A Rainy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you! We had quite a storm over the It is a dark and rainy morning here. I am welcoming it. It has been dry and this brings the ever needed green-ness that I love. The cast iron tub that Jim and Isaac restored for me for Christmas sits in the back, filling up with the cool rain. Today is usually the day Jim & I do our seven mile run–well, almost seven. It’s really about 6.5, but I like to round up. I love our runs and we need to take a camera with us one day to capture the magnificence of the mountain side. I will end up carrying the camera though (my shorts have a cute little zippered pocket, perfect for an iPhone), and am unsure of the added discomfort, hence, the reason there have been no photos.

Did I mention how good I am at the downhill parts? Uphill…not as good. In fact, pretty slow going. It is a steep incline for about 2.5 miles and I try to find two good, long walking sticks to assist in getting uphill. I’m sure Jim would be home a half hour sooner if it was not for my slow going, but he always just grabs me around the waist and says how much he loves spending time with me. A keeper for sure

In lieu of a run, Jim has roused the boys to engage in some P90X kempo. Some of the boys (who will remain nameless, but you know who you are) were not particularly enthusiastic about this endeavor, but when promised some time on the Xbox (a contraption that I despise, but will allow for special occasions or a treat), they complied. We usually work out in the converted garage-into-TV room, but there was not enough room for all four, so we set up space in the living room. Wendy (Aidan’s kitten) is attempting to attack them and poor Ipo is sitting outside the front windows under the dribbling eves watching them with the sad eyes that only a labrador can give.

Over the holidays, we had the wonderful pleasure of listening to Emma sing with her band, the Blue Moon Trio (turned into the Blue Moon Messengers since Jacy’s friend Eric was sitting in on drums, making the trio a foursome). The performed at the Red Water Cafe. I always get their Caesar salad with lemongrass and basil and shrimp fried rice and always love it–there is usually enough to take home and I had to make Jim stop eating what I didn’t finish so I could enjoy my leftovers today. He ordered a half-rack of baby back ribs with wasabi mashed potatoes and asian slaw. Delish. We always love that place and if you are ever in Waimea, you should stop by. Their happy hour menu has wonderful sushi, too.

I have not been very good at keeping up with this blog, but with the end of the year approaching, I am going to try to make 2014 a banner year and my word for this year is CONSISTENCY. There are so many areas of my life that need this and I am going to make a little 3×5 card to put up on my bathroom mirror to remind me of this. I hope 2013 has been kind to you. I have so very much to be thankful and truly grateful for. For today, I am thankful for the thunder and boys and bread and cheese for dinner tonight. Happy Sunday to you.

***Update–we got to do our run a few days later–the rain let up for about 6 hours and we got to go and see all the damage and all of the gulches were running! Here is some video footage. The first one is the gulch closest to our home during the storm–Isaac took the footage. The other videos were taken by me during our run (yes, I took the IPhone, and it wasn’t heavy at all!)–take a look at some of the debris and damage that the force of the water caused!