Things other than riding

Weekends can be compared to an unopened treasure chest.  Chores around the house can, on occasion, be something to enjoy.  And the prospect of taking a ride always brightens the horizon.

Friday night, my wife got a call from a 90 year old friend, Maxine.  She wanted to know if we would like to take her to a local church for a bell choir concert.  We had other plans and so declined.  However, we did agree to visit her Saturday morning and help make a ginger bread house and help her to put up the Christmas decorations.  The house turned out better than we expected.  But don’t eat the icing, it has glue.

... I was very sorry the icing had glue...

Maxine is also the lady that played the piano for us at our wedding 35+ years ago.  She still plays quite well.  In addition she has a wonderful wooden carving of a young Norwegian girl that sits on her piano.

After all the Christmas decorations were put out we left and stopped at Covenant Presbyterian’s church bazaar to see what they had.  I liked these two yard ornaments and might try to make them myself.

After lunch came afternoon chores.  Mine consisted of what has become the weekly ritual of leaf raking.  It was a good day to ride a bit, but work trumped play.

This volunteer oak is now ten years old. I love it.

Then followed getting the Christmas tree from the shed and setting it up in the back room.  The newer tree we had already set up in the front room.

The grandchildren will get to decorate this one. After it is out of the box, that is.

That evening we picked up our daughter-in-law and granddaughter and we all went to the Sara Groves Christmas concert here in Springfield.  Sara is our own daughter-in-laws’ sister, so after the concert we were able to see her backstage for a bit.  If you ever have the chance, I recommend going to hear her and her band.

Early Sunday morning, I went out to check on the local persimmon tree.  This was the last visit since the fruit is dried up and past its prime.  Wait until next year!

Stay Happy,


About rlhoover

A perspective on life and cycling in the Ozarks. I started serious cycling in 2008, after seeing my wife be on the bike for a few years. We have biked many places and hope to continue. I am no where near being a real good cyclist, but I have fun trying to improve. Who am I kidding? Me? Improve??
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