Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Back from today's bicycle adventure. When I left this morning it was 55 degrees. That sounded like just four degrees colder than when I rode on Friday. Right?? Plus the sun's out: bright and beaming. The piece of the equation that I didn't factor in was the WIND. Serious wind. Continual, adjust-the-angle-of-your-bike, wind. Fifteen miles today felt like thirty on any other occaision. WHEW! But I'm on a mission. My other summer of dedicated biking I clocked in 661 miles over the course of the summer. With my sixteen miles today, I'm up to 623.7 miles so far. I have exactly two weeks remaining to add to the bank. Wind or no wind, I rode. Look what I found!! I'm thinkin' it's a moth?? Pretty little creature, who ever you are.
Thanks to my blogging buddy Kathy, I was able to ferret my way thru Facebook's NetWorkedBlogs process and got my blog added to their rolls. Last night I noticed their list of "categories" of subjects. Much to my amazement, in their list of top-50 blogs with the subject "children", the 50th blog in their list only has 44 followers. At the time I saw this I already was up to 24 followers. I put out a plea, and have gained 9 new peeps as of this posting, bringing me up to 33 in my pack. Whooohooooo. A few more pleas and I'll sneak in the back door of the top 50! Come one. Come all. Please officially 'follow' me and take me from complete and total invisibility into the top 50. Maybe I should offer a prize?? Hmmmmm. That could be fun. An autographed copy of my book, perhaps?? How would this work?? I could put all the names of the 'followers' into a hat, when I reach the 30th on their list (currently #30 has 63 followers -- so we're already half way there) and draw a winner from the pile assembled. OK. We're on!! Let the following begin.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Another four or five miles and upon the gentle breeze, I arrive in Bailey's Harbor. Cell phone reception!!! I call Connie, to learn that the acquisition committee at Redleaf Press has accepted our proposal!!! Details forth coming. They plan to publish a book combining Connie's expertise on movement & dance, with a recording of my songs and some of their instrumentals -- to make an all inclusive project sure to bring a smile to early childhood teachers. Happppppy day. We've been at work on this proposal for well over a year and today's a HUGE day along the continum of exciting progress.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Yesterday, August 26th, I get a late start for my bike ride, leaving home base after high noon. The sky is blue, the weather is gorgeous, there's a slight breeze -- all is well with the world. It's been a while since I've ridden into Ellison Bay so I head in that direction. Up my hills, down my hills. WHOOOOOAAAAAAA my hat flies off my head with that slight breeze. First time all summer. Stop to retrieve it. Now I'm really reveling in the blue of the sky. (I just love the skies up here..... long term readers are aware of my joy over these skies.)
Now that I'm stopped I might as well have some cold water, and WHOOOOOOOAAAAAAA, now it's time to retrieve my camera from my bike's little travel pouch. For the first nine miles of my ride every tree I've passed has been green: shades of green yes, but totally & completely green. And with no explanation what-so-ever, here is a maple tree that has fringes of fall color: on August 26th! What's that all about? 99.97% of the forest is still completely green and I've located the first evidence of fall. So I've determined that this tree is indeed: "gifted & talented." What other conclusion could be reached? It's ahead of the pack, but prophetic all at the same time. It won't be long now, sigh.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Having captured the two pictures above, I just happen to take a look down at my odometer and nearly shriek from the excitement. Somehow in my stopping the bike, my odometer has shifted modes from the 'trip' mode to the 'total-miles-ridden' mode. It is at that moment that I have the opportunity to realize that I have ridden my bike 1312 miles in the two summers & a portion of FL winter, of my biking. That total amazes me. Flabbergasts me. How is that even possible? Couch potato me? One thousand, three hundred and twelve miles?? Seriously? And of course that's my lucky number!! (See last summer's Aruba post concerning the license plate for full explanation..... just click on the link 1312/1213 below.) That's what I call persistence. I don't ride quickly. I don't ride fast. I just keep on riding. That's what I call perseverance. So today's lesson is all about patience and persistence and perseverance.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
P.S. Yesterday, I was able to figure out how to add my blog to the Facebook world of NetworkedBlogs..... so I warmly welcome anyone reading along for the first time. It's such an honor to share this incredible place with you. I took these pictures last night, at the marina at the end of our block -- in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, a lovely peninsula of land bordered by the bay of Green Bay to our west and six miles across to Lake Michigan to our east, lovingly known to all as Door County.