Wednesday, February 8, 2017

On this year ago... precious Trucklette suffered great tragedy.  But rather than me try to remember the details, let me share with you what I wrote that evening.....

We'd never met before, that doe and I, and the abrupt meeting today along Route 2 in the early morning hours is one I'd prefer to never repeat.
Under the cover of darkness and with no one nearby to witness the encounter, she appeared with no warning...and in the next instant she was gone. Tumbling across the blacktop, now littered with flecks of blue paint, a misting of antifreeze, shards of glass, and plastic...some pieces clear, some reflective, but all carelessly wrenched from where they'd proudly held their post as part of my precious Trucklette for over 13 years.
In an instant, separated. Crushed. Homeless. All because a big 'ole doe decided she needed to be in that other section of the woods along the other side of the road.
Was it a predator? Her mate? Her child? What caused this doe to make her move at that instant? I'll never know, but will always wonder, and wish is wasn't so.
And I'll never know if she survived this brief encounter...there was no way I could stop to see to her well-being for I knew an 18-wheeler was barreling down the road not far behind me (with countless "chemical valley" commuters in his wake) and this typical West Virginia country road had no shoulder to speak of and a ditch that would not provide safety for my faithful friend and companion these past 7 years.
So while we won't know the fate of the Trucklette for a few days, we've come to grips with knowing this might very well have been her last ride.
And what a ride it's been!!
So close, so very close to 300,000 miles in 13 short years.
The tow truck driver seemed surprised at her age and history and was unsure which way the insurance company will rule, but in my heart I knew my little Trucklette would still be up for a cross-country trip...if only that stupid doe would have waited just three seconds later to make her dash across Route 2.

This is the picture I took once I got to work...driving that 
 mile or so with only one headlight and the antifreeze leaking.

After work, we stopped by Custom Images to clean out the Trucklette and talk to the guys.
This picture makes it look like the doors were damaged as well, 
but that's just a reflection of whatever was along that wall.

I took this picture back in 2009 not long after we became a family. 😍  
And other than a slight scuff  on the passenger door, it looks the same today.  
Well, without the awesome Foothills of the Colorado Rockies in the background of course. 🙈

So, now it's been a year.  They did authorize repairs and everything was put back in place...or rather re-placed.  Including a new hood, of course.  Unfortunately, along about April or May the poor thing suffered a bad hailstorm and the brand new hood was completely pockmarked!  Never have I ever owned a car with hail damage until now!  I could barely stand to look at it for months.  Makes me sick seeing all those little (or larger) dents over the entire hood and roof.  😢

But, considering it now has almost 309,000 miles on it, I guess a handful (few hundred) of dents is nothing to worry about.  

Now the more important things are a bit more ball joints, U-joints, and power steering pumps.  Who says driving isn't an adventure?!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hello, My Friend, Hello!

On this day (plus one) seven years ago, I posted my first entry to this page.  Some nonsensical jibberish about "never stop writing."  That startup was four years delayed and short lived.  The next startup was five years ago, but only a tease and didn't last more than a day.

But today?  Well, today might just be the beginning of a really really long writing streak. might be the final post and join the bazillion other blogspot accounts whose lives came to a screeching, unexplained halt.  You just never know.

Or were the demise of all those blogspot accounts so "unexplained?"  Did those people really lose interest in sharing and communicating with their friends/followers?  Did life just get too overwhelming and the easiest thing to drop by the way was their loyal followers?

By the way, shout-out to all five of my loyal followers.  You know who you are...and you'll know I'm giving you a shout-out if you've maintained the same email address for the past seven years.  I've acquired two new ones since then, but that was due to getting married.

What?  You didn't know I'd gotten married?!  Didn't Facebook tell you?!?!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Back by popular demand

My nephew Levi's email to me:
hay are all of your thoughts gone? or is it the thoughts are getting really sporadic.

My email to Levi:
What blog?

Levi's email to me:

My email to Levi:
Haha, thanks. I knew you'd supply the link. I couldn't remember how to find it. :-D

Levi's email to me:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Roommate

So, two days after my last post I got my storage unit cleaned out and the last few things out of the apartment and finished cleaning it.  Then I came home, took a shower and curled up on my couch for a nap.  Thirty minutes later (or so) I tried to get up and realized some muscles in my back were seizing up.  I went thru the motions of going to "bed" (aka the couch) and hoped my normal position of sleeping on my back in a "seated" position (head, back and hips on the couch, legs draped up over a stack of pillows) would bring things back into alignment. The next morning I was still in pain, but pushed thru to try to go to work, only to make things worse to the point I couldn't walk and was crawling around to get from point A to point B. I grabbed my heating pad (thankfully it wasn't upstairs!), took Advil, called my boss and went back to bed.  Two hours later I could walk, but not completely upright and scheduled a chiropractor appointment for later in the afternoon.  Thus, I lost all momentum of getting this place set up and it was about a week later before I could go back to unpacking anything!  I figured once I got everything moved over here my body would shut down and the cough/cold I had would turn into pneumonia or something.  I didn't expect my back to be the thing to shut down!

But now I'm almost back to normal (as normal as I ever am) and have some new help getting the daily exercise that I need...Bruce came to live with me this past Friday and over the next three days we walked a zillion miles.  And I lost 2 pounds.
Seriously?  I can't go up there??

 Another fence??  Think I can squeeze under it?

Ok, I'll just monitor the neighbors.

Are you ready to go for a walk yet?!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Non-sunrise pictures ;-)

Last night I shut off ALL types of, phone, etc., but forgot to shut off the volume on my computer and at 8am Southwest Airline's "DING" brought me to full consciousness.  I haven't been able to sleep in for so long and have been fighting a stupid cough, so missing sunrise pictures of the foothills with the fresh snow was a small price to pay to stay healthy.  Ok, so it was huge price to pay, but I was ready with my wallet open.

But before I crashed last night I grabbed my behemoth tripod (description of one of my movers) in order to use my Rebel to take some time delay shots of Table Mountain and whatever that is behind it with the radio tower.  Not super-duper pics, but very cool for a 10pm shot with freezing air blasting through the open balcony door!
And then I tried for the same angle/zoom this morning with the fresh snow.  Not nearly as pretty as it would be with the glow of a sunrise, but we'll blame the time change for me not rolling out of bed earlier. ha!
I'm really gonna miss the snow this summer! 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Room with a view

These pictures were taken this morning through my bedroom window (sorry for the quality...I haven't cleaned the windows yet).  I figured I had this one last chance to catch the foothills with snow on them since it's supposed to be in the 60s for the next three day.  Oh, wait...snow is forecasted for Friday so maybe I'll get some sunrise pictures on Saturday!
Pikes Peak is straight south of me...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Finished of 'em

Here's the fireplace area of the living room with white walls and the staging furniture...

And here's the wall with its lovely new paint!
Definitely needs a mantle around the fireplace, doesn't it?