Tuesday, 1 July 2008

A Mouse in the House ~ Part Deux & other long weekend stories.

What a great weekend!!!

Having worked extra hours to take Monday off, I am having an awesome weekend. Mind you, the rolling thunderstorms and loss of power some days are becoming a long lost memory as today is spectacular!

Canada Day, 141 years old!! I can still remember our Centennial celebrations....don't even go there with the comments, LOL.

The weekend was very busy but I'll cut to the chase, the Canada Day 10K race!

When I left the house this morning at 5:45A.M. yes, that it correct 5:45A.M., Lily was fast asleep after chasing the mouse around the house all night, sigh....not much sleep for this chick.

Glenda picked me up and off we went to collect Jen and Barb and then head downtown and over to Quebec to meet the rest of the gang at the bronze monument for the legendary Canadian Hockey great, Maurice, "The Rocket" Richard.

Bright and early and the best day weather wise of the whole weekend, we were ready to go!

We assembled for the start, and as always, a hug for everyone, well wishes for a great run and away we go, we always start together, but we run our own race and meet up at the end.

It was spectacular as we headed across the bridge towards Ontario, along a lot of the route we ran in April for our Marathon training. Beautiful vista's over the Ottawa River and a lot of undulating hills. The day was sunny and really warming up while we were running. Luckily we were in the shade along the river until we ran up a very large hill and headed along the parkway back towards the War Museum. (please see previous posts for pictures of this area).

As we headed back towards the downtown area, the police were cordoning off areas for the celebrations that were starting to take place in front of Parliament Hill. Downtown was already packed. The entertainment was beginning at 9am.

We headed back over the Chaudière Bridge to Quebec and finished up the run to thunderous applause from the spectators!!!


Today I felt great!!! I ran a steady race up hills and down, thanking the great above for this day!!

Chip time: 1:03:42!!!!

We waited for our friends to finish their race and headed off for breakfast! Yes it was only 9A.M.

It was a fantastic way to spend the morning with good friends, lots of laughter, a little exercise and of course the 'BLING'!

As for the Mouse in the House.

I came back from breakfast and Lily was up and awake. I went outside to read (in my NEW bathing suit).

Talk about timing. During the day I put a bell collar on Lily so I know where she is, she is very shy and often hides so I don't know where she is. So, I'm on the front deck and hear "the bell", in I go and dangling from her little Lily lips is the 'MOUSE'.

GOOD GIRL, you're back on the payroll!!

After a couple of attempts to catch the cat and the mouse, I'm successful! With my work gloves on, I take the mouse from Lily and this time I take it down the road to release it.....close up the doors, pour myself another cocktail and begin to write my story.....

Does it get any better than this??? Happy Canada Day!!!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,



Groover said...

Wow, I'm very impressed with Lily's achievment. And she is such a good looking cat. Congrats on te run. What an eventful weekend you had.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Nice job on the run.

We had a mouse in teh house recently. One of my cats got it, but it had a bit more disgusting ending. :(

chia said...

Gizmo puts his paws together in honor of Lily's plight with the evil vermon.

Good on you Lily! *e-petties*

Great job at the 10K :-)

Marcy said...

Awwwhhh chica sounds like a most excellent race! Now that looks like a group I'd def want to roll with :-)

Chris said...

Great job on your run.

I wish I had a cool name like "The Rocket." I have waited all my life for a great nickname and it never came :(

Anonymous said...

can you tell I'm not a running fiend? I'm more worried that that mouse is gonna find its way back into your house! seriously!

Nice job on the run though!

Marci said...

Great job on your run! Well done!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sounds like a most excellent day.Why can't they all be like that?

Xenia said...

Woo hoo! Great race. And props to Lily for keeping up her end of the housing agreement. :)

Viv said...

Looks like a great group with fun times!

Congratulations on a stellar 10K!

Marlene said...

It must have been phenomenal to run the Canada Race in the Capital! Congrats on a great time!