My Chariot Quit But My Birthday Rocked

26 Jan

Yesterday was my birthday, my husband and I took the day off from work.  We didn’t have any plans in particular but I told him I just wasn’t going to work on my birthday. 

We haven’t had a day off of work since September 30, 2010, working six days a week.  The only days off have been Christmas and New Years.  I was on strike. 

We  stayed at home in our pajamas until around 11 am and decided to hop on our snowmobiles and hit the trails near our home.  My husband led our trip down the trails and to the nearest gas station because both sleds were almost on empty. 

 We got almost to our destination, a gas station, when my snowmobile went slower and then stopped.  I figured that I must have run out of gas so I sent my husband to get some gas and I waited on the trail for him to return. 

He returned with a gas can and poured it in and pulled the rope.  Nothing, no compression.  The problem appears to be bigger than no gas.  He got a chain from a local logging company and pulled my snowmobile off the trail.  I hopped on the back of his sled and we continued on our way. 

We went to our local favorite bar/restaurant for lunch and were provided each with a birthday beer.  My husband’s birthday was last Saturday.  After lunch we got back on the sled and on to my parent’s home just down the road. 

I wanted to get a picture of the ice houses on the lake from my parents home for my photography blog.

After I took this photo I walked into Mom and Dad’s kitchen and I saw this wooden box on the kitchen counter. I said “What’s the box for Dad?” 

He said “I use it for raising bread dough.”  There is a local bakery that sells frozen bread dough that Mom and Dad like.  It’s the only bread that they eat other than bread that Dad makes from scratch. 

Dad said they usually try to speed up the rising process by heating up their oven and putting the frozen bread dough to rise and the later bake it in the oven.  Dad didn’t like how long they had to have the oven on, but still wanted to speed up the process.  

Dad is a retired Electrical Design Engineer so he made his own box for his bread dough. The box is complete with a heat source and thermostat to keep it at the temperature he desired.  This is what the inside of his bread box looks like.

 He sets two bread pans in the box on the screen, sets the temperature and closes the lid until the bread is risen.  He then transfers the loaves to the oven for baking. 

In a previous post, I mentioned a hammered dulcimer that my Dad made.  Yesterday I took this picture of his dulcimer. 

After visiting Mom and Dad we got back on the snowmobile and headed home.  When we got home we headed into our shop to get the flatbed truck to pick up my snowmobile.  We dropped off the snowmobile at our home, took the truck back to the shop and came home.  Exhausted from all the fresh air and exercise, I was in bed with my latest book and asleep by 9:30pm.

One of my favorite parts of snowmobiling is all the things that I can see on the snowmobile trails that you can’t see from the car when driving in the same area. I had high expectations of taking a lot of pictures with my new camera but riding snowmobile didn’t allow for many pictures. I will have to take my camera on a walk on the trails to see if I can capture a few of the beautiful sights I saw yesterday.


Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Birthdays, Family, Life Happens, Photography


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22 responses to “My Chariot Quit But My Birthday Rocked

  1. planejaner

    January 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Happy Happy birthday! I am glad it was such an adventure!
    Your pics are just fun–the shacks on the ice blow me away!
    and…your dad is so fun–I love hearing about him, and all the ways in which he keeps busy!
    I see where you get it!

    • flyinggma

      January 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I love going over to Dad’s because I never know what he is up to next.

  2. Carol Ann Hoel

    January 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    You live a very active life. Flying, sledding, snowmobiling, truck driving, walking. I’m worn out typing it! Blessings to you, Jeanne…

    • flyinggma

      January 27, 2011 at 12:20 am

      Thanks Carol. I won’t be taking up sky diving as brother has. Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Blessings to you, Carol

  3. Thomas Stazyk

    January 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

    • flyinggma

      January 27, 2011 at 12:21 am

      Thanks Thomas. I definitely feel a year older after a day on the snowmobile. I found muscles that I forgot I had. They have been reminding me of their presence all day long.

  4. Booksphotographsandartwork

    January 27, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Happy Birthday! Sounds as if you had a great one. The way my husband drives I am pretty sure I don’t want to ride on the back of a snowmobile with him!

  5. flyinggma

    January 27, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I prefer to drive my own sled but I was out of options other than walking. He drives much nicer with me on the back than him alone.

  6. nrhatch

    January 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Happy Birthday, Jeanne. So glad you enjoyed your special day, and your birthday beers.

    The hammer dulcimer your dad made is gorgeous. Music is the food of life.

  7. flyinggma

    January 27, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Thanks Nancy. It didn’t quite turn out the way we planned but sometimes those are the best times. It wasn’t in my original plans to stop in at Mom and Dad’s but I’m glad we did.

    Dad is a craftsman for sure when it comes to woodworking and so much more. Mom is equally creative but it usually involves fabric, wallpaper and interior design.

  8. sunshineinlondon

    January 27, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Happy birthday for yesterday, Jeanne! Glad you had a lovely day – it sounds like a very “you” kind of day. I love the photos of the ice houses on the lake.
    Sunshine xx

  9. flyinggma

    January 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    The only thing that would have made it better would have been a warm sandy beach on the ocean were included. Maybe later….

  10. writerwoman61

    January 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jeanne! Glad you had a nice day off!

    I love the dulcimer your dad made…wish my dad’s sister had e-mail so I could send her the picture…

    The bread-raising box is neat too…I just set my bowl on the top of the stove with the oven turned on to the lowest temperature!


    • flyinggma

      January 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Wendy. Dad never ceases to amaze me with his varied interests and projects. Dad always figures he can do something better by reinventing the wheel. Glad you liked the picture of the dulcimer.

  11. Joe Clark

    January 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

    As with all the others, Happy Birthday – now, inquiring minds want to know… what kind of a new camera?

    • flyinggma

      January 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Joe for the birthday wishes. I purchased a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55 lens and then an additional lens 55-200. I’m having fun trying all kinds of shots with the new camera. I have Photoshop for software. I’m signed up for a community ed. class in March on Tuesdays to learn how to use Photoshop software. Until then I plan on taking a lot of pictures.

      I’ve spent a little time trying to figure out SmugMug stuff. Not enough time in a day for everything but it looks intriguing.

  12. The Sidebar Review

    January 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I’m glad your day was happy! You two need to take more days off!

  13. flyinggma

    January 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    We are trying to work out the details for maybe a trip to somewhere with warmer weather in the middle of February. Looking forward to being away from the cold even if only for a few days. I’d love to try out my new camera on a vacation somewhere.

  14. JoDee Luna

    January 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    What a creative family you have. No wonder you are who you are.

  15. flyinggma

    January 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Thanks JoDee. Still waiting to hear more about the Writer’s conference you attended and for you to share the wealth of information you learned.

  16. pearlsandprose

    January 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Happy belated Birthday! We were without power, so I wasn’t able to catch up on blog reading until today.

    Your dad’s very talented.

  17. flyinggma

    January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I just saw your post about the weather and being without power. What a mess! Hope your life gets back to normal soon.


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