Saturday, September 26, 2009
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body; but rather to skid in sideways, beverage of choice in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WooHoo, what a ride""
My new mantra!
This is the view from my 4 wheeler - my gun is not loaded but I have the shells in my pocket so that when or if I see a bird all I have to do is stop, get off my bike, reach for my shells and load my gun - quietly - then take off the safety and aim and fire. Usually the birds stick around until you are ready to shoot them. Some of them even give you another chance if you miss the first time. These are not smart birds. I have seen them wait around after 3 shots (I won't divulge any names). But no birds were harmed today - maybe tomorrow....
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After my morning chore of helping Rejean blow the pine needles (sorry Rick, we couldn't wait but there will be lots for you) we took off hunting. The first day of bird season was September 15th but we were in Windsor - and besides, you don't want to be in the bush for opening day. It was overcast and cool and off we went. We had our blaze orange vests on and our guns in the holders. We choose a road nearby - I got to lead and I had the first shot if we saw one. Thanks Rejean - you get it next. We saw not 1 bird!!! But it was a nice afternoon. We saw a brand new beaver hut and pond - fresh!! There were trees all over the road - big trees too. This must be one big beaver. And I got some nice color pictures of the leaves - yes everyday they are getting nicer and nicer. Nice reds and oranges. Everywhere you look. I like it.
AND I just want to thank Jenn and Steve again, for training the squirrel and chip monk to eat out of your hand. They arrived Saturday and we arrived Sunday and in that one day she had them all trained!! Now that they are gone, the squirrels run up to me and when they don't get a peanut, they are puzzled and stand there and look cute so I have to give them a nut. And the chip monk - I still give him nuts and tell him not to tell the squirrels - as if.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
We started filling up the wood sheds today. I got mine filled. Jenn and Steve were able to help with a couple of loads before they headed off home. Thanks for the help. Tomorrow we will fill Rejean's up and start chopping the kindling up - my job. I haven't lost a finger or hand yet. Close, but no cigar;) I was careful to wear my fleece carrying the wood so as not to scratch up my forearms. When you give blood they inspect your arms for marks - they say it is so the disinfectant they use won't cause a rash or something. Last time I had a small mark on my right arm so they couldn't use that arm and they couldn't find a vein in my left arm so I couldn't donate - I have O RH NEG so they reeeeealy like my blood - it can be used on everyone so they like to see me. And sometimes my iron level is low so I can't donate. It is hit and miss with me. Today the nurse had to keep jiggling the needle in my vein so that the blood would flow in a steady stream - it didn't hurt but I don't watch. It took 13 minutes to fill the bag. It only took Rejean 5 minutes!!! And I drank a couple of bottles of water so that I would go fast - not this time. AND I would like to announce that today was Rejean's 40th time giving blood - way to go!!! I have given 28 times - on my way to 50 where I think they invite you to a dinner to show their appreciation. I like the free cookies and juice they give you when you are done. And it is all home made stuff up here and these ladies can bake. And you know how much I like free food. If you don't give blood now, please consider doing it - you never know when you might need a transfusion and if there is a shortage...you get the picture.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The pictures are in reverse order of what they should be but use your imagination. First there was the front yard party all set up and waiting for the parade of runners to go by. We weren't disappointed - the police escort had their lights flashing and a car had tunes blaring out over the loud speakers. Andrew ran out to give Stacey a Popsicle she had been craving. We managed to make our way to the Verdi Club for the finish and Stacey had that smile on - imagine running 100K and still being able to smile AND WALK. But she hurt her foot during a stretch break and, except for that, she would have been in great shape at the finish. She grabbed a dish of the pasta and salad and then went for her massage. Still smiling. When she got home she ate some of the left over pizza, showered and then relaxed with her "family" Satch the killer cat and Sadie the ever faithful golden retriever and, of course, Andrew who I cut in half in the picture. Rejean and I were in awe of her accomplishment.
It is amazing what you can get your body to do with the right training. Andrew has signed up for an Iron Man next year. I will say here and now that I will "Try a Tri" also next year on St Joseph's Island. I am encouraged by Stacey's run and also by Jody running in the Nike Woman's Marathon in San Francisco with Stacey next month. What about you???? What will your goal be? Set your sights on something attainable and JUST DO IT!!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
We set up a front yard party in Stacey's front yard - I got her patio set and set it in place along with an umbrella (for Joan and Marilou who don't like sitting in the sun) and some of her plants. We made up a few signs and filled the cooler with pop, water and, of course, adult beverages. Stacey had purchased the noise makers - clapping hands, tambourines and some pipe things that, when you swung them around, made a funny sound. I got blisters from the clapping hands and I finally had to switch to the tambourine. We had the cars honking at us all afternoon. One woman slowed down and handed us $1.25 for a donation. Another neighbour came out to see what the fuss was all about and when we told him about the run and what Stacey was doing he asked if she had trained for it - duh. He said it was the most excitement the neighbourhood had seen in a long time. We started at 3pm and when the entourage finally passed us by at 5:15 or so we were whipped. Last year the procession stopped in front of Stacey's house so we could cheer them on but this year they didn't - they may have been behind schedule. We ordered a pizza and then met the procession at the Verdi Club for the finish at 6:45. There was a past dinner and announcements taking place.
I am very proud of Stacey - she trained hard and long to complete this event. It is for a good cause as her grandmother, Marilou's mother, suffered from Alzheimer's. What an accomplishment. And in one month, she is going to meet up with Jodie in San Francisco to compete in the Nike Woman's Marathon. A sister's weekend. They will have a blast. Good Luck Girls!!!
I am having some technical difficulties with the pictures from the weekend but once I have it up and running I have some good ones.
Now I have to get in some training as well - it makes my 1/2 marathon next month seem like nothing compared to the Alzheimer's Awareness Day run but I am looking forward to it.
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Friday, September 18, 2009
That is Stacey's blog where all the detail of tomorrow's big event is. She will be running 100Ks for World Alzheimer's Day. And we will be hosting the Front Yard Party. Basically, as Stacey tells it, we will be sitting in comfy lawn chairs, consuming beverages, eating chips and candy and waving at the passing cars. We did that last year and we had a blast. We sat out there for hours and waited for the entourage to pass by. That took all of about 5 minutes. The runners stopped right in front of the house and we cheered and applauded them and then they were off again. It was well worth the wait.
Please feel free to join us for the afternoon or just for a couple of minutes - there will be chips, pop and water available for a small donation to the Alzheimer's Society. I can't think of a better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon - can you?
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Today Rejean has a dental appointment and I have the day to myself to do all the things I like to do. Stacey will be loaning me her car so I have transportation. Look out Devonshire Mall, here I come.
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ps - don't forget about Stacey's big run on Saturday if you are in the area. We will be cheering her on from her front lawn out in Amherstburg. Stop by and join us - it is for a good cause.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
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