We had back to back weekends with our precious granddaughters, but caught a bug along the way and kept pushing and trying to ignore the illness. I am stubborn when it comes to being sick and do not like to admit when I do not feel good. I double up on Vitamin C and just keep trucking along. This did not work this time. Here it is so close to my race, I thought this can not be happening. Then on top of this, I pulled my glute and had a lot of pain from it. I started using my heating pad, loading up on a therapeutic dose of Ibuprofen and praying to please heal me so I can run the Half Marathon I have been training for. Last Sunday, I stubbornly went out for my long training run and could not even make it half a mile. 🙁 I was so sad and disappointed. I decided to just rest last week and see what happened. Thursday after work, I went out for my last ditch effort to get one more long run to be ready for the race. I made it 10.3 miles at a slow pace. My runs are when my mind is the clearest, almost a meditative state and spend much of it in prayer. As I ran, my pain lessened and my legs just kept on going. By the end of the run, I felt ready to commit to running the race. I have no idea what my body will do in the next 7 days, but I will be there and will finish. After this run, my cold that I have been suffering from improved and each day am starting to feel more and more like me. This was a weekend of enjoying down time and being so thankful to feel strong again. I was getting “sick and tired of being sick and tired”, but now I am feeling blessed. It is not me to complain or to give in to being sick and am so HAPPY to feel my strength again.
Saturday we got up and decided to take a drive in the Hill Country and just explore and enjoy the day. We started up Highway 46 and detoured off to Medina Lake.
This was our first time to check this lake out and will definitely be back to camp and kayak. Next we headed back up toward Bandera and came across the most majestic pasture with Buffalo. Hard to capture their massive size in a picture.
Next we cruised through the valley with beautiful green covered hills on both sides toward Comfort, TX. We stopped in Centerpoint at the Burger Barn. I don’t eat meat, but can always order a sandwich that I love. The menu featured a Patty Melt. I asked for a grilled cheese with Swiss, grilled onions, kraut, tomatoes on rye. It was delicious and splurged for a side of onion rings. Hey, it is the weekend and have to have some cheat days. We left there and up the road to Comfort where we visited our club winery, Bending Branch. Wherever you travel on these back roads, you encounter the Guadalupe River. This time of year as it warms up, it draws in the locals and tourists to fun filled days of tubing, kayaking, sitting in the shallows and soaking up the long summer days.
The county road is long and winding to the winery off the beaten path. The Guadalupe is here again, winding along the road next to us like an old friend. When you pull in to Bending Branch Winery, it brings a feeling of relaxation and serenity. That is even before the wine! 🙂 We picked up our shipment and did a tasting of a few new releases and relaxed in the member lounge. The view is my favorite.
Now after a long day riding around with the top down in the sun, we headed home again….jiggity jig. Snapped this pic of Keith. He has always been my handsome man, but sometimes I forget just how in love I am with this face. 32 years and it never gets old.
I feel like we have been a little off kilter, cranky to one another because we have not been feeling well. This weekend was a few days of connection and it is amazing what this does for my soul. We woke up today, went to church, got groceries, worked out and fixed a scrumptious dinner. Some people play music “by ear”. I cook “by ear”. Ha! I spend time scrolling recipes in Pinterest and add ingredients to my grocery list and just wing it when I cook. Tonight I tried two new recipes; avocado fries and quinoa with mushrooms. These were both sides with a green salad topped with cranberries and Feta cheese. This was my meal and Keith had a steak with his. Added a bottle of Rose’ from France.
Dip avocado in egg whites. Shake in baggie filled with crumbs and cheese, with garlic powder, salt/pepper to taste. Spray cookie sheet and bake on 450 for 12 minutes. These were super yummy.
Quinoa and Mushrooms
After dinner we enjoyed some back porch time. Keith serenaded on his guitar. This has been a much needed weekend of rest, relaxing and so thankful to feel well.
Something about Sundays are always melancholy. Not sure if it is the dread of back to the grind on Monday or the sadness that the weekend is coming to an end and off our separate weeks tomorrow. I always tell myself how blessed we are that we have jobs to go to and all that God has given is more than we deserve.
I love to run and run to stay healthy. After cancer, I started running more and run a half marathon every year. My philosophy is “It is me vs. me.” I try to avoid getting caught up on how fast my time is, but do wish I was faster. Most importantly, just thankful I am healthy.