Slice of life
Pink sky rainbow. Unusual.

Pink sky rainbow. Unusual.

Beautiful, but too soon. #summersgonetoosoon

Beautiful, but too soon. #summersgonetoosoon

#ffqtown14

#ffqtown14

Oops! Hard boiled.

Oops! Hard boiled.

Relaxed, I’d say.

Relaxed, I’d say.

Cobs on the grill! #tastethegoodness #grillin

Cobs on the grill! #tastethegoodness #grillin

New digs. After 8 weeks off no running I am off to a slow start with new shoes. No foot pain from the sprain. Still working on Achilles tendinitis, but working with PT for now.

New digs. After 8 weeks off no running I am off to a slow start with new shoes. No foot pain from the sprain. Still working on Achilles tendinitis, but working with PT for now.

Cairn University Highlander XC Invitational at Core Creek Park, near Langhorne, PA.

LEAN! Love the start of #xc meets. #cairnxc #runblr

LEAN! Love the start of #xc meets. #cairnxc #runblr

A Week’s End

Unusual week. After Labor Day my wife had her post-op visit from last week’s surgery. The results don’t yet match what she was hoping for so she is questioning the decisions she has made. Time will tell.

A new volunteer started helping with cleaning the church. The man is a former pastor who has been suffering a disease that has removed much of his speech and ability to remember too much at one time. He has been a great worker, but I have to learn how to interpret phrases that don’t make sense to me. I am told he may think he is communicating something intelligible to him, but what comes out is “take the place.” This comes with different inflections, so I might be able to discern some different meanings from the way he says what he says. It’s a good lesson for me to study this gentle and hard-working man. I pray it brings him joy to make a contribution.

Tomorrow is Cairn University’s invitational XC meet. Likely won’t see any PR’s with high temps and humidity expected. If it is cloudy, that might help.

Go Highlanders!

First Day of School Blunder

Well-intentioned, but blunderous.

Today is our daughter’s first day of 10th grade where she will have mixed grades in classes for the first time. I thought I was doing my wife a favor to let her sleep in. Any day, but not today. She was broken-hearted that she missed seeing our daughter off.

Our Slice of Life Today

I am enjoying the quiet of a courtyard outside the St Mary’s medical center cafeteria as my wife endures the final surgical procedure following her mastectomy in May. We are both so ready for her to put this behind and be as fully healed as possible. Hope to see her in an hour or so and make her smile.

Our oldest son took off for a fun weekend with college friends before venturing to New England for a 3-month work opportunity we all hope translates into something longer term.

Our second son thought his bike would be okay THIS ONE TIME without being locked. Wrong, unfortunately. I am praying someone is just borrowing it and it will reappear (a bit optimistic).

Our daughter begins her last weekend of summer by working at the pool. One more workday, and then school.

Had my last PT appointment before revisiting the orthopedist next week.

PT and such

It’s been since July 16th since I’ve last run and I’ve been exercising for the physical therapist for about 4 weeks. I still feel some tenderness in spots, but am working to be consistent. Exercises/stretches include:

2 sets of 20 toe curls with an elastic band

2 sets of 20 toe curls dorsiflexed

4 sets of 15 heel raises (last set with need bent)

2 sets of 2 minute towel scrunching (need to get this one done)

3 sets of calf stretches with twists

3 sets of plantar foot stretches

Next week I go back to the orthopaedist to find how I am progressing.

Travel Day

Son number 1 moves briefly from DC to home today before leaving for DC again on Monday. The brief time at home needs to include the purchase of a car. I’ll be on the road to DC very shortly.

Silly poplars! It’s not fall yet.

Silly poplars! It’s not fall yet.