The last weekend, of the month of March 2012, was one of ups and downs for me.
On Saturday, I attended the funeral of a woman who was a friend, mentor and inspiration. She was every inch a southern lady and a very talented oil and acrylic painter. Years ago, she took a tole painting class from me and said “you should be painting on canvas”. I was sure I could never do that….but she assured me I could and taught me how! A chance meeting that changed my life. I will always remember her and be grateful.
Then on Sunday…..my daughter-in-law and I got up early and drove to Eugene to watch our granddaughter/niece run the Eugene Marathon!
Here she is at the finish…………….
…….and this is what you do after you’ve finished running for 4 hours and 8 minutes and 25 seconds…..sit in a baby pool filled with ice water and eat chips with your crown firmly planted on your head and your medal around your neck! Ya’ gotta love it!
Wow! Another reminder of the strength of the human spirit….all of these people, over 4000, had just run, or walked, a half (13 miles) or full (26 miles) marathon. Staci is 33, the mother of two little girls, who works part-time and has been training for six months! Her husband completed his first marathon last year, this was her year.
Her Aunt Jan, who went with me, is a runner,also, and has finished two half marathon. I don’t know how they do it….I did walk a 5K once! Woo Hoo!
On a whole different note, but celebrating the beginning of a new month…..I’m once again sharing my calendar at Kate’s blog The Kathryn Wheel.
April’s calendar ended looking like this…….I think Saturday and Sunday deserve their own special journal pages and I’m going to do that this week.
Here is to kicking off May with lots of color and texture…..
Let the adventures begin….we are off to see what this month brings!