Friday, April 9, 2010


Last Saturday we headed off to the garage sales..and sweet husband had a case of protruding lower lip from the Saturday before when he found NOthing! Not one single CD, not a book, nothing!

This Saturday though...with the day and breakfast at our favorite place behind us, we were headed home..and decided to stop for one last look...late in the morning...noon actually! And suddenly...there it was! HIS HEARTS DESIRE! The most perfect bike he had ever in his life seen....ever!
He was calm! Yes and he was cool...but he had begun to perspire! His eyes gave him away...they simply SPARKLED!
The price? NOT cheap but less than half the price if bought in a store...
He asked to take it for a short spin and left me as collateral. He hopped on and was gone like the Blue Streak...I mean Green Streak! I could see he was in love! Yes...this was a true case of "love at first sight."
He didn't have enough money, and of course checks were not acceptable, so off he went once again to get again leaving ME as collateral! I didn't mind. I was delighted for that man!
Is there anything greater than to see a really HAPPY to the core full grown man?

Here he is getting all decked out with his music...(gotta have music on a lovely Spring day!)

Yep...he ran out and bought a new helmet...gotta obey the law!

Ready for TAKE OFF! When I took this picture he had just said "Wow..but that sun is bright!"
Now every morning after breakfast...I get some "me time" while he puts the miles behind him.
And....he is 76 years old! :) Now that DOES make me smile!
Love and hugs,


  1. Mona, love the great find and love to see a man happy! What a deal, love the John Deere bike! That is just awesome!

  2. Oh honey it makes me smile too. I want to have that kinda spunk at that age! He look great!!! I can see why he makes ya smile.

    God bless and have a wonderful weekend!!!

  3. How fun girl friend for Howard WAY TO GO GUY!! Hope you have good luck tomorrrow with the sales...I'm off to Second Sunday swap meet haven't been in 6 months too old out for this ole gal ha ha!! Love ya sweet friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Wow...good for him. And there is nothing wrong with a little "me time" win..

  5. Now that is just the cutest thing! He found something he loves, is fun, good excercise, and he is 76!!!!!! i love it!!! God bless!

  6. I love this post! He may be 76, but he has the heart and soul of a sweet little boy. He looks as happy as he probably did when he got his first bicycle. It reminds me of Frank Sinatra's song "Young at Heart". Something we should all remember to be. Have a great weekend. You will have your "me time" and hubby will be cruising to some great tunes!

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley

  7. How cool is that! And the exercise is so good for him too.

  8. I LOVE you both!!! Nothin' like bein' married to a COUNTRY BOY!!

  9. Its really nice to see him so happy, makes me smile too. Isnt that a great thing, to be so happy? He dont look like 76. I wish you both the best. And now its your turn to find something which makes you happy. Johanna

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this... AND the bike is totally awesome!! Howard must be in total bicycle heaven on that thing. He is going to have so much fun putting the miles on that bike and toodling around the neighborhood...

    Hey, get him a basket for it and he can bring his next garage sale purchases home in it... :-))

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  11. He looks great..and be happy he can ride a bike..I know you are!

  12. That is so awesome!!! Yeah!!! Enjoy...

  13. Your sweet Howard found his dream machine! How lucky he is to be able to ride a bike at 76 years young, when so many are not able. I am surprised he didn't get a JD helmet!

  14. It is so wonderful to find something that will continue to bring pleasure every day, with the added benefit of good health. What a thrill.

    I would be thrilled about the alone time.

  15. I love your label on this one! And the bike is just great! We love to bike ride and wear our helmets...but music makes it hard to hear vehicles nearby. I'm so happy for him and think he looks very young on his new ride! You need to find one for you, girlfriend! It's fun! ♥

  16. What a wonderful story, with a super wonderful ending. I garage sale with my hubby, too. We love it, but love it more when we find treasures. I think yours hit the jackpot!
    Thanks for sharing such a happy tale.

  17. How cute! This was a very fun post and I so enjoyed it. Loved the whole story!!
    Patricia :o)

  18. That is a great bike. And hubby looks so cool on it. What a great find. Maybe you do need a hamster to keep you company each morning!

  19. Hi Dear Mona! Oh, what a fun post! How cute is that John Deere bike? And your little mister all decked out to ride! So glad he found himself a treasure!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. What a SWEET find!! Doesn't that just make your whole day when you find that one special item? Way to go!

  21. What a fantastic bike for Howard!! :-)

  22. What a wonderful find. I love yard sales. And isn't it great to see our loved ones happy.

  23. Hello Mona! What a wonderful post! Isn't that just the cutest thing to see a man that excited about something...I bet it brought big smiles to your face and probably a few others. You never know what you'll find at garage sales...and who'd have thought they made John Deere bikes of all things! Enjoy the time to yourself and congrats to your husband on finding his treasure! Take care. Maura

  24. Hello Mona ~I've truly missed my visits, but little by little I'm catching up.
    Although last month was difficult with our loses a new month has brought new hope.
    I poured myself a cup of tea and read a spell...
    Seeing your hubs on that green (Deer) bike reminded me of the Green Hornet. That may be the perfect name to christen his bike with. Will you be joining him any time soon?
    I told my hubs I wanted to get a bike, he shook his head and laughed.

    I'm so excited to see spring blooms popping up. I look forward to applying the inspirational palette of colors into a few DIY decorations and gifts, with a little baking/cooking in between.
    Don't you love the aroma that fills the air during this season?
    It's definitely invigorating.

    Sweet wishes,

  25. I can totally understand him!! What a bike!!But I have to admit I didn´t know that John Deere made bikes, tractors yes but not bikes :-)
    Good that he bought a new helmet too! My helmets has saved my scull from being cracked several times.
    Have a great day now!

  26. That is the coolest bike I've ever laid eyes on. And your hubby is soooo happy. That's the best. Makes me smile.

    Have a great weekend.

  27. What a great bike! I haven't been on a bike for 28 years! Good for him!!

  28. I'm so happy he found a prize. Just think how much healthier he'll be riding that bike all the time.

  29. Hi,
    Dropping in from Cottage Cozy...Love that bike. Never new they made them. It is so fun to find something like that...something that totally tickles you pink (well green in this case) (o:

  30. Mornin' sweet lady...

    Girl, I'm just tickled pink that your Howard found this GRAND John Deere bike!!! It's a real beauty and he's just adorable in his new bike helmet!!! Wow...I sure hope that I'm as healthy and fit at his age...BRAVO!!! Ohhh, who am I kidding...I'm not that healthy or fit at my present age of 53! Sheesh! This fibromyalgia stuff really beats me up! But...I'm just sooo happy for this great treasure find!!!

    My friend, I sure did enjoy your note that you left on my Vegas post!'re too cute...wished we lived closer...I'd be having you teach me some of those great dances! Hehe!!! Rock on...sweet lady!!! I also wanted to thank you for all of your sweet notes lately...and especially for your prayers for my grandsons Seth and Bud! I sure do appreciate that...thank you so much, Mona!!! That just means sooo much to me!!! They are monitoring Seth now...the Dr. outfitted him with a portable EKG monitor for the next 21 days. Since they were unable to reach the effected area of his little heart, I guess they will "regroup" and decide what will be best for him after they do this 21 days of monitoring. Please do continue to keep him in your prayers!!!

    Well Darlin', you and honey have a fabulous weekend! Thank you again!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design mentioned that my honey only looked about 25...he's just a babe at the age of 42! Hehe!!! I sure do love that man!!!

  31. Oh Mona, I love this post! He looks like he is having a blast! My hubby would swoon over that bike ;) hehehe!


  32. Mona, I've been so busy and so slow getting by, but I am thrilled to see DH on his new bike. What a wonderful find. I love it and that he is having so much fun. Such a blessing and was just meant for him. Hugs, Marty

  33. That is a great picture! Fun for both of you!

  34. This is priceless. What a fun and wonderful way to be active. Every man wants a John Deere! I just never knew they made a bicycle. Happy pedaling...

  35. Hi Mona! So happy to see your sweetie pie get a new toy. That's good that he will get some exercise too....Christine

  36. Good for him! Good for you! It's all good. Oh....and I just love me some John Deere Green!

  37. Hi Mona,
    Catching up with you...your post on Howard and
    his bike is so sweet....hope he enjoys his bike has to be a collectable but I think
    the real enjoyment is the smile on his face !
    Love you,


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