope no one saw that". And then I thought wow, that landing could have gotten me a 9.8 from the Swedish judges.

I'm heading for a hot bath.... Maybe I can start running again tomorrow.....

One step at a time,


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WHERE have you been? Oh, maybe it's been me? Yes I have been MIA for quite a while now. Several times I've sat down to write, then closed the laptop. At first I blamed it on the Pandemic. What is there to write about when you are sitting on the couch all day?

And yet, I never forgot about my blog and snapped pictures of interesting things during my days. I think I just needed some time. I will not be able to catch you up - that would just be too hard. So I'm starting fresh.

I have kept up my running and dog walking. I have really enjoyed getting out on the beach. The parking or parks are closed, but the actual beach is open.

On one of my beach walks, I noticed this little waterfall.

On one run, a huge group of sandpipers had taken the place of the usual seagulls.

I decided one day to keep my eyes open for some sea glass. The only thing I found was colorful sea plastic. Ugh.

Oh wait.....I did find some local seaglass:

And you know those great people who throw their masks and gloves on the ground? Well this is special....a bag of dog poo.

Someone bagged the poop and then left the bag. And no, no one was around that could pick it back up.

I've registered for several 'virtual' races, since all races are cancelled for the next several months. I got my 'swag' bag for the Cinco de Miler race that I ran. Very exciting!

Meanwhile, back home after my run:

When you live alone, you have to wear these socks upside down.

Finished this 1,000 piece puzzle. Only about 1,000 hours.....

Finn has been actively working on his casting.

Madeline has been actively just being cute.

Finn is very gentle and likes to explain things to 'baby Madeline'.

Not much riding going on but I do go visit Durango out in the field.

After I sit down, he will walk over to see what the heck I'm doing out there.

Not a bad view

When sitting by the door is too subtle....

I bought them new harnesses and they look quite spiffy, don't you think? Spiffy? Who says that?

Gus seems a bit focused.

Learning to walk to together politely. It's a start.

I thought this was a good picture of them until a friend mentioned that Jake's leash (the gray one) appears to be coming straight out of his butt......

Jake's preferred way to travel is with the sunroof wide open.

An amazing sight. I was so excited I was able to catch this! I'm a regular nature photographer!

Are you ready for some cuteness? Ok.

First, a Mayday celebration.

Next, Madeline's opinion of posing for her 1 month photo:

Tennis balls are for sissies.

For the past 48 hours, this has been happening:

The dogs don't go for walks.

And I don't run.

I think if you watch this cat, you can actually see her sigh.......

So let me know how you are getting through these times. Please be safe no matter what.

One step at a time,


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