Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Where Has Winter Been?

This has really been a very mild and changeable winter! At the end of last winter I bought myself a used snowmobile in very excellent condition. I did get out on the trail near me one time for about a half hour. I was sooo looking forward to more of that this winter. A close friend and my youngest daughter and her husband had also gotten used snowmobiles. We all joined the local snowmobile club and the NYSSA (New York State Snowmobile Association). My friend and I took a safety course. That was mostly for kids, but I don't regret the learning experience.

So we all anxiously awaited enough snow to ride. And waited. And waited! Wow. The trails finally opened this past monday near me. So my sil and daughter and the three girls came over on Monday about 4:30 so we could get a quickie ride in before dark. Well, it sure was a quickie. :-D We think my youngest grand-daughter who was riding in front of my daughter accidentally hit the kill switch when they hit a bump. That cut the engine right away. My sil was off ahead and didn't realize we weren't behind him for a little bit. I stopped with her. I tried to start it but not knowing the switch had been hit, no luck. (I'm so glad I have electric start on mine!)

My sil came back after realizing we were not behind him any longer. He was having trouble starting it also as by then the engine was most likely flooded. It was getting on towards dusk so we decided I should take the youngest gd back to my house. I put my sled in reverse and hit the gas a little harder than I thought. With a rut behind me...... yep..... upset it! Fortunately the gear I was wearing provided quite a bit of padding, along with my own "cushion"... LOL. So my sil got my sled turned around for me and I proceeded to start back to the house, gd in front of me (she's only 6). We got back to where I needed to make a turn across some deep furrows in the field near my house and not thinking clearly I did not make wide enough swing to make the ride over them at the required 90 degree angle I needed. Yep! Upset again. No one hurt fortunately! Then we started to walk back to my house(I could not upright my sled with the angle it was at, and I tripped over a furrow and hit the ground again! Nothing hurt by my pride!

We did make it back to the house, and my sil got my daughter's sled started with the help of another rider passing by. She came back to the house and then walked back and brought my snowmobile back here. The picture below was just as it was getting dark.



My daughter is to the left, my snowmobile, my sil, his snowmobile and hers on the right. He went for a ride alone for about 20 minutes after that. We stayed in. And as I have said before, I will never ride alone!

All in all I counted it as a good learning experience. Unfortunately the following day the temps warmed up once again and all the snow melted! Sniff sniff. Not sure if we shall get another ride in this winter or not, the way it has been going. Some have given up hoping. I just decided to take a wait and see attitude as that's about all I can do anyway! Except for looking forward to being able to get my motorcycle out in the spring! (Or sooner?)

Saturday, December 24, 2011



After all the cards were sent out, the presents wrapped and we wished everyone on Facebook wishes for the season, MaggieMae reminded me we forgot about the blog.



From our house to yours:





Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

DOT~Big Comfy Couch

I'd had a sleeper sofa for years..... too many years. It had gotten very uncomfortable to sit on as the cushions kept sinking into it. So I decided one day to go shopping for new. I found one I really like and decided to get the chair to match. The cushions come off (hard to find these days) and a person could actually sleep comfortably on it. It's my "big comfy couch"!


I guess you can see who also thinks it's a comfy couch!
Happy DOT! Stay warm and comfy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DOT~MMM~ Ice Cream!!

The question was asked on DOT ... how do you and your "pal" beat the heat. When I got MaggieMae I was told she loves ice cream. This summer was the first time I took her for ice cream and I found out she does love it!

If a dog could show pleasure while eating, I think she sure does. Once she started licking it she didn't stop until she was finished!!

Now that 's a real "cool" treat!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

DOT Post~~ Recent Yard Cleanup

The recent windstorm last week brought down a lot of branches in my yard. Fortunately, that was the worst of the damage. Others in other areas were not so lucky.

However I did have help cleaning up. Or so I thought...!


She grabbed some branches...


One at a time...


For some reason she seemed to stop... probably overwhelmed with all the cleanup needed...


I tried to explain to her she needed to put them in the wheel barrow. But she seemed to tire easily... and I mean "dog-tired".


Needless to say, I had to do the rest of it alone! Some helper!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Quickie Post

Just in time for spring, my family all get snowmobiles! My son-in-law got one a few weeks ago that needs to be fixed up (engine) for next winter. Two weeks later he bought a used one for my daughter. She did manage to get a ride on it on wed. with a 5 inch snowfall we got. Just around their yard. Snow started melting off the next day with the warm ground temps.
Next year we are all joining a snowmobile club, and taking a safety course. I can hardly wait, but soon it will be time to get my first love out of the garage.
As she is 26 yrs. old and suffering from some dry rot on the carburator boots, she needs to go into the shop. But as soon as that is done, and the weather is good, we'll be out on the roads again! I can hardly wait!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Got One! ~ DOT~

I was finally able to capture MaggieMae, the great hunter.

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At least she didn't eat it!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

MaggieMae in the Snow ~ DOT

I finally figured out how to upload videos to my blog. So here is one of MaggieMae that was an experiment which I sent to a friend a couple weeks ago... when we had a lot more snow than now. (It has been melting off for the past several days.) I just hope the next time I want to do a video I can remember what I did the last time!
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I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of MaggieMae's hunting personality! Happy Dogs On Thursday!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I did this, for the first time ever in my life. Not too difficult since I've had a motorcycle for about 29 years now.

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S0 today I am going to buy this!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

BRRR~DOT

"Can I come in now?"