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Rain Check on the Bike Ride

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Well, I planned on shooting a fun little bike ride vlog to the library yesterday, but was stopped by my exploding bike. Okay, ďexplodingĒ may be a tiny exaggeration, but it was close! The brakes and chain kept falling off, actually falling off and onto the ground. This is not conducive to safe bike riding. My journal entry happened to be making something with, or inspired by, bicycles. So, I scratched the video and made this photo collage of my futile attempt at bike repair.

Hubs is reluctant to repair said bike, because heís not sure bike riding is a good idea for my neck. I assured him I wasnít planning on doing anything crazy, just a tame, slow ride to the library. Sigh.

At any rate, I thought I'd tell you about the fun little summer project I started, regarding the library. Itís my Message in a Bottle, er, Library Book Project. Just for fun, Iím leaving little post-it notes on pages of books when I return them. I like fun surprises, so I thought other people might like them too. Nothing big, just my ongoing attempt to make the world a little sunnier. Do any of you have fun summer projects?

Pg. 187 of City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare

Pg. 83 of The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafůn

Pg. 345 of A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Side note: Iím heading out of town tomorrow, flying down to TX and OK. The reason Iím going is sad; itís for my cousinís funeral. He was part of our little tribe growing up; there were six of us and we were thick as thieves. His death was sudden, unexpected, and way too soon. So, the reason for the trip is difficult. But Iím looking forward to seeing my whole clan and celebrating the awesomeness that was Mike. Iím hanging around at my dadís for a week afterwards, so who knows, maybe weíll shoot another Walking with Dad vlog. Hug the ones you love and tell them how important they are to you. Tell Ďem Ďtil theyíre sick of hearing it, and then tell them again. Talk to yíall when I get back.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!


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MARKATSPARK 2/26/2016 5:09PM


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SLIMLEAF 7/26/2013 7:03PM

    Hello Shelli

I've fallen somewhat behind with reading blogs, but yours are well worth catching up on!

Sorry to hear about your cousin's untimely death.

Loved your idea of leaving encouraging notes in library books!

Hope your husband relents and fixes your bike.

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LAURIETAIT 7/25/2013 2:51AM

    Sudden deaths are always very difficult, They're particularly hard when the individual is young (like you) "Tell them you love them and tell them again." That's great advice.

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ALIDOSHA 7/23/2013 5:34PM


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PHOENIX1949 7/19/2013 4:55PM

    emoticon for the loss. The memories are gold.

Love the notes in library books. My Mom used to leave coupons on the shelves at the grocery story and drug store so that others might get some of the same 'good deals' she so diligently sought out.

Blog notices not coming to me for a while so I lost track of several folks. You continue to be an awesome inspiration!

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KATHIC2 7/17/2013 7:41AM

  I always enjoy your blog. I am sorry to hear about your cousin's death. I am facing something similiar. I wish you comfort.

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LOUTOKALAU 7/17/2013 1:15AM


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GEORGE815 7/16/2013 5:18PM

    Sorry to hear about your cousin. What did he succumb to?

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PATTISTAMPS 7/16/2013 4:07PM

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, always hug and always tell your loved ones that you love them!!!

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STEPFANIER 7/15/2013 11:37AM

  Shelli, I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin Mike. Hugs!

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HEALTHY4ME 7/15/2013 7:44AM

    So sorry about your cousin Mike. Have a lot of good memories, a few tears and know he would want you to be okay , I am sure. I know I say that and don't know him, but I can't help but think most people when they pass don't want us sad and not living after.
Enjoy your dad, he is awesome. lol and thanks for the super idea!!! going to go buy some postis or such and add to my library books. I am a constant at our library!

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RAINBOWMF 7/14/2013 4:35PM

    Hugs read this one before.


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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/13/2013 8:30PM

    Sorry about your cousin, Shelli.
It's nice you are going to be spending time with you Dad.
I hope you get to shoot another Walking with Dad video.

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ROXYCARIN 7/13/2013 3:37AM


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KKLENNERT809 7/13/2013 12:01AM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you, try to celebrate the life of your cousin and it will be nice for you to see your relatives.

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MRSDAVIS09 7/12/2013 11:17PM

    Hi Shelli! I am getting back into SP and realizing I've been missing it. Have a great weekend, and I look forward to reading your blogs again.


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JANETRIS 7/12/2013 10:01PM

    So sorry for the loss of your cousin emoticon emoticon

Love the post it notes in the library books!

Safe travels to you...

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RENATA144 7/12/2013 6:57PM

  You are an inspiration emoticon emoticon

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KAB7801 7/12/2013 4:36PM

    Awesome idea with posties!
I hope the librarian doesn't get them or at least different ones

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SCRAPBECCA 7/12/2013 4:07PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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AJB121299 7/12/2013 3:14PM

    sorry to hear

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

I actually did the same with post it's in library books. I was reading a fictional book about a suicide pact and found a note in it, then on, i try to remember to put cute notes in them too.

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SARAJANE_82 7/12/2013 1:36PM

    Sorry about your cousin. :(

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GUDDIGO 7/12/2013 12:09PM

  sorry to hear about your loss....

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KARRENLYNN 7/12/2013 10:37AM

    I'm sorry for your loss and how difficult the reason for the trip is, but maybe the silver lining is it makes all of you take time out of your busy lives to come together and show your appreciation of each other? My paternal relatives are out of state and the last time we saw them was over 10 yrs ago. They weren't able to come to my fathers funeral last year. So take this as a sign, and enjoy the time with them.


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BEJOYFULL 7/12/2013 10:34AM

    A Spark idea came to me as I viewed your attempts at biking, or rather - becoming a mechanic connoisseur. The tiny message notes with big ideas, and of course humor to keep the spark going has inspired me!

"Be involved and make a difference" hm, I'll think about not 'riding' this one out but taking my bike and moving on to journeys that await me and taking the path that I need to go on from here.

The spark person, your cousin, that added 'spark' to your life is a difficult loss I'm sure. May his celebrated life light up your life as you remember the journey he shared with you and others.

Leaving my bike shoes and helmet at home, I too take leave to remember and celebrate my Aunt's life. I will take the gold dust off my treasure chest as I remember her life and how it has touched mine.

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SUSIEMT 7/12/2013 10:13AM

    I'm sorry for your loss! What a great idea about the library book surprises!

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FEISTYOWL 7/12/2013 9:00AM

    So sorry to hear about your cousin. I hope there is some sunshine in that trip, even under the circumstances.

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PAMLICO-DAZE 7/12/2013 8:28AM

    So sorry to hear your news. Keep the memories of your cousin alive by sharing stories with friends and family. God bless you and yours.

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JANEMARIE77 7/12/2013 8:21AM

    sorry for your loss so love the stick it note idea

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SANDYCRANE 7/12/2013 7:45AM

    Sorry for your loss. I need to take your advice as I rarely see my family.


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LRSILVER 7/12/2013 7:01AM

    Sorry for your loss

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CARRIEANNE1027 7/12/2013 4:33AM

    So sorry for your loss.. emoticon

I love the notes in the library books! I keep hoping I'll find a $100 bill in the ones I check out... lol.
Looking forward to the vlog with your dad..

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BLUEJEAN99 7/12/2013 1:32AM

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MARYJEANSL 7/11/2013 8:51PM

  I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. Honor his memory by celebrating his life. And, enjoy your time with family.

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TINY67 7/11/2013 7:51PM

    Careful riding.

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TRAILWALKERJO54 7/11/2013 7:23PM

    first I am so sorry about your cousin .. emoticon

nasty bike!!

but so love your idea with the library books -- it is ingenious
thanks for sparking someone reading these books next....

safe travel

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PICKIE98 7/11/2013 7:04PM

    Well Shel, it seems like we only get together with distant relatives at weddings or funerals. THe nuclear family is alive and all over!!

So sorry about your cousin Mike... Go celebrate his life with the rest of the tribe. I would LOVE to see another walking vlog! Even a tour of something your dad thinks is interesting near his home.. a local cafe, hardware store, buddy's house?

I used to leave notes in library books when I first married and had time to go every week. IT is fun and hopefully we help somebody make their day better! Keep it up!!
Praying you have a safe and fruitful trip sweetie!!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/11/2013 6:28PM

  I am very sorry to hear about your cousin's death. It really hits home when It is someone we have grown up with and is close to our age. I am sure that it will be a comfort to have your family around you at this difficult time.

I emoticon the Post-It Note idea. I plan to use it myself. I do a lot of reading and then donate the books to Good Will or to our local library. Now they wil contain notes. emoticon

For your safety, it might be a good idea to get your bike fixed by a professional........

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/11/2013 5:35PM

    One can always get a smile from your blogs. emoticon

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SJKENT1 7/11/2013 4:52PM

    Hugs! So sorry to hear about your cousin's death. So sad. Good that you'll be with your family together.

I love your post it note. I am going to start doing that. I love encouraging people!

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DANAPRIME 7/11/2013 4:26PM

    Sorry for your loss!

I LOVE your summer book project. You are making the world a sunnier place! Especially here at my house. I love your blogs!!!!


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LINDAK25 7/11/2013 4:26PM

    Sorry for your loss.

Arrgh to the exploding bike! Love your little post its!

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CHACHAOREO 7/11/2013 3:45PM

    Sorry about your sad news. Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with your family and friends. emoticon God Bless!!!

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HEARTS116 7/11/2013 3:15PM

Take care!

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