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Gramma Peppermint
03-10-2015, 01:21 PM
A great big HELLO to all the ladies out there!!!
Won't you please check in this thread with a post? ...Big or small... Posting or not?
The few of us I know (remember I'm 64...) I see posting once in a while. But, where the heck are the rest of us?
If you are cruising this site as a guest, perhaps now is the time for you to sign-up and become a member... Guess what? No on pressures you for money here... UNBELIEVABLE !!!
...Just giving a care... and like to update the ladies' post, before Frank ousts it because of no activity................... HHHmmmmmmmm................
(Gramma) Peppermint Patti
GS1100E, '81

Allie
03-10-2015, 02:00 PM
You do have me checked off as 'active' I hope? I agree, I wish we had more company, and I'm glad to see YOU back. Motorcycling is not just for guys!

Gramma Peppermint
03-10-2015, 04:07 PM
Girls even make better dragracers!!! (That ought to get the guys rollin'... :welcoming: )

Mrs Sooke
03-14-2015, 11:00 PM
I haven`t been on for quite sometime. I am on my computer lots, mostly to play my games. Must admit though that I haven`t been playing my games much either lately, due to stress from a family illness.

Allie
03-14-2015, 11:53 PM
I'm glad to see you Mrs. Sooke. I hope things get better for your family soon.

Mrs Sooke
03-17-2015, 10:59 AM
I am very sad to say that things with my family situation are not going to get better any time soon. My Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer several weeks ago and is not doing well at all. They also found it in his right shoulder. This was all discovered when he went to the doctor with a terrible cough, he was also coughing up blood as well. They sent him last week for five radiation treatments which has made him really sick, now he can`t eat solid food. The prognoses is not that great, least amount of time is three months. The worst part about this whole situation is that I haven`t seen him since he got sick. Every time I phone my Mom to let her know I want to go over which is basically every day she has said no. At this rate I don`t think that I will see him again. All of this has me very upset, don`t know why my Mom is doing this. When all is said and done there is nothing I can do about what she is doing, so I just have to suffer through it.

SVSooke
03-17-2015, 11:06 AM
The situation is tough on both of us.

Allie
03-17-2015, 11:44 AM
I am very sad to say that things with my family situation are not going to get better any time soon. My Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer several weeks ago and is not doing well at all. They also found it in his right shoulder. This was all discovered when he went to the doctor with a terrible cough, he was also coughing up blood as well. They sent him last week for five radiation treatments which has made him really sick, now he can`t eat solid food. The prognoses is not that great, least amount of time is three months. The worst part about this whole situation is that I haven`t seen him since he got sick. Every time I phone my Mom to let her know I want to go over which is basically every day she has said no. At this rate I don`t think that I will see him again. All of this has me very upset, don`t know why my Mom is doing this. When all is said and done there is nothing I can do about what she is doing, so I just have to suffer through it.



A harrowing situation, I'm sorry to hear of it. Don't even get me started on mothers and their inscrutable behavior. My prayers go with you.

Gramma Peppermint
03-17-2015, 09:09 PM
Best wishes and prayers sent. Maybe mom just doesn't want you to see the condition he is in or something..... Everything is in God's hands... Please try not to be upset. It will only make you sick.
Do you know what disease is? DIS - EASE !!! SO TAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF... Please. You are much needed in your own family now. You, actually are the center of your family. Everything revolves around what you do.
So try and be thankful for what you have. If it were me, though, I'd probably do a pop-in visit... I am always getting in trouble though, so don't take any of my advise. However, You ARE loved here, and so is dad.
We will be praying for him, and your family. Lift your chin and soldier on Sweet One.....

Tam
03-18-2015, 11:29 AM
Just checking in as asked! :-)

Gramma Peppermint
03-18-2015, 11:37 AM
Good to hear from you TAM!!! We are hoping your spirits are better... even a little better, would make this Gramma jump up and down!!!
Sorry I don't visit all the threads onsite. Please know that you are very loved here and we are still rooting for you....
What have you been doing to deep yourself occupied?

growler
03-18-2015, 11:39 AM
Checking in from Milwaukee. Hi!

Gramma Peppermint
03-18-2015, 11:52 AM
Well Hello there Growler... (that name fits me also...LOL) Sorry I missed your introduction, (did I?) but all the ladies are very glad you are here, and as for me... especially, I am so very glad you checked in!!
I probably wouldn't have even known you were on site with us. I will be much more attentive now that I know. Is everything all right in your world? All of us (men included) can be quite supportive here.
Thank you soooooo much for letting us know you are here. I may have run across you before, just have forgotten your name. Don't get old... I even take ginko (sp) biloba for my brain. Perhaps I should up my dosage... :cool:

Mrs Sooke
03-18-2015, 09:40 PM
Thanks for the well wishes. I have been thinking that my Mom may not want me to see him the way he is, however I need to make the most of the time he has left. That is the most important thing to me now. She did phone me today and said to go to their house tomorrow to visit him, I am definitely going. Friday the Red Cross is delivering all the equipment they need to borrow for her to look after my Dad at home, hospital bed ca mode, etc. My Dad goes to see the chemo specialist on March 24th. I am truly hoping that they are going to give him the chemo to try and kill the tumors he has. I have to admit that I am not ready to say good bye to my Dad yet. That may sound selfish on my part but I don't care. Please pray for him.

kenyangi5
03-22-2015, 05:03 PM
Hello, checking in as requested. Just joined last fall when I bought my first bike a 82 GS550L.

Mrs Sooke, I am sorry to hear about your dad. My I recently lost an aunt from breast cancer and have another fighting cancer for the 3rd time. Your father will be in my prayers.

Gramma Peppermint
03-23-2015, 12:43 AM
Hi kenyangi5 !!!
So glad you checked in! We ladies are quite rare around here, so thanks for answering the call! You are very welcome here, as you probably already figured out my your association with the GSR Family.
I for one am so glad you let us, girls, know you are here. I also am praying for Mrs Sookie. Sorry I didn't get to welcome you earlier, but..................Here's a great big WELCOME from Gramma Patti!
Best wishes, and you have an excellent motorcycle there... Size is just perfect for traffic!

Chrkut
04-04-2015, 10:06 PM
Checking in, got a new job last summer which stole all of my time away, so my account was deleted for inactivity.

Allie
04-05-2015, 12:25 AM
Checking in, got a new job last summer which stole all of my time away, so my account was deleted for inactivity.

Congrats on the job, hope it's going well! I hope you also have time to ride too... jobs have a way of eating into that.

Chrkut
04-05-2015, 02:49 AM
It is well. There are a nice group of lady riders there that have invited me to go riding with them.

Gramma Peppermint
04-05-2015, 10:43 AM
Hi Chrkut! I seem to remember your name from the past... Glad that you are back!!! I think you're well on your way to riding again, even if you only get to ride once in a while. Coming back to the GSR is just your first step in getting back on her... Somehow, riding seems to sort everything out. I LOVE the 450L !!! I rode a 250L for a while. I've always had my 1100E. But, when I was parts dept mgr. at Suzuki City (Chgo) I was given my choice of a shop bike. I chose the 250L. I loved it, but, wished it had just a little more power. Now I wish I would have chosen the 450L... The 250 was maxed out on the expressways.

So, here's a big WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gramma

Chrkut
04-05-2015, 11:13 AM
Got to take it out today... Getting it in good shape to be able to ride to work. Hours were cut from 12 hour shifts to 10, so I'm not too worried about being too tired to ride.

Thanks for the welcome back.

Edit: Now that I'm on my computer, and since everyone loves pictures...
https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10458236_10152945788274735_2549604212735605808_n.j pg?oh=5b8f54615acbcc6c72275ae601e10761&oe=55BDD147

Gramma Peppermint
04-05-2015, 11:58 PM
You are really a cutie! And the bike looks just perfect for you! The bike looks like it's in very good shape... Like it's owner. (NO I am not gay... Just honest!)
Have a blast while you can girl !!! ................Cool house and yard also!!! (Like the helmet, too!)

Allie
04-06-2015, 12:35 AM
Yes we do love pics and that's a nice one - bike is in nice shape, too! LoL nobody thinks you're gay Patti - or gives a wet slap in the first place. Just keep being you...

It's supposed to be nice tomorrow and then rain the rest of the week. I'll be out there with my son having a blast since it's his spring break. I'll think of you ladies and hope you're riding.

Allie
04-06-2015, 05:02 PM
I was just thinking how there are literally no pictures of me with my bike in existence. On our ride today I decided to pull over at a scenic spot and see if I could get my son to take one. As we were getting off the bike he asked me to take a picture of him - I swear that kid is psyching (and has the ability to either teleport himself short distances or do some weird kind of time phase step thingy).

Anyway, my co-pilot:

http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy355/Aje1221/Ride%20pics/SSPX0132_zpsmmdedcer.jpg


And me with the wind blasting my face (the other way would have blasted my hair INTO my face)

http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/yy355/Aje1221/Ride%20pics/SSPX0134_zps5fcwn9bd.jpg

It was a fantastic ride today. It was going to be a long one (spring break this week) but he was complaining of a scratchy throat this morning so we kept it fairly local.

Gramma Pmint I think you need to post of a pic, preferably a current one. Pics are optional for the rest of us but as the 'den mother' calling us in I think you're beholden to post up!

Chrkut
04-18-2015, 03:27 AM
Thanks Allie and Pmint, I used to be... heavier... but the job took care of that!

The bike looks better in pictures than in person, but don't go telling it that. Allie, you and yours looks great as well!

I second the motion of more pictures.

Gramma Peppermint
04-18-2015, 10:41 AM
Thanks Chrkut! And you do look fabulous!
Allie, I'm kinda short on pics of me (you know wrinkles and all...) but, I did ask Schweiss to post one of me that he took on his short visit here, just a couple months ago.
I promise I will try and get a better one taken...
Looks like I'll be weed-whacking again today... No rain in a long while, but, the weeds keep a-growing!

Mrs Sookie, How is you dad?

Mrs Sooke
04-18-2015, 10:30 PM
Update on my Dad. He has had all of his radiation treatments, and is now doing chemotherapy. The radiation treatments made him really sick. So far he is handling the chemo okay. He goes on the 22nd for a cat scan of his head, they want to see if the cancer has spread to his brain. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it has not. He only has use of one arm, he can`t use his right arm. The tumor in his right shoulder was so large it broke his scapula bone. He now has to use a walker when he walks. He has to have help to get up out of bed, go to the bathroom, have a shower etc. He has lost quite a bit of weight, his appetite isn`t as good as it was. He has to eat 60 carbohydrates at each meal to keep his diabetes under control. The doctor has him eating more protein foods as well to keep his weight loss from getting any worse. As much as I hate to admit it, I am sure that it is only a matter of time. I keep hoping that the cancer will just go away but I know it won`t. Since the radiation he has quit coughing up blood, which is a good thing. On a lighter note there are times that my Mom and I would just like to give him a swift kick in the ass. He sure does make a bad patient, he has never been this sick in his whole life. When I was growing up I would always tell him to quit smoking but of course he would never listen. My Grandfather who I loved more then any one else died from lung cancer. I was with him from the beginning to the very end, now it looks like I am going to be doing it again. Grandpa passed away in 1981 and I will never get over it. I will try to remember to post more updates then I have been.

Gramma Peppermint
04-19-2015, 12:40 AM
Oh Honey, I am so sorry. Thankfully I've never had to face what you are now doing. Please know that you have the strength within to see this through. All these horrible things are tests, that just make you stronger.
Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, and may God be with you. BTW: Men make horrible patients... Maybe because they have no patience!!! They are truly babies when they are sick.
Please know: You will be Blessed for all that you do...
I lost my dad when he was 56... My brother was 49... Heart attacks. I cannot imagine what you are enduring. Please also remember you will be in the center of this forum's heart.


Also, on another note, I've asked "The Schweiss Man" to post a pic of me, on this thread, that he took when he was here just a short while ago. It helps if you can enlarge it...

Allie
04-20-2015, 04:40 PM
I think Schweiss misunderstood where you asked him to post so here goes:

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z180/schweisshund01/Gramma%20Peppermint_zps33ihqpzq.jpg

Gramma you've been to Hell and back at least twice and you look mmmmmmarvellous! Keep going girl!

Mrs. Sook prayers for the best in this harrowing time.

Gramma Peppermint
04-20-2015, 09:26 PM
Thank you Allie. You are a very nice woman who has a great mind. (You look good yourself l!!) Your comments are soooooo fantastic at times. You are a good woman... it is so obvious...
Who knows, maybe some day we will meet. I would like that a lot. so...keep on: keeping on.... You are one GOOD cookie !!! ........Later Muffin Queen... And thanks for the nice, kind words.
*************U R Loved !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allie
04-21-2015, 10:31 PM
Well Patti you're making me blush! Thank you, it's good to be loved. I think you know we love you too!

Schweisshund
04-22-2015, 04:18 AM
Thank you Allie - yes, I did misunderstand - I didn't know about this thread. Anyways, here are some more pictures I took during my visit:

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z180/schweisshund01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsaxrlqmlo.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/schweisshund01/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsaxrlqmlo.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z180/schweisshund01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsoeplkqr7.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/schweisshund01/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsoeplkqr7.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z180/schweisshund01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps6kviyiyi.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/schweisshund01/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps6kviyiyi.jpg.html)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z180/schweisshund01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshmjvagq9.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/schweisshund01/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshmjvagq9.jpg.html)

Schweisshund
04-22-2015, 04:19 AM
and one more:

(oops let me edit the tag out)

http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z180/schweisshund01/free%20color%20edit_zpshggugcek.jpg (http://s192.photobucket.com/user/schweisshund01/media/free%20color%20edit_zpshggugcek.jpg.html)

Gramma Peppermint
04-23-2015, 12:08 AM
Thank you Schweissy... Not many people will ever see those.....
How is your wife, son and soon to be born son? Please send them my love and hugs.
...And thanks for the license plate edit...

growler
04-23-2015, 10:21 AM
Those photos are great!

Gramma Peppermint
04-23-2015, 10:57 AM
Schweissy is a good photographer. Like I said... I may be a 'has been'... but, at least 'I was'...
Man-oh-man I've had a GOOD life, in many, many ways. For all the bad I had... I've had just as much good; if not more... Many thanks to our Great Spirit.

Allie
04-23-2015, 11:25 AM
Schweissy is a good photographer. Like I said... I may be a 'has been'... but, at least 'I was'...
Man-oh-man I've had a GOOD life, in many, many ways. For all the bad I had... I've had just as much good; if not more... Many thanks to our Great Spirit.

'Has been'... what a bull$hit term. Nothing lasts forever, you enjoy what you have while you have it. You're still the same great person you've always been! I hate when people go around calling someone a has-been. Great pics too!

Rob S.
04-23-2015, 11:42 AM
So below, both pictures are of you, Gramma Pep?

Looking good. Please wear boots when riding. :biggrin:

Gramma Peppermint
04-23-2015, 11:55 AM
I do wear boots while riding, although they are hiking boots. Thanks. Yes, that is me in all the photos...

Rob S.
04-23-2015, 12:53 PM
Me too with the boots!

Timberlands for formal, old ratty work boots for casual.

Once again, looking good. :love-struck:

78550GS
04-23-2015, 01:37 PM
I like the Joplin-esque sunglasses.

Allie
04-23-2015, 03:10 PM
Did they even HAVE sunglasses when Scott Joplin was around?

Allie
04-23-2015, 03:15 PM
Because I'm a geek.

http://www.glasseshistory.com/glasses-history/history-of-sunglasses/

Interesting!

Phred
04-23-2015, 04:34 PM
You are spot on there Allie. She is definitely not a "has been" There is lots of spunk in her yet. I just spent the day moving an old client into a seniors home as she is in deteriorating health and not able to stay at home without constant care as she has sudden dizzy spells and falls. (Age 91) Looking around the home there are definitely some "has been's" in there. But even my friend Marg is not one of them despite her age.

mrbill5491
04-23-2015, 05:13 PM
I like the Joplin-esque sunglasses.

A Joplin song comes to mind, " Oh Lord won't you buy me a new Suzuki, all my friends ride Beemers and Harleys, I must make amends....LAMO

Allie
04-23-2015, 05:31 PM
You are spot on there Allie. She is definitely not a "has been" There is lots of spunk in her yet. I just spent the day moving an old client into a seniors home as she is in deteriorating health and not able to stay at home without constant care as she has sudden dizzy spells and falls. (Age 91) Looking around the home there are definitely some "has been's" in there. But even my friend Marg is not one of them despite her age.

You're only a has been when you give up living. This can happen at any age... I ain't gonna lay down and die while I'm still breathing.

mrbill5491
04-23-2015, 06:13 PM
You're only a has been when you give up living. This can happen at any age... I ain't gonna lay down and die while I'm still breathing.

My definition of has been, I has been there and done that and gots plenty more to do yet lol.

78550GS
04-24-2015, 05:58 AM
A Joplin song comes to mind, " Oh Lord won't you buy me a new Suzuki, all my friends ride Beemers and Harleys, I must make amends....LAMO

I will take one of those new gsx-s 750's.

Sorry for hijacking the thread Ladies. Carry on.

Schweisshund
05-02-2015, 04:50 AM
Thank you Schweissy... Not many people will ever see those.....
How is your wife, son and soon to be born son? Please send them my love and hugs.
...And thanks for the license plate edit...

it is TJs first night without his mommy. She is in the hospital recuperating and bonding with the new little one. He was born at 9:54 yesterday morning. I had been up about 32 hours at that point. Got home, and TJ wanted to play basketball. I didn't want to play basketball, I wanted to sleep. Lol. We are fine. I woke up and found he had climbed into bed with me.

Gramma Peppermint
05-02-2015, 02:10 PM
I can't help thinking of Mrs Sookie and her dad. I really hope she makes it through this challenge without completely loosing it. Prayers still coming her way.
..........Allie, I was thinking of retiring my riding at 65. I'll turn 65 in October. Maybe auction off the bike?
I have been paying for insurance and 'license tags' for a few years, and hardly riding much. Maybe a fixed ankle will make me feel differently.

Rob S.
05-02-2015, 02:53 PM
Keep riding!

Allie
05-02-2015, 04:20 PM
I can't help thinking of Mrs Sookie and her dad. I really hope she makes it through this challenge without completely loosing it. Prayers still coming her way.
..........Allie, I was thinking of retiring my riding at 65. I'll turn 65 in October. Maybe auction off the bike?
I have been paying for insurance and 'license tags' for a few years, and hardly riding much. Maybe a fixed ankle will make me feel differently.

Wow that's heavy. Do you notice many physical or cognitive issues when you ride? Of course some you might not notice, it's the nature of the beast. If your ankle is your main complaint I could see going to a lighter bike. I remember goggling over a Honda Cub 90 or something similar that was parked by the curb. Then this lady 'of a certain age' comes out and gets on it, I was all like, wooooah, cool! I always say when I get old enough I'll get a trike, or maybe a Spyder, or who knows what will be out by then. When I was a kid all the 'seniors' wend around on the 'adult' sized pedal trikes, you know, with the big basket in the back... If I have to I'll ride one of those!

I was thinking recently, there are things I've done that I'll probably never do again, and I don't miss them the way I thought I would - I'm just glad I did them, they'll always be a part of who I am. Riding is a little different, it's been in my blood since I was in diapers and I'll do it as long as I possibly can, but it's comforting to know that if and when the time comes to stop altogether the memories will be a part of me.

Still, looking at you, you don't look ready to slow down just yet!

Gramma Peppermint
05-02-2015, 06:52 PM
Must be this god-awful pain in the ankle... Must not be thinking straight.
I always thought I'd go to a trike, too. But, unless I come across a windfall lottery it might not happen. I would bet that I will feel better mentally when I get my ankle tuned up.
My mother had a three wheel bicycle with a basket in the back. She petalled it all around the neighborhood. She wanted to get a small engine on it when she got in her '80s, but, my friend (soul-mate) who was going to do it, died in a motorcycle accident. She passed a few years later.
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement, you two.

I hear Schweissy is a daddy again. Must look for a thread.

trtsmb
05-03-2015, 07:37 AM
Checking back in. I've been away for awhile and had to create a new account.

Tamara
GS450L

Phred
05-03-2015, 07:56 AM
Good to see you back Tamara! How are you doing?

Gramma Peppermint
05-03-2015, 12:01 PM
Tam, you Sweetheart... How the heck are you feeling? We've all been concerned for you and are so happy you decided to check-in.
What's been happening in your life? ...So good to hear from you... Thanks for you inspirations in that other thread. You are loved... and missed.

Mrs Sooke
05-03-2015, 09:17 PM
Thank you for the well wishes. My Dad is gradually getting worse. We found out this past week that he now has a growth in the right side of his chest. Also that the Chemo treatments aren't working. He goes to see the the Oncologist on Friday, so we will find out what his options are then. He doesn't feel well a lot of the time, and is very tired most of the time. He doesn't always eat well either, so my Mom manages to talk him into eating as much as he can most of the time. As you can imagine things aren't going well at all. As for me coping and getting through it with out losing it, well lets just say that that isn't working either. I have very little appetite myself and I don't sleep well either. I am just hoping that the Oncologist can suggest some hopefully things for him, Not keeping my fingers crossed for that though. Deep down I know that the inevitable is going to happen.

Rob S.
05-03-2015, 09:47 PM
Still, looking at you, you don't look ready to slow down just yet!

Ditto that! :xsmilie_mrgreen:

trtsmb
05-04-2015, 12:56 PM
I'm good :). Had a few ups and downs but overall, good. How've you been?

trtsmb
05-04-2015, 01:04 PM
I'm doing much better. I had a bad time with my asthma that sidelined me from a lot of things I enjoy but it's back under control and I'm back to doing the things I enjoy. I hope you've been well!

Allie
05-04-2015, 02:11 PM
Welcome back Tamara. My asthma hasn't bothered me in many years but I remember what it's like to wonder where your next breath is going to come from. Good luck with it. Nice bikes!

trtsmb
05-04-2015, 03:48 PM
Thanks Allie! The 450 is mine and the 1100 shafty belongs to my friend.

Gramma Peppermint
05-04-2015, 08:08 PM
Love the Paint :cool:...
We just keep on...keeping on.....
Through storms and dust....... to lights on the horizon...
So glad to have you all here again.

Mrs Sooke especially you, now, in your time of need... Know that these compassionate women would like to take some of your pain, if they could.... Yet it can't be done. You have control of your future...
Please don't give yourself a heart attack, stroke, or something bad. I'm sure you will never be without your Dad. You might be without his body... But, NEVER without him. This I know from personal experience.
...And your Dad wouldn't want you to cry too much. I'd bet he would like to see you strong. It's inside... and you can find it.... The rest of the family needs you healthy, too.

Mrs Sooke
05-06-2015, 09:42 PM
I know that when my Dad is gone I will remember the good times that we had together. Not crying is an impossibility in a situation like this. I have not cried in front of him and never would. My Dad being sick like this is a terrible thing, but not the same as when my Grandpa was sick. We had a very special relationship and were able to talk with one another about his illness and how much we loved each other. My Dad and I don't talk to each other about what is going on with him, unfortunately my Dad has never been a very open person. Some people are open about things and some are not. I love him and I do cry after visiting him, while driving home and at home. Better to cry then keep everything bottled up.

Allie
05-06-2015, 10:45 PM
You got that right Mrs. Sooke. If you ever need a virtual shoulder to cry on we're here.

trtsmb
05-07-2015, 07:12 AM
I am so sorry Mrs. Sooke.

dorkburger
05-07-2015, 09:31 AM
Mrs. Sooke, im sorry to hear of your situation. Having gone thru this 12 years ago with my father , I understand what you're going thru.
You will be in thought and prayer. Be well.

Mrs Sooke
06-06-2015, 11:00 PM
This is an update. My Dad Passed away at 2:30 Am last Friday morning. it has been a very sad time for me since he passed. I know that he isn't suffering any more, but that doesn't help me feel any better. I truly miss him, some days I cope really well and other days I can't cope at all. I am very thankful that I have my husband Greg, he is always here for me.

dorkburger
06-07-2015, 07:15 AM
Sorry for your and Greg's loss.

trtsmb
06-07-2015, 07:24 AM
I am sorry for your loss.

Allie
06-07-2015, 09:19 AM
Very sorry to hear of your loss Mrs. Sooke. Draw strength from your loved ones, mourn in your own time, and when you feel up to it go buy something purple.

SVSooke
06-07-2015, 09:28 AM
She hardly needs an excuse to buy something purple:rolleyes:It's been a hard time for sure but we'll get though it.

JEEPRUSTY
06-07-2015, 09:41 AM
OH dear I recall when my father died a friend at work who lost his mother as a child said it best when he told me losing a parent is inconceivably vicious and a horror.

I still miss my Grandfather who died in 1974 he would be 117 today an impossibility that does mot lessen the loss of him.

Rob S.
06-07-2015, 09:52 AM
This is an update. My Dad Passed away at 2:30 Am last Friday morning. it has been a very sad time for me since he passed. I know that he isn't suffering any more, but that doesn't help me feel any better. I truly miss him, some days I cope really well and other days I can't cope at all. I am very thankful that I have my husband Greg, he is always here for me.

I'm very sorry for your loss. You have my condolences.

Phred
06-07-2015, 08:31 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers.

Gramma Peppermint
06-08-2015, 12:37 AM
Mrs Sookie, I am very, very sorry for your loss. When my father died, I thought for a while my life was over too. It is a deeply spiritual experience when a girl (woman) looses her father. I think it's not explainable, unless you are a girl (woman)... I cried like a baby also. I hope your burden becomes bearable in time. So Glad Greg is there for you. May the Holy Spirit make communications with dad easy. U R LOVED :pray:

Mrs Sooke
06-21-2015, 01:56 PM
I want to thank every one for there condolences and kind words. Yes it has been a terrible experience for me. I have good days and bad days. The good days I can manage okay, but the bad days I cry like a baby. Today is one of those bad days, it being Fathers Day. Yes I am very grateful to have Greg with me, I don't know how I would have done with out him. July 4th is the party four him, it is being held at my Mom's house. It should be a good one. Don't know who all is coming will find out when they arrive. I do really miss him.

Astir
07-17-2015, 12:12 PM
This thread has bad news, I am sorry for your loss Mrs. Sooke.

No disrespect intended for bumping this thread, just another female checking in.

Gramma Peppermint
07-17-2015, 10:21 PM
We pretty much stick by each other through the good news... And the bad....
Thank you for checking in. I hope you enjoy this site as much as the rest of the members do.
And Yeah... AND WELCOME!!!!

Smackintyre
08-12-2015, 05:18 PM
41492Hi all!!! The name's Laura. And this is my 1988 Suzuki GS450LJ :) Nice having so many female riders!!

Gramma Peppermint
08-12-2015, 05:38 PM
Welcome Laura!
I just checked out your thread... too cool. So glad you have come aboard!... Next month I'll have 50 years of street riding under my belt...
Yes, the people here are amazing... Actually, we are a sort of family. I have seen many amazing things happen on this site.
Welcome aboard. Fasten your seatbelt... We do have some waves.... And sometimes some inclimate weather........ :cool: Gramma

trtsmb
08-12-2015, 06:48 PM
41492Hi all!!! The name's Laura. And this is my 1988 Suzuki GS450LJ :) Nice having so many female riders!!
Nice bike from a fellow 450L rider :)

Gramma Peppermint
09-06-2015, 02:34 PM
Hmmmmm.... I Just noticed I was wearing my house shoes while sitting on the bike in the first pic! Not my usual riding attire!

Lyra
02-06-2016, 11:01 AM
Hey all,
I have just got my GS850. Loving it so far. Trying to learn how to get my hands dirty fixing it

Allie
02-06-2016, 07:17 PM
Welcome Lyra, the 850 is a nice bike! Got a pic? You came to the right place to learn, the folks here are top shelf at making these bikes hum.

Lyra
02-08-2016, 11:43 AM
Here is a photo :)
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I love it but there is much work to do on it! These forums have already been a great help.

Allie
02-08-2016, 11:54 PM
Wow, beautiful bike! That seat looks like it even smells brand new. Do you know much about the bike's history?

Phred
02-09-2016, 07:30 AM
Nice looking ride Lyra. Looks like the PO took good care of it. New gas shocks on the rear look nice and make for a comfortable ride. Enjoy!

Lyra
02-09-2016, 08:13 AM
It is a very comfortable ride. You are right, the seat is now along with new exhausts, shocks and brakes. Sadly one of the engine mounting bolts has sheared off (http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?237826-Missing-Bolt), but everyone is helping me fit a new one. I have only been on this forum a few days and everyone is so kind!

Phred
02-09-2016, 06:18 PM
I have some engine mounting bolts. When I was rebuilding my 850L I came across someone who had several boxes of parts. If you can't find one locally let me know the size - length, or which one, and I will send it to you.

makeitso
03-04-2016, 12:02 AM
Hello Ladies, noob to the site here... Just posted something introducing myself in the GS Owners location. I have a 77' GS550 that I need to restore a second time because I was hit while riding on it

Gramma Peppermint
03-04-2016, 01:44 AM
A VERY BIG Welcome to Lyra and Makeitso !!!
Welcome to the best GS Forum site you can ever hope to come across.
I am very excited to have two new ladies on the site! I'm sure it will be exciting to some of the men too...actually, most of them!!! Should they give you any trouble just pm me..... :star::star:
I think you will find them kind and considerate. There is a wealth of knowledge and help available here. We consider ourselves the GS Family... And we mean it! We may squabble; but;
We ARE Family. I hope and pray you stay long enough to find out. You would be a refreshing breath of air for all of us...
Heck, I just might be showing up here more. (Though you can usually find me in off-topic ......and tuffing it out with the boys!!! ...OK, they are men: But, all men are little boys inside...)

Does anyone know what happened to Tam? I am concerned about her.

Lyra, beautiful ride and a beautiful young woman!!

Would like to hear more about your story Makitso... Sounds like you are a survivor. I had a few wrecks in the 50 years I've been street riding...

Good to hear from you Allie and Phred!... A special thanks to you Fred, for contacting me...
You girls are so much kinder than those male hooligans!

Best wishes and blessings to all .................Woo !! HOO !!! *************************WE HAVE COOL, NEW, CHICK BLOOD !!!**********************************
Gramma :cool:

ps... The men should be posting here pretty soon... I can almost feel it coming.... But, they have been here in the past and are welcome ...Unless we otherwise specify, I guess................

Rob S.
03-04-2016, 05:21 AM
Oh, brother! Estrogen to the left, estrogen to the right...

How's that ankle doing, Pep?

Allie
03-04-2016, 08:41 AM
Oh, brother! Estrogen to the left, estrogen to the right...

How's that ankle doing, Pep?

Stuck in the middle?

Love is like estrogen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die

Allie
03-04-2016, 08:44 AM
Welcome to the forum Makeitso, good luck with your project. It would be interesting to see your progress and know the background. I'm glad you're okay after your accident.

Patti, good to 'see' you... stranger! I shouldn't talk, I was on 'walkabout' for a while myself.

Brendan W
03-04-2016, 09:14 AM
Stuck in the middle?

Love is like estrogen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die

Got this one ?

Well, the one on the right was on the left
And the one in the middle was on the right
And the one on the left was in the middle
And the guy in the rear was a GS-er

Now this should be a lesson if you plan to start a forum
Don't go mixin' politics with the folk songs of our land
Just work on harmony and diction
Play your banjo well
And if you have political convictions keep them to yourself

Now, the one on the left works in a bank
And the one in the middle drives a truck
The one on the right's an all-night deejay
And the guy in the rear got drafted

Gramma Peppermint
03-04-2016, 01:48 PM
HI Everyone... I am guilty... I have been AWOL, I guess...!
Rob, the ankle is so-so... I've been helping out at a local grille, about 2 days a week. That is hard on the ankle, but, hard to survive without it!
I've been helping a friend from Blue Island, IL (owns Expert Cycle at 124th and Western) rent a house out that he owns here. I'm getting lots of repairs done on his place, with the $$ I get for his rent. (Multitudes of work!)... At least I'm giving much needed jobs to locals I know... "Busy" doesn't even cover it. I've been helping him for 4 years. It sat vacant for 2 yrs.
This wonderful man (Guy) said he's buying me a truck, because mine is so old and not always dependable. If he really does this, it would be ANOTHER miracle I receive. I might have to fly to Chicago to pick it up, but, he said he pay for transportation, a hotel (motel) room and $ for food and the gas to get back to Arizona... The Great Spirit is GOOD!!! We'll see if it really happens. But, I have a real good feeling about it..

I saw 2 accidents last Sunday. One was a bicyclist hit by a small truck, on the expressway. I was the first one on the scene besides the guy driving the truck, who was bent down holding the old bicycler's hand... The (60 yr old?) guy was really messed up. *(Head split open with gravel in the big crack in his forehead; couldn't move at all, maybe a broken back; arms and legs (wearing bicycle shorts) were hamburger. Finally the ambulance showed up. Took them 25 minutes from a firehouse that was about 6 minutes away.......

The second was a fatal motorcycle accident. We were about a half mile away from this one and stopped in traffic for an hour. An ambulance passed us with no lights or sirens... It came back with no lights and sirens. When the line of cars finally started moving and we passed 2 bikes on the side of the road. One was standing up on it's kickstand, the other was almost unrecognizable. It had rolled up into a big fat crunched cylinder, lying up agains the embankment. I was horrified. Speed limit on that particular road (Rt. 169 out of Prescott) is 65 and cars are always speeding on it. (the bicyclist was on an interstate (17) and the speed limit is 75...!)

Please be careful everyone, I know you know it... But, I'm repeating it for emphasis...

Makeitso... I also would like to hear your story. Have you posted it anywhere on this forum? Good luck on your project. Plenty of nice guys here, that's for sure!

Good to hear from you again Allie.... You have such a special way of handling those that get out of line.. (I love it!)
Lyra, sorry I missed your official welcome. You are very welcome here. You make me happy !!!
Phred, Thank you for checking on me. It was very, very nice of you.
Brendan, you are a nice guy... Thanks for the input!

Love all of you very much.............................................. ...... Gramma :cool:

ps.... Anything about Tam?

makeitso
03-04-2016, 06:25 PM
Thank you for the warm welcome!
My story, eh? Well quick synopsis on how I came to this passion... As I grew up, I identified mostly as an athlete. Soccer goalie, lacrosse defender. I went to college, got my mechanical engineering degree, and destroyed my body playing sports. I got out of school and realized how much time I had lost not learning how to tinker with cars and bikes and I decided to do something about that. My fathers brother died on a bike a long time ago and I was afraid to put stress on my dad... I did it anyway and he has been supportive. I bought a $600 GS on craigslist and learned to ride and learned to wrench

I think by my story you meant the accident? Here's what happened -
I was on a 40 mph regular two lane road at around dusk. I had no stop signs or traffic lights in my path. On the right, ahead of me, on a side street I saw a car pull up to their stop sign to take a left... I thought, "they might not stop...". I started braking but it wasn't enough, the kid (19 years old) blew through the sign and pulled out right in front of me. Instead of t-boning him I pulled to my left a little and he hit the bike right in front of my leg (if I was on a cruiser with 'foot forward' controls my leg would have been crushed). The bike and I went into on coming traffic and slid maybe 50 ft. When it was over, my left leg was trapped between the forks and the frame and the engine was on my chest. I held the engine off of me until a bystander pulled the bike away. I still have a little bit of a dent in my shin muscle from the forks. I have no idea how I didn't break anything... I was wearing full gear so my skin was mostly fine. The kids air bags went off and I think he may have gotten a ticket. I felt a little bad for him. He was SO shaken up - he said he thought he killed me.
If I was a more experienced rider, I may have been able to evade the car but I just don't have a lot of skill yet. So I thanked the good Lord for looking out for me and tried to get back riding as soon as I could!

alke46
03-04-2016, 06:38 PM
Very fortunate, could have been a lot worse. Glad you survived and kudos for ATGATT.

Larry

Gramma Peppermint
03-04-2016, 11:24 PM
Wow Makeit so!!
... You sound like a terrific gal! Lots of guts and courage !!! Just our kind of gal here..... You sound pretty sweet also.
You must have an angel or two on your shoulder, huh? ....I know... I must have a comp;ete chorus line of them....

Brendan W
03-05-2016, 05:56 PM
If I was a more experienced rider, I may have been able to evade the car but I just don't have a lot of skill yet. So I thanked the good Lord for looking out for me and tried to get back riding as soon as I could!

There are some who rely on skills they imagine they have to evade. I don't think so. Long term put your trust in the man, wear the gear and keep talking to yourself about what's happening around you. Skills will come unnoticed. A bit of humility and preparedness will serve well. Make your luck. Your comment about the kid's reaction and how you felt for him, it's clear you are in the right 'head-space'.

Gramma Peppermint
06-22-2016, 06:57 PM
I checked this morning and I am still alive! Working with a computer that just shuts down, does not help. Pray you are all safe and well!!!

RedWolf
08-11-2016, 04:34 PM
Just checking in from Ontario, new rider with a 1983 Suzuki gs450L :)

Gramma Peppermint
08-12-2016, 02:29 PM
Welcome Redwolf.
I have been awol lately...
Thanks for posting & bringing me back to life!
Nice bike, a 450... Just the right size!
Be well, ride safe & party hardy!
Blessings!

Allie
08-12-2016, 03:56 PM
Welcome to riding and to the GSR, Red! We ladies are few and far between 'round these parts but we stick together.

dungdn93
08-23-2016, 06:00 AM
Thank you. I hope that when I grow up, I will be an athlete.

Yeslek
08-25-2016, 09:36 PM
Hey all, I'm a brand new rider from Bellingham, WA. I'm hopefully picking up my bike next week! It's either going to be an 86 gs450 or an 81 gs450 and I couldn't be more excited to lose a couple wheels and embark on some two wheeled adventures. Stoked to have found this forum as well, I'm thinking I'm going to benefit from it a whole lot.

Gramma Peppermint
08-25-2016, 10:49 PM
Welcome to the forum yeslek.
I'm sure you will find great info and people here.
Washington is a beautiful state.
Glad you are here. Don't let 'em scare you. They are a very good bunch!!

Seana23
09-05-2016, 11:58 AM
Hi all. Seana from Brighton in the UK here...
i was here a few years ago but things took me away...
... But now I'm back and tinkering on my 850G again.
Nice to see quite a few "lumpy-Jumpered-spanner-monkeys" here.
Ill try to post up a few pics of my bike when I work out how...
xx

GS1150Pilot
09-05-2016, 12:33 PM
Welcome back, Seana!

Seana23
11-01-2016, 03:35 PM
Thank you.
x

Allie
11-01-2016, 06:53 PM
Welcome Yeslek and welcome back Seana. I remember you posting a while back, hope your 850 is up and running soon.

Gramma Peppermint
02-23-2017, 08:36 PM
Man-o-man, this thread has been dormant for a long while! A lot of it is my fault.
I went AWOL for a while. Sorry...
So who's doing what these days?
Bike is running. Hope to ride this weekend.
Planning to go to the ArabIan Finals Horse Show in Scottsdale (AZ) tomorrow...
(Just re-checked the last post, and prior ones... Seems I have been gone a long time!)
WELCOME! New Ladies!!! & ***Blessings!!!***

makeitso
03-03-2017, 09:47 PM
Yeah I haven't really been able to keep up either. I just moved to North Carolina for a new job and I traded in my Honda Spirit for a 2009 Kawasaki ER6-N!! It's a sweet little bike. Hopefully I will figure out how to ride it properly. It's tough getting used to a sports bike after owning a cruiser for a while.

My 1980 GS550 made it down here with me and I just completed a second round of carb cleaning to hopefully get the thing running. I may have a vacuum leak somewhere... Maybe next week I'll check the valve clearances because I want to learn how to do it!!

NC is amazing (other than the drivers). I have been able to ride my bike to work 80% of the time. That would never happen in New York in February!!!

Gramma Peppermint
06-10-2017, 05:32 PM
Well, Yes... I've been AWOL again! Feeling bad about it, too. I posted in The Campfire a couple days ago but, for some reason I can't get back into Off Topic. Haven't ridden a few months, since I 'laid her down' at the local gas station...
Didn't do a lot of damage, but put a little scratch on a car nearby. The scratch was about 4" long & my insurance Co paid out 2 G's for it!! I didn't even make a claim on my damage. Broken right mirror & turn signal... Small dent in tank... I came out pretty good. Flew over the handlebars and bruised my knee and along the bone under it. All healed from that now... Still have to fix the bike. I hope you ladies are safe & well. I also wish for your happiness... Going to be 67 this year.
Thinking about a trike or smaller bike...

Allie
06-12-2017, 11:56 PM
Hey there GPM, sorry to hear of your latest adventure. Keep us posted on the bike sitch, maybe you'd have more fun with a 'runabout' as opposed to a 'rocket' anyway. I've been AAWOL myself, there's just so much going on that I only check here every few days or so, and I miss a lot of stuff I'm sure. I need to ride more too. I'm waiting on a part so that I can button up the bike from the clutch spring operation, and will enjoy once again being able to throunce the bike up to red line in all the gears without the clutch floating. Hope to hear from you soon!

Peppermint Patti
10-14-2017, 02:01 AM
Ok... It's 2 yrs later & i'm checking back in...
Anyone home?
Got my old 'Peppermint Patti' name!

Allie
10-14-2017, 06:31 PM
I'm here Sir!

Peppermint Patti
10-14-2017, 09:51 PM
Allie!!!
Have you been ok? You are still a RIOT!!
Got 3 shots in each hip. Disaster story.
Have severe scoliosis, severe degenerative disc, and 5 severely herniated discs. Doc said to fix me they'd have to install a lot of rods in my back.
I said, " Leave me broken." Shots are supposed to help ease the pain.
First time they got the hip that hurt the least.
4 days ago they did the correct hip. Lol...
Still hurts.

Might have to break down & pick up a man to ride behind... .....Even bigger LOL.....!!!

Allie
10-15-2017, 01:25 AM
Life has certainly been eventful but I'm still standing. I wouldn't have it any other way. Hmmm a man to ride behind, are you sure it's really come to that? Surely some creative application of ergo-mechanical modifications would keep you going. That and eat your muffins for plenty of nutrition.

Peppermint Patti
01-26-2019, 12:53 AM
Well It's 2 yrs later, and I'm still standing... Knock-knock... anybody home?

Rob S.
01-26-2019, 02:48 AM
Well, Pep, I'm no lady, not even a female, but I remember seeing a picture of you straddling a big four cylinder Suzi. Glad you're still with us. Now for the $64 question: still got a bike? When was the last time you rode?

All the best.

Peppermint Patti
01-26-2019, 11:46 AM
Yes, I still have my bike. It's been close to a year since I've ridden it. I am getting weaker...
Wish I had the cash to turn it into a trike, (with wheelie bars... just for show...)
Can you imagine a GS1100 trike?

Rob S.
01-26-2019, 12:23 PM
That's an 1100?

Tres cool. Year, model?

Peppermint Patti
01-27-2019, 11:45 PM
It's a 1981. Might have an '82 motor... If you remember, years ago, some Harley Patched Bikers put valve grinding compound in my oil, when I went inside a bar in another neighborhood, for a very short time. Some Club members... Didn't look at their patches... They had loosened all the long screws in my taillight. I found that out when it fell off and skidded across the road, a few blocks after departing the place. When I later found out about the valve grinding compound, I surmised it had to be those Harley guys... Karma is a B*tch... (& God likes me... Lol!)
The bike has been raked and stretched, just a little. Makes it lower to the ground, so I can get on & off. Also lowers the center of gravity & wind resistance. I also put racing shocks on it, that are an inch shorter from eye to eye. Motor is slightly built, geared, etc.

Rob S.
01-28-2019, 12:35 AM
That '81 1100 (e?) is a tall bike. I'm almost (used to be) 5'10", and unless I'm wearing boots, I can't flat foot my '82 11e, which has a shorter seat height than the '81.

You'd get a kick out of my Sportster Superlow. Something like a 25" seat height. The center of gravity is so low, I can let go of the bars at 100 mph and the thing just keeps going straight.

I know what you mean about those Harley guys. A guy was revving his montrosity in the parking lot of the Harley dealer and said, "I love that it's so loud." Not that he loved the sound, or the tone, just how loud it was. Right next to some houses. How brain dead can you get?

I was there with my brother, him on his Low Rider, me on my Suzi. Suzi didn't start so quickly, maybe because of the heat. Eventually I opened the throttle full, and when it fired up, every head in the lot turned to look at me (or Suzi). They weren't smiling, but I was. They were like, "That's not a Harley," and I was like, "Damn right. She's three times quicker than any of your garbage trucks."

Peppermint Patti
01-28-2019, 12:18 PM
Loved those stories... I ALWAYS got along with patch members in the past. Maybe because I am a female. Guess I turned a few heads, especially on the expressways... I swear I've had too much fun for one person!