Friends-Not the TV Show

November 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Friends, meme | Leave a comment
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Wendy, A terrific Internet friend for about 5 years now awarded me this:


It comes with a questionnaire to answer and then you pass it on to four friends

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood? Not really in the sense of girlfriends to do things we moved so many times. It was difficult to have friends for very long and back then there was no email etc. to keep in contact.  We are still in contact with the family friends we made when I was in first grade as a six year old.  My classmate, Jeff Smith, died of cancer a few years ago, but I still email his mom.   We have not lived next door to them since I was 13, but then when I was 14 we moved from Indiana to live near them in New Mexico.  They were all there and wonderful when my dad died in 1981.  We did not live in New Mexico at the time and that is where my dad had his heart attack.  Mom was traveling with dad at the time.  My hub and I lived in California.  If it had not been for the Smith family I am not sure how we would have managed.  They opened their home to us.  We love this family dearly even though distance has separated us over the years.

2. What do you value most about your friends? The support they provide in trying times no matter how long it has been since we have seen each other or talked to each other.  We are able to just pick up where we left off and renew our friendship as if time has been waiting for us.  That is the beauty of true friendship.  Also the fact that true friends really understand you and do not get angry at you over every little thing.  They “really get” your difficult days and love you anyway.

3. Are your friends your sounding boards? Yes!  I do depend on my friends to help me when I can not make a decision on something.  They can some times put an insight on something I can not see as I am too close to the problem.  Other times they just point out things I already know, but do not really want to admit.

4. What is your favorite activity to share with your friends? Eating and shopping!  Is there anything else??? hehe


Wendy wrote her article on her blog on Saturday and tagged me then, but I procrastinated until today to do my post.  I am glad I did too.  I think God had a hand in it as yesterday’s sermon was on friends and friendship.  We had Bring a Friend and lunch at our Sunday gathering so it really fits in with this meme.  After all Jesus is my best friend.

The Bible has a lot to say about friends and stories on friendships.  If you have never studied these just go to  Bible Gateway and search friend(s) and friendship by using the keyword or phrase option.

Proverbs 27:9 (NIV)
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.

A more contemporary paraphrase states it this way:

Proverbs 27:9 (The Message) Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.

I am tagging

Paula, Alice, Cecilia and Chris (he will be surprised as he is my son in law)

Have a terrific day and God Bless!


One word…

October 29, 2008 at 9:58 am | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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One word…

Wendy Cayless posted this meme, in which the questions have to be answered in one word.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Where is your significant other? work
3. Your hair color? brown
4. Your mother? sick
5. Your father? gone
6. Your favorite thing? fashion
7. Your dream last night? forgotten
8. Your dream/goal? heaven
9. The room you’re in? hotel
10. Your hobby? motorcyling
11. Your fear? wrecking
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Arizona
13. Where were you last night? shopping
14. What you’re not? bored
15. One of your wish-list items? GPS
16. Where you grew up? Indiana
17. The last thing you did? breakfast
18. What are you wearing? cords
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? nada
21. Your computer? working
22. Your mood? grateful
23. Missing someone? family
24. Your car? black
25. Something you’re not wearing? coat
26. Favorite store? Kohls
27. Your summer? short
28. Love someone? LOTS
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? breakfast
31. Last time you cried? unknown

Consider yourself tagged!

[Editorial Note – I still have plans to get back to the rest of my “catch up” on Sepetmber and October activities soon so please check back. I still have many photos to publish of summer rides and fun.]


September 27, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Cavalcade, Family Reunion, motorcycle, New Zealand, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The hectic times roll…. The first week of August I rode to Charleston to meet up with 4 other Cavalcade riders and of course the one coming the farthest was Richard and his wife, Linda.

4 WV Cades Meet

4 WV Cades Meet

Jim,  , Gar, Linda, Linda & RIchard

Jim, Roger, Gary, Linda, Linda & Richard

They spent a good bit of time traveling around visiting people and places before the week long Cade Raid in Townsend, TN.

On August 16th as we headed to TN we made a prison stop in Beckley, WV along with 33 other bikers.  We were not allowed to take any photos for security reasons so I can’t share any here, but I will say it is something that I will never forget.  The inmates enjoyed our visit and would like for us to come more frequently.  We were all entertained and sang along with a quartet called The Rythm Riders.  Another biker from Ohio gave his testimony of how his life was before Christ and where he lived in the Ohio prison system years before.  The hour we were there went by too quickly for all and we do look forward to returning as soon as we are able to go again.  We had a quick breakfast with some of our friends from Charleston before we were on the road to TN. and they were off to other events locally.

We made a stop in Bristol, VA for lunch with my Uncle Cecil and his girlfriend Peggy and to see his new Harley.

Will, Peggy & Cecil

Will, Peggy & Cecil

Then we traveled on to Townsend, TN to Valley View Lodge where we stayed for the next 5 nights and enjoyed ourselves and met many new friends at the Cade Raid.

Sign from the back of Martha & Ernie's truck!

Sign from Martha & Ernie's truck

You can view many of our Cade Raid photos on the Cade Rade Photo page here on my Blog. We left the Cade Raid on Thursday as on Friday we needed to be in Ripley, WV for the WV State CMA Rally.

Friday was a great day and travel to Ripley went smooth.  We arrived at Parmchment Valley in time to help set up for the rally.



Friday night was set aside for the varied talents and everyone looked forward to the program.

Some entertained with singing and others were able to sing and play.

And the scene was set

for the skit that kept the audience laughing “CMA’S WHAT NOT TO WEAR”

Brenda as “Stacy Lou” and Will as “Clint” were the fashion experts for our “show”.   They should be on TV!

Wrinkled Raisin Rosie (Michele) is escorted onto the stage by Rumpled Randy (Gene) and their disarray was discussed by Stacy Lou & Clint.  Rosie then sat on a nearby “park bench” exhibiting her less than ladylike posture.

We then had Stained Up Stella (Jeanne) make an appearance and she thought herself gorgeous.  She was wearing paint stained clothing and even picked her teeth in public.

Here comes Susan as “Mismatched Molly”.

Then our Regional Evangelist, Rick Steffy, as “Road Warrior Walt” modeled inappropriate Christian biker wear.  The head gear is of course not a DOT approved helmet, neither are sandals or shorts recommended safety clothing.  And of course everyone roared with laughter at his “prison shirt and handcuffs”.

Next came (me) Suggestive Suzie to do some shopping.

After my transition…..

I became Surrendered Sue (Mary).

Entire “What Not To Wear” cast.  I wish I had a video of the entire performance.  We had fun doing it and without a rehearsal we feel it came off great.  Everyone in the skit live all over WV and had only got together that day before the evening performance so it was an adventure.

Liza playing her violin.


The slow race

But of course…I would wear a black t-shirt when it already feels like 100 degrees out.

Where did you put that dime???

I think he is right on top of it!

Help DQ With His Laptop

September 27, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DQ is an amazing 16 year old young man.  He has more gumption than most adults I know.  After spending his 16th summer in the hospital in pain and surgery after surgery he finally got to go home to his “foster family” last week.  DQ has muscular dystrophy and a bad heart.  He cannot walk at all and uses a wheelchair.

You see foster family in quotations because from what I have heard of this family they have been there for DQ as much as any family could be.  His “foster mom and dad” were no longer getting their monthly payments from the system to care for DQ because technically he was not in their home at the moment.  That did not stop them from being by his side during this traumatic time in his life.  This was their child and they were not going to just leave him alone in a hospital 80+ miles away just because some agency quit sending them money.

His mom spent days and nights on end with him while dad was home with the other children (they foster several others and have adopted some too), then they would trade off for a bit so she could spend some time with the other children.  She has had to learn special medical procedures to care for his incisions at home as he still has open wounds that need care.

One of their main concerns was how would they get DQ back and forth to his medical appointments as he is confined to a wheelchair now.  This week God answered those prayers by providing them with the necessary equipped van for his transportation.

I spoke to DQ’s mom two days ago and her own desktop had just broke down and it was in for repairs.  I have not heard back from her yet so it may still be in the shop.

One dream his mom has for DQ is a laptop so that he can do school work and other tasks.  He has already started a fund and has a small amount collected.  A good friend of mine, Wendy, with a large readership on her blog has written more about this here also with a photo of DQ.

I have contacted Dell and got a quote for a Dell laptop, but we are also open to any other suggestions anyone might have.  DQ is very excited about getting a laptop and has been saving what little money he has to go in for it.  Please feel free to contact me with what ever help or ideas you have.   Thank you.

Linda Green

Well It Has Been A Busy Riding Season!!!

September 27, 2008 at 9:59 am | Posted in Cavalcade, Family Reunion, motorcycle, New Zealand, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!!!!!!  Anyway after having Richard come all the way from New Zealand



and tell me I need to update my blog and THAT was about two months ago I suppose I really should get started and fill in some of what has been going on the past 3-4 months before fall comes and goes!

Last post I was in Williamsburg, VA (I think) on a mission trip with We Care Ministries.  That was a great trip and you can read more about it here if you want (no sense in me duplicating stuff).  I think I am going to have to go get my calendar to find out what I did next…my memory is failing me right now.  As soon as I got back home in the first week of June my husband, Will,  and I left for a family reunion in PA.

Me having a refreshing dring of Diet Rite!

Me having a refreshing drink of Diet Rite!

We rode my Cavalcade and had a wonderful weekend.

Will and big sis, Gert

Will and big sis, Gert

Will & I (couple shot)

Will & I

Then the next weekend Will’s company had their company picnic.  The first we could remember in the 9 years we have been here.

Company Picnic (I am in pink hat all the way to the left)

Company Picnic (I am in pink hat all the way to the left)

So we were having a terrific start on the “summer picnic diets”.  That was Saturday,  June 14th when the United States celebrates “Flag Day”.

Dunking booth was the favorite activity during the day

Dunking booth was the favorite activity during the day

On Monday, June 16th we left for Sevierville, TN & Douglas Lake where my family was having their week long family reunion.

Can't do anything without that camera around

Can't do anything without that camera around

(We gather in different locations about every 3-4 years.)  Those of you in the Cavalcade Group will remember my stator failure there.  With the help of some excellent aircraft mechanics and Tracy (mechanic advisor & supplier) my Cade was back in great running order in about 24 hours.

Hair styled by Douglas Lake

Hair styled by Douglas Lake

On the way home Sunday afternoon we stopped in Bluefield, WV where they were holding a benefit ride for our friend’s son Zach who had been in a bad bike accident back over Memorial Day weekend.

Cole HD Parking Lot

Cole HD Parking Lot

On July 12th several of us rode to Boone County, WV and visited the nursing home there.

Ready to roll into the nursing home

Ready to roll into the nursing home

The residents enjoyed riding on a couple of the trikes

There is a 1st time for everything

There is a 1st time for everything

100 year old Queen of Boone County Nursing Home 1st ever Motorcylce Ride

100 year old Queen of Boone County Nursing Home 1st ever Motorcycle Ride

and the nursing home blessed several of the riders with wonderful door prizes of gasoline cards.

A Winner!

Laura's A Winner!

I did not win a card, but I did win many smiles from the residents!  Looking forward to next year!

The next week was the annual Freedom Fest up at Snowshoe Mountain.  We rode up for the day and enjoyed visiting the vendors and walked around the bike show.

Top of Snowshoe Mountain

Top of Snowshoe Mountain

Then the last weekend of the month we went to Mountainman Rally in Circleville, WV where we tried out our new tent, cots and sleeping bags.

Mike (Mountainman in green shirt) is a fantastic artist and people will wait hours at a bike rally to have him paint a mural or other design on their motorcyle

Mike (Mountainman in green shirt) is a fantastic artist and people will wait hours at a bike rally to have him paint a mural or other design on their motorcycle

In between all these rides and rallies we also did some shorter rides with some new local friends on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons each week as we were able to fit those in our schedule.

I have not even got to August and September where we really got busy.  So I will stop this post and begin a new one with those two months!

I’ve been busy

May 31, 2008 at 7:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I thought I would have the opportunity to do a daily log of my activities while here in Williamsburg and it just has not happened and now the time is about gone. If you want to see some of what has been going on you can check it out here as someone else has written up and posted some photos (even some of mine as I was having difficulty getting mine to upload.)

Anyway I will try to get my post on what I have done after I get home on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Rock & Roll and the Middle East

May 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Ok I know this veers way off road for my blog, but you will find that from time to time. I happen to know of these young men called the Redding Brothers for several years. What is interesting is that I had been on a Yahoo group with Micah for a couple of years and did not even know he was part of a rock group. And even more interesting was that I had met his grandparents and two of his younger brothers on mission trips with We Care Ministries.
Right now these energetic young men have been on a (I am sure exhausting) tour of the Middle East entertaining the troops and trying to provide them with a bit of encouragement in times of despair and loneliness far from home. Please take the time and read a bit about their tour and realize that there are many efforts going out in the Middle East. They all need our prayers and our support especially the military who have been there for a long time and many who have served more than one term of duty over there.
I tried to find a more recent video of the Redding’s music to share but could only find a couple from 2007. You can hear a lot of their latest songs at their website though. They started last year where they were writing one song a week. Enjoy!

And another one…..

Thanks for checking it out!

Follow Up Photos From Run For The Son 2008

May 18, 2008 at 12:08 am | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On May 3rd we had a terrific ride! The forecast was for rain about 40-60% at different times during the day, but we were truly blessed in that the rain held off until we were back home and parked in the garage. It has taken me a while to get the photos downloaded for the camera and then an article written, but I won’t bore you with all of those details. It seems like as summer gets here there just is not enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done along with all that you want to do. I have also taken video of the ride and the fun later in the day, but do not have a video editor so I am still working on that.

This was taken right after we arrived around 1030 in the morning. As you can see quite a few had already gathered by the time our group of four joined them. (We had ridden about 60 miles to just get to Beckley, WV)

United Cycle of Beckley sponsored the run for us and Daniels Bible Church provided a great facility for us to gather and also eat lunch.

Mark Morgan the current president of the Thunder & Praise CMA Chapter was the day’s Road Captain as there were several CMA chapters involved in the run. Mark had several capable assistants to which we were all very grateful as we had a wonderful ride with no mishaps.

The narrow two lane road was very busy with lots of traffic and plenty of curves to keep all of the riders alert.

After taking many, many curves we stopped for a quick break.

I went around trying to count how many bikes we actually had on the run and after counting three times and coming up with three different numbers I gave up. We know there were some where around 30 bikes at the break, but some had not followed the group and had gone back to set up for lunch so the number back at the building was even more.

If I had know my husband was going to snap the photo right then I could have smiled instead of grimaced!

Back to the parking lot..waiting for lunch.

Lunch was great…pizza, fresh veggies & fruit, cookies, brownies, sodas, water & coffee! Thanks United Cycle!!! Lots of great gospel music was provided by the bluegrass band too.

I have decided that I need to find someone else other than my husband to take photos when I want another perspective at an event. He never seems to get one of me smiling…he always waits until the worst possible moment!

Anyway we had a great time and I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of what our day was like. If I get the videos into a decent format soon I will post them. And I do have photos to post soon of my newly finished paint job on my bike.

Thanks for reading!

11,000 Mile Road Trip…..

May 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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Well that is not me taking it, but I wanted to write a little about it here and pass on the information about it. There are these really kewl guys down in Florida who have taken it on themselves to ride to the four corners of the United States and then to the US Capitol steps. Why? For prayer for our country. Now that makes me feel special. That these guys I don’t even know care so much about me..yeah me..I am a part of this country…but I know they are looking at a much broader picture too! You see whenever someone prays for our country here or for the inhabitants of the world they are also praying for the individuals. Makes you stop and think. There was someone about 2000 years ago that did something special for the world. He died on a cross for the world…there for for each individual…for me and for you.

Anyway I want to get back to these guys and their trip. They are welcoming other riders to join with them on any part of the trip and also for everyone to join in praying with them. They have a website and a blog so you can follow along with them and see where they are and what progress they are making. From what I have already read about them they are real prayer warriors as they plan to pray as they go by each mile marker while riding! WOW that is a lot of prayer. I must confess that at times I have a hard time concentrating for five to ten minutes without my mind wandering off and having to bring myself back to what I was praying about.
Please check out their site and pass on this information to others. Especially be in prayer for their safety the next few weeks.
I think this might be a great place to post this writing that has been passed on to me several years ago. I have no idea who wrote it, but it gives a lot of insight about bikers:


I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But, you didn’t see me, put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But, you didn’t see me, playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you, change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But, you didn’t see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by.
But, you didn’t see me, riding behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But, you didn’t see me, when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But, you didn’t see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves.
But, you didn’t see me, and my brothers and sisters donate our old ones to those that had none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, you didn’t see me, cry as my children were born and have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didn’t see me, going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But, you didn’t see me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car.
But, you didn’t see me, pat my child’s hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But, you didn’t see me, squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you, race down the road in the rain.
But, you didn’t see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date

I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But, you didn’t see me, trying to turn right.

I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But, you didn’t see me, leave the road.

I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But, you didn’t see me. I wasn’t there.

I saw you, go home to your family.
But, you didn’t see me.

Because, I died that day you cut me off.

I was just a biker . A person with friends and a family.
But, you didn’t see me.

Re-send this around in hopes that people will understand the biker community.

If you don’t re-send this, all I can say is I hope you never loose someone that rides. I have.


Thanks for reading!

Technology: Help!!! I Am Being Swallowed!!

May 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Do you feel as each day passes you seem to get farther behind on what is going on in the world of technology? I know that I have no hope of keeping up or even coming close. How do I cope with it then? There are several ways.

1. Help files. They seem to answer a lot of the same questions I have. Imagine that. There are other people out there with the same questions I have. This applies to my computer and other techie devices that I do not have a 4 year (or more) degree on how to operate. My motorcycle also has a help file with it. It is the owners’ manual. What about my personal and spiritual life? God has given me the Bible to guide me. I can lean on my daily relationship with Jesus to provide me with strength to get through the rough spots in life.

2. Tech support. I noticed recently when my husband had a question about his Verizon email he typed it in and immediately this tech person came back and started asking him specific questions and was going to access his computer to see if he could assist him. WOW! Even before that kind of personal support was available you could dial a number (and after staying on hold for a very long time you could talk to a technical support person and get some assistance) The motorcycle manual also does not answer all the questions I might have. When the manual does not have the answers I need then I can go to the
owners’ group online and ask more experienced owners how they solved
similar problems. Even in my personal life when I feel overwhelmed God has given me other Christians to help me through the rough spots. They are my “tech support” for everyday life. Without them I would have a tendency to get even more “error” messages than I already do.

3. Upgrade. It does not seem like long…maybe as soon as you take it out of the box that your model of whatever is already outdated and you have to upgrade it. I know that even when I download a software program I immediately have to download the latest updates to it. The same thing has happened with my motorcycle. Of course my bike is a 1986 model (older than my grandchildren) and the guys that have been riding and working on them for a long time have made some very important upgrades to them. They are safety issues. As soon as I found that out I was there looking at my bike to see if it had been modified yet with these new parts. I really did not want my fork brace cracking as I rode down the highway. I also check my secondary gear oil to make sure it is at the level it is supposed to be so that everything will be running smoothly. What about in my walk with God? That requires a daily upgrade. Communication with Him through prayers, listening to Him through His Word and meditating on what He is saying to me in my life and making those adjustments to my life personally.

All of this seems like a lot to comprehend, but when you do it a little at a time and on a regular basis you don’t really think about it anymore. You probably have virus protection on your computer that also has regular updates etc. That is the same with the other areas of life. When you get into the habit of doing something it is a part of life. You would not go to bed without brushing you teeth (well maybe some bikers would) but you know what I mean!

Life has a lot to throw at us these days and to keep up with. When we incorporate small habits one at a time it makes it so much easier to keep up with all of it. Maintaining our technical stuff, our motorcycles (or other transportation) and our life takes love and care. We need to take care of what we have (especially with rising costs) and the most important thing we have to care for is our own life and others about us. That is why Jesus died for us. I am looking forward to sharing more of this in the near future. If you want a sneak preview check out this link.

God bless and have a wonderful day!

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