Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Bike Repair-Changing a Tire

This is my sweet ride.
You'll find me most evenings (and some mornings)
tooling around the neighborhood.
We also frequent the bike trails at our local state parks.
We are blessed to be able to ride nearly year-round.
That carefree feeling of freedom it provides is priceless.

On a recent trek around the community,
the front tire went flat when I rode over a stick in the road.

Big K told me there was nothing to fixing it.
It sure is nice to have a handy man around!
He bought a new inner tube and took out a couple of tools to aid in the project.

The replacement size needed can be found on the bike's tires.

First, he took the tire off the frame
by removing the nuts holding it in place using a socket wrench.

This piece of metal was used to extricate the tube from the inside of the tire.
He just worked it all around the rim until it came loose.

The new tube was fed into place, starting with the valve stem.
The tube tucked right into the groove inside the tire.

Once the tube was in place, 
the tire was put back on the rim,
and the tube filled with air using a compressor (or foot pump).
He replaced the tire on the frame and we were ready to ride!

So good to have my wheels back again!

It's actually gonna feel like fall this weekend!
 Enjoy your weekend, y'all!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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 With cooler temperatures visiting,
craft fairs are on the rise.
This past Saturday we were invited back
to our local Tractor Supply
to show off our wares.  


This is the second time we've displayed our daisy totes at this location.

There were a few sprinkles early on,
but for the rest of the event we had clear skies.
There were folks selling herbal tea, cheese curds, homemade baked treats,
hand-crafted hair adornments, and a coffee and beverage food truck. 
Some fine country music serenaded us all morning
thanks to a local musician who set up next to my booth.

 There were some special guests.
A few vendors were selling these cute lil' things.
Don't  you know I wish I could've brought some home?

 And although the guinea pigs could have been adopted,
the sheep would most assuredly have been a problem with the HOA.

 One of our local beekeepers displayed this honeycomb
in his booth.  He's been selling honey for over 30 years.

There was even a Halloween costume contest for critters.
Overall, it was a fun morning.
We always meet the nicest folks on these outings.

That's what we've been up to.
What's going on outside where you are?
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Simple Frozen Yogurt (With No Machine)

Although it's officially autumn,
we're still having temperatures in the 80's,
so we haven't yet traded in our frozen treats 
for hot chocolate and warm cider.

I've been wanting to make this for a while.
We don't own an ice cream maker,
and since we like to keep things simple around here,
don't plan on buying another appliance that performs just one duty.
There were several recipes found online,
but this one was the simplest and easiest.

 This is all you need to make homemade frozen yogurt.
Plain or vanilla yogurt, frozen fruit and a food processor. 
Honey or stevia could be added for sweetening,
but we kept it as basic as possible. 

The method couldn't be simpler.
Place yogurt in ice cube trays and freeze for a few hours.

Add your fruit to the processor first, it helps with the mixing.
(We added about 1/2 C.)
Next, add in your frozen yogurt cubes.
(We used one filled ice cube tray.)
Whiz away!
You may have to process it in a couple of batches,
or even add a dash of your choice of milk to aid in the blending.

before freezing

 We returned the mixed concoction to the original yogurt container
and placed it in the freezer.
You could also add in chocolate chips, coconut, 
crumbled cookie bits or nuts at this point.
Give it a stir every 15 minutes for about an hour.
That's it!

It's good to know that something so tasty
is so easy to make.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Maple Hill Hop 154

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On Saturday,
there was a Master Gardener's Sale 
on native and Florida-friendly plants.
This event occurs twice a year
and much of our garden is composed
of plants from this venue. 

It was a beautiful morning
with abundant sunshine and smiling treasure-seekers.

This display of tiger lily caught my eye.
It's a fall bloomer, so it happily soaked up the sunshine
and strutted its stuff.

The range of colors, textures and shapes was astounding.
Whether one was looking for succulents, flowers or butterfly attractors,
the choices were plentiful.

red penta


There were quite a few specimens that were new to me.
The flowers of this beauty were enchanting.

And would you look at the color on this gorgeous blossom?
Simply striking!

For only a few dollars per pot,
there were bargains to be had.
It would be easy to spice up your garden
for very little money.

Wagons at the ready to be loaded up 
and delivered to waiting vehicles.

The tiger lilies proved to be too tempting,
so I brought home two.
One will be given to a friend and the other is for my garden.
I also bought a lemon balm (for the bees)
and found a butterfly vine that was given to Faye & Lynn.

The tiger lily has a seed pod that's just loaded!
I see more of these in our future!

That's what we've been up to her in Central Florida.
What's going on outside where you live?
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Friday, October 7, 2016

We Are Safe

Thankfully, Matthew left us alone.
Our night was a bit restless,
not knowing what to expect,
but all in all, uneventful.
For that, we are very grateful.
We expect the wind to die down today
and feel blessed that we suffered no damage.
Matthew was even kind enough to water the veggie garden for us!
Prayers continue for those in his path.

Here's a video we took yesterday afternoon.
As you can see, 
the conditions are more of a tropical storm,
with which we are quite familiar.
We may go out later and take some video of the neighborhood
if we find anything of interest and post it here.
Have a safe weekend, y'all!