Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

 We would like to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
 One of the new members at Christmas this year was Gus.

 And this is Nitro.  Don't click for big on this pic.  The photographer did a crappy job on this one.

 Turkey this year was cooked in a grease less fryer.

 Our son Brian has cooked a few birds in this unit.  They seem to be the ultimate in cooking the turkey.  There is no oil, so the fire risk is drastically reduced and most important of all is a very tasty bird.
 I highly recommend these cookers...especially if you are blessed with a chef that comes with it, as we are.  :-)
 We also had a ham.  It is our traditional Christmas dinner...Ham, Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Cottage Cheese and a lot of desserts.  Now I like to eat and get presents as much as the next guy, but most important, is the family time we get...That is priceless!!  

Unless of course you were like me and homemade granola is one of your presents...just kidding.  Family is still on top.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ready to Ride...but

 I have the fixed gear ready for the winter riding season.  I mounted up the studded tires, put on the lighting and put a rear rack on.  Thing is...I think it may be a while before I get out riding.  I was on a ride about 2 1/2 weeks ago riding along Lake Superior.  I stopped to walk down to the lake.  As I was climbing back up the clay bank from the lake, I thought it would be easier to run the bank and not slip much.  It worked well for a bit until I thought I felt something hit the back of my leg.  I stopped and turned around to see what it was.  Instant calf pain is what it was.  It was bad enough to where I had to crawl back up and to the bike.  I tried to walk it off and that wasn't happening, so it was a one legged pedal back to the truck.  I searched on line and have been trying to doctor it myself.  Although it has gotten much better, the leg is still very sore.  I understand it can take quite some time to heal.  That is one stupid move I would like to have do overs on.    

 Studded tires mounted up and ready...teasing me.  That's what they're doing.  

This has been my view the last two mornings as I have been trying to ease back into riding.  The dreaded trainer.  Starting with 30 minutes.  I think I might be pushing it a little because as I said earlier, it still is sore, but I hate not riding.  We will see how it goes.

Get outdoors and have some fun!!