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 have the absolute best news to share! Our oldest son and daughter-in-law are expecting a baby in late July! That’s right, I’m going to be a GiGi! ☺️ They shared their wonderful news on Christmas Day and we have been in heaven ever since! My future daughter-in-law and I threw the mom-to-be a small family shower a couple of weeks ago and now it’s getting real.


My future d-i-l took charge of the decorations and did a fabulous job. She’s so creative and even made this adorable diaper cake!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that we had a wonderful time in Florida putting the final touches on the planning of our youngest son and his fiancée’s wedding – in our case, the rehearsal dinner. It was great to finally get away albeit for a whirlwind weekend.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I mentioned last fall that I was completely redoing the perennial garden on the side of our house. What didn’t burn from the summer sun, the deer ate. I set out with three goals in my makeover: 1. each plant must be deer resistant 2. each bloom would be pink, yellow, blue, or white 3. each plant would tolerate morning to mid-day sun.

October 2020 before I started the makeover…


November 2020 with most new plants in place (stakes are where peonies from my mom’s garden would go), but the flowers I kept were not yet cutback for the winter…


May 2021 with some of the new flowers blooming… Next year they will fill in and the garden will look complete!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I’m getting closer to finishing my basement wall collage. I’ve started working on the wooden Virginia plaque on the far right. I’m considering doing it myself now that I’ve learned the steps from taking the two workshops at Board & Brush.


I found a wooden plaque at Holly Lobby that I like so perhaps next month I’ll have a picture of the finished product…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d mention that less than a week after attending the workshop where I made the wooden sign with the “C” in the above picture, I attended another workshop and made this plaque for our master bath. I LOVE how it turned out!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if things are opening up where you live. Virginia is slowly but surely getting back to normal and it feels so good! Last week I went out to dinner with my friend Craig and a mutual friend (he reads my blog and I love giving him a shoutout), yesterday I was able to return to the 55+ community gym to train clients for the first time since March 12, 2020, and finally if we’re fully vaccinated, we’re able to shop in most stores without our masks.


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:
  • • Any other Grandmas out there? If so, what’s your grandma name? My mom is GaGa so I’m leaning toward GiGi…
  • • Do you have a perennial garden?
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?