22 June 2007

Poppin Good Birthday


This is one of my favorite House Mouse birthday stamps, Poppin Good Birthday. I made this birthday card for a really amazing lady, Lori. Lori is the group moderator for The Best of House Mouse Yahoo Group, she’s our Mama Cheeze Mouse who keeps us on track.

I popped up the popcorn with white Liquid Appliqué and added some Glossy Accents to the kernel. For the next card I make with this image I’m going to add some yellow chalk to the popcorn to make it look buttery… yummy!

Stamps: Poppin Good Birthday (House Mouse/Stampabilities), Little Things (TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Petunia & White (Bazzill), Paper Salon Mosaic ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, White Grosgrain, White Photo Hanger, Chalk, White Liquid Appliqué, Glossy Accents, Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura)

Thank you for encouraging comments, emails and private messages that some of you left about my new adventure of motorcycling… they were wonderful to read and I really appreciate it. Yes, I always wear a helmet!

On to motorcycling:
My fourth lesson (Tuesday evening) we went to the school again and this time used the bus parking lot, which I was uneasy about using. It has a slight downhill grade, which was really noticeable when I tried to walk the bike around by letting the clutch slightly out for power. I had to apply my front brake few times. Also I was to start in first, shift to second, down shift to first and then come to a controlled stop. This came so much easier for me when I realize that I didn’t have to find second, I just kicked up once… duh! For some reason I was thinking that I had to actually “find” my gears… I couldn’t believe what I dumbass I was in thinking that... Bryan just laughed about it! We also worked on picking up speed and then starting to brake at a certain point (Bry’s hat he laid on the pavement) then by time I reached where Bryan was standing I should be in first gear and stopped. It was a great night and I even got a compliment on how great I was doing from an older gentlemen and his son who were dropping off recyclables.

My fifth lesson (Wednesday evening): This evening I worked on stopping, shifting and turning… a reinforcement of what I worked in previous lessons. By the end of the night I was able to put my feet up on the pegs while turning left, instead of letting them dangle through the turn. Next week I’m going to work on right turns. And a huge no no… I forgot to tuck my shoe laces into my shoe, I’ve been so good about doing this… and tonight I just didn’t think about it. The loop got caught on the gear shift, thanks goodness I was already stopped. I was checking to make sure my bike was in Neutral before I got off and I went to put my foot down and that’s when I noticed my huge mistake. I have some boots on order, so hopefully those will arrive soon.

This was my last lesson of bike riding for this week and I boy do I miss it already. Thursday evening Riley had a softball game that lasted way past 8:00. By time we made it home it was already getting dark out (btw, they won). My instructor (Bryan) left camping with the boys and I promised him I wouldn’t take my bike out joyriding (lol)! Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

5 comments:

  1. Too cute!! And that smile of yours is awesome,I love it,you make me smile everytime I open your blog!
    Thanks!

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  2. love this card, it is so cheerful!

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  3. I had to send Carol a copy of this, she just loves those mice!

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