Ruckus Scooter Love

Ruckus Scooter Love
Scootin' For A Slower Pace of Life...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Why Blog? I've Got Books In Me!


Sometimes I don't blog for days, weeks, months at a time. I used to blog all the time. I would create "blog" moments after a scooter ride and post photos and write all about my experience. It was so much fun and so gratifying, that putting of thought and experience into words.

Such is the nature of writing, for me anyway. There is a gratification and a joy in "saying it just so", conveying that emotion, describing that moment, person, or place.

Who or what benefits from all this? Maybe a few people read it and enjoy it or become inspired or enlightened. Some I hear from, most I never know about.

I enjoyed concocting it, but I did not get paid a dime for it. I read other's writings where I know they got paid for it and I think, "Geeze, that was crap!" And they got paid for this crap?

"Getting paid" is not why I blog or write. If I got paid, that would be nice. But I don't go looking for it. Yet.

I say "yet" because I have been told over and over "you oughta write about..." this or that time, this or that experience, this or that whatever in my life.

Yeah, I "oughta". And I want to. I've got books in me and I know it and I am approaching a time when I will get up and spend my morning writing about "this or that". Books.

The inevitable direction of all this is, yeah, I'd like them published somewhere and I would not mind at all being a "published author". Even if it's a "vanity press" or "Amazon" self-published book.

I've thought of a "serial" novel where readers subscribe and pay to read installments. Thought of it. No idea how to make that happen on the web. None. No one to ask either. Guess I'd better get moving on the research on that too.

Why all this rambling now? I just filed for my Social Security retirement last month and will get it in the spring. I will keep working part-time doing contract health care work a few hours a week and working my on-line collectibles store for a bit of money. Maybe delivering some flowers at holiday time.

But I am in the process of really pondering how I want to spend my "retirement time". Not sure why I am pondering all this. Maybe it's a sense of mortality creeping up more and more. Don't want to miss anything, waste anytime. And now I will have much less financial stress to hinder my soul from pouring out profound thoughts on blogs or laptops or tablets or whatever.

I've got books in me. Essays. Stories about country living, angels, living in Europe as a child, growing up an Army brat, working the back roads of Appalachia in health care, being a caregiver, living among the Amish, riding a scooter from here to there, frugal living, growing older in America, etc.

Books in me.

What to do, what to do?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Turkey Protest

There's a lot to protest these days and the same ol' routine Thanksgiving dinner menu is one of them. So...

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...We are "going rogue" this year for Thanksgiving!

I am putting together a pot roast tonight in the big ol' crock pot and will wake up to coffee, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and...


Lazy and Cheap Crock Pot Pot Roast

You’ll need:

A pot roast
Bag of celery hearts
Bag of mini carrots
About 10 red skin potatoes
A medium yellow onion
Salt and pepper
1 tsp dried Rosemary
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
Salad seasoning mix
2 bay leaves
2 cans of beef broth

This quantity is for a 5 quart crock pot. Use less for a smaller one.

Chop up what needs chopping up and lay the veggies in the crock pot, to the level where you have about 3 inches depth left from the top.

Sprinkle the rosemary and thyme, salt and pepper on the veggie layers. Place a bay leaf at either end.

Lay the pot roast on the veggies and then drown it with the 2 cans of beef broth. I use a salad seasoning mix and sprinkle it over the meat along with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook on low for 8 1/2 to 9 hours or until the meat falls apart and the veggies are soft.



We will also have buttered sweet peas, tossed salad, Cranberry Celebration from Kroger, and Hawaiian dinner rolls.

On top of this we will enjoy some Frische's pumpkin pie and Redi Whip for dessert!

And don't forget the coffee!


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!








Monday, October 17, 2016

Dam Ride!


On Sunday I spent a few hours riding out on Clermont County's back roads. Headed over to the dam at East Fork Lake.








My Realtree seat cover is from Cheeky Seats!









Enjoy your autumn adventures....safe rides!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cool Breeze Ride


Yesterday I just spent the afternoon riding out on the back roads around my county.

I didn't go very far, but I stayed out about 3 hours on the scooter.

It was a perfect day: sunshine, low humidity, light breeze, 70s. Just perfect.

I followed my usual "ride that refreshes" and spied my little donkey buddies alongside this road.

I've been stopping and talking to them on scooter rides since I moved back here in 2012.

I tried to get them to pose "just right", but they declined until just after I put my camera back in the handlebar pouch.

Thanks guys!


I travel down this little one lane paved road alongside the creek. It is particularly beautiful in autumn. Not so far off.

Some one decided to pose old bicycles alongside the fence line near their property by the creek. They caught my eye as I scooted.



I rode on into the village of Batavia where I stopped at a UDF and got some cheese crackers and a Starbucks Frappucino blended cold carmel coffee.

I was so relaxed due to the sunshine and pleasant breezes that I could hardly keep my eyes open!

Scooted over to a favorite cemetery and sat under a shady oak and drank my java and phoned a friend in Kentucky.


After a while there I headed back home alongside my creek route and paused for a photo, mostly because my rear end needed a reprieve!


Breezy crossed over 800 miles on her motor while on this ride and she is running smoothly and just purrs along, so glad to be out on the back roads.

Safe Rides...Deb


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My Little Met


I took a little spin yesterday out in the country on my "new" little Honda Met. What a joy, what a gift! To ride again is sweet!

Here she is last Tuesday, parked at Mt. Moriah Cemetery on the way home from the Honda dealership...


It's a pretty place with a lake, waterfall, fountain, and ducks. I saw a heron fly overhead as I pulled up beside the lake...


Once I got her home I spent a good bit of time adding bling and so forth, of course. But then we had days of horrid, hot, humidity and then rain, rain, rain.

So the first time I really got to ride her out into the back roads was yesterday on a favorite rural loop.

Immediately I was eyed by curious by-standers, peeking through the fence at me...


Not too far along I parked alongside a rushing creek and hit the kill switch and just sat and listened to the sound of the water bubbling over the rocks...


The road ahead. I believe in being seen, so Breezy sports a bicycle hi-viz reflective triangle on the back of her Saddlemen roll bag, with no apologies for geekiness...


From the front you can see my "Crazy Critters" marketing motif...my new pet sitting business. My little 2002 Denim Met is part of my business presence in the neighborhood surrounding these back roads...


Up by the old cabin is a pond that today was algae covered. The cabin is on the right...



Looking back at Breezy, waiting to leave the pond and cabin area...


She is named for my sweet "Breezy", who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on June 29th...


On to Veterans Park in Union Township. Here is a nice lake with a cheery fountain and LOTS of duck and geese friends...






Ready to head home. She came to me with 727 miles on her and we just added another 30 or so.

Such a sweet ride and such a wonderful gift made possible by the generosity of a fellow blogger. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My little Met, Breezy. This scoot is LOVED!





Big Joy! My Little Met


I took a little spin yesterday out in the country on my "new" little Honda Met. What a joy, what a gift! To ride again is sweet!

Here she is last Tuesday, parked at Mt. Moriah Cemetery on the way home from the Honda dealership...




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

With Gratitude


A fellow blogger has generously come through to gift me with the money needed to get the little Metropolitan out of lay-away.

I cannot express how this feels, to be in this frustrating position and then have someone help to resolve it almost immediately.

I thank you, fellow blogger, from the bottom of my scootin' heart.

Please know that you have brought joy to our household in a way that only a fellow rider of two wheels can understand.

I hope to take my "first ride of the season" next week and I will post photos of the little Met and the sights along the route.

Meanwhile, safe rides...



Sunday, August 14, 2016

$600?


Yes, I am pretty desperate to post this on my blog. But I see other bloggers posting about needing a new computer to keep up their blog audience, etc.

So I thought I'd try it as all other avenues of financing have been explored and I do not qualify for any loans and family cannot assist me due to their own financial struggles.

What it is is that I need to borrow $600 and can easily pay it back within 6 months, if not sooner.

What I need the $600 for is to get that Honda Metropolitan scooter out of lay-away at my local dealer. He has held it for me since May when I started a home health care job that promised to bring in significant income.

It did not. In fact, they have still not given me any patients to see, but I am retaining that "as needed" position anyway in hopes that things will open up for me.

Because of my partner's stroke and subsequent hospitalization and rehab, I could not work from February through end of April. She had to have me with her 24/7. So that just about put us on the street, literally. We lived off of her Social Security and barely squeaked by.

Of course once she got to a certain level of independence, I was able to leave her alone for about 4 hours at a time and so I took a Saturday job delivering flowers locally and continued to look for something else that offered flexible hours in our community.

In the interim I had to sell my scooters, bicycle, and any valuable possessions on Ebay just to pay the basic bills. We faced our roughest time financially, but managed to keep a roof over our heads and the lights on. But just barely.

I have continued to look for positions in my profession (clinical social work) or any retail positions in the area to supplement the health care job and the floral job. I apply and get no calls. It's not easy when you are over 60.

After I got the home health care job in May I was promised full-time hours and plenty of patient visits. It seemed that our "ship had come in" and we looked forward to getting back to having a life again.

It was during this time I saw this little Met for $1100, in excellent shape, about 5 miles from me at the Honda dealership. The owner was willing to let me put it on lay-away and make payments.

I went for it as otherwise I would not be able to get another scooter as I do not have credit nor large financial resources like $1100 to fork out at one time.

So I put a deposit down after selling a bicycle and have been trying to pay on it piecemeal, the going is way too slow on that.

I feel very humiliated that it still sits there and I still owe a little over $700 on it, but cannot see how I will be able to come up with the balance.

I think we can squeeze out $100 in the month's end, but I am afraid that they will cancel the lay-away and I will lose the money I put down, which is around $500.

I would be able to pay back $100 a month to a lender, but have lost all my credit due to underemployment since 2009.

On top of that, I contracted a virus, had to go to the ER while in the hospital delivering a flower, and was subsequently fired by the florist for getting sick "on the job"!

So I lost that income, which was pretty significant in paying out the scooter too.

So, if anyone feels they can lend me the $600, I can repay you by cash or money order in the mail or PayPal. We can draw up a contract that would work for both of us.

I need this scooter also for my new pet sitting business, which covers a 10 mile radius of my home. Our old 1998 Honda CRV is on it's very last legs and so if I had the scooter I could spare it some mileage until winter.

Anyway, that's about it.

If anyone can help with any part of that $600, please contact me by email and then perhaps we can talk on the phone at some point.

Even any part of paying that down would help to keep the lay-away from being cancelled and I feel SO bad about them holding it this long.

Some might look down on me for asking for help, but I am in a pretty "low" place any way, so guess they'd be justified.

I just shudder at the thought of losing my $500 invested and I feel really, really bad for stretching out this lay-away this long, as I said.

Meanwhile I am ardently trying to get hired in my profession as well and have an interview tomorrow afternoon with a private counseling practice. I feel very positive about that prospect.

I am also trying to get pet sitting clients in the area and am actively marketing my business.

If anyone can see it in their hearts to help me deal with this scooter pay-out issue, I'd appreciate it so much.

If you have enjoyed reading my scooter blog over the years, this will also put me back in a position to post about rides and the scooter-based life.








$600?


Yes, I am pretty desperate to post this on my blog. But I see other bloggers posting about needing a new computer to keep up their blog audience, etc.

So I thought I'd try it as all other avenues of financing have been explored and I do not qualify for any loans and family cannot assist me due to their own financial struggles.

What it is is that I need to borrow $600 and can easily pay it back within 6 months, if not sooner.

What I need the $600 for is to get that Honda Metropolitan scooter out of lay-away at my local dealer. He has held it for me since May when I started a home health care job that promised to bring in significant income.

It did not. In fact, they have still not given me any patients to see, but I am retaining that "as needed" position anyway in hopes that things will open up for me.

Because of my partner's stroke and subsequent hospitalization and rehab, I could not work from February through end of April. She had to have me with her 24/7. So that just about put us on the street, literally. We lived off of her Social Security and barely squeaked by.

Of course once she got to a certain level of independence, I was able to leave her alone for about 4 hours at a time and so I took a Saturday job delivering flowers locally and continued to look for something else that offered flexible hours in our community.

In the interim I had to sell my scooters, bicycle, and any valuable possessions on Ebay just to pay the basic bills. We faced our roughest time financially, but managed to keep a roof over our heads and the lights on. But just barely.

I have continued to look for positions in my profession (clinical social work) or any retail positions in the area to supplement the health care job and the floral job. I apply and get no calls. It's not easy when you are over 60.

After I got the home health care job in May I was promised full-time hours and plenty of patient visits. It seemed that our "ship had come in" and we looked forward to getting back to having a life again.

It was during this time I saw this little Met for $1100, in excellent shape, about 5 miles from me at the Honda dealership. The owner was willing to let me put it on lay-away and make payments.

I went for it as otherwise I would not be able to get another scooter as I do not have credit nor large financial resources like $1100 to fork out at one time.

So I put a deposit down after selling a bicycle and have been trying to pay on it piecemeal, but the going is way too slow on that.

I feel very humiliated that it still sits there and I still owe a little over $700 on it, but cannot see how I will be able to come up with the balance.

I think we can squeeze out $100 in the month's end, but I am afraid that they will cancel the lay-away and I will lose the money I put down, which is around $500.

I would be able to pay back $100 a month to a lender, but have lost all my credit due to underemployment since 2009.

On top of that, I contracted a virus, had to go to the ER while in the hospital delivering a flower, and was subsequently fired by the florist for getting sick "on the job"!

So I lost that income, which was pretty significant in paying out the scooter too.

So, if anyone feels they can lend me the $600, I can repay you by cash or money order in the mail or PayPal. We can draw up a contract that would work for both of us.

I need this scooter also for my new pet sitting business, which covers a 10 mile radius of my home. Our old 1998 Honda CRV is on it's very last legs and so if I had the scooter I could spare it some mileage until winter.

Anyway, that's about it.

If anyone can help with any part of that $600, please contact me by email and then perhaps we can talk on the phone at some point.

Even any part of paying that down would help to keep the lay-away from being cancelled and I feel SO bad about them holding it this long.

Some might look down on me for asking for help, but I am in a pretty "low" place any way, so guess they'd be justified.

I just shudder at the thought of losing my $500 invested and I feel really, really bad for stretching out this lay-away this long, as I said.

Meanwhile I am ardently trying to get hired in my profession as well and have an interview tomorrow afternoon with a private counseling practice. I feel very positive about that prospect.

I am also trying to get pet sitting clients in the area and am actively marketing my business.

If anyone can see it in their hearts to help me deal with this scooter pay-out issue, I'd appreciate it so much.

If you have enjoyed reading my scooter blog over the years, this will also put me back in a position to post about rides and the scooter-based life.

I am also planning to use the scooter as a marketing tool, traveling around to clients with a flag flying and attracting more clients, hopefully!

Thank you for any consideration. I can be contacted by my email link if you are able to help in any way.








Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Not To Be


Ain't gonna happen...

So yeah, an update on this situation. One day I go down to the powersports store and find this little used Metropolitan scooter sitting there with only 714 miles on it and *BAM!!* that is it!

I've swapped over my lay-away to the Met and the Ruck will have to wait awhile. Difference in price? Try $1500.

Yep, Rucks have gone up in the price that's for sure.

The Met is a 2002, no rust or damage, gone over by the shop, runs like a charm. Just like my 2009 that I woefully sold in 2013.

"The Met is a Ruckus dressed up to go out" with some pluses that are good for around here: locking center stand, locking under seat compartment, rear rack capacity, front basket capacity (already bought and ready to install), and a windshield available for colder weather.

The Met only gets up to 40 mph, is carburated, and has a MUCH more comfortable seat than the Ruckus.

So, for now, on my limited budget, I am going for the Met.

Updates to follow....


Not my photo, but this is what it looks like. Will try to post an actual pic later..