Sunday, January 31, 2010

Munchie Bowl

Yesterday Gary and I went to the Munchie Bowl in Billings at the Harley Dealership. There were 15 tables with goodies.

You paid $2 per person to sample the goodies, then you voted for your favorite. We ate food called Drunk Weenies, Road Kill Dip, Puppy Chow Blizow, and Super Duper Uper Schmooper Stuffed Mushrooms. There was other food with normal names. Some of the tables also had drawings for prizes. We didn't win any of the prizes, but we would have liked to have the Fox Sports robot.

I got full eating the samples, after all there were 15 of them. We had to buy a soda to drink, eating those crackers sure makes you thirsty.

Our favorite foods were the Road Kill Dip and the Cajun Prawn Wontons. We did try an atrichoke dip that we liked and we are not fans of artichokes. This dip was not so overwhelming with artichokes, like the other dip.

Only one table had the recipe of their food and that was the drunk weenies. Will try some for Super Bowl.

We had a good time, not only did we get to sample delicious food, but we also voted for our favorite motorcycle. Our choice was the fat boy. We will have to check out the dealership website to see who won the favorite munchie.

We got to see alot of our biker friends and had a good time. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So Tired Of Winter

I don't know about anyone else out there, but I am so tired of winter already. November we had such nice weather and once December hit, so did winter. We have had more snow this winter than we have had in such a long time and it just won't go away.

Just this month alone, we have had three snow storms that have dumped inches of snow on the ground. I know because we have shoveled it. The storm we had yesterday really wasn't that bad, we only got about an inch of snow and it is the light fluffy stuff. The last storm we got about 6 to 8 inches of snow.

Last year, Gary was able to get the Harley out and we rode around town in December and January. Once February hit we were able to ride around a bit, as long as the sun was out. It looks like now that we are going to have a short riding season this year.

Keeping my fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow next week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I'm Published

Last month I had a message in my flickr e-mail. It was from the web site and apparently they go through flickr photos. Anyway this photo had been up for consideration to be published for the Dublin city map that they have. All I had to do was give them authorization to submit my photo. I figured why not, nothing to lose. I had forgotten about it, when yesterday I was on my flickr site and had the message that this photo was chosen to be published for the 2010 map. I don't get any money or anything like that, but it is nice to know that I am published.

The site is Just click on the River Liffey tab and you get a bunch of photos and mine is in there. Under the photo is reads "Photo: Pat". That's me.

I do have another photo up for consideration for the Killarney map. Keep your fingers crossed that I will have two photos published. Here is the one up for consideration.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Flat Tire Experience

Last Thursday was brutal. A cold front moved in and when we woke up to go swim it was 32 degrees below zero. Our pickup was plugged in during the night and it started up in the morning.

On our way to the pool the tires felt funny and the hubby told me that it felt like we had a flat tire. Sure enough, when he pulled over the front drivers side tire was flat. Funny how the sensor in the tire didn't pick that up. We had only left our driveway so just had to turn around and head back home to get my car.

My car wouldn't start. It doesn't have a head bolt heater, so I have no way to plug it in when we get these sub zero temperatures. Great, now we have to change a flat tire. We have a very small air compressor, so we tried to air up the tire first. No deal, the compressor is not big enough to that kind of job. It's ok when the tire is low, but not when it is flat.

Got into the house to layer up. Nothing like changing a tire at 6:00 am, 32 below zero. My job was to hold the flashlight. Why doesn't this happen when it is 50 degrees above zero. Needless to say we had a hard time getting the jack out of the truck. They just don't put those things inside, no the jack was anchored down and we had to figure out how to get it out. Managed that.

Got the jack under the truck and cranked up. Now we have to get the spare tire out from under the truck. You need to use the handle on the jack to get the tire lowered. My job was to lower the spare down and Gary would get it unhooked.

We managed that fine, but by this time I am so cold that I am shivering. Remember my job was to hold the flashlight, and soon it looked like a strobe. I was shivering so much that the light was everywhere but on the tire. Gary managed to get the lugs off, so in the house we went to warm up.

My glasses froze over and I couldn't see a thing. I tried wearing them outside again one they warmed up but the just froze over again. I finally gave up on the glasses and took them off, so what if things are fuzzy. Once we warmed up had to head back out to put on the spare tire. I didn't really want to go back outside again.

The tire got put on right the first time, everything lined up perfect, got the lugs on and we were so happy. My fingers and toes got cold and when they started to warm up it sure hurt. Gary was hurting too, his toes and fingers.

Took the tire to the local tire shop and they aired it up and couldn't find anything wrong with the tire. Told me to bring it back the next day to check it out. Didn't want to put it back on in case it went flag again. Sure enough the next morning that tire was flat. The tire guy couldn't figure it out, but he was so busy on Friday that he kept the tire again overnight. Took it apart to see if he could find something.

Saturday morning we went back to the tire shop and this time air stayed in it. Since the spare was the same tire at the others we just kept it on and not the original tire is now the spare. The original spare tire doesn't have a sensor in it, so our tire light stays on all the time, but the sensor never did work right anyway.

The sensor would light up and then we would put air in the tire, but when the stupid things goes flat, no indicator light on.

The good news was my car did start up on Thursday evening after work. When it warmed up to 20 below zero. We made sure that we ran it good and just before going to bed ran it again. It took two days to warm up. Now that we are above freezing we will never have a flat tire again.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Here it is already January 7th and I'm already behind on my blog.

Our New Years was very quiet. We just stayed home and watched movies. When my kids were little we would have a movie marathon on New Years Eve. Each of us would rent a movie, I would make snacks and we would settle in and watch our movies. At midnight we would stop and watch the ball drop on tv. This year I didn't make it to midnight, went to bed at 11:00. Woke up sudden when my neighbor decided to shoot off fireworks. Also the local guy who owns the huge fireworks set some of his off. I was in a sound sleep and woke up with a start. It sure sounded like those fireworks were right by the bedroom window.

I have continued this tradition, even though all my kids are grown and have left the nest. Jennifer is still with the nest. We got three movies and not a huge selection to chose from. This year we rented "District 9", "The Proposal" and "Inglourious Basterds".

Of the three, only "The Proposal" was good. "District 9" was just too plain weird, in fact we didn't even finish watching it. "Inglourious Basterds" was ok, what does one expect from a Quentin Tarantino movie. At least this movie has a good plot to follow.

Friday we went to Billings for grocery shopping and we got back home in time to watch the bowl games. We watched so many football games over the weekend, that I lost count on how many and who played who.

Saturday I left for Meeteetse to get my grandma fix. It is always nice to visit, even short ones. The last time I was in Meeteese was last summer, so it had been a while. Meeteetse was quite a bit warmer than Hardin. It was only 20 degrees in Hardin when I left and by the time I reached Cody, it was a balmy 40 degrees. Wyoming was warmer than Montana.

We went out to eat at the Elk Horn for our dinner and we had some New Years cheer that the owner bought us. That was very nice of her. Then back to the house to visit and I read all their cards and letters.

Sunday morning we went to church then afterwards went to Lucille's for coffee. People from Cody who were at church joined us. Had a good visit. Then it was time to get back to the house and then back to Lucille's for lunch. Had her shrimp dinner special. After lunch it was time for me to head back North. Wanted to get home before it got too dark.

I got home around 4:30. Stopped at the Maverick station in Bridger and it was a very busy place, both coming and going. Had good weather both ways, in fact it got colder when I headed north.