The interesting thing about having a blog is being able to think about topics or ideas to write about. A lot of times when I think of something to write about I try to tie it in to an action from my past, my mileage count and what is going on in the present. It’s a tall order. Sometimes I get great inspiration and other times not so much. I guess what makes writing this blog interesting is there is more than just a purpose of counting the miles ~ there are life lessons, growth and adventure to be had! There are a lot of great blogs out there to read. But blogging is hard and can be time-consuming. Many blogs start but they don’t last long. I have had a few people tell me they would like to blog. Some start and it doesn’t last too long and others just never start. Just like running long distances blogging takes a lot of willpower and persistance.
One of the most prominent features I remember about my Nana was her hands. She suffered from really bad arthritis that left her fingers swollen and bent. There have been many times I have looked at my own hands and have seen her hands. Or maybe what my future hands may look like. Let’s hope not, but you never know with genetics. She used to crochet all the time and created some wonderful blankets. I have many that I don’t even use because they were so beautiful. I remember finding the art of crochet fascinating and wouldn’t mind learning myself. Nana told me that she started crocheting because a doctor recommend it for exercising her hands. She never crocheted until recommended by the doctor. That recommendation has brought forth some wonderful heirlooms I and others still have today.
Funny it wasn’t my Nana who taught me how to crochet but a childhood friend when I was living in Texas. I remember seeing her work on a blanket and I just had to learn. So there in Victoria, Tx, my friend Stacey taught me how to crochet before I was a teenager. I dabbled in it from time to time but never really produced something viable. Bottom line, I would start, but I never finished. If you think about it ~ what a colossal waste of time; picking out the yarn, the stitch, the size hook and starting the project only to put it away and never touch it again. I started a Halloween blanket one time and I carried that thing around to about three different places we moved to while in the military. I just couldn’t get rid of it because I knew one day…..
I’m very lucky to have a wonderful friend here in Alexandria. She really took me under her wing and has made my move an easier one. She has done so much for me that I wanted to do something for her to show my appreciation. So….I’m going to crochet her a blanket. Nothing fancy ~ just a nice double crochet blanket….and I’m going to finish it…no doubt. Surely you jest, you say! Since I’ve been on this journey of completing 11315 miles I’m not the same person who was toting that orange and black half crocheted blanket around. Waiting for the right Halloween to come around to finish. I have become someone who can go the distance and finish. Whether it be a crocheted blanket, a marathon,century or whatever life throws my way. It might not be perfectly straight on the edges, but it was made with love, joy and a whole lot of heart and persistance.
This weeks mileage was pretty good. I have already greatly surpassed last month and there is still more time! The weather this week was a little rainy so some indoor riding and running were required. I did two smaller runs and two rides on the indoor cycle. It was supposed to rain today but we had hot, sunny and very humid weather and I went out for a small run.
I got out a little late and I sure did pay for that humidity. The total for the week came to 27.68 miles with 5924.50 gratefully remaining. Almost halfway there.
Whatever you do finish your blanket. It may take awhile, but the path of persistence and will always does and the end result will be worth the effort. This song comes to mind. Happy Miles to You!!