Six Years Already? 

It was six years ago tonight that my mom called with the heartbreaking news that my dad had just passed away after being the picture of health until an unexpected bout with pneumonia. During the whirlwind days that followed his death, I wrote this tribute to him. Some days it seems like it’s been forever since I last saw him two days before he died and other days it seems like it was just yesterday…


Pablo Stories

When I first started my blog, I noted that without cute babies or puppies, I was at a great disadvantage to other bloggers. Enter Pablo! He may be our granddog, but I’m an opportunist and more than willing to exploit his cuteness. 😀

As I mentioned last week, Pablo was visiting for the week while Daniel and Jess were in Chicago for the Chicago Marathon (Jess had a great race) and I’d be remiss not to tell a few Pablo stories…

One evening while we were snuggling in the family room, Pablo looked over and saw his reflection in the window and let out four barks (he has only barked in front of me twice, so his bark really caught my attention). He preceded to growl a few times until I realized that he was looking at his own reflection. Oddly, he loves seeing other dogs when we’re out on our walks, but I guess he didn’t want another dog invading his territory.

On our walk on Wednesday morning, Pablo got very interested in something up in a tree. When I eventually pulled him away and back onto the path toward home, he put on the breaks.


He actually put on the breaks so hard that he pulled out of his harness and this is his “HaHa, gotcha” face! Luckily, he just stood there waiting for me to put his harness back on. He’s such a good boy!


After our little disagreement on leaving the squirrel in the tree so we could head home, Pablo happily posed for a picture in front of this tree in its full fall glory.


On Thursday afternoon, Pablo and I met Daniel and Jess halfway between our house and theirs for the precious cargo drop-off. Pablo started making happy sounds when he got in the back seat of my car because he knew he was going somewhere fun – he only rides in a car to our house, back home, and to the dog park (his vet and groomer are both within walking distance).


Yes, once again, Bill and I are empty nesters without our favorite little pup visiting…


I’m Superstitious so Pretend I Didn’t Say that the Nats Are World Series Bound

It’s tough being a Washington sports team fan. Until the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, none of our teams had won a championship since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992. But then, just two weeks ago, the Washington Mystics won the WNBA Championship – not that I could name a single woman on the team –  so there’s hope for DC.

After a disappointing earlier season, the Washington Nationals are miraculously World Series bound! We swept the Cardinals and are now sitting back waiting for the Yankees and Astros to slug it out to see who we will play for the world title. At the time I’m writing this on Saturday evening, the Astros lead three games to two in the best of seven series.

Because I get up so early, I had to go to bed every night before the game was over. I had a routine; Pablo and I’d go to bed and then in the middle of the night when I’d get up to go to the bathroom, I’d check my ESPN app to see how we’d done. If Bill had come to bed before the game was over, I’d wake him up to let him know we’d won.


Being very superstitious when it comes to sports, I can’t believe that I’m even writing about this. Heck, so far I’ve been too nervous to change my Facebook profile picture to one of Bill and me wearing the “Curly W” in front of Nats Stadium.

I’m so superstitious that I told Daniel and Jess that Pablo has to come back on Tuesday so we can go to bed during the sixth or seventh inning of the first World Series game. HaHaHa! Seriously, I know who to blame if the Nats don’t win! 😉


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



I went on two short runs this week as I eased back into running. Monday’s run was at 5 AM and outside, and Saturday’s run was late morning and on my treadmill while watching HGTV. Both runs were 5K’s and in the mid-10 minute paces, and both felt pretty good.



I had hoped to ride with Bill and the Herndon crew on Wednesday morning, but on Wednesday Bill drove to our beach house on the Outer Banks to winterize it and I didn’t feel safe riding to Herndon by myself at 5:15 AM. It’s too bad because it’s going to get colder every week and I know my days outside on my bike this fall are numbered.


Strength Training

Life is an experiment and I cut back on a couple of exercises that I thought might be aggravating my lower back/hip and I felt better. Who knows, it could just be that whatever was bothering me last week is on the road to recovery.



Contrary to what I should have been doing, I skimped on yoga.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


Coming up this week, I’ll have at least one more recap from our family trip out west in June. I have a busy work week so I doubt I’ll have time to write more than the one recap.


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed either outside or in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • • How was your week?
  • • Do you have any skin in the World Series? ~ My oldest son’s friend and Little League /AAU teammate actually pitched for the Yankees for three games in 2016. He was later traded to the Cubs, but no longer plays in the MLB. It was super impressive that he even made it to the big leagues! Even though he spent a lot of time at our house as a little boy, I’m still cheering for the Nats! 😀
  • • Did you race this weekend? 


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!