Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Thanksgiving Thoughts

As I was reading Thanksgiving posts of my fellow bloggers, I was thinking about all that I am thankful for. Of course there are the obvious things, that everyone knows I'm thankful for, but I decided to dig a little deeper and here is what I came up with.

I am thankful for all the people who have been placed in my life. This includes the ones who I wouldn't consider 'good'. I'm thankful for the people who have treated me badly, who have stolen from me, cheated on me, beaten me up (figuratively and literally), doubted me, and basically pushed me to the brink.
I am thankful for these people because I have learned so much from them and the experiences I have encountered because of them. I have learned how strong I am, and how I can get by with almost nothing. I have learned that even though I have gone through some horrible stuff at the hands of these people, I came out of it with a better perspective of life and a deeper understanding of myself. I have learned that I could live my life as a victim and be miserable, or I could focus on the good and look forward to the future and be happy and hopeful. I am thankful because if it weren't for the 'bad' people in my life, I may not be able to fully appreciate the wonderful people in my life.

Whatever you are thankful for today, I hope it is a positive day and you all find joy in the good and the bad. Of course it's easier to be joyful in the good times, but just think, were it not for the bad times, how would you even know when you were in the good times?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2008


I know a lot of you already know Big D. and are familiar with what a wonderful writer he is. I wanted to post this so that those of you who have not had the pleasure of reading his work could go and check it out.
Big D. is an awesome author. His imagination and attention to detail will keep the readers on the edge of their seats. There isn't a lot more I can say that will do justice to the amazing stories that this man can write.
All I can suggest is to take a few minutes, grab a cup of coffee, and check him out..........Big Daddy's Idle Thoughts
If you like what you read, which I know you will, be sure to leave him a comment and tell him so!

Monday, November 17, 2008

My first solo ride

Today is a beautiful day! It's about 70 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky. A perfect day for riding. Dave is working at the shop so I decided to take my baby out to come down and see him. This is the first time I've gone out on my own. I was a little bit nervous but it's only a few blocks away and I've ridden over here so many times with Dave that I knew I could do it.
I pulled out of the driveway with a feeling of excitement. As I pulled onto the street and really got going I had a decision to make. I could take the back way through the neighborhoods or I could head out to the main street and cruise all the way downtown. I opted for the main street. It was awesome! What a feeling of accomplishment. Willy D. has been telling me ever since I got my bike that I should take her out for a solo ride, but I didn't feel ready until today.
When I walked into the shop Dave smiled, and then got a proud look on his face when he realized I was wearing my riding gear. I was beaming as I said, "I rode all by myself." I feel like a little kid who just realized they can do something without the help of mom or dad.
Every time I ride I think about how far I've come since the day I first decided I wanted to ride. I remember the first day in the Harley Davidson parking lot and wondering if I was ever going to get my feet off the ground and if I would ever feel comfortable, and wondering if I had done the right thing buying a bike. I still have a long way to go, but I did get my feet off the ground, I do feel comfortable, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I did the right thing getting my bike.
Now only one more decision for the I want to go home, or do I want to see where else the road might take me today?.............................

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


At the risk of embarrassing my Dave, I have decided today to pay a special tribute to him. It's not a special occasion, no birthdays, or anniversaries, just a day that I wanted to let you all know how I really feel about the man you all know as "FLHX DAVE".

Dave is so many things to me. He is my soul mate, the man of my dreams, and my best friend. He is the one person in this world who knows everything there is to know about me, and yet he still loves and accepts me. He has taught me the meaning of unconditional love. I don't know if I can say that I'm a better person since I met him, but he makes me want to be a better woman. He has taught me so many things about myself. Sometimes I think he is way better to me than I am to him, and I wonder how I ended up as fortunate as I am.

He is a wonderful father, not just to his children, but to my son. I know he gets down because he doesn't see his kids as much as he'd like, but he does his best to be in contact with them as much as possible. They may be 500 miles apart, but he is more connected with them than a lot of parents who live in the same house as their children. I respect the fact that he really tries and doesn't just give up.

When we first started hanging out I think people thought that we were an unlikely couple, and that we were probably just a fling. But anyone who wants to see two people who truly love and respect each other can just take a look over here.

Our relationship is not perfect, as nothing is. Dave does some really annoying things and since he knows me so well, he can definitely push my buttons. And believe me, I know how to push his. But the fact is that I love this man for all that he is. I know who he is, and I don't expect him to change. We bicker quite a bit, mostly in fun. We are both head strong and think we're right most of the time, but when we realize that we'd rather be happy we can usually let it go. I have gone through, and continue to go through, things in my life that can make it difficult to be around me sometimes, but he does what he can to understand, and when he can't he just gives me time and space to work things out.

I could go on for days about how much I love Dave, but I think I've gotten my point across. I put together a slide show, and Dave really hates it when I post pictures of him, but hopefully my kind words will soften him and he won't be too mad at me. :)

I love you very much Dave, I cherish the memories we have made so far, and I look forward to a lifetime of making more!

Make sure to click the speaker to hear the music. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It's about friggin' time!

Yesterday was the first time in two weeks that I was able to get my baby out for a ride. It had been one thing or another and I was getting really sick of it!
We woke up in the morning and I was all anticipation and nerves. I was worried that I might have forgotten everything that I had learned about riding. I know two weeks isn't that long, but when you're still a newbie you worry you might have to start from scratch. Thankfully that wasn't the case. When I got going I felt great, I think I was actually feeling more comfortable than the last time I rode. It just felt so good to get out and go.
First stop was the Harley dealership. We met Willy D. and Carol there and got our free hot dogs. Free hot dogs are usually good, but when you eat one the morning after a night of J.D. they don't taste so good. That's all I'll say about that, I'll leave the potty posts for Dave!
While we were there Carol and I signed up for the garage party they are having this week. I am really looking forward to checking it out. I will definitely post about it.
We left the dealership and went to pick Riley up at his friend's house. He had spent the night and I had promised if the weather was nice that we would pick him up on the bikes. Well, the weather wasn't really nice, but it wasn't bad either. Just a little overcast and on the chilly side without being too cold. The friend's house he stayed at also happens to be one of the family's that I work for, and they have been wanting to check out my bike since I got it. After showing off my baby a little bit and gearing up the kid we took off for our little ride.
We took a nice little road that I've been on a lot so it was a nice relaxing ride. It was starting to get windy and cold and I was wondering if it would rain on us. As much as I didn't want it to rain, I thought if it did it would be a first for me and a new experience, but then the more I thought about it I realized there are some things that are probably better not experiencing.
We rode for a little bit and stopped at the coffee shop on the way home. Once we got home and the babies were safely in the garage the clouds let loose and it poured. Yeah, I can do without that experience for now.
All I can say to those of you who are getting ready to put your bikes away for the winter season....My deepest condolences. Two weeks almost killed me, I can't imagine two months without getting out on my girl. Hopefully you all have lots of stuff to keep you busy, and those of us who can ride all year will try to ride enough for you! :)