Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hot and Sunny

Today Rick & I went out riding our mopeds and along the way we stopped and asked Tommy to come along and ride with us.  We all had a very enjoyable ride.  We rode to Richmond, Ky. from Berea, taking the back country roads, and we ended up at the closest McDonald's in Richmond to I-75.  While there we redeemed three coupons each for a Free Quarter Pounder w/cheese, and we drank water, so our meals only cost us the amount we paid for an order of large fries that we split between Rick & I.  We lingered around there for about 2 hours before starting our ride back home.

All in all we had a wonderful day.  I'm home now and I'm very tired.  Rick and Tommy stopped to chat with friends at our local McDonald's, but I came on home so that I could spend some time exchanging text messages with Carson, Suzanne and with my friend Gail.  

Great Visit

I was pleasantly surprised to have two visitors last weekend.  Natasha had been at a camp at Eastern Kentucky University for a few days and Allison stopped by and picked her up when camp was over.  We got to watch a wonderful display of some of the things that the students learned while at camp.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Beautiful Sunset at the Madison County Airport

Last night Rick and I drove up to sit on the hill next to the Madison County Airport to watch for incoming or outgoing small planes.  The sky is usually very beautiful up there, full of stars and high flying jets taking hundreds of passengers to places unknown.  We got there around sunset and the sky was beautiful even tho most of what appeared to be clouds were nothing but jet smoke.

Below are some pictures that I took while there.

Moped Mishap

On my second day of riding my moped I had a little mishap.  I got off on the edge of the roadway where the little edge of gravels are and my moped just slid on down and fell over.  Thank goodness the ground broke my fall or I might have been injured more than I was.

Here's how it happened......
I was following too closely behind Rick, when he came across some water in the road he slowed down.  And me, not being able to stop very well didn't apply my brakes enough, and I saw that I was going to bump into his new moped, so I swerved but I swerved the wrong way into the gravels on the shoulder and down I went.

Here's the result, a bruised left hand.

Later on that night, when traffic cleared up around 11:30 p.m. I rode my little Buddy around the country roads for a while, then I went into Berea and road around town for a while until I got a bright idea:  Go to Walmart parking lot!  There in the almost empty parking lot I practiced slamming on the brakes suddenly as if it were an emergency stop.  I practiced over and over again until I now feel comfortable stopping suddenly and abruptly.  I was always afraid that if I put on the brakes suddenly and hard on my little moped that I would topple over, but in the Walmart parking lot I never even bobbled.  I practiced until 1:15 a.m. and then decided to go home.  

The next morning I excitdedly told Rick that I practiced my stopping skills the night before, but he wasn't too impressed and told me that I still can't ride with him or Tommy anymore.  That they both agreed that I should sell my moped because I'm now just too old to ride anymore.

OK, so I now have no one to ride with.  Is there anyone out there who lives in the Berea area who would like to ride along with me?  I do like riding long distances and not just short spurts, but I am adaptable and easy going, so if short spurts is what you like I can do that.  Like I said, I'm easy going and very adaptable.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Under The Dome

Riding Mopeds

Rick, Tommy & I went riding two days ago.  It was my first official ride on my little Buddy Scooter.  It's a lot easier man-handling a moped than a motorcycle.  The turns are much easier, but of course the ride is at a much slower pace.  I loved it and plan on doing more riding out in the local countryside.  Of course when we want to go on a farther and longer ride, then the motorcycles will be best for this.
Also last night Rick & I wanted to see how good the moped headlights shine at night, so we both went on our first night time moped ride, and we plan on doing more nighttime rides in the future.
This picture below was taken two days ago.  They are both standing next to their own mopeds.  I'm taking the picture, but you can see my moped standing over there all alone.  The one with the cooler strapped on the back, that's my little Buddy.

Tommy's is a 50cc, my little Buddy is a 125cc, and Rick's is a 150cc.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

my past has caught up with me

My life isn't all glorious and wonderful, but filled with ups and downs that would surprise even the toughest Marine.  I battle daily with rejection & grief.  My life is not a bed of roses, but a bed of thorns at times.  I react violently now to criticism, which is something I have only done once or twice in my entire lifetime until now.  I don't know why I react like I do, but I do and it frightens others who are witness to it.  It might be due to old memories that are now surfacing to haunt me once again.  I just don't know.

I wish those that are close to me would listen and understand why I get so easily hurt and cry.  But instead they make fun of me for having feelings.  I never used to cry at anything, not even at a funeral, but since the death of my husband Jimmy the tears flow very easily.  I cry and say a silent prayer when an ambulance zooms by my house, or when I hear of someone dying that I don't even know.  I have so much compassion now for others and it stays right on the surface ready to appear at any moment.

I hate being accused of something that is not true.  Of words spoken negatively when they are not meant that way at all.  I hate it when someone assumes to be able to read my mind and comes up with something totally wrong and absurd.  I'm not a jealous person. I totally trust someone unless they give me reasons not to trust them, and once trust is broken I am done with them and we can just say our Goodbyes.  I will not follow, I will not chase after them, because I want someone only if they want to be with me.

So you think I'm crazy......maybe so.  Time will tell how this story ends, but right now it is going just exactly as I would like it to go.....forward.

Beautifying my entrance by merely cleaning out fall leaves and debris