As a retiree, I pretty much have all the time in the world to do
whatever I want to do, including keeping this web journal up to date.
But based on various missing pieces in the website since 2009, it appears I'm quite the
Since this is a hobby and maybe no one is even
referencing it any more, most other activities take precedence in my life.
This isn't a priority.
Case in point: it's now March, 2023. I only recently finished the last 2021 web
journal entries and now I'm hoping to whip through 2022's entries in a week or
two. My plan is to be more succinct (not one of my strengths), combine
several entries into one, and include fewer photos. We'll see how that goes!
[Addendum: not so well!]
Maintaining our half-acre yard is
one thing that keeps us busy! Jim snapped this
picture of me working in the
middle of the lantanas one day in July.
I do journaling on my computer every evening with a summary of each
day's activities. I also have many thousands of well-organized photos. So it's pretty easy
(just time-consuming) to go back and fill in those missing pieces --
or missing years -- in this web journal.
It's surprising how well most everything comes back to me when re-reading the
journaling or scanning through the photos. In my mid-70s,
my memory is still mostly intact.
So that's my plan for 2022 -- just half a dozen entries
about some of our favorite activities and interests. There's a lot more
that I do NOT write about on this public forum because of privacy and
wanting to avoid controversy.
VFW activities keep Jim busy,
too. This is (L-R) Stony, Rick, and Jim
at the WWII Heritage Days event
at the PTC airport in October.
I especially avoid anything political on this sie. The closest I've gotten was related to the Covid pandemic. I'm not going to rant
about that again because apparently now it's more endemic than pandemic
and we've all just got to live with it (unless we die from it, of
I will say that Jim and I have gotten all our shots and boosters and
we continue to willingly wear a mask when appropriate or required. We
don't want to get someone sick who's vulnerable to disease, and we don't
want to get any Covid mutation ourselves. So far we have avoided it. Or
if we had it, neither of us knew we had it.
We keep the fur-kids properly
vaccinated, too! L-R: Holly (5), Casey (10), and Don (3)
lie on the quilt I bought to use
for pet therapy with young kids at schools and libraries. (7-2-22)
I don't know how much longer I'll continue to update this website. It
was more fun and useful when we started it for the 2005 Appalachian
Trail Adventure Run/Hike and during the years when Jim and I were running ultra-distance
foot races all over the country. From 2005 to 2017 we also had many RV
travel adventures in the U.S. and Canada to share.
Now we're mostly homebodies.
That phase began when we bought our current house in Peachtree City,
Georgia in spring of 2017. We quit extended and full-time RVing for a
number of reasons spelled out in a web entry that year. Our home, yard,
and dogs have been our sanctuary before, during, and after (?) the pandemic.
We haven't gone on a trip since we sold our Cameo 5th-wheel trailer
in spring of 2019 (except Jim going to his foot races in nearby
states). It's too difficult to travel now with three big dogs that we'd
want to take with us. And RV travel has so significantly changed since
2020 that we don't know if we'll ever buy or even rent another RV.
Our Cameo served us well for ten
years, including two memorable trips to Alaska.
Although neither of us can run anymore Jim continues to test his 100-mile
mettle by walking several 24-, 48-, or 72+-hour events each year.
There will be an entry covering the five races Jim participated in this year.
I enjoy long walks and hikes but no longer want to go beyond ten
miles. I have no desire to compete after 30 years of training for races.
I'll include entries with photos I've taken during hikes at Line
Creek Nature Area and Sweetwater Creek State Park, and walks/bike rides on our city's extensive
network of paved "cart" (multi-use) paths.
The photo at the top of the topics page and each of the entries is
from Sweetwater Creek State Park again, as was the one for 2021. It's
one of my happy places and has so many scenic views. The next photo is
from Line Creek in October:
Jim and I do a lot of volunteering for several worthwhile organizations.
One or two entries will include our activities with the Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW), American Red Cross, Fayetteville Humane Society, CERT
(Community Emergency Response Team), two assistance dogs schools
(Warrior Canine Connection and Southeastern Guide Dogs), and
the various types of pet therapy I do with
Dapper Don, our Lab that was in guide dog training when
he was a puppy. He decided he wanted to be a pet and therapy dog
instead of a guide or service dog:
Don loves people so much that he
didn't want to work for
just one person as a guide or
service dog. (6-17-22)
Another entry will showcase flowering plants in our yard. Gardening
is an ever-evolving process with successes and failures, and I've had my
share of each in the past six years in this landscape.
Daylilies are one of the
The last entry will feature several miscellaneous topics including
other activities with our three Labrador retrievers and dogs belonging
to friends, some of the books I've read and enjoyed this year, attending
the Cotton Pickin' Festival, and a weird arson case in our town.
Next entry: revisiting Sweetwater Creek State Park (twenty
times in 2022!)
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Casey-Girl, Holly-Holly, & Dapper Don
© 2022 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil