A lovely, quiet Sunday!


I met up with two running buddies for a run at Hyde Creek this morning. Brenda had to walk due to her on-going foot issues. She hasn’t yet said her running days are over, but I think they may be:( That might be the toughest thing ever for a runner- deciding that running can no longer happen. I’ll hold out hope for a while longer for both of our sakes😜 I did a 44 minute run out and back.   Felt pretty good for the day after I pushed myself in a 10 km run:) It was so foggy that my other running buddy Dennis who can do circles around me, kept turning around to come back and check on me as he couldn’t see me in the fog. I have met so many wonderful people running! I don’t know if Dennis realizes he checked on me each time we came across a lone male on the path and each time we had to cross a road ( I’m still slightly skittish after being knocked over by an SUV. I’ll cross by myself, but hopefully there’s no vehicles in sight!). It’s just the kind of person he is and I’ve found most runners take care of each other. It’s sure a nice community to be a part of!

The only interesting photo I got this morning. The fog lifted just after this, but before it was like running through pea soup!

My run also served the purpose of a test run for my new sports bra. It seemed to work fine and I’ve now thrown it through the wash so we’ll see how that goes and then perhaps I’ll be off to buy as many more as I possibly can!!!  Putting on a wet sports bra could be used as torture!

I am happy to say that I also got a workout in today. It is called the max out tabata and it took me thirty minutes. Amazingly, twenty seconds on, ten seconds off of high impact movements doesn’t seem as difficult anymore. I’m almost afraid to say that to Lyndsay though as she’ll up the difficulty level😳. She had me doing lunge jumps, squat jumps, scissor abs, L sits, tricep dips, high knees, skaters, punching and many more!  Each area of the body had four different moves to target it and it was rounded off with two sets of cardio for a total of six tabata sets. I wasn’t dripping sweat, but I was definitely breathing hard!


It seems I am to become a regular at the Coquitlam Grill🤣. Brenda, Dennis and I went for brunch after our run.  Brenda and I were planning on this as we thought it would be just the two of us, but Dennis turned up for the run and decided to join us for brekkie too, and he even paid for it! So not necessary, but a lovely treat! I had exactly the same breakfast as yesterday except my egg was scrambled today. I know that many people probably like to try something new every time they go to a restaurant, but for me with my food allergies, I love it when I find a dish that works for me and I don’t have to spend achingly long studying and deciphering the menu to determine what is going to be safe for me to eat!!

A few days ago I read Pinkiebag’s post about gingerbread tea and today when I had to walk two extra blocks to the next grocery store when the one across the street from me didn’t have my dairy free cream cheese(yes I know I still have it much. Enter than lots of people) , I saw gingerbread spice tea and thought I was getting the same as she had reviewed and recommended. Alas, it was not to be😞I picked up Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea. I am not a tea connoisseur as I’ll drink anything, but it seems good to me:)! It definitely had a very strong scent even when I just took the outer plastic off! I must have been hungry when I ran over to the grocery store as this tea is not the only new gluten free, dairy free item I came home with!

I also got all my food ready for the week so I have healthy food ready to go and have no excuses for mindless or unhealthy eating! I want to be back down by the time my mom comes home so we can go shopping!!!


Well I had to try out the new Gluten Free and Vegan Bread cookbook I got last weekend so I decided to try the cinnamon raisin buns as I have been in a quest to find the best recipe for gluten free and dairy free cinnamon buns. These were very easy to make, though I was surprised that there was no time allotted for rising when the recipe called for active dry yeast.   The good points: the recipe came together quickly, it definitely rolled up the best of all the recipes I’ve tried so far and it came out as a very nice bread texture. The downfalls are that I don’t like how there were black spots all throughout the dough from the Chia seeds and I found them dry and not cinnamony enough.   I think next time I will use regular eggs because I can and it will eliminate the black dots and I think I’ll try cutting down the flour slightly and upping the cinnamon. I also need to find the maple butter she was talking about! I still ate three which cannot be considered a healthy diet anywhere😞😏😫😖 and I was doing so well at getting rid of those pounds!  At least I’ve put the rest in the freezer now.


I’ve worked a bit on my rug today. Every time I tell myself that doing a thread or two isn’t getting much done, I remind myself it’s more than what was getting done when it was on top of my bookshelf.

I have also spent some time looking through all my knitting books and on Ravelry trying to find a pattern to use my Granite Stare Madeline Tosh yarn for. I have come to the realization it will either be the Dijon tank or a pair of mitts that flip open to be hand warmers. If anyone has an opinion and wants to weigh in on this decision, please do! I’m horrible at making decisions! The yarn is gray and fingering weight if that helps in any way.


It has been a quiet day so I spent some of it reading my niece’s new IEP (which I will have to avoid talking about with my sister in law as we’re never going to agree).  I also hung out at home today so my cousin could come by and put his antique truck back into storage in my extra underground parking spot.  The guys in my family should be thankful I’m nice as I could make some good money off renting that spot or making them compete for it🤣

Well I wish I had a more exciting day to tell you about but I purposely keep my Sundays quiet so I can feel rested for the week to come!  I got my wish today:)

Have fun!


39 thoughts on “Recharging

    1. Thank you! About 500 meters before that one there was an awesome view of some trees through the fog, but it just didn’t show up well in the photo:(

      1. I hope you can! I went back until I found the recommendation for the tetley gingerbread and figured I must have just been mistaken.

  1. AJ, Love, Love, Love the photo of the fog! It’s sad when someone, myself included, has to admit that their running days are over. How awesome to have fellow runners looking out for one another. Sorry to hear about the cinnamon buns. We are gluten free and have tried many, many recipes so I hear your frustrations with the ingredients. I think GF baking takes way more experimentation than regular baking. Hope your next try is a better one! 😊

    1. Yes it is tough to admit you can no longer do something. I’m avoiding that day for as long as possible!
      Yes it definitely takes me more tries to get something edible that’s df and gf!

  2. Great photo!

    I have many cycling friends who began cycling when they were no longer able to be serious runners, so I hope your friend is able to find something else that will fill that void.

  3. Holy moly, reading your blog makes me want to get out there and do more things! First thing on my list is to hunt down the gingerbread tea because OHMYGOSH yum. Also, so cool that you knit! I want to learn so bad but am so afraid to start. I feel like I’ll be terrible at staying focused haha. Great blog! 🙂

    1. Thank you! The gingerbread tea has been great! I also picked up sugar cookie tea to try as well- maybe they’ll help replace the sweets in my diet!!
      You should definitely try knitting! You don’t have to focus as you can put it down when you want a break. A knit Cowl with bulky yarn and large needles is a good place to start as it will go quickly:)
      Thanks for reading!

  4. Stunning photography of your run. I also had to smile at your grocery adventures as we ALL pick up random thing when we’re hunger. Sometime, I do it on purpose to just see what new 😂

    1. Nope you didn’t miss anything- I’m just scarred,🤣
      Yup Dennis is awesome. I laugh because he drove me crazy when I first met him

      1. Oh I listen to music when I run. I wasn’t the day I got hit and I was with a friend. I actually did everything right that day and still got hit:(

  5. Hi, thanks for mention I really appreciate it. Have you managed to try there tea yet? I am going to see if I can get it over here in the UK now, fingers crossed.

    1. I’ve tried the celestial seasonings I bought but haven’t seen the tetley version anywhere! I had been so looking forward to telling you I had tried it, hmph!

      1. Lol I so shouldn’t have bought more tea but I just couldn’t resist:) I don’t even have to put tea on my list as it seems like that’s what all my students buy me😀

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