I love this soup. It’s sure to warm you up on cold days.
You will need
4 cups vegetable broth
1 head cauliflower separated into flowerets
1 stalk celery chopped
1 onion chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup flour
1 ½ cups milk
Dash pepper, nutmeg
Salt to taste
Bring the broth to a boil add the cauliflower, celery, onion and lemon.
Cover and cook about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is done.
Take your potato masher and mash it till it’s pretty smooth.
Now put the milk and flour into your shaker and shake till its mixed well.
Slowly add to your soup while stirring. Cook till thickened. Add your pepper, nutmeg and salt than cook for a few more minutes and serve with a salad or sandwich or alone. I’m sure you’ll love this soup, if you like cheese you can also add in some cheese with the pepper and nutmeg as well. Hope you enjoy this wonderful soup.
Monday, the kids, dogs and I went to Calloway, we were helping the youngest ones to learn to ride their bikes. We don’t have pavement for them to learn on. After that, we went for a walk as Mary and Faith rode bikes around the lake. It was very cold but we all enjoyed our trip and time together. The little girls are hoping to go with us on one of our long runs with their bikes. After dinner Ken and I went for a 5.18 mile run, Burr, It was cold! but the cold never seems to bother my husband or the dogs. I was so happy to get home to my coffee, couch and blanket.
Tuesday, Worked on that rope again, failed again and my daughter said I should just work on the burpees instead. So I tried a few more times, but still a fail. I am determined to win eventually. I have never been one to give up easily.
Wednesday, I did P90X stretch and yoga with Ken. I didn’t climb the rope or do any push-ups as my shoulder is hurting and I don’t want to have any trouble with my shoulder, I have to much I want to do.
Thursday I climbed 138 floors on the Stairmaster at the YMCA. I was happy to get in my first practice in for the fight for air climb in April .
Then I ran on the track above the gym for 7 miles, I love to run outside with my husband and the dogs so much more than going around and around the track. It seems to be so hot and stuffy hope the freezing rain goes away quickly.
Friday I rested.
Saturday, we decided to brave the freezing weather to run our virtual Mighty Thor 10 K with our daughter Faith. It was only 28 with 18 mile winds so it felt like 18. But I really think the weather man was wrong it felt so much colder. We started at the butterfly house so when we were done with the run we could go in out of the cold, use the bathrooms and warm up while enjoying the butterflies. We were so happy to get back to the butterflies it was very nice to warm up and take a break. Then we ran 4 more miles while Faith rode her bike. She said she doesn’t want to ride her bike again when it’s so cold, she would rather run. Burr was it cold. We were all glad to be done.
Sunday, we went to church and had a wonderful time of worship and fellowship with our church family. We had dinner at the house and went to visit our newest member of the family Micah Lance Caswell. He was so sweet I just love to visit with our nieces and nephews, miss them when we don’t see them. Then we came home for football, Skip-Bo and dominoes and lava cake yum!
I guess I should start by telling how I found out about the climbs. My husband brought home an article that he thought I would be impressed with. It was about Suzy Walsham, a woman who won the Empire State building climb in New York. She climbed 86 floors in 12:05, isn’t that impressive. To say the least, I thought it was amazing that people could climb that many floors so quickly. I told him” we should try it, you know just to say we did it.” I also lost my aunt due to lung issues a few years earlier. So I was like let’s do this thing.
At this time my mother was fighting pancreatic cancer for a second time, for about 4 years this time. She lived in Michigan so we talked almost every day, except for when her pain was too great to talk. While on the phone with her one day I told her about the climb and that Ken was going to be signing us up to do it; her first words were your crazy. And that is where we got are team name “Mary Jo’s Crazy Climbers.”
I went to visit my Mom in February 2014. I will always treasure the memories of that trip. We had time to spend together; we played cards one of her favorite things. She wouldn’t let anyone win no matter your age or how many times you have played, so if you won you felt like you accomplished something. If you were one who wanted to quit when you’re losing, she would explain why you never quit, what you start you always finish. This is a trait she has successfully passed on to the next generation.
While I was there she went into the hospital with an infection in her leg. She was improving, we thought she would be coming home soon, she was having trouble keeping her oxygen levels up, but we thought it was due to the pain she was in. And once they stabilized the pain we all thought it would improve.
The day I was to go back home to my family, we went back and see my Mom once more before I left. When we were visiting with her, several doctors came in to see her and then they asked us to come out into the hall to speak with us. I wasn’t worried because this happened a lot. We were not prepared for the news they shared with us. Her lungs weren’t working and due to her age and health she couldn’t get a transplant. They told us they were surprised that she wasn’t having trouble before now with how bad it was. They showed us the x-rays and also told us that she only had hours to days to live. I wasn’t ready to lose her, none of us were, I needed her, we all still needed her.
We lost our Grandma, Wife and Mother that very same day. We miss her every day; she always brought smiles wherever she was. Her life was cut short, she had so much to still give; she is missed every single day. But we know that she in the arms of her savior in peace and in no more pain.
Here is a poem she wrote
I’m Already There
Close your eyes, say a prayer.
And feel my love around
You, as I’m already there.
I’m the sun shining down
And the warm breezy air
The smile on a stranger’s
Face, yes I’m already there.
I’ll always be a part of the
Good things that you share
I’ll smile and pray to the
Lord, for your continued care.
So even when I can’t be
Right there beside you, my love;
Feel my prayers falling down
With the moonlight from above
Know that I cheer your success
And send comfort for your pain.
Cherish our good memories
And in heaven we’ll meet again.
We did the climb that first year, 4-19-2014 at 191 Peachtree Tower Atlanta, but it was so hard to do since it was so soon after we lost her. We worked really hard to do are best in honor of her, I was a little upset that I didn’t medal but I did do pretty well, I finished right! My time for the 51 floors was 12:07:53 and Ken’s time was 11:08:91, Wow!
We also climb for my Father in law who is currently on 24 hour oxygen with COPD. Also for Mary Fetherson and a few other friends, hope and pray that some new treatments will come along that will help them with these awful diseases. That’s why we climb, in hope for healing and prolonging the lives of those who struggle for each and every breath they take.
We also climbed the next year, on April 18, 2015, in her memory. Faith, our daughter also joined us and all three of us medaled last year. Faith climbed 51 floors in 12:01, Ken climbed 51 floors in 10:36, and I was able to do the 51 floors in 11:30. This is what happens when you never give up, you keep improving.
We are also proud that Mary our 15 year old daughter, who will also be joining us this year.
We were so happy to do this climb in her memory and know that it will help save lives, so others may not have to go through the same pain we did.
So what do you think, do you want to do this?
Do you want to help in finding cures and new treatments for those who struggle?
You will be helping others and you will have bragging rights, you can say that you did this tough building climb. So think about it, don’t push it off and say you can’t, I bet you can. I hope to see you there.
Monday, I walked with the kids and dogs about 1 ½ miles, I like to get them out and as active as possible. It’s so easy for us to become sedate this time of year. Did my 100 push-ups, yippee! I also worked on climbing that rope that’s hanging from my tree.
Tuesday, did my 100 push-ups again, so love it once the last push-up is done for the day. Ran 5.1 miles with Ken and our dogs, Faith used the elliptical, she didn’t want to brave the cold. I can so understand as many times I have felt the same, sometimes going for a run is the last thing I want to do.
I think the rope is laughing at me; it may be tougher than I am.
Wednesday, I did P90X Core Synergistics, has been too long since the last time I did this workout. You really do workout in these training sessions, and you often have sore muscles afterwards. I was also able to fit in Yoga and my 100 push-ups. I felt good with my accomplishments for this day.
Thursday, I was really sore from the P90X Synergistics from Wednesday, each step was painful. So I stretched carefully and had a nice long soak in an Epsom salt bath. AAHHHH, Relief! By the time my husband was home I felt good enough for a run, but it was nice and slow and only 3.8 miles.
Friday, I gave my body a much needed break.
Saturday, we went to Callaway Gardens for a nice run with two of the kids and their bikes, and the dogs of course, they would so hate to be left out. The kids road their bikes, as we ran, we were a little worried how well this would work. We thought it maybe difficult for the bikers as they would have to go slow for us old runners. We were happy to see it worked out perfectly; the kids were able to go pretty easily along with us. While we ran are long run of 13.27 miles, it was an enjoyable morning we all had fun and think will do this again. I like to get our children involved as much as we can, but for long runs this maybe the only way for a while.
Sunday, I had a nice day with my family, all our children were here, so love it when we are all together. The only thing else I did was worked on that rope in my tree, I hope I can climb it soon. Wesley gave me a few pointers will see if it helps.
Remember try to stay as active as you can without over doing it, and always try and make it fun for all. You don’t have to log lots of miles or swim tons of laps. Look for things that you like to do and do them often, and try new things often. You never know if you’ll like something if you never try it. So be active and have fun with your family and friends.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
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I was given this Yoga for runners DVD set inorder to do this review, all opions are my own. I hope this will help you decide if it will work for you.
If you are a runner than you want to do all you can to help prevent injuries, to be stronger and run faster. I have been doing some yoga for quite a while now, it will really help you. You will be stronger and more flexible.
I have been using this RUNNER’S WORLD YOGA FOR RUNNERS for over a month now. It’s a two- DVD set which comes with a yoga block and strap. It isn’t a hard workout but it targets areas that runners need to strengthen. Runners are amazing people who display great dedication with their health and fitness.
If you are a runner than you may want to give this yoga set a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
The sessions are led by Rebecca Pacheco, who is an international yoga teacher. She has been a runner since she was 14; she has run in the Boston marathon as well.
The yoga for runners is a 50 minute workout which was designed for your rest day. This is the main workout for this set; the other ones support this one. This workout will help you with tight areas and prepare you to get back to your running as soon as possible.
There is a beginning yoga training, which is designed to teach you the basics of yoga; if you are new to yoga this will be helpful. This is a 30 minute workout that should give you a new respect and love for yoga.
It also includes a 30 minute session for recovery which will help you with sore muscles; this is designed to do after a good run. Thank goodness its short, sometimes I only want to crash on the couch after a run.
There is also a workout for core strength it’s only a 30 minute one, it isn’t that hard but you will feel it. Your core will be worked, but in an easy 30 minutes.