Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday Ten

1.  Last Sunday was the 10th Anniversary of our ownership of the little blue house on the hill.  When we bought it, little did we imagine that the real estate market would crash and we'd still be living there as the original plan was 5 years, then try to find a ranch-style house.  The city I live in is one of the ONLY areas in my state where the real estate market has not begun to rebound.  What was that about best laid plans?

2. One of the things that has kept me at least liking my house is one of the things that initially attracted me to it:  the patio.  When we first bought the house it was just concrete but we had it refinished and each summer I put pots of flowers and veggies out there - my own little fake garden. In the good weather, next to the beach, it really is one of my happy places.  Here it is all set up for the get-together we had with friends a couple weeks ago.

3. I had the most magnificent long weekend.  The first day held a nice 6 mile run, really getting my house in order, and a good grocery shopping done.  And yes, by the time I got those groceries put away, it was nearly 5 pm.  While that's not fun all the time, sometimes it feels really good to settle things down.  That was followed by two beach days.  And again, I confirmed that I'm actually able to relax more with 3 days off like that than a full week off.  No more staycations.

4.  Petunias Gone Wild!  Oh my gosh, I have friends who complain about their petunias doing this but I just love the way they look!

5. When I was out running this morning I noticed again how much I've slowed down.  It seems like ever since I fractured my foot in 2012, I've never been able to get any kind of speed back - not even with losing a bit of weight.  Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I'm honestly OK with it and if I can consistently run 12-13 minute miles in 75 degrees with 95% humidity and a 70 dewpoint, I feel like I'm doing ok.  As of late I've even been managing between 12-12:30.  Never in my life did I think that would be acceptable, but it's all good.

6. Speaking of slowing down, I've noticed that I'm just slowing down in general.  I swear the housework I did last Friday and took me nearly 4 hours I would have done in a couple hours not that long ago.  My mom always says, "my get up and go, got up and went" and now I'm really understanding what she meant by that.

7.  It's already dark when I go out to run in the morning, even if I wait until 5 to start.  Monday morning when I realized that it made me feel a twinge of sadness.  While it's easier to run in cooler weather, I so love my summer morning runs.  Looking at this photo you can see the sun is just getting ready to break the horizon and I was about 1/2 mile away from home at this point so I'd been out running for a while.

8. Update on the $5 bet with Mr. Helen.  Our agreement is that if I gain anything I have to pay him or if I lose less than 1 pound neither pays but I don't get any money either.  June was a wash with 2 payouts and 2 won.  July has turned out to be 2 payouts and 2 no money so far.  Mr. Helen finally told me last week that it looks like I'm in true plateau - which is where I always want to throw my hands in the air and wave 'em like I just don't care.  But the $5 is motivating me and it's sort of pissing me off that I'm doing what I've been doing all along but not losing any more weight when I know darn well there are lbs. to lose. This week I've been experimenting with a couple changes to see if I can get things moving in the right direction again.

9.  One of the changes is to mix up my workouts and ramp up my running. I have cut back mileage on my weekend long runs a bit as it has been hot, but I really want to ramp up so that I'm consistently running 10 milers as fall and early winter come.  Then I can cut back again once the snow and ice come and force me onto my treadmill.  Here's the plan I came up with, which as you can see only has me actually running 4 days a week:

10. This is on my fridge this week to remind me to never, ever let my mind negate any progress I've made in any area of my life.  I think negating steps made is what makes me want to quit.  As if what is already accomplished is not enough.  So untrue!


  1. Ah! the Tuesday Ten, I love it! I'm in complete agreement about the petunias. That is exactly what I love about them. The flowers in the hanging pot on your patio are gorgeous too. Are they geraniums?

    Slowing down. Don't get me started. When I would be impatient, trying to hurry my dad along, he would say, "you just wait, Debs." Yep, its here. I've gone beyond the stage of being astonished by it, to accepting it, most days.

    Your workout schedule is impressive. I have also become a little more serious about exercising, and have been increasing my time at the gym.

    1. Yes, Ivy Geraniums! I like them better than the Zonals. Try not to fall over dead with my gardening knowledge lol.

  2. Is that tile on top of the concrete slab or is that a stamped finish on top?

    I love the petunias. Of course, I like an informal appearance, so that appeals to me.

    1. It's actually acrylically modified cement that is applied over old concrete. You can pick the color and pattern you want and they do it. We love it because it turned a plain concrete slab into a patio. I would LOVE to have stamped concrete but not in the budget.

  3. Funny how times goes by - 10 years in your cute blue house already? Wow! Although we just hit 16 years in this house, which is a long time for us. We won't bother changing houses until we change where we live, although the good thing that comes with moving is getting rid of a lot of junk...er, treasures that have accumulated.

    I love how the petunias look too. Unsculpted is so pretty when it comes to flower boxes and really, most flowers in general. And I like your patio garden - it's very colorful!

    I don't know what to think about slowing down when it comes to running, except that hey - we ARE still running, when many people in their fifties have stopped, so there's that? Of course, it's hard to not compare yourself to your former self, but geez, I could really go down a rabbit hole if I started that, and the end result is that I'm where I am, today. And that's fine! I still know that if you and I ran together, you'd lap me because you live in such a hilly area.

    1. I'm just gonna say don't be too sure I'd lap you, especially if we're running in Texas weather - which you're somewhat conditioned to. Anyway, I'd rather run with you!

  4. Yep, I just hit 15 years in our house - so crazy! Crazier still is that my sister has moved nearly 8 times in that amount of time! And when I come visit one day, in the summer, I'll be happy to hang out in your patio! :D

  5. I won LOL we are living for 23 years in our house now. Eventually we will move to a bungalow or something where we can stay for the rest of our lives. I had no idea the real estate market crashed in the US too. It did here too a couple of years but since this year it's getting better.

    I hear you on getting slower. When I read this, I thought that it's the same here but I never really thought of it. Oh the joy of aging :)

  6. Oh my gosh Helen, I can so relate to your mom's "my get up and go has got up and went". I know I'm several years older than you (turned 61 yesterday -yikes!), and I can tell I've really slowed down. Just like you, housework that use to take a few hours, now takes a good part of my day. It's funny because in my head I don't feel any old, I think I'm still 25, but my body is telling me a different story. But as my friends tell me, getting old sure beats the alternative! :)