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I’m here, but it’s been way too long since I felt like posting.  It’s a combination of reasons, let me give the condensed version:

When we got back from Massachusetts, I knew my father was not well.  He had been battling cancer and doing treatments that made him quite ill.  I planned to go to Alabama to visit when G left to go back north.  My brother went to see Dad over Thanksgiving and said he was doing pretty well, was able to eat and was up and about somewhat.   That there was no need to dash right out there.  So it was decided I’d go the following weekend and stay a few days.  The day before I was to leave, I got a call saying to get there ASAP, that he wasn’t doing well at all and may not make it through the night.  So I rented a car (remember I hadn’t driven my truck in months and I wasn’t sure of it) and left with my Google map in hand.  I hadn’t even gotten out of town when I got a call saying he had passed.  I turned around and went to be with my brother.

After that, I was just kinda out of it.  I loved my dad, he was an amazing man.  But we weren’t really close, like “called just to say hi” kind of close.  I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years at this point.  So there is a lot of guilt to deal with.  I wanted to write about him and every time I started, I would just cry.  So I didn’t.  And here we are, seven months later, and I still can’t write about him and his impact on my life.  Maybe soon…I want to share what a good man he was, the things he taught me, the way he had of making everything okay, even when you never thought it would be again.

I started working from home in January, taking customer service calls for a major tax software company, then after tax season, a major home improvement store.  It’s a 15 step commute, I love it!  Right now I am between clients, but will be selecting another to train for soon.

Sewing has consisted of a little here and there, it’s hard to sew when you’re on the phone hours at a time.  I did make a couple of quilts, pretty happy about them.  When I get pics, I’ll put them up so you can see.  I’m working slowly on another that I’m quite pleased with.  I’ve let my Etsy and Artfire stores go, but am slowly retaking pictures of items to restock.  In the meantime, I’ve relisted some stuff and actually added a couple of new things.

G came back from Massachusetts in early March and is now working down south, but comes home every weekend, so it’s not too bad.  We get a lot of riding in on the weekends, but it’s so hot, we wait til later in the day of we can’t get out early.  The American Legion Riders Poker Run on May 8th was great, it was for The Wounded Warrior Project and we donated $19,000 to the Project.  We’ve done a couple of other rides for local folks who fell on hard times and attended a benefit last weekend.  It’s great to see how the biker community comes together to help when needs arise.

I’m gonna try to post more regularly, and am still working on the post about my dad.  It’s good to know that some of you still drop by every now and then, hopefully there will be new stuff to see very soon!

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Last week my buddy Litsa and I went out and about.  She was here for the weekend to visit her husband (who works for the same company as G).  After a visit to the Yankee Candle Village, we went driving around taking pictures of the foliage.  Since we both live in Florida, it was a treat.  We saw a sign for an apple farm where you could pick your own, so we did.  What fun!!  Here’s some of what we saw:

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Litsa on the Great Pumpkin

Litsa on the Great Pumpkin

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Don’t you think the chipmunk is too cute?  He was just having an afternoon snack when we saw him.  We each picked a half peck of apples and headed back towards the hotel.  Along the way, we saw the biggest milk bottle:

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Milk does a body good and all, but that is one huge bottle!!  The farm was just down the hill from the elementary school where we saw the bottle.  We went down in the valley and drove around a bit.  It was beautiful.  The cows were right up at the edge of the road with nothing but a wire to keep them off it.  I’m guessing it was electrified.  They were too busy eating to pose for pictures:

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After we picked apples and drove around a while, Litsa wanted to see the dinosaur footprints.  So we went down there.  It sure looked different from the last time I was there-all the leaves have turned along the river.  Here’s what it looked like when I first got here:

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Just a couple of months and what a difference!  We don’t have all that color in Florida.  And we don’t have the cold either-it was 31 degrees this morning!  Brrrr!

G was off Sunday and Monday for the Colombus Day holiday.  We went riding with a few friends on Sunday afternoon.  We headed up to Vermont and New Hampshire.  It was so pretty, but I didn’t take any pictures.  It was a bit chilly (about 50 when we left, 40 when we got back) and I had my gloves on so couldn’t work the camera.  I probably would have dropped it on the highway if I had tried.  We stopped at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Keene, NH for a pit stop and I was geting pretty chilly so I put on my chaps and scarf.  Much better on the way back.  I’d like to go back that way before we leave, but I think our riding is about over.  It’s getting cold and wet now and that’s no fun.  Maybe I can talk G into going in the truck so I can take some pics and stop at a few of the little stores we passed.  I’m sure he’ll be off in the next few days since they’re calling for rain.

This morning I shipped out my first Etsy order.  Then I cut out a few things so when I get off work tomorrow I can sew them up.  If you get a chance, check out my shop and let me know what you think.

I’ve been working a couple of days a week, so haven’t been sewing too much this week.  I made a triangle side bag based on one I saw on Craftster, and a wallet to match.  I used some fabric I picked up at Joann’s.  I’ve had a lot of compliments on it and have sold two wallets and one similar bag to a bartender at the restaurant next door to our hotel.  Here’s the one I still have:

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Edited on 9-16-09: Here’s the link on Craftster-I just found it again this morning!  Cosmetic Bag by jloveg

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You probably recognize the wallet as a variation of the Sweet Young Girl’s Wallet from Heart of Mary.  I didn’t need all the card holders, so I made a flap pocket at the top to put my ID and debit card in.  I used velcro to close it since snaps don’t work so well for me.  I like it because the wristlet is big enough for my cell phone, the matching wallet, a pack of cigarettes and a few small things.  There’s a pocket inside and a key leash.  Since it is fairly small, I almost left out the key leash, but am glad I didn’t.  Because of it’s small size, it’s hard to find anything-you have to take it all out to get something on the bottom!

Since G was off Saturday, Sunday and today, we’ve been out riding.  We went out for a couple hours Saturday when I got off work, but yesterday we spent most of the day on the bike.  I wish I had taken pictures, it was so beautiful up in the mountains.  But I still get really nervous on those twisty, turny roads, especially going downhill.  So mostly I just try to look at the scenery and not at the road ahead.  I am getting better though, I only got really nervous once when we came to the crest of a hill and it was really steep going down with a sharp turn at the bottom.  We rode with one of the cops that do traffic control on G’s bridge and he knows all the roads up here.  We went to a little restaurant for lunch and look what we saw when we parked:

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That’s Spike, a well travelled Jack Russell.  We talked to his owners for a bit and they showed up how the bag is set up.  Spike has a harness on and inside the carrier there are snap hooks to keep him from jumping out.  The end unzips to unhook him so he can go have lunch or take a walk of whaever.  He’s a very mellow dog and his “mom and dad” were great.  They don’t take him on long trips in the carrier, but he rides in their truck all the time and has been to more states than I have!!

Today I worked until noon, then G and I just hung out for a few hours.  It’s so nice for him to have a a couple days off-he’s been working 7 days a week for quite a while.  We went an a short ride and stopped at a diner for a bite to eat since The Delaney House was closed today.  Then just came back to the hotel and hung out on the patio for a while.  He’s been really tired (13-14 hours a day for 19 days in a row will do that to you!) and was happy to just relax and ride this weekend.  Gotta say, it’s nice to have him around for a while.

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that I have a blog!  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and now I am in south Florida with G.  Everyone do a dance for sunny skies and no more rain-I need some wind in my face!  It’s been way too long since I’ve been on a good ride and we have plans to ride up to Jupiter and Hobe Sound this weekend.  So please, join our friend Robin in doing a sun dance for us since I have to go home on Monday!

On another note, I have sold a bunch of hats!  My friend Carlos runs a tire shop and had one on at work one day.  A customer came in and commented that his welders would love them.  So Carlos called me and I brought a few up and the guy bought all ten.  Then ordered a dozen more for the rest of his men.  So that’s what I’ve been doing-making more hats.  Didn’t have time to take pics, but they were all really neat.

I promise to post next week when I get back, I made Robin a backpack that I need to show you.  It’s way too cute!  Since she’s going through a really hard time right now, it made her smile, and of course, that makes me smile!

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After the bike show, I’m always wiped out.  This week has been no different in that respect, but there’s other stuff going on as well.  My friend T-Bone had an equipment malfunction and wrecked his bike going home after the show (he won first place in Custom Evo with his bike) and is in ICU in an induced coma.  He has Level 4 concussion and it’s still pretty iffy.  Please, as you say your prayers, add T-Bone and his family to them.  He’s a great guy who is always the first to help out anyone who is having a hard time.

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Then last night, my good friend’s son was hit on his bike and is in the same hospital.  He’s okay though, no concussion, no core body damage, a possible broken ankle. He’s got a lot of road rash, but will probably be home tomorrow or the next day.  Thankfully, they were both wearing helmets!! (We live in a state where they are optional with proper insurance for riders over 21.  And yes, I DO wear mine!)

Okay, enough with the personal stuff, I’ve actually been sewing!  Today I made a pattern for what my friend R calls a “club purse”.  It’s small, big enough to hold a pack of smokes, cell phone, some money, ID and a lipstick.  It’s got an across the body strap and three zippered pockets.  I tested it in scrap today.  Tomorrow I will do it up in something that can actually be shown in public!  R is a bartender at a very popular club here and sees a lot of different purses and bags and is always trying to describe them so I can make them for her.

I’m almost done with another purse, black embroidered twill with printed lining.  I really like my Skullduggery purse, so I don’t know how much use this one will get, but we’ll see!  I have nothing planned tomorrow so I should be able to finish it and post some pictures.

Again, please keep T-Bone and his family and my friend’s son in your prayers.

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Tomorrow is the 14th Annual Spring Custom Bike Show at Wild Bill’s.  Today I started cooking for the party.  We’re expecting a few hundred bikers and boy, do they like to eat!  So early this morning I loaded up the smoker with a case of chicken leg quarters and a case of pork shoulders.  In a few hours, the pork will be done.  Then I can finally relax a bit!  This is what it looked like after I started the chicken:

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Once the chicken was done (and came out delicious!) I threw on a few slabs of ribs just because as long as the smoker was going, it made sense.  Well, that and the fact that I love ribs!  Tomorrow I’ll pull all the pork, season it and serve lots of hungry people.  At the bike show I’m also grilling burgers, hot dogs and sausage with peppers and onions.  It will be a very long day, but it’s always so much fun!  Monday all I’m gonna do is lay around and recover.  I’m glad I only do these big bike events twice a year-it’s a lot of work by yourself!

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