Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Like many of you, I have spent the last few days glued to the TV watching the coverage of the devastation on the east coast caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The amount of loss and tragedy is incomprehensible to the human spirit.
There is nothing I could say or show or do to express how horrific this experience has been to every single person involved.
I just felt that to NOT mention this on my blog would be to NOT acknowledge what may be the most horrendous weather-related disaster of our time in the US.
My heart goes out to the millions affected by Hurricane Sandy.
My prayer is for a speedy and complete recovery and for the strength to endure as you surmount this overwhelming personal tragedy.
To each and every one of you, no matter your situation, I wish you blessings,love, and future prosperity.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Here we are, the "3 Grumpkins", sitting on the bench just watching the leaves blow and feeling the ice crystals dancing on the breezes that swirl around our yard.
Why are we grumpy? Because it seems that scooting weather is coming to a close for the season and Squirt is now in the storage unit preparing for her winter nap.
Oh, my! What will we do with ourselves? We are really gonna miss her!
But we've got a gig on Halloween night, doncha know...
We're going to sit out here on this bench and frighten away the ghosties and goblins and winter ghouls so that the little children can go around the apartments and get candy and popcorn and all sorts of goodies in their sacks.
Pretty good work for a bunch of dried up ol' Punkin Heads, eh?
HEY YOU! Yeah, we're talkin' to you: BOO!!!
And have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN, ya hear?
Monday, October 22, 2012
Not far down from my apartment complex I found an access road to a pretty plat of homes along 2 lane rural roads and side streets with cul-de-sacs.
It was 75 degrees, sunny, and a balmy autumn day. So nice for a little ride...
Another view down a peaceful side street...
Here's a "deer warning" sign next to an open field that stretches for acres.
Who knew "the country" was so close to my own doorstep?
Saw a lot of motorcycle riders. Unlike in "the country", no one waved back. Ho hum.
Hey, this burb scootin' is not so bad after all!
Looking forward to more joy rides this week with warm temps in the forecast...
Friday, October 12, 2012
Around my neighborhood this afternoon on the scooter.
And I mean "quick".
No photos, nothing.
No time for THAT.
Just constant glances in the rear view mirrors, to the right, to the left.
The constant threat of cars everywhere!
Did I enjoy ANY scenery? No.
Did I relax, enjoy the ride? No.
Do I look forward to going out again tomorrow? Hell no.
What I DID feel is that I took my life in my hands today just to get in a 30 minute scooter ride.
I am so sad. I have lost the joy of scooter riding as I knew it.
I don't know what this means for my scooter riding future or if there even is one.
Right now I feel as if I've lost more than I've gained by moving here.
I lost my job, almost lost my dog, and now lost my scootering joy that got me through times like these.
Things are not going well...
And yes, I'll have some cheese with my whine...:=)
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Here we are, sitting in our new scootin' digs! This will be my first day to take a ride around the area later this afternoon as it has rained or I have been super busy dealing with the last details of settling in the new place.
What an adventure getting here! A week ago Sunday I rode Squirt down (or over, depending on how you look at the map) from the county where I had lived for 6 years and into THIS county now which I called home for over 10 years before that.
I am here and I'm not going ANYWHERE! LOL
The 57 mile ride along the back roads of southern Ohio was fabulous! I started out around 12:30pm and I arrived here around 3:30pm. Yes, I meandered along on my 49cc, but I stopped along the way for "butt rests" and half-way through for lunch and hot chocolate!
No kidding! It was COLD riding in 60 degree temps out in the country! At least to start out. By the time I got into the second half of the journey I was warming up and starting to relax and enjoy the scenery.
By the time I got into the burbs of Cincinnati in Clermont County I was hitting roads that were two lane with little or no shoulder and I did find a few cars on the road on this Sunday who rode my hi viz hiney a bit too close for comfort. I just pulled over into drive ways or on to side streets to let them go by. It worked ok.
Here is the last photo I took out of Adams County as I departed the area:
It is a pretty autumn scene of the reservoir in Winchester, Ohio. A place I enjoyed scooting to on some of my lunch rides over the years.
I'm going to miss those bucolic rides, but I am really excited about some of the adventures I am going to have down here too!
Within the last week some other changes occurred too. We had quite a scare on Wednesday when we almost lost our Maxi, "Co-Pilot Extraordinaire":
She became very ill overnight and I rushed her to our new vet, howling in pain. She had a blocked urinary tract and had to have emergency surgery and her kidneys shut down due to the blockage. We were beside ourselves with worry, but she had the surgery and came out all right. She is such a trooper, that girl!
She came home the next day and I've been her bedside nurse ever since. Right now she is wanting to go full tilt and jump and run, but the leash is out and the Dog Mom is holding on to her to keep her as quiet and calm as possible.
She is doing fantastic and we are grateful beyond belief.
Also, our new vet examined our Tree Walker hound and told us he is NOT "terminally ill" with cancer as our previous vet clinic did in August. She examined him and said he is healthy and the tumor can be removed easily. We plan to do that and he is back home here and adjusting really well to apartment life. Just amazing...
If that weren't enough, I lost my job yesterday and I won't post the details, but suffice it to say that we will somehow be ok and I will find something that I enjoy and that will be fulfilling. Strangely I am not worried. Some endings can be better than we anticipate.
So that's my update to changes in my scootin', dog-lovin' world!
We are loving living here and I look forward to posting some ride reports and pics within the month of October, at least.
Then comes the cold and Squirt goes over to storage for the winter.
Maybe it will be a mild one again and I can get a few "putts" in on the scooter and on the golf course!