Thankful Thursday 7/16/2015 – moving on

Last Thankful Thursday to be published from the house I’ve loved living in for the last 5 years…..

Thankful for

  • The room where I trained for my first BQ, Shamrock 2014 (& for my 2016 BQ and PR at Baystate 2014) and my first Boston Marathon
my beloved Landice L8

my beloved Landice L8

unicorn and treadmill

unicorn and treadmill

  • The front porch where I spent so much time reading running books and magazines, making training plans, resting after tough long runs, having weekend breakfasts with DH, listening to the birds as the sky darkened, stretching after a run…..
porch time!

porch time!

chaise lounge on front porch

chaise lounge on front porch

  • The two separate a/c units that allowed me to freeze the downstairs for my runs while keeping the upstairs sort of tolerable for DH
  • The sitting room in the kitchen where my comfy recliner and stack of books, running and otherwise, awaited me every evening
five of the books I'm reading right now

recliner with books

  • The freezer that made plenty of ice for both of us and stored my yummy AZ pints

sad fridge/freezer & remains

fridge/freezer

  • The open floor plan kitchen, island and sitting room combo – the layout worked so well for running drills and exercises, stretching, keeping track of goings-on on multiple computers while multi-tasking and doing food prep, chatting with DH while we each did things
  • Multiple bathrooms, including one very close to the treadmill, and a place to take an epsom salt or ice bath
  • The backyard, always pleasing to look out on from the treadmill or bike or kitchen, showing me greenery, snow, birds, bunnies and the occasional stray cat….and the back deck I occasionally did yoga on
snowing, seen from tmill room

snowing, seen from tmill room

  • The basement with washer/dryer and plenty of room for storage
  • Being a 4 block walk from the library
  • The short walk to the local running store (until they recently closed), a pharmacy, our Chinese place, a Starbucks and Naked Pizza
  • Mostly quiet neighbors, beagles, landscapers and guy-who-blow-dries-his-cars notwithstanding
  • That we’ve been safe in this house despite earthquakes, roof leaks, kitchen cabinets falling off the walls, derechos, power outages, hefty snowstorms, and other miscellaneous issues
  • The wood floors throughout which help with my allergies
  • The high ceilings and light paint colors making for a bright and cheery feeling, especially when the kitchen is flooded with sunlight
  • That I’ve found so much to love and enjoy in this house – it’s the first place that’s really felt like HOME since I left my parents’ house in 1985….and home is a really important feeling to me.
marathon door wreath

marathon door wreath

Now, we turn the page to a new chapter.

Onward to the new place and discovering all the things I love and enjoy there!

What are you thankful for this week? Do you have a strong sense of HOME?