Automotive, Emotions, Life, Nature, Photography, Racing, Thinking

Early Morning Blues and Greys

There was a hard frost this morning. The skies are clear and cold. I have been awake since 4am despite my best efforts. And as soon as my body decided it was awake my brain started up. I did try all my little mind tricks to get back to sleep but no joy. I had hoped since I went to bed much later than I should have (binge watched the Formula 1 series Drive to Survive on Netflix) I would be able to sleep through longer than the usual four hours before my body wakes itself up.

I let the doctor talk me into physical therapy. Well it’s more like I have to do physical therapy if I want to get an MRI. Apparently you can’t find out what is wrong until you try to fix it first. 🙄 More test results are pending.

I did get some really good photos yesterday though. The birds were VERY busy at our bird feeder yesterday. I will share those today. I uploaded a few more photos to my Picfair page as well.

I see that I need to get going (wake up way early yet still not enough time?). I need a few extra minutes to download the photos. Hope you like them! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Dogs, dreams, Emotions, family, Life, Nature, Racing, Tattoos, Thinking

Looking Ahead

This morning hasn’t dawned yet but it is raining. We could use the rain. I took the tarp off of the memorial garden. Not because of the beautiful weather we have been having but because the storm last Sunday pretty much killed it. The winds were strong enough to get beneath the tarp and freeze the plants. I am hoping that most of them will come back in the Spring. It will be a wait and see. The nice weather has thrown everyone off as bad as the time change. It feels like June out even though it is November.

I am still on the look out for a “new” car. I plan to sit down and do a serious search after work today. I need to find something soon. I need to get Moose in for his check up too. If I don’t have a replacement vehicle then I’ll have to borrow Chris’s truck. Moose needs another test run for his kidney disease. His kibble arrived on Saturday and his medicine should hopefully get here today. Then we should be set for another few weeks.

I am gaining new respect for the local tattoo artist who has a shop at the other end of our street. I am seeing more and more of his work and I am impressed. So I may look into getting some ink once things settle down around here. His prices seem reasonable as well. And the best part is you can get in right away. Not like the guys I’ve been going to where they are like 6 months out. So I may start culling my list of ink I want to get. I really want to get a paw print below my family tattoo. But then I also want to do a group tattoo with Chris and some friends (the idea is to get the protection tattoo from “Supernatural”). Maybe both if the price is reasonable. Maybe a reason to get Mom out here too. We can do a mother/daughter day at the tattoo shop! Lol

Before I wrap this up I just wanted to share a cool thing I found at work last night. We carry Matchbox cars and I happened to be looking through them and I found a Mercedes Benz that had been driven by the female touring car Grand Prix winner Ewy Rosqvist. Her quote on the back is “They said I could never finish. So I finished first.” Love it! So I think I am going to do a bit of research on her. If you know anything or have heard of her let me know! As always thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Gardening, Life, Nature, Racing, the World, Thinking

Trudging Along

I have been in my office long enough this morning that Moose has come in and is laying on the floor. Essie hasn’t felt good and has been in and out quite a bit. Stella has been snuggled up on the loveseat. I asked them to find someone else to cover my meeting this morning. Since I am still not feeling all that great I didn’t want to attend the meeting in person. The bathrooms are not close enough. Last night’s meeting was interesting though. OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) is trying to get Elk Rapids to be a venue for what they are going to call the Triple Crown of Michigan. It would be the third stop for them in the Michigan tour. It sounds rather exciting. I was intrigued until the speaker compared it to nascar (all lowercase on purpose) and said it was the best of the best in the world. That left a very sour taste in my mouth. My intense dislike for nascar aside they are NOT the best of the best in the world. There are other racing venues that have much better drivers than that. I see I am inching toward my soap box so I will step back. Anyway it will be interesting to see how things turn out. They will have to move fast if they are going to keep with the projected race date of the end of August.

I left the memorial garden uncovered last night. It was misting when I got home from work yesterday. I was concerned that it would not rain and the plants really needed water. So I watered them. And lo! Bring in the storm! Over the course of the evening it poured rain and we even had thunder and lightening (much to poor Stella’s chagrin). It was still raining when we went to bed so I left the garden uncovered. Everyone looks ok this morning. I think I will keep it covered all winter and see what I find in the Spring. I can bundle the tarp so that they will miss the brunt of the Winter. I may sneak out to see if there is still veggies growing once in awhile. We’ll see.

I think I will wrap this up for today. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, family, Gardening, Life, Photography, Racing, Writing

Looking to the Storms

The storms from yesterday have lightened the air and cooled things off tremendously.  The wind has been steady since we got up.  Which is nice because I can open the windows and cool down the house.  I don’t know what I have planned for the day.  I do know that I am keeping one eye on the phone because I should get a call about Essie’s biopsy results.  I am anxious about it because I think I already know the answer.

With the weather as it is I feel creative.  I have been reading that is pretty much it lately.  It is so hot if you move from one spot the sweating starts.  The kids have been getting way too hot despite my best efforts.  Since we are down to only one AC unit it’s hard.  The only way they would go in would be if I did and I didn’t want to spend the whole day in the bedroom.  But I took my time putting laundry away so they would all spread out on the bed for a bit.  For some reason Moose has to be touching me as I write this.  I think once I finish this I will open more windows and stay outside for a bit.

Well I am pleased to say that Valentino Rossi finally got a podium!  Yesterday’s MotoGP in Jerez, Spain saw three racers unable to compete due to injuries which shook things up a bit.  It is so good to have Rossi back on the podium!  He’s been complaining about issues with his bike and Yamaha finally addressed them.  After all these years they should know that listening to him about the set up on the bike is what is going to win them races.  I was unable to watch the race so I can only share what I gleaned from online.

I will add some photos from the gardens here.  They are growing like weeds!  lol  The food gardens, though small should get us some sustenance.  We now have four different day lilies in the yard.  The tiger lilies have finally bloomed in the front yard.  I have no idea where all the other ones came from.  When we moved in it was all tiger lilies.

I know this is rather a hodge podge of events.  Sorry about that.  I’m a bit scattered this morning.  My brain seems to already be working on the story.  I hope everyone has a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Books, Creativity, Dogs, dreams, Life, Racing, Thinking, Writing

Future Plans and Immediate Goals

I had my blog topic last night when I fell asleep.  Apparently I left the idea somewhere in my dreams.  Last night I binge watched Netflix’s F1 series since the second season has been released and I am in need of a racing fix.  I did save two or three episodes for today.  Maybe two.  That made for F1 dreams as well.  I couldn’t tell you anything else about my dreams other than they involved F1.  Good times!

I managed to finish reading about three books yesterday at work.  And pull together a to do list for myself.  I forgot to bring my phone charger so I didn’t do much with my phone to pass the time.  So today the plan is to atleast get on Goodreads and update all the books I finished and rate them.  I want to do a review of each if I can (not all today).  I also have my pile of books that I want to write a review for (unpaid so it will go on here and Amazon as well as Goodreads).  So I will be kept busy.  I also need time with my novel.  I have been neglecting it trying to get my review book read.

Another thing I want to do is sit down and make a list of my goals, both long term and short term.  I need to set something up so that I am not floundering about what to do next and how to get where I want to be.  My very own treasure map if you will.  Once that has been put down on paper I will have something to reference when the going gets tough.  And to just check up on myself once in a while.

I need to fill my propane for work and get kibble today.  I will probably take the kids with.  Will I take all the donation stuff today or tomorrow after work on the way to Mom’s?  I’m still not sure.  I will pass the place both days so six one half dozen the other.  I will wait to go until Chris gets up though.  I know it will be loud when we get back and I will have 50lbs of kibble to bring in and there is no really quiet way to do that.  All three dogs need to make sure the bag is ok before I can set it down.  Lol.

I am out of coffee in my mug and I need to get moving and get some of this writing done.  Thanks so much for reading!  Have a great day!

Books, Dogs, family, Life, Motorcycles, Racing, Reading, Sports, the World, Thinking, Travel, Writing

Weather, New Books and Racing

The temperature has dropped and we are supposed to get snow.  Everything is covered by a heavy frost.  Bah humbug.  I need to go make my car payment.  I will probably take Moose and Stella.  Essie usually doesn’t want to go but I always ask.  If she shows interest then I get her in the car.  If she wants to stay home I let her.  Today feels very blah.

I got a whole update to my library here at home.  Someone left around 100 or so books in their vehicle and never came to get them.  So guess who brought most of them home?  There were four I thought Mom would like (I sent photos of both the front and back so she could read the blurbs and she wants all of them) and seven for Chris (I also sent a phot to him and he was excited about my choices).  A bunch are going to the library (a lot of kids books and non fiction that no one has an interest in or duplicates of what we have).  I amazed myself by being able to find homes on shelves for all my new books.  I haven’t piled a single one on the floor for storage.  Chris was suitably amazed.

That was my bright moment for the day.  With all the worries about the virus three races have been cancelled between MotoGP and F1.  So now Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas will be the season opener waaaaay off in April.  And that is assuming that there are no travel bans between now and then.  Texas was supposed to be the third race of the MotoGP season.  F1 has cancelled their China race.  I wonder how many more races will get cancelled.  (Yes I do understand that this disease is affecting much more than racing.)

I saw a cartoon yesterday that talked about limiting interaction with other people and staying home.  It then had a cartoon of an introvert who said, “I’ve been preparing for this my whole life!”  That is how I feel.  I do need to get out more but I am ok with limited contact with people.  Chris and the dogs (and you folks) and I’m good!

I keep glancing outside.  It looks cold and I don’t want to go.  But I do need to go make my car payment.  Sigh.  Maybe I can stop at McDonald’s and get cheeseburgers for the kids.  It gets us out of the house.  Sadly on a day when I’d rather just stay home!  I guess I had better get to it.  Sooner gone sooner back home.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great day!

Dogs, family, Life, Motorcycles, Racing, Writing

Mmmmph…. Morning… What?

I didn’t sleep well last night so I almost for got to do this.  It’s sad when you are looking forward to going to bed tonight and you just got up!  We all had a fine day yesterday.  I worked on my writing and Chris gamed.  Around 4pm we decided to do dinner of steak and baked potatoes.  All in all a good day.

Right now I don’t know if I am coming or going.  Yesterday was my idol Valentino Rossi’s birthday.  He turned 41 years old.  He is an amzing person on and off track.  He was the one I followed when I got into MotoGP racing all those years ago.

I hope the kids let Chris sleep in today.  It would be a nice anniversary present for him.  lol  I did get my orchid watered yesterday.  The cubes melted in short order so wheeee!  I had to give both Moose and Stella ice cubes as well.  Stella was a bit upset that a plant got what she considered her ice cubes.

Looks like I need to get it together and get gone.  Sorry this is all over the board this morning.  Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a great day!

Books, Life, Motorcycles, Racing, Riding, Travel, Writing

Hope as a Writer

The day has dawned dark and grey but I am hopeful.  Not that the day will get brighter but that the day will be good.  It’s interesting how one can come to depend on strangers for comfort and support.  I think that is because they don’t have to care and when they do it makes you feel worth something.  Family and friends are supposed to care and there are times you wonder if they are doing it because they are required to (in regards to various situations, not as a whole). I have been blessed to find many strangers who have become my friends by writing this blog.

My most recent case in point (in regards to my writing and riding) is the motojournalist Jerry Smith.  For Christmas I got a copy of the book Missed Shifts by Jerry Smith.  It is a collection of articles, essays and blog entries he has made over his 30 plus years of being a motojournalist.  I found it on Amazon and put it on my wish list and Chris got it for me.  I am almost finished with it sadly.  I love the small bits that I can read one or more of at a sitting.  They all deal with motorcycles, riding them and writing about them. His stories have made a big impact on me. I compared his writing style to that of Hunter S. Thompson because it can be that irreverent and blunt. It is really a joy to read. The man equally loves writing and riding and was lucky enough to be able to combine both his passions and make a decent living from it. Oh and he loves dogs (he has a dog named Daisy through a lot of the later stories and mentions other dogs he has had over the years). He has ridden with some of the racing legends and interviewed (or just chatted with) others. He has some amazing stories. He’s also gotten into a few scrapes on a motorcycle. He tells you about some of those too. Well I decided that I needed to write a thank you letter to Jerry Smith for such a fine book to read and imparting various nuggets of wisdom that I found along the way. I didn’t expect an answer but I had high hopes.

Yesterday I got a lovely email in response. He thanked me for reminding him what he loved about his job and why. He was also very pleased (his word) to know that he’d reached someone on that level. (Truthfully I was very pleased to be reached on that level. I need the snow and cold to go so I can stretch my wings on the bike.)

So never underestimate the power of your words. You can always help someone. Your stories will give someone else courage to keep going.

Thanks for reading! Have great day!

Life, Racing, Thinking

Facing Another Day

I woke up to find out one of my Formula 1 heroes has died.  Niki Lauda has died at only 70 years old.  He was an amazing racer!  Caught fire in a wreck and was back racing 5-6 weeks after the accident!  His lungs had to be cleaned out daily but he endured the pain.  He had that much drive to get back to racing.  When I was able to still watch F1 I remember always looking for him in the paddock.  Whenever I watched any kind of F1 documentary they always interviewed him.  I am going to miss him.

I am grateful to be off today.  I feel like someone has hit me in the face with a wooden board.  I feel a little better than I did last night.  Yesterday I just got worse after I got home.  My nose is raw from blowing it so much.

I fear I may need to find a third job.  Finances are getting tight and I need more recourse than what I have available.  Sooooo I am looking.  Ironically I can’t do anything until the second week of June due to me having my SCUBA lessons the first week.  Which reminds me I need to get going on the online classwork for that today.  I have a bunch of stuff that needs to be printed so after I am done here I will plug back in to my office and do all that.

The sun is out today.  We had a frost watch last night so I brought the plants in.  Hopefully it will warm up enough to keep the door open this morning.  The fresh air seems to help more than the medicine.  I won’t try to do much today and maybe that will help.  I did sleep in a bit.  I don’t feel any better for it, but I don’t feel worse so there it is.

I am really concerned about ticks in the yard this year.  So far we’ve had two.  I’m pretty sure they got them from the new portion of the yard (newly fenced in).  We never had a problem in the almost 20 years we’ve lived here and all the dogs we’ve had (or just had over).  I’m not sure which way to go with medication.  There is the shot to protect against Lyme disease or the chewables to take care of both heartworm and ticks (some do fleas as well).

Ok my focus is going and I am feeling spent.  Doesn’t bode well for the rest of the day but atleast I will be home.  I hope everyone has a good day!

Aging, Dogs, Emotions, Friends, Life, Motorcycles, Movies, Racing, Riding, Thinking

Broken Friendships, Racing and Green Beer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  This morning I am feeling a bit heartbroken.  A very good friend of mine has told her best friend (no, not me) that she never wants to see or hear from her again due to a misunderstanding of beliefs.  Now my friend is very uncompromising in many aspects of her life.  She is in her 70s and very set in her ways.  She lives alone.  She does not make friends easily.  She and her best friend have been friends for many many years.  They were each others rock when there was no one else.  They would go to Detroit Tigers games together, have movie nights, take each other to doctors appointments…  All that just gone.  This is the second time my friend has done this to a close friend.  You can’t even mention that person’s name around her and you can see the gates closing down around her.

Truth is they need each other.  But my friend is cutting off her nose to spite her face and hurting them both.  And I don’t know what to do.  I should probably do nothing but this friendship needs a second chance.  So I guess that means I am going to try.  Hopefully it will not blow up in my face.

Apparently my cold is going for the “it has to get worse before it gets better” stance.  Even with medicine I’m not feeling better.  I need to pick more up when I go out this afternoon.  Since the sun is out I am hoping to take the kids and get them out for a bit.  Essie will probably stay home with her Daddy.

I spent most of my day yesterday watching F1 and motorcycle racing on tv.  There is a wonderful amount available.  Annoyingly I wanted to see Isle of Man but all those you had to pay for sooooo I was lucky enough to find “I, Superbike” and I am following BSB (British Super Bike) instead.  I have found that Stella enjoys watching the F1 racing but is rather indifferent to the bikes.  Although everyone was watching when I started yelling at the tv.

One thing that bothers me is the skills that most of these racers have is amazing.  But it always comes down to the almighty dollar (or pound or … you get the idea).  If there are two guys on a team and one has to go it is not keep the better rider it is keep the one who brings in the better sponsors.  And for me that is sad because that is a waste of good talent.  How many riders had to give up a career because of money?

Track days aren’t going to necessarily be cheap for me either.  But hopefully if I time it right the first time I will be able to borrow a set of leathers and rent some race tires for atleast the day.  I have a friend who races in the CSBK (Canadian Superbike Championship) and it’s not an easy thing.  He is a very good racer but he’s also got to promote himself like crazy off the track.  Fortunalty I can never have enough racing goodies so I do my best to support him by buying tees and such when he has them.  (For anyone who wants to follow and support him he’s Louie Raffa #76.)

Well this seems so be me bouncing all over the place for topics.  And I am getting a bit longer than normal.  Sorry about that.  Hope everyone has a great day and for those celebrating St. Patty’s Day don’t drink too much green beer!  Cheers!