Well not only does visiting my parents improve my mood and my hug-o-meter, it also apparently, improves my fitness.


I got up super early this morning and met Dennis for a long run. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but I managed a 10km PR! I actually got faster as the run went on and at one point was keeping up with Dennis at a 5:52/km (this is fast for me)! It felt really good to get back to normal and have a long run, but I guess all those hills of the past week, made me stronger.

I also got a Hallmark workout in this evening. I did a minute of jogging between crunches, squats, front raises, pliรฉ squats, burpees, pushups, lateral raises, reverse crunches, bent over rows, bicep curls, mountain climbers, full weighted sit ups, and deadlifts. I really need to go pick up some heavier weights and I need to remember to take some weights with me when I visit my parents.

Hallmark workouts seem great for right now- I get to watch a movie and hopefully get into better shape.


After a tea with the Sunday group and a quick shower, I met up with Lyndsay to go out to a local berry farm. We started with Krause Berry Farms which my mom and I went to last summer.

This was from last year as this year the winery wasn’t open and there were lineups to get into the market and to get waffles. We must have arrived at a very busy time, about 1:15 as the lineups were much longer then than when we came out. It wasn’t as enjoyable in the market as you can’t touch anything unless you are buying it and you can’t really take your time as you have to stay in your spot in the lineup that goes through. I did go a little crazy with berries, but am telling myself I just bought all my berries at one time this year.

The one extra container of raspberries is for my friend Sarah, though now I realize I could have just given her one out of my flat. Oh well!

On the way back we passed Driedeger Farms which neither of us had been to. We decided to stop and take a look so we would know which we liked better. I think Krause Berry Farms is what Driedeger Farms wants to be when they grow up. Driedeger is much smaller and seems to be much more focused on U-pick. It is nice to actually know that now:)

I have to admit that I have been lazy the rest of the day and have just been reading and playing scrabble. I had better get back into the cross stitch and knitting daily habit quickly!

Oh and I am starting to think about road trip food so if anyone has any suggestions of what has worked for them, I’d love to hear them!

Have fun!


21 thoughts on “Visiting Is Good

      1. Thatโ€™s good! I got several hugs a day from my mom and hopefully they will hold me until I go back again in August

  1. Wow AJ!! Your berries look amazing! Do you freeze them? If so, so you do anything special before freezing? I think I need to make a road trip to our local farmers market! You have inspired me!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    1. Yes I do freeze them. I wash them, lay in a-single row on a cookie sheet, then when frozen I take them off the cookie sheet and put them into a large ziplock bag.

      1. I love doing it this way as then you can just take a handful out to eat at a time. Frozen blueberries work well to fight a sweet tooth:)

  2. Fresh berries are the BEST! So jealous you have so many.

    I’ll mix up what I bring but this is a good list. For road trip snacks this is what I like to bring: peanut butter sandwich (sometimes I’m starving lol), granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, some sort of candy (the sugar boost helps with morale ๐Ÿ˜‰ fruit if I have some that will go bad apples and banana are easy to me. I think that’s it but I’m sure there’s some I’m forgetting as well

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