Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Cold and Windy Week

Bob and I only rode to work once this week due to high winds that neither of us felt quite ready to tackle. After many months laid up with a herniated disk I am still building up my strength and am just able to make it up our the many hill in Flagstaff without walking my bike so I know I am not ready for 40 mile an hour winds. The weather forecasters threatened a chance of snow but it never arrived. We could use one more really good snow for the water it brings but I must admit that I am ready for spring to arrive, along with a more consistent riding schedule.

Tuesday at lunch time we dropped by AZ Bikes on Aspen Avenue so that Bob could gaze longingly at his new love, the Kona Ute, which features an long, wooden rear rack for carrying extra cargo.He thinks this bike and mine would be perfect for our bigger grocery shopping trips. Plus, he just thinks it’s really cool.

He was also quite taken with a rear rack designed to carry coffee cups! Very clever

My Other Love

One of my other great loves is a truly good cup of tea. My favorite brand is Tazo, and I prefer traditional teas over herb teas. Tazo is a bit more expensive than most brands found at the grocers, so when we moved to Flagstaff I decided I would try other less costly brands. Each disappointed me. I like a strong flavor and every brand I tried was too mild. So I’m back to Tazo. I don’t buy a lot of sodas or snacks and, since we’ve cut back on dining out, I think I can justify this little luxury. I recently did some final unpacking from Louisville and found my favorite set of teacups. I picked them up at a street market in Portugal several years ago. Tea tastes extra good in them.

5 comments:

letsgorideabike said...

Wow, cool rack!! I've never seen that before. It's so awesome that you're riding your bike even though getting over an injury. Makes all those excuse-making people out there (i.e. 98% of the population) look really lame.

Great blog - I just discovered it.

-Dottie

She Rides a Bike said...

Thanks so much. I just found your's as well. I think the biking as actually helped stretch our an area near the nerve that has given me so much pain. Isn't it funny how many people think that exercise is the problem?

Yes, Bob is serious about that rear rack. It's hard to believe that last year he was so dubious about bike commuting. But then again, a few years ago I never would have imagined it either.

Chiara Kael said...

if you love tea, you should try brewing your own Chai mixes... i'm into the spiced chai teas, and having access to kensington market in toronto, the spiced chai is abundant.

i start off with 4 slices of ginger
1 stick of cinnamon
5 whole cloves
5 whole black pepper corns
5 cardamom pods crushed.
2 black tea bags,

boil 4 cups of water and put all the spices in and let simmer for 15 to twenty minutes. ( your house will smell great) for the last 3 minutes turn off the heat pop in the 2 tea bags and let steep for 3 minutes.

strain into your favorite cup with a tablespoon of condensed milk.. and watch the sunset..

p.s a little orange or lemon peel adds some zest.

cheers.

Lynn said...

My Irish husband got me hooked on Barry's Gold Blend, a strong tea from Ireland (with milk and sugar, of course). Luckily, it's available at two nearby Irish shops. Whenever his family visits, they know what to bring us - boxes of Barry's teabags. I also love Tazo Chai.
I'm enjoying your blog!

She Rides a Bike said...

Thank you everyone who has commented so far. I really appreciate your feedback and visiting your blogs as well. I will definitely try the tea suggestions.