Monday, September 27, 2010


No pictures to upload today.

The Autumn leaves are starting to fall and the air is so clear and crisp. All week the highs are to be in the 60's. It's beautiful.

I worked on the garden a little bit this weekend. I'm most concerned about the luffa plants. They are a vine plant that climb over everything. Tons of yellow flowers but for weeks I didn't see any luffas. Then, I really dug under the leaves and I have tons of them. I'm so excited. They look like big fat cucumbers and you let them dry out. As I read, once the vine gets the first frost, you pick the fruit, peel the green outer layer and wash out all of the meat. Then dry and whalah, you have a luffa sponge. Cool!

Everyone I know will get one for Christmas. HA HA

I'm on the Christmas gift, quick making gift hunt right now. I searched for some patchwork stuffed fabric fruit or an eyeglass case made out of felt. But, I need to make about 30 of whatever I pick so I'm trying to be quick but yet something that looks nice. Last year I made Fabric baskets and knitted kitchen cloths and scrubbies. That was a lot of work and I wanted to keep them all. We'll see.

Happy Autumn!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

There you have it!

Chicago Half Marathon - 13.1 miles on September 12, 2010. Glorious run! I never felt better.
I took a two day break and ran 2 miles this morning. No pains. Just tight thighs.

Back to reality. The little things just make you appreciate them more. "It's never as good as the first time." If I run the same thing again, I probably wouldn't feel the same about it.

Anyway... I've got a bunch of shoes started. Hopefully this weekend I can finish them and post some pictures. I want to get on the Etsy site before Christmas. That's the goal anyway. I have some felted bowls and kitchen dish cloths. I'm thinking of calling it the "I Love Home" site. Or something like that. Things just for the home. Well... things I like for the home. HA

Just wanted to post a couple of mini pictures of my run.

AH - I was glorious for a day.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Finished the 1/2 Marathon

I ran the Chicago Half Marathon yesterday. 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 9 seconds. Unbelievable! I thought and worried all week that I wouldn't be able to do it. But once I started running, everything fell into place. I got a little tired at the 7 mile marker but ran through it and finished in a unbelievable time. I didn't stop or walk at all. Held my own. At the 12 mile marker my legs were burning but I kept a clear head and knew it was only minutes away.

It was a beautiful day. Cool and clear and the course was on Lake Shore Drive. Started in Jackson Park around 63rd street then up to 31st and back. Over 13,000 people finished and I came in 9,000th place. Can't remember the exact number but I'm in there. Running through the finish line is the best feeling in the whole world. It's such a rush. I am envious of all those runners that in their life got to run through the first place ribbon. I bet that is an incredible feeling. The winning women came in at 1 hour 17 minutes. Even in my youth I don't think I could ever have beaten that number.

Bobby came down town with me. It was hard for him to find me at the end so I'll have to wait until the marathon photos become available before I post one.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

80's Rocker

Just an old photo I came across when I loved Stevie Nicks and had the blond curls. Wow - I loved those boots. I wore them with everything. I'm the second one to the left. Walking in the corn fields of Indiana. Brings back memories.
Working right now but wanted to post something on the blog as it's been a while.
Labor Day long weekend coming up. Planning on sewing and cleaning up the garden. Everything is over grown and needs to be cleaned up. I'm already planning next year.
That's all for today.
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