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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rockwell Relay’s Pamperfest

                                           A bike relay for women. . .

If you have stumbled onto this today, Welcome!  

I did not post this on facebook because it is sort of an experiment before we go public, while we work the bugs out.

The team name we have selected for ourselves is kind of fun:

“Peddli’n skinny and long”
(skinny tires, long roads. . . just in case you were wondering!)

Hey, we liked it. . .

so laugh if you want,
we don’t mind,
we are planning to have a great time!

For more information on this event you may visit their website here: 

This a women’s relay race/ride that I am doing for the first time, and have been pretty excited about it since registering in February!

You may be asking why I am posting this BEFORE the ride is over. . .

Well, I will explain:

The Genius and I  have been playing with tracking options so those of you who would like to follow my progress during LOTOJA. . . which is only 8 weeks away! . . . can do just that!

Wow that’s coming fast!

                         My Pamperfest team mate and friend, Linda, is rider #1,

                                       which leaves me to be rider #2,

that translates to: I will be riding all of the even legs

                     Anyway. . .

there area couple different tracking options that allow us to directly post into da blog that we have been considering but one doesn't seem to work very well, the other we are helping Glympse with beta testing. . . kind of cool stuff there!

It kind of makes me feel all special to be part of a beta test!

Glympse so far is the best option, but has a couple of limitations, one being that expires and needs to be re-tweeted every 4 hours or less, so now it's up to me to remember to do just that.  For this ride it shouldn't be very difficult, I will just stop and re-start after each leg.

For LOTOJA, my support crew will have to help me remember!

whew, pass on responsibility, sometimes it just works better that way. . .

This is the map of the ride, showing each different leg. 
There are eight legs and I will ride the even numbers.

this is an elevation overview

Leg 2 Details
24.0 Miles
Start Elevation: 
4,928 Feet
Total Ascent: 
1,646 Feet
Total Descent: 
-1,511 Feet
High Point: 
6,056 Feet
Leg 4 Details
14.5 Miles
Start Elevation: 
5,367 Feet
Total Ascent: 
654 Feet
Total Descent: 
-247 Feet
High Point: 
5,774 Feet
Leg 6 Details
23.8 Miles
Start Elevation: 
6,460 Feet
Total Ascent: 
1,091 Feet
Total Descent: 
-1,091 Feet
High Point: 
7,443 Feet
Leg 8 Details
19.5 Miles
Start Elevation: 
5,591 Feet
Total Ascent: 
1,193 Feet
Total Descent: 
-1,153 Feet
High Point: 

. . . and here is a summary of each of my legs

Now for the Glympse tracking map, it will be active when I start riding:

Please let us know what you think, comments are, as always, VERY welcome

To be continued. . . .

                                                                               . . . after the event!

As always, it's been fun to share our journey with you


Sunday, July 8, 2012

a weekend of bears!

a cute sweet friend of mine turned 8 this week!

All birthdays are special and should be celebrated as such. . . but #8 is extra special, as it is also the age you get baptized!

knowing that this special day was approaching, I had decided to do something for my young friend.  I dusted off the sewing machine and serger. . .


I visited the local fabric store and purchased a small amount of the cutest fabric I could find and prepared myself to make a pattern for sleepers and a dress for . . .


. . . Build-A-Bear!

My own Build-A-Bear story ~ ~ ~

I had never heard of build-a-bear before, but when I began working at our local thrift store (know around these parts as the D.I.) a cute little bear came in as a donation and I thought to myself,
     “that sure is a cute little bear” !  

Someday I am going to have a grandbaby and that baby just might like a cute little bear like this. . .

so I bought it.
brought it home
and it’s been sitting on my bed ever since

My little bear sort of reminds me of one of my favorite childhood stories, “Corduroy”
a little story about a bear who lost a button to his overalls

this particular little bear has been sitting on my bed for almost 4 years now, and it finally found deeper appreciation from me!

See my young friend, who just turned 8, LOVES Build-A-Bear!  So my little bear was recruited as model, test wearing, and measurements for new clothes.


I pulled out the craft paper, ruler, pencils, thinking cap, and got busy measuring that bear and the outfit he came with to begin creating a pattern. . .

I was happily tinkering away at this project when the family called and asked if I would please make her a cake. . .

                                        Of course I said


The request did put a halt to bear clothing production, as the family was unaware I was embarking on such a project, I decided to finish the clothes AFTER finishing the cake.

                      In the end this is what I came up with ~ ~ ~ 

 not my best work, but overall I think it’s pretty cute

it’s been a long time since I’ve done a cake and it sounded like fun.  Their only request was that it needed to first:

taste good. . .

not much of a problem there, as I try to only make things that taste good!

second:  Pink.  it needed to be pink

I must admit, it was fun to create this!  My skills are most definitely rusty and it took a while to get into cake deco mode I needed, but I had special help with this particular cake and the idea just came to me!

I was originally going to do a hiking bear, but it didn’t work out too swell.  However, the inspiration received for the final product was spot on!

. . . A ballerina bear!

this young lady is a dancer, and she loves bears, and pink is her favorite color. . . What could an 8 year old want more than a bear cake. . .  that filled ALL three of those requirements!

After the cake was complete, I continued forward with my first project . . . clothes for a bear!


Every bear needs a cute summer dress!


And WHO would be able to resist these DARLING sleepers??? 

All soft and cuddly, ready for bed!

I had so much fun with this, it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve created little girl stuff, and girl stuff is soooo cute and fun to create. . . it’s not quite the same for little boys!

Little boys like trucks and bugs, which is fine, in fact it’s great,

. . . but 

who can resist ruffles & ribbons & bows & pink & purple & cute little flowers & ladybugs?  . . . and on ~ ~ and on ~ ~ ~ and on  These are just plain cute & sweet!


Our little Oreo came to visit this weekend too!  

He has outgrown the laundry basket this was a short 5 weeks ago!

 so we pulled out the large suitcase and he fit just right!

It’s becoming evident that I need to invest in something a little more baby like for when he comes visiting. . .


This is my favorite, just for fun, before wrapping our little package, we put on the Build-a-Bear’s sunglasses for our little Oreo to model

isn’t he sooooo cute!
We sure do love this little guy!

 . . . . shhhh, don’t tell him they are GIRL bear glasses!. . . . .


Outfits for a bear. . .

all wrapped up in cute paper sporting a pretty purple bow and pretty pink curly streamers!

As always. . . thanks for visiting with me today!