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Wogging on the Charles River

Wogging on the Charles River


“I thought this was one of those crazy mud things you’re always doing,” Mike said as I was picking up my bib from the tent near the river.  We were in Boston on a drizzly Sunday morning so I could do the Boston River Run along the Charles.

“If I’d known it was a regular run, I might have done it with you.”

I wrapped my arms around him, squeezing tight and grinning up at him as I said, “You still can! They have on-site registration!”

He sighed knowing he was beat and let me drag him over to the next table so he could sign up.

And that’s how we ended up wogging (walk-jogging) our first New England 5K together.  We walked most of it, sprinting for the photo opps and the finish line.  We held hands and laughed and took delightful detours – discovering graffiti aliens and wrecked crew boats – because we were too wrapped up in the moment to keep track of the other runners.   It wasn’t my fastest 5K, but it was definitely one of my best.










RV Decorating: Charmed Pumpkins

RV Decorating: Charmed Pumpkins


These pretty pumpkins are super fast, easy to make and relatively inexpensive.  I got everything I needed, except the pumpkins, at Michaels.  The gourds I picked up from the grocery store.  The whole project cost $41 and took about two hours to complete.  When the season is over, pull off the charms, before tossing the pumpkins, and use them for another project.

It’s important to use real pumpkins because of the weight.  Their heaviness makes sure they’ll stay put on the RV steps or on the picnic table at your campsite.

Any charms that strike your fancy will work.  Or, go with a spooky motif to customize your display for Halloween.



  • Three real pumpkins of varying shapes and heights
  • Acrylic paint (I used Americana in Razzle Berry, Orange Twist, and Coral Blush.)
  • Glitter finish (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Durable Glitter Finish.)
  • Charms (I used art•i•cake charms that were on clearance.)
  • Raffia (I used ArtMinds gift ties.)


  • Brush any dirt or debris off pumpkins.
  • Paint each pumpkin in a different shade.
  • Let dry and paint with a second coat.
  • Let dry and apply with glitter finish.
  • Let dry and apply a second coat of glitter finish.
  • Tie charms around stem of pumpkins using raffia gift ties.