I’m Finally Back

Hello Everyone!

After an almost two-month hiatus from writing, I’m finally back at it.   I don’t know where the time went.  I was really immersed in my work, following the parameters the dietician gave me, running, and, of course, gardening.

So what has happened in all this time?

Well,  I’m down 17 pounds.  Going to the dietician was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  She’s taught me how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat it.   I feel so much better.  My GI problems with running are almost gone.   I realize now that I was eating way too much.  And even though I’ve lost this much in about two months, I’m not starving.  I’m just eating healthier and being more mindful of what I’m eating.  Luckily for me, there’s nothing off-limits.  I just need to plan for it and burn it off by running!

My running is going much better.  Taking off 17 pounds means less weight to move on my runs and less pounding my body has to take.  In fact, last week I ran a 9 1/2 minute mile!   I can’t remember ever running that fast before.   But my average pace right now is about 11:15, so I’m very happy with that.

I ran in the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon with my sister Melissa.   It was a beautiful day in Vermont for a run.   It wasn’t my best run and it wasn’t my worst run.  I was satisfied with what I did.   My sister finished in two hours.  I’m so proud of her.   She’s a great runner.  I aspire to be as good as she is.   I’m hoping one day she slows down and I speed up enough so we can run a race together.

 In the garden, things are growing like crazy!!   My meadow that I planted from seed last year just loved all the snow and rain we got this winter and spring.   The wild flowers have filled in the area nicely.   The bees and butterflies are starting to find the flowers.  I’m expecting that throughout this summer the flowers will be a great nectar source for them.

The Joe Pye Weed and Swamp Milkweed are back and reproducing new plants like crazy.   The Cardinal Flowers are on the brink of blooming, and the Goldenrod have almost tripled in size from last year.  I can’t wait for the blooms to start!

I’ll leave you with some pictures of the garden that I took the last week — really, a lot of pictures.   By the way, the best part of flower gardening is I can go out and cut fresh flowers for the house whenever I want to!


Looking down through the meadow walk.

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Beautiful red bee balm.


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They look like black-eyed susans, but I’m still not sure what these yellow flowers are!

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Swamp Milkweed.

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We lined the corner with Delaware rocks.   And this impressive vine is Dutchman’s pipe.

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Happy Running and Gardening!


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