Chipmunk Freedom and FroYo

by Joanne on August 30, 2010

Monday’s workout:  A 3.8 mile treadmill run. Nothing fancy, just plodding away the miles while watching the news.  A light leg workout followed for 40 minutes with abs mixed in.  The morning was too perfect to pass up an easy, enjoyable run with Shane.  We logged just over 5 miles. Total miles today = 9.40 easy running miles. I managed to squeeze in a chest and arm workout last night so I have one more day of back and shoulders then it’s all running focused. 

It surprises me that biking doesn’t effect running.  Yesterday, after my “quality run”, Ted and I went for a 26 1/2 mile bike ride. It wasn’t really fast, about 13.5 mph average nor was it hilly, but it was long.  My legs weren’t tired at all.  Then today, I was able to do both a leg workout and run. I really like the idea of getting in a super good workout by way of a good run then cycling.  Now I have to try it reversed to see if the bike ride would effect the run if done immediately after.  

My long run is planned for Wednesday again.  I’m hoping there is no foot or hamstring problems that make it a bad run.  The foot seems to be ok.  The hamstring is still making itself known but not holding me back.  The key:  It doesn’t get any worse when I run.   It if it did, that would mean days off.

They are just SO cute, but not in the house.

I just hate to see animals in cages which is why I don’t go to the zoo any more.  However, if it comes down to animals in my house or in a cage, the cage is my preference.  Plus, humane traps are always the preferred option.


We have a chipmunk problem in the house.  We have caught four so far and are relocating them to Proctor Park, about 2 miles down the road.  Ted keeps setting them free in the same spot so hopefully the family will reunite as they get caught in our traps. 

The above photo begins our story of Mr. C’s ride to freedom.  He got caught in the trap but enjoyed a good hearty meal of peanut butter on crackers.  He may have even indulged in a peanut or two.


Mr. C gets put in the back of the car with Ted’s golf clubs and embarks on the 2 mile journey to the park.


Ted prepares to free Mr. C


The cage is open and Mr. C, like the FLASH, is gone.  He now begins the task of seeking out the others and beginning again in a whole new world….well, park

Since it was such a nice night, the three Chipmunk freeing scouts (Ted, Joanne, Shane) took a ride to Voss’ to indulge in some fat free FRO YO and ice cream.


The non fat strawberry fro-yo for me…. camera in one hand, shaky cone in another makes for one blur of a photo…or vice-versa????!!!!


Ted couldn’t decide between pistachio and black cherry.  The result:


Shane has a slight intolerance to dairy so he couldn’t have his own cone but did manage to share a little bit with Ted.




Stay tuned, some really good green tomato recipes coming up in the next couple of days.

Do you have your own garden?  What’s growing really good this year?  What isn’t growing?


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  • At 2010.08.30 07:59, Heather said:

    You are such nice people to catch and free the chipmunk like that!!

    Our tomatoes are growing like crazy, but the squirrels keeps stealing our cucumbers and our zuccini plants never grew any zucchini! The sweet potatoes look promising, though…… 🙂

    • At 2010.08.30 13:29, Joanne said:

      I SO wish we had a garden filled with sweet potatoes. I’d be in my dream world.

      • At 2010.08.30 11:16, christina said:

        i LOVE that you guys freed the chipmunk. so sweet. mmm pistachio is my fave!

        • At 2010.08.30 13:30, Joanne said:

          Pistachio used to be one of mine as well but I can’t find it in frozen yogurt. Maybe there’s a store brand that is pistachio frozen yogurt – not sure.

          • At 2010.08.30 13:52, Marina said:

            I hate animals in cages too 🙁
            Unfortunately, I don’t have a garden, but my bf’s parents have, and they have so many stuff!
            Can’t wait to get all those squashes they have in abundance, and yummy tomatoes

            • At 2010.08.30 20:09, Joanne said:

              When we had our garden a few years ago, the squash would grow like crazy. They were about the only veggies that grew well for us.

              • At 2010.08.30 14:19, Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                What a rescue story! Shane looks so cute with his cone 🙂

                • At 2010.08.30 20:10, Joanne said:

                  Thanks. Shane loves his ice cream …on the rare occasion he gets some.

                  • At 2010.08.30 18:42, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                    Yay for free chipmunks. And I love Shane’s cone.
                    Great job on the workout especially after putting in the workouts this weekend.
                    I gave up on my little balcony garden since the smog was smothering it and the cats ate all my herbs. Maybe someday when we get a yard.

                    • At 2010.08.30 20:10, Joanne said:

                      Yay for chipmunks OUTSIDE the house. 🙂

                      • At 2010.08.30 19:16, Monet said:

                        Sweet little guys…I’m glad you were able to release them to the wild. I have such a soft-spot for those critters (probably would change if they were eating my plants though!) And your cool treat looked so delicious…it is too hot here not to enjoy some ice cream!

                        • At 2010.08.30 20:11, Joanne said:

                          We don’t like to kill anything so humane traps are the only way to go.

                          • At 2010.09.02 10:47, Katie H said:

                            Oh my gosh the chipmunk looks so cute peering out! I agree- they are adorable, but I wouldn’t want them in my house! You guys are great for catching them and taking them to the park 🙂

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