This weekend probably went down as the most beautiful weekend of 2016 so far.
It gave us hope of SPRING! It's coming.... Soon. Right? Now, we have to go back to dealing with some cold & snow flurries this week (really Mother Nature?) but I'll give her props for letting us have a 70 degree day. Especially when last week was in the 20's. What a crazy lady Mother Nature is.
I will give props though that this beautiful weather was on a Saturday & not like a work day where you couldn't enjoy it. That'd be the WORST!!!
I wasn't even sure it warmed up on Saturday until I went out to soothe a poor pouting dog that wanted to play frisbee... & stepped outside & was like WHAT IS THIS?
It was just so warm already at 11am!
It didn't take me long to wrap up what I was doing & pull out my running stuff to head down to the park for my 6 mile run.
I literally want every Saturday to feel like this. I honestly don't think its too much to ask.
Really. I don't.
I have to tell 2 stories though from being at the park.
There is a basketball court at the park & there was about 4 preteen/teenage boys playing basketball. I could see from a distance someone who just didn't look like they fit in. White hair. Short. A lady. ... & she had a basketball in her hands. She was dribbling the ball & would scoot a little faster & then she'd go to throw the ball up to the basket. The ball never came close to the net - never had much strength behind it to even get much higher then maybe 1-2 feet over her already short height. But she'd scoot over to the basketball & try again... & again... right there in the middle of these teenage boys.
& not one time did they make fun of her. They even ran after the ball a few times & gave it back to her. She stayed right at the same net they were at - neither her, nor the boys went to the net on the other end of the court. I don't know if she was someone's grandmother waiting on the boy to finish playing, but when I came through on my 2nd lap, she was gone & all the boys were still there.
Even if it was someone's family member, I thought it was adorable that these young kids let her 'play along' with them for awhile
|How my face looked watching this all play out|
.... & then another person I saw in the park.... perspective is what she brought to me.
I was at about 5 miles - had 1 more to go. I was getting stiff & starting to get to the point where I wanted to start complaining. I look up & see a husband & wife walking down the sidewalk. A slow walk. Blankets all around her even on this warm 70 degree day. I see her head is covered in wraps as she's lost all her hair. The closer I got to them as I running by, I could see she was struggling to take this walk, but her husband had his arm around her & helped her with each step. At one point, she just closed her eyes & put her face to the sun & let it soak in.
As I got past her, I just had to stop & thank God that I am able to get out there & run. Thankful for my health. Thankful for another day.... & thankful that this woman & her husband were able to enjoy the beautiful day together.
No one knows what tomorrow holds. Neither me nor this woman. Every day, we should all take a moment to just put our face to the sun & let it soak in.
... needless to say, it was a great day for a run.
On the way home, I stopped over at my mom & dad's & was able to watch my dad give his horse a bath. You think giving your kids a bath is a struggle? Give a few hundred pound creature a bath & then watch them immediately find a pile of dirt & roll in it as soon as you get done. That'll make you feel like "why bother?" more then anything.
|shaking the water off|
I came home to take care of my own creature ... Ricky & I took Zoe outside to work on her & trim her down. She looked SO GOOD at the end. The best Ricky has ever done with her. I am the official "holder"... which means, when we get done cutting Zoe, I am covered in more hair then she is. I wear old sweats & a hoodie so I can take it all off before I come back in the house. I really need to take a picture to show how covered I get. The things you do for your babies.
Sunday, we went to hear our friend wrap up his series for February that he was preaching. & then it was time for me to venture off to our Joy Bible Ladies.
It was a full house... 8 ladies, 3 babies & 2 baby bumps... & lots of great talk about fellowship & about unity in churches. I honestly could sit & chat with these ladies ALL day. I feel like we do good to get in & out in 3 hours. It always flies by.
I headed home, but not before I stopped at Michael's to get some yarn (YIPPEE!) & some supper for Ricky & I.
Time to wrap up the weekend by making out bills & settling in for some more Walking Dead. I'm so excited its back on!... & no spoilers, but I was about JUMPING at this one. For such a different reason then I normally jump. If you saw the show, you GOTTA tell me what you think of the new story that began last night!!!
Getting geared up for a busy week ahead - I have a dental appointment (can you feel me rolling my eyes) & Saturday kicks off the Triple Crown of Running... & our Nashville gang is coming up! It's going to be a big hurrah to wrap up February. (Is that right? Yep. Amazing)
So how was your weekend?
Did you have the warm weather for the weekend?