Archive for April, 2013

Milk pick-up

I managed to talk myself into biking the eight mile round-trip to pick up our weekly farm-fresh milk. Lotus was, of course, eager and excited to go with.


The hill I don’t like-which is probably nothing to some but I am huffing and puffing. Last week I noticed a guy zipping up the hill without any effort at all…and then I noticed the battery pack attached to his rear rack. I wish!


Lotus trying to delay getting back on the bike. There is an awesome park along the way I wish we could have stopped at but we needed to get the milk home and into the fridge. Sorry, Lotes.



We’ve been meaning to check out a tiny geocache close to our home and today was the perfect drizzly day to do it. It’s so small it only has a log to sign, but they found it amazingly fast.

Day six of biking and deck clean-up

Day five of 30 days of biking was another token whirl down our street after taking the kids swimming but today, day 6, was another family ride. We packed a ball and rode to the school to play.

These pics of our deck clean-up were also on the camera. This has been a real pain in the buns because the birch tree in the backyard has at least four seasons of stuff dumping onto the deck. Even now, after scrubbing the gunk off, the tree has its catkins getting ready to fall and make the next big mess. We just want to get some sealant down!


My little buddy Lotus



Days three and four of 30 days of biking

Yesterday the kids and I took a long walk and watched a little bit of the track meet near-by. I ended up taking just a quick ride around our neighborhood loop, in the dark, to get my cycling in.

This evening we all cruised to the grocery store. I love biking as a family!

It does take some time to get all four bikes locked up properly.


Photos of our niece Macie

I was asked to take pics of the baby and unfortunately, I have not done anything in the form of professional or even wannabe professional photos in a long time. My computer is not calibrated, I have no grey card, etc, etc. Just a few pics were all I could muster. She sure is a sweetie, alert and relaxed the entire time.

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Bike shopping

Lotus and I rode over to the bike store and ordered yet another bike. It’s getting to be a sickness! I don’t really have a bike just for me, for when I take solo trips. I’ve been using Jason’s bike and it is way too big for me (hello, bar to the groin when I stopped too short. Ouch!). A craigslist purchase didn’t pan out so I opted for new <sigh>.

I want a comfort bike with a nice low step-through frame. Getting on and off the Yuba Mundo is tough but I manage it for the ease of transporting multiple kids and cargo. When I take off on my own, I want the bike to be just my size, comfortable and inviting. I can’t wait!

A stop at the park to climb and run around…
Lotus decided walking is more fun.
Back onboard for the rest of the way home…

30 Days of Biking


Get ready for a lot of bike posts! I pledged to ride every day this month.

We did a grocery run for just a few things. Xander got a new bell and a cargo basket-the basket is an Ikea basket from a coffee table we no longer have. We just zip-tied it on and it works great! He was able to haul one of the grocery bags for me.



My brother Chris got to try out the clown car. He makes it look so easy in flip flops!