Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Are we ever too old to try new things?

Yesterday ate my first oyster. Enjoyed more than one...

This summer / fall learning a lot about home construction. Looking forward to a birthday weekend on the job site.

This year I have rode over 2200 miles on my bike.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


After a two ride weekend, yesterday was a day for saying no to a ride. But at the end of a long day, and still a lot on my mind, the best friend bike won. Do bikes have mental telepathy? For mine knew best.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Months ago when we started the home projects with our friends I was a gopher. No worries. It's their projects, their house. I was just happy to help.

Yesterday I was give the task of cutting out the window openings with this sawzall. My first sawzall experience. My first window installation. Even as 54 closes in I'm learning so much.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Best Night Of My Life

At least in the top ten. Watching my daughter getting inducted into the National Honors Society. I could not be more proud. The frosting on the cake, knowing many of the other inductees and being able to congratulate them and tell them I am so very proud of them as well.

To my own girl: You. Rock.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I don't do a ton of selfies

But after tonight's garage session I thought I would capture the sweaty exhausted moment.

There are three ladies in this picture. The two others staged this way to promote their influence in my life: my oldest daughter and a black Madonna. Love.

Life is full of changes

Imagine being born as a nymph in a pond, and growing into a dragonfly. A swimmer. Then a flyer. Huge changes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I'm always amazed by how God works His way into life.

This has been our first year belonging to a CSA, community supported agriculture, farm. We have worked in the fields and reaped its rewards physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have truly eaten our share. And as the year closes I wanted to show our appreciation to the farmers who have tirelessly worked the season.

And as I contemplated a gift for each of them, I knew it would have to be balanced against my daughter's college expenses. For I couldn't pay what I didn't have. So after weeks of thought, yesterday a value was settled upon, and the thank you cards written. Today, we pick up our last share of the year and we will say thank you.

But the story gets better. Last night when I was picking up my youngest from religious education I was handed a check. "What's this?"

"It's your refund for the mission trip to Oklahoma. Your part of the fundraising."

And the amount not only covers the gifts, but there is a little but extra.

As Saint Pius X said, "I give away one million dollars in the morning and two million walks through the door in the afternoon."

Be Amazed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Something crazy...

Created closure on my 100 mile ride. Returned to mile 92, had a coffee and pedaled home.

Riding 45 miles offers plenty of time to think and ponder. Thought of today: I'm very strong for my size. Very strong.

I need to remember that.

The Road Goes On

Rise Up! And Ride!