Not running!

So, it’s been quite a while since I have gone running. Once the majority of the kitchen renovation was done, and contractors were not here so often, I tried to get back into a running routine. However, my ankle started bothering me when I would run. It’s the inside of my right ankle. I was afraid of a major injury, so I stopped running. I have however, kept up with exercise. I’ve been walking. The ankle bothers me after I’ve walked, but it doesn’t bother me as much as when I was running. And, it’s not something that bothers me all the time. So, I’m a little confused about what’s going on with it. I’ve also been back on my exercise bike, which I haven’t done in a long time. I want to run, but I’m afraid of what might happen with the ankle.

I’ve also been upping my weights game a little. Trying to get weight work in a few times a week. It’s working! Funny story: Last year around this time, I told Adam that I would be able to do 5 pull-ups by Christmas. Lol. I failed! I may have been able to do one,lol. No upper body strength. So, now, I’m determined to increase my upper body strength. Yesterday, I did 2 pull-ups in a row! Now, that may not seem like a big deal to you,but it was huge for me! Better upper body strength will also help me manage Zeke better when he’s on the leash. He can easily take me for walks, and has. But, I notice a difference now. Getting stronger, a little at a time.

Generally, I’ve been feeling good. Making mostly better food choices. Regular exercise, ab work, weight work, and lots and lots of water. Life is so much better when you feel good!




Fall has arrived! I may have posted these diffuser blends in the past, but, they are amazing, so I’m posting again. Instead of candles that are full of chemical yuck, use essential oils in a diffuser. Use these blends suggested for fall scents, or create your own.


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Sweet Coco

Our sweet Shih Tzu, Coco, had been struggling with various health issues for quite some time. An aggressive skin condition had her on constant meds. She moved very slowly and as if in pain. When she would sit down, she’d do it very gingerly, as if the very act of doing so was painful. She lost most of her vision, and would constantly walk into things throughout the course of a day. As a result, she had blood behind her eyes. She couldn’t go up or down the stairs by herself anymore. She couldn’t run. She had a hard time finding a place to be comfortable, and would whine until she found the right spot. Her quality of life was not good.

Earlier in the summer, her groomer told me that, when our pets get to a point such as where Coco was, ending their suffering was a gift. I couldn’t wrap my head around that! But, eventually, I started to really pay attention to just what a day looked like for her. And, then, I started to realize that the groomer may be right. It really wasn’t fair for us to let her continue to suffer.

So, we made the very difficult decision to have her put to sleep. Just making the appointment was hard. We had just a few days left with her after I made the appointment. We spoiled her, even more than usual.

Finally, the appointment time arrived. We were taken to a room specifically for this purpose. They put a soft, fleece blanket on the table for her to lay on. I held her while they gave her the first injection, a sedative. Then, we laid her on the blanket and they gave us as much time with her as we needed. We cried, remembered, told funny stories, told her how much we loved her. I asked her, repeatedly, not to be mad at us. We just wanted her to be at peace.

We were finally ready, and the vet came in to give her the injection that would stop her heart. Very quickly, she was gone. Again, they gave us as much time as we needed to say goodbye. We cried, and cried. We took her collar off, said our last goodbyes, and went home.

I have cried so much in the last two days. We all miss her terribly. Even Zeke misses her, he’s been looking for her. I put her collar on the table in the living room, next to the couch where he likes to lay. He frequently sniffs it before he lays down. I have not touched any of her things, I can’t do it yet.

We are having her cremated, and we will bring her ashes home and bury her in the backyard.

She will always be our little miss Coco. We love you Coco!



Rest in peace, sweet girl.


I’ve been playing around with the camera again. I haven’t used it in a while, and it feels good to be shooting pics again. I still have so much to learn about settings, but, I’m having fun getting interesting shots. Close-up shots are still my favorite, especially close-ups of flowers. Thought I would share a few with you. Enjoy!






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