Expected and Unexpected Adventures

I haven’t had much to blog about in the two weeks since returning from our Vermont Adventures. Life has been full and busy with catching up after vacation — being gone 10 days meant a big pile of mail to go through, mountains of laundry to do, and plenty of housework that needed attention.

I used to be a very enthusiastic scrapbooker, but in the past few years I lost my office and scrapbook area to Mark’s e-bay enterprise. During vacation I saved lots of brochures, maps, ticket stubs, etc. and determined to do a Vermont Adventure scrapbook. Mark was in full support of this and within a week of returning home I had printed out nearly 300 photos and made a trip to Hobby Lobby where I spent a good deal of cash on materials.

New scrapbook materials and nearly 300 photos!

New scrapbook materials and nearly 300 photos!

Since I no longer have a table to spread out on, and all my scrapbooking supplies have been stored in the guest room, I had to spread things out on the guest room bed and make do with the small table in the living room for working on pages.

Spreading out on the guest bed.

Spreading out on the guest bed.

Utilizing the small living table normally used for jigsaw puzzles.

Utilizing the small living room table normally used for jigsaw puzzles.

I had just gotten things good and spread out and “organized” when we had a visit from our son and daughter-in-law who live in Columbus, OH, which meant everything had to be picked back up again. I had only managed to get two pages of my scrapbook completed before work was interrupted.

Not exactly a lot of room to spread out.

Not exactly a lot of room to spread out.

I should say I’m not a fast scrapper, nor am I very good. But I enjoy it and it’s a fun (if somewhat expensive ๐Ÿ™‚ ) creative outlet.ย  Hopefully I’ll have time to work on it more this week.

Saturday morning I was up early to participate in the planned adventure of the weekend – taking part in the Run Baby Run 5K in support of the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo. I have been training with a group of people from my church for the past couple of months, never intending to actually “run” any of the 5K. I had said from the beginning that I was going to walk it, since running has never been something I enjoyed — even in my Army days.

Of course, peer pressure – or should I say encouragement – is a great motivator and by the last training session I found myself doing some jogging. So, I was determined to run part of the 5K.

We had a great time! The day was really pretty – a bit humid but nothing oppressive. The 5K took place at Secor Metropark, a park I blogged about in the past, so it’s very pretty and plenty of shady trails.

Here are a few of us at the start of the race. My friend Juli is the one who organized our running group. She’s right next to me in the middle. Juli’s sister Sarah is on the far right and Juli’s daughter Becky is on the left.

Becky, Amy, Juli and Sarah ready to run!

Becky, Amy, Juli and Sarah ready to run!

I didn’t do too badly. I think I ran maybe a little more than a mile of the 3.2 miles. I would jog a bit, then do fast walking, then jog, then fast walk. I came in 111th with a time just under 47 minutes. No record breaker, but it was fun and for a good cause. I raised just over $100 in pledges. I could have done more if I had tried a little harder.

Approaching the finish line strong.

Approaching the finish line strong.

We were all red-faced and sweaty after our run, but full of smiles. (Okay, Sarah’s not smiling, LOL.)

Happy to be finished!

Happy to be finished!

Hopefully my friends won’t kill me for putting these pictures on my blog. LOL

My church running buddies - Jen and Juli.

My church running buddies – Jen and Juli.

Jen and Juli have both done the Run Baby Run 5K before, but this was my first time.ย  This is only the second time I’ve ever done a 5K. The first was a few years ago in support of a family at my church struggling with medical bills and I walked the entire thing.ย  I have to say, I felt pretty proud of my accomplishment and might even keep running and maybe do another 5K or two!

Proud walk-runner!

Proud walk-runner!

Our two sons and our daughter-in-law left in the early afternoon to go off to some big group activity they had planned. In the evening as Mark and I relaxed in front of the television, we heard a muffled “boom” and suddenly the dogs came crashing in through the doggie door. We quickly went out to see what had happened and found this.

Ummm, this wasn't planned!

Ummm, this wasn’t planned!

A large wild cherry tree had come crashing down all the way across our back yard. It smashed through a part of the fence and obliterated our fire pit. This was the unexpected adventure of our weekend!ย  And it wasn’t even windy!!ย  Thank the Lord we weren’t out sitting around the fire pit and that the dogs didn’t get crushed!

Right through the new fence. :(

Right through the new fence. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It went all the way across the yard, from fence to fence.

It went all the way across the yard, from fence to fence.

In the morning Mark sharpened his chain saw blades and while I was at church he cut up the tree. When I got home we worked together to stack all the wood and clean up all the brushy-branchย mess. It was hot in the sun and the entire labor seemed way too much like work for a Sunday, but it had to be done. Since our “kids” had been out until the wee hours of the morning, they were no help.

So, that has been my rather boring life since coming home from the beautiful mountains of Vermont. Thursday we head north for the long Labor Day weekend, so hopefully I will have some actually interesting adventures to write about later this week!

Enjoy your holiday weekend and God bless!

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14 Responses to Expected and Unexpected Adventures

  1. avian101 says:

    Vacation is over Amy! Now is back to reality of everyday’s life! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Bob Zeller says:

    You really know how to enjoy yourself. A thrill a minute. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Juli Wink says:

    You did so well on the run Amy!! Great Job!…it was so fun hanging out with you Saturday!

    I cant believe that tree crashed down like that! What happened? Was it damaged, or diseased?
    Scared the wits out of the dogs, truly! poor babies.

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    • It was a blast for sure! I love how happy you look in all these photos. I was thinking about you this morning, how you always have so much joy!!

      Mark says the tree was rotten/dead at the base and wild cherries are notoriously weak. There is another tree in that same area that is leaning toward our neighbor’s so they are going to take it down this weekend.

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  4. kathydoremus says:

    I see your tree and automatically think, “I wonder if any of those branches would make good perches?”

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  5. tootlepedal says:

    I don’t regard falling trees as part of a dull day. I would have been quite excited.

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    • It was sure a mess to clean up. We worked on it yesterday afternoon and again this evening when Mark got home. There is another one that looks questionable so the neighbor is going to take that one down, since it is leaning towards his shed.

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  6. My ex-girlfriend was into scrapbooking, and I enjoyed helping her out, so much that I considered taking it up. It’s too expensive though, I wouldn’t be able to afford camera gear if I scrapbooked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I walk about the equivalent of a 5K each morning, but running to answer the phone is the extent of my jogging these days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • My sister encouraged me to get into scrapbooking and I hesitated because I’m not “crafty” – every craft I try to make ends up looking like a preschooler did it! (Which is good for my profession because my kids actually think I can draw, LOL.) But once I got started I realized I liked it because a.) I have a fashion degree and always love color coordinating and b.) I loved doing page layouts when I was in the newspaper biz. I realized scrapbooking combined those two things and didn’t require as much craft/art expertise. I still don’t think I’m good at it, but that’s okay, the only people who see my scrapbooks are family and friends. It can cost a lot though. At one point I thought about getting rid of my stuff since I don’t really have a good spot to spread out (as you can tell from the photos ๐Ÿ™‚ ) but I didn’t want to because of all the investment. And I haven’t even bought any of those fancy cutting tools like cizix or cuttlebug!

      When I announced on facebook that I was doing the Run Baby Run 5K I actually told all my friends that it was going to be “Walk Baby Walk” for me because I don’t do that running stuff. But then I found I didn’t mind it once I started! As long as I can stop and walk when I want/need to!! A friend of mine said her son who runs track did a 5K the same day I did and finished in like 12 minutes! That is just crazy talk. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Juli Wink says:

        WHHAAATTT!! 12 MIN IS LIKE WHAT I DO PER MILE!!! On a GOOD DAY!!! LOL
        I guess when you are young you can do anything!!!

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  7. I know, right?? He runs cross-country and is a freshman or sophomore. I thought Jalyn Dey was fast at 25 minutes!

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