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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 I just found out that my hopes for running in a live race this year just got squashed when I learned that the Run With Santa 5K has gone virtual. I was injured January through March when live races were happening and now that they’re opening back up, I was hoping this fun race would happen. If I don’t find another small race that’s being held live this year, it will be the first year since 1996 that I haven’t run in race.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that next Saturday is my birthday and in celebration of turning 63 I plan to ride 63 miles! Please keep your fingers crossed that the weather cooperates.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that with COVID likely to keep us outside more than usual this winter, Bill and I purchased two patio heaters for our deck. We prepaid for them at Lowe’s expecting for two to be set aside for us when the next shipment arrived. Later we were told that it was unlikely that any more heaters would arrive before February because everyone wants patio heaters this year and they are on backorder everywhere. Just as I was considering asking for a refund, I got a call that our two had arrived so we drove straight to Lowe’s to pick them up before they accidentally got sold to someone else.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I missed last month’s coffee date because I was elbow deep in soil as I spruced up several of our gardens and beds. As I mentioned in a couple of my Weekly RunDowns, I hired a high school neighbor to help me with the really hard work (digging bushes with deep roots, etc), but that still left plenty of work for me.

Before – out of control bushes…


After – pruned and shaped bushes and three monster bushes replaced…


Before – a dream buffet for deer…


After – deer resistant perennials (peonies will go where the three stakes are next spring)…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you remember me telling you about the 24-pack of Honey Stinger gels (affiliate link) I ordered, but received only one lonely packet. I finally got authorization to return the packet (I would have preferred they ship the other 23 packets) and it took over a month for the package to make its way back to Amazon even though I shipped it from one of Amazon’s drop off locations. Then once they received it, it took three weeks for me to get my refund. It was such an odd experience compared to all of my other Amazon dealings.


And finally, if we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you have any real or 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:
  • • What unusual or odd online shopping experiences have you encountered
  • • Do you run/walk/bike corresponding miles (or variations of that number, ex: 6.3 miles) on your birthday? 
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


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