Spiders, Soup, and Yoga

It feels like fall.  The weather is cooler and the spiders bigger.  And while I’m not one to kill spiders (unless they are the size of rat and in my bedroom in India–we killed that one good and dead), I’m not super excited about them popping up around the house and giving me a fright. With that said, I let some of them stay and I may have asked the house cleaner that came for my birthday to leave the web above the sink.  Here’s the spider I re-homed to our front garden this morning.

No joke, as I was re-homing this dude, I could hear those pesky mice taunting me from behind the hutch!!!!

No joke, as I was re-homing this dude, I could hear those pesky mice taunting me from behind the hutch!!!!

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With the change in weather, I’m also enjoying making soup.  All those pumpkins in my garden are making for some great pumpkin soup.  Here’s a super simple pumpkin soup recipe with immune boosting garlic, ginger and turmeric to help fight off those back to school colds.

Warming Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole pumpkin– prepared according to these directions.
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2-3 whole cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 inch chunk of ginger, minced
  • 1/2 inch of turmeric, minced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • salt and peper to taste
  • cayenne pepper for topping

Directions:

  1. Sauté the garlic, ginger, and turmeric in water and add onions.  Cook until translucent.
  2. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!
  3. Warm it up, serve it up!  Sprinkle with cayenne pepper for a little bit of a kick!
  4. Enjoy with homemade bread and salad.  Yum.

Okay–so yoga. My body has been hurting a bit lately.  I took last week really easy in the running department.  As a matter of fact, I only actually ran 2 days. The other days I just walked for a couple hours with Leif and Sochi.  I swam and did strength training as well.  Still, I’m hurting and its not just my pelvic area but I’m sort of achy all over.  My body is trying to tell me something, for sure.

Last night I re-signed up for myyogaonline and decided I’m going to commit to getting back on the yoga wagon.  I’m not sure what that looks like quite yet but today it meant replacing my strength training with a very intentional 30 minute yoga class from one of my favorites.  Its amazing how far I’ve come in a year!  Saturday will mark the one year anniversary of my surgery!  I’ve built up to marathon distance at Boston Qualifying times and already tapered back down for another round of healing.  Only this time, my healing looks a lot different.  I’m not starting from crutches!  I can still run, just not as much and I can do tons of other activities that keep me strong!  Fall seems like a great time to ease up on running and ease into yoga and nature walks. Am I right?

If you are wondering why he is not wearing pants, it would be because he jumped, sat, and rolled in every puddle he could find and then jumped into the Puget Sound.  This kid is nuts.

If you are wondering why he is not wearing pants, it would be because he jumped, sat, and rolled in every puddle he could find and then jumped into the Puget Sound. This kid is nuts.

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