Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grandparenting.

The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day - Let the Games Begin



I'm sharing this excerpt from Gold Pans and Iron Skillets in honor of Mother's Day.
Enjoy!

Let the Games Begin



One would believe if one listened to women, that childbirth is a competitive sport! Birthing events range from sprint to marathon and weight lifting to gymnastics. Medals and awards come in the form of bragging rights for the duration of a mother's natural life. No sport has ever been, or ever will be sensationalized as is childbirth when a group of mothers gather together. Medals are worn with honor at all family gatherings, social events, and religious functions. Nary a phone-call occurs between two mothers without reference to and often play-by-play recall of a birthing event. The beauty of the sport lies in that all event participants are winners. No birthing experience can be overshadowed by the next, nor is it insignificant compared to those that have gone before. Each is unique displaying beauty and grace, endurance and pain all its own. It is the mothers that supply the competition! Let us examine the events:

The Birthing Sprint. The winner of this event delivered her babies in taxi cabs, motor homes, and hospital elevators. The sheer speed of her labor strikes fear, envy, and disbelief in the hearts of mothers entering into more controlled birthing events. Her bragging rights? It hurts to have a baby that fast!

The Birthing Marathon. This mother's labor lasted longer than Van Winkle's nap! Her recounting has an underlying attitude of "Wimp!" towards birthing sprinters. Anyone can hold out for three hours. Three days? Just try that!

The Birthing Weight Lifter. You guessed it, her baby outweighed her suitcase. The strength it required to carry that child for nine months is medal worthy. Deliver a baby that size and even men will grimace in pain.

The Tri-athlete. This competitive spirit delivered a baby, attended a baseball game, and baked a birthday cake for her two-year-old all in a twenty-four hour period. Giving birth is all in a day’s work.

The Gymnast. This mother delivers her babies with the aid of various apparatus, such as: in a hot tub, on a kitchen table, and to the rhythms of Tchaikovsky and Lennon. Variety is the key to her success.

Myself? I’m one who wears the marks of the competition with pride, much as an athlete sports a tattoo of his mascot or Olympic Rings. Grateful to have been invited to participate, I needed the help of a surgeon to complete the event. Even my aided delivery has its bragging rights.

Now, I don't mean to brag and I don't mean to boast,

But I have an incision that goes from Coast to Coast.

Hipbone to hipbone, that's the size for me.

The nurses all exclaimed, "Hey, that’s a big smilie!" 

My personal favorite is the Creative Dance Participant. This mother was caught in a flood in Mozambique. She delivered her baby while taking refuge in a tree! Try to top that!

The beauty of childbirth competition is that each participant has an experience all her own. It matters not what the competition has done, her experience of sacrifice cements a bond between mother and child none can discount. A memory none can erase. She can't be disqualified or penalized. There is no such thing as a false start. Each emerges victorious. Imply that a mother had an ordinary birthing experience and she will launch a colorful recounting that will make the Boston Marathon sound like a walk in the park!

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing moms out there!



Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Spring Writers' Symposium and Writing Contest


The Third Annual ICAN Spring Writers’ Symposium and WritingContest will be held in Parma, Idaho on March 17, 2018. The event promises to be packed with information and interaction for beginning and established writers seeking to improve their writing and marketing skills. A networking luncheon will give attendees the opportunity to interact with fellow writers and presenters.

Presenters include ICAN members, Phyllis Vavold Nettleton, JoEllen Claypool, Sheila Eismann, and Carol Green. Guest speaker to be announced! Come prepared to engage in a writing activity to practice what you have learned! Specific topic titles will be announced before the end of January 2018!

The day caps off with an awards ceremony for winners of the writing contest. The writing contest is optional (not required for attendees), but we encourage participation as it is an opportunity to hone your writing skills. The  contest submission deadline is February 24, 2018.

Idaho Creative Authors Network assists new authors in publishing and marketing their work. This blog post from Elaine Oostra, an attendee at our first event, relates how ICAN has helped her publish two books.

If you are an aspiring author or just need to make more connections with local authors, register today for the ICAN Spring Writers’ Symposium and Writing Contest.


We look forward to getting to know you better and helping you reach your writing goals!
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

SMART Goal Setting for the New Year


Here we go again making New Year’s Resolutions and getting ready to break them! Why is it so easy to identify a need for change, yet so difficult to master the change? Could it be because the method we use to achieve the goal is not SMART? I’m guilty. Sometimes I wish for a change and employ no method at all, thus setting myself up for failure. That’s why I’m sharing this blog post, not so much for all of you, but to help me commit to setting SMART goals that employ effective methods to attain them.

What is a SMART goal?

A SMART goal is specific.

A SMART goal is measurable.

A SMART goal is achievable or attainable.

A SMART goal is realistic or reachable.

Finally, a SMART goal is timely or time bound. It has an end.

“I’m going to lose weight,” is not a SMART goal.

 “I’m going to lose 5 pounds,” is specific and measurable.

“I’m going to lose 5 pounds in two months,” is specific, measurable, achievable, and time bound.

“I’m going to lose 5 pounds in two months by tracking my calories daily,” is also realistic. It provides a specific goal that can be measured for progress, it can be done, it has an end, and it includes a plan, or HOW, for success.

Here is another example:

“I’m going to write a book this year.”

What is wrong with this goal? A year ought to be enough time to write a book, unless you don’t begin, or stay on task, or know what book you are going to write, etc.

Here is a much better example. You might call it SMART.

“I’m going to write a 200-page book about gardening in 2018 by generating 1500 new words per week. I will re-write the previous week’s word count weekly. I will use the final 3 months of the year for editing, proofing, and cover design.”

Can you see how the latter description might lead to greater success than the first? It’s absolutely attainable, and may even be accomplished more quickly than the timeline requires. And that’s okay! It’s specific including what I want to accomplish and how and when I plan to complete the task. It is measurable on a weekly basis, so I will know if I am ahead of or behind schedule. Because it is measurable, it can easily be broken down into daily goals or expanded to monthly goals.

There! I’ve just defined two SMART goals for you for the New Year! (I’m not really writing a book on gardening, so you can take that goal and run with it if you would like!)

Remember: Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely.

What is your SMART goal for 2018? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Firsts of 2017

My amazing relay team!
It’s time once again to review my year and see what things I have experienced for the first time during the last twelve months. I’m a believer in lifelong learning. A look back helps me evaluate how I am doing in this lifelong quest. Here are a few of the things I learned from in 2017. Some were purposeful and one was a matter of survival!

  • Spied my first snowshoe hare in Wyoming and drove over Cheyenne Pass in a blizzard!
  • Discovered good Mexican food east of the Rockies in Stuart, Iowa.
  • First Power Point presentation at the ICAN Spring Writers' Conference.
  • Participated in my first Vale Fourth of July 5K. I'm going back.
  • First Spokane to Sandpoint Relay.
  • I splurged on my first gel manicure and I love it!
  • Visited the California Redwoods for the first time! Wow!
  • Saw a cranberry bog for the first time.
  • I endured the Winter of 2017 complete with the crashing down of my patio cover at midnight! I also shoveled snow off my roof and did finish work on my new patio pergola as a result of Winter of 2017.


Tell me about your year. What did you do or learn how to do for the first time?



Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!


Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bust Your Bells Fun Run 2017 - The Report


We had another crisp day for Bust Your Bells Fun Run 2017. Runners are the toughest people I know! Last year the temperature was 6 degrees at race time. This year was a bit less cold, but still quite frigid. The sun broke through the inversion haze once again and off they ran on snow covered ground.
This small town event benefits the local food bank. Participants donated food items for their registration fee. Many finished with frosty eyebrows and eyelashes.
Like I said, runners are tough!

Another fun shirt design!
Here are the results from Bust Your Bells 2016! 


Women's 5K -


1st Place - Emma Strommen

Men's 5K - 


1st Place - Alex Peterson


10K -


1st Place Female - Becky Hawkins
1st Place Male  - Stetson Beus
And they're off!


Special thanks to Shu's Idaho Running Company for donating the timing clock and prizes. 

To view more photos and stay informed about future Bust Your Bells Fun Runs, follow our facebook page.
 Blue skies! The sun makes all the difference!
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

99 Cent Book Price Promo - The Hard Run


It's that time of year when we bake cookies, purchase presents, wrap gifts and decorate our homes. We try extra hard to make it all perfect for ourselves, for those we love, and sometimes even for those we don't love very much. It can all become very daunting.

What happens when the perfection of the season is marred with illness, loss of loved ones, or loss of a job? Do we give up? Do we take the season off this year? Do we put on a happy face and act as if everything were just that - perfect? Perhaps we do a combination of all those things.

My book, The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny, takes a look at difficult things and explores when it's okay to take the season off and when it's best to put on a happy face and push through.

In respect for the challenges of the season, I'm offering The Hard Run on Kindle for $.99 December 8 thru December 15 (December 9 thru December 16 in the UK). Perhaps you know someone going through a difficult time who could use a little endurance perspective right about now. Perhaps that someone is you. Don't miss this opportunity to save on the Kindle version of The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny. Order the book, put your feet up, and munch on one of those special Christmas goodies you worked so hard to create.

Haven't made any goodies? It's okay, but if you need some ideas check out this blog post from seasons past. It has recipes for three of my favorite food gifts. 

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!

Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday Book Bash!



I don’t know about you, but I’m not much for fighting crowds on Black Friday. I would rather stay home with family enjoying the company and leftovers. Perhaps I’m not really a shopper!

That’s why I’m offering 25% OFF all my book titles ALL WEEK LONG! Browse. Go eat another piece of pumpkin pie. Email me if you have questions. Shop some more. Purchase when it’s convenient for you. You can even use the coupon more than once. And there are no crowds to fight!

This offer is good now thru Cyber Monday in my Etsy shop or by contacting me personally. It is not valid on Amazon!

Use coupon code: BOOKBASH25

People on your Christmas List who might enjoy my books:

Kids

Country Folks

Fishermen

Quilters

Runners

Non-runners who wish to be runners

Readers with short attention spans

Readers who love life lessons

Writers
And the list goes on …

So, give the shop a visit when you have time between baking, eating, and recovering from that hectic Black Friday shopping trip! Remember the code: BOOKBASH25


Happy Thanksgiving and ...
Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly



This Jalapeno Pepper Jelly recipe has been around for years! It's an old standby family recipe and I often have requests.  It's one of this Granny's favorite Recipes. It's not a secret guarded recipe, so I'm sharing it here for those that can't find their own copy. This picture shows a variation using orange bell peppers.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

3 Medium Bell Peppers (You can use green, yellow, orange, or red)
2 Jalapeno Peppers (2 inches long. I've substituted habanero peppers for a HOT variation)
1 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
5 1/2 Cups White Sugar
1 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
6 ounces liquid pectin

Chop peppers and puree in a blender. Add 1 cup of vinegar and blend well. Combine pureed mixture with sugar, cayenne, and the rest of the vinegar in a large saucepan. Blend well.
Bring to a full rolling boil.
Stir in pectin and boil 1 more minute.
Remove from heat and skim off foam.
Seal in jars. Recipe fills 8 jelly jars.


*Note: This jelly can take up to two weeks to set up.

Serve with crackers and cream cheese to mellow the hot flavor of this recipe.








Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Get Away to the Oregon Coast


Arch Rock near Gold Beach
This trip to the Oregon Coast and California Redwoods was long overdue! Gratefully, things like Giant Sequoias, Coastal Redwoods, ancient Myrtle trees, and the rocky Oregon coastline endure so tardy travelers like us can enjoy them whenever we get around to visiting. The sights and sounds of the trip did not disappoint, even with snow, wind, and rain!



Our drive took us along US-199 north of Crater Lake (we didn’t stop as the snow and low clouds promised a poor view) and through Prospect, OR where we took a side trip to view a natural bridge on the Rogue River. I recommend taking time for this short hike – rain or shine.


We stopped in Crescent City, CA and asked the volunteers at the Park Headquarters Information Center where our best views would be given the rainy conditions. Following their advice, we drove US-101 south, stopping at the Klamath River Overlook and then on to Exit 765 where we followed the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway.
It was amazing! Humongous trees, lush undergrowth, drizzling rain, and an occasional yellow Banana Slug made for an eerie experience for this high desert dweller. I could almost imagine Sasquatch residing amongst the moss and ferns – if I believed in Sasquatch!

I think Sasquatch lives here ...
... or maybe here!

We chose Gold Beach as our headquarters for the next couple of days and wandered north as far as Coos Bay and south again to Brookings. Gold Beach is small and quiet, just like we like our towns!

The cranberry bogs near Bandon intrigued us and we resisted the temptation to trespass. We would have loved to get our hands on one of those plants to learn more about their tart fruit.


Gold Beach
Whaleshead Beach
The weather cleared on our last day and we enjoyed some beach time, a hike to an ancient Myrtle tree, and beautiful scenery along the water. I especially appreciated the rock formations! I guess it’s in my genes.



As the climate transitioned from coastal to high desert on our drive home, I was once again struck by the beauty of the open skies of Eastern Oregon and Idaho. I loved the visit to the Oregon coast with its greenery and crashing waves, but I still love my Idaho skies and the open vistas of the desert. After all, I’m not that crazy about slugs.
And ... no, I didn't go for a run all weekend!

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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