Caught in the Act

Toby was caught in the act chewing the plastic protective covers of my pianos pedals… I was hoping to keep those on for awhile to protect the brass from getting scratched. Thanks to Toby the covers will be removed sooner than expected. I’ve forgotten how much puppies love to chew on everything!

While I practice piano Toby likes to take a nap underneath it or he lays his head on the pedals and sometimes I have to nudge him off when I need the sustaining pedal. Piano lessons are going wonderfully even though I’m still struggling to read music. I’m so bad at reading music that my instructor allowed me to temporally write the notes onto my sheet music, which is something she doesn’t like… one day it will all sink in (at least that’s what I keep telling myself)!

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on Unchained Melody, it’s a more advanced piece for my beginner level and I’m glad my teacher approved it… I was getting bored with the beginner pieces (like Fire Fly). I’m pushing myself harder to learn this piece since it is a song that I enjoy. The first week I worked on the melody, last week it was the chords with peddling… now just putting those together is taking time. I’m sure I’ll be working on Unchained Melody for many weeks to come. Back to practicing I go…

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Another fur baby!

It’s time to introduce our eight week old puppy, Toby. Toby is a Cockapoo, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Toby has been with us since last Friday, he was my Mother’s Day gift… and what a wonderful gift he is. Isn’t he adorable?

It has been two years since Sam passed away and it was time for Jake (our Labradoodle) to have a friend once again. When we first introduced Toby to Jake, Jake wasn’t quite sure what to think of this little guy, he avoided Toby. Now, Toby climbs all over Jake and tries to chew on Jake’s ears and tail, Jake has been very gentle with him.

I’m sure I’ll share more pictures soon, until then, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Riding Side by Side

Even though I haven’t blogged lately about any riding, I have been out and about (posting about running errands on the motorcycle isn’t all that exciting to share).

Yesterday I had the chance to ride with my nephew and sister. My nephew took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course a couple weeks ago and now he can to get his M Endorsement on his driver license once he turns 18, until then he has a year of riding with a motorcycle permit. Yesterday I led him on his first ride out of the neighborhood and he did great. My nephew looked pretty excited when I stopped to take a picture of him and my sister… he had thumbs up and was ready to get riding again.

I’ve been practicing riding side by side. Why have I been practicing riding side by side? I was planning on taking a trip next week with Karla and Christine to Gallup, New Mexico to join in Run for the Wall (RFTW). The RFTW trip begins in California and takes ten days to reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For the last four years Karla has done the entire route, this year she is only able to do partial. Well, the RFTW pack rides in side by side formation, I’ve only ridden staggered. After trying it a couple times with Bryan I didn’t feel confident so I backed out of the trip… I’m so bummed! I was really looking forward to participating in RFTW and riding again with Karla and Christine. My goal for this summer is to get comfortable with riding in side by side formation for the next RFTW. One year I would love to do the entire route…

Until next time, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.  Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.  Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.  Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

I’m not a big fan of science fiction books, but I LOVED this book and I would recommend this book to anyone.