It’s time to sit down once again with a beverage of your choice and chat – I’ll remind you that I don’t like coffee or tea so my drink of choice today will be water. Let’s chat about things other than just running, cycling, training, and complaining about our most recent injuries. Sound good? I’ll go first…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I mentioned on one of my Weekly RunDowns that I’d transplanted three peonies from my mom’s garden, but had learned with a little research that peonies don’t transplant well. You can imagine how thrilled I was when not only are all three peonies thriving, but they all have buds and one started blooming yesterday.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’m getting closer to finishing my basement wall collage. For Christmas 2019 both of my sons gave me a gift card to Board & Brush, but the pandemic hit before I scheduled my first workshop. Once two-weeks post my second Covid vaccination, I felt comfortable going to the studio on Sunday and made the sign in the center bottom. I’m having the last sign on the far right made by a college art student who has done several other projects for me.

I have my second Board & Brush workshop scheduled for this evening and I’ll be making a sign for our master bath.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that cicadas are on their way! This may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m quite excited. I actually don’t mind bugs and think cicadas are pretty cute as bugs go and I remember playing with them when I was a little kid. Our back yard is half wooded and the dirt hasn’t been disturbed in years so we once again expect a bumper crop. I’ve seen holes throughout our yard and beds, but so far, no little friends.

I’m not so fond of how loud they are, though, and I remember seventeen years ago they were so loud that I could hear them over my lawnmower! With 1.5 million cicadas per acre, and roughly half of them male, that’s a lot of mating calls as the males trying to outdo each other as they compete for the attention of a girlfriend.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d mention that, speaking of a mating frenzy in our backyard, in early April we were entertained by the amorous calls of toads in the creek behind our house. The sound was so loud we could hear it at night even with our windows closed. One day while doing yard work next to the creek, I was surprised by what I saw. There were dozens of couples right next to each other, all getting a little action.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’ll spare you the story of what two raccoons were doing on the doormat on our upper deck about eight years ago, but I bet you can guess!


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:
  • • Have you done any of the artsy type workshops?
  • • Do you plant annuals? Do you have perennial gardens?
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?