Doing My Part

I’m doing my part to jump start the economy. While riding my bike this past weekend I decided that my tailbone couldn’t take another mile of the beating it was getting on my old bike, so we stopped into the local bike shop and inquired about trading it up to a mountain bike with fatter tires and a smoother ride. They gave me an offer for my old bike that I couldn’t refuse, so I’m now the proud owner of a Specialized (it’s a brand name, who knew) bike.

The old bike, a Giant (also a brand name, bikers are a strange lot) Cypress, was too tall and the tires too narrow. I liked the construction of the bike, but not the ride; I always felt top-heavy. The new bike, a metallic red Specialized Hardrock Sport, rides smoothly and is able to handle the dirt paths I like to ride. I don’t like the small handle-grips, but I’ll get used to them or change them out. I took the bike out on the Shingle Creek Trail in my neighborhood and had a nice ride with the gators and wild cats. I didn’t see any, but I knew they were watching and judging me. Thankfully they must have seen that I would tough and chewy as they didn’t come into sight, but I could hear them stalking me.

We’re taking the bikes out on some of the many trails here in Orlando in the next few weeks. There are nearly 200 miles of bike  trails within riding distance. Next up, West Orange Trail and Lake Minneola Trail.

On the quilting front, I worked some more on the back of Arthur’s quilt (the side made with Mom’s clothing). No real progress there. I also made a name badge for guild using the design that I’m using for the flyers and ads. It came out better than expected, but the hand-dyed fabrics I used aren’t as opaque as I wanted. The bright colors of the hand-dyes were muted on the black background. I’ll try a white background

I took a suggestion from Patsy Thompson and had a glass of wine before quilting the name badge… not a good idea! The quilting came out fairly good, but more than once my fingers got uncomfortably close to the needle. I’ll sew sober the next time.

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