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Sunday, December 18, 2011

12-18-11 Ride to Weatherford

Diana text me this morning and ask if we wanted to ride since we are supposed to have another mild day. Of course we are up for it. They get to the house about 11:45 and we are off.   I have wanted to check out an antique store in Weatherford so we head there.  Lunch is first thing on our things yo do.   We head to Benchwarmers to eat.  The ride to Weatherford was OK. We have a pretty stiff wind out of the south, and we have a lot of cloud cover, so I thought it was a bit cool. Have to say the heated seat is really nice. I just should have worn my electric gloves. I heard on the radio it was 54 degrees but it was a cold 54. Lunch was OK, but as Diana and I were talking as we walked out, I don't think I would get the fajitas again. All I can say is " suspicious meat". LOL We head over to the antique store and walk through it. Glad I got that out of my system. Really had some cool stuff, but nothing I felt needed to come home with me.  Back on the road and we are going to stop at the tea store and have some tea to finish our day.  We walk into Tao and Pei is happy to see us. She'd seen the bikes as we came down the street and she wondered if it was us. I tried strawberry milk tea this time. It was good. We get home a little before 5 I think. Had a good time even if it was cold.  Thanks for the invite Diana.  :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dec. 17th and 57 degrees=Ride Ginger

Today was a great day.  The wind was pretty mild, and it was time to get Ginger out and give her a spin.  Tom called and we met him at Pop's.  Sat around for awhile and decide to ride to the Leather Shop that is in Arcadia.  I don't understand why that little area couldn't make it that used to have the restaurant, but it didn't and now it is just wasting away.  The leather shop didn't have anything we needed, but the guy that runs it was really nice.  Wonder how long he will be able to stay in business.
Tom leads us into Guthrie via Sooner Road.  As we are almost back into Edmond, I am trying to zip my jacket on up, and  the darn zipper breaks.
 This really makes me mad, as I had just bought this jacket.  The main reason I even bought a new one was that the Harley jacket that I have been wearing for the last 4 yrs. had the same thing happen.  I was trapped in it, and I just don't do that very well.  Making a stop at Braums in Guthrie, I tell Chuck about my zipper.  The more I thought about it, I was getting a bit uncomfortable thinking I might be stuck in this jacket forever.  Tom goes out to his bike and finds a piece of metal, and Chuck is able to unzip the jacket and get me out of it.  With the jacket off, Chuck is able to get the rest of the zipper pull out of the area that he needs to put the piece of metal.  What a mess.  I am just not supposed to be able to zip my jacket I guess.  I wore my new chaps that Chuck got me while we were in Galveston.  First pair of insulated ones.  They are really nice.  Kept my legs quite warm.
 As we turn down Highway 4 towards home, there is a really nice sunset so I had to take a picture.  Just another bonus to a nice afternoon ride.  So glad we were able to get out today.  Wasn't sure if it was going to happen or not.  Chucks work was about to drive him crazy.  So glad they were able to get the problem fixed without him having to drive to Duncan.
We also met Jennifer earlier today and picked up the ham for the people we are helping for Christmas.  That finishes up everything for them, so tomorrow Patty & Stan will come over and pick it all up and deliver to her mom.  Christmas is almost here!!!
And with that said, I have one last thing to post on here for today.  Was getting ready to go to the shop to get on the bike, and looked over at a plant, and it is blooming.  The weather this summer has been so hard on everything.  Seems like the plants are as mixed up as all of us.  I have honey suckle blooming also.  I had to take a pic of the little clematis.  Crazy year of weather.  Wonder what 2012 is going to have in store for us?

Friday, December 16, 2011

FNDR 12-16-11 Ingrid's

We have a small group of 10 for dinner tonight.  The place is pretty busy and we got our order in just in time to beat the rush.  I had the beef stew and sandwich and it was really good.  Chuck had the salmon.  Food was OK....I got a cupcake for dessert, and it was terrible.  It was so hard I think I could have used it for a weapon.  LOL  Note to self,  just eat the cookies.  We all sat around and talked.  Allen downloaded the Facebook app & we now have him officially on Facebook.  He says we will have to help him, and I bet we can do that.  As we are saying our final goodbyes, I tell Allen to be sure and not "poke" someone on Facebook.  Well, you can imagine all the laughs and comments that got.  Going to have to get him up to speed.  Allen tells us he has come up with his "mole" name.  So guess we will call him Mole-rider.
We leave Ingrid's and Chris and Diana and Chuck and I got to the Tao's.  This is the tea place we went to last Friday night.  She acted like she was glad to see us.  We all tried something different.  Chris even went out on a limb and tried Peach Tea.  Diana and I had cold tea and jelly.  I think I had raspberry tea and don't remember the jelly that was in it.  It was really good.  Diana had rose tea, and mixed jelly I think.  She said it was really good too.  Chuck did the hot Earl Grey.  He liked his.  We are going to have to bring the group over here and let them try it out.  Had a really great evening, and between the "poke" and  "bear cub" comments, I have laughed my quota for this week.
PS...Diana got me the Steve Jobs book, and I am so excited to read it.  Even thought I am not a "reader" per say, I think I will enjoy this book.  Will let you know later when I finish it...Oh but wait, I said I am not a reader, so this may take awhile to get through.  Another note to self, read the book!!!   :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

FNDR 12-9-11

We are supposed to meet at Nino's on the south side tonight and eat some Mexican Food.  Diana & Chris come by the house and we ride together to Nino's. (in the cage, as it is Cold!!!) We pull into the parking lot and there are no cars, and it is dark inside the restaurant.  I get out of the car and there is a sign on the door saying they are "closed".  Nino's has been around forever, and I am totally shocked.  I failed to call and make a reservation, but didn't think it was really necessary.  We are sitting there discussing the situation, and Keven and Wendy pull up.  I am on the phone looking up another place to eat via Urban Spoon.  There is supposed to be another place to eat across the street.  We drive over there, and I call Tom and Frank to let them know of our new game plan.  Get hold of Tom, and left message with Frank.  Diana has posted to Facebook so if anyone else is coming, maybe they will get the message.  Well, plan "b" isn't working either, as there is no Mexican food place across the street.  This is getting to be down right funny.  I remembered that there is a large restaurant on the corner of SW 59th and Western.  So we round up Keven and Wendy, and I call Tom again, and tell him of our change.  I also called Frank to tell him of the change, and again I had to leave a message.  We get to the restaurant, and it is a Cosina de Mino's.  They have really good food, so this should work out fine.  As we pull up to park, Tom is right behind us.

The restaurant is really nice, and the food was good.  Just totally amazed about Nino's not being there.  Diana even called the one on the North side and the phone just keeps ringing. Never do see Frank.  Hope he gets the message.  I had a hat for Keven for his birthday, and he is quite proud of it.  He is sporting his official Mole hat in the restaurant.  Says he is going to wear it all weekend.  LOL.   Wendy brought the 2 barbie dolls for our kids we are buying Christmas for.  She also brought the stockings she made for them.  They are so cute.  She really did a wonderful job on them.  The kids should really be happy with them. We will have to come back to this place to eat again, as it was a good 3rd choice.  LOL

Later that night, Chuck sees he has missed a call from Frank.  Seems he and Arleta had gone to Nino's and didn't see us, and he had forgotten his phone, so they went back home.  Feel really bad, but I did try to get in touch with him.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oh Christmas Moles, Oh Christrmas Moles! 12-2-11

Chuck ask if anyone would be interested in helping out a family for Christmas.  The idea was a hit, and Patty says her mom can help us find a family to help.  Since the tornado hit Piedmont so badly, we thought there would probably be a family that could use a little help this year.  Plans are in motion, and Patty's mom came through with a family that we all felt fit the criteria for help.  The family has lost everything in the tornado, and are all living in a small trailer on their property.  The father is on medical leave from his job.  They have been able to pour the foundation for the home, and have purchased the lumber, but since the house was under insured, he will be the one building it back.  They have 4 children, ranging from 11, 7, 5, and 2. They are all girls except the 2yr old.

Our FNDR tonight is to Baluu's as we thought it would be a perfect place for us to get some serious Christmas plans in order.  The decision of the group was to give $50 per person, and with the funds, we can go and purchase some of the things that are on the wish list of the kids.  Had no idea that this would happen all in one night.  What better time to go and shop.  The guys go to "Mole Nation" and we go to Walmart.  Now tell me if that isn't a perfect storm or what!
Patty, Diana, Jennifer and I head to Walmart....Look out Mole Elves on a mission.
Equipped with our wish list, we hit the door running.  Amazing how much fun it is to spend money and know that we will be able to touch a family with a little love.  We girls are really professionals at this shopping thing.  Was so much fun to pick out something and then get a general consensus and then put it in the shopping cart.  It really didn't take us that long to get all the kids items picked out.  Even more amazing was the amount that we spent on this little shopping extravaganza.  The total bill was $220.  As we stood in line to check out, there were two little boys in front of us.  They were really checking out our basket.  According to their reactions, I think we have hit on some good items.  :)  With our purchases in hand, we head over to "Mole Nation" to sit and have a little margarita and discuss what to do next.  We have to wrap the presents, and Patty's mom says we need to have them to her a week before Christmas.  Heck, that is no problem for us Elves.  Looks like we are going to have a wrapping party at Chukadi Acre on Sunday.  We discussed getting gift cards for the parents, and then Jennifer suggested we just give them the cash, so they could spend when and where they wanted to.  Our hopes are they will take some of the money and be "Santa" for the kids.  I failed to mention at the beginning of this page that Patty and Stanley went out and bought 4 coats and gloves for the kids, as we have some cold weather heading this way, and they didn't want the kids to not have coats. Jennifer and Steve are donating a spiral cut ham to them also.  As we talked earlier in the evening, Wendy ask about making Stockings for all the children.  She makes a really cute denim stocking, and we all loved the idea.  Looks like she is going to be sewing up a few.  Just hope we can make a difference, even for just a day for this family.  I can't say enough wonderful things about this group of people that we share a whole lot of dinners with, and quite a few miles of riding with.  Wonderful people, and so glad to be able to call them all my friends.
Thanks to everyone that donated money and their time to make this all happen.  I for one am really excited to be doing this.  Seems we talk about doing something like this every year, and then it just doesn't happen.  Chuck was the one that got the ball rolling on this, and so glad he did.