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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Weekend Away

Location: Catskill, NY (High 81, Low 62)

IMG_2718It’s been such a quick month so far that I can’t even believe it. We had a few quick trips planned throughout the summer, and the most recent one was this past weekend, when we traveled to Plymouth, MA for a Heartland rally.

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It was a nice weekend, but went too fast, as they always do. We spent some time chatting, enjoyed some good food and relaxed. We felt like we were on vacation.

 

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The last time we were in Plymouth was four years ago in September 2010. It was about two weeks after I had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.

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I was definitely feeling MUCH better this past weekend!!

 

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We had lunch at a restaurant in Plymouth with an awesome view of the water.

 

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We both had a bread bowl of clam chowder and it was so yummy.

 

 

It was such a nice weekend and of course, went by much too quickly.

We came back to Catskill today, where we will be hanging out for two more weeks. It’s going to be a jam-packed couple of weeks, with another visit from our little guy, my mom and step-father at my sister’s for the weekend, friends from Jersey arriving next week for a few days, and then heading north to the Adirondacks two weeks from today! Phew!

We are still waiting to hear from Amazon. According to what we’ve read on the camperforce page, we should be finding out at least five weeks before our scheduled start date. Based on that info, we are assuming that we will be starting sometime in September, and not August as we had originally thought we might. Less money, but more vacation time. Gotta look on the bright side! Smile

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I’m Still Here!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 83, Low 62)

s1Yes, yes, I’m still here!! I was just sitting outside, enjoying our wonderful weather and thinking, I really should check in and let everyone know we’re still alive and kickin’ here in Catskill, NY!

 

We’ve been having a really nice, laid-back, relaxing summer so far. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous. We had maybe three or four hot humid days, but other than that, it’s just been perfect summer weather.

 

s2Harry and I have been doing a lot of outside living this summer, hanging out under our awning and doing some reading. I also have gotten into my sudoku puzzle book and have been enjoying that.

 

We are still doing great with our running. The picture to the left was taken on one of those humid mornings at the s4park when we ran super early to beat the heat. I never would have thought that I’d be out running at 6 am! So far since being been back in NY, I’ve run 47 miles in April, 105 miles in May, 67 miles in June, and 20 miles so far in July. That’s 239 miles so far since April.

Harry and I are enjoying our running so much that we did something that’s maybe a little crazy!! We are going to be in Marathon FL for the month of January. About a week ago, my sister was looking at races and found a 5k/half marathon in Key West that month. We went online to sign up for the 5k (that’s about 3 miles) and after looking at the route for the 5k vs. the half marathon (which goes completely by the water), we said “what the heck, let’s go for it” and signed up for the half marathon in Key West on January 19th!! That’s…oh about 3 weeks after we will be getting done at Amazon. s3Yes we are nuts!! But we are also very excited. That’s going to be an awesome place for a race!

Speaking of Amazon, we have not yet heard when we will be starting there this fall. We got a newsletter last week that said we should be finding out within the next few weeks. We are looking forward to getting our date so we can have a better idea what our August will look like.

Our time in Catskill is starting to wind down toward it’s end, which is really hard to believe. We are going to Cape Cod for a Heartland rally the weekend after next, which should be a lot of fun. And then in early August, we will be heading north to the Adirondacks for a couple of weeks.

We are having a great time during this whirlwind summer!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Leaps and Bounds!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 80, Low 66)

Leaps and bounds! That’s the way I feel this summer has been going by. I just can’t believe how fast the weeks are racing along.

IMG_2575The last time I wrote we had been up in the Adirondacks for a long weekend, and a half marathon in Lake Placid. After getting back to Catskill on that Monday, we stopped to have a little routine maintenance completed on the rig before pulling back into our spot here at Brookside Campground.

IMG_2591 I am really feeling settled in to our spot this year. We bought a stand to hang a hummingbird feeder from, and a hanging plant from the other side. For some reason just that little addition has made it feel so homey to me.

 

Last Tuesday and Wednesday we had various odds and ends to do around here, plus we went over to my sister’s office for part of one of the days. Harry worked at painting one section of the hallway, which looks really awesome.

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On Thursday, we headed to Massachusetts for the beginning of our next planned event – a week with our little guy.

 

 

We had a great time! First of all, our weather was absolutely spectacular! Last year we had to spend the whole week inside because it was so hot and humid. Not this year.

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Time playing outside, a trip to the local water park, playing at the playground, trips for soft ice cream and going to the movies…it was a great week! And now, after having brought Schaun home to MA this afternoon, it’s time to enjoy the fact that we are retired childless individuals!! (And I know two cats who are also very happily enjoying their quiet spaces once again!)

Tomorrow we get back to normal life…. Ahh!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lake Placid Half Marathon June 8th

Location: Catskill, NY (High 77, Low 50)

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We left bright and early from Peru – too early actually – around 5:30 am, to make the drive to Lake Placid. Lake Placid does not have a lot of free parking and we really wanted to get there early enough to snag a spot in one of the parking lots available for the runners.

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It actually worked out great as we had some time to walk around the town, and we stopped by Mirror Lake to take a few early morning pictures.

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The time went by faster than I had expected it to, and all too soon it was time to line up for the start of the race.

 

I was feeling really good about my preparation for the race and all in all was very pleased with the results. I was able to run for the first 9.5 miles or so, and then did a run/walk for the last 3 miles and change. Harry finished before Denise and I, so he was at the finish line to get a few shots of us coming in.

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Denise and I coming down the last stretch before heading to the finish!

 

 

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Across the finish line!

 

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Another successful race under our belts!!

 

After getting cleaned up, we walked (slowly) to a nearby restaurant for some well-deserved nourishment!

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Enjoying some downtime!

 

 

Unless something unexpected comes up, that’s it for running events for this year. Denise and I are still running 5 days a week, so we are planning to stay in shape and we are already looking forward to some fun races next year!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It’s Been a Long Time!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 76, Low 52)

IMG_2517This has definitely been my most sporadic blog summer since I started my blog back in 2010. It’s been a pretty busy summer so far, but most days we’re busy with just the normal stuff of daily life.

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The biggest event of the past couple weeks was our trip north to the Adirondacks last weekend for the half marathon in Lake Placid.

 

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The first order of business was for Harry to put on his “techie person” hat at my mother’s house. Smile

 

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On Saturday we drove over to Lake Placid to pick up our materials for the half.

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We ate lunch at a restaurant with an outdoor café and a really pretty view.

 

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And then we attended the retirement get-together for my mother, who has worked for the local doctor in my hometown for about 30 years.

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Isn’t this the coolest cake ever?

 

 

After this busy day, we headed home to get some rest for our half-marathon the next morning.

But this blog is long enough, so I’ll pick up with the rest of the story in my next installment. Smile

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Busy Busy Busy!!

Location: Peru, NY (High 65, Low 53)

Wow, I think this is one of the longest breaks I have ever taken since I started this blog! I always have a little more trouble coming up with trip3topics when we are sitting in one place. It’s not been because there is nothing going on though. We’ve been busy!

 

When I last left off, we were heading into Memorial Day weekend. We were pleasantly surprised that the campground wasn’t completely stuffed. Although trip2I’m sure that the owners would have preferred wall to wall people, the sites on either side of us remained empty. There were a lot of tenters though, and rigs in other sections of the campground. Our across the street neighbors, Bill and Gail, invited us over to share a yummy BBQ on Sunday.

That week, we had our usual stuff going on – our training runs, shopping etc. Plus Harry was working through his to-do list of items he wanted to get accomplished before our road trip.

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This past Saturday we headed into Albany for our next event – the Freihofer’s Run for Women! This was my first 5k. Harry got a great picture of me and my sister Denise.

 

 

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The Run for Women is a huge event with over 4100 runners!

 

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Here I am running for the finish line! What a great time!

 

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Yesterday it was time for our first road trip of the summer – north to Iroquois Campground in Peru, NY.

 

We are all settled in for the next few days. It’s going to perube another weekend with a lot going on. My mother is retiring after about 35 years working for the local doctor. He is retiring and closing his office. So we will be going to a reception for them on Saturday, and then Sunday is our half marathon in Lake Placid. So like I said in my title, we’re busy busy busy!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekenders Ahoy!

Location: Catskill, NY (High 67, Low 59)

IMG_5818So far this year, we’ve been seeing more activity in this campground. Last year we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, as any other traffic in or out seemed pretty sporadic. There were a couple other seasonals, but they were down the road a bit leaving our section pretty empty.

This year when we look out our door, we actually have IMG_2494neighbors across the street!

And of course, this weekend we may have a bunch of new neighbors for the first holiday weekend of the summer season. Last year Memorial Day weekend was crazy – both the number of people and the weather. This year the weather is supposed to be nicer but we’ve heard that the number of people so far is less. We’ll find out today as we get to hang out and watch the weekenders arrive.

AndrewsoccerSo what have we been up to? I think we expected that we were going to have a lot of down time here, but we really have been very busy! Last Sunday we spent the afternoon watching our niece and nephew playing in their soccer games.

On Monday we spent the day in Albany. We both had our yearly checkups, and Harry had an eye appointment. We both are in great health from the running, and probably from trying to make healthier food choices. I’ve lost twenty pounds since my checkup last year, and Harry lost about ten. I got a call afterwards about my bloodwork. My numbers are great – my cholesterol is down in the normal ranges for the first time in a long time. So we were really happy about that.

 

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While we were in Albany we picked up a hummingbird feeder. I’ve wanted one for a while and we just never got around to it. By the next day we were already having little visitors.

 

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Also this week we had a fun evening at the kids’ school watching their spring concert. We were excited to be able to cheer on Hannah in her first concert since starting violin lessons last fall.

 

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In between all of those planned events, we’ve also had the normal stuff of our daily life….continuing with our training runs…doing the shopping and cooking….and I’m still helping out at my sister’s office a couple days a week. Harry also had a tonneau cover installed on the truck, which looks great. We are also hoping for a little improved mileage when we are using the truck for our daily travels.

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So let’s just say that we haven’t been bored! We have just about a week and a half left before we take our first foray of the summer – up to the Adirondacks for a few days and our half marathon in Lake Placid. I’m sure it’s gonna come fast!