Monday, July 21, 2014

Always an engineer

The last week has been one of nonstop projects, especially for G.  The Camry needed new brakes.  It turned out to be a 2-3 day project, since some of the  parts were so difficult to get on.  Then, I noticed a water spot in the ceiling of the hallway -  right below the upstairs toilet. He took the leaking toilet out and has spent a couple days repairing the rotted floor before replacing it.  This is the second toilet that has sprung a leak since we moved here.  My guess is that it was not installed correctly.  Since he "over engineers" everything, I don't think it will need to be done again while we live here.

Speaking of "over engineering", that is what he was accused of when he built a ramp to load a tractor that he bought.  I must say it worked flawlessly.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More of trip, and baking


It used to be that one of my favorite things to bake was muffins.  Now it is bread.  The hamburger buns are so much better than store bought.  G really likes them too. It is so easy when the kneading is done with the stand mixer and I have a "proof" setting on my oven. I have learned that the key is to be patient and let it raise slowly.  



To change the subject, I love looking at clouds.  At one time on our trip, there were clouds like this on either side of us.  We almost managed to get through before the rain hit.




Here we just enjoyed seeing the fluffy clouds with mountains in the background.


Minnesota has between 1000 and 1200 wind turbines to generate electricity.  We past this field, which had at least a hundred.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Home again

We have been home almost a week now, having ridden 4,600 miles on the Goldwing.  We experienced rain, gusty winds and heat.  But the bike did not break down and neither did we.  Gerry is not the only one who can nap on the trailers.

We arrived home at 8 pm on Tuesday and promptly started up the lawn mowers.  I ended up mowing in the dark, using the tractor headlights. Now our property looks lived in again.  

We could tell we were near home when we came upon this.  If you look closely, there are an Amish couple sitting on top of the loose hay rack.

Gerry  promptly left again.  He is at the Mid Ohio Vintage Motorcycle event. He plans his life around that every year.  If he has any exciting pictures, I will post them when he returns.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

In the Midwest




This is a typical view as we drive through Iowa and Nebraska.  It is just a view of fields for hours at a time.  As we ride, we seems to stop at a lot of ice cream stores.  A popular one is Culver's.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Visiting family

A few months ago I bought my first tablet.  It has been quite a learning curve for me to learn how to use it.  I have learned that I must just try things to learn.  All that 
said, this will be my first blog post with the tablet.

Grandson, Bryce, received a kit from his other grandfather.  We are visiting him in CA now and he asked G to help him put it together.  They have spent at least two hours on it already and are only half done. 




Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rain will not stop

We really would like to mow our lawn and maybe plant a few things in the garden or flower beds.  But the rain will not stop.  We are lucky to not get the 4 inches that a neighboring town did.  I did get the herb garden planted.  It seems to be thriving.  So G and I spent some time in the basement sorting and organizing. My next step is to get the items in boxes for the thrift store.

On Mother's Day G and I went on a motorcycle ride. We stopped to see the Yard Art that a friend has. They hauled this  bull from a neighboring state. Can't you just imagine driving down the freeway and seeing this in a trailer ahead of you.


G was gave me a gift of something I really wanted.   It is what I call "Black Gold".  It is well rotted horse manure and sawdust.  A friend loaded and delivered it.  He was stuck at his place and ours because it was so muddy.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Party Weekend

On Friday, G and I were invited to a Great Gatsby Party. It was held at a Country Club, with a three piece jazz group providing the dinner and dance music.  G did not have a bow tie, so he googled how to make one and was able to make it from a regular tie he had.  This party was certainly a special gift from our friends.



 

On Saturday we attended an annual picnic hosted by a friend who goes by the name of BSA Bert because he has BSA motorcycles.   I will post pictures so you can see the contrast of the two parties. I would add that one of the couples who attended the first party came in a Jaguar, and you can see the mode of transportation for the attendees of the second.