|The cookbook of 89 Cookie Challenge|
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Weary traveler looking into the sun for a selfie in front of Lehman's|
|Cast Iron Cafe - seriously cute!|
|Made with Lard Potato Chips - quite tasty.|
|Dairy section - above the for-sales items, displays of antique items|
|This is an old fashioned look to mostly modern appliances - they had it in red too!|
|Dreaming - me and my homesteading stove|
|The dream stove in all its own glory.|
Thursday, October 16, 2014
|Big Bleu in the garage, safe and sound.|
|The bungee net that I wrapped around the back of my bike and the front of Audrey's.|
Friday, October 10, 2014
Yes, there is such a thing and I wish I was celebrating it properly. What a great reason to buy lots of beautiful yarn at a local yarn store or sit on a comfy sofa knitting the day away. Instead I'm heading to see William!!! Yay. A very good alternative. :)
Happy I love yarn day everyone!
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Meredith pulled Shelly Sheryl out of the car seat and handed Shelly Sheryl to Audrey and forcefully told Audrey to hold her and make her talk. So Audrey says in a sweet little baby doll voice, "I am so glad I don't have to sit in my damn car seat anymore."
I thought I must have heard that wrong, so I asked Audrey to repeat what she said and sure enough, Audrey was making Shelly Sheryl cuss. It was so funny I was busting a gut trying not to laugh out loud as I informed Audrey that she wasn't supposed to say damn like that.
|Meredith and a slightly shaken Shelly Sheryl...|
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Because of my love for old-fashioned things, I have a bit of a fascination with the Amish too. I love their simple (yet hardworking) ways. I like sparkle, shine, and the internet too much to ever join the Amish, but I do admire their culture. So naturally, I have been hoping to go visit Lehman's, a store that specializes in old-fashioned and Amish tools. This weekend I am going to go visit Claire in Chicago to help her get ready for her upcoming move and I have decided that I am going to finally stop by Lehman's on my way. It is about half-way between me and Claire, but I usually have the girls in tow with me and they make a long drive so much longer, so I haven't wanted to extend it even more with a bit of a side trip. This time it is just me and I am super excited. My plan is to leave early Friday morning and have lunch at Lehman's and wander around the store for about 45 minutes, then continue on my merry way to Chicago perhaps with a new colander.
Monday, October 06, 2014
I am getting more comfortable riding again (I used to ride my bike in Japan as my primary mode of transit) and I think I am getting stronger too. Last week, I took some dirty clothes to the dry cleaners after dropping Audrey off at school. Today, I rode to a grocery store that is about 5 miles away on bike after dropping Audrey off. I also learned that one pannier is not quite enough for grocery shopping. It could hold all of my groceries just fine, but two gallons of milk plus the other stuff I was getting actually made the bike tip over - which is pretty hard to do with the double kick stand. So I returned one gallon of milk and then rode back to the house. The system still needs some tweaking.
Other system "tweaks" are more critical than double panniers. My main concern for now is what to do with Meredith. She is just barely within the weight limit for the ibert seat on the front handle bar stem - so that is what I use when I take her. However, the ibert has its limitations, namely it is not compatible with the front basket, and most importantly, I can't comfortably stand on the ground with the ibert. I lowered my seat considerably, so now the tips of my toes can touch the ground while I am seated and even though that does not give me the best angle for pedaling up hills, I have electric assist, so I am cool with that. However, Meredith is just a pound shy of the weight limit and she is not old enough to hold onto the handle bars behind me on her own. I am looking into other options, but I think a trailer may solve that and winter weather problems in the short term - craig's list here I come.
|Big Blue sans front basket with the ibert attached and the big pannier|
Visibility is my other main concern. As the days get shorter and if weather suddenly changes, we still need to be visible. I rode to Audrey's Back to School night last week and realized as I was getting the bike out of the garage, that I had no front light. I put a spelunking light on top of my helmet and I tied an LED hand-cranked emergency light that is also a radio into the cup holder on my handle bars and turned the cup holder so that the light would shine on the ground ahead of me. That worked surprisingly well. But as the light bounced out of the cup holder when I crossed the first road and I had to hold it with one hand the rest of the way, I realized, it was not going to be a good permanent solution. I would love to install dynamo lights - they never need batteries because they use the power of the bike's movement, but I have been told (by my local bike shop) that I cannot have both the electric assist motor hub and a dynamo motor hub on the same front wheel. That makes sense.
In the meantime, to improve our overall visibility, I ordered bright neon yellow reflector jackets for me and the girls and we wear them every time we ride now over our regular clothes. There are not a lot of bikers in my area yet, so cars do not look for bikes. I want to make sure that car drivers see us.
Long-term I think the Yuba elMundo, Big Blue, has true staying power. This surprises me a bit. I thought this would be a good proof of concept bike to see if biking was something we could do in our area for our local adventures. I thought I would see how things went and then eventually replace this bike with a bucket bike that could protect the girls and any cargo from the elements. However, I am becoming more convinced that this bike is capable of comfortably taking me and the girls to our local spots for a long time to come. Bad weather may change my mind - time will tell.