Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Daddy, in some ways, was just as much of a kid as the rest of us. He was always in the middle of whatever was going on with us kids-Boy Scouts, 4-H, raising various kinds of animals, playing games, etc. etc. He was very active with the Boy Scouts which my brothers were members of. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow which was a special honor division of the Scouts. He was the one that wanted to start raising the sheep and steers, I think, but he jumped in with all his enthusiasm. One summer he decided that we need to get the best lambs possible, so we took off, in a station wagon to Oklahoma to pick up 3 or 4 lambs. We didn't have a trailer, so we put hay in the back of the wagon and the lambs rode home-from Oklahoma to Farmerville with us. This was a long trip since this was pre-interstate highways. Two lanes all the way to Oklahoma and back. I remember changing the hay at night-for obvious reasons-and feeding the lambs. It was a long trip so when we stayed in a motel, they slept in the wagon. WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
Daddy was a very talented musician who not only read music, but also played by ear. I loved sitting by him on the piano bench and listening to him play. I am not sure why I did not inherit any of that talent, but it did skip a generation and Camille was fortunate enough to inherit her share.
I remember being held down by him and tickled silly. I did not consider this child abuse as the experts would have you believe today, but great fun.
Christmas was magical while Daddy was with us. Toys in abundance and fruit, nuts & firecrackers. It was a wonderful time of the year that he seemed to enjoy as much as we did. Once Daddy was gone, Christmas became just another day with some years no special celebration. I believe we began going to the movie on Christmas day when I was a teenager, and my brother still does that to this day.
My childhood was not all magical and there were times that are painful to remember, even today. Daddy seemed to have his life straightened back out when he discovered he had lung cancer. The cancer was so advanced by the time they figured it out that he only lived two more months. Lung cancer, during those days, was a very horrible way to die. Don't smoke, please, don't smoke.
We walked 5 this Am and I lifted, but that is the extinct of today's activities.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sugarcane fields to the right
Mr. Gator at Prejeans
Don't you love the get up of the guitar player?
Below-The "Runners" at the reception
MOB on left Groom & Bride
We started our trip back to Ruston deep in Cajun Country. You are in the land where one misstep could land you deep in black gumbo mud. The fields are flat and you can see forever. You get the feeling you are at the end of the earth and could fall off if you just went a couple of more miles to the south.
The reception was held in the Performance Hall. We all enjoyed delicious Cajun Fare. The people in Louisiana are great cooks-BUT THAT CAJUN CUISINE-WELL THERE ARE NOT ADEQUATE WORDS! They had a band from Ruston come to play-and I might add-one of Ruston's finest. After an evening of eating, dancing, and celebrating, we rang bells as the bride and groom departed for their honeymoon in the Caribbean. Pictures are coming-but I only have a few as the "Running Friends" had a job and were kept pretty busy during the evening. We had a great time and felt "needed" by our friend, Sonja. I will post pictures I do have when we get home tonight.
We had an adventure getting down here yesterday, a great Cajun lunch, and are leaving town this AM, after one more Cajun brunch. Do you think we might like to eat? I will not bore you with the details of each meal-suffice it to say-NO WONDER WE LIVE IN AN OBESE NATION!
When we got back to the hotel, all of the runners, our Canadian hiking guide, Jim (Sonja's brother-in-law), Susan, (Sonja' sister), and anyone else that wandered through sat in the lobby and talked and laughed until mid-night. We revisited the wedding with the bride's parents, talked of running, rehashed our hiking trip, heard about Ivory's trip to New York, etc. etc. WHAT A GREAT TIME! Sheila, aka MotoMomma on the blog, brought me a special surprise. She is a regular reader of this narrative, so she brought me something I have NEVER had-thong panties. Not only thongs, but in colors-MY MOTHER IS ROLLING IN HER GRAVE. Don't worry you will not have to EVER see that sight!
Friday, October 26, 2007
The next adventure was the MP-3 player. I am definitely technically challenged. I did finally figure out how to get songs down loaded on the thing, but then when I tried to turn it on I hear about 30 seconds of a down loaded song and then the radio comes on. I am not sure how I did that, but decided to listen to the radio rather than risk losing any entertainment. I am sure I pushed one of the tiny buttons wrong-but I will have to get the directions again to figure out what I am doing.
Today was a great run for the first 11 or so miles, and then I fell off my pace. The challenge is to figure out what went wrong and fix it between now and the marathon. I have a couple of ideas, but we will see. This next week will be a cut back week when we only run 11 miles. A Veritable Walk in the Park!
Part of the running group are going to Sonja's daughter's wedding in Lafayette tomorrow. Mr. C will be driving us down. He has spent the morning figuring out just where we will eat while there. WE ARE GLAD HE HAS HIS PRIORITIES SET! Looking forward to a great time and will report on the fun! The trip down and back will be a hoot in itself as we have 2 men in the front and 3 women in the back. NEW MEANING TO B ACK SEAT DRIVING!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
My little niece, Ann has discovered that her Auntie and cousin have blogs and has commented on them both. I will never forget Ann staying for us for a brief period of time while she was in college. She totally amazed me! You would walk in her room and there would be clothes on every square inch of the floor. Being slightly OCD, I would pick them up to wash them. She would come running through looking for some outfit that had been on the floor, get it out of the dirty clothes, put it on and come out looking like a million dollars. She could get dressed in about 15 minutes and her make up and hair would look like Vogue magazine. IT WAS TOTALLY AMAZING! I look like a refuge most of the time and no matter how much time I take can not pull off the "I've Got It Together" look.
No exercising today, tomorrow is long run day. I did go get a sports massage. I am able to endure all of his pain quite well today. The knots seem to be better and thus not as much pushing with the "terrible thumb". He did tell me that my hipflexors were tight. REALLY DO YOU THINK! He did give me a stretch to begin working on that. I then had to run to Monroe to pick up some goo for tomorrow. I still holding the goo discussion for another day.Suffise it to say that we can spend an entire day talking about the complicated subject of goo.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Wednesdays are busy days with an early morning run, trip to Arcadia today for lunch with Mona, haircut after lunch-and washing away that gray, greeting the kids at church, and finally small group meeting. I NEED TO GO TO BED! It has been a long day since 4:45.
We helped Nancy divide meds into small plastic bags for her Romanian mission trip. You were supposed to put 30 in each bag with a label attached giving the dosage. We turned it into an assembly line, with plenty of laughter along the way. You basically have your bean counters (me), your estimators, and your just down right guessers. It is funny how your style goes pretty much with your personality. We bagged Tylenol and anti-acids for an hour-lots of meds. I am happy to report that they should be able to cure all of the Romanian headaches and acid stomachs for the next few months. I was disappointed that I did not have a slip of paper to put in each bag with "Inspected by lc". You know we all would love to see that person that personally inspected our merchandise and put that tag with it.
Bad news on the Marathon front, Stephanie has torn her Achilles and will at the best only be able to do the half. She was really doing great and we hate to see this happen to anyone. When you start to get into the serious miles, as we now have, these things happen. Lisa has been sick and has also decided to do the half. This is pulling the full numbers down to a handful. We still have a lot of training to go
We ran 8 this morning, but did not walk afterward. It takes a while to get your blood thickened up and your body used to the cooler temperatures. HEY I AM NOT COMPLAINING! I remember how miserable it was just Monday, so I will not be whining anytime soon.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Today now it seems anything or better yet almost nothing goes. Any color under the sun, any print, high on your leg, cut up to your eyeballs, only strings where the legs should be- low waist, lower waist, and barely hanging on. AND THE COST! It is ridiculous! What in the world happened to the "World of Underwear"? I believe it was the advent of VS which caused this landslide down the slippery slope of "Intimates". You can spend as much and sometimes more in your undergarments-which suppose ably are unseen-as you can the outer garments. Most of us OLDER women agreed-we could go along with a lot but "The thong"-well HOW COULD THAT BE COMFORTABLE???? Have you ever had your pants slip and end up with a wedgie? Think about walking around like that ALL DAY and ON PURPOSE! WHAT ARE WOMEN THINKING? I know about 1 good handful of women that would look good with those on and I DO NOT HAVE A NEED TO SEE THAT!
Friend, Helen, asked did I only have white panties. She then told me that I was SO CONSERVATIVE that she just knew that I would not go into the colors. WHAT IMAGE AM I PORTRAYING TO YOU PEOPLE?
We ran our 5 this AM, but started out in the rain and with lightening on the horizon. BABS WAS NOT HAPPY WITH ME! It turned out fine, since it quit raining before we got to the Interstate, but my shoes were squishing and my hair plastered before it was over. IT WAS SO HOT & HUMID! We did not walk after that, since we thought we had had enough!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Caroline was a loving and compassionate daughter through-out this illness for Jim. I found with Momma that it is most important when the day comes that our parents leave us that we can KNOW that we did all we could for them. The day comes for each and every one of us to leave this earthly dwelling place, but how much easier to leave knowing we are loved.
"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die"
It is so difficult to watch the life slowly flow from our loved ones, but we all pass through these days. I thank God for the assurance of salvation and look forward to dwelling with Him on high-in His good and appointed time.
We started our long run this morning at 5:30. Part of our route is down the road by the old airport and past the ballpark. It is dark and out in the boondocks. Could I tell you of the glory of God's creation that I witnessed when running down this dark road? I looked up and the sky was covered with stars. Some big and some small, but all a reminder of the wonder of His creation. I thank God for the beauty of this earth that he has given us and think with awe of how much more beautiful Heaven will be some day.
16 miles down-YEAH!
6 step ups complete-6 more to go
10 miles to go-UGH!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Long Term Friend Mrs. Bobbie Lipscomb
Neighbors & Friends-Anderson's
The Woman Who Kept Him Straight At the Office
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The things we are willing to do for the sake of training! Sandra told me this AM as we were walking our 5 that Lori & Ivory (aka-THE BIG GIRLS) started their long run at 3:45-THAT IS NOT PM-BUT AM. It seems that Ivory has a trip to New York planned for the weekend, so Lori agreed to run today. IT WAS SO HOT this AM! When we started our walk at 6 it was 76 degrees and humid. When you walk out the door to leave and the walk and garage are wet-TROUBLE! The wind was blowing-but not a cool wind-a hot humid wind from the South which just slows you down and does not cool you any. Sandra talked with Lori mid-morning and she said it was HORRIBLE. Ivory had not eaten before starting (I guess that would be called a midnight breakfast) and forgot her goo-THIS SPELLS TROUBLE. It takes a lot of fuel to make all of these miles. I have begun eating a large meal the night before and then getting up and eating a banana and muffin before starting. MOST IMPORTANT to have fuel in the tank!
Ivory has prior experience with not drinking enough at the Marine Corp Marathon. She passed out about half way because it was hot and she was not drinking ANY along the way. After having an IV, she proceeded-against medical advice-to get up and finish that sucker! WHAT A WOMAN! Now I am impressed with that feat, but IVORY-WHAT WERE YOU THINKING TODAY! She will get a lecture from Mother Lora the next time I see her. We will not have anymore of this being under hydrated or under fueled!
Sandra & I saw Babs leaving the pool this AM after her Thursday swim. The lady has gills instead of lungs! She is quite the swimmer. As for me-until they let you wear water wings-I think I will stay on the dry land!
We had another great Small Group last night with everyone sharing stories about questioning authority. It seems we have quite a few heavy feet in the group that are helping keep the Treasuries of many small Louisiana towns filled. Helen has a great tale about that very subject- Her final zing to the policeman in this particular tale is- "I need a receipt." when she wrote the check. Mrs. Helen can be SO SWEET-but she definitely has fire in her gut!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Helen had a sad day yesterday. Her little Chinese Pug died after seizing. Duke was blessed to be sent to Helen and has lived a blessed life with her, but God knew it was time to take him. Duke and his brother came to Helen when her son Mark & his family were moving to Malawai. They had the dogs crated and ready to fly when they were told-in Atlanta-that they could not go. The boys then came to live with Granny! Duke had an unfortunate accident some time after that and broke his back. One side has been paralyzed ever since then, but he has received the best of care. Helen spent one summer in the pool with Duke trying to rehabilitate him. He loved her and she loved him! What a sad day when we loose our pets, but what a blessing they are for us! Helen still has the brother, who she says is making every step she is. He is looking for Duke, but will have to settle for his new sibling, Helen!
We ran our last 7 mile mid week run today and then walked 5. IT WAS SO HOT and misting and miserable! The best thing I can say about that is that it is over! Miss Babs, once again, pushed me every step of the way. She will be going off and leaving me next week! Sandra was at her best and kept Larry challenged. Larry needs a good challenge now and then! There was not a dry thread on anyone when we finished!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Today has been a rather quiet day and I have not had any "pearls of wisdom" drop into my head. I have been to a small group leaders meeting tonight and do have one thought. Why is it we are so ready to pray for Aunt Sue's husband's second cousin's next door neighbor, but are never really willing to admit to our own needs and hurts? Do we think we are in this alone and everyone else is leading perfect lives?
Bought the plane tickets for the Erie Crew to come home for Christmas today. That is something to look forward to! They will enjoy a break from the snow and the warmth that we usually have here at Christmas. Hopefully the entire crew will be in Vienna for Santa's visit this year. Want that be fun!
We walked 5 this AM and then I lifted. Mrs. Sandra gave me a lesson on using my watch and timing the splits. I think I have all of it down, until I try to retrieve those splits. It is not easy to teach "an old dog" new tricks.
Monday, October 15, 2007
The words say- "One Expecting To Go To Heaven Should Take Time To Learn The Route"
I realize that I have a leg up on everyone-since I make the running routes up-but I do send a map-send an email with verbal directions and send the mile markers. Come on people- LEARN THE ROUTE! Most weeks we do the same standard run with add ins and deletions to extra miles. IT REALLY IS NOT THAT DIFFICULT!
This morning while running I had a thought about our different styles of running. You have the "Stealth Tiger"who has a quiet, but quick footfall and will come up behind you and you never know it. You have the "Herd of Horses" who are more noisy and turning their heads back and forth as their tails do this pendulum routine (Ponytails). You have the "Herd of Elephants" which can motor along at a steady pace, but their footfall can be heard a block away. I think I fall into the "Elephant-Whale Cross"- my footfall is like that of a middle linebacker and I am blowing like a whale that has just surfaced from a mile down. Really I am quite the dainty sight to behold!
We ran 5 and walked another 5 this AM. The "Real Babs" showed up today and pushed me every step of the way! I knew "The Old Girl" would eat my lunch sooner than later!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
We had The Boersma's, Sonja, Margarita & The Anderson's over last night for a community meal and a game of Balderdash. We had a wonderful time, but have discovered who in the group are the best yarn tellers. I keep giving away the secrets of how to tell BC's answers-so he was about ready to kill me. BUT COME ON- when you always say- GREEK WORD FOR- Did not anyone else ever see "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? I think I shared the last time we played that he was giving very long and verboise answers-which could never have fit on the little bitty card the words come on. He is wising up and actually did quite well last night. Thought he was going to win, but then Mr. Jim (You have got to watch those quiet ones) came from behind and skunked us all.
Enjoyed an exercise free day-again today. Just letting the legs rest before another tough week. OK-I'm going to say this fast-so it will sound good-WE'RE 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH OUR TRAINING!! We have done 5 step ups and have 7 more to go; 12 more weeks of training- 10 more weeks of hard training. WOW-NOW I AM DEPRESSED!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Fearless Leader & Carol
Ron & Carol laughing with John
Mrs. Helen, Dr. Dale & Gerry
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
HERE ARE A FEW PICS TO WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR MORE.
1. THE JENNINGS FAMILY AT HOME
2. THE BREAD WINNER OFF TO WORK
3. POWERS HELPING RAKE THE FRONT
4. DADDY & FAVORITE DAUGHTER AT LAKE ERIE
We had a wonderful weekend, but I have been up since 4:30 LA time, so I am dragging. I will give you more details and pictures tomorrow. I have only one comment-I didn't realize how much I missed Camille until I was with her for the weekend. I will have to get back into my busy routine, so I can recover from my sadness at leaving them today. What a blessing though that God placed Adam & Camille together! It does help so much to know how happy they are and that Adam is taking such good care of our Baby!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
The people for the most part seem nice. A little removed and not as overly friendly as the South, but nice. I am used to going anywhere and having someone's social history by asking one question. They are not open like that here and I have gotten a couple of wierd looks when I ask "How are you" to complete strangers. I would say about half and half when the question of friendliness comes up. Camille observed that when you were in a situation where they should know you-work, church, neighbors-she found them friendly and helpful.
One really neat thing that we could take a lesson from in the south, I observed yesterday. At the grocery that Camille and Adam shop in (which is a REALLY neat grocery-envy them=Walgaman's I think) they have a service where after you have bought your groceries if you have children to contend with, they will bring your groceries to a loading door and bring them to you and load your car for you. All you have to load is those kids. Now that is a neat idea!
The drivers are terrible! Now not all of them, but I have only seen worse in Mexico! You really have to be on the defense, for I am not sure they know what that red light or stop sign means. We were wondering if this is from driving in the winter and slipping and sliding around. One thing is for sure-I would hate to turn a new driver loose on these streets!
We are up and off to church this AM, so more will come later, but these are a few of my early mornings thoughts. We are so enjoying being here with Camille & Adam! They are very happy and a joy to be around. I see Mr. Blue Jay out the window so maybe I will go and observe a little nature before the house starts stirring!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Camille & I went to run our long run this morning and she is still having problems with her achilles. I did run the cut-back of 10 miles, but could I tell you how difficult it is to run on only flat ground? I did run 11 minute miles for each and every mile, but was beginning to tire by the end. Camille is having difficulty, but we have talked about what she can do and hopefully she will be able to finish the training and run her marathon.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I have decided something about Dale. HE IS PROVOKING OUR SMALL GROUP TO STUDY! He often takes the contrary view on scripture and delights in presenting the "what ifs". I have decided that his motivation for this is to get us to study to disprove him. YOU GO-DALE! I love to see the twinkle in the man's eyes!
Today while visiting-I was making one of my famous positive declarations about cooking-which he immediately asked how I knew this. All the time he has a chuckle and twinkle in those eyes. I just ignore him and refuse to be provoked over cooking. I am only repeating what I have read or heard from some "famous" chef. It tastes good-so what else matters?
I have spent the day cleaning house and mentally preparing for our trip to Erie. My mother taught me a LONG TIME ago that you don't leave home without a clean house. For that matter, she never left home without me having cleaned her house. We are packing light for our trip north, since we change planes twice and only have 30 minutes each time. We plan to carry everything in our carry-ons. That will not be a problem for me-but MR. I MAY NEED THIS-will have a difficult time paring down his usual packing.
I am resting my hip today and tomorrow, so no exercise for me. I have decided until my hip is MUCH better I will not do any lower body exercise on Thursday & Friday, before my long runs. Camille & I are planning on running together on the "Peninsula" in Erie for our 15-if her Achilles holds out. I will do at least the 10 miles-which is our cutback week, anyway.
SO LOOKING FORWARD to seeing our baby and her hubby. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE JUNE! We will be in flight tomorrow for most of the day-as it is not easy to get to Erie PA, but I will be updating you on our travels during the weekend.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Larry was most upset this AM. It seems he missed one of the turns and probably cut off 1/3 of a mile on the route. What could possibly be so upsetting about missing part of the route? It is a mental thing. We are always counting tenths and hundredths of a mile on our runs. When you tell someone you ran a marathon and they ask you how far was it-(HELLO THEY ARE ALL THE SAME DISTANCE), you always say 26.2 miles. After 26 miles why would that .2 be so important? That .2 is often the toughest .2 of the race. In the Marine Corp Marathon, they have you run the last .2 mile-straight up the hill to the Iwo Jima Monument. NOT FUN ONE BIT, but you struggle to at least have a little jog going up and through the chute. WE WANT CREDIT FOR EACH AND EVERY FOOT!
We went to Monroe yesterday to the Bike Shop to pick up some GOO. GOO is a whole different subject that we will explore another day. Suffice it to say that we are once again on a quest to find the best possible energy extender to get us through those long miles after 13. Goo can give baby food a run for the money in the most disgusting!
I am off to greet and hug kids as I open doors of all the mini-vans at the church and then to small group. A Blessed Evening!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
We went to a simply stretching class tonight at the Lambright to try and get some flexibility back into the old limbs. To start with there are 4 of us runners and about 6 Tech students. Could I tell you how much more flexible they all were than us? Even the male in the group was more flexible and males are not known for their flexibility. There was a young girl right in front of us that could literally bend every joint almost double and not even flinch. The four of us-ON THE OTHER HAND-were moaning & groaning like we were in childbirth. Here is one small example. Sit on the floor, now double one leg behind you and sit on it, put the other leg straight behind you and lean forward from the waist, without bending your back. We could get in most of the positions, the fun part was trying to get out of them. Overall-I would say this was an excellent thing to do, since we all should be stretching MUCH more than we do.
Monday, October 1, 2007
We ran 5 and walked 5 this AM. HOT & HUMID! Babs is having to acclimate after a week in Idaho and their lovely weather. Larry caught his foot while running on a dark stretch of sidewalk and pulled his back. It is too early in the training to be having injuries cropping up. Ivory also has a knot in her hip area. Jeff's thumb and elbow will get that buddy out! The bad thing is the first time you go, he does not do nearly enough of that. He told me he is introducing himself to your muscles. Hello Muscle, I'm Jeff. I plan to inflict great pain on you next time we see each other. Today I just wanted to say, Hi, but NEXT TIME-no more niceties.