Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


MaggieMae and I would like to wish you all a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving Day. I pray you all have something to remember to thank God for.
I thank Him just for Who He is. I thank Him for sending His Son Jesus to take my place on the cross. I thank Him for family and good friends. I thank Him for every day I am allowed to continue with those family and friends. And of course I thank Him for the blessing of MaggieMae.
I pray He will bless each of you with a heart full of thankfulness.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy DOT~~ Let's Have Some Squirrel Fun!

One of Maggie's very favorite past times is chasing anything that enters our (her) yard. The other day I noticed she was looking up into the tree directly behind the deck. So I grabbed my camera, and saw these two up there. The one on the right stayed absolutely stock still, and I'm not ever sure she saw it.

This one was the one on the left and it was quite active. I could tell it was gauging it's chances of escape by the way it kept running around the tree (wish I'd have gotten a video) and was up and down and back again around the branches. Maggie of course kept egging it on by barking at it.

It finally made a run for it and climbed another tree and escaped over my neighbor's shed roof, with Maggie voicing her dismay about it's escape!

She then sat waiting for it to return, which it had the smarts not to do.

All the while this guy remained stationary the whole time, and probably did not even come down till she headed into the house!

We hope all you pups and owners have a very happy Dogs on Thursday!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

November Motorcycle Ride~~ Whoohoo!

I have always had a love for motorcycle riding. I think I came by it honestly as my dad had owned two Indian motorcycles before I was born. My earliest memory of riding was behind my older brother as a teenager, as he rode with his future brother-in-law. Back then there were no helmet laws (50's-60's) and I had long hair and had to put a scarf over it to keep it from getting tangled in the wind. But oh how I loved the ride!!

Basically all my life I had to ask someone to "take me for a ride on your motorcycle". That is until I turned 34. That was the year I went crazy! I got my hair cut short (fit into a helmet better), got my ears pierced, and bought my first motorcycle! Then I asked a guy I knew who'd taken me for rides to teach me how to ride... I put 22,000 miles on my first motorcycle in 3 years. It was a 440cc Kawasaki. In 1985 I traded it in (paid for) for a 1985 Kawasaki 700(cc) LTD. I've had that one ever since. It's a wonderful bike, with a shaft drive (no chain to oil) and long ago paid for and doesn't owe me a thing! Here I am at 61 and I find it hard to believe I've been riding for 27 years now! I have a lifetime membership in the American Motorcyclist Association, which I have belonged to also for 27 years, and that came when I'd been a member for 25 years.

My late husband also rode and we had many good rides together. Now it is sometimes difficult going out by myself even though I was riding before I met him. But days like today, after I had gotten more leaves cleaned up from my back yard, and it was in the middle 60's temperature, I said, "I gotta do it!" So I grabbed the following items, essential for a ride... A pair of sunglasses (which I forgot to get a picture of, but I think you know what they look like...).

Gloves and bike keys.

Good boots for riding.

My fullface helmet, leather jacket, cellphone for emergencies, wallet with drivers license (which I have had M class for motorcycles since I took my first motorcycle driving test and passed), and some cash for gas.

Next of course was The Bike! I had the tank painted some years ago to suit me, with roses of course! And a cross on the tank as well.

I keep my bike insurance coverage year round just in case we get a day like today. In fact when I started riding in 1982, it was 70 degrees on Christmas Day and New Years Day, both! And did I ride? Of course I did!! There were times when I was younger I had a snowmobile suit and rode at 32 degrees if the roads were clear. Well, age has slowed down that but so thankful for days like today, when 60+ degrees gets my desire up again!! I just hope I can keep riding for a few more years, Lord willing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rainy DOT

Remember how when you were a kid, and it was a rainy day and you couldn't go out to play?
Well, I think dogs go through the same feelings. MaggieMae was barking at me to go out and I told her it was raining. I told her to look out the window and see... So she did.



Then she still wanted to go out, but when I opened the back door to let her out, she sniffed, saw the rain, and turned around and decided not to! I said, "I told you so!" So I told her to go play with her toys.
I hope you all have a great DOT, rain or snow or sun.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween

As I said, I do not celebrate Halloween, but I do attend with my grandkids because they dress up and I do go when they trick or treat. In view of the dangers for children out there these days, the more adults along the better. It is amazing who you might meet at one of these events! (My oldest grand daughter about scared me when she first put this costume on!)

The next gang is my three other grand daughters, and my daughter (wearing at least a 25 yr. old Christmas costume that I had made when I did dress up oh so long ago). The grandkids were a cheerleading coach, Dorothy and a kitty.

Even the Easter Bunny put in an out of season appearance!

This guy (or gal?) could give someone nightmares for sure!

And then there were two doctors who came obviously straight from the operating room!
Paul Bunyan showed up for the trick or treating. (Son-in-law.)
Then I happened to see two four legged critters maybe hoping to get in on the treats?

And the Man in the Moon also put in an early night time appearance. Almost full too... must have been eating his candy as he got it!
I hope you all had a safe Halloween weekend!