Merry Christmas



"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." ~ Linus

Fall into Reading - Wrap it Up!

The Fall Into Reading Challenge has ended and I’m pretty pleased that I was able to get through my original list with a few more added, reading a total of 13 books. I have to admit that I slacked off after Thanksgiving and didn’t do as much reading as I would have liked, good thing I was able to read more in the earlier months.

My favorite new read for this challenge was My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier and my least favorite was Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr. Also from this challenge I added another author to my “read more from” list… Nicholas Sparks, I just have to remember to have plenty of tissue handy when I read his next novel.

A big thank you to Katrina for hosting another wonderful reading challenge and thank you to Bethany House for graciously sponsoring Fall Into Reading 2009 with weekly giveaways.

The Last Song ~ Nicholas Sparks
This is the first Nicholas Sparks book that I read and after reading it I had such a headache from the constant stream of tears! It’s a love story of two teenagers/young adults, but its focus is on forgiving and loving as the main character learns to forgive her father and what his love for her really means. Very touching and would recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading other Nicholas Sparks books.

A Walk to Remember ~ Nicholas Sparks
I knew ahead of time of the ending since I watched the movie many years ago and yet it still didn’t stop me from getting choked up. Although the book and movie are set in different time periods, they followed pretty closely. It's sweet, sad and beautiful, an easy read for a snowy afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised at how much it touched me. I would definitely recommend it.

The Total Money Makeover ~ Dave Ramsey
Over the years I have enjoyed listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show, his listeners call in about financial questions and he tells it like it is. Live within your means, stay out of debt and have a large savings, he does provide a plan to do this and motivation, it takes self-discipline. If you’re trying to become debt free, this is a great book to read!

My Cousin Rachel ~ Daphne Du Maurier
I really liked this book. It was a little slow going at the beginning, but once I got into it I could hardly put it down. This book keeps you guessing about his cousin Rachel. The ending seemed to end rather suddenly, but overall it was an enjoyable read. If you are a Du Maurier fan this is one of her best!

Mary Anne ~ Daphne DuMaurier
I am a fan of Daphne Du Maurier, I just love her writing… but this book is so different than Daphne du Maurier's other novels. I couldn’t get into the story and I wasn’t interested in the political details. The court scenes did drag with endless pages of testimony and dialogue…ugh. Although this isn’t one of my favorite from this author, I'm glad I read it.

Wintergirls ~ Laurie Halse Anderson
This is not a book that I would typically read; my daughter Riley let me borrow it. I didn't care for the writing style but I did enjoy the story. It is written more like in thoughts- the narration is constantly interrupted with bits of Lia's haunted mind. Wintergirls is a haunting and powerful book that takes you into the world of eating disorders. The story is emotional and raw and is a powerful and gripping story.

Speak ~ Lauri Halse Anderson
This is another book that my daughter Riley recommended to me, a powerful book. Melinda’s inability to speak is related directly to what happened the night of the senior party; Melinda was raped. Her life in high school is now miserable and she feels no one would listen even if she did speak. However, in the victorious ending, you cannot help but cheer when Melinda finds her voice and someone finally listens.

Wicked Lovely ~ Melissa Marr
While this may have been about faeries, it definitely wasn't your average fairy tale. It has just the right mixture of fantasy, adventure, suspense, friendship, and love. The love story in this book is gripping. Very enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down.

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) ~ Melissa Marr
I have to admit that I didn’t like this book as well as I liked Wicked Lovely. The first few chapters or so were disappointing to me when I realized that it was not exactly a sequel or a continuation of the story in Wicked Lovely. Aislinn, Keenan and Seth are still around, but Aislinn's friend Leslie is the focus in this book and I couldn't bring myself to like the characters.

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) ~ Melissa Marr
All in all, it was an okay book. I enjoyed how the love triangle between Keenan, Asilinn and Seth is heightened, but after awhile it was redundant (Aislann loves Seth but is attracted to Keenan, Keenan loves Donia but wants Aislann, over and over and over and over. I felt the book didn't move the story along as well as it could have. I was rather disappointed when I realized the story didn’t end… she set it up for another one book and I felt cheated. I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading this series.

New Moon ~ Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse ~ Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn ~ Stephenie Meyer
I had to read New Moon once again before I see the movie this month (November) and of course I couldn’t just stop at New Moon, I had to continue the series with Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (which were not on my original challenge). I can only say that I LOVE the Twilight Saga.

Happy reading and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Mary Anne by Daphne DuMaurier


Mary Anne by Daphne DuMaurier
An ambitious, stunning, and seductive young woman, Mary Anne finds the single most rewarding way to rise above her miserable cockney world: she will become the mistress to a royal duke. In doing so, she provokes a scandal that rocks Regency England. Mary Anne glitters with sex, scandal, corruption, and the privileged world of high society.  Based on the true story of one of du Maurier's own distant relatives, Mary Anne's love of money and the men who spend it embroil her in risks that threaten her very existence.

I am a fan of Daphne Du Maurier, I just love her writing… but this book is so different than Daphne du Maurier's other novels.  I couldn’t get into the story and I wasn’t interested in the political details.  The court scenes did drag with endless pages of testimony and dialogue…ugh.  Although this isn’t one of my favorite from this author, I'm glad I read it.

My goodbye to stamping??!!

I made this card in October and here it is already December and I’m barley posting it… I’ve turned into a blogging slacker lol. In all honesty this will probably be the last card that I do post (or at least post for quite some time).

As most of you know I hadn’t stamped for about ten month, had no desire. In October I gave stamping a try one more time. I even bought new House Mouse and Happy Hopper stamps and goodies from Stampin Up… I made four cards and my new stamps have never been inked! Just making those four cards was a struggle… I’m just not into it anymore! I’ve been seriously thinking about selling all my stamps and supplies, I just wouldn’t know where to start and just thinking about it gives me a headache… lol.

Even though I wouldn’t be blogging about stamping, I’m sure that I will still blog about my motorcycle adventures, my piano journey or whatever it is that interests me. For those of you that subscribe to Inky Impressions by email I will understand your feelings if you decided to unsub. Since my blog Inky Impressions has turned into a little this and that I’m considering changing the name… so don’t be surprised if you stop by and see a different blog name (any suggestions would be greatly appreciated) ;) Until next time thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Harvest Mouse

Stamps ~ Harvest Mouse (Great Impressions), Say it in Style (Close to My Heart) ~ Ink: Noir Palette, Burnt Umber Palette ~ Paper: Cream, Honey, Barn Red (all from CTHM), Boom-di-ada Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Autumn Terracotta Ribbon (CTMH), Sakura Gelly Pen, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey


The Total Money Makeover ~ Dave Ramsey
The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. "Don't even consider keeping up with the Joneses," Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. "They're broke!"

Over the years I have enjoyed listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show, his listeners call in about financial questions and he tells it like it is.  Live within your means, stay out of debt and have a large savings, he does provide a plan to do this and motivation, it takes self-discipline.  If you’re trying to become debt free, this is a great book to read!    

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks


A Walk to Remember ~ Nicholas Sparks
In 1958 Landon Carter is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of his time hanging out with his friends and trying hard to ignore the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Then Landon gets roped into acting the lead in the Christmas play opposite the most renowned goody two-shoes in town: Jamie Sullivan. Against his best intentions and the taunts of his buddies, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie and learning some central lessons in life.

I knew ahead of time of the ending since I watched the movie many years ago and yet it still didn’t stop me from getting choked up.  Although the book and movie are set in different time periods, they followed pretty closely.  It's sweet, sad and beautiful, an easy read for a snowy afternoon.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much it touched me. I would definitely recommend it.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


Speak ~ Laurie Halse Anderson
Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...

This is another book that my daughter Riley recommended to me, a powerful book. Melinda’s inability to speak is related directly to what happened the night of the senior party; Melinda was raped.  Her life in high school is now miserable and she feels no one would listen even if she did speak. However, in the victorious ending, you cannot help but cheer when Melinda finds her voice and someone finally listens.

Kittens in Costume

Our Halloween festivities have ended and once again we had over 100 zombies, vampires and princesses that visited our house this evening. I thought I should probably share these cards before November!

Kittens in Costume is one of my favorite Halloween stamp sets and I think it may be the first set I bought from Close to My Heart many years ago. For these cards I used two of the four images from the set and the images are fairly small, the card size is 4.25 x 4.25. Both images are colored using Tombow and Close to My Heart markers and then blended using a Tombow Colorless Blender.

I told myself if I was going to start stamping again that I was going to limit my spending and try to resist all the latest and greatest supplies and images. So far, that’s not working to great! This week I made a quick stop at Hobby Lobby to look at Halloween decorations, of course I had to visit the stamp aisle, I was excited to see that all stamps were 50% off… bought a bunch of House Mouse and Happy Hoppers. The week before I attended at Stampin Up party and bought more goodies. I may have to challenge myself to a no spending challenge.

Resist, Resist, Resist!

Thanks for visiting me here at Inky Impressions, Jovi.

Kitty Pumpkin

Kitty Witch

Stamps: Kittens in Costume (Close to My Heart) ~ Ink: Black ColorBox ~ Paper: Watercolor, Autumn Terracotta (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH, Autumn Terracotta Textured (CTMH), Retro Prints (DCWV) ~ Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Tombow Markers, Close to My Heart Markers, Offray Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch (SU), Pop Dots. Card size 4.25 x 4.25

Stamps: Kittens in Costume (Close to My Heart) ~ Ink: Black Colorbox ~ Paper: Watercolor, Black (Bazzill), Smokey Plum (CTMH), Eeks & Shrieks Hallowhimsy (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Markers, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Eyelet Border Punch (SU), Pop Dots, Eye of Newton Brads (Imaginisce). Card size 4.25 x 4.25

Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely ~ Melissa Marr
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learn of her Sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. His is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; everything.

While this may have been about faeries, it definitely wasn't your average fairy tale.  It has just the right mixture of fantasy, adventure, suspense, friendship, and love. The love story in this book is gripping.  Very enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down.

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) ~ Melissa Marr
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes; not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

I have to admit that I didn’t like this book as well as I liked Wicked Lovely.  The first few chapters or so were disappointing to me when I realized that it was not exactly a sequel or a continuation of the story in Wicked Lovely.  Aislinn, Keenan and Seth are still around, but Aislinn's friend Leslie is the focus in this book and I couldn't bring myself to like the characters.

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) ~ Melissa Marr
Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

All in all, it was an okay book. I enjoyed how the love triangle between Keenan, Asilinn and Seth is heightened, but after awhile it was redundant (Aislann loves Seth but is attracted to Keenan, Keenan loves Donia but wants Aislann, over and over and over and over.  I felt the book didn't move the story along as well as it could have.  I was rather disappointed when I realized the story didn’t end… she set it up for another one book and I felt cheated.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading this series.

Snoopy and his Sidekick

Snoopy and his Sidekick

I actually stamped a card; this is the first card I made in ten months!

In March I went through my supplies and gave a bunch of stuff away that I never used and packed some supplies away. Yesterday I had the urge to stamp, before I could make anything I had to rearrange supplies and place things back on shelves. Once I was ready to get started, I couldn’t remember how to cut a 12x12 to make a 4¼ x 5½… I wouldn’t tell you how many times I had to cut but finally I got it!

I received this stamp last year for Christmas from Austin and I promised him that the next card I make I’ll use this image… so here it is. For this card I used a really quick and simple layout… and not too many thrills. I think I did pretty well with my blending for not having much practice; I did go out of lines some. Can you see those mistakes? What do you think?

Thanks for visiting me at Inky Impressions and thanks for sticking with me for the past ten no stamping months, I really appreciate it! Jovi

Stamps: Snoopy and his Sidekick (Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Cranberry (CTMH), Black, Route 66 Reflections Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Corner Notch Punch (SU), Big Black Brads, Pebbles Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

9th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride 09

Recently, Mountain Shadow Riders held our 9th annual Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Ride and once again it was a huge success with a great turnout, over 300 participants. We raised a total of $12,000… Colorado bikers are the best! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Colorado Springs Affiliate of the Susan G. Koman Foundation and The Breast Cancer Network of Strength Rocky Mountain Region.

It was a fantastic day filled with a lot of laughs and smiles. Thanks to the MSR gals and guys for working to make this year’s ride a huge success and a huge thank you to all our sponsors. If you would like to see more pictures from the ride, you can find them HERE at my Flickr album.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

MSR Group BCA Ride 09





















Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


Wintergirls ~ Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

This is not a book that I would typically read; my daughter Riley let me borrow it.  I didn't care for the writing style but I did enjoy the story.  It is written more like in thoughts- the narration is constantly interrupted with bits of Lia's haunted mind.  Wintergirls is a haunting and powerful book that takes you into the world of eating disorders. The story is emotional and raw and is a powerful and gripping story.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks


The Last Song ~ Nicholas Sparks
Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father ...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts ...and heal them.

This is the first Nicholas Sparks book that I read and after reading it I had such a headache from the constant stream of tears!  It’s a love story of two teenagers/young adults, but its focus is on forgiving and loving as the main character learns to forgive her father and what his love for her really means. Very touching and would recommend it.  I’m looking forward to reading other Nicholas Sparks books.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier


My Cousin Rachel ~ Daphne Du Maurier
Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man he loved died far from home. He is also suspicious. While in Italy, Ambrose fell in love with Rachel, a beautiful English and Italian woman. But the final, brief letters Ambrose wrote hinted that his love had turned to paranoia and fear.

Now Rachel has arrived at Philip's newly inherited estate. Could this exquisite woman, who seems to genuinely share Philip's grief at Ambrose's death, really be as cruel as Philip imagined? Or is she the kind, passionate woman whom Ambrose fell for... with a tremendous longing to be loved? Philip struggles to answer this question: Ambrose's estate, and his own future, will be destroyed if his answer is wrong.

I really liked this book. It was a little slow going at the beginning, but once I got into it I could hardly put it down.  This book keeps you guessing about his cousin Rachel.  The ending seemed to end rather suddenly, but overall it was an enjoyable read.  If you are a Du Maurier fan this is one of her best!

Fall Into Reading 2009

Fall is finally here, although it feels like winter here in Colorado… cold and snowy! Katrina at Callapidder Days has come up with the perfect challenge to celebrate the season. She is hosting another reading challenge, Fall Into Reading 2009. I participated in her Spring into Reading challenge and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join along for another.

For this challenge you put together a list of books you want to read between September 22 and December 20 and then simply read them. Your list can be as long or as short as you’d like and you can modify at any time during the challenge. This is a low-pressure challenge that should be fun. You can join along at anytime during the challenge and you can sign up at: Fall Into Reading 2009.

I have chosen to read eleven twelve thirteen books by our 20 December deadline. As of today my list is relatively short compared to others that are participating in the challenge. I’m sure once I visit more participants blogs, more will be added.


Happy reading and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Reading Challenge

Once again Katrina at Callapidder Days is hosting another reading challenge, Fall Into Reading 2009. I participated in her spring challenge and made my reading list manageable (six books)… after visiting other participant’s blogs I added more books to my reading list… I read ten of my twelve books I had listed and was able to read one from my list over the summer. I've been working on my list and I’ll have plenty more to add once the challenge starts.

For this challenge you put together a list of books you want to read between September 22 and December 20 and then simply read them. If you would like more information on the challenge, which doesn’t officially start until 22 September you can find it here: Fall Into Reading 2009: The Basics.

Lunar Eclipse

Maybe after a few years of piano lessons I will feel confident with my playing to post a video, until then I will just share some videos from You Tube.

I found this wonderful video of a talented young lady from The Piano School, who is playing the piece Lunar Eclipse. Lunar Eclipse is the piece that I’m currently working on, I just need to memorize it and then I can move onto my next piece, which is Carol of the Bells.

Once again this is NOT me playing, enjoy ~


Do you believe I actually thought about stamping last night? I’ve stopped taking the sleeping medication that was prescribed to me (it was no longer working), so now that I can’t sleep… I was going to pull out some House Mouse & Penny Black stamps and trying a few challenges. Practicing the piano late at night while everyone is sleeping isn’t a good thing. I didn’t make anything, but I thought about it.

Until next time, thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day ~ Jovi

Mt. Evans

Yesterday I rode to Mt. Evans, 258 miles, seven hours, the entire time just me… and loved it. Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America, elevation at summit 14,240 feet. It is one of 54 fourteeners (mountains with peaks over 14,000 feet) in Colorado, and the closest fourteener to Denver. I just have to mention that my carbureted Low Rider had no problems at that altitude.

In the early days of Colorado tourism, Mount Evans and Denver were often in competition with Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs. After a toll road was built to the summit of Pikes Peak, Robert Speer, mayor of Denver, asked for funds to build a road to the summit of Mount Evans. Construction began in 1917 and finished in 1927. As of 2009, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway leading to the summit overlook is the highest paved road in North America.

I was a little disappointed with the view from the summit, there was a lot of haze from the California wildfires, but I was still able to get a few great shots. I would love to go back sometime after Memorial Day to get pictures of the surrounding snow topped peaks.

I was originally going to ride to Mt. Evans this past Sunday with a group, but, after waking up to cool temps, along with fog and drizzle… the trip was a no go. I’m glad I was able to make time to ride yesterday because on September 8th CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) will close the top five miles (just above summit last) for the 2009 season.



Summit Lake


Mountain Goat


Pika


Crest House (also known as Summit House), burned on Sept 1, 1979 and was not rebuilt, but the rock foundation and wall remain.


The view from the summit, there was a lot of haze from the California wildfires.


After leaving Mt. Evans I took CO103 to CO74, great decision… that route was fabulous.


I have more photos of my ride posted at Flickr, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Of Mice and Men (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck
A beautiful but dark piece of literature set in the enchanting Salinas Valley in California, it depicts the struggles of two swampers, one mentally slow and the other his virtual commander. In this masterpiece, Steinbeck writes a fantastic tragedy.

Love it!  Steinbeck created memorable characters and a plot that gripped my heart. The story is tragic, all the more so because the ending seems inevitable.


Sunday's Ride



Last weekend I spent a few hours riding with a group from Mountain Shadow Riders. Our original ride plan was to visit Bishop Castle, due to the road conditions those plans changed. A couple weeks ago the road that that leads to Bishop Castle (Hardscrabble Pass CO 96) was chip sealed and there has been numerous motorcycle accidents along that stretch due to loose gravel. We decided to avoid that area completely and ride a shorter (110 miles) route.

We left Colorado Springs going north on Hwy 83, cut across to Castle Rock to Sedalia and then back to Colorado Springs on CO 105 with at stop in Palmer Lake at O’Malley’s Pub for a lunch. This is a route that I have taken numerous times.

While at O’Malley’s we met a really nice lady that was riding from Aurora, Nancy. Nancy was wearing a ruby red sparkling helmet, like Dorothy’s ruby slippers (Wizard of Oz). We were all so intrigued by her helmet, as it turns out she makes them… she adds Swarovski Crystals to the helmets and sells them. She can cover the entire helmet, or do flames along the side or she would do which ever design a customer would like. Her business card didn’t have a web address, but if anyone is interested I have her email to pass along (just use the Contact Me tab above). Maybe we will see one of her pink sparkly helmets up from auction at this year’s MSR Breast Cancer Awareness Ride!

If you would like to see more pictures… click HERE ;)

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi



Cat at O’Malley’s





Carolee wants a pink Swarovski crystal helmet!

Street Glide Electrical Problems???

When Bryan returned home from our Utah trip he noticed a small burn area on the speedometer and on the fairing of his Street Glide. On his return from Sturgis while cleaning he saw that his horn switch was melted. He took it in for service and a new speedometer had to be ordered and the odometer with the same mileage reading had to be special ordered from the factory. Once those parts came in (about a week later) the mechanic was able to determine that it wasn’t an electrical problem, they suspect the Street Glide may have been struck by lightning!


City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...


City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

I had originally bought this YA trilogy for Riley.  I thought she would be interested in it since it has vampires, werewolves, warlocks and fairies.  After seeing the books shelved for two months I decided I was going to read them.  I devoured all three in a weekend, I couldn’t stop reading them…totally loved them, I took over ownership of this trilogy! I just adore the characters, Clare did a fantastic job keeping them real and unique. I’m going to try to read all three again this winter, maybe while snowed in.  Did I mention I loved them?   I’m going to have a hard time waiting until March 2011 when The City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, #4) is released… hopefully it’ll be sooner!

Fairplay & TESSA

A couple weeks ago I dragged Bryan along with me, Karla and Christine to Frankie's Too! 3rd Annual Wild Card Run to benefit, TESSA. TESSA is a local agency that is dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The ride started at Frankie’s, in Colorado Springs and ended at Frankie’s Too in Falcon for an after party.

This year’s route was fantastic, so much so that I will be riding it again in a couple of week with the Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR). We rode though Deckers with a lunch stop at the Bucksnort Saloon. The Bucksnort is tucked 1 ½ miles up a narrow, dirt canyon east of Pine, CO (Sphinx Park), the building is built on a rock pile overlooking a creek. The atmosphere inside the Bucksnort is fabulous, the walls and ceiling are practically wallpapered with a collage of dollar bills, napkins, business cards, photographs and pennants.

After leaving The Bucksnort we made our way onto CO-285 heading east for a short distance, we turned off onto Turkey Creek Rd which lead us into Deer Creek Canyon. I couldn’t believe the twists in this road, my pegs scraped a couple times. I always hate when that happens, the noise of the pegs scraping against the asphalt freaks me out. After leaving Deer Creek Canyon we made stops in S. Littleton, went through Sedalia and headed to O’Malley’s in Palmer Lake off of CO-105, and then it was to Falcon for the after party.

Bryan


Deckers, CO


Me, Bryan & Christine at the Bucksnort Saloon, Sphinx Park, CO


Parking at the Bucksnort Saloon


Inside the Bucksnort Saloon




A few weeks ago I rode along with a few MSR ladies to the 23rd annual Ladies Run of Colorado. Even though we didn’t participate in the actual run, we did take a leisure trip to Fairplay, CO to have lunch and to see what the vendors had to offer. We weren’t very impressed with what we saw and I doubt that I would return in the future.

After leaving Fairplay we had to make a quick stop to get our rain gear on. We made a coffee stop in Woodland Park and then it rained on us again into Colorado Springs. Even with the rain it was a nice ride and it was equally as nice just to spend time with the ladies I rode with.


Shari, Donna & Carrie


Fairplay, CO




A guy with his cool bike.


Donna & Shari with rain gear.


Beautiful Colorado mountains.