Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekend Update

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day.  It is getting ready to storm as I write this.  The weather didn't exactly cooperate.  Don't get me wrong, it was sunny and pleasant most of the long weekend but incredibly windy.  My plans to ski for the first time this season were put on hold.  High winds and slalom water skiing just don't mix.

The wind did keep it very comfortable outside.  I managed to get a lot of yard work done.  For those of you that don't know - it's one of my very favorite things to do.  I attempt a whimsical tropical theme in my backyard.  This is my collection of crabs (bahaha -- doesn't THAT sound awful?).  I repainted most of them last year so only one needed painting this year.  I got that taken care of.


I ran 6 miles on Saturday and 5 miles on Sunday.  Both were early morning, high humidity, just "get 'er done" type of runs.  The family came over Sunday afternoon.  We grilled chicken and sausage and swam a little, even though the water was chilly.  5 year old grandsons don't seem to notice!

My dogs were happy that I walked them every day.  Let me just say, Fitbit challenges will definitely get you off your tush.  I hit 20,000 steps on Saturday.  Woohoo.  It's addictive.  I can't wait to see my step counts when I get back to longer runs. I really appreciate the heart rate information.  I have my Fitbit set to display HR when I tap it.  I can check it at any time during my runs.  I LOVE this feature!




There is a nice and shady running/walking trail in my neighborhood park.  I usually don't run inside the park.  All of the trees seem to block the breeze so I find it cooler and easier to run the streets.  But this is where I walk the dogs.  It's a big treat for them to chase park squirrels versus their regular run-of-the-mill yard squirrels.  When it's time to leave and walk toward home, one of my dogs does her best to refuse.  She doesn't get very far with her defiance as she only weighs 14 pounds.

So that was my fairly quiet, uneventful Memorial Day weekend. 
I hope you had fun!  What did you do? 


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28 comments:

  1. I didn't get to ski either, even if it hadn't rained, it's been so cold here, that the water was about 65 degrees. That's a little too cold for me! I hope we both get at it soon!

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    1. Maybe next weekend! Our water temp is up to 78-80, which is very doable. I'm going to take my GoPro (I've been trying to master it) and get some footage before I get too old. HA!!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I love those crabs!!

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  3. Bummer on no skiing, but family time sounds fun and you ran :) I love your crabs, lol. Very creative. I really could have used you earlier, yard work is not my thing. I had a small meltdown doing mine. I started a post about it, I do this often, I have a million drafts, yet I hardly ever post.
    All I accomplished was some laundry and yard work ;)

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    1. I don't get info the mowing or edging stuff. I got menfolk for that! LOL. But I love pulling weeds (so satisfying!), planting flowers, and creating little scenes around the back yard. The crabs are definitely my most whimsical. I try not to get too tacky with the yard art. But if there are gnats out, I can't deal with the yard work! I would have a meltdown!

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  4. That looks like a lovely path! It was calling for rain here today but we didn't see one drop. It turned out to be a totally gorgeous and sunny day!

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    1. It makes for a nice evening stroll.

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  5. 20,000???? That's fantastic!! I love fitbit challenges

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    1. They definitely keep you motivated...just do a few more steps.

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  6. Sorry to hear the weather didn't cooperate with your plans. Love your collection of crabs! Fitbit challenges definitely help encourage! :)

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    1. They sure do. I just try my best not to come in last!

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  7. I love all the crabs! How fun and whimsical for sure, my yard needs more fun to it. I am still after 10 years trying to figure out what I want to do with it and finally getting a handle on my flower beds. Sounds like a great weekend! Mine was pretty laid back as well, some cow work, yard work, and running.

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    1. Thanks. My trick is to tackle smaller areas and not try to do the entire yard at once. That is a little too overwhelming.

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  8. Sorry about not being able to ski!!! I had to work yesterday, so no holiday fun for me which is ok because I think too many forget the meaning behind Memorial day. I love your yard décor!!!! Want to come over and help me with mine? hehe

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    1. Hopefully the weather will be better this weekend. It's a bummer you had to work. I always think of my Dad on patriotic holidays. He was a World War II vet.

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  9. I love the garden crabs! So pretty! You are so rocking those fitbit challenges!!! It does make you move more!!! :)

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    1. Thanks. Girl, I can't keep up with your steps! I'm wondering, do you ever sit down?

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  10. The crabs are cute! I've been looking into the Fitbit. I didn't know that they had a HR feature that was so accessible. That's good to know! :)

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    1. The Fitbit Charge HR model has a heart rate sensor. You can set it to display any stat you want (steps, calories, stairs, time, etc.) when you double tap the screen. I chose heart rate. It also seems very accurate!

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  11. I love your crabs. :) I also did a bunch of yard work/gardening this weekend. I had to laugh at your 14-pound dog being defiant and not wanting to leave the park!

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    1. She is so much bigger in her own head!! I used to run with her. She loved it and would never get tired. But now that I have two dogs, I just can't.

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  12. That path looks perfect for running! Sounds like you got some good miles in too. I have a Jawbone UP24, and it is very addicting!

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    1. Those are so much more stylish than Fitbits. I've got to get some bling for mine.

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  13. Your garden crabs are so cute! I agree it is amazing how cold water can be and kids just don't seem to care. Sounds like a fun weekend!

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    1. The older I get, the more I don't like to be cold. It's a good thing running keeps me toasty.

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  14. I love fitbit challenges- thanks for friending me! I love the crabs! Cute way to decorate your fence. Sorry about the weather, we were in Phoenix and it was beautiful!

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    1. They are fun. The competition is fierce, though. You'll have to join in the next one! My dogs will get a lot of walking in.

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