November 2007

It was a cold and windy morning in Lebanon, PA. Nevertheless, there were still people wearing shorts to run the inaugural YMCA 5K/10K. Crazy nuts! And members of the HARD Runners group were among those nuts. There were 14 of us from the group that ran it. Most ran the 10K, a few the 5K. Among the highlights were Mike’s Elf/Turkey costume:


and getting to meet Noah (Marc’s son) who Marc pushed in the stroller for the entire 10K and still came in with an impressive time.


Out of the 14 members of the group that ran, 9 of them placed in the top three in their age groups. Quite a haul this race! Here are some more pics of the event:

Well, we found the start. Let’s hope we see the finish.

All lined up with a 5K or 10K to go.

Mike completes his 5K

I’m coming into the home stretch.

Mother/son duo AJ and Kathy ran the 5K

Cindy on the left and Shawn, looking a little chilly, in the middle, AJ on the right. Emma and Jen in the background on the left.

Marc (the wuss!) hides in his car during the awards ceremony. He said it was to keep Noah warm. Uh huh. Sure!

Hanging out during the awards – Steve, Nicole, Mike, Me

Made some progress on the house since my last posting. Finished the north side of the roof and got the shingles torn off of the south side last weekend. Yeaayyy! Do I look tired?

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It’s been raining, snowing, or sleeting this entire past weekend so I haven’t been able to finish up the south side.


Instead I’ve been working inside. Cleaned the layers of scum off the walls upstairs. That’s it for the cleaning! Spackled all the holes and got the entire place (walls and ceilings) primed. Put a coat of paint on the ceilings while practicing some ballet moves yesterday.


The windows were delivered today (again). Hopefully they are the right sizes this time. We’ll see.

Dave, Sherry, Dad, Irene, and Kris came over at different times over the weekends to lend moral support and bring much needed food! Thanks guys!!!

Spent a wild and crazy Saturday morning running a road race in Lebanon with the HARD Runners group. More about that when I get the pictures. Edited: Got the pics. Review is here.

letter.jpgStarted out this weekend with a good laugh. Found a note from the previous owner in my mailbox. Here is a copy of it. Keep in mind that we closed on Oct. 10th. I received the letter 3 and a half weeks later on Nov. 3. I hate to tell him but everything’s been cleared out and either burned or taken to the dump. Bummer. BTW, he never did forward his mail elsewhere.

Met the neighbors this weekend and got a better idea of where the property boundaries are. Can’t wait to get the place surveyed in the spring to know for sure.

Spent the weekend tearing off shingles, replacing fascia boards, and drip edges, and getting ready to reshingle next weekend. A bunch of people from the running group came out to help – Shawn, Erin, Gail, Nat, and Rob. Thanks guys!!!

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The new windows also arrived…but they were the wrong sizes. Grrrr! I gave them the sizes of the rough openings and they ordered them as the exact sizes of the windows. None of them fit in the openings. :-( Reordered them and they should be in in two weeks.

Got a propane tank in and hooked up this morning (Thursday). The tech who hooked everything up was a super nice guy and cleaned out the wall unit for me in order to get the heater to light. Now I have heat!!! I can go back and work inside without freezing!