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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, strength training, yoga, and complaining about our most recent injuries. Sound good? I’ll go first…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I finally fixed my blog paid someone to fix my blog. After updating the PHP in June, four lines of visual warnings popped up across the top of my blog along with a few other behind the scenes issues. No amount of research on my part could help me figure out what to do without risking crashing the entire site so I finally broke down and hired someone to help me.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I ordered a copy of my friend Erin’s book Hiking With Kids Virginia: 52 Great Hikes for Families (affiliate link). We’re meeting for coffee soon so she can sign it before I gift it to a very special family this Christmas.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that contractors started work in our basement in late February and have finally finished. The three largest projects were replacing three french doors, adding wainscoting throughout the basement, and replacing the little red gas stove with a peninsula fireplace. Another smaller project was building a niche with an electrical outlet in it so the power cord to our Virginia Tech neon light wouldn’t hang below the sign (the electrician also added a wall switch for turning the light off and on). Most everything has been finished for months, but the remote control thermostat for the fireplace was lost, finally replaced, and just installed.

Before (with blue tape outlining fireplace placement)…




By the way, a stone mason added Hokie Stone to the top of the fireplace to match our bar which we had built several years ago. If only our Hokies looked as good as our fireplace and bar…


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I finally got to meet Judy on Tuesday while she was in Virginia for a trail half marathon. We met in Shenandoah National Park for a hike down to Dark Hollow Falls. I’m hoping to get a recap up sometime next week.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that my little gnome garden in our back yard has attracted another new friend, the meditating dude (affiliate link) in the center, and he fits right in with the crew. The fall flag from the four season gnome flags (affiliate link) is the perfect touch for my now-completed silly little collection.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that my husband gives me the side-eye when this commercial comes on TV (check it out seven seconds in), and according to Progressive, I’m turning into my parents. LOL


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I turn 65 soon so there’s a little more truth in the above video than I’d like to admit. 😉


If we were having coffee…..
I’d ask if you have any races coming up, and if so, I’d wish you good luck and to have a fun time!




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:
  • • Where was the last place you hiked? ~ Dark Hollow Falls
  • • Have you become your parents? If so, what are some examples? ~ I go through the house turning lights off after everyone, I squeeze every last drop out of the toothpaste tube and lotion containers, and I probably print out a few more documents than necessary because I still like paper copies of certain things.
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


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