Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Look what almost came home with me

Found this sweet little girl @ the barn, apparently dropped off.

She followed me about 1/2 a mile to Red's water tank & back, squalling every step. Called around, nobody knew anything about her so threw her in the truck where she proceeded to make herself at home.

Drove home trying to figure out how to merge little kitty into our two-crazy-dog family; Stopped to get gas & a lady there didn't hesitate to open her heart & home to her. YAY!! A blessing for them both, I hope. (I left my # with her, jic)

Monday, October 29, 2012

4 mile day

Ran 4 while babysis was practicing soccer, Last 'long' run before the marathon Saturday. 2 miles Wednesday, 2 water aerobics Thursday, Friday off.

How do u dress for running in cold weather? I have a Long sleeved T-shirt & my crazy long leggings: First I was cold then I warmed up, then I was too warm now I'm cold again. Fixing to go sit in the truck, at least i'll be out of the wind

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012


woo-hoo! the shed is now weather tight & the junk under the red barn has a home :)
I love this pic of Red!  I can't wait til he's home with us, Time to string some fence
Running Update:  no running this past week, I've been puny since the 8-miler :(
Actually taught water aerobics from the deck Thursday, that was a first for me.
Back to the jogging tomorrow:  4 miles 
Sugar Daddy (add "trainer" to his resume) suggests shorter runs (since I'm coming off a sick) from now til the marathon

Saturday, October 20, 2012

meteor showers tonight!!


of course, the best time to view is the early morning hours before dawn, hopefully I won't be awake then, lol.

ETA: (Sunday a.m.) the kids & I lay in the yard & saw about 5-6 meteors last night. Sugar Daddy & I went out this morning & saw a couple meteors, Venus & a satellite then SD hollered 'SKUNK!', jumped up & ran to the back door. I'm all tangled in quilts, trying to get up (trying not to spook the skunk) looking around, "where?where?"
Come to find out, he SMELLED a skunk. (All i could smell was the dog who'd been laying on the quilt) After my heart slowed back down (& he went inside) all I could hear were the legions of skunks searching thru the yard for me so I had to give it up.
Got the roof on the shed today, AT LAST!!  WOO-HOO!   What's left before we can cram it full of our junk?  windows, window trim, caulk & paint!  To be totally honest, I don't think the window trim, caulk & paint are going to hold me back, lol.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

need blogger advice...

I've almost figured out how to add a picture to my header BUT Blogger keeps turning my picture sideways...what am I doing wrong?

I've tried rotating the original thinking Blogger would rotate it into the proper orientation but no-go.

I've tried different sized pictures but still no difference.  Any suggestions are appreciated :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sitting @ soccer practice

I've gotten spoiled by Bigbrother driving Lilsis around. Now when he's working I've got to remember to have some entertainment on hand for these long practices.

Picked up 2 extra water aerobic classes this morning, worked some of the soreness out of my legs. I think I'll give myself one more day to recover before my next run.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

8 miles this morning

And I'm pretty much useless for anything else today. I'm beginning to question the wisdom of this 1/2 marathon idea, lol

I ran by this house, I wish the weeds in my yard looked this pretty

Thursday, October 11, 2012

should I make different posts for diffferent subjects?

Today was quilt guild & I was able to catch the last hour.  I hope noone cared I was still dripping from teaching 2 classes of water aerobics.  I really miss getting together with my little local group!

One of my 'invisible' friends, Carolyn (from the HGTV Quilting and Needlework site) sent me this adorable little hussif.  LOVE the dragon fabric! 
Love the colors!  The orange lace trim looks like dragon fire to me :D

This little beaded dragonfly was a kit she included, super cute!
The awesome dragon charm was also included & I added it to scissor fob I was gifted at the Circle of Friends retreat in Branson (I'm sorry, I don't remember from who)

Important stuff

This is good stuff & an ABSOLUTE necessity for runners whose thighs rub together (thanks Sugar Daddy!)
 Mississippi wildflowers @ 4 mph
 Mississippi wildflowers @ 0 mph

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


added some Yubinuki (thimble rings) to my etsy shop today.  15% of any sales before 3 November will be donated to the charity marathon www.leoruntoremember.org



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Red's runnin' buddies

Playing with pics, anybody got any tips?  How big (KB or PIXEL) should they be? what's a good size for nice resolution/quick loading?

Goal for tomorrow: 4 mile run

Monday, October 8, 2012

lotsa runnin' not so much stitchin'

but I DID get a WIP pic that I want to add to my header, just gotta figure out how...

Motivation tip- run on the beach! (4 miles this morning - yay me)  Lotsa visual distraction: dolphins pop up, great blue herons fish in the surf, PELICANS! <3 <3 PELICANS!!! beware of sand tho', i think i was toting about 2 extra pounds in each shoe, sanded my toenail polish straight off

new word - Cetacean
www.cetaceancruises.com check them out, awesome 2 hour dolphin & nature tour, dolphins guaranteed!

family friendly - they let the kids drive the boat on the trip home, played a cut-throat game of limbo

Hilights of our trip: dolphins (ahem) "dancing", beautiful sunset, osprey, definitely 2 thumbs up!!

 Also: coral! & sting ray(s?), flocks of them! about 5 feet from me (sorry, no sting ray pics)
 and henna inspired by the wildlife & turtle I think I saw :D 
hello, my name is Charlyn & I'm a henna addict, I currently have a cone in my tote & some in the fridge... anybody want to hire a henna artist?


Sunday, October 7, 2012

7 mile run

7 mile run yesterday - I'm running a consistent 15 minute mile (don't laugh, it's faster than laying on the couch, lol)  breathing good, legs good, feet OK: 2 blisters from sand in my shoe :( 
Lesson learned:  stop & dump the sand!

have one nagging foot, what's up with that? it doesn't literally 'hurt', doesn't bother me during the run, just annoying the day or two after a long run.

Things I need to run:
1.  sunscreen
2.  distraction!  I need a dog to chase me or SOMETHING just to break up the monotony


Friday, October 5, 2012

Bald Eagle & Oatmeal

I was sitting on my little back porch this morning eating my oatmeal* & heard some freaky cawing coming from the front(?) of the house.  Craning my neck, looking for a weird new bird in the trees & a bald eagle flew across the side yard about 20' above the ground and then soared over the trees on the side yard  (For those of  you unfamiliar with my yard that put him about 100 feet away from me!)

Oh yeah:  the 4 mile run didn't happen yesterday :(   but I did get my sewing area organized enough to start a small sewing commission :) 

Check out the marathon website:


So far I've raised $35!  Thanks Dad & TXWildflower!


DISCLAIMER:  I have a really hard time eating oatmeal, it's kinda gross.  But it's (supposedly) good for you <insert eye roll>.  And before you send me notes telling me I need to eat the 'real' kind or or the steel cut or the rolled or whatever, let me say that I've tried them all and the only thing that makes oatmeal worse is having to stand over the stove stirring & smelling the mess. 

Anywho, here's my recipe for making it edible & if you already LIKE oatmeal, then this oughta knock your socks off... :D

One pack instant maple & sugar
milk (to the dotted line on the pack)
handful of pecans
3 or 4 tablespoons of coconut milk

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Breakin' new ground

Got a lot of new things going on here: both kids in school, got a new (old) house, got a new job, Sugar Daddy is retiring and I'm training for a half marathon.

Some things haven't changed:  still trying to make quality time for Sugar Daddy, kids, art & working out. Since I can always use a little more motivation and inspiration, I am here to share the journey & hopefully provide a little motivation and inspiration for some of ya'll.

Bear with me while I figure out what I'm doing here ;) 

4 mile run

What motivates you?