When Life Hands You a Guardrail…

You get a new motorcycle, right? No? You mean life hasn’t handed you a guardrail lately? Or ever? Yeah, me either, at least not literally. I guess that’s a good thing!

motorcycleBut a few weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened to my husband. He was riding his motorcycle to Washington D.C., a trip he makes every year around this time. He still isn’t sure, but figures he must’ve hit an oil slick or something, because he went around a curve just outside of southeast Ohio, and the bike’s back wheel slid out from under him. He jumped off just in time to avoid being pinned against the guardrail.

It was just one of those freaky things that could happen to anyone. My husband is a very skilled and experienced rider–he even did if for a job for a while (funeral escort), in all kinds of weather and conditions, so he knows what he’s doing. His ankle was twisted up quite a bit and he suspected he had some cracked ribs, but he and his friend managed to extricate the bike from the guardrail, tie up the broken trim and lights, and…

He rode the rest of the way to Washington. And three days later, rode back home, over 700 miles. When he (finally) went to the doctor, they x-rayed him and said he had three broken ribs.

Despite the bike being perfectly rideable, the insurance company totaled it, so that day, he ordered a new one. A 2014 Ultra Limited–exactly what he wanted–had just come off the truck at his dealership. He picked it up last week.

Most people thought he was nuts. (Okay, this is not unusual.) Mostly, for riding all the way to DC and back with broken ribs. A few were surprised he bought a new motorcycle again so fast. But no one who knows him well is.

The bike is Harley’s top of the line model, and is of course very nice–cushy, smooth ride, and has everything you could want on it. We’ve been enjoying it a lot already!

Our daughter got a job. This might not sound like a big deal, but…she’s 18. And has no work experience except for a couple of months working in the dining hall on campus this past school year. So, the job market being what it is for that age group, she’s put in at least three dozen applications since February for a summer job. Not one nibble. Not even from the restaurant in our neighborhood, the owner of which is friends with my husband. He liked that she had experience as a cashier (one of her dining hall duties), but didn’t have any openings.

Until last week. He called her on Sunday and asked her to start the next day.

We got another new storm door–this time for the front door. And–wait for it–yes, my husband installed it! After messing with the back door all weekend (it seemed), he decided the front storm door needed replacing too, and did just that. This time, he measured correctly, and it only took about three hours. It looks really nice, too!

crab boilOn Saturday, my husband and some friends threw a spontaneous crab-boil. We’d never done this before, but it turned out to be quite easy (especially for me, since he did it all 😀 ) and lots of fun! DH looked it up and found this recipe, bought the shrimp, potatoes, and sausage, and friends contributed crab legs, corn, and beer. It was delicious! Our daughter, who loves to cook and bake, made this amazing red wine velvet cake. Yes, you can taste the wine–there’s 2-1/2 cups of wine in it! (She has the cookbook linked from the blog, which is for a three-layer cake). The wine enhances the chocolate! The Mascarpone icing was awesome, too– the perfect topper to a perfect meal and a great time with friends. Best of all, there was very little cleanup.

What I read this week: Still working on the fantasy novel (it’s a long one), and still laughing at last week’s comment by Coleen Patrick linking “fantasy novel” with a nonfiction book for women and “the men who want to know what’s going on with (women).” LOL!

ROW80Logo175As for my ROW80 update, well, I missed Sunday, so that’s why I’m posting today. I did meet my writing goal, but spent the day at my brother’s with family to celebrate Father’s Day and my mom’s birthday, which is tomorrow (Wednesday)! Happy birthday, Mom!

Oh, for this coming week, going to shoot for 2,000 words, plus homework for the online  writing workshop I’m currently taking.

And for this week’s puppy picture, Isis in her latest napping spot:

Napping in shower

That’s a 36″ shower stall, so that gives you an idea of how big she’s getting. She went to the vet for a checkup this week, and already weighs over 30 pounds!

So, can you believe my husband took on installing another storm door? Ever had a crab boil, or red wine velvet cake? What do you do when life hands you a guardrail? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Wow! I’ve always admired the heroes in the mysteries written by the late Dick Francis because no matter how battered they were, they’d take a couple of aspirin, two fingers of whiskey, and off they’d go to fight the bad guy. Your husband’s made from the same mold. What good things followed that scary accident! Congrats on the new Harley, the doors, your daughter’s job, the crab boil, and that luscious-sounding cake. Isis IS getting big.

  2. Busy week. Glad the hubby is okay and enjoying his new bike.

    My husband most likely cracked some ribs playing softball years ago (he dove for a line drive and my daughter and I thought he was nuts). He never did go to the doctor. He asked, “What are they gonna do? Put a cast on it? I don’t think so.” I think men are just weird that way! 🙂

  3. There’s really not a lot they can do for cracked ribs, is there? I mean, you take some over-the-counter pain meds (my favorite is naproxen sodium) and just take it easy. Probably by the time he got home he was on the mend. I hope he likes the new bike and that he’s feeling all right.

    Red wine velvet cake sounds interesting. Do you just replace the red food color with burgundy?

  4. I cannot believe your hubby continued the ride with 3 broken ribs!! Holy cow! That must have been painful. And then he followed it up with home improvement projects? Crazy dude.

    A crab boil sounds like fun. Never been to one, but it sound fantastic.

    Love the puppy picture. Keep ’em coming.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. LOL Pat – my husband is certainly larger than life! And thanks!

    Stacy, that’s about what my husband said too. But he went because our daughter and I wanted him to. LOL!

    John, you’re right, although my husband has a hard time just taking it easy. He loves the new bike and is now much better, thanks! The cake actually didn’t look red; it looks chocolate, but yes, has red wine in it.

    Patricia, yup, my DH is crazy! Pretty much everyone is in agreement there. 🙂

  6. Well, you had a very productive week Jennette! There’s a lot going on at the Powell residence. Soo glad your hubby is okay. I know how things can happen within a blink of an eye. Love the Harley! Nice ride! Storm door #2 went without a hitch. Daughter got a job. Met your writing goal. Dog’s in the shower. Err…Dog in the shower? Too funny! Must be a cool spot. Anyway, I would have to say, all in all, you had a good week. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. I was squirming over those cracked ribs–until you got to the mascarpone icing. YUM. 🙂
    Love the puppy pics! And glad you’re still getting a laugh–I’ve thought about that a few times this week. :):):)