This week we find ourselves staring
right into the heart of November.
I love the month of November
but this year it really kicked my ash!
On a normal year,
I'd be finishing up the 58 Day Challenge that I complete
with some members of my Team Adrenaline workout group.
For 58 days we ride through the fall
cutting down on
or saying no to
lots of the delectable delights of the season.
Everyone throws $50 into a pot
and the winners,
one male and one female,
The challenge is over the day before Thanksgiving,
and the cash prize in the thousands $$! is delivered that night!
This year I withdrew from the race unsure of
if my surgery would put me at an advantage
or disadvantage to win.
I couldn't have my normal fun
of spreading the joy of 11th hour temptations
with posts like these,
hoping one of my teammates would cave
and I could stand a better chance at emerging
as the dark horse winner.
They probably would not have bent anyway.
here they are at the crack of dawn on a Saturday
for an ash kicking,
in the cold,
I mentioned the challenge in this blog
because I was surprised how many people who dropped off food
after my surgery commented,
I know you are on the 58 Day Challenge, but I brought you these anyway....
Know that I had some of everything!
Food delivered in care and love is meant to be eaten,
and I enjoyed every single bite.
I think the 58 Day Challenge should really be called what it is:
58 Days of Learning to Love Vegetables.
Seriously, it's the secret to any diet's success.
And also drink more water.
Eloise has learned that if you do those two, simple things,
your belly doesn't have room for a whole lot more.
Keep that in mind throughout your holiday eating.
I returned to work this week and it kicked my ash!
We did not study this book though.
I think it's censored.
Instead we played some chess
and also this game.
Mrs. Eloise highly recommends it for your holiday gatherings.
Absolutely anyone can play.
We haven't studied Mark Twain yet,
but after finding these ash kicking quotes of his,
maybe I'll work him into my curriculum!
The biggest ash kicking of November
were our ash trees!
They are getting brittle and broken
eaten away from the inside out
by these little buggers!
Emerald ash borers
Here is your weekend science homework
if you are interested in learning more about this plaguing problem:
If ash trees are going to become a rarity
I figured I may as well make stuff out of the wood while I can.
I'm working on custom fitted
Come to the Lamp Post and I'll measure how wide your ash is,
and I'll chip you out a campfire stool for your backyard fires.
I have a variety of sizes.
Let me know if I should set aside a big stump
or a small stump for your ash.
Eloise always saves the very best for last,
so here is my favorite duo
in their ash-kicking performances on the Today Show this morning!
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's
songs and interviews
(there are several on this link)
are really worth the watch.
I love them
and admire them
and want nothing more than to
be their ride-along tour blogger
during the month of July every year.
I'd mingle with the county fair crowds,
and try on all of Tim's clothes.