So I headed to bed last night with three little eggplant happily growing on my patio - Two the size of golf balls and one closer to the size of a baseball. Today - not one!! They were STOLEN from my patio by those pesky, downright rotten squirrels. I am not a fan of the squirrel!! That's four eggplant for the squirrels and ZERO for me! Damn Squirrels!
So....I decided on an adventure in making kombucha. Yes, kombucha :-) The adventure really started last week and it is currently fermenting in my basement. I tasted it this morning and cowabunga - it tastes pretty good!
It's not quite fizzy enough, so a couple more days before I transfer it to bottles. And....since that adventure was fun and interesting, today I am making pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi. LOL! Wish me luck. The cabbage is currently salting for both the kimchi and and sauerkraut. I have to run to the store to grab sugar for the pickles. These are not yet cucumbers from my garden, but I decided I needed to figure it out now. Ok, again wish me luck in the world of fermentation! :-)
How about a trip down memory lane for Father's Day!
As many of you know, my Dad was a high school guidance counselor, who played football in college and then was 'blessed' to be the Dad to two little girls. My sister and I were told early and often that we could be whatever we wanted to be in life. That the world was ours if we just worked hard, remained kind, and didn't break too many rules :-).
I will be forever grateful for my childhood and the foundation it provided to go after every single dream! Dad - Happy Father's Day! May you always realize how much I love, respect, and admire you and may you always realize the impact you had on so many at Elkland High School! Enjoy your Day! And for the rest of you - Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!
Well....my Avon39 ended as an Avon32....it was a rough one today folks. Yesterday was amazing and I felt great nearly all 26.2 miles! I had also been blessed this year with no blisters during training walks, so I must admit I was surprised last night when I saw two nasty blisters on the balls of my feet...but last night I was determined that they wouldn't slow me down....I drained them then and again this morning and suited up for a long, rainy day...
Just after Mile 1 today (27 miles total), I was at medical.... The moleskin I put on this morning was gone and the blisters were full again....she drained them - this time fluid was mixed with blood. Yuck! She covered them with moleskin and we were off again...
By Mile 3 (29 miles total), I was hurting again...ok, I thought, one foot in front of the other... Just after Mile 4 (30 miles), I was in the wrong place at the wrong time...We were on a narrow sidewalk. A car drove by, hit a puddle and drenched me head to toe....well, honesty I was already drenched from the rain, but it still sucked...
By Mile 5 (31 miles), every step I took made me cry...that also sucked...and I knew I was in big trouble for finishing the full 39 miles...I also began compensating for the blisters, which made my ankle swell.
By Mile 6 (32 miles) I was back at medical as a hot mess... This time the blisters had filled with blood and were 'moving' up my toes and my ankle was now the size of a golf ball. I looked at the paramedic and said, 'I'm done aren't I?' She said, 'well...that's what I would recommend, but it's really up to you.' The overachiever in me was saying I could do it; it would just take me longer.....the realist in me was saying that I didn't have anything to prove and that folks would understand. I sat in medical with tears streaming down my face as these two parts of my personality fought it out...I shut out the world and it was me and my tears...and then I started to shiver and my teeth started to chatter....unfortunately that got folks attention and once the thermal blanket was firmly around my shoulders, I knew what I had to do... I headed to the bus. I took the bus to the finish line, grabbed my medal and my shirt and headed home. I apologize to my teammates, but I needed to just be alone. Now, after a hot bath and draining those blisters yet again, I am still disappointed and frustrated, but I guess I'm ok with the decision. I promise to bounce back, but today I might feel a bit sorry for myself :-).
Fling - "to engage (oneself) in activity with abandon and energy". This blog is all about living life to the fullest and finding joy and energy in even the everyday things. I hope you enjoy my outlook on life :-)