Celebrations!

Sunday evening we gathered with spouses at Marcia’s lovely home for supper to celebrate our success completing the half marathon.

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(L to R):  Vanna, Marcia, Maisie, Kaki (back), Jabber, Deborah, Sandy.  Leader not in photo, see below.

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Marcia presented Leader with a gift from all of us below:

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We watch Leader open her package of ‘tokens of our appreciation’.

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Visiting and enjoying our social time!

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Leader’s husband, below:

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Jabber made a cake for the party—with a Marzipan medal similar to the real medal we had all just earned.

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Cake above, real medal below:

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Thank you to Leader, especially, for all the hard work ‘whipping’ us into shape!–and to Marcia for hosting the party and for the yummy macaroons she made, Sandy for the delicious cookies she made for all of us and Deborah for the brownies!

We are, indeed, the Y-KNOTS! 

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More pictures—Winners Circle

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(L to R):  Jabber, Kaki, Deborah, Leader, Maisie, Marcia, Vanna and Sandy  (All of us are actually smiling in this one!)

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Above Deborah and Jabber (Jabber would–well, Jabber would jabber, in answer to her question—“How did I get talked into this?”—just kept jabbering, “You can do it.”  Leader told her that too.  And she DID!  She’s our ‘baby’—young ‘un in the group–and really a great runner.)

Balloons from Girlfriend—THANK YOU!  And thanks to Cupcake who made us—no, not cupcakes, but delicious apple bread. 

More Photos from the Race

Below, Leader with Deborah who both ran/walked the half marathon on Saturday.  This is the first half marathon for Deborah—and she came in at about 3 hours!  This is the 9th or 10th marathon and half-marathon for Leader!  What fantastic women!

Below, Deborah with Mac, Leader’s running partner for years.  Deborah is really truckin’ below!

A group shot below!  At one point where orange slices were being handed out, Deborah thought they were handing out Taco shells!  (She forgot her glasses, so she could not see ahead.)  Yes, she did eat one when she realized what they were, said she was getting delirious at that point.

(Sorry for the lack of brightness in these photos—picked them up from Facebook and could not adjust the light intensity on them.)

Below:  Before the race—Sandy (left) and Maisie

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Sandy, below, at mile 10—why we are all STILL  smiling 2/3 of the way through that half marathon is beyond me, but we did!

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And after with their Medals!

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Marcia ready to Rock and Roll!

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Maisie, Marcia and Sandy ready to go!

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13.1 miles DONE!

I thought this was interesting:  66 women between the ages of 65 – 69 were entered in the half marathon.  (There were a total of approximately 35,000  women in the entire full and half marathon.)  We group of Y-KNOTS are a total of 7, making us more than 10% of women 65-69 doing the half marathon.  (Note:  Deborah is still a youngster, under this age group–and, of course, she beat us!)  And all of us finished in under 4 hours.

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Who said anything about GETTING OLD?!

A very special THANK YOU to Leader!  She trained us well.

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(L to R both  photos above):  Jabber, Kaki, Deborah, LEADER, Maisie, Marcia, Vanna, Sandy

Race Day Report!

The day, April 26, 2014, began with wonderful 50 degree temperatures, sunshine, and about 50,000 of our closest friends showing up for the party race!  (Well, yes, it was sort of a party!)

Here a view of some of the crowd as we waited to be ‘waved off’……

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Above, some of the women who will be walking the half marathon from our group:  Marcia, Sandy, Jabber, Vanna and Kaki.  Missing from the photo:  Leader, Deborah and Maisie (of tree-trimming fame!)

ALL of us finished under the 4 hour ‘time limit’—this is 13.1 miles, Weeders!  That’s a long, long walk through the streets of Nashville! 

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Not too many photos along the way—we were too busy trying to keep one foot in front of the other and keep movin’!

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A large blow-up ‘balloon’ under which we walked.

There were lots of bands and musicians playing for the walkers/runners—not only is that festive, it does make one move a little bit quicker. 

Tons of supporters with signs, clapping and encouraging everyone, even those of us who were definitely at the back of the crowd of participants—THANK YOU TO ALL OF THEM! 

There are always volunteers who offer water and Gator Aide, plus sometimes snacks along the way to keep everyone moving and hydrated.  The temperature rose to around 80, so the last hour was very challenging for many of us.

Some of the supporters stood at the curbs with hoses spraying in case a walker/runner wanted a brief cool-off!  THAT was a welcome bit of relief, too.

CCQ Daughter, two Granddaughters and Great Granddaughter were at mile 8 to cheer us on—almost didn’t recognize them nor them us—the crowd was so large!  And they appeared again at the finish line to cheer our success.  Racer Daughter, who did not race this time, kept in touch with them and us via text messages.  Racers can be tracked online and that is what they did—track us!  So they knew exactly where we were at all times.

 

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My dear friend Vanna and me (Jabber, R) after we had finished!  (Let me assure you, we ached all over, but we were very glad to have finished!)

When I receive more pictures of all of the WINNERS in our group, I’ll post them.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!

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I have to mention the following:  Everyone in the group is mid to late 60’s and we’ve trained intensely for 4 months.  We have overcome physical obstacles—every single one of us—which would stop many.  We trained in sun, rain, snow, cold (very cold) weather six days a week.  This is one incredible group of courageous women! 

Shenanigans

“There you are ‘gan,” Jabber pondered out loud.  “You peoples is NUTS!”

Yes, what’s your question Jabber? 

Seems half-craziness is contagious and we’ve infected same on some of our Brocanter friends.  Lucky Sosew wasn’t there this morning, so she missed out.  She is the only one still sane.  Or at least as sane as this group ever is.

Achillies* Weeders, it was only Vanna, me and Girlfriend for standers early this morning.  (But not for enders.) 

(*Achillies means actually—Jabber likes to make up words here lately.)

Where oh where was Cupcake?  Where could she be?

OH! We all fixturated it out at the same time……..

—at the YMCA in a class!  We drove there, parked in front, and formulagated our attack….sent Girlfriend in to go grab her. So Girlfriend snuck into the workout class and drug her outta’ there.  None too soon, Cupcake reported.  She was about to go against the wall!  (with the body ball—where one has to squat umpteen times with one’s back pressed against a big rubber ball for support.  A possible horrific encounter of the sore muscular type.)

Girlfriend saved her from that!   And crunches to boot….

“Crunches to boot?  How are those done?” Jabber inquired, flabbergasted.  “Does one put on boots to do it?”

No, but we put on hats today towards the end of the sales. 

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L to R:  Cupcake, Thumper, Girlfriend, Jabber and Vanna.

The hats were only $1 each and such a selection to choose from!  We all found the PERFECT hatification for each one of our very own selves, don’cha’ think?

And when Girlfriend got into the van on the trip home, she discovered her hat said this:*

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The label is “So Patricia’

And, other than Girlfriend, what do you think Girlfriend’s REAL name is?  She said this gave her goose bumps.

So it was officially declared HAT DAY! and we all donned our hats as we tromped a block back to the van.  On-coming traffic didn’t stop, but I thought I saw a couple of quizzical looks coming from some of the occupants of the vehicles.

EXPLANATION:  *Actually, her hat didn’ really SAY that.  It just had a label in it which said that contained those words.  There was no speaking by hat nor label involved—not actual voice speaking.  Which is why I took a picture of said hat with said label.  Didn’t want you to think that we were now talking to hats.  Only do that on the second Saturday of each week.  Never at sales.  People look at us strangely. 

But we do talk to the odd dog here and there.  Well, not actually odd dogs.  There is nothing really odd about them.  They really are NORMAL dogs.  They just are sort of random, sprinkled here and there.  So far this year, no chickens.  But yard sales have just begun and there is hope! 

I digress………

So we had safely kidnapped Cupcake and took her with us on our adventures.  Shortly into them, however, Thumper called—she’d ESCAPED THE HATCH!  And she wanted to meet up with us.  By that time, we had a chair in the van which was a bit full, so we did a ‘drop off’ at Vanna’s car and then picked up Thumper who looked none the worse for wear.

(Keep in mind that the Bunny Day was just last Sunday and she did look a bit tired, which was understranded by the rest of us’uns.  Not that we actually have BEEN bunnies, you know, but we understand bunnies.  At least we think we understand Thumper. 

Wait a min’—there goes the hand signal with the eraser sign.  I guess I’ve said too much here………)

Among the many trophies and goodies, guess what Cupcake found?  THIS!  Almost as cute as Cupcake her very OWN self.

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Cupcake’s Cupie Doll

And Jabber bought, according to Vanna, ‘the most ugly, unusual, weird thing I’ve ever seen!”

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For only $3!  Which, of course, makes it a bargain.

What do you mean, ‘what is it?”  Let me give you some hints—it weighs about 5 lbs.  It has notches and straps.  And hooks.  And metal. 

“Horse harness?” Jabber thought…..

Nope.  It’s a belt used to climb trees.  Which of course I have no intention of climbing, but you never know.    Aside from that it is unusual and leather and, well, Daughter, in her new endeavor of being creative with old, worn and interesting things, might find a way to use it.  

Or else SHE can climb trees if she likes.  Up to her.

It’ll be a REAL SURPRISE.  “Here you are, Dahhlynn’!  Your own tree-climbing belt!  Now, go climb a tree!”

Yes, I imagine she’ll be absolutely delighted.

Satisfied we’d created enough havoc for the day, we all went home to go through our finds and have a nice nap!

‘Cept for Jabber who couldn’t help but continue to admire her new hat.  It is just  

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JABBERESQUE!

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Registered and Ready!

 

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Vanna, Jabber and Deborah have officially entered the Music City Half Marathon for Saturday, April 26, 2014.

We had a fun morning/afternoon viewing the Music City Convention Center, lunch at the Omni Hotel (!), and going through the registration Expo today.  While there, we saw some others from our group who were there to register as well.   Thanks to Girlfriend who came with us, too, for the photo above.

Below some of the wonderful BIG CITY sights to see in Nashville at and around the Convention Center!  Nashville is all grown up, a real big, sophisticated city now.  Twenty years ago when I worked in the area, all was very different.  I marvel at the changes!

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Interactive displays where one can select the country music artists and listen to songs sung by each.

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Entering the Expo below:

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We’re excited!

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Easter Gathering

In pictures (with a few comments):

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Sylvia, a very old rabbit, sits at the piano—never did play anything, though. 

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image  Viewing wedding pictures from Girlfriend and Hubby’s wedding—it was their 46th Wedding Anniversary on Easter!

Girlfriend and Hubby:

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Granddaughter (left), Son-in-law and Great Granddaughter

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Blowing bubbles on the deck!  Oldest Granddaughter’s boyfriend, Great Granddaughter and Grandson in pictures below.

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Grandson plays with a ‘few’ Leggos while Security guards the door:

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Oldest Granddaughter and her boyfriend, CCQ Daughter below:

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Racer Daughter below:

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