Alfred Loves Mashed Potatoes

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This is Alfred.  Alfred LOVES mashed potatoes.  I also love mashed potatoes.  If I give Alfred potatoes on a small plate and make it easy for him to eat the potatoes, he gobbles them and will eat them all.  (Do not worry, I do not do this often or give him too much).

Last night I gave him a small container, with just a little bit of mashed potatoes in the bottom.  He did not want to stick his head in and eat them, so he stuck his paw in the small bowl and scooped them out a little at a time.  As he was doing this, the bowl kept moving.  After just a few dips of his paw, he gave up and walked away.

I am thinking that my new diet strategy might be to serve my food in ways that are challenging. For example, if I want ice cream, I have to eat it with a fork standing up on one foot.

 

Get Outside

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I mentioned yesterday that I started hiking; this picture is from one of our local trails, one of my favorites when I need an easy hike to take the puppy or just relax.

My hiking so far has been local, fortunately we have a lot of options in the area, and I can take an easy hike or be challenged, depending on how adventurous I am feeling.

I am by no means an experienced or exciting hiker, but I do enjoy getting outside, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is not currently doing it regularly.

Go hike, take the dog for a walk, go downtown and see the sights, really whatever gets you outside.  I promise, you will be glad that you did. 🙂

A few of my favorite things

Today I want to share a few of my favorite thing, things that make me feel good because of their humanity, because of their humor, or simply because they make me smile.

First, I live in an animal rescue home, meaning I have a daughter who works in animal rescue so we have a mishmash of animals.  Some rescued from the brink of death, some just so darn cute they were hard to resist.  Because we live the animal rescue life, I have a particular passion for rescue charities. One that is truly grassroots and does work that most will not is Stray Rescue of St. Louis; Randy Grim the founder of this rescue is one of my heroes.  Today I want to share the link for one of his success stories – http://www.strayrescue.org/DaddyLabToday – warning some of these pictures are hard to look at, but are the reality of rescue.

The second thing I want to share, my favorite funny Facebook page.  I am a nerd at heart, like sci-fi, tech stuff, and I am socially awkward.  So my favorite laughs on FB come from this page –Nerdgasm.  Things like this –

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I also like The Onion – but it is a bit more controversial in its humor and everyone may not appreciate it as much as me.

Lastly, things that make me smile.  This is my new addiction, if I am not at work, not working out, not blogging, or doing other fun or necessary things in my life, I am here – http://www.humansofnewyork.com/.  It is absolutely fascinating and I have ordered the book so I can have my obsession with me everywhere.  Below is just one of the pictures from this fantastic site.

Tomorrow will be my 21st day!  I am ending with a 5:30 am boot camp, figured I might as well end on a high note. I hope I have not bored you all too much with my daily blogs, but it has been fun, challenging, but fun to share each day.

Until Tomorrow…

One More Day with Charlie

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Hi everyone!  I have not posted recently, been pretty busy training for my next half in September.  I have not posted mostly because my running has not motivated me to post.  Not that I am not running, that is happening for sure; had one of my best runs ever last weekend.  It is just that I have not been motivated to post about running.

When I started this blog I did it with the intent of blogging mostly about my journey “From Here to Me” and right now involves a lot of running and lifestyle changes.  For some reason I have not been able to write about these things lately; so I am thinking maybe a change for a bit.

Maybe I will post what it is like to be a peri-menopausal 49-year old with the goal of sliding into fifty fit, fabulous, and sane :).

Today my post is going to be about Charlie.  Charlie is our 15-year old Russian Blue, he is affectionately known as Charlie Man around the house.  Charlie came to us about 4-years ago when a neighbor of ours passed away.  Timmons’ (our neighbor) family did not want him and asked if we would take him.  Being an animal rescue household, we were not going to say no; and every day since has been a joy.

I want to tell you first about Timmons, our fantastic neighbor.  Timmons was a WWII vet who had been a prisoner of war in Germany, as a career (he was long since retired when we met him) he was an Ad Man, you know in the 50s and 60s like on Madmen, after retirement he became a fixture in the Louisville area social scene.

Timmons was also married for over 30 years and had children.  30 years into his marriage he let everyone know that he preferred the company of a male partner and from that day forward was able to live his life with a man he loved; they were together for over 30 years.  We loved Timmons and miss him dearly.

Back to Charlie – when we first took Charlie we also took a chair from Timmons family and a pair of Timmons pants.  For a month Charlie laid in our bedroom on that chair and pair of pants.  It took my daughter visiting from college to bring him out of the room.  Since that time we have all fallen in love with Charlie and his charming ways.  A few days ago Charlie, who has been getting thinner, was showing distress in his breathing so we took him to the vet.  It turns out his lungs were full of fluid; so we had the vet drain the fluid and brought him home.  The vet said with medication, which we started that next day, and follow-up he could be fine.

Well, last night Charlie had a seizure, it was scary and sad.  My daughter works part-time at the local animal shelter and she was working today, so we thought we might decide to put him down.  She was working until 6 pm so she asked that we wait until the end of her shift.  But today Charlie had a good day.  He ate some, laid with me while I napped and laid with my husband a bit, this is pretty much his normal routine at 15-years old.  We decided not to take him to the shelter, and I took the day off tomorrow to see how he does tonight and tomorrow.

My daughter’s other job is at a Vets office, so she will talk to them on Monday and see what they say.

We never want to see him suffer, but we certainly do not want to take away his life if he is feeling better.  This is a really tough decision; how do we decide when quality of life is not good and it is time to end it?  I am really struggling with this decision.  We love our animals like family, so on one hand we do not want them to suffer, on the other, we do not want to lose them.

So, here we are, enjoying one more day with Charlie, and perhaps another, or maybe not.

My other passion and a short PSA

My blog is mostly about my journey and has focused primarily on my running, which has become part of my life and something I really enjoy and oh, by the way it is making me healthier.

Tonight I want to share a message about another passion of mine, rescue animals.  This might scare some of you off, some of you might think I am crazy and others may applaud.  Right now in my home I have 8 rescue animals…yes, eight.

Some are cats and some are dogs, but all are part of our family.  They each have their own story and their own personality, some of their personalities clash and others are very close, just like a family.

If you have never rescued an animal or had a pet I highly recommend getting one.  The unconditional love, the companionship and the fun are priceless.  Every day so many animals are abandoned, abused and unloved, rescuing is so important and the returns are innumerable.

Introducing  – Quigley – the lover, Allie – the protector, Blossom – the boss, Charlie – the gentleman, Aurora – the scaredy cat , Lucky Bob – antsy, Tiny Beast – the brat, Batman – the curious cat

Thank you for allowing me to introduce my animal family.

In case you need a run update – I am running in a 5K next weekend, training for a 10K in October and of course the Disney Princess Half in February.

180 days smoke free and 161 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon.