Sunday, October 31, 2010
The Grand Kidos in their Halloween costumes tonight. Kelsey (6) Bryson (3) Elijah (7)
Taylor in her costume as a lady bug
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Gorgeous blue skies, and you know, we were riding road bikes at the end of October, on dry smooth roads, with temps in the mid 40's. How could anyone complain about that?
It is getting a little scary. We were riding our matching bikes in our matching pink jerseys (I am man enough and hairy/furry enough to wear pink), and reminiscing about rides we'd done in years past.
Riding a bike is great, I'll never stop. Riding a bike with a good friend.... no words. 76/18.2
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Don't worry no full moon tonight, but if the tights had given out it would've gotten ugly.
Stopped by and saw Taylor this morning. Even though there's no smile here, she was in great spirits...very content. We won't know any more for a month. It looks like she'll get the cast off before Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tom's Split Pea Soup Pre-ride
Tom's Rolls Pre-ride
Tom's Split Pea Soup Post Ride
Thanks to everyone for your comments of encouragement and understanding regarding Taylor. She came home last night. There is still a lot we don't know. After the cast is removed (1 month) tests and therapy will start.
Amanda, your blog brought bearings to the beginning of Taylor's journey and those that love her. I'm sure we will visit it often.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The lowest barometric pressure ever for Minnesota was recorded today. The storm that caused this dramatic drop produced winds in excess of 50 mph. Tree branches littered the paths, and the wind funneling through every open space was like taking a right cross from a pro boxer.
I was out in it. I needed to practice the art of providing a steady wheel. I stayed up. I anticipated the windy blows, bobbed and weaved around the branches, and avoided sliding on slippery wet leaves. 20/15.2
The hospital room was dark keeping things calm so she could rest. Her mom was at the crib side, finger in her baby's 10 month old, clenched, tiny fist. Dad was laying down, eyes closed, but not sleeping. None of them had slept for the last 24 hours. Every whimper was immediately soothed by a caressing hand to her small forehead or chubby cheek.
The doctors said she has a genetic bone disorder. The slightest jolt can cause a bone to break. They found her femur broken and two other fractures in her legs that had already started to heal. The pink cast from the tip of her toes to just above her round little belly was the start to healing the fractures. A steady wheel is needed to navigate through the challenging weather ahead. Ethan, my son, as I was leaving the Gillette Children's Hospital room, said, life is going to be totally different now. I looked at him, right in the eyes, hugged him and told him that I loved him. I didn't see fear or self-pity. I saw acceptance, commitment, understanding, responsibility and above all love for his family....a steady wheel.
This morning my 10 month old grand daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Speaking of friends, got over to a party last night with the team. Beer, food, wine, laughs and a great bonfire. Life is good!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Met Paula and Mike in Wayzata and we pedaled down along the Dakota trail to St. Bonifacious. This is an abandoned railway that is now paved for cyclists. Once to St. Bonni we saw that the trail was closed, as expected, but, asphalt was down. Time to ignore the signs. This trail will eventually go all the way to Hutchinson. It is a cyclists paradise, with beautiful rural landscapes, birds, easy grades, and once past St. Bonni, very few stops. We rode for another 5 or 10 miles until the asphalt ended at a marsh.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Hard to find words to describe what I saw tonight with my camera.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This morning contrails were left to create some feathery wings in the sky.
This evening the sun colored a blue sky orange and white clouds turned yellow.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Had to work hard, smart and fast (I hate that) and got home with time for a ride, before the race. Another cool day, but what should I be expecting for October. Saw lots of friends and had a nice time spectating. I don't miss racing at all, even when I go watch. My mind is filled with thoughts like, that looks hard, and oh, that's gotta hurt. My nice easy, comfortable, flat, smooth ride tonight? 30/17.7
Here's Some Of My Shots From Tonight's Racing Action
Monday, October 18, 2010
About a month ago the sun's setting position on the horizon came into view from my balcony. I will enjoy the view now through March or so. This is what I saw tonight.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Just a perfect early September day in mid-October. Wind was non-existent compared to yesterday. Temps in the 50's.
Good company, fun conversation, laughs and a pretty good effort made for another great October ride.
Thanks to Ellen, Stephanie, Amy, Mike and Stephen. Good times. 50/18.9
Saturday, October 16, 2010
We left at 9 with no wind. That ended at about 9:15. It was like someone flipped the switch in the wind tunnel. We got out past Wayzata where there is little cover and we had a consistent onslaught of 20mph wind in the face.
Hanover (40 miles) was the turn that got the wind at our backs. Heaven.
We were in Delano eating HoHos and Cheesy Crackers in no time.
Wide shoulders, smooth roads and no hills to speak of. Just sweet.
There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The departure temp was 49. Got home to a temp of 62. Amy was dressed like this. I had on knickers, hat, long-sleeved jersey and a vest. I gotta ttfu.
Homemade pizza tonight. First I made the sauce.
2 plum tomatoes, a little red bell pepper, some onion, garlic and basil, just a touch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar, with a couple of tablespoons of red wine. Cook at 475 degrees while the oven and pizza stone are heating up. At least a half hour.
Puree in blender
Dough has risen for about 45 minutes. Stretch out and place on peel.