It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Is On Your Nightstand?

After doing a little house cleaning and dusting I thought about what things there are on my nightstand.  What does it say about the things I need and feel like I can't do without unless they are handy?  Well there's Tums for occasional heartburn, hand and body lotion (pretty standard suff for last thing at night for hands that are out in the wind and sun a lot).  Deodorant and eau d toilette by Alfred Sung for my morning necessities, eye drops to combat dryness from bike riding on dirt roads.  Reading materials, Bible in a couple of different versions, it's always there.  The books in the middle change depending on what I'm currently reading and last but not least, yes that really is a copy of the US Constitution and yes it really is that small including the Bill of Rights.  It's there as a daily reminder of the oath I took to uphold it.

And a pen to take notes on the brilliant (yeah, right) ideas that I get during the middle of the night.

Well there you have it, that's me and the things that I need by my side for last thing at night or first thing in the morning. 

How about you?


  1. Ok Deb, here goes... I mostly have books, magazines, and two boxes where I keep quotes I like, pens, small notebooks, earphones, book marks etc...


    Nikon D90 user's manual
    William Strunk Jr. And E.B. White: The Elements of Style
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (the poetry of Jane's words get me every time)
    10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn (currently reading)
    New England Biking by Melissa L. Kym
    Every Woman's Guide to Cycling by Selene Yeager
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Abrahm Lincoln, Quotes, Quips, and Speeches by Gordan Leidner
    The Catcher in The Rye by JD Salinger
    Joy Ride by Mia Birk
    The Virgin's Lover by Phillppa Gregory (currently reading)

    And I also keep a ride journal in a notebook my son created at school with his own Picasso like drawing he created for the cover. I also have a few Biking magazines.

    Luckily the books are all compact and stack up nicely :)

  2. Wow that's a pretty good pile of reading Sue! I have read some of those myself and particularly like the Lincoln book by Leidner. Sweet to keep a ride journal in a book designed by your son.

  3. There are some books that I just like keeping near. Every once in awhile I'll pick one up to read a favorite passage or two. Even though I've read them once already.

  4. Favorite books are like dear friends, we want to keep them close by because of their positive influence on our life.