PJ Day

I really didn’t mean to spend the day in my pajamas!

House:

I got busy this morning and did my one task of housework. I had to change the order as my floors were in desperate need of cleaning, so all sweeping and vacuuming got done today. I’m glad I got at least that done!

Relaxing:

I have to admit I spent most of the day eating berries, playing scrabble, reading and watching a Hallmark movie.

Exercise:

Thank goodness I had arranged to run with Sarah today or I never would have gotten out of my pajamas. We did a 5km to the mill and back and boy was it hot and a little busier than I like.

I then came home and did a Hallmark workout which was a minute of jogging between: front raises, crunches, lateral raises, squats, plié squats, deadlifts, burpees, tricep extensions, mountain climbers, pullovers, reverse crunches and bicep curls.

I really need a massage though! My body is getting very sore and creaky.

I know I should be knitting or stitching, but I think I’m going to go back to reading my book.

Have fun!

AJ

Visiting Is Good

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

Exercise:

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, plié 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.

Shopping:

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!

AJ

Home Again

Well it was a day of travel. I got up, packed and sadly left my parent’s place. Usually I make sure that I stay long enough that they are driving me crazy- makes leaving them so much easier. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case this time.

Home:

I got home to the horrible chirping of my smoke alarm. My poor downstairs neighbour has been putting up with this since I left. He came up to help me change the battery, though I will have to go looking for a lithium battery as all I got at the drug store was an alkaline one.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run around the river. It was hot, humid and busy, but still nice to stretch the legs. I want to put more mileage in this month so am trying to be super consistent.

Reading:

I read Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. I loved it! I started it yesterday and finished it today. This book has a lot of heart, but reads quickly and lightly. The characters are interesting and of course, I love that it centres around a knitting store. I sure hope it’s just the first in a series!

Well that was my whole day other than some grocery shopping. I had better do some knitting now!

Have fun!

AJ

It Goes So Fast:(

This last day has been rainy and went so fast:(

It has been a very lazy day as my only exercise was 23 minutes of yoga.

I did do some cross stitch and knitting. I am excited that I touched the edge of the first page of the cross stitch pattern. I think I may have to go back to the curtain again though.

In knitting, I got the top done and will be connecting it into the round on the next row. I messed up but think I finally got the right number if stitches, just maybe not in the right place🤣

Otherwise I have done nothing but happily hang out with my parents. I’m going to miss having company!

Have fun!

AJ

It Keeps Getting Shorter:(

The nice thing about visiting my parents is that I get to do what I would do at home, but with company. Plus having someone else around forces me to be the better version of me.

Exercise:

I did 5.65km this morning, and yes it was more hills. I think I managed to figure out a route for tomorrow which should only have one massive hill, but several smaller ones. I really don’t like how the first hill comes at 0.5km – I’m not even warmed up then!

I did ten minutes of yoga when I got home to try and stretch out my poor legs. I really can’t wait for my massage next week.

I also did a BeFitDavis abs workout this afternoon- plank, Russian twists, leg drop to reverse crunch and crunches. I added on the pushups so another part of me would get exercised too.

Shopping:

My mom and I went to a different grocery store today and I found five different types of my soya cheese. This cheese is good when I’m having cheese and crackers as it holds it’s shape like regular cheese. I always love looking around grocery stores when I’m in a new place, though the two I’ve been in on this trip make me happy I live where I do.

Crafting:

I spent some time on both my cross stitch and my knitting. I’m not sure there’s visible progress yet, but I know I did stuff!

Reading:

Still working on Beach Read. I don’t know why this book is going so slow, but I am over halfway so hopefully will be done soon.

Family:

This afternoon my mom found out that her specialist appointment is on the phone so she doesn’t need to go home. That means she isn’t going and I contacted my brother to see if I could get a ride with them. I can, but it means I’m going home on Saturday:(. Even with how quiet the trip has been, I will miss having my parents for company:(

Well I’m going back to the book.

Have fun!

AJ

At The Least

It was a very quiet and restful day.

Exercise:

This is the one thing I did well today. I started the day with a 5km run that was one hill after another. I got to start running down a hill but then had to go up the other side. I made it to the top and turned the corner, only to see another steep hill. On the way back, I had the first hill again. I swear this town is trying to kill me with hills!

This is not the steepest one!

I did some yoga when I came back because I was shocked to find out I hadn’t done any yoga in June. Hopefully it will help with my tight muscles!

Finally this afternoon I did a BeFitDavis workout. It was four sets of lateral lunges, squats, static squat with heel lifts, and pulsing plié squats. I then added on knee raises, a plank, crunches, reverse crunches, bicycle crunches, leg drops, heel taps, and scissor legs.

My goal was to do all three activities each day so this was a success:)

Stitching:

I got some more done on my cross stitch project. I cheated on the curtain and did a part that is a different colour so it will be visible.

Knitting:

I had to restart my sweater. I’m just hoping it will turn out well and move along quickly!

Reading:

I could almost swear I am reading Beach Read backwards as it is going so slowly.

That is my whole day- pretty quiet!

Have fun!

AJ

Back to Quiet?

My last brother and his family left today so we may just get back to quiet relaxation.

Exercise:

Once again I managed to get out for a run right away this morning. It was literally fifteen minutes from awaking to out the door. I ran out of town as I went the opposite way, so I did a few laps around the local field and then went back how I had yesterday.

I also got a BeFitDavis workout in. It is one I had skipped before because it had lots of jumping in it and I have someone living below me, but not here. It was 45 seconds each of squat jacks, scissor jacks, single knee drives, high knees, and pop jacks. I managed to get through all of them twice before my parents arrived back home.

Family:

My brother, SIL and nephew stopped in this morning. We bonded while shelling crab. 🤣🤪. I always love seeing them so it was a nice visit before they left for the other parent’s place.

Stitching:

I sat down in the sunshine this afternoon with the plan to knit for one hour and stitch for one hour. Unfortunately, I brought everything for knitting but the one page of the pattern that I am on. I will have to look it up tomorrow I guess. I ended up doing about an hour of stitching which was quite lovely:)

Reading:

I am still working on Beach Read by Emily Henry. Scrabble is definitely slowing down my reading.

I am so tired that I think I might be off to bed already🤣

Have fun!

AJ

Score!

I might have found the score of the summer today.

Exercise:

I started the day by going out for a run around the neighborhood. By the way everyone was staring at me, I don’t think many people run around here. I know why too- the whole town is hills! I got 6.10km in so just have to make sure that I do at least 3km tomorrow. I can’t believe I’m having trouble getting to 100k this month when so many months this year I’ve been doing about 150km. Oh well, I will try to get out again in the morning.

I had planned to do yoga, a walk and/or a workout too today, but didn’t get to it.

Family:

The guys in the family went out boating so us girls hung out. We started by checking out a store that is closing down in town. I was really upset because I’ve had luck with shoes there the past couple of summers.

We had to go in one at a time and my mom and SIL sent me in first because I take the longest to make decisions. This time there were no decisions to make- I just took them all:)

There’s no way I can resist Birkenstock’s at that good of a price! I have enough for life now!

The rest of the day was just spent hanging out chatting.

My dad got clams and crabs for dinner. I’m not sure whether it was the sun or the clams, but I was too sick to eat crab 😥😰😱. I’ll have to make up for it at breakfast!

I’m off to sleep off whatever is wrong with me.

Have fun!

AJ

Relocation

I was so tired by the end of last night, that I couldn’t even write a blog post.

I was up super early as my brother and sister in law were picking me up at 6:30am. The trip was calm and went quite well. We just stayed in the car and played on our phones.

I ran into the DQ and grabbed an ice cream cake on the way to the house.

It was great to see my parents and my brothers and even one aunt, uncle and cousin came over. We were outside so hopefully we kept everyone safe.

We did up hamburgers and hotdogs for dinner along with an amazing ramen salad my SIL made and potato salad my aunt made.

The best part- we actually got a new family photo! As usual we were missing people, but at least we got one!

It was a great day and hopefully the start of a great holiday!

Have fun!

AJ

Stretching My Skills with Sally

Last year I tried a few of Sally’s Baking Challenge items and quite enjoyed the challenge of trying new things. Most of the people in my life asked why I was doing this, thankfully there are people like Abbey! I was talking with Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl and we decided to both try these challenges and then link up to talk about our results, so please check out her attempts too. I was really interested in doing this because I knew she would be doing the recipes as called for while I would need to convert them to gluten free and dairy free. I should say that I change as little as possible and just sub in gf and df ingredients to see if the recipe will still work.

It is so cool that when Kathy read about Abbey’s and my challenge she decided to join us so make sure you go read about her baking adventures! They always look professional and yummy!

The June baking challenge was for ice cream sandwiches. Now I love creamy deserts so this sounded really good even if it had chocolate in it.

I knew this weekend would be busy so last weekend I whipped up the brownies. Just like Abbey, I had to cook mine longer and they still were a little gooey in a few places. I was just hoping the freezing would help. The only difference in my brownies was that I used Bob’s Redmill 1-1 Flour and Earth Balance vegan Buttery Spread. The brownies were easy to make and I had no trouble spreading them like Sally did.

The most difficult part of this recipe was finding enough dairy free ice cream without going broke. Now o don’t keep ice cream in the house and usually just go to the local ice cream parlour when I have a craving, so when I looked in the frozen foods section it was a shock! The cheapest option was fourteen dollars and it only went up from there! There was no way I was spending fourteen dollars on ice cream for a recipe when I had already had to buy sugar, cocoa and pans! I checked out three different grocery stores and finally found some Breyers Dairy free that was an acceptable cost, though it was vanilla with peanut butter ripples. I thought it would be okay as peanut butter and chocolate go together.

I smooshed the ice cream onto the bottom brownie, though I really should have let it sit out longer first, and then topped it with the top brownie and popped it into the freezer overnight.

This is what came out of the freezer. I took these to work for my crew of friends there and they inhaled them. One friend did say they were very rich, but everyone raves about them and they were easy to make. I would count this baking challenge as a success.

Now for my Saturday:

Exercise:

I wanted to start out my holiday on a good note. I stepped on the scale to face reality and then headed out for a run with Sarah. We were running Hyde Creek again (where we ran into the bear last week), but decided to do the other side of the river. We were going along great until 2.44 when Kula, the dog, went crazy. We couldn’t see the bear, but decided to just turn around and tack on at the end. It turned out to be a slow but nice run:)

House:

I have spent most of the day doing the last of the laundry and packing. I have packed way too much and still think I’m missing some key things- like shorts! Oh well, my dad always said to pack half the stuff and double the money and thankfully I’m going somewhere with stores and laundry this year.

I did take a little time out and walked over for an ice cream. I’m really going to miss my ice cream treats while I’m away. I got ice cream two days in a row because I couldn’t figure out how to take some with me.

It was a lovely treat to sit on this rock and enjoy the ice cream in the sunshine. Callie was so sweet to give me a little taster of some of the other vegan kinds on top of my raspberry pistachio.

Reading:

I have started a new book today called Beach Read by Emily Henry. This book was recommended to me by Mildly Granola. I’ve only hit chapter four, but so far I am really enjoying it!

Well I’d better go get my garbage and recycling out since I’m being picked up very early tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ