Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
This weekend, I’ll be participating in the “SUMMIT Stride” event. It’s the running version of the PeloFondo. It’s a virtual running event where you pledge miles – individually or as part of a team – and then run those pledged miles on the given date. We participate as a Streakers365 team, and the original team goal was set to 50 miles but we currently have 49 runners with almost 300 miles pledged. So awesome!
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My (small, amateur container) garden is coming along. I didn’t plant much this year (only zucchini, tomatoes and strawberries, and some herbs), but so far I’ve been able to keep everything alive and thriving. It’s probably partially due to the very mild weather here. We had a couple of hot days, but overall it’s been a lot cooler than the average temperatures for May/June.
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Sadly, I think our pair of finches have abandoned their nest. I haven’t seen either of them in days. I am wondering if the blue jay that had been frequenting our bird feeder has something to do with it (I read that they can get kind of aggressive towards other birds and the finches might not have felt safe. I like the blue jays much less now after learning about their aggressiveness, even though they’re such pretty birds.) I do not know if the finches had already laid eggs or if they were still in the nesting phase, but I don’t think I get to see baby birds. Sigh. On a different note, I have seen another bird species – an oak titmouse – visiting our feeder. That was exciting. They’re small, delicate birds with a little tuft on their heads.
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My best friend celebrated her birthday this week and it reminded me that she’s been living with a brain cancer diagnosis for 15 years (gasp!). She’s really been robbed of a normal life and all the milestones people hit in their 30s and 40s, and I am just in awe of her resilience. I also learned this week about a fellow runner friend (almost a decade younger than me) who was diagnosed with breast cancer. You guys, we need to be thankful for every single day that we wake up happy and (overall) healthy.
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If you’re wondering about the tile saga. There are no updates. Our landlords decided to “ghost” us for as long as possible, or so it seems. (It’s comical to me, tbh.) We haven’t heard anything since the landlord was here with the sample tile (that wasn’t a match) about 3.5 weeks ago. We’re currently taking bets if they a) are using every free waking minute frantically trying to find a matching tile locally (unlikely, both that they’re doing this and that they’ll find a match), b) are on a trip to Mexico to acquire a sufficient number of the (most likely) original tiles to properly replace the broken ones, or c) are plotting a scheme on how to erase our memory (alla Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind) – and thereby ignore – the issue altogether.
What’s been going on in your world this week?