For the past 5 years Marini Farm in Ipswich has hosted the “Muddy Leprechaun”, a 5k obstacle run through their muddy fields. Every year I’ve wanted to do it, but since I don’t run, I never pursued it. Until last year when I decided “who cares if I don’t run, I’m doing it!” Hubby runs, so last Fall I asked him about doing this year’s mud run with me, but he wasn’t interested. So I asked Abbie [who doesn’t run either] and she said “YES!!!”
It SUCKS. No energy for projects. Barely enough energy to go to work and do a good job. I’ve had a sore throat for 36 days now [that’s 5 weeks + 1 day]! HOWEVER, being sick for 5 weeks did NOT stop me from competing in a 5k mud run last weekend 😀
To be fair, this was my first attempt using caulk where the results have to look “nice”. I caulked the storm windows a few years ago [and made a mess], and caulked a few seams in the basement cage last month [and made a mess]. But last weekend I tried to caulk the kitchen counters and… made a mess.
A couple of weeks ago my coworker & friend Diane heard I work with stained glass. She had tried it years ago and is thinking about taking it up again. I offered to go over the basics with her if she came over. So 3 Sunday’s ago she came by and we spent a couple of hours playing with stained glass 🙂
Today is my 4th Blogiversary! On August 26, 2013, I published my first post on ninedarkmoons.com and started a 4 year odyssey of DIY, creativity, photography, and self expression. I’ve had so much fun, met so many awesome people, & accomplished more than I ever thought possible.
I haven’t had much time to work on the chameleon mural since last posting. However, I’ve found a few hours here and there. I’ve added some yellow highlights to the face & tail, and started work on the eye.
Last August I shared my mission to virtually bicycle across the US from Ipswich, MA, to the Seattle Aquarium. I am logging all the miles I ride on the recumbent bike at the YMCA & the miles I walk into myvirtualmission.com. Each time I log new miles my virtual icon moves across the map. I am currently on a ferry in the middle of Lake Michigan.
We have 3 cats. And 6 litter boxes, which we empty and scrub each week. 2 litter boxes are elevated for Birdie, the rest are on ground level for Darwin & Bonkers. You would think 6 would be enough. But no.
I began painting the chameleon mural on July 4th. I’ve been slowly working on adding colors to the body, and this weekend I finished that part. Next up will be adding detail and highlights to the head, legs, & tail.
At the end of June I’d finally had it with our basement cage [aka my workshop] flooding every time it rained. I discovered that the gutter on the corner of the house above the leak was pointing straight down at the foundation so I crafted a gutter extender, then sealed the basement wall with hydraulic cement, silicon masonry sealant, and 2 coats of Drylok masonry waterproofer.