Archive for April, 2013

Happy 95th Birthday Melitas!

Today was a very special day here in La Quinta, California.  My very special student, and fellow blogger, Melitas Forster turned 95!  The day started off with a special birthday greeting from the  Channel 2 news morning team.  That afternoon over 50 of my students and friends of Melitas joined together for a special surprise happy hour party for her.  I was thrilled to have been a part of this joyous occasion.  Those of us who have the privilege of knowing Melitas are very blessed.  She is definitely a one of a kind individual.  I am a richer person for having known her…so cheers Melitas, I look forward to having a drink with you very soon!photo (72)photo (73)

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Today I ran my 16th half marathon in 16 months.  This one was the 30th anniversary of the Running through Redlands race.  It was a beautiful course, the first 7 miles were full of hills and then again around mile 9 and 10…but I ran my heart out!  photo (67)

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Maybe Saturdays with Melitas


APRIL 16 OR 17, 2013



You know I always keep up with the latest news, and recently I read about this old lady who has made it to 101.  She was questioned about how she has made it to this ripe old age;  her answer was that she attributes this to the fact that she has 4 (four!) alcoholic drinks every day.  Here is what’s been keeping her up on the green side:  2 glasses of red wine with her lunch, then a cocktail of Southern Comfort (ugh, eek, ach)  at dinnertime, then a bottle of beer at bedtime.

Well, like Superman with the cape, I raced to find the Warden, and this is how the conversation went:

Me:  “We’ve got to start doubling up on me!”

Warden:  What are you raving about?  Are you playing the Power Ball?  And losing all the time?  If that’s it, don’t waste your last few bucks because I would have to get a conservatorship to guard that pittance of yours.  It’s hard enough for me to guard your earthly body.”

Me:  “No, no, no, I’m trying to tell you about the old lady that just celebrated her 100 & oneth.  She has 4 cocktails a day, so that means you will have to double my allowance of  2 Tequila on the rocks in salted glass and squeeze of lime a day, to 4 a day for me to catch up to her.”

I don’t know if this is going to work out with the Warden — it probably has about as much of a chance as that snowball in hell.  At least I can give it a try — no harm in trying.

But right now I have to find a phone and call my old friend, Annie Lund, to give her the news.  She is only 94 until October, so it will do her good to get started immediately.  She would absolutely hate it if I were to keep this great news all to myself.  I have been drinking this “Nopalea.”  Juice for about a year, and failed to mention it to her.  I am just now getting back in her good graces after I told her about it a month ago.  It must be good for us because it is juice from the cactus, and you know where Tequila comes from.  Anyway,  there we are just guzzling away.

I think she is drinking 2/3 times what I take every day — just trying to catch up.



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Yesterday I was enjoying lunch with a friend when I picked up my phone and saw I had a zillion messages.  What I found out was friends letting me know about the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  When I got home I turned on CNN and was absorbed by the video and pictures of this horrific event.  I felt such a feeling of sadness since I have met so many runners during my half marathons who were training for this run.

I finally pulled myself away and laced up my running shoes and headed out for a run.  I ran for 10 miles and thinking and praying the whole time for those who were injured or witnessed this terrible tragedy.

Since I have taken up running a year and a half ago I feel a connection with other runners.  I know how hard it is to train for races and the dedication it requires…especially to qualify for a race such as Boston.

So with a heavy heart, I want us to remember those who have been affected by this tragedy.

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Mondays with Melitas – April 15, 2013

Dear Readers,

Melitas is a little under the weather with all her busyness!  As soon as she is feeling better I will plug her blog in…so stay tuned!


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