Archive for May, 2012

Cruisin’ on the Vintage Klein

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Hard to believe this bike is 22 years old!


I won’t have my road bike back until the weekend, so it’s time to pump up the tires on the Klein and head out for a cruise.

The best thing I can do is to just get right back on the bike and get back to riding.

“God Bless You, Baby Girl!”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I had the pleasure of seeing a very dear old friend today. We had a very nice visit, lunch, and a walk. I got to hear some stories from one of the best storytellers I have ever known in my life.

We had lunch in Rocklin at Primo Pizza ( We shared some soup and pizza.

Tomato Basil Soup

Pesto Pizza with Chicken, Red Onions, and lots of cheese!

Everything was served hot and fresh. The pizza had clearly come straight from the oven to our table. The portions were generous – we did not even come close to finishing any of it. I was quite happy to leave with leftovers.

Later we took a walk, then stopped to watch a few moments of a Memorial Day celebration downtown.

Lovely day for a walk ...

My friend had to work today, so I headed home mid-afternoon. On my way home, I encountered a homeless veteran at a traffic light in Woodland. His sign simply said, “Hungry Veteran.” I offered him my leftover pizza. I think he was as grateful for that pizza as I was with the time spent with a very dear friend today. He beamed a partially toothed smile and said, “God Bless You, Baby Girl!”

Happy Memorial Day!

Girls’ Night at Little Prague in Davis

Monday, May 28th, 2012

After a day of feeling sorry for myself for the unfortunate bike mishap this morning, I needed a little TLC tonight. I caught up with an old friend for dinner. Her favorite Davis restaurant is Little Prague ( I’ve only been to Little Prague once before, and it wasn’t the best experience. That had nothing at all to do with the restaurant, and everything to do with a blind date that I got talked into a while back. It was one of those epically bad blind dates where right after you leave you grab your cell phone and the instant you shut your car door you call your friend to say, “What were you thinking?!” But that’s a story for a different blog.

Being such a beautiful evening, we wanted to sit outside.

We started out with a cold cucumber dill soup. I’m not usually big fan of any cream soups or sauces, but my friend had raved about how fabulous this was, so I had to try it. I was rather pleasantly surprised.

 Chilled Cucumber Dill Soup

Chilled Cucumber Dill Soup - surprisingly light & refreshing!

My friend had the Chicken Schnitzel with Czech Potato Salad (Kuřecí řízek), and I had the Grilled Basil Salmon.

Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel with Czech Potato Salad (Kuřecí řízek)

Grilled Basil Salmon

Grilled Basil Salmon (Losos na bazalce)


Salmon is a dish I am always hesitant to order at any restaurant, because it is too often overcooked. Again, I was pleasantly surprised that my salmon was perfect – moist, flaky, and delicious. I requested the sauce on the side, because I don’t typically care for any kind of sauce on fish. It was a rich, creamy sauce that I did enjoy dipping a potato or two in. Everything was nicely seasoned, nothing was overly salted.

I enjoyed a glass of an Alexander Valley Syrah. We chatted and savored the food, the service, the atmosphere. The service was very attentive, gracious, and friendly. Our server, Jason, listened very patiently and kindly to the story of my bike crash today. My friend insisted that I show him my bruised shoulder. I did.




I played with the new camera, experimenting further with the various settings. I caught some nice shots.

Iced Tea


Just playing ...

A moment of reflection ...

I particularly like these; they just sort of captures the homey, comfortable atmosphere.


Charming string lighting ...

Black Forest Cake

And then there was dessert … such decadence! Normally I don’t eat dessert like this unless I have done a significant ride, but tonight was an exception. I needed a little TLC and pampering. And that is exactly what I got at Little Prague in Davis tonight. My friend has been a regular at the restaurant for many years, so we also enjoyed the pleasure of a visit from the head chef, Karel.

Chocolate Fudge Cake



The only disappointment for the evening was when I realized on the way home that I had left my take home box with the other half of my cake in it on the table.

 If you are looking for some comfort food, graciously served in a homey atmosphere, then try Little Prague Restaurant in Downtown Davis.

Off the bike this week …

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

I took my bike in to the bike shop and they’re checking her frame for cracks. The repair guy said at first look he didn’t see anything obviously wrong with the frame, but they’re going to check to be sure. The wheels and tires seem to be OK, too. I won’t get her back until the end of the week.

I will have to replace some components and hopefully that won’t cost too much.

Advil, ice, and rest seem to be helping me. I think I’ll have a better idea tomorrow if I need to go to the doctor.

I can’t believe I did not get this man’s name. I can’t believe he didn’t even offer to tell me. The crash was completely and unarguably his fault alone. He was riding too fast for his ability and level of awareness and speed of his reflexes. He is a menace and should NOT be allowed to ride. He couldn’t just swerve to his right and land by himself in the grassy ditch. No. He had to swerve to his left and take me out. Thanks. Sure glad I was there to break your fall so you didn’t hurt yourself.

OK. I said it. I am pissed. I think I’d better step away from the keyboard … now.


Sunday, May 27th, 2012

So much for riding this weekend. Some *bleep* just crashed into me on the bike path. He came around a corner, not looking where he was going, and going way too fast. Thanks, you *bleep*.

** Expletives (yes, that is most definitely PLURAL!!!) DELETED **

Off to the bike shop for repairs. Off to the drugstore for Ibuprofen and ice packs.

** Additional expletives (yes, that is most definitely PLURAL!!!) DELETED **

Four Weeks To Go!

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Four weeks from right now, I will just be starting my first Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis. Today’s weather is looking like it’s perfect for a training ride. I’ll be heading out soon and hope to meet up with the DBC on their stop in Winters at Steady Eddies.

If you would like to make a donation, click on this link, type in my name, scroll down, click on my name and that should take you to my page:

Any donations received, I will match dollar for dollar (up to a maximum total of $250).

For more information on the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis or to register for this ride, please see:

The Ride Before The Storm

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

This morning started out beautiful – I didn’t see a cloud in the sky and there was just barely a breeze when I started out.  Somewhere along the way, clouds started rolling in and a breeze kicked up.

Clear Blue Skies


Still calm, but the breeze is starting to pick up

Looks like we've got some storm clouds rolling in - which is a little unusual for this time of year near Davis!


Today’s ride put me at 76% of my May Is Bike Month goal for total miles in May. I’ve got just one week to go. I think I’ll meet my goal this weekend.

Davis, Winters, Cantelow, Winters, Davis … 56 miles … 1,994 calories …

Now it’s time to go get ready for a BBQ with friends I haven’t seen in ages!





Four Weeks & One Day …

Saturday, May 26th, 2012


Pennies from Heaven

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Team LIVESTRONG – first donation!

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I got my first donation for my TEAM LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis event!
As promised, I matched it dollar for dollar.

Any donations received, I will match dollar for dollar (up to a maximum total of $250).

To make a donation, go here: and type in my name, scroll down, click on my name and that should take you to my page.

If you wonder:

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