Thursday, February 10, 2011

Marathon Training with Roger

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged for a while.  Yep, you guessed it - again I’ve been stuck.  I learned from one of the best out there that it takes a good six months to find your voice as a new blogger. I suppose you have to write during that six months, not just wait for your half-year benchmark?   So write I will, especially since my sweet friend Amy from Verde Farm in West Virginia has given me the gentle nudge.  This is where the magic of blogging comes in – the amazing and supportive friends you meet along the way.  If you haven’t met Amy, read about her farm and country living journey here.   Thank you, my blog Angel.

This morning I took a beautiful hill walk in my Mill Valley neighborhood, Day 2 of my new fitness regime.  Without going into great detail about the length of time it’s been since my last workout, suffice it to say I’ll be ready for my next marathon right around the time I win the Pulitzer for my blog.  Yes, I’ve been stuck in this aspect of my life as well, but I go forward with great optimism!

With each step onward and upward, the endorphins started kicking in, and I realized as I continued on the hike signs of spring were everywhere – daffodils are blooming and fruit trees are blossoming!  As I became lost in thoughts of starting seeds for my spring garden, I came upon this:

Now I suppose I should tell you right off that I need glasses for distance and never wear them.  When I saw this up the road I was sure that this dog was in distress, stuck and struggling for his life.   The rock wall is almost six feet tall, and you can tell by the dog’s expression that he was near death, probably hanging there overnight.  He was weak and unable to bark or wiggle his way free….right? 

As I went for my cell phone to call for help, two lovely ladies rounded the bend and promptly called out, “Good Morning, Roger!”

It turns out that this Roger wasn’t stuck, hanging or near death. 

It turns out this Roger is vertically challenged and this is his perch.  And this dog spends his e-n-t-i-r-e day here greeting every passerby.  

The ladies tell me he is famous.  People are known to stop their cars here to say hello.

I discovered that Roger likes a good scratch.

Roger and I became fast friends and we made a deal.  I would come by each day and give him a head massage, and he …uh, hmm.  Actually he didn’t commit to anything.  But I think he’ll be looking for me, and I guess that’s a good way to keep me honest and on track.  Good Dog, Roger.


  1. Oh Poppie--I am so glad you are back! I had faith I would see a new post soon and what a great post at that. Roger is your new fitness partner-you know, one of those folks that keep you honest as you don’t want to disappoint them. I am sure he is looking for you now and longing for that neck scratch you bring. I love that he sits there all day--I bet he is a landmark :)
    You are so sweet and thank you for your kind words--I connected with you the first time I saw your blog and I am so glad I have a wonderful blog friend like you :)
    Welcome back!

  2. Roger is priceless! What a fun find.

    And I hear you about the blogging thing. I started my blog last January (2010) and it was May before I got one comment AND I MISSED IT! At the time I didn't have my comments come to me via email and lets just say it came in during a rather stressful time so I didn't even notice it until JULY!

    In August somebody out there actually found me and that was kind of the beginning of actually feeling like someone might be "watching and reading" :) I also figured out that you need to leave comments on other blogs to get some interest going... I had just lurked out there on blogs and expected people to find me...

    I really enjoy blogging but and love getting comments, knowing others are out there listening, but I've also realized I LOVE following others even more :)

    Glad to see you back in the saddle...

  3. What a nice friend to have (do you call him "Rog" yet?). And what a beautiful place you have to work out! We have about 2 months before we start seeing daffodils and fruit trees beginning to blossom (of course the 4' of snow has to go first!). Nice blog by the way!

  4. Hey there! Just found your wonderful blog! I love Roger!!!!
    And thank you for the lovely comment today!

    A happy new follower...kelley