Fun Saturday!

Mr. SP and I ran the Park to Park Half Marathon yesterday.  Neither of us was properly trained, but we both made it and had a splendid time doing so.  The course ran from a park just down the street from my mom’s home to another park in nearby Stuarts Draft. 

We ran by many beautiful farms with mountains in the background.  The course was quite hilly which I actually like.  It makes for a more difficult run, but the change in terrain works slightly different muscles and my legs like that.  Plus, I am pretty good at hills and it’s the one chance I have to pass someone!IMG_5702
The race was a point to point.  Mama kindly picked us up at the finish line so we didn’t have to ride a bus back to the start.

I was glad to see the finish!

And so was Mr. SP!  This was Mr. SP’s first running event since he severely strained his MCL a year ago.  He only started running again at the end of January and completed this race with minimal training with no problem.

Our friend, HT, won third place overall.  (HT is wearing the red shirt.)  He and his brother (green shirt) were a few years ahead of me in school and friends of the family. 

I like running races because I’m not really racing against anyone but myself.  For me, I just get out there and run and have a good time.  Tennis makes me nervous because I want to win.  I never get nervous about running because I know there’s absolutely not a chance in the world that I’ll win anything, so I relax, run, and enjoy.

After a quick YMCA shower, Mama treated us to a delicious lunch in Staunton at Mockingbird.  If you ever are in Staunton, try this restaurant.  They use local ingredients and it is absolutely delicious.

The best part of the day for me was a visit to Milmont Garden Center in Stuarts Draft.  It is Mennonite owned and a great place to shop for plants.  In my town, there’s not a single shop that offers this much variety.  I love going here to buy what I need all at one time rather than driving from store to store hoping to find what I want.

I was in plant heaven!

I tried to get everything I needed to fill all my outdoor containers for summer with this one trip.  It required a lot of thinking and deciding!

Luckily, Mama was with me to help with plant combinations.

All done!

Can you tell that Mr. SP entertained himself at the nursery by taking pictures?  Yes, I have a husband with the patience of a saint.  I shopped for a longgggg time!

Now I need to get outside and plant all of these plants.  Goodbye pansies, hello summer annuals!

How much do you want to bet that I’ll end up buying more plants?  I think the chances are quite high!


  1. Sounds like the perfect saturday – a race and then a stop to buy plants!

  2. Looks like a good day to me! We were in Martinsville on Friday and Saturday, and the weather was great. Hoping to get our vegetable garden started today, but not sure if it will happen. :s Your plants are going to look wonderful!!

  3. Congratulations Paula on your race! Looks like it was a beautiful day.

    The nursery looks like a wonderful place to shop and Miss Georgia is looking great too.

  4. Congratulations on your race! Love seeing the photos of you and your mom 🙂

  5. Congratulations! I race against myself too. I love your flowers…my husband just planted me some hydrangea last weekend:-)

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Fun Saturday

Saturday was jammed with activity.

I’m training for the Star City Half Marathon on November 17, so I started the day with a long run. My running buddy and I ran 11 miles. Slowly, we are getting there. When it was time to stop, I wasn’t that tired and I felt like I could have run more, so that’s a good sign.

Hubby played tennis while I ran and we got home about the same time. We spent the rest of the day at the lake. The sun came out when we got there and the day was very warm. It felt like a summer day in October.

When we got home from the lake, we decided to go to the club for dinner. I found $65 in the parking lot on our way into the dining room. There was a wedding going on and there were lots of people there, so I really didn’t expect to find the owner of the money. I told the manager that I’d found money and that if anyone reported losing some, I had it. I didn’t tell him how much. A while later, one of the young waitresses came over and asked me if the amount I found was three 20’s and a 5. It was, so I handed the cash over. She was ecstatic to find her lost money and I was happy that I was able to give it back to her.

We had a nice meal and it was great to spend time together. I could use more Saturdays like this one!


  1. Great job on the running.How much do you run on a regular day?

  2. I like to run 6 miles for a regular run. We have a great bike trail in our town and that’s where I usually run. I like the mountain bike trails because they are easier on my legs.

  3. Sounds good to me!! What a pretty view of the lake you have!

  4. I wish that was my view! I took that photo while we were boating. We have been looking for some lake property, but it is so expensive!

  5. Well, you earned a healthy dose of Good Karma for returning that $65!

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