On Turning 40 {soon}…and Running

Well, not yet at least. But 2016 will be a big year, and I’ve started to think about the significance of turning 40. Is there any big momentous thing I’d like to do to celebrate it. Is there any way I want to ramp up to the big event. Here are some thoughts below. Try…

Personal Long-Term Goals 2015

1. In addition to the house in the city, own a little cabin on a piece of waterfront property, like a lake, with a dock and evergreen trees. 2. Have security when I retire. Save $800,000. If I buy another % of Alta share, I’d be at about $190,000 now. 3. Pursue a variety of creative…

Weeks three and four #40to15

Two more weeks of training have passed, and I’ve had some ups and downs. Last week I ran twice during the workweek, a mild run on Saturday, and a 12-mile run on Sunday.  The long run, I took Leif up to Alder, then ran Wildwood for several miles until I reached a picnic area surrounded…

Week two #40to15

Week two of training for the 15M Smith Rock Trail Race in May. This is the first time in YEARS that I have run more than three runs in a week. I’m still finding it a challenge to get in weekday training, mainly bc I haven’t disciplined myself enough to get in the run before work unless…

Week one #40to15

Week one started the day of my birthday. I knew with only 40 days to train, I didn’t have any time to lose. Monday – 3 miles, .50 mile repeats at 7:50-8:00mm, along the Astoria waterfront. Thursday – 5 miles, some with my regular running partner, who is also getting back into it. Saturday –…

40 days to 15

It’s 3/29/15, my 39th birthday weekend (day before my birthday). I’m in the car with my husband, Eric, headed to Astoria to spend the night and relax. Eric and I recently ran the Shamrock 15k, which we do annually in an attempt to offset the damage of the Portland winter to the body and soul….

The Garden as a Community Builder

My garden is modest. We live on a standard city plot with about 3,000 sf of space available for planting. The south side of the house happens to sit in the most public corner of the plot, on the street-side which receives alot of passing cyclists and pedestrians. Because it’s such a small amount of space in…

Potato cage harvest day. Results? Meh.

Knowing how much my husband enjoys potatoes, this year I set out to grow a whole bunch of different varieties, having had success with potatoes on my Portland lot in past years. This spring I set out to try “potato cages,” chicken wire circles of potatoes seeds in which you top with dirt as the…

Garlic Rust – How I Dealt with it

So we’ve lived in the house for 2+ years, and I’ve eagerly been planting all sorts of vegetables, from garlic to potatoes to artichokes. Garlic is a crop that is supposed to be super easy to deal with. Basically, you plant the cloves in the fall (early November for me in Portland) in good soil,…

Third Summer – Yellow fades to pink

This is the first season at this house (we bought in Feb 2012) that I have witnessed the rebirth of perennials from the year before, and some new fall plantings/spring harvest crops. It seems like each year there is a little trauma and some major celebrations. For example, last year the favas that I seeded…

New hobby – BEES!!

There is a local Portland free magazine called Portland Outsider (which is awesome, by the way. it features articles on cooking, endurance fitness, healthy-balancy fitness, meat, cocktails, gardens…everything I adore) and they featured bees in the spring 2014 issue – focusing on bumble bees and what we can do to better understand and support them….