Can you ever escape Jury Duty?: Tea/coffee Date November 2021



Thanks,  Coco and Deborah, I am grateful you give us this opportunity to get together virtually!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I was working on my pumpkin post (click here if you want to know how to cook pie pumpkins in your Instant Pot), and I came across a typo that made me chuckle: I’d meant to type cutting board, but somehow typed cluttering board (which is totally appropriate for the state of my kitchen right now).

I did feel guilty that my sister had to handle the aide change on her own. Not guilty enough to drive out in the Nor’easter to help. I thought about it . . .

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I’d wanted to go away for a couple of days around our anniversary. That’s what we usually do (although we hadn’t for the last couple of years). It didn’t feel right with my mom in the hospital and then the aide change, though, so I decided on the daytrip to Lake Moreau State Park instead.

After my mom came home, I started looking at places for the next week. I immediately found one that looked perfect and we decided then and there we’d book it. A couple of hours later my brother told me they’d had to change the date for the aide change to  yup, you guessed it — the following week. 

I felt badly, because my sister had shouldered a lot during my mom’s hospital stay, but like the time she broke her hip, we couldn’t get our money back. Both my siblings told me to go and not feel guilty. My sister rarely goes anywhere though, and her life hasn’t been what she’d hoped it would be — so yeah, there’s going to be some guilt. 

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you for the first time in a long time my body feels pretty good. I’m sure some other niggle will pop at at some point, but it definitely is nice to be niggle-free at the moment.

I have never gotten mailings from NordicTrack before researching treadmills!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I laugh at people who think Alexa is a security risk. Do you use FB? IG? Siri? As you know I’m researching treadmills (anyone have a Sole F65 or F80, by the way?). The above postcard from Nordictrack arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. I own zero Norditrack equipment, but I did visit their site and research Nordictrack.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that at my last visit to my mon, she handed me an envelope with the jury questionnaire for my father. You can’t make this stuff up! I took care of it, and they didn’t even ask for a death certificate (my father’s been gone almost two years, by the way).

Do you get postcards from places you visit online? 

Would you have driven out in that Nor’Easter (about an hour’s drive)? 

Tell me something you’re looking forward to in November!

Also linking up with:


5 Reasons you should be eating pumpkin everything


I probably don’t have to give you any excuses to eat #pumpkineverything at this time of year, but did you know that you’re actually doing something really good for your runner’s body? If you look beyond the lattes and the sweets, that is.

And if you’re not on the pumpkin bandwagon, maybe you should be!


Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the five reasons you should be adding more pumpkin to your diet.

And in case you don’t really care about the healthy benefits of pumpkin, and just want to get to some recipes, I created a Pumpkin Recipes for Runners board on Pinterest here.

Don’t throw out those seeds!
There seems to be endless benefits to pumpkin seeds:

  • They’re rich in protein (so great for vegetarians)
  • They’re rich in iron (again, great for vegetarians)
  • They’re a good source of omega 3 fatty acids  (again, great for vegetarians!)
  • They contain over half your RDA of magnesium, which might help you feel more energetic
  • They’re rich in trytophan, which can help you sleep better

All of the above means that they can help bolster your immune system, which can take a hit when you run long and/or hard.

More potassium than a banana
So why should you care? Like bananas, pumpkin may help reduce and/or eliminate muscle cramping. Potassium also helps to balance the fluid and electrolyte balance in your body.

Protect your vision
Especially your night vision. Like any orange vegetable, pumpkin is full of beta carotene, which can help protect your vision and also help your eyes adjust well in the dark. Running at o’dark thirty? Pumpkin might help.

Looking to drop a few pounds?
Isn’t it ironic that the same flavor that is behind so many holiday treats, when combined with healthy whole foods, might actually help you lose weight? It’s true.

Pumpkins are full of fiber, which can help you to feel fuller and are also relatively low in calorie. Much like potatoes, it’s all in how you prepare it.

May help you regulate
Because of its high fiber content, pumpkin might just help you be more regular. Now we all know the runners who simply can’t tolerate a lot of fiber before a run and/or race; for them it can lead to GI distress. Common wisdom says don’t eat something full of fiber before a race — and that can mean a lot of veggies.

Runner, know yourself. I still need my greens, even before a race. I just don’t feel right if I’m not getting in my veggies.

But if your problem is on the other end of the spectrum? Let’s just say that pumpkin might just help you go a little more often.

So let me know in the comments:

Have you fallen prey to the pumpkin craze?

Any healthy ways you enjoy pumpkin?

Have you ever actually roasted your own pumpkins? (I used to make bread pudding in pumpkins many years ago — delish!)