Monday (2) - Dave was busy cooking and I was busy staying out of the way running last minute errands, well going to the stores to watch people meltdown to remind myself not to sweat the small stuff and most stuff is small stuff. Isn't there a saying about if you aren't going to be a good example be a bad example or something like that?
3:00 p.m. Jax wandered through the kitchen, it was time for him to go somewhere. He has us really well trained, doesn't he? I was going to take him to Riverwood but there were three or four cars in the public parking area, and while they may or may not have been going there, they may have, we went to Grills, the Chase Hill entrance. My goal was a mile maybe two, totally depended on what Jax seemed like he was up to. I knew he was going to have an exhausting day on the 25th, he, of course, didn't. Big accomplishment, he ventured on to and went over the Tomaquag Brook bridge on his own. The way out he got to the stairs of the bigger bridge side and waited for me and he led me across. We walked till my watch buzzed a mile and turned around. He would keep going, again a rested Jax is a happy Jax and a tired Jax is a Grouchy Jax, he didn't seem to phased and was happy to run ahead and down the hill and on to the bog bridge and over the higher part of the bridge. Who is this dog?
|And over he goes!|
Tuesday (5) - I got out for a Christmas Day run and meandered this way and that. Made 5 miles, I was kind of surprised when the watch buzzed and it clearly said 4 miles, huh, I have a mileish to get home and wasn't in too big of a hurry, I'd have about 90 minutes before we would leave for MA. Contemplated a 10K but decided 5 was good and I'd like the time before going to the in-laws. I got home to "We are leaving in 30 minutes." Huh? It isn't even 11:30... There is no point in starting an argument. 27 minutes later I was washed, dressed, hair washed and dried, even some make-up!
We left in another 30 minutes... Jax was beside himself with glee. Oh sweetie...
Nice celebration, far too long of a day getting back at midnight.
Wednesday (5) - Felt like crap, like the crap stuck between the treads of shoes crap. I agreed to meet up with Ro and Mark for a hike and contemplated backing out. But it was 3 ish miles and it would be nice to see them. I won't be seeing them much between now and July with all their travels. I felt better after our hike as did Mark and Ro who got in at 2 a.m.
|Me and Ro on the 'chairs' on the ledges of Mt. Tom Trail.|
Jax and I had a nice in-town evening walk so I could see the lights, he was most tolerant of this, he prefers the trails and being off leash. Don't we all buddy, don't we all.
Thursday (3) - Massively uninspired hike with Jax in Patchaug. I managed to successfully complete the loop I messed up a few weeks ago, otherwise, neither of us were into the hike. Some days go like that. We got an hour of fresh air and sunshine.
|There is a tree in the house.|
Friday (0) - It rained all day, I had zero motivation.
To entertain my brain I started a puzzle. I used to do them with my Dad over Christmas Vacation and I found a neat one at the discount store and instead of giving it as a Yankee Swap or to my Nephew, I kept it.
|We keep him very busy!|
|The experimental sweater.|
Not sure if I'll have enough yarn for sleeves.
Saturday (3) - Gosh a week off even with the plethora of activities and it feels like I've been away from work a month, a good thing, but we are all sleeping in past 7 a.m., a bad thing. Jax better get back on his 5:50 a.m. wake up calls by the morning of the 2nd. I don't want to have to use a clock. I've LOVED not having that glowing beast on the nightstand on my side of the bed for a few years now.
As no one got any exercise yesterday, it was really important to get outside today. Jax and I went out to a local preserve/management area and hiked around. He was really focused so I was constantly on alert for whatever it was he had set his nose to finding. A couple of other hikers. I love hunters orange, you can see people from so far away and when he zigged and then zagged I knew I'd see people over the next rise, and sure enough. They were far enough away it didn't look obvious when I turned around and ushered Mr. Nosey along a different cart path. It took him a bit to be convinced we really should go that way... I forgot his leash and his communicator device wasn't working great, running into people wasn't going to go well because I'd be nervous and he feeds from that. This is truly a case of it's me not you.
|The cool stripey yarn|
Sunday (3) - Took the beast to Barn Island. He kept heading back to the car. Some days it goes like that. Dave and I finished the puzzle, and now I want to start another one.
Eddie: Ah yes 50K miles on Eddie, he is 2015 put into service July 27, 2016 (Vinnie died on the side of the road with 250K miles on him that morning). Honestly low miles for me for 29 months of driving, I didn't take two trips to MI, and one trip to NH so that makes up for some of the missing miles. My yearly car mileage is about 25K.
Because I saw this cool yarn which knits up into broad stripes I had to buy it to make a baby sweater. The experimental sweater is still a work in progress. I'm getting a little concerned I won't like it, but I knew starting the project I could end up frogging the whole things.
Still plugging away at George Washington. He really had some teeth problems and was rather a flirt, the war is over and Sally Fairfax is back in the picture!
Beth, spending the last day of 2018 remembering injury and illness and love and loss are constants in life, deal with them, learn from them, and move forward.