Hobbit House hunting 2020

posted on: February 14, 2020

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats—the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill—The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it—and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another. No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden, and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.

That is an exert from The Hobbit, The enchanting prelude to The Lord of the Rings

I am so excited about my Valentine, I mean Galentine’s Day weekend trip we have planned. For those who may not know, it is a nonofficial holiday, celebrated as a day for “ladies celebrating ladies.” We are going hiking and Hobbit House hunting. I have been reading J.R.R. Tolkien to be ready.

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

I think prehaps, I might have some Tookish in me as well for there has been whispers of a little piece of the Shire is hidden behind a plant nursery in Port Orchard, Washington and I intend to find it.

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something…You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

What is a Hobbit?

 

I think I might be one….

 I am super excited about what adventure Saturday holds with my friends I have made here in Washington. I hope each of you have a memorial Valentine’s Day this year and if you didn’t…try to make it special for someone else. Joy and Happiness is in the journey, it is never a destination. Read the book when you get a chance! It is full of great lines!

Oh, and here is a little song for you while you are out on your weekend adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHjv0GS-f8Q When life’s giving you a hard time and you feel as though you’re being overcome, come back here, watch this video, close your eyes and listen to it again. Let peace and serenity enter your heart once more. This song makes me homesick for a place I have never been before. 

 

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

My interview with Creator of In a Skirt Podcast

posted on: February 7, 2020

Below is a great interview from a Southern friend who is an avid runner. She is an inspiration and I am so excited to to share part of her story with you today. Comment and Share!

 

1. Why are you running?

You could choose to do anything to exercise. 

I started running for health and fitness reasons. I guess that’s still one of the reasons I run, but I mainly run now because it brings me mental clarity, I love the way I feel after a run, I love chasing goals, and I love the running community.

2. Who is in your running support network?

So many people! I have made so many wonderful friends through running and I consider all of them my support network. My best friend (who I met through running) is my number one supporter. Her name is Jerri Kay Boyd and we run together several times a week. I’ve learned so much from her and she is the most encouraging person. And, of course, there’s my family. I couldn’t run if I didn’t have their support.

 

3. What are the top three “little things” that you do to prevent injury?

I think the most important is nutrition. The most serious running injury I’ve had was because of a nutritional issue. It’s really important to eat enough for the number of miles you’re putting in and to make sure your body is getting sufficient nutrients across the board.

The second is recovering properly. For me, this means taking a day each week to rest and making sure my easy days are truly easy and will help my body recover from harder-effort days.

The third is incorporating a little bit of strength training into each week. It doesn’t have to be everyday, or even every other day, and it doesn’t have to be long sessions. Maybe just 20 minutes of Pilates a few times a week, or something like that.

4. Tell my readers all about running gear.

The great thing about running is that you don’t need a lot of gear to get started. That’s one of the reasons why I took up running instead of other activities. Just lace up some running shoes and go! Of course, now that I’ve been running several years, I’ve made it more complicated by adding gear. I love Garmin running watches to record runs and all the data from a run, an LED vest for running in the dark, water bottles that can be carried on a run, etc. Shoes are personal. What type you need depends on how you run. Some people strike on their heels, some strike on their forefoot, some strike mid-foot. Different shoes are made for different strikes. I recommend going to a specialty running store to have your running analyzed and let them fit you to a good shoe for you. The best clothes are moisture-wicking clothes that move with you. I chafe easily, so I prefer shirts that do not have lots of seams. If you’re getting blisters, or having other issues with your feet when you run, your shoes are probably too small. Your running shoes should be AT LEAST one full size larger than what you normally wear. I always buy my running shoes two sizes larger than what I normally wear. Your feet will swell while running. Running puts a lot of force and trauma on your feet, so they should have extra room while running.

5. Thanks for the shoe size advice! How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?

I think one of the best motivators is that I have a running buddy. We both get out of bed and get over to our meeting spot because we know the other one is waiting. Another good motivator is to sign up for races, because then you have something on your calendar that you’re working toward.

6. Running Buddy! Got it! That is the same for hiking for me! Thanks! Have you read a new running book lately?

What podcast do you listen to. 

“Run the Mile You’re In” by Ryan Hall is an excellent book.

I finished it recently and highly recommend it. Ryan is the American record-holder in the half marathon. He is also a Christian, adoptive parent, non-profit organizer, and just all-around motivating guy.

I rarely listen to anything while running because I usually run with a friend and we talk!

If I have to run on a treadmill, then I may listen to a podcast.

I love “I’ll Have Another” with Lindsey Hein,

“The Illuminate Podcast,” and

“Run Free Podcast” with Ryan Hall.

 

7. Talk a bit about your podcast. That’s the one thing I want the HikerBabe Community and every other reader to know about. 

I started my podcast close to a year ago to celebrate people who do sports a little differently.

I don’t want people to be afraid to do something because they feel like they’re different than others who normally engage in that activity.

I want people to realize that activities like running are diverse and accepting.

I try to tell the stories of people who decided to forget about stereotypes, or who are encouraging, or who will make listeners think, “Hey, if they’re doing that, I can, too!”

In A skirt podcast
Running

 

 

Her podcast can be listened to at inaskirt.com or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, or iHeart Radio…simply search for In A Skirt Podcast.

 

 

 

The book she talked about in the above interview you can find here:

Learning to Listen

posted on: January 4, 2020
First snow of 2019 in Olympic National Forest
Olympic National Forest

For so long, I have been the one traveling and speaking and talking and going on and on and on. Maybe I just got burnt out. Maybe one too many doors closed in my face and I was done with rejection. Regardless of the reason why,  I am now learning  to just be still and listen. Well, maybe not be still, because I have already hiked over 5 miles in 2020 on three different hikes this year. I am a part of an amazing group of hikerbabes and can’t wait to share more about the future hikes I am planning. What I am doing whole heartedly though is listening. Listening to the wind in the trees, the rush of the waterfalls and the sound of the crunch of snow under my boots. I love it….and the sound I hear now makes so much more sense that all the words I was saying.

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