Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kentucky Derby MiniMarathon

I think there were about 15,000 runners. I was in corral E and as you can see in the picture, the start line isn't even visible. You can see D corral but not, C, B, or A.
I've been wanting a shirt with the Hebrews verse about running on it. Loved that this guy had it! Also liked the Philippians verse hanging on the overpass.

Churchill downs was when I really started having a lot of trouble with my knee. It began hurting around mile five and by this time I was in pain!

I completed it. That is about all I can say. I kept hoping the endorphins would kick in, but nope, they didn't. At least not enough to see me through the 13.1 miles. As you can see from my time below, I ended up walking a lot from mile 9 on. I forgot to turn off my Garmin. My official time was 2:45:54 with an average pace of 12:40. Just a tad more than my first half marathon……but I am already talking about doing this one again next year and for us to make a weekend out of it. We can get a room in one of the downtown fancy hotels for a couple of nights. Then Jim can watch from the balcony! And I will be in better shape to blast this time.

Avg Pace


......but this was the highlight of my this little girl!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sweet little family

I have to post some of the pictures of my sweet little family -- my son, daughter in law, and grand baby. I hired a local semi-professional photographer and I think he did a great job.

Baby girl was six weeks old in these pictures. I love that we have a few with her on my quilt.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Call me crazy

You can call me crazy, but that is ok. I love learning and doing new things. I've been on a running journey for the last year and like me with anything new, am pretty obsessed with it. Well, not exactly obsessed. I still only run three days a week, and I do the intervals of running and walking (currently 5/1). I like the thought of encouraging others. If they see me doing it at my age then maybe they will think, "if she can do that at 55, surely I can too." I did my first half marathon about two weeks ago. I am doing another one next weekend! These bodies God gave us are truly amazing.

This race is a big one...the Kentucky derby half marathon in Louisville. And you know what that means??? I get to visit baby girl Emma while we are there....that is the best part! I did my last long run today in preparation. I only did 8 1/2 miles. Before the last one I worked up to 11 1/2 miles, but I just didn't want to push it too much. They say it is better to go into a race undertrained than overtrained.

That looks nasty. I wore new shoes yesterday and had a little blood blister. I didn't even feel it when I was running. Guess it is due to those fabulous endorphins.

It will be a fun run. Very flat so I should be able to beat my last time. We get to run through Churchill downs.

And I get to give this baby doll some Mamaw sugar...



One of these days I'll get back to some quilting.......


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fabulous weekend

The kids were here for the weekend, so I got a ton of snuggle time with my sweet baby girl Emma. She makes me heart sing! And.....I ran my first half marathon!!! That was one of those bucket list items....but I really enjoyed it and even though I am so sore I can hardly walk, I will probably do another some time. Enjoy some of my pictures...

Because I am pretty slow, I started in corral D, about three minutes behind the faster runners. There were 2487 half marathoners, 692 marathoners, and 1794 5k racers, all starting together.

I finished!

The hubby got up at five this morning to go with me. He's a sweetie.

My runner/quilter friend ran it too. Our goal was to finish upright. We made it!

The hubby even bought me this shirt and a 13.1 sticker.

Then home for some snuggle time....

I didn't want to put her down. We both chilled a bit....then she woke up, bright eyed.

Love how expressive she is with her eyebrows. Then one last smile for Mamaw.

Great weekend! how was yours?


Friday, March 28, 2014

Visit to Mamaw's house


Love this little fuzzy head....


Yes, those are dish towels. It was what I had handy, and I worried she might get cold during her little nap.

So bright eyed.

Absolutely nothing more precious than this.....

Eat, sleep, and be loved. She is 6 1/2 weeks old. We had a good little smiling session today. I think she loves her mamaw. Ahh, babies, God's most wonderful gift to us.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

The beast

Just had to post this. Jim and his buddy caught a fish they estimated at 65 pounds! A striped bass. When they got home they looked up the state record and guess what it is??? 65 and 1/2 pounds! Too bad they didn't have a scale to weigh it. He might could have been a record holder!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Quilt show!

The hubby went with me to the quilt show in pigeon forge yesterday afternoon. Some really nice quilts were on display. I always think that I should enter some of mine......but never do.

Both of these are Bonnie Hunter patterns.

The show was almost closing and I really wanted Jim to get to see the quilts. The lady at the scooter rental gave us one for free for the last thirty minutes, until closing. Jim is a polio survivor, walks with a cane, and just can't walk for long periods or very far. He misses a lot because of this handicap.

He has never wanted to ride in a scooter or have me push him in a wheel chair (I wouldn't mind!). I think it is a pride thing.....but I talked him into the scooter. I think he really enjoyed it! He zoomed around looking at all the quilts, and saw what he had been missing. Hopefully this will be the start of him being a little more open to some "helps" occasionally when we go places.

...and hello to Elaine! A blog reader we saw at the show! Did anybody else go to the quilt show?


Sunday, March 16, 2014

More maverick stars

Yay! After about three hours I finished nine more stars. Only 182 more to make! Yikes, that sounds bad, but I have to think long term, right? I really would like a bed sized quilt out of these, without a border. For a 84x90 quilt, I figured it would take 210 of these six inch blocks.

Piecing a quilt like this definitely teaches me patience. Slow and steady wins the race. Like the tortoise.

...speaking of the Tortoise and the Hare, I cleaned out a shelf for baby Emma's library at Mamaw's house. I just can't wait to get her in my lap and read some of those wonderful Little Golden books.

Katie the Kitten was my favorite from my son's childhood, along with When Dog was Little, Over in the Meadow, and many more. Such fun memories. Any other grandparents out there have a favorite book you read to your grandchildren?


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Signs of Spring

Planted some more pansies.

I've always had a difficult time getting a 60" cushion for our swing. I found one online, but it was $112. Sheesh, that's expensive. I found a couple of chair pads that I think will work. I am going to hand sew them together. Yes, they fold up on the sides but I think it will still be ok, especially since they were less than half the cost of the other. I like the spring green color.


Sunday, March 9, 2014


I found some healthy recipes on our LiveWise website at work. I must have been hungry when I printed them off, or just wanting some kind of new challenge. I am now making the fourth new recipe this weekend. The first was a teriyaki chicken, rice, and broccoli dish. It was good, but I think it would be better without a couple of the ingredients -- chicken broth and brown sugar. The second was a beef stroganoff. It tasted too much like hamburger helper. It was ok, but used some canned mushroom soup and just didn't taste like a home cooked meal. The third was a bust -- breakfast in a jar. Nope, didn't like it. Prefer my steel cut oats or homemade bread toast for my breakfast.

This evening I am making a turkey cabbage stew recipe.

You layer cabbage, onion, green pepper, ground turkey, salt and pepper, and tomato sauce. I am hoping it will be a winner.

UPDATE: this dish was definitely a winner! Very good. I think even picky eaters might like this. Just enough flavor without being strong, but not bland either....and healthy to boot!