Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Embrace life and 90 years on this earth

I embrace spring with open arms. I am so thrilled to be out of the grips of "winter", yes I know our southern winters pale in comparison to winters elsewehe but none the less I am grateful that it is over. With spring comes daffodils, irises and running. A few years ago I ran alot at least 4-6 miles every other day. But a knee and ankle injury stopped me in my tracks. I have taken a VERY long time off and have slowly nursed my body back. Today this was my view while I ran/walked 3.2 miles. It felt amazing. I forgot how much I truly enjoy running. This is coming from a girl that use to hate the thought of running it made no sense to me why anyone would find it enjoyable. But I have overcome that and so grateful that I can do it today.

With running comes a sense of peace. It is just you and the pavement, that is my time to reflect on things. It is meditation for me. It also makes me mind full of what I put in my body. I am not going to deprive myself of things I love. Things like chocolate, beer and cheese but I take it all in moderation when I am in this mind set. I also remember to eat my full serving of veggies and fruits. I think running also leads me to be more productive. Those Endorphins are awesome.

Next month I will be going back home to celebrate my Grandmas 90th birthday. 90 years on this great earth! Grandma Gerry is not really my Grandmother. Growing up my mom was good friends with a woman named Sue, her son and my brothers became very good friends and then I came along, the only girl in the neighborhood, seriously. My two brothers are 15 years older than I am and there were three families nearby and they all had boys. So my moms friend became "aunt Sue" and I became the daughter of everyone LOL Well Aunt Sues mom Gerry became my Grandma and their family was our family. So I grew up with MANY "cousins" that I am still close to. Coming from a small family it was wonderful to have this extended family as my own.

Every summer Grandma Gerry and the family would get a big kettle and set it up outside above a big fire and make apple butter. So when I saw this pattern many years ago I knew that it would be the perfect gift for her. I intended to stitch it awhile back but never did so this will be a nice birthday present for her. I think it will be made into a pillow once finished.

I hope you all are enjoying your Wednesday so far. I want to thank you all for the comments left on the last post. It is always great to see how differently everyone stitches. As Brigitte said "the most important is the fun and contentment this hobby can give you"

With that I wish all enjoyment in each and every stitch and happiness in every day!!


  1. Good for you, running.
    What a very nice gift that is going to be. :)

  2. Glad to hear you are back to running! I need to get back to the gym...need to fit into my 2 piece in 5 weeks. Ack!! Hope you have a good visit with your Grandma Gerry!!

  3. I think running, and long walks too, are one of the best ways to exercise. You're so right about it being meditative, I always feel better after running in the fresh air :)
    I hope you have a lovely time with your extended family.
    Best wishes.

  4. Happy 90th to your grandma! I'm one of those who doesn't like running and can't do so -- my knees won't cooperate.

  5. That will be the perfect gift for Grandma Gerry! I hope she has a fabulous celebration with friends and family...

    Glad you're back to running, Natasha. Although not a runner, I do walk (fast!!) for three miles every day and feel so much better for having done my workout :) Hope those knees and ankles hold out!

  6. What a perfect gift for your Grandma! How amazing that you found this chart that brings back wonderful memories!

  7. So good that you can be back to running. I don't run but like Carol I try to walk fast for about half an hour every day. i cannot say that I enjoy it but I feel that it's good for my health, so I do it.

    The design you chose for your "grandmother" is such a perfect gift. Enjoy your visit next month.


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