Blame it on Facebook.....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I've been quite remiss in blogging lately....and I think it's all Facebook's fault. No, really, it is! Stu and I started using Facebook last December...our kids dragged us over from MySpace (which we REALLY disliked). Fast forward two months and we are really enjoying Facebook. We have all our kids, several grandkids and a smattering of other friends there. Fast forward again and we have both have a large list of friends (RVing, motorcycling, old friends, new friends, etc), old school chums, past co-workers....you get the idea.

So, we tend to update our status on Facebook quite frequently...sometimes several times a day. We upload photos from our iPhones (which we can easily use to update our status and check on everyone else). We chatter, we play games (okay, I play games) and just generally stay in touch.

BUT that means I forget to come and blog....I mean after all, I did post our updates in Facebook. Right? See, it IS Facebook's fault...honest!

I am going to try to get back to more regular updates by blog as well as trying to remember to carry my camera more often. For example, when we were sightseeing in Savannah, I forgot my camera. That meant that all the photos we took were on our phones. Someday I'll get them transferred to the computer. LOL!

As I posted previously, we made it to Florida on the bikes. Stu's brother and niece arrived and between us we managed to get Mom-Mom's apartment cleaned out. We also picked up a new batch of mail that wasn't forwarded (and hopefully speaking directly to the mailman will have corrected that little glitch), took care of the phone & newspaper, got in touch with the lawyer for the final estate stuff and then spent a day just putzing around central Florida.

A ride over the Disney Marketplace gave us a few relaxing moments (photos to come later, along with the Savannah ones...LOL!). We had a nice lunch at The Earl of Sandwich and then a great ride back to Mulberry where we were staying. We also managed to catch an early afternoon movie on Friday, "The Informant". Quirky movie, not at all what I expected....Matt Damon did a terrific job with the role.

Saturday we loaded up the bikes and headed north. Since my ride limitation seems to be 6 hours or 200 miles, Stu had charted our route accordingly. We are on night two...the first in Suwanee, FL (where we hit the swimming pool almost immediately after arrival) and Albany, GA tonight. Last night we walked to a little Italian/Greek restaurant and tonight we rode over to Cracker Barrel.

So far the rain has held off....but don't think our luck will hold our. GA & TN have been under the rain cloud and look to be continuing that. We head to Acworth, GA Best Western tomorrow where we hope to have Monday night dinner or Tuesday afternoon lunch with my youngest daughter. It all depends on her work schedule.

From there we head to Cookeville, TN where we will spend several days. The Tri-Glide needs its 5k service and the Nightster is getting the Stage One upgrade, new slip-on mufflers and heat shields (black to better match the bike), new rear shocks and a few other little things. We also will be looking at some property just north of there that interests us. Not sure if anything will come of it, but will let you know.

Once we finish our business (& pleasure) in Cookeville we plan to meander back to Maryland...we don't have to be there until 9/30. Stu wants to see more of Kentucky and already the Corvette Museum is calling to him. But a lot depends on the weather...hope the rain clears soon.

So that's the latest round-up from our neck of the woods....and yes, it IS all Facebook's fault.....LOL!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna & Stu

More to come....

Monday, September 14, 2009

Time flies when you are having fun....LOL! Sorry for not posting but there just hasn't been time. We are currently in Florida taking care of Stu's mom's affairs along with his brother and niece. We rode the motorcycles from Maryland to Florida, taking a week with a scenic stop in Savannah. I promise to post more details and photos when things slow a bit. Just know we are well and truly enjoying each day to the fullest possible!!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna & Stu

Life goes on....

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I may have used this title before but it still fits. Life does go on around us, good times and bad!

We did take both motorcycles to Roanoke, VA to meet up with a great group of women motorcyclists and spouses. We took our time on the trip down since I hadn't ridden much in the last two years. The first day we only went as far as Luray where we spent the night. The ride on Skyline Drive was good. That changed the next morning as we got back on....fog and rain, NOT fun! Our highest speed as 25 mph and often slower with our flashers on. We stopped for lunch in Waynesboro and opted to NOT get on the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking some US highways for better time. We had no sooner left Waynesboro when the sky let loose....20 minutes of torrential rains. It slowly cleared and we pulled into Roanoke around 5:30. Phew!!


We had a great weekend, full of laughs, meeting new friends and renewing acquaintances with old ones. On Saturday we did a little local riding and stopped at the Roanoke Harley-Davidson dealer where I found a new rainsuit.

We initially had planned to head out on Monday but due to good weather on Sunday (and most everyone else leaving) we headed off on Sunday. Hopped on the Blue Ridge Parkway and had some great riding. We stopped in Buchanan and had lunch with our wedding-mates, Duane and Kathi. They had been in Charlotte, NC for a special racing treat (NASCAR) and were headed home to northern VA. We rode together till we got to Staunton, VA where we stopped for the night.

Monday we dropped my bike off at the Staunton Harley dealer for my 1k service. We then headed out on the trike for some more Blue Ridge Parkway riding. PERFECT day!! We picked up the bike and headed back to PA. We pushed a bit and made it back to Gettysburg about an hour after dark. Long day!!

Tuesday morning we got the call that Stu's mom had passed. She had been unresponsive and under 24 hour care with hospice for a couple of days. She did what she wanted, went to sleep and peacefully traveled on.

So we are now planning to move the RV to Stu's step-daughter's house and we will take the bikes and head back to Florida. We have rented a timeshare condo in Mulberry, about an hour from the assisted living center. Once we get everything packed up and moved out, we'll take a leisurely trip back to MD (the trip down won't be high speed either).

This means no New England or Adirondacks this year....hope they are still around in 2011 when we return to the East! ;-) As I said, life goes on....just keep wishing away those hurricanes!!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna & Stu