Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Catching Up

It has been many weeks since my last post so I figured I'd best do a catch up post.  Sort of a check-in so everyone knows I am still alive and kicking.

Sadly we've not been on any great adventures.  The most adventurous I've been would have post titles such as: "Adventures in housekeeping" "Adventures in grocery shopping."  or "How to keep your cool driving in Portland traffic." 

Last weekend was the first one out of four where we haven't driven to Portland for some purpose or another.  On Halloween Day we ventured the great deluge to attend the International Motorcycle Show.  Sadly it was disappointing and it will probably be our last attendance.  So sad in fact, that I only took one picture of a custom bike and even then couldn't be bothered to download it off the camera. Read Troubadour's take on the show HERE.

The following weekend we attended the Vendor sale at Beaverton Motorcycles.  While not entirely exciting Troubadour did find a great deal on a Fox winter jacket and a belt.

Weekend before last my brother, sister-in-law, and 20 month old nephew came to visit for the weekend.  Once again Saturday found us driving to Portland, this time for VegFest.  While Troubadour and I have been vegan just over 4 years, my brother and his wife decided to make the change about 8 weeks prior to VegFest.  We figured attending was a good way to introduce them to a variety of vegan foods.  There were so many people in attendance that it was a little trying at times but I think we enjoyed it over all.  Well, except for the $90 parking ticket.  Our contribution to Portland's coffers for the day.

Time marches on and so have the seasons.....the bright colors of September and October......

(Fall colors in our backyard)
....have given way to November's misty shades of gray.

(Finley Wildlife Refuge)
So far sunshine is forecast for our upcoming four-day weekend.  Thanksgiving is this Thursday and the weekend forecast is for nothing but blue sky.  Sounds perfect for riding doesn't it?  It does until you see that our low temperatures are down to 25˚F (-3.88˚C)  Now that is a little chilly.  If we are lucky the sun will come out and warm the air and melt the frost off the roads.  If not maybe we'll head out for a few hikes instead.  The plan is to have no plan, just get outside and do something, anything.

We realized this last weekend that it has been one year since we purchased our Fiat 500.  I am happy to report that we are still very pleased with it.  We've had no warranty issues and still get between 30-40 mpg depending on whether we are city driving or highway driving.  It is a peppy little car and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others, especially if they are looking for a little fun off the bike.

(2015 Fiat 500 Sport - picture taken December 2014)
I hope to post up again next week with some photos of our activities this weekend.  Maybe actually putting that in print will get us out on the bikes or for a hike.

- Au Revoir

" The world is tired, the year is old, the faded leaves are glad to die...." - Sara Teasdale "November"