Friday, June 24

This one was hidden in the picture pile collage I made and it was too pretty to hide.
Rode to Cooper early this morning and the wildflowers are abundant along the trail.

Thursday, June 23

Map Collections Home Page

The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more
than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small

fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The focus of
Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library
of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in
general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright

Map Collections Home Page

Truth Or Fiction - email reality check - verify rumors

There is no way for anyone to know how many people you forward an email to. And nothing magical is going to appear on your computer when you do. If I have doubts about the authenticity of an email I check this website.
Click on Search and type in a few key words from the message and info about the message will appear but not magically. Hehehe
Truth Or Fiction - email reality check - verify rumors

Wednesday, June 22

Downloads - The home of Spybot-S&D!

This from son Gary:I saw your note on the Spyware. There is another free
one that is real good. Spybot - Search & Destroy
The guy strongly encourages giving him donations but it is not required.

Downloads - The home of Spybot-S&D!
Butch and I rode to Cooper this morning. We went early to beat the heat.
These beauties are right along the trail in Jefferson, about 3 or 4 blocks from the depot.
When we returned from our bike ride Butch pointed out to me that the Bell Towers windows were being cleaned. They would remain dirty if that were my job! Butch could probably handle it.

Tuesday, June 21

SpyWare Remover

Spyware has been in the news a lot lately. In fact, the U.S. House of
Representatives recently passed 2 Bills banning SPYWARE. So, let
me explain what it is:

Spyware is software that is installed on your computer without you
really knowing about it. It varies from annoying to downright scary.
Let me put it this way...It can be as simple as annoying ads that pop
out of nowhere or as scary as someone stealing your identity. Yes,
it's that bad.

While the federal government is trying to make it illegal, they won't
prevent it from happening to you.

There are several spyware cleaners out there and I am sure most of them work to some degree and are not harmful in any way. Some are costly and some are free!
My personal favorite is Ad-Aware and it is free. Of course, for me it would have to be free!! ;-)

Here is a place to download it.

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition - Reviews and free downloads at

Sunday, June 19

Sherwood Forest pattern on natural monks cloth using Mainstay Fall Splendor yarn. Finished with Italian Hem Stitch.
I finished project number 5 this afternoon. There are a couple of 'firsts' on this one. I followed a pattern and I learned Italian hem stitich to finish the ends rather than making tassels.
The unexpected surprise of the day was the abundance of ripe raspberries.
Dappled sunlight
Even though it can be quite windy when you enter a treed area with an arched canopy overhead it is as if you have entered a cathedral with the only sound that of birdsong, and the dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves like a stained glass window.
Today I rode the trail and it was windy, but knowing the wind was out of the south I knew that every mile I made against the wind would sweeten the ride on the way back and that was oh so true.
Yesterday I was a Milwaukee Depot Ambassador at the Raccoon Valley Bike Trail head in Jefferson. I was in attendence from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and it was a busy day tidying up a bit and selling trail passes and letting folks know where the restroom was located and I must say that was the most frequently asked question. I made the acquaintance of several people, one of which was a retired NYC fireman who was working his way around the biketrails of Iowa before going to his most favorite area of the US, Washington and Oregon.