September 4th

Time sure does seem to fly these days it is now September before you know it fall then winter will be here I have been getting out on my bike as much as I can just too a 22 mile ride last week on a new trail about an hour away there are 2 tunnels to go through and as I didn’t have a light I just turned around they are old railroad tracks turned into trails really interesting history with them

Not much else is new went to the last 2 bike nights that was fun. I bought a steamer pot so far I have steamed green beans, broccoli , corn on cob, hotdogs everything seems so much better steamed, oh took Mom to brunch had had this really good burger and brought home catfish dinner for later I have some for lunch and found it sort of bland I think I prefer cod.

Went to several car shows this summer there is one more then I am pretty sure I am sending the hardtop to body shop and I will continue working on sedan in my garage it is coming along. I am working on my extra bedroom it was a disaster in there I just stuck everything in there when I was getting ready for my new flooring and carpet I think I will get back on that today sort of a rainy day anyhow .

August 7th

Well I was getting so many spam comments I was really frustrated I think I got maybe 10 today so I finally figured it out I found where I needed to click a box that only allows actual DD users to comment and it worked I have not gotten any since then that really irritated me, fixed now.

When I registered me Harley I applied for what they call vanity license plate the one I wanted was TROSS and I got it I thought it was a pretty cool plate till lately it seems someone also got that plate only it is registered to a car and he appears to run through toll booths without paying and they take a picture of his plate TROSS and of course they have been sending me bills, the first was from Delaware I sent it back explaining that is a car plate and I have it on my motorcycle after about a month they sent it again and I again sent info that it is a picture of car not a motorcycle, have not heard back now just Friday I get another one from PA turnpike he did it again and it is clearly a car so again I am sending in info explaining it is not me that one was for 7.50 and the Delaware one is 51.00 I refuse to pay them just have to wait and see when I hear back from them


August 6th

Well sumner is sure slipping by August already everything going well i still love being retired never bored for a moment always something to do my birthday was first of the month So for my birthday I found a trail I have been wanting to ride on and I rode 36.8 miles that was a long ride but so much fun my knees hurt a little but by he next day they were ok .

I had doctors appointment last week all was good except my A1C was 6 he called that pre diabetic so I knew I needed to lost weight so now need to eat more veggies and less carbs so the other day I roasted some cauliflower it was really good and got some fresh green beans they were pretty good also so today I am trying roasted broccoli I have had them at certain restaurants and I like them tender and garlicky we will see here is a bit .

I have had my car to a couple car shows there are a lot nicer cars there I just don’t have the money right now for a paint job maybe this winter I’ll see there is a lot of other work I want to get done on it first but that is ok I got my garage and time so I will eventually get it done.

Lulu is doing good she is such a happy pup and she sure does keep me company, oh I suppose I need to get a hold of Steve for this, I get a ton of spam comments I need to figure out how to turn off email notifications one day I have 75 email notifications of spam comments that is very irritating, well that is about all for now I want to get back into writing at least once a week



i got a new Kayak this year and i love it i need a bigger one this one is 12 foot sit in i like it a lot better i have had it out once this year i cant seem to upload a picture i am having so much trouble with this site things used to be a lot easier.

This year i also bought an Ebike i was having so much trouble with my knees i decided to try the Ebike and it is working out great so much easier for me to get the miles on

Anyhow this was just a quick update i will try to figure out the photo problem

Warm summer

so far it’s been a beautiful summer although a little bit warm but beautiful all the same I have not had much chance to ride my bike since Lulu came to live with me although at 5 months she is getting much better with me leaving I went to races last night at 6:00 and got home around 10:30 she was good girl I took her out and she did her business she is getting better at holding it as she is growing she is around 50 pounds I will know for sure when I take her to vet the end of September for blood work before she gets spayed

I have been getting a lot of use out of my Kayak this summer we have a huge man made lake not to far from my house I go there a lot it’s beautiful there I even tried stand up paddle boarding boy that is hard I did manage to stand up and paddle but after about 15 minutes my knees started to hurt and I ended up falling in but it was fun however I will stick with my kayak I think

I finally got my 57 hardtop finished and running good took it out a few times and had no problems the last issue was the rubbing noise coming from rear end I discovered the new brake drums were egg shaped I put new drums on and she did really well I am happy with it now to get busy this winter on the sedan.

that’s about it for now my goal is to update more often so let’s see how that works out



I picked up Lulu on May 27th she had not had her first shots yet so I had to sort of keep here away from things till after my vet appointment so after that we hit the trail with my friend she brought her dogs slowly to meet her finally they all met and all get along really well we have been going out everyday and slowly walking farther today we walked 2.48 miles she did pretty good I might take her out this afternoon and try a different part of trail, she is doing really well with house training only went once in house other than that so far so good she is starting to bark when she wants out either that old rings the bells I have hanging on door and 11 weeks I think she is doing good.

Last weekend I went to Jeep fest in Butler they have a big celebration as the Jeep was invented in Butler pa there was 2500 Jeep’s in parade and 1500 lined up on Main Street I left Lulu alone for 4 hours that day and she did well so happy about that.

Weather is so warm and humid, it’s about time I want to work on my car today I have to change fuel line and drain some gas out it seems I got water in the tank somehow that is the project for the day

Cooler weather

After a few 70 degree days I got spoiled it is in the 50s now and I l like I am freezing. I have been walking every day 3 miles and in afternoon I ride my bike I am up to 12 miles per day my knees still hurt it has been 3 weeks now I am hoping the pain goes away everyone tells me it will go away I hope they are right.

I worked on trail today they needed volunteers for cleaning up brush we spent about 4 hours on it we had a chipper I don’t like them but this one wasn’t really too big and I got used to it still I sort of stood way back when I was feeding branches into it.

Now the news I hope I am not making a mistake it has been 6 months since Marley died and I am still,heartbroken, so I am getting a new pup she is a Black Lab Retriever right now she is 19 days old I have not picked her out yet she is from a little of 6 and I am third in line to pick her out hopefully in another week, her name is Lulu I can’t wait but also like I said I hope I am not making a mistake

this could be her they all look so much alike


Our weather is really improving it’s about time I was planning Sunday on a 5 mile hike with a group I saw on facebook at a local park but I guess I misunderstood the location of the start of the walk and missed it I was so disappointed I was really looking forward to it but as I eat older I sometimes don’t understand things as well as I used to oh well maybe next time so I just came home and got some work done on my car.

Today it was so nice out I decided to take my bike out for a ride on the trail I am just getting started riding so I need to stop about every mile to rest my knees and I started going uphill so after 3 miles I turned around and rode back to my truck downhill I am going to try to get out everyday to get my leg muscles built up to I can get more miles in I am loving the sunshine and warm weather

Rainy Day

It has been raining all day so I didn’t get in my walk this morning it seems like it has been a real slow day I did get a few things done in garage and I ordered my driveshaft for my sedan it is done probably now but I told them I would be down to pick it up tomorrow after my morning walk the driveshaft is the key to getting a lot more done once. Get it and installed it then I can take her down off the blocks then I will order my windshield and get it installed am pretty excited to get to that part infact I will be able to drive it but probably wait to get the doors in.

Yesterday I went to a different trail to do some volunteer work on the rebuilt turntable and pick up a bunch of scrap it was a pretty fun day there is a lot of history there with the old railroad I guess at one time there was 13 tracks right there it was a pretty big operation.

coaling tower

This picture is the coaling tower along the track, what makes this so interesting is it was used to refill the tenders with coal on steam locomotives for fuel I really find that interesting right below it is where the tracks ran the locomotive would pull under it and they would get loaded up with coal I love that history stuff plus Right in that area is the other end of the tunnel that is getting restored when done it will connect both trails tunnel is 1/2 mile long can’t wait to get to ride through it.

south end of tunnel


Was a good weekend I I got my walks in in fact I did 6 miles on Saturday had the nice breakfast with Sam. Sunday was a fun day we all went to Longhorn steakhouse for Kelly’s birthday lunch it was so good I got the outlaw ribeye and baked potato only ate half it was delish was going to eat the other half for dinner today I still might. I had all the ingredients for chili so I got moms recipe so decided to make it turned out really really good.

chili ready to cook

I summered it for about an hour am very pleased I had to have a bowl right now before I put it away it is a huge pot hard to cook for only one so I dug out some Tupperware and will freeze a good bit of it as as it is now 2:45 I doubt I will have leftover steak I can always have that tomorrow.

I took Mom down for her blood work it was low she blamed it on her COVID shot I am so glad I didn’t arrange it she said her doctor told her to get it so anything goes wrong it is on him and not me she gets her second shot Friday and again they will do her bloodwork the following Monday so we will see if that makes a difference.

I have pellet burner going out in garage I might go out there for a bit to work on one of the cars or maybe go for a little walk don’t know yet I am all cleaned up from chili and most of it is frozen it really turned out good I am happy with that recipe . Will be 2 weeks this Wednesday since my second covid shot I still feel fine no adverse reaction and am glad i got vaccinated