We didn't have a formal race last Saturday, but we did run 4.5 miles with lots of our usual running peeps - Julia's promise of cupcakes and chocolate milk afterward really brought everyone out! A few were off doing the Blue Bell race (the one where you get all the ice cream you want afterward - my recaps of previous years are here and here), but Jeff and I didn't do that one this year because I really don't enjoy it. Too many hills, it's been hot and windy, and there is a killer hill at the end that is unnecessary, in my humble opinion. And some were off doing a Mud Run - but I opted to stay clean. Here's a few pictures of our day:
Plenty of delicious cupcakes! Plus Pam came with her dog Sadie - they ran with Jeff and I, and afterward, Sadie wanted to chill with Jeff. She's about as much of a lap dog as Paco is, but sometimes, a dog just wants to be held, so of course you oblige!
I found a kitty when Jenny and I were running at the park on Tuesday, and brought it home with me. How could I not - it was so cute and just sitting there, all alone, and slightly beat up:
I have to tell you that Jeff breathed a huge sigh of relief when I showed him the actual kitty. Because I have been known to surprise him with a kitten more than a few times...
We are working on sprucing up our backyard - Jeff wants to try putting some pavers in an area where grass growth is sparse due to the shade from the trees. We found a place in town where you can buy them by the pound and it looks like it won't break the bank (although our backs might be another story). He also wants to put containers with plants on top of the pavered area, so we started with that:
On the left is an azalea - a huge one, at a clearance price. Hopefully it will make it, but if it doesn't, it won't be a big loss. The right is bougainvillaea, which I love. The back fence of our yard in California was covered with it! It won't last through a freeze in the ground, but since it's in a container, Jeff can take it into the garage during the cold months and we'll cross our fingers that it will survive. I threw in some lobelia (the blue flowered plant) on the side for more color - again, another plant we had in California. Side note: I did not appreciate how easy it was to grow plants when we lived there - and, what a huge selection we had to choose from! Container in the front has basil seeds planted - hopefully I will have a summer's worth of fresh basil/pesto!
Another view of my color pot. It makes me happy to see this!
Jeff had the ladder up while we were messing around in the yard, and naturally, Kip had to climb it...and then hop onto the roof:
Crazy cat! He got himself down, which is more than I can say about our former cat, Pumpkin - he used to jump up from the side fence, go to the spot where Kip is pictured (which is above our back door) and then meow meow meow until one of us would drag a chair out, stand on it, and lift him off the roof. Personally I think he just liked knowing that we would "rescue" him and he could have gotten down by himself, but who knows?
Another 5K race is on tap for tomorrow...have a great weekend, everyone!