Welcome to the February edition of Share Four Somethings, hosted by Heather Gerwing. In this monthly series, we discuss things we Loved, Read, Treasured, and something Ahead since our last Four Somethings post.
The Hubs and I have been running trail races this spring, and I am loving it.
I am talking about real, live, in-person races.
After a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, races are back. There are restrictions in place to be sure.
The freewheeling aid stations where you could grab handfuls of cookies, pretzels, Swedish fish, and grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches and wash them down with a Jello shot are gone. The post-race parties are tamer and socially distanced. Mask requirements are in place.
But there is something about trail running that I love.
Maybe it’s the camaraderie. Maybe it’s the beautiful scenery. Maybe it’s the lack of expectations or the relaxed atmosphere. Maybe it’s the concentration it demands.
Whatever the reason, I am loving the races I have done this spring. It’s a blessing I do not take for granted.
Several months ago, blogger Linda Stoll issued an invitation to read and discuss Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel.
I accepted the invitation, bought the book, and…didn’t read it.
I had a lot of excuses.
I was reading a different book for another book club. I had other books on my bookshelf that looked more appealing. I didn’t need a book on overthinking things; I am not an overthinker.
Hoo boy, was I wrong?
When I finally got around to reading the book, I realized I really needed to read it. It helped me make a difficult decision (which I will write about in an upcoming post) before I even finished the first chapter.
Bogel’s book is a mix of relevant stories from her own life and wonderful advice for all of us overthinkers. Most of us are overthinkers, especially those of us blessed with two X chromosomes.
On Easter weekend, my grandsons and I participated in a free online scavenger hunt.
Even though we didn’t complete the hunt (we ran out of time), we had fun collecting photos of some of the items on the list. We were required to take a photo of each item. One team member had to be in each picture.
Some of the things we were searching for included a basketball net, a house with blue shutters, a bike (Ha – easy!), and a gardening tool.
It was a great incentive to get outside and move around.
Scavenger hunting is an activity we will definitely do again.
Now that my husband and I are vaccinated, we are allowing ourselves to make plans.
One of those plans includes a trip to Oregon to visit our son and daughter-in-law, who live in Corvallis.
This trip will be the first time we have visited Oregon in nearly two years and our first plane ride in a year and a half.
The last time we saw these two was for my father-in-law’s funeral last year when they made the trek from Oregon to Pennsylvania by car so they could attend.
It is awesome to have travel to anticipate again.
You can find the places I link up here.