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Monday, October 14, 2019

Tricycle Time

Thirty years ago if you would of told me that I would buy a Adult Tricycle I would of said "Are you crazy?"  Well, here I am 66 years old and I have a new shiny blue tricycle to ride and I'm as excited as a bug in a rug!

There were three reasons I wanted a tricycle:

1. My balance is terrible.  I have psoriasis inside my ears causing my balance to be off.
2. I have a Smooth Fox Terrier that is my bestest buddy and I wanted to be able to take him on my biking adventures. Diesel is not the well behaved dog you see - he is a barking hyper terrier. Yes, a terrorist terrier! I needed a bike was was stable so I could pay a lot of attention to Diesel and less attention to balancing. 
3. I want to be able to take my bike Jeep Camping.

The Fold-able Tricycle checked off each of my reasons.  I had never heard of a folding tricycle until my brother showed me a pic while we were camping at Manistique, Michigan this past August. I thought what the heck this just might be my answer.

Once I got home I started checking out bike shops in my area.  I was drawing a blank finding a bike shop that even carried tricycles let alone fold-able tricycles.  I got tried of driving to bike shops so I started emailing shops. No luck!

One day in September I was headed to Culver's for some custard. While stopped at the only stop light in downtown Mukwonago, Wisconsin I noticed there was a bike shop named Won-A-Go Biking and there was a tricycle in the window!  What the heck!!!

The next day I headed to the shop to find out all about the "Tricycle in the Window!!"  Kind of like the "Doggie in the Window"  Once inside the small bike shop the clerk got the bike out of the window. It was a Sun Tricycle - but it did not fold.  I needed a fold-able. :( 

Then the clerk began to tell me she was sorry they do not carry fold-able tricycles but if I ordered one - they would gladly assemble it for me and adjust the bike for my size.  She also told me that if needed they could do repairs on the tricycle!  I asked her a few questions about the tricycles I had researched and she gave me her honest professional opinion on which to look at and which to avoid.

I had researched fold-able tricycles and the Kent Westport kept scoring high on all review sites.  The bike had what I wanted and folding was very easily.  The only issue I had with the Westport was that it was a single speed. I was unsure if I wanted a 3 speed or if the single would work for me. The clerk stated that a Kent bike is a good bike and if needed they could add 3 speed to the bike!
WIN   WIN
The best price I could find for the Kent Westport was Amazon.  Being a Prime Member with FREE shipping it made the sale even sweeter.  My shiny Blue Westport was ordered and on it's way to a new happy home. It took about 9 days for the bike to arrive.  Arrived on a Monday and on Tuesday morning I was at the bike shop with my huge box of tricycle parts.  The wait for the call to pick up the bike seemed to take weeks - when in fact it was only days.

Today, I picked up my new tricycle - I named her Almira from the Wizard of Oz movie.  Won-A-Go Biking adjusted the seat and handlebars - showed me how to fold her and off I went.  She fits perfect in the back of my Jeep.
She folds almost completely in half. Making storage much easier.


Once I got home I took a trip around the apartment complex.  Let me tell you - I definitely need to get in shape for Spring. I am positive I have used muscles that have not been moving in 30 years!!
Good thing I have a huge underground parking garage that I will be able to bike in during the day while the majority of people are working. Because I will need all the practice I can get before heading out with friends and family in April. We are taking a three week camping trip to Alabama - I always go in April so I can get a jump start on Spring!


Next is Diesel in the basket!!! 
Stop back for a few laughs.
 


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hello ....

Well it sure has been a while since you have seen a post from me.  
My life has taken some amazing changes.  I am happy to say I will be returning to blogging with new and crazy post.
I will focus on being a crazy 66 year old single lady with 
lots of ideas and adventures.
  
Jeep Camping, Biking, Kayaking
Dog Info and Ideas
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Recipes
Books
Places to See

Please Join Me - I have saved you a seat on My Crazy Train
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Red Rock Canyon

While in Vegas we decided to check out 

 

INDIAN ROCK WRITING (PETROGLYPHS)

 are amazing - I have always been amazed at ancient writings - this was definitely a highlight for me.


Red Rock Canyon is located about 30 miles West of Las Vegas Strip.  A very easy ride on interstate highways.  
A MUST Visit while in the Las Vegas Area!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is BEAUTIFUL!!!
I was blessed with being able to visit the park this January.




These pic are from the internet. Even these pic do not do justice to the beauty of the park.
We stayed at the Mt. Zion Lodge in the park. I would highly recommend staying at the lodge - it was great to walk out our door and start our hike through the park.  The lodge is built along a rock wall - beautiful.
Here are a few of my pics from our adventure!
Pics from the Emerald Pools and the Grotto hiking trails.




We flew to Las Vegas from Milwaukee  - rented a car then drove to Zion National Park. About a 2.5 hour ride - nice easy ride to the park.

A MUST DO adventure!!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

WHEN THE WEATHER IS FRIGHTFUL, MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE HEALTHY AND DELIGHTFUL

Just like people, pets require special care during those long winter months to protect them from painful joints, arthritis, and other cold weather ailments. Here are some winter pet tips from Dr. Hillary Cook, a holistic veterinarian who works with NHV Natural
Pet Products, makers of veterinarian-approved and formulated plant-based natural supplements from organically grown and wild crafted herbs, to keep your pet safe and happy this winter.

Winter Walks – After walking your dog during the winter months, make sure to towel dry them completely. Take extra care around paw pads. Wipe this area with a wet clean cloth to remove any salt or chemicals from the road. Rub NHV Heal Care Ointment on cleaned paw pads to protect and soothe. Without proper care, pet paw pads can become dry, cracked and very painful. For other pets, like cats, outside time should be limited, since they may seek warmth in unsafe places, such as a car radiator.

Shake Off Those Winter Blues – Most pet owners tend not to take dogs and other pets out for long periods of time during the winter, because it’s understandably too cold even for us humans. However, pets need still need exercise and mental stimulation. A lack of both these needs may cause stress, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. There are plenty of indoor  games that can keep pets occupied and out of trouble. Try treat dispensing toys, puzzle toys, tread mills, exercise balls… which can keep dogs occupied for hours; for cats, a motorized mouse would work. To ease restlessness and stress from being indoors, use NHV Lesstress for dogs or NHV Matricalm for cats. These formulas help calm the nerves without affecting moods and personality, and are safe for long term use.

Happy Pets Have Healthy Skin – As the cold weather begins to blow, dogs and cats are prone to dry skin. To improve overall coat condition, and help with skin issues from the inside-out, add omega-3 fatty acids to their diet. Studies show that dogs and cats given omega 3 fatty acids (try NHV PetOmega 3) had improvement in clinical signs of pruitis, self trauma, coat character, and alopecia (loss of hair).

Staying Cozy – Cats and dogs feel the chill of winter extra deep in their bones (just like us people!). Be sure to give them more blankets during the winter months. If taking small dogs outside, dress them in a sweater or jacket as they are unable to generate the heat they need themselves. Larger dogs tend to suffer the effects of stiff joints and arthritic pain, and as they need all their muscles to support their weight, keeping them limber and pain free is important. There are plenty of orthopedic beds for larger dog breeds that will help. In addition, supplement their diet with NHV Yucca and NHV Old Timer, which will aid with joint pain, soothe inflammation, and help pets suffering from arthritis. Remember to keep arthritic dogs and cats moving in the winter especially, if joints are not mobile arthritis is compounded.

Don’t Hold It! In the winter, I see an increase in UTI’s from animals holding in urine because it’s too cold outside. Make sure dogs get enough time outside to do their business. If a UTI develops see your veterinarian. You may also want to try NHV Tripsy, a natural supplement that will help support the health of the kidneys and bladder throughout the winter months.

Watch That Winter Weight: Less exercise means less calories are expended, and is true for any indoor dog who is not going out for their regular walks. Follow recommended feeding guidelines for your dog, but do not over feed. However, if dogs are housed outside, they need more calories. Studies suggest that dogs who are exposed to low temperatures need three times the normal calories as they would need in moderate temperature. Use NHV Multi Essentials, a herbal multivitamin to fill nutritional gaps for outdoor and indoor pets. Both NHV and myself as a veterinary practioners strongly recommend that pets be housed indoors, especially in the winter.

Don’t Get Close To The Heat – In an effort to stay warm, pets may get too close to heat sources, which can be dangerous. Be sure to keep fireplaces gated or closed, and heat sources like baseboard heaters and radiators out of reach from pets. Should pets accidentally burn themselves, take the animal to the vet right away. For after emergency care of burns use NHV All Clear Ointment and NHV Ouch Away Spray to help heal external trauma, fight infections, and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Hillary Cook, NHV's lead holistic vet, is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for fifteen years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA.

NVH NATURAL PET PRODUCTS provides veterinarian-formulated supplements derived from natural botanicals to support the health and well-being of pets including dogs, cats and small animals. In addition to the safe and effective manufacture of a full-line of Veterinarian-approved pet supplements that contain organically grown and cultivated herbs and botanicals, NHV also offers vet consultations to provide professional support and guidance for disease prevention and treatment for over 43 conditions. For more tips, visit www.nhvnaturalpetproducts.com.