Scrumptious Delicious Grapes

November 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Posted in grapes, motorcycle, travel, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I know you are wondering what this has to do with biking or even anything else that I have blogged about.  I LIKE em a LOT!!!! Besides I am outside some sort of metal shop in Akron, OH sitting in the van unplugged from the Internet and Twitter and Facebook and TV etc. I have already listened to my Hillsong Live “Saviour King” CD, read two more chapters in The Essence of His Presence by Ogilvie, the December-January 2007 issue of Country Home magazine and even lost a game of Hoyle Rummy Squares. Well lately I have been on a grape kick so I decided I might as well do something else and share this (as if you were really interested!)

Even back several months ago when we were still riding before the mounds of snow dumped on us I would rinse nice clusters of green grapes, separate them from their stems, dry them and place generous servings into baggies for our sack lunches.  So many times out riding we stop at places that just have the fast foods and fried stuff which I tend to avoid and I know is not healthy at all for myself or my husband.

God has given us a wonderful food in the grape.  I can remember for years the story of Joshua and Caleb way back when…even before I became a Grandma… when they were spies into the promised land.  Their tales of the land flowing with “milk and honey” was substantiated with the pole they carried of a cluster of grapes.

Numbers 13:23  And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

Now I don’t know about you think, but I think if that was ONE cluster of grapes those were some BIG babies!!!!!!

I am sure that cluster was much larger the this one I found on the Internet


I also found about 33 other scriptures relating to grapes in the Bible that were interesting.  If you find this fascinating you too can search here for more information.

The grapes I have been finding locally at the stores lately have been huge, sweet and juicy.  Will thinks they are rather expensive.  Well they have not been on sale, but oh they are soooo good!  By the time he looks to see if there are anymore I have already eaten them.  They almost as big around as a ping pong ball and just about too big to pop whole into your mouth!

Anyway since it is now day two of our trip and I have a bit to connect to the hotel Internet before traveling more this afternoon I will post this now, but it it goes through immediately give me a few minutes to get online and edit it as I know I have to do a few things like insert my photo and check for typos. hehe

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.]

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!

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!


May 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm | Posted in motorcycle, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I found this on one of my bike groups and thought I would share it here (with some editing of course).


1. I’m just like you. I have friends, family, loved ones and a
responsible job. If I’m not on my bike and not in my gear, you could
not pick me out from anybody else. I am well read and have interesting
hobbies, and …. sometimes I ride my motorcycle. When I ride my
motorcycle, I am not running meth for some outlaw motorcycle gang and
I am not going to/coming from a drinking establishment. Nor am I part
of a stunt group.

2. Bikers ride the way they do for a reason. I’m not talking about
mile long wheelies… but when I whizz by you fast, it is because I do
not ride in anybody’s blind spot. The more time I spend in close
proximity to another vehicle, the higher the probability that
something bad will happen to me. Don’t take it personally that I go by
you with a 20mph differential and then slow down. You drive your
pace… I’ll drive mine and let the tickets fall where they may. And
I’m not passing that 18 wheeler until I can get all the way by him in
one blast… His tires exploding could kill me as opposed to
scratching the paint on my car.

3. Please understand that I do not want to pop a wheelie for your kid
and I don’t want to race you; and please stay off my rear. I
bought this bike because the performance of all production cars were
becoming a little underwhelming. Just because you put a fantastic
exhaust on your car does not mean that I will covet your car, or want
to race.

( well, maybe sometimes, if your GF is along, just to embarass you)
(or your boyfriend;/)

4. I’m looking at obstacles through a soda straw called a helmet and
relying on mirrors that are vibrating pretty good. I’m looking at the
big picture… don’t expect me to interpret hand signals to the rear.
Please give me a little room… please. Oh… and about that helmet…
I’m not hearing anything you want to say to me. Nothing personal.

5. I am simply a guy or gal trying to master a very simple machine
with very complex dynamics. Please don’t assume that the guy or girl
on a sport bike is actually flattered by the extra attention you try
and throw at us while we’re just trying to get to where we’re going.
Trust me… you people have embarrassed yourselves more than once in
this regard, oh and male drivers, stop the hate….seriously.

6. I am more scared of you. Statistics show that if I die on a
motorcycle, more than likely it will be from a driver that did not see
me until it was too late. Why in the world are you scared of me? Just
leave me alone… and give me some room.

7. Oh, and another thing. There is a lever on the left side of YOUR
steering wheel. You can use it to signal your intention to go left or
go right.


8. Riding a motorcycle is so different from driving a car that it can
not be explained. Accept that. Give me some points for riding a
vehicle to work that is three times more efficient than my car and
eases the congestion on the road. Most of all, just give me some

I hope this gives you a few things to think on as it did me and thanks again for reading today. Ride safe.

Run For The Son 2008

April 29, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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What???? No I don’t believe it! There is white stuff outside that I can see through my curtains even though I have not even got out of bed yet……SNOW! Didn’t that calendar say today is April 29th??? Okay no big deal just as long as this Saturday, May 3rd it is sunny & warm. I have a 100+ mile bike ride. That is what Run for the Son 2008 is.

Normally several of us will talk and say if the weather is nice Saturday let’s get together and go for a ride. The first Saturday in May every year a group of bikers get together and ride no matter what the weather. The last two years we have ridden in the rain and had fun anyway.

I have been working on this post since 9 this morning and it is now 9 in the evening. First I was looking for some neat photos of last year’s run and then could not find them. They were somewhere on my husband’s computer. I finally found them and got copies transferred to my computer and then could not find this post. I had saved it as a draft, but somehow it had been deleted. I am now thinking that another article that I started is gone too. (I was not a happy biker/blogger at this point in the afternoon.)

A kind Internet friend chatted with me a short while and cheered me up some when telling me that his manuscripts were lost two times like that. YIKES!!! I just lost a couple of paragraphs. Oh that is so sad that someone else’s misfortune cheered me up. Well when I phrase it like that it is. What I really mean though is that hearing about something like that puts my misery into perspective as I realize my few paragraphs are nothing compared to someone losing months or years of work.

I had a great dinner with my husband and I was encouraged by his sweet comment when he kissed my cheek as I was doing the dishes and he complimented me for the good dinner. So I decided to do something special for him and make him some raisin filled cookies. He really likes this kind of cookie and I have never made them. A few weeks ago he had got a recipe from his niece and I had looked at it and put it up in a safe place. Tonight I could not find the safe place. I looked in my recipe notebook where I usually put such recipes and it was not there and I had recently cleaned out my cupboard with recipe books so I had no idea where else it could be. I had just came back to the computer to start in on this article again when I thought of one more place. Went back into the kitchen and there it was…in the recipe box. Imagine that!

So I made the cookies…well tried. The recipe was not cooperating anything like I thought a dough should look like. I called the niece and asked her about it. She looked at her recipe book and was reading it…after a bit I got suspicious and questioned her about when she made them. She had never used the recipe. Well I finally decided to made some adjustments on the recipe and go from there. It worked. At least I had a dough now! Made some cookies and they are edible. So I have been sitting here nibbling on a cookie and drinking a cup of decaf. Have a great day..what is left & Pray we don’t get more snow tomorrow.

Thanks for reading today!


Biking & Blogging

April 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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I got my learner’s permit for the bike yesterday and now I am posting my first blog that my friend Wendy has encouraged me to start writing. I get easily sidetracked in life so it will be a big surprise to me as to what happens in either one of these adventures.

My bike has this terrific feature that is made to stabilize it for smoother riding…it is called auto level. I needed instructions to understand the instructions……

And after many attempts and much time the copy of my instruction manual and instructions will JUST not cooperate and place themselves in this area! I have soooo much to learn!

After all of that I found out it was a very simple procedure. After loading, getting on and starting the bike just push the button and wait for the compressor to level. Why didn’t they say so??? My dear husband Will

always explains things to me like the manual, but then he writes technical manuals for work that have to go to FAA. (No I am not blond!) Plain speaking does work though as does examples of “how to”.

I am using a program on my Firefox browser called ScribeFire to help me write this. One thing I have learned by trial and error is that the neat features do not work “automatically” even if they happen to say “auto”. I have to do something to use them. Some times it even requires reading instructions. I am still learning the blog and ScribeFire instructions so my comments on those will have to wait (at this point I see nothing funny about them!)

This has happened in my life also. I have to use my “Life Book” to get the instructions from God in order to have smoother riding. It does not always mean that I don’t have bumps and hazards in the road, but at least with my owner’s manual at hand I can read about how others have gotten through the rough spots and know that I too can do this. My life is not perfect and I know my bike riding is not (I am a beginner and have lots to learn) and the same will be true of my writings. Anyone who has ever chatted with me already knows that I am a horrible tyipytst.

To make my first post a little more interesting I am including a couple
of photos to spice this up…after all adventure is what makes any ride fun.

Thanks for letting me share!


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