Monday, September 15, 2014


Friends are putting on an addition so his dad can live with them. Yesterday was spent up on scaffolding. Actually up and down scaffolding measuring and installing the sill. The weather was warm. The air filled with the beautiful sounds of my girls playing with (babysitting) their three children. It was another beautiful day and I got to wear a tool belt. Which one of the twin boys said made me look beautiful.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I was going to ask my riding partner...

If he thinks I'm ready for tomorrow's epic ride to Pack Monadnock. But really what does it matter what he thinks. Truly, I need to only ask one person, myself.

Patty are you ready? Yes, I'm hopping ready.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Best 23 Miles Ever

It's a blessing to be able to ride a bike in the evening. Pack Monadnock in 2 days.


Tuesday was primary day here in Massachusetts. Our polling spot is the Middle School. And as I did the drop off and contemplated voting my youngest, now in 8th grade, reminded me that this was the last year she would be voting with me. Silence.

Every election since she was born, she has been with me when I voted. Every single one. Next year when she is at the high school, she will be already in school when the polls open.

I asked her if she wanted to vote with me, or just go into school. She opted to vote. Where has the time gone?

It's September 11th. She will never know a world before 9-11-01. She was a baby napping when planes were used as bombs to attack America. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garbage In Isn't Always Garbage Out

Sometimes that old adage doesn't add up. Especially when you are a gardener. And you are talking about ginger root, pineapple and apples.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Life Is Like A Bike Ride

As my travels, in a car or on a bike, take me over new roads I find myself scoping out and comparing the hills and gradients to those I have mastered.

And this action of comparison and strengthening so mirrors life's challenges. I find myself reasoning, if I beat that, then hands down I can whip this. No problem.

Riding to, up, down and back from Pack Monadnock this Saturday. 99 miles. Many thousand vertical feet in elevation gain. What did I learn from Wachusett? Don't ride with fear. Instead ride with anticipation and joy. Ride. Smile. And hydrate. You've got this.

Monday, September 08, 2014