Sunday, September 30, 2018

Do It Yourself Bike Repair - Flat Tire

I’ve been using YouTube to repair my back tire flat on my Bianchi bike.  I find I feel like I really own the bike now that I’ve been able to take the back tire off, remove the tire and the tube all in under 2 hours.

Some tips - don’t start the quick release of the tires until you’ve disengaged the brakes.  Always shift to the highest gear first (smallest gear) so you can figure out getting the gears back on the derailed.

Disengaging brakes - biggest thing is that the you can get enough loose cable when you squeeze the the 2 sides together to allow you to get the little clipping device free of the cable - its all about getting the fattest part clear of the clip then the cable comes free easily.  I don’t have all the parts names memorized but you’ll be able to figure it all out from the YouTube videos I’ll Link below that helped me get the job done:

How to Unlock Bike Brakes
How to Remove Back Bike Tire
How to Replace Bike Tire and Tube

I highly recommend Park Tools for carrying with you on the bike and to have available whenever you need to do bike repair.  My many thanks to all that publish videos for bike repair - you make bike ownership fun and rewarding.

My tires are 700 x 38C and seem to run best for me at 70 PSI so far.  It’s all about the load you have on the tire and what the max pressure is on the tire.  It’s best to give yourself at least a 10 PSI room in the tire for load - more if the load increases - be sure not run below 60 PSI or you’ll loose efficiency and risk more punctures.

I’ll get some pictures to add the post next time I’m on the bike to add to the post and when I next replace my regular weather tires with all weather tires.

No matter your age or physical condition you can work on bikes, especially the new models that have quick release wheels and aluminum bodies.  The rest is all about how to use YouTube and Amazon to get great instruction and excellent product lines.

Happy Trails everyone and keep on believing in the possibilities.

Melissa Blanchard

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Family Connections

Hi All,

Today is the date my Mom was born.  She would have been 76 years old if she had lived past March 30, 1996.  But she died at 53 years old (a month and few days short of her birthday).

It’s a day for reflection.  My Dad died January 6, 2018 and will be buried on May 22, 2018 at Noon in Des Moines, IA in the family plot.  22 years after Mom died, its funny how numbers have a way of coming together.

Here’s the website of the cemetery:

Chapel Hill Garden at Merle Hay Road

I hope they have good weather for Dad’s coming home.  He’ll be with his Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George E Holt, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dean Blanchard, and his great-great Uncle Harvey - Mr. Harvey E Holt.  The plots are on a hill under some shade trees if all remains the same since I last visited for Grandpa Dean’s burial, July, 1979.  He had a massive coronary- the doctor said his heart exploded so no chance of reviving him.  He was 69 years old when he died.  He retired when he was 65 and filled in when needed at the Capitol Building Restaurant where he worked for most of his working life.  He was a cook but he had chefs bringing food to his widow after he died.  He was well respected in the industry.

Grandpa Dean taught us all how important it was to have a job and to work hard.  He wanted his grand kids to succeed.  He was very proud of me for graduating High School, he had to drop out to support his Mom when he was in 9th grade.  He wanted me to go to college so I went to UW Stout.  He paid for my class ring, my letter jacket and wanted to go to the graduation but wasn’t able to - he died the summer before I graduated.  Grandma Effie went to my High School graduation and her cousins Arlo and Cecil McGonigle.

I completed the degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Writing in 1984 and Dad and Grandma came to the ceremony with my friend Susan - a year behind me we met through my first friend at college.

It took a few years out of college working at temporary jobs since when I found my first job with a pathway to professional standing in July, 1987.  It was an evening law clerk job - mostly data entry but it was full time with benefits.  Within the first week of my job, July 23, 1987 my friend Susan’s brother died in the 100 years flood in Minneapolis MN.  He drowned in 9 mile creek which usually ran at with a trickle of water turned which turned into a into a torrent that night with all the rain.

I stayed with the legal publishing job moving up through the ranks from evening to days to finally a professional job back then called Database Coordinator.  I learned the skills to manage data and deadlines and saw NAFTA come into being and allowed my job to be outsourced to China.

I found a job working with data again at a health care system.  My knowledge of data warehousing was helpful in developing a instrument reprocessing tracking system.  I started that job in February, 2001 and soon moved up to a professional postition with opportunities to learn how large software works within a module system that allowed for detailed customizations.  I’m still learning this huge data management system that allows smaller applications to integrate seamlessly to the end user.

So now I look back on 34 years in the workplace and I’m glad Grandpa taught me to work hard - he taught Dad that too.  Dad was always working at the transmitter in Ostrander and before that he worked as a police dispatcher in Cedar Falls, IA - where I spent the first 6 years of my life.  The rest has been spent in Minnesota with a 4 year stay in Wisconsin to complete my University degree.

So life goes full circle now with my brothers and I all that is left to carry on the Blanchard name for our generation.  I know we all do our best to be productive and a credit to our family.
This scripture brings me comfort and I pray Dad was delivered to God by an Eagle to heaven.

Isaiah 40
“31But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.+”

Excerpt From
NLT Study Bible
Tyndale House Publishers
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Interesting Books to Check Out

Hi All,
I enjoy reading so I’m sharing one of my favorite author’s blog. Check out the link below and find some stories worth reading and some beautiful photography as a bonus.
Lindsay’s Book Chat

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Olde Homestead Black Friday Sales - Boonsboro MD - Check Out Great Values

Olde Homestead Black Friday SALES (Nov. 24) & Small Business Saturday SALE (Nov. 25)!!!

Black Friday, Nov. 24, Olde Homestead will have various SALES throughout the store. 25% OFF Select Items. Check our Facebook page for more info as the day gets closer.

To show our appreciation to our customers and say Thank You...on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, Olde Homestead will be giving 10% OFF your ENTIRE purchase (excludes previously discounted items).

Don't forget you can even create your own "Wish List" while you are here to make it easier for those shopping for you!

Also, our gift cards make a great gift! They can be redeemed at Olde Homestead and/or Cronise Market Place.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Roping, and Swags have started to arrive at Cronise Market Place!!

Hope to see you soon!

Olde Homestead
310 South Main Street

Cronise Market Place
312 South Main Street

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-7; Sat. 9-6; Sun. 12-6

Like us on Facebook and check for contests and upcoming sales and events:
Olde Homestead Christmas Open Houses Nov. 10, 11, 12 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & Nov. 17, 18, 19 (Fri., Sat., Sun.)!

SALES & Door Prizes!

FREE Gift with Every Purchase!

10% OFF Rugs, Linens, Pictures, & Furniture!

Rooms will be filled with Snowmen, Santas, and other Christmas/Winter Decor!!!

It's time to start Christmas shopping. Why not take advantage of our FREE 30-day Layaway Program.

You can even create your own "Wish List" while you are here to make it easier for those shopping for you!

Hope to see you soon!

Olde Homestead
310 South Main Street

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-7; Sat. 9-6; Sun. 12-6

Like us on Facebook and check for contests and upcoming sales and events:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Happy Veteran’s Day Weekend, 2017

Hi All,
It’s been a light snow Veteran’s Day Weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The pond outside my apartment has partically frozen over with a light snow cover since early Saturday morning.

There are still a few ducks here, with some squirrels and bunnies too.

I enjoyed a sunset walk to my neighborhood cemetery especially notable on Veteran’s Day an opportunity to reflect on all those that have served and those currently serving.  I’m thankful to all for their service.
Here’s some highlights from my walk:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Happy Sunday

Hi All,
I’m finding ways to connect outside Facebook and utilizing my blogs more at the same time.

Its been a beautiful Fall in 2017.  Here are a few pictures of my September and October in Minneapolis Minnesota:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grandpa Roger's 75th Birthday Party - Thanks Pat

Hi All,
I'm reflecting on the beautiful gift my step mom Pat, gave my Dad for his 75th Birthday.  I hope as she copes with difficult decision to get Grandpa Roger (my Dad) the help he needs she remembers all the good times they had together and the thoughtful gesture of bringing those that love Roger Blanchard together to celebrate all the years we've had with him.  
Pat always remember you have my support.  We will all have more time to visit Dad, Grandpa, friend Roger because you have taken such good care of him at home and now transitioning to the next phase of care needed for the robbing disease of dementia.  
I'm also thankful to my niece and Pat's niece for helping Pat during the past 2 weeks.  You're both awesome.  
Peace to you and yours.  Remember to stay in the moment and only savor the good memories.  
Sincerely with love, 
Melissa Blanchard.