April

April has been beautiful in Austin.  This weekend Tracy had the Texas rowing championship.  I ran down and met her on Saturday and on Sunday we all met at a restaurant for brunch.

Tracy is in the bow of the boat.

Izzy and Darby have been getting a lot of exercise.  The problem with spring is all the animals are out which makes the dogs crazy.  They can’t get over their instincts to terrorize little creatures.  Izzy still checks this spot for turtles.  All the exercise means that the dogs hurt themselves.  Izzy can be seen below with a wrapped paw due to a swelling between her toes.  Darby also has a mouth issue – it looks like she bit her lip so hard that she almost put a full hole in her cheek.

Spring is here

Tracy took her sister to Mexico last week to celebrate Jenn’s birthday.  The dogs and I spent a lot of time together and did some grilling.  Izzy loves to eat anything and it’s pretty funny to watch her nibble on scraps of corn on the cob.

I put in 50 miles last week in an effort to get back in shape for the spring races.  I’ve got a 30k, trail marathon, and the Jemez 52 miler coming up in the next 6 weeks.  On Sunday morning, I did a long run to the pool and back and had to cross the creek at “stoner falls”.   The moon was setting above the trees.

RIP Barbara Skelding

Mom passed away on the 14th.  We’d known the day was coming and I’m so thankful that all of us got to spend time with her before she got bad.  Per her wish, we spread her ashes in the flower garden of the pet cemetery where her dogs, Teddy and Freddy, are buried.  Here’s a picture of Barb’s resting place.

Here’s a link to Barb’s obituary: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-skelding&pid=188473286&fhid=5484

At her service, we played a video all the kids made for her 80th birthday and her favorite song by Kid Rock.  Here’s a link to both:

A cold January

The first weekend in January was the annual Bandera race.  I was shooting for 14 hours, but missed by 26 minutes.  I consider it a wash since the course was 2 miles longer than previous years.  I finished in the top third overall and 3rd in my age group.

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
14:26:10 13:47:11 63.40 4.60 21.03 9,140.42
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

A few days later, I went to visit my mom.  It was freezing in Michigan but I spent most of my time visiting with mom and watching Downton Abbey.

This last week, I was back in Austin for the big freeze.  Once again, the frost weed was out and I took some great pictures.

 

Christmas

We had Christmas at Tracy’s sister house.

Tracy’s siblings in their yearly picture with the Joy pillow.

When we got home, we “dog sat” the neighbor’s dogs.  Rossi fell asleep on her toy monkey.

Christmas time

Christmas is here and we had a couple trips planned.  Before we left, Tracy finally finished a massive Halloween puzzle she’d been slaving over.  It took many hours.

On the 19th, we left for Michigan to visit my mom and two days after that we headed to Philly to visit Tracy’s family.

We had a great time visiting with Barb and her happy little dog Paddy.

We stayed in a studio apartment in mom’s joint.  It’s really convenient.   There had been a lot of snow and this was the view from our window.

Paddy doesn’t get out for a lot of walks, but we took him on a few.   Barb insisted he wear his jacket in the snow.  He looked funny jumping through the snow.

We are in Philly now and the lazy Tucker dog loves to be in the center of everyone.

Tracy couldn’t see our dogs on the camera at Hip Hounds so they sent her a picture.

Snow

The last couple days have been rainy and cold, but last night we started to get sleet, then hail, and finally snow.  Preston got a happy text around 9pm when they canceled school for today.

It’s was around 30 degrees this morning, but beautiful and sunny,  Looks like a great day to be off of school.

A week of fundraisers and now relaxation

This is my view as I write this post

We are in Cancun now, but the last two weeks in Austin were very busy.  We first started with the Safe fundraiser (merger of Safe Place and the Childrens’ shelter).  Our friend Ann was getting an award so were were her guest.

The following Friday was the Literacy Coalition’s annual fundraiser, Reading Between the Wines.  I was the board chair for the event so it was a bit stressful but the event went off very well.  We raised a lot of money and one of my students was able to give a short speech on how the programs have helped her.

Also, our CEO is moving on so the board presented her with a going away present.  The picture below that is the entire board.

Here’s Tracy chatting with our neighbors, Ryan and Katie.

Just two days later, we were are the Planned Parenthood dinner.  Tracy and I always buy a table and we thought that it would be fun to take Preston.  Here we are all dressed up for the evening.

The next morning we left for Mexico.  We are in Cancun trying out a new resort.  So far, so good.  We walked around yesterday.  Here’s Tracy in the surf in front of the resort.

I thought this gull with it’s feathers all messy looked like our dog Izzy.

We walked to the end of the point and posed for a few pictures.