Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Run To Remember 2017

On the morning of May 6, 2017, I traveled to Chicago to participate in the 13th annual Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Run To Remember 5k and walk.  The Run To Remember is a 5K USATF certified chip-timed 5K Run combined with a noncompetitive 5K walk sponsored by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The event also features a junior jog, and a family friendly after party with children’s activities. You can participate as a team or as an individual.

This was my fifth year participating.

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation provides assistance to the families of police officers that have been killed in the line of duty and also for the officers who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty.  They have also assisted in the purchase of ballistic vests for officers and aid the families of officers with seriously ill children.  They have been able to offer over 8 million dollars in assistance.

You can learn more about that HERE

The event starts at the Gold Families Memorial Park that is located next to Soldier Field. Soldier Field is home to the Chicago Bears. The event goes from the park along Lakeshore Dr. and then circles around along the shore of Lake Michigan. You pass by the Shedd Aquarium and also the Field Museum of Natural History.  During the last stretch of the race you pass by photographs of some of the fallen officers. It gives me goose bumps every single time. I am honored to be a part of this.

The race ends near the memorial wall in the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.  Participants gather for a few hours to enjoy new friendships and refreshments at the after party. It’s a lot of fun and such a worth cause.

The 2018 event takes place on Saturday, May 5.  Rain or shine.  You can find more information about how to participate or volunteer for the the Run To Remember HERE

Want to help the foundation but you’re not really into running or walking? Check out their website HERE for more information about other events or opportunities that may fit your interests. Or just consider making a donation.

Last Of the Fall

We had an impressive rain fall last evening and the wind rattled the windows on the house until well after midnight.  At some point, during the night, we lost power. I noticed the clock on the stove flashing this morning. 

 I went outside this morning to find the temperature to be fairly warm and inviting. I noticed that nearly all of the trees were bare. The leaves are completely gone from the Maple tree in the front yard. I boast that I have the prettiest trees on the block.  I’ll miss them until the spring.

I made the most of the weather this morning and took what will likely be the last colorful stroll along the riverwalk. I snapped a couple of photo’s that I wanted to share with you. Gorgeous morning. 

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday. 

It’s almost December. Can you believe it?

A Walk In the Park

Sometimes I don’t have time to venture too far from home. Sometimes, I lack the ambition to do so. I usually blame it on being tired. Quite often, I just don’t have time. 

I’ve explained before that I am your typical Introverted personality. I need a lot of space and quiet time to recharge myself. As you know, my life is crisis for six days a week, eight to twelve hours a day. Add the stress of everything else and it was easy for me to tell that I needed to detach and spend some time outside and away from people.

I enjoy the quiet. You can learn a lot by just sitting and listening. Solutions to problems can creep into your mind, you notice things that you didn’t before.

Sometimes even amazing little things can happen. Be quiet and see what transpires. Pay attention and own your moments.

I enjoy walking the three mile loop along the river walk in the city where I work. From the parking lot around the several conjoined city parks, it’s exactly three miles. 

It’s beautiful out there. Along the way, you may encounter wildlife. Ducks, geese, turtles and squirrels. Occasionally, in the early morning, I’ve seen a fox. 

With the exception of the turtles and the fox, the animals are fairly accustomed to people. People are guilty of feeding them. The city actually has an ordinance against feeding the ducks and Canada geese because the Canada geese are really aggressive. 

The squirrels are curious and always watch me as I pass by. When I sit near the wall by the river, they get really close to me in order to check me out. They’ve gotten used to me passing by and stopping. They stopped running away when I approach.

Overtime, as I sit and watch the river flow past, they’ve inched themselves closer and closer. No doubt looking for a hand out. I’ve always had a policy about keeping wildlife wild, however, I don’t live in a national park. 

They’re fun to watch. 


On the occasion, I leave shelled peanuts on the trail behind the trees where only the squirrels can find them. Recently, they’ve become brace and will actually take a peanut from my hand.

I’ve never claimed to be perfect. I’ve never claimed to know it all. When your childhood friend and your cousin find you to be “disgusting” based on your opinions about love and peace,  it’s good to know that the squirrels still think you’re awesome.


I don’t recommend feeding wildlife. With that said, these guys are fairly accustomed to people. As you can see they are obviously used to me but they are still leery of humans. So please don’t scold me. 

I don’t plan on giving up my Zen.

A Walk In the Woods- Snowfall Means Snowshoes

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We had a significant amount of snow fall in my area over the past two days. I made a last minute decision to go out to the park for a short hike before work.  I grabbed the bag that contained my snow shoes, loaded Lu in the car and off we went.

It was the first time this year that I was able to hike with my snowshoes. They definitely came in handy as the snow was just about to my knees. Snowshoes really do make a difference when you’re making your way through deep and heavy snow.

I was the first person to trek through the freshly fallen snow in the park. It was still snowing lightly when I arrived, but then the sun came out and the sky was the most beautiful shade of blue that I have seen in awhile.

I almost couldn’t stop staring at it.

Blue skies.. Nothing but blue skies..

Blue skies.. Nothing but blue skies..

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It was so beautiful!

 

I didn’t get to hike for very long before I had to get in the car and head back home. I had to work and the decision to go out to the park was last minute. Even though I didn’t have a lot of time, I still enjoyed it.

As usual. I had the entire place to myself. Lu and I had a really good time.  I took some photographs. I hope you’ll check out the gallery below.  It was a gorgeous morning. The sky was amazing.