say a little prayer for you

Until my cold passes, I am taking it easy on the runs I am taking. A week ago I ran 40 minutes and could have easily kept going. I love thinking about everything when I run or creating interesting mantras for myself to focus on. Sometimes I think about my a cappella songs or songs I would like to compose.
Last night before I went to sleep I formed a neat plan for today’s run: I was going to pray for people and things on my mind while I ran. I devoted laps or half-laps to a number of folks and issues, and even though I could only maintain my running for 25 minutes due to not being able to breathe so well yet, it was really great.
I got the idea from my friend who ran a marathon a year and a half ago. She had raised money for her race for the Lymphoma Leukemia society through team in training. Octave had a gig this past Saturday for some folks who were also training to run in a marathon and raising money for the same group. I was so excited that we had the opportunity to be part of the event!
The weather today was gorgeous. It got up to the mid-70s and was sunny and clear. What a blessing after the last few months of cold drudgery. It’s supposed to be in the 60s at least for the rest of the week, and the lows in the 40s, not 20s. Fingers crossed that it will stay in this much more Atlanta-like pattern!
I have started some plants from seed. We tried that last year but it was a disaster because I think we bit off more than we could chew. This year, I am starting off and plan to stay small with my efforts. And because we’ll be gone for a month again when we go to Europe, I didn’t want to invest a bunch of time, money, and aspirations into something when I know I will eventually have to neglect it when we’re gone. So, I started onions, beets, and onions from seed because I can possibly grow and harvest before we go, and then I still have some time after we get back to start again with another round. I would like to grow tomatoes, spaghetti squash, and the round one items again if round one is successful! 🙂 I am also starting some flowers from seed for all my containers. My parents gave me a book on container gardening for my birthday, so I am thinking that I can manage that a lot better than an entire yard. Now if I could come up with a way to keep the back yard from becoming overrun with viney weeds!

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