Friday, March 15, 2013
hi everybody. hope your day is great! started this morning off by deciding i need home-makers rehab. i started heating milk to make yogurt (a quart) got distracted on facebook and boiled over about 2 cups of milk all over my stove. fortunately it is a gas stove and the stove top is kind of a well--so the milk stayed in there. the worst part is that this is the SECOND TIME IN A ROW I HAVE DONE THIS. the good news is--that last time it happened i found out the yogurt turns out okay anyway. so i mopped up my stove, finished the yogurt and here i am.
ground a bunch of flour the other day without any kind of catastrophe, so i may bake some bread this weekend.
got my run in yesterday--did 5.1 miles with an average speed of about 13:15 per mile. there is one segment in this interval where i get up to just slightly under 12 min a mile, which is great. it does seem like my speed improved over the three times i ran this interval. now i need to grit my teeth and upload week 8. i have such a hard time with my ipod shuffle--its just an ugly piece of technology. but somehow i always manage to get the music loaded on to it--but don't ask me how it happens.
and next saturday is our first 5K race! i am excited and nervous about this new experience. hope the weather cooperates. the race doesn't start until 10, so we should be in good shape--plenty of time to drive to winona lake.
looks like its going to be a sunny day. i may upload some paced walking music (as long as i am struggling with the ipod, why not make a day of it?????) and hit the park. the loons are starting to show up on the lake and lots of ducks are coming in now.
last night we went to dewayne and cindy's so rob could look at dewaynes collection of antique firearms and all the native american reproductions dewayne has made. dewayne has a fair amount of native american blood in him, and their home was originally owned by a native american gentleman. the story of how they got their house is so neat--and so typical of dewayne and cindy. the original owner of the home was native american--i think he was lakota sioux. he was an attorney, and his wife was cheyenne. they lived in this very quirky little house at the end of a dead end road with their horses and animals, surrounded by woods and wildlife. in their woods happened to be what would later prove to be the largest burr oak in the county, and one of the largest in the state. it is a massive old grandmother tree with a huge canopy, but like most oaks, it had some dead growth on it. one day lightning struck it and the inner trunk, part of which was hollow, caught on fire. the people called the fire dept. who came and cut an opening in the trunk, shoved a firehose in the opening and extinguished the fire.
now dewayne and this man had been friends for a long time. dewayne kept his horse there and spent a lot of time there. the homeowner, in keeping with his native faith would offer prayers and burn sage each morning. the day after the fire he went out and saw the new opening the fire dept. had made in the tree, and realized it was in the shape of a teepee. he called dewayne that very day and said he had received instruction to move back to his native land, and did dewayne want to buy his house. one stipulation--all the horses had to stay with the property. dewayne agreed and moved in.
since that time he and cindy have rehabbed the entire house, added two sections on to it and made the property their own. cindy did wildlife rescue for over 20 years and many of the animals she saved were released onto the property. they have a whole small house they built with an outside enclosure that is home to the 20 or so rescue cats she has kept--she has rescued and rehomed several hundred in addition to these. the cats have furniture and comfy kitty towers and things to play on, with ladders and platforms in the outside run too. they have a mule named paco who is a total stinkpot and several horses--dewayne serves on the sherrif's posse with his appaloosa, monty and his new recruit, deisel. add to that, the ducks, turkeys, laying hens, greta the huge dog and a couple house cats (one of whom--cleo--they KNOW to be 28 years old!) and you have what would be a dream home for a lot of people. dewayne and cindy are extraordinarily generous, kindhearted people with a work ethic that would probably kill people half their ages. both recently retired, they just built an addition on their garage and have a whole slew of other projects in the offing. when we go to build our garage, they will be right there to help us along.
i am so blessed in my friends! have a great day, everybody!