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Well..I found out why I fell on my bike the other day.
Monday, April 08, 2013      13 comments

A couple days ago, I fell while riding our tandem by myself. I kept thinking the tandem felt heavy and hard to maneuver this spring, I just thought it was because I was out of shape. Well, that wasn't what was causing the problem. The nex... Read more
Day 2 of bike riding...first fall on bike
Tuesday, April 02, 2013      6 comments

As part of a month-long challenge on the Girls Gone Riding bicycle team, I'll be riding my bike every day for the month of April. The only bike I have available right now is our tandem. I'm normally the stoker on that bike, but I rode it by my... Read more
Girls Gone Riding April Challenge
Monday, April 01, 2013      5 comments

I'm on the Girls Gone Riding team which is a fun bicycling team on SparkPeople. This month, our challenge is to ride our bikes at least a little bit every day. With all the cold weather we have been having, this was just the challenge I needed... Read more
Parallels between staging my condo and my own self-care
Sunday, March 10, 2013      12 comments

For the last month or so, my husband and I have been working on staging our condo to put it on the market. First, we took a truckload of "stuff" down to our new home where we plan to retire and gave away or threw out even more "stuff". Ju... Read more
Staging our condo to put on the market
Monday, March 04, 2013      6 comments

Well, the painters have gone and we have "staged" most of our condo to put it on the market. Wow!!! I have to say, it looks pretty darn amazing! We were ruthless in clearing out clutter and only having furniture and accessories that added to ... Read more
A Week with Professional Painters in the Condo
Friday, March 01, 2013      8 comments

As part of getting ready to sell our condo, we decided to call in professional painters to paint several rooms with cathedral ceilings and our stairwell. Boy, am I glad we did. We usually do the painting ourselves, but these rooms were difficu... Read more
Too much "Stuff"
Tuesday, February 19, 2013      11 comments

As part of our plan for my husband to retire in June and move to Tennessee, we have been doing things to put our condo in Illinois on the market. Last weekend, my husband and I rented a 10 foot truck to move boxes of "stuff" from Illinois toTen... Read more
You know you love bicycle touring when.....
Thursday, February 07, 2013      5 comments

Your husband gives you a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire for Valentine's day, and you think it's the perfect gift! My husband gave me one of my Valentine's Day presents early. It's a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire for our tandem. Schwalbe is kno... Read more
Valentine's Ideas
Wednesday, February 06, 2013      4 comments

I'm struggling to figure out what to get hubby for Valentine's Day. I did find one thing that was cute on the internet. It's a series of corny knock-knock jokes that you can print out about Valentine's Day. It's intended for moms to put in a ... Read more
Hooray for the Treadmill!
Tuesday, February 05, 2013      7 comments

A couple years ago, my husband and I bought a treadmill. I have to admit that in the summers when the weather is good, it gathers dust. In the wintertime, it's another story altogether. We both use it almost every day. I used to love r... Read more
No chip Gel Nail Polish...works for me!
Monday, February 04, 2013      5 comments

I like to share about things that work for me. Something that I really like is No Chip Gel Nail polish that I put on at home. I got the "Sensational" starter kit by Nailene from Walmart around Thanksgiving and have been using it ever since. T... Read more
Superbowl Sunday...I'm Ready!!
Sunday, February 03, 2013      11 comments

I'm not normally a football fan, but this year I've become quite fascinated by the NFL. I live part-time in Chicagoland and part-time in Tennessee, so I claim both the Bears and the Titans as "my" teams. Neither team made the playoffs, but in ... Read more
Sun Salutations--A great way to start the day
Saturday, February 02, 2013      10 comments

One of the things I do when I'm in "organized mode" is to start the day with Sun Salutations . If you don't know what a Sun Salutation is, here is a great YouTube video that describes it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=
n2VSdskq73g ... Read more
10 minutes at a time...every little bit helps!
Friday, February 01, 2013      9 comments

When I'm in "organized mode" and using the Astrid App on my smartphone, I have a lot of little "to-dos" that are only 10 minutes long. It's amazing how much can be done in 10 minutes. I have something called a "10 minute pickup" that I do ... Read more
The Shredder....my how I have missed you!
Thursday, January 31, 2013      5 comments

We used to have a paper shredder. It "died" a year or two ago. I don't remember exactly when. After it died, we started "batch shredding". I'd put papers that needed to be shredded in a bag and my husband and I would take them to shredding e... Read more

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