Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Oh, The Memories!

While cleaning up files and going through some old pictures on my computer, I found these wonderful memories of our biker days!

I haven't found a picture of my first bike - a '86 Suzuki 550. I rode it quite a bit and started selling AVON in Odessa and delivering my orders on it. It was chain drive and I told Jerry that it was undignified for me to have chain lube on my pants!

A fellow biker friend had a bike shop in Lubbock and said he had the prefect bike for me. I sold my 550 to an Avon customer and rode behind Jerry on his bike to Lubbock.

I took the '76 Gold Wing for a spin around Lubbock and loved it. I put 50,000 miles on. Jerry made me an Avon sign to hang on the back and I had a little trailer that I picked up my orders with.

Same bike painted after having to lay it down to avoid 18 wheeler who ran a stop sign right in front of me. Looks like a police bike - I had no more problems!

My next bike was an Aspencade but I didn't drive it much. It had battery issues and about that time we decided to give up riding.

I made vests for us and our kids, who always went with us.

I think this was at Ft. Davis in the mountains. We had an interesting time there with a rally. Mother Nature decided to dump snow and ice on us and our tents in the middle of the night. Not fun getting home that time - they sent all of us "blizzard survivor" pins for our vests!

This was Jerry's first sidecar. It did not do well in the rain!! We went on vacation and it rained from Odessa to Oklahoma. It collected water with one of the kids in it. Relatives in Ponca City OK dried us all out and helped Jerry drill drain holes in it.

The kids played musical bikes - one rode behind Jerry, one in the side car and one behind me. When we filled up with gas they changed places. I pulled a camping trailer behind my bike with sleeping bags, tents and ice chests.

Second sidecar was much better. We ordered it from England and it was fully enclosed.  At one point, we did not even own a car, just bikes.

We had a lot of fun on them for many years. Still miss it sometimes.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kitchen Remodel

This is the way our kitchen used to look.

The first thing we did was to take the trim down and cut off the dated scallops.

Jerry used the router to round the cut edges and put the trim back up.

It really changed the look of the kitchen.

The next project was to remove two small drawers to make room for a new oven.

We ordered the Kenmore oven and mad the opening according to the specifications listed for it. When the oven arrived, it would not fit. Jerry had to trim out 1/4 inch at the top for it to go into opening.

It looks good and works well!

We then started cleaning and preparing for anew look with light grey paint.

We had some help from our friend, Richard, our realtor.

The grey worked out beautifully! It goes well with the pale yellow counter tops. We painted above the cabinets with white and the kitchen looks so much brighter.

I love the new look!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Goodbye little Scion!

Goodbye little "toaster" car. You gave us very good service for eleven years. Such a fun little car to drive. I remember when we first got you, Jerry said he was going to paint you like a McDonald's happy meal and put a handle on top!!

 I hope the new owners love you as much as we did. New young lady owner will have to learn how to drive a stick shift but she won't have problems learning.

You made a great ambulance for the drive from Cross Plains to Abilene getting Jerry to the hospital after his heart attack. Never would have believed you  could do 105 miles an hour but you did good!

Thanks to son, Jay for "doctoring" this picture for us back in 2008.

We will miss you.

Here is your replacement.

 A Ford Escape is bit larger and heavier. Less fuel mileage but a safer car on the roadways. It has more bells and whistles than you had and I really like them.

 It will take me awhile to quit looking for the clutch and trying to shift gears with this one being automatic.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Raising The Bar. . .

We have started on the remodel of our kitchen. First thing was the bar. It was a low bar and we never used it so we decided to raise it up to match the rest of the counter top.

It was a bit difficult to get it loose but we did finally get it done.

The bottom was not in the best of shape but he managed to smooth it out. We put plywood under it to make it level with the rest of the counter top.

Jerry built two drawers to go under it. They are really a nice size too - 17 by 28 inches deep. 

I really like it raised up.

 I told someone that if Jerry wanted me to keep making him pies, he would have to raise that bar so I wouldn't have to bend over!!

My counter space is limited in a small kitchen. This makes it MUCH better.

 We still have a lot of work to do since we plan to strip or sand and repaint the cabinets. That will have to wait for cooler weather.

 We even found some nice bar stools to fit the new height.