Running to Stop Hunger

….well more like jogging

On Sunday, my oldest daughter and I took part in a community fun run to support an organization called The Stop Community Food Program.

The run took place along the West Toronto Railpath. It was a 45 minute run and the idea was to run or walk as far as you could in that space of time. It was unusually hot but I’m happy to say that I didn’t stop or walk. I managed to ‘run’ 4.5 k in 42 minutes. I couldn’t make it to the 5 k mark in three minutes so the organizers recommended that I stop. I felt remarkably good.

I’m particularly proud of my daughter. This was the first run she’s ever participated in and she’s been practising really hard. She managed to run 7k in 45 minutes.

At the end of the race a lot of draw prizes were given out. I won a $25.00 gift certificate from the Running Room. Both my daughters told me that it was a sign that I need to keep running. My youngest daughter said she would join us next year for the same race.

It was a great day. My husband and all my girls came out to support us.

Closing the Cottage – A List of Last Times

….last time for the season that is

On Saturday my husband and I drove to the cottage for the last time this season. It was an absolutely beautiful day but we were on a mission and that was to close the cottage for the season.

Every year we say we’re going to spend more time at the cottage in the fall but it never seems to happen. This year we closed extra early because of my husband’s upcoming surgery.

As we were cleaning up and packing the car we both wished that we were staying for more than the day but I had a run to do with my daughter in the city on Sunday and there was no way that we could get back in time if we stayed over night.

We packed a nice lunch which we enjoyed on the deck; our last meal at the cottage for the season. K and Frances went for a walk on the beach; the last one for the season. The closing of the cottage went smoothly and without any drama or complications. After screwing the plywood over the back door we made one last drive to the garbage bins and headed over to the top of the hill and got out of the car to take a few pictures of the fall colours. Unfortunately the colours will probably we better next week but we had to make due with the changes that were presented to us. We’ll probably take a drive, closer to home in the next week to take advantage of the autumn colours at their best.

When we got to the dock I backed the car onto the ferry for the last time this year and once we got to the other side we stopped off in Lafontaine and enjoyed a coffee at Wendy B’s. Her little shop/bakery was always a must stop destination before heading to the ferry docks.

Another stop on most of my trips to the cottage was the Dubeau Family Farm where I would stop to pick up fresh berries, beans, corn and other vegetables and fruits that were in season. On Saturday’s visit (the last one for the season) the pumpkins were on display. In a couple of weeks there will be 10 times that number. I took a chance and bought my pumpkin early and for the last time this season handed over my money to Jason, the young man who has lovingly bagged my purchases all summer.


Share Your World – 2014 Week 38

….thank you Cee for four more thought provoking questions

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I think I would be a grand old sugar maple. I would provide shade in the summer, beautiful colour in the fall, shelter from the wind in the winter and in early spring delicious maple syrup.P1030425

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?

I would love someone to come in and wash my floors and clean my bathrooms.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

It would have to be cheese. All varieties.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

At 14 I worked in my parents’ milk store. I did that until I was held up and forced to empty the till. I was 16 at the time. Soon after, my parents gave up the store and opened up a fabric and sewing machine store.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for spending time with my oldest daughter and getting out for a run with her last Saturday.

This week I’m looking forward to going to the cottage for the last time this year. We’ll be closing up the cottage because my husband is making brunch for the kids the following weekend and soon after will be  going in for his thyroid surgery. The following weekend we’re hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m also looking forward to the Railpath Fun Run this Sunday.

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