Race for the Cure, gardening and party
It has been a full day. I woke to the sound of rain during the night–we were sleeping with the windows open. I hoped it wouldn’t linger, and again at 4:30 it was still raining and kind of misty at 6 when I got up. From midnight I received 4/10 of an inch. It was also cool when I walked outside, but I looked at the forecast and decided we were through with rain. When we got downtown to wait for the beginning of the walking part of the Race for the Cure, it was downright cold. The wind was whipping and I was sorry I hadn’t brought a jacket. Our goal was to get in the masses of people and get warm–and it worked. There were a lot of folks in downtown Little Rock! The runners took off at 7:30 a.m. and we walkers started a little after 8. It was a rolling mass of humanity. People of all ages and races came together to aid in finding a cure for breast cancer. Those of us who were survivors wore extra pink shirts, but there were costumes and get-ups you wouldn’t believe.
Once you got walking, you warmed up. There were groups all along the race passing out beads, water and even flowers. The words of encouragement were also nice. If you have never done this, it is a pretty amazing experience. There were high school and junior high bands playing all along the route, mayors on both sides welcoming folks, radio stations, tv stations, and firemen were everywhere too. My friend Lynne and I got through pretty quickly and had a great time visiting as we walked.
The sun finally came out this afternoon and it was a beautiful day. I got some gardening done. After mowing the yard, I pulled all but one tomato plant and harvested the remaining green tomatoes and a bunch of peppers–they are still producing well. I planted kale and checked my other cool season vegetables I planted a few weeks ago. The kohlrabi is setting, and the lettuce looks great.
My encore azaleas are doing well and the toad lily looks amazing.
The black eyed Susan vine- Thunbergia alata stopped blooming months ago–but it has decided to start blooming again and is loaded with blooms.
. I was also amazed that I already have a bloom on my Hellebore niger–the Christmas rose. I have new leaves coming on and two tiny white flowers! I do love the Hellebores. They are so easy and do so well in the shade.
My fitbit (my pedometer that I wear daily) clocked me at 6.3 miles today. I did over 7 miles on Monday with the MG birthday event. I think I am ready for bed!