It’s time to sit down once again over a beverage of your choice and chat about things other than just running, riding, and training. Won’t you please join me? I’ll go first…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that we had an epic fail on Cinco de Mayo. Always in the past we have avoided going to a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo in the same way we avoid going to brunch on Mother’s Day – I prefer a relaxing meal, not going into a known madhouse.


This year; however, with restaurants closed to dining-in due to the corona virus, we decided to support or favorite TexMex restaurant and pick up carryout. We ordered online and selected a 6:45 PM pickup. When we arrived the parking lot was full of people standing around waiting for their orders. A lady walked by who had just gotten her order and said her pickup time was 4:30. Oh boy!

Around 7 PM I could tell someone under the tent near the door was making an announcement so I stepped in closer from my socially distanced spot in the back of the parking lot so I could hear. The person speaking was a sheriff’s deputy telling everyone that if they didn’t spread out properly, he was going to muffle, muffle, muffle. I couldn’t hear the rest of what he said, but it was probably that he was going to close down the restaurant.


We waited until 7:40 when the owner came out and near tears said they had to cancel the remainder of the unfilled orders. It’s worth noting that he brought a chair to the middle of the parking lot and stood on it and shouted so everyone could easily hear him. He said they hadn’t run out of food, they just didn’t have the manpower to prepare the food for as many orders as came in. I felt so badly for him – they do a great dine-in business and I suspect that there weren’t limits set for how many online orders could come in per 15-minute time slot.

We ordered dinner from them last Friday night and our dinner was every bit as delicious as it is when we eat it in their restaurant. Also, carry-out margaritas are the bomb! Here’s hoping our governor will continue to allow cocktails to-go after the pandemic restrictions are lifted.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that we had to have a rotted out dead tree cut down a couple of weeks ago. When we noticed that the cut up sections of the stump were in the shape of a C, we asked that they leave a section behind. Since our last name starts with a C, we thought having this cool piece of garden art next to our patio would be the perfect.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I finally scored some toilet paper just as I was approaching panic mode!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that we have the cutest little squatter in our front garden. I saw a hole in the mulch and used my foot to cover it back up only to be startled by this cutie jumping out.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that my husband brought Skinny Pop Popcorn home from the store and because I have zero self control around it, I asked him to hide it. Imagine my surprise when weeks later I found it in our office. Apparently, his self control is much better than mine.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I ordered these fake trees from Wayfair for our front porch.


If you remember, last summer a deer came up onto our porch and ate our beautiful purple petunias. In years past I had occasionally seen a groundhog munching on our petunias, but apparently deer have an affinity for purple flowers as well.


Caught in the act!


Certain that whatever I chose to plant would be tasty morsels for said deer, I decided to show him a thing or two and go plastic!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’d heard on the radio that stores were sold out of sympathy cards because of people buying them for corona virus victims and that there were some sort of delay in the delivery of new cards to stores. I’m a stickler for sending cards and had used up our last sympathy card last week.  Imagine my surprise when on two different visits to the grocery store I couldn’t find sympathy cards.


And finally, if we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you have any virtual races coming up, and if you do, I’d wish you good luck and remind you to have fun!




Today I’m joining Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner and Coco at Running With Perseverance for their monthly Ultimate Coffee Date linkup which goes live the first Friday of every month.  Be sure to stop by their blogs for a cup of coffee and to say hello; and while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other bloggers who are participating in the linkup.


  • Questions:
  • • Have any non-essential businesses started to open up where you live? ~ We’re still in phase 1, but most of the rest of Virginia just moved into phase 2.
  • • Do you enjoy sending cards?
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?