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Still hanging on

With as busy as I have been, I’m so thankful the summer temperatures have hung around into the first days of fall.  My last “weekend” was absolutely beautiful.  Perfect for a convertible ride up the river road and lunch on the winery deck overlooking the river.

And because I had some overtime this week, they MADE me leave work at 1:45 today.  I raced home, jumped into my jeans and onto my Shadow.  Since we’ve made the decision to sell the bikes, I have let my registration expire.  But I have 2 more days of being legal, and I wanted one last ride.  We headed up to a nearby lake and sipped on sodas while gazing at the beautiful water.  All the way home, I doubted our decision to sell them.  Maybe I should extend my sticker one more year?  Do they really take up THAT much space in the garage?  But then I think about Greece, and how I really wanna go back, and…  *sigh*…. Can’t I just do both?  I suppose I’ll let fate decide for me.  I mean if NOBODY buys them, then I’ll HAVE to keep riding.  For the sake of the bike, of course.

With the onset of fall, the hotel has slowed down a tiny bit.  All the families are settled back into their school routines, but the conventions have taken their place.  Just recently Joyce was in town, bringing thousands of ladies with her.  They were a good group, and fun to host, but there sure were a LOT of them.  And in the next couple of months, there will be 2-3 more religious conventions in the downtown area.  Not all are as nice.  Perhaps you remember?

As well, the Cardinals have won their division once again and are heading to the post season!  The more they win, the better business is, so unless you’re a die hard something else fan, then put on your red and cheer us on!

‘cuz no matter how much I complain about how busy our hotel is, it’s better than playing host to the crickets.



Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Everyday Living, motorcycle, The Hotel


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Every time feels like the first time

Especially when you don’t do it all that often.

It’s tough, you know?  Trying to find an hour or two to fit a quickie in.

If I’m tired, I have no desire to do it.  If I’ve been working a lot, I prefer to just sit on the couch.  And when the conditions are just right, and I finally think “today’s the day!”, then my hubby’s not home.  And although I’ve done it a few times by myself, it’s always more fun to do it with him.

So when this afternoon rolled around, and the kids were at band camp, and we had no desire to pack stuff up…

we did it.

And it was as exhilarating as always.


This is what I want to DO - all year round

We stopped at the lake and took a few minutes to watch the boats and listen to the seagulls.

Then we rode to Dairy King for some ice cream and a cold drink.

By this time evening was settling in.  The temperatures dropped a bit, and the ride home was cool and pleasant.  As I parked my Shadow in the garage I realized how much I had missed riding.  Hubby and I vowed not to wait too long before doing it again.  Heck, we may just do it again today.

Wild and crazy kids.


Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Humor, motorcycle, My Shadow


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Can you keep a secret?

Our oven is out of commission, and it’s been out of commission for, oh, a month or two.

We called in a repair guy.  He ‘fixed’ it.  We wrote the check and sent him away.  Mario excitedly fired it up to make a pizza, and… it wasn’t fixed.

Repair Guy came back and “fixed” it again.  Again, she tried her pizza.  No luck.

We gave up on Repair Guy, and Hubby ordered a part.

Not it.

He ordered another part.

Not it.

So…. we’ve given up.

THAT’S the secret.

You see, I’ve quite enjoyed having a broken oven as an excuse not to be able to bake treats for my co-workers’ birthday/wedding/shower celebrations.

It’s been nice having my weekends to myself.  My Shadow and I have gotten much closer because of it.

So I’m in no rush to call in Repair Guy #2, or to buy a new one.  I’m hoping to keep my excuse until all thoughts of baked goods are out of their heads.

And I’ll just have to find something besides cupcakes to entertain myself with.

Shadow 2

Shouldn’t be too hard….



Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Baking, motorcycle, My Shadow


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I could get used to this

Things have turned around completely since the highway robbery incident.

We’re still very busy at the hotel, and with more new people than old, I’m bounced around like a ping pong ball.  By couch time, I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck.  ‘Course, it just makes couch time that much more pleasurable.

On the bright side, I’ve taken over making the schedule, which is how I’ve managed to be off on Friday and Saturday the last two weeks.

Last weekend, Hubby and I took the convertible to a Greek Festival on the other side of St. Louis.  I like me some Greek food and Greek culture so I was pretty excited to go.  Turns out, it’s not anything like I imagined – or like the internet and radio ads suggested.  We ate some dried out gyros, listened to some loud music, wandered through the measly jewelry displays, and then jumped back in the car.  Ah well… guess we’ll just have to go back to Greece to experience the Greece I remember.

The next day, we hopped on the motorcycles right after breakfast and by 4 that afternoon we’d clocked over 100 miles.  Every once in a while we talk about getting rid of the bikes, and then we get a day like that.  It’s still such a thrill for us to travel back roads to places, grab a meal, and meander back home again.  In fact, we’re planning another long day tomorrow.

Although I worked Sunday morning, I met up with the family at our clubhouse that afternoon.  Hubby grilled pork steaks and corn, while we chatted it up with extended family we haven’t seen for a while.  Mario and I lost the bean bag toss game, (turns out it’s nothing like bowling), and Chip and I took the canoe out for a spin.


Today starts a new “weekend”, and I’m as relaxed and happy as I’ve been in a long time.  I did the yard a favor and washed my car.  The rains came soon after.  And then I picked Mario up from school for some girl time at the mall.

Yes.  I can certainly get used to this.




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Right of passage

goodbye winter

I welcomed my first day of spring with every “first” I’ve been anxious to experience all winter long.

I say it’s MY first day, since it’s the first spring-like day that’s occurred on my day off.  And I took full advantage of it.

After hitting the snooze button 6 times, (that in itself was glorious), I dressed in ONE layer of clothes for the first time since last year, and ran for 7 sunrise-filled miles.

I drug my hose out of hibernation and thoroughly washed my car.  No sponge bath today!

With it all shiny and clean, I rolled the top down and happily ran my errands.  And the celebration of spring didn’t stop there….

Immediately after unpacking the car, I fired up the lawn mower and gave our lush green grass the first cut of the season.  This lead to receiving my first sunburn of the year too!  Woot!

Hubby met me outside as I was finishing up and mentioned the possibility of a motorcycle ride.


I replaced my lawn mowing shoes with my motorcycle boots and off we went.  My Shadow purred along, seemingly as happy as I was to be hittin’ the road again.

We passed a sign along the way that read “We have to have winter to appreciate spring.” I’m pretty sure I don’t need winter to help me enjoy days like today.

flip flops

Only three more years, and I can test the theory for myself.



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It’s been one of those days.  One of those dumb days as Abby likes to call them.  A day where there’s lots to do, but no motivation to do them.

I awoke at 7, a mere five and a half hours after I crawled into bed.  I could say I’d been out partying, but in truth I was watching people at the hotel live it up.  They were having a grand time, and I enjoyed being a spectator.  There was a surprise 50th birthday party, a bachelor party, a wedding party, tons of Cardinals fans, and even a few Pittsburgh fans, all mingling in the lobby.

I hopped on the elliptical immediately after waking, and then we hopped on the motorcycles to hit up IHOP for breakfast.  The cool temperatures, the rising sun, and the wind in my hair made for an incredible ride.  Another 65 miles on the Shadow!

It wasn’t until I sat at the kitchen bar once we arrived home, that I realized how dumb I wanted to be.  The more I sat, the dumber I became.

Oh, I managed a few things – like mow the lawn mow only the really high parts of the lawn, and half-heartedly sweep the dog hairs, and bake a semi-homemade honey bun cake, but ONLY because I felt guilty about sittin’.

I don’t know why I feel guilty.  My dumbness is certainly justified.  My windows and screens still look fabulous after their yearly bath the other day.  And although I’ve been pretty lucky with my off days these past few weeks, the days are split, so I feel like I’m at work all the time.  One day off, three or four in a row, another day off…

Some of my lack of motivation may be that we have to say goodbye to ALVin.  The results are in, and it’s been determined that monetarily  it’s not worth fixing the damage.  No one asked me what my heart says.  Or what Amp’s heart says. We drove by the final resting place on our way to breakfast, and I felt a flutter of sadness pass over me.  How do you say goodbye to such a reliable, trustworthy, hardworking member of the family, who’s time with us was so short lived?

But life goes on.  Amp is now driving Hubby’s car with a “BE CAREFUL!” at every send-off.  Today’s send-off was to his new GF’s house.  Do you remember the old one?  The 18 year old?  Well, we found out from Chip soon after they began dating that she’d had a baby a while back. We immediately declared an emergency meeting with Amp and strongly voiced our opinions and concerns.  Luckily, he agreed with us and it ended soon after.


The new girl just recently transferred to our high school since her parents feel education is important and didn’t think her old high school was standing up to the test.   Hubby had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks ago, and she mentioned how she’s been texting Amp and making sure he’s getting his homework done.  I’ve already set their wedding date.

In movie news, (I think this is the first time I’ve had movie news) we watched TWO movies this week!  I enjoyed The Great Gatsby, but Argo was outstanding.  We’re watching Red Tails tonight.  It’s refreshing to finally have decent choices to watch on our satellite TV, but alas, it’s only for a short time.  They’re hoping to lure us into buying more stations.  Ha.  We have too many unwatched stations as it is.  If anything, it’ll convince us to finally give up the satellite and rely solely on Netflix for our viewing pleasure.

First we disconnect the phone lines.  Then the satellite TV.  Dare we get rid of internet too?

Naaah… I’d miss you all too much.


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Non-Labor Day

There was no laboring for me this Labor Day.  None.  At.  All.

Well, I did spend 45 minutes on the elliptical machine, and that was a little bit of work, but I never mind starting my day with a bit of exercise.  (Although I’d much rather have run.  *sigh*  It’s been 2 weeks now since I’ve diagnosed myself with a stress fracture.  The good news is, the ‘doc’ (me) thinks it might be okay to try it in as few as 3-4 days.  I’ll consult with myself again at that point.)

The rest of the day was down right FUN.

With morning temps in the 70s, we jumped on our motorcycles and headed to our meeting place. There, we hooked up with 9 other motorcyclists, planned our route, and began the journey.

I’ve never ridden with so many motorcycles before.  My heart was beating anxiously when we first took off. Could I keep up?  Would I make a fool of myself?  Would these big tough guys, and the big tough girls, make me look like the meek, little twerp that I am?

Nope.  Not once.  We only knew one of the couples, but everyone else was so friendly and welcoming and made us feel right at home.

We headed south along the Bluff Road that follows the Mississippi River.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, the roads were curvy and smooth, and only the occasional armadillo road kill slowed us down.

If I closed my eyes, I could almost believe I was back in Colorado.

IMG_0455[1]But I didn’t dare close my eyes, so I knew I was still in Illinois.  A REALLY pretty part of Illinois.

About an hour into the ride, we stopped off at one of the many caves in the bluffs to cool off.


The cool air coming out of here was incredible.  We spent quite a bit of time here telling stories and resting our rear ends before heading on to our next stop.


Lisa’s was an extremely popular restaurant among bikers and regulars alike.  Probably because in this area there is only one place to eat.  We spent a good couple of hours eating, resting, and telling more stories.

None of us were ready to head back, so we continued south for a few more miles, admiring towns even smaller than ours.

The next stop was a Dairy Queen not too far up the road.  Believe it or not, Hubby and I passed on this stop and decided to make our way back.  We live the furthest away and knew our rumps weren’t going to make it much further.

185 miles we put on the bikes today, and our backsides are certainly feeling it.  But neither one of us would have traded it for anything!

It was a fabulous day, and well worth requesting it off!

Now please excuse me while I get intimate with my beloved foam roller.


My gluteus maximus is beggin’ for it.

(Hope your Labor Day weekend was just as awesome!)


Posted by on September 3, 2013 in motorcycle, My Shadow


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