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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 hot chocolate. 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 Pablo and his humans (our son and daughter-in-law) are visiting for three weeks! Since they both work remotely, they can work from anywhere and we’re thrilled they’re staying so long. Pablo was so happy when he got here and ran all around the house. And of course he’s loving all of the extra attention he’s receiving!


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that my mom’s cat Callie died in her sleep last week. Callie was a great mouser and super affectionate prancer who rarely stood still long enough for me to take her picture. She constantly begged to be scratched in her little meow voice and loved ice cream sandwich treats whenever anyone sneaked a bite her way. She’d lost a lot of weight this summer, but the vet said she was fine when I took her in for a checkup in September. At 14.5 she’d lived a good life, and for an outdoor farm cat, she lived a long life. The farm won’t be the same without her. RIP sweet girl.

March 2016

September 2022


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that I met my friend Erin to have her sign her most recent book Hiking With Kids Virginia: 52 Great Hikes for Families (affiliate link). She’s also written Hiking Coastal Trails of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia: Waterfront Hikes from the Delmarva Peninsula to Virginia’s Tidewater Region (affiliate link) and Virginia Summits: 40 Best Mountain Hikes from the Shenandoah Valley to Southwest Virginia (Hiking 40 Stunning Peaks) (affiliate link). Erin and I initially met through our running blogs (which she has since quit writing), but now writes at Go Hike Virginia when she isn’t working on her next book.


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house. I spent much of the weekend decorating inside and helping my husband with the outside. It’s a lot of work, but I love pulling out the decorations each year and reminiscing as I put each item in its place.

The house is decorated just in time for our annual Cruisers Christmas party we’re hosting on Sunday evening. Who will go home with this little plaque that’s been passed around from Cruiser to Cruiser since someone first brought it to our party in 2010?


If we were having coffee…..
I’d tell you that just when I think my gnome collection is complete, gnomes seem to be taking over inside my house, too. Shortly after I winterized my garden gnomes by putting them in the shed, I received these three separate gifts for my birthday. The gnome on the left is pretzel-filled and the three guys on the top right are filled with candy and cookies.


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:
  • • Many people declare themselves either dog or cat people. Are you on team dog, team cat, team both, or team neither? ~ I like dogs and cats and grew up with both; although, they were always outside pets.
  • • Do you have any exciting events or trips planned between now and the end of the year? ~ We’ll be heading to the farm to celebrate an early Christmas and have a few Christmas parties to attend plus the Cruisers party we’re hosting.
  • • If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?


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