Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Bicycles Part 2

My darling daughter Kim, looked up a cycling club for me since I got my new bike. I looked at their web site tonight and then I called Kim. "Darling daughter, "I said. "Are you trying to kill me!" All of their rides are about 45 miles in length! Now I don't know about you, but after my last little ride of 2.5 miles, I could hardly sit down for the next couple of days. She actually contacted them because she says I need to take a class in bike maintenance. She's right, because the first flat I get, I will stop riding my bike for the next year while I try to find the time to have it fixed. I really do like riding my bike. It's just hard to find the motivation after working 8-10 hours a day. Oh well, that excuse is almost invalid, since I only have 6 more days to work until summer break. Whoo Hoo!!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sorry Karen!

I just realized that I picked the same template as my darling daughter's. Sorry Karen, I didn't do it on purpose. I was looking for one that would give me bigger print, since I got a call from Grandpa that he couldn't read it because my print was too small. I wondered why I liked the color so much!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

New Exercise Challange

I sent my bike with my husband to the local bike shop to have some maintanace done on it. Hubby took his bike too, since we decided we would start riding again. When we went to pick up the bikes, the guy at the store said to me, "I thought you would be 5'2"!" I asked him why he thought that. (I'm 5'9") He said that the bike I have is way to small for me. No wonder I was hitting my chest with my knees!

Now I am the proud owner of a K2 Big Easy Deuce. It has 21 speeds and nice v-brakes and a u-shaped handlebar. I like it because it also has a wide seat for my wide rear. I intend to ride it to work since I only live 2.5 miles from work. I had a headlight and taillight put on it for that purpose since I leave for work about 5:30 am every day. Speaking of that headlight, I have to say the salesman was a little condescending about my age. He pointed out a headlight with a rechargable battery, and then said I wouldn't want that one. He then tried to sell me a headlight that I would have to buy lots of batteries to keep replacing them. I asked him why I wouldn't want the rechargeable battery and he said I probably wouldn't know how to recharge it!
I told him, I wasn't a dinosaur, I could read, and I actually had a cell phone that I charged every couple of days , so I thought I could figure it out. (There goes Ruth again. Actually I said all that with a smile on my face even if my teeth were gritting.) I also told him I would be back in six months for the spandex!

I actually rode my bike to work yesterday. It took me longer to get ready to ride it, then the actual ride to work. I had to find my backpack (which hubby threw away when the dog got sick on it). So I had to find another backpack, pack my water bottle, my book, my purse, the bike lock, and my keys. So now I have a 40lb sack on my back. Gotta get the gloves on and the helmet. I started on my ride and found out that, oh my gosh, most of the ride to work is downhill! It took me 15 minutes to get ready for the ride and 5 minutes to get there. I got out on Browns Valley Road and found out just how fast those cars are going. I started to pick up speed going down hill and started to try to brake slowly. Now remember that I am from the generation that had coaster brakes on their bikes. Just press backwards on the pedals to slow down or stop. So I'm pressing backwards on the pedals to slow down and nothing is happening, except that I'm going faster and my front wheel is starting to wobble a little because I'm panicking. I'm thinking at any minute I'm going to fall under one of these speeding cars and I'm going to be very big road kill! Just as disaster seems imminent, I remembered the hand brakes. I managed to squeeze gently even in my state of panic, because I did remember it is not good to go flying over the handlebars. I made it in one piece to work and I will save the telling of the long uphill bike ride home for another day.

Monday, May 08, 2006

It's My Birthday!!

Hey it's my birthday! I've attained the age of 54. Someone asked me today if I felt okay. I told them I felt wonderful. I woke up this morning and I was still breathing! Some days I really feel old---maybe even older than I am. When I walk down the stairs in the morning, you can hear my knees crunching with every step. My knees don't really hurt, they just have sound effects now.

I've never had a problem telling people my age. Maybe it's because when people guess, they always think I'm older. Now I tell them before they open their mouth and insult me. If they think I'm lying, then it's their problem.

As I get older, I just thank God for every day that he gives me. He's been so generous with the time He's given me on this earth. I hope He blesses me with a much longer life. I still have lots of things I want to do here and I'd like to see my grandchildren grow up.

But if you call, and I'm not here, don't think I'm pushing up daisies just yet. I'm probably at the golf course working on my putting, chipping and pitching!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Friends

I've decided that the older I get, the more important my friends are to me. A true friend will be with you through thick and thin. They are there for all the important moments of your life and all the trivial moments, too.

Since I joined the Red Hat Society, there have been days when I was aggravated by my new friends. But I've discovered that maybe it was because I was trying to be too much in control as queen of the group. The last couple of months I feel like I've relaxed my grip and you know what, I'm starting to have fun. The ladies in my group are intelligent, funny women who want to have a good time. They are helping me to laugh and learn how to play. Sometimes we forget that!

Today we went on a picnic to the Napa Iris Gardens. It was a beautiful sunshiny day and the flowers, although not all in bloom, were magnificent. I bought three pots to bring home. One is a deep purple iris and I had to get it because it's name was Megan Elizabeth. (One of my daughters names) I got a pretty peach one that is named after one of my nieces, Jamie Lynn, and a beautiful pink iris that reminded me of Allison.

After the Iris Gardens, we drove back to Vacaville and went to Joanne Fabrics to buy fabric to make Santa Sacks. These are sacks that many red hat groups are making to give to a church in Sacramento that will fill them with goodies to send to the troops in Iraq at Christmas this year. We had a great time looking at all the fabric and buying many yards to make as many sacks as we can. I know the Red Hat Society's motto is "It's all about me!" but you can only think of yourself so much before you become so self-centered that it makes you an ugly person. We want to stay charming, so it's time to do a little service project for a worthy cause. We'll get together again on May 24th to sew the sacks. Isn't it great to have friends!