Leaves Leave

November 17, 2010

And just like that…


They’re gone.


Matt raked and mowed the lawn AND all the leaves with it. Sadness. I was not expecting that. I miss the leaves.

Before the yardwork and after a few hours on the computer, we set out on a 7 mile run. 7 miles because the route we picked just happened to be that long and there were no shortcuts.

About 1.5 miles in, I ran up a hill on my toes and heard one of my post-surgery traumatized tendons say “NO YOU DIH-ENT!”

Apparently he is still mad from Monday’s Athletic Conditioning class, which was spent almost entirely hopping on my toes. My surgery foot rarely flares up these days, but high heels and toe exercise usually leave it stiff. There was no pain when I left, but the tendon tightened up a lot on that hill and we turned that run right around and headed back home. Thankfully we weren’t far! By the time we were back I had jogged it off, but I am not one to mess with injuries so I went inside and did yoga instead. The tendon will be back to normal in a another day or so of non-toe exercise and flats.


I did about 20 minutes of a Dave Farmar podcast. Wishing I had done more, but my mind was unsettled and I couldn’t stop thinking about lunch.

Did a couple of these on my own flow and called it a wrap.


I considered helping Matt with the leaves, but somehow I ended up just soaking up the sun on the porch for a bit.


And then reading about yellow curry.

And then showering and making a Hugh Jass salad for lunch!


Spinach, veggies, garbanzo beans, leftover brussels with some Perfect Pear Red Pepper + Pear dressing.


Plus a real perfect pear! Sprinkled with cinnamon (and shared with the husband)


And a hunk of bread with Crofter’s and some coconut butter melt. Best part of lunch!



Two Things I Like

Real Time Farms – farm info!

Curry Kay Designs – I want all of these!!


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1 Allison K November 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

So..what is the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil?


2 Kath November 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Pulverized meat vs. pressed-out oil


3 VeggieGirl November 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Coconut butter is tastier :)


4 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

You’re right…injuries are definately not to be messed with! I’m sure you’ll be feeling all better asap!


5 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Good job listening to your body. Sometimes I’m so stubborn with that. It’s the best thing to do though.


6 MonsteRawr November 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I took up running two months ago, and my biggest fear is a major injury like yours!


7 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Good thing you weren’t far from home!! Hopefully the yoga helped.

Its a bit weird still seeing pictures of fall leaves–everything is covered in snow here!


8 megan @ whatmegansmaking November 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

smart idea turning back! Hope it feels fine tomorrow :)


9 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Ouch! I hope you didn’t pull anything!


10 Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Sitting on the porch vs. raking… sounds like a no-brainer! Your salad looks filling and delicious. Hope your discomfort isn’t serious. Yoga sounds like it was the right choice.


11 Melissa @ HerGreenLife November 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Speaking of links and likes, I’ve been trying to remember the name of a local food website where small growers can post what they have for sale and other people can search and find out what’s available in their area. I think it’s nationwide. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?


12 Kath November 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hmmm I can’t think of that off the top of my head…


13 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

That “Hugh Jass” term cracks me up every single time I read it.

And yoga tends to cure many things that ail us.


14 Linda November 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I really like the colors of the leaves in autumn, but unfortunately where I live there aren’t many trees…The salad that you have prepared looks delicious!


15 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Oooh yummy lunch! Speaking of designs, I LOVE the pattern on your living room furniture!!


16 Kath November 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm



17 Eliza November 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

coconut butter + crofters sounds AMAZING! such a delicious looking lunch! love the leave photos



18 Honey B. November 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Hugh Jass! Ha! I LOVE that!! New one for me…

OK how the FREAK do you get your photos to look so stunning?! Seriously. I would love to know!! I am gaining more and more respect for good photos.

This is so inspiring, really. I am SO proud of you for stopping the run and doing something else. I am MUCH better than I used to be but I am a classic “run through the pain’ sufferer. I just. don’t. want. to. stop. running. And then what happens? The injury gets so bad you… CAN’T RUN. Good for you, such a great example.


19 Kath November 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Thank you!! I think the secret is just natural light!! And a bit of photo editing afterwards to brighten them up a bit. And pretty food! But I’m really not that much of a photography expert technically :)


20 Chaaron November 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Kath, I am going to second Angela – beautiful living room furniture! Care to disclose the brand?


21 Kath November 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

They were custom made for Karen in the 90s, but I love them too :) Thanks!


22 Mama Pea November 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Just finishing a Hugh Jass myself. Glad to know they are back in fashion :)


23 Melissa November 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Your hunks of bread with jam always have me craving that! Mmmm.


24 Joanne November 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Oh no! I hope that tendon calms down and stops talking to you in such an angry voice.
Still, you got some good stretching in.
Lunch looks great. You’re making me hungry as usual.
I JUST recently saw Crofters in one of the stores locally. Amazing it takes so long to
get to Upstate.


25 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

i could really go for a sun-drenched porch right about now :)


26 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I laughed when I read you were on the porch and Matt was doing the yard work!! Way to put your man to work!! Lol.


27 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hope your tendon feels better!! Good idea turning to yoga to help out :)


28 Namaste Gurl November 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Please share where you get your salad bowls from and super cute spoons– love ALL your dishes. I’m an Anthropology and Pottery barn kind of a girl, so yesterdays dishes hooked me in :)


29 Kath November 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Thanks! They’re a mish-mosh. This bowl is Crate + Barrel. Most of our white ones are PB. I have a handful of Pier1, C&B, and a few randoms.


30 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Pears are so delicious! That dressing sounds tasty.


31 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This reminds me we need to rake our leaves up!


32 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I just got back from a run. I almost always run completely flat routes because I’m not a very experienced runner and also since I’m carrying some extra weight right now, inclines are a struggle. Today, however, I saw a hill and said, ‘Gee, that’s not so bad. Think I’ll run up there for a block.’

My entire body yelled: “NO YOU DIH-ENT!”

Oh yes I did, body, oh yes I did.


33 Lauren November 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who backs out on yoga and running sometimes. If I’m not feeling any other exercises, I’ll stick it out, but there’s just something about those two that makes you not want to go on for one second longer if you’re not into it.


34 Camille November 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Gorgeous salad!
Looks like you definitely have more sun that we do here in Oregon. It looks downright gloomy out! I kind of love it though :)


35 polly November 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Yay for being safe and hope you heal up quick. Yummy yoga, too. 😀

Love ya, Kath!



36 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I hear ya on the pain from surgical site. My abdomen is killing me today. I don’t know if I did something weird when I worked out or if I am just getting older and the weather is affecting it. Either way, it puts a damper on my performance! Lunch looks perfect with the perfect dessert!


37 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Mmmm the bread, coconut and jam looks so delicious!!


38 jenna November 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

miss doing yoga with you!!


39 Kath November 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

me too!


40 Amy at The Scene From Me November 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Ahh, fall is slowly fading away. First the leaves go, the then cooler weather turns to cold frigid weather and the days get shorter with less light.

Your meals always are so well put together. The bread and toppings sound delicious!

Cheers to you and hoping your toe gets better soon Kath!


41 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I hope your foot is feeling back to normal tomorrow! I had achilles tendonitis a few years back, and occasionally (very occasionally) it will flare up on a hill as well. I’m glad to hear you listened to your body and trotted right back home to do some yoga! 😀


42 holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I think the bread + crofters piece looks so amazing. I love jam on toast!

I hope your foot feels better soon!


43 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Sorry about your foot! It’s good you didn’t put it too far. Yum, your lunch looks good and yoga sounds fabulous.


44 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Coconut butter + Crofter’s superfood on millet bread is one of my favorite sandwich combinations EVER. Which reminds me that it’s been way too long since I’ve had it!!

I have an old injury that flares up occasionally too…so annoying!! Hope all is well tomorrow :)


45 Kasey November 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I have an old ankle injury that sometimes flares up :(

The salad looks delicious!!!


46 Sana November 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I get so annoyed when something flare up mid run! I am glad you got your rest in :)


47 [email protected] November 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I can definitely appreciate the listening to your body approach these days! There were days I would have just ran right through the pain… sooooo silly!


48 Ann November 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Your lunch looks delicious! Hope your foot feels better!


49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I think your tendon flare up was definitely an excuse for you to chill out on the porch while Matt raked. 😉 I hope a few days of rest will help it go away!


50 JenATX November 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

my toe had been giving me trouble all month & i finally had surgery on it (ingrown toe nail, I get one about every 2 years so the dr finally just killed the root. is that too much info?) anyway, i can’t wait for it to heal so i can run again! hope yours does better too :)


51 faith @ gracefulfitness November 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

That pumpkin tower is kinda hilarious.


52 stacey-healthylife November 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Don’t hurt yourself, I’m sure the yoga helped.


53 Hannah November 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I love how inventive you are with your leftovers! I always just end up eating leftovers in the exact same way I had them the first night….


54 mariaeatsbeets November 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Love, love, love the aprons. Who says you can’t look cute and cook at the same time? Thanks for the inspiration.


55 Jennifer November 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

hello! i have a question and i am sorry if you have answered it before. how come you don’t love onions because they give you stank breath, but it seems that you love love love garlic gold, which i’m guessing gives you stank breath? thank you!! love your blog!!!!!


56 Kath November 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Well to put it so bluntly, no, Garlic Gold doesn’t lead to bad breath because the garlic is ROASTED. It’s raw things that I don’t like the most.


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