Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bicycles and Bananas and Books, Oh, My!

I think today's blog will be a combination of assorted things I've found to be sweet this afternoon, starting with this hilarious video, IT Guys Have Always Been Helpful. If you've ever tried to help someone use a computer and he or she just wasn't "getting it," you'll sympathize.

Last week I attempted to go for a long bicycle ride and discovered my back tire was flat. When I took it off, I was rather shocked at the condition of various parts of my almost thirty-year-old Bridgestone bike. Sure, I've ridden it several thousand miles since buying it new back in the 1980s and have usually tried to keep it tuned up and ready to go. However, considering it still had the original chain and gears, perhaps it really was time for a bit of work. I picked it up from the bike shop a few minutes ago and it looks and sounds almost like new. Since the weather today is absolutely beautiful--not to hot, not too cold, not muggy, not raining, I'm waiting for the SWEET whole wheat banana bread to be finished and will take that long ride, just a week later.

This morning I listed some more books on and then added reviews to all of the books Ive listed so far. It's so much more helpful to read what a book is about and what others think about it. And, that extra effort helped as I've received two requests already today. The way this works is this: I list a book; someone requests that book; I pay $2.38 Media rate to mail that book; when the requester receives it, I get another point; then I can use points to request books myself, most books requiring only one point. What a deal! I've already got two books on the way from points received by signing up the other day.

Tonight will be a monthly church board (bored?) meeting. Thank goodness they decided to meet from 7:00 until 8:30 only. I've sat in too many long, long, long meetings, wishing I could be somewhere else.

The banana bread is done and the bike is waiting patiently outside, ready to "take me away!"



Old Newsie said...

Lady B has her girlhood bike out back here and one day I will fix it if I can find a front tire and a can of WD40. I might want some banana bread to give me enogh fixing srength

spiritualastronomer said...

I've made banana bread for years. Today I didn't have any white flour, just whole wheat, and found a wonderful recipe using only the
WW flour, oil, and honey, instead of butter/margarine and sugar. It is delicious - and very moist. Here you go:

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
(165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, beat oil and honey together. Add eggs, and mix well. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then add to batter. Blend in chopped nuts. Spread batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 1/2 hour before slicing.
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