November 27, 2013
Even though 2013 has been a horrible year for me, what with relatives and pets passing away, my marriage breaking up,and my computer dying (just to name a few), I have much to be thankful for.
First and formost I am thankful for family, both by blood and by marriage. Everyone has been so concerned and supportive it makes me tear up just thinking about the blessing these people are.
Second, I am thankful for the friends who have listened when I needed it, taken me out for a good time when I needed it, and just acted normal when normality was desperately needed. Some of those friends I have never even met (on FB and bloggers), but they have offered their understanding, love, and support never-the-less.
I am thankful for Prince, Fuzzy, Tory and Birdie - all of whom have supported me in their own special way.
I am thankful that an aunt has seemingly had a successful surgery for cancer.
I am thankful that WS and I can keep things civil and friendly; he has been a big help getting my new place ready, picking up stuff that was too big for my vehicle, and checking out my new (to me) snowblower and mower (even picking up a kerosene heater for me when the oportunity arose).
I am extremely thankful for my job, which is not just a way to make a living, but is a place of refuge where I can concentrate on other things outside of my troubles.
I am thankful that I have the means to move on with my life, buying a house and supporting myself. So many people do not have the options that I have when presented with such challenges.
And the last that I will mention, but certainly not the least, I am thankful for the men and women who protect and serve our country - I keep a special place in my heart for them.
I hope everyone out there has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
October 19, 2013
Grass Drags 2013
Last Sunday I had a first experience, going to the Grass Drags. Those are snowmobile races on the grass, held in a farmer's pasture. WS has always gone with Jimmy, and I didn't want to intrude on their "buddy time", so I had never been before.
I went by myself and found a lot to see. There were grass drags, water drags, and exhibition jumping:
There were helicopter rides, which I wanted to go on, but you had to have at least 2 people in your party. They weren't placing seperate parties together, so I just stood and watched the two helicopters do their thing for a while:
Then there was a sign that you don't see very often - at first I thought it was a No Guns Allowed sign, but then I saw I was mistaken and had to smile at the sentiment - so of course I had to go into the establishment:
I had a great time, just wish I could have seen the drag final. Unfortunately I had to get home to take care of Prince, who much appreciated being taken for a walk and being fed, so that was okay with me.
September 12, 2013
Biker 9/11 Rally 2013
Wish I could have seen this and/or participated!
September 11, 2013
August 31, 2013
WS left Thursday morning on the bike - heading for Kansas and his family reunion. That night he spent the night in PA. Last night he had made it to St. Louis for the night. Should make it to the Kansas clan and shindig today.
I am heading out with SIL (she driving and me riding) and we are headed for The Cape. She was gracious enough to invite me for a little fun, sun, relaxation (and forgetting that today is technically WS and my 28th anniversary) - and just plain time away from everything at a time share she has for the week. Work has been a bear too, so I really need this outing. It is only for the weekend (for me), but I will try to make the most of it.
So, no more posting this weekend - I'll catch you on the flip side.
May 25, 2013
Memorial Day 2013
Remember the true meaning of this long weekend.
May 12, 2013
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to Cop Car
April 20, 2013
April: The Month for Family Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Cop Car who is a somewhere around legal drinking age now.
Also, a big Happy Birthday to Fantastic Niece - her birthday was a couple of days ago, but since she rarely (if ever) reads this blog, won't know that the internet BD wishes were a couple of days late. Her card should have arrived in time anyway.
April 14, 2013
Mid April Snow
Last week was a decent week weather-wise, even though it rained each night Monday thru Wednesday. Although not overly warm (in the 40's, here at the Bogie estate), the rain got rid of much of the snow and cleared any areas we needed to ride the bikes thru. So, WS called and arranged to pick up the bikes on Saturday.
Naturally, at that point, the Mother Nature decided she didn't like our plans. Thursday it was sleeting when I got home. It did warm up thru the night, so it was just rain in the morning, but the temps were hovering around the freezing point.
Then Friday, it sleeted and snowed until the Bogie estate looked like this when I got home:
Keep in mind, to get the bikes in, we have to take them not only up the driveway, but also all the way up to, and thru the front yard in front of the porch, and about 60 ft to the left of the house (as looking at it in the picture), then turn a circle so we can back into the shed. This is not something that you really want to do in the snow.
Ws was optimistic that we would get enough sun and warm weather on Saturday to rid us of the snow. Me, not so much. We decided we could pick up the bikes, leave them at the shop WS works at, then pick them up Sunday (today) if we needed to. By the time we left yesterday, most of the snow had melted, except the part up the driveway and at the place we would have to turn into the yard.
I opted to not bring my bike home, instead will pick it up later today. WS brought his bike home (after spending some time at work getting some paperwork done) and by the time he got home, the rest of the snow on the driveway had melted. So, his ride in was uneventful except that the ground was really soft at the point he turned into the yard, which made the bike want to wallow. However, WS is experienced enough that it wasn't really a problem, just got the heart beating a little faster for a second.
Hopefully the soft spot in the yard will have dried up some by the time I bring my bike home this afternoon. Slick grass can cause enough issues, don't need that same area to be messing with the bike in other ways too.
February 17, 2013
Most Valentines Days, we give each other cards. Last year I surprised WS at work with a bouquet of flowers. This year, I got home to this:
I think WS is a keeper!