Those super duper roller skates (part 2)

Those super duper roller skates (part 2)

Park Circle Roller Rink. The kids today wear shorts or leggings, but back in the 1950s, the gals wore short skirts, similar to the tennis skirts the women wear today.

Remember those skates I told you about? The ones with the hole in the boot? They stayed with me until they got moldy in a move. I had another pair and recently found them in a box in my basement. Unfortunately, they have urethane wheels, which is good for skating on the sidewalk, or pavement  –  not in a roller rink. For that, you need wooden wheels. So I’m going to track down a pair and switch them out. Update on the wood wheels. I found a pair but they have no bearings. See the empty holes in the picture? We had no way to attach these to my skates.

My roller skates

For now, my skates must keep those urethane wheels. If someone could teach me how to control those wheels so I feel like I’m on my old roller skates and not ice skates, I would be thrilled. When I tried them on, I had to hold onto the kitchen counter for dear life. I already had one hip replaced, not looking for another one.

Thank goodness for the toe stops.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

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Those super duper roller skates (part 2)

My long lost roller skates

I loved roller skating when I was a girl. I had a pair of white leather roller skates with long white laces and wooden wheels. I don’t know what happened to all my Brooklyn buddies that I used to skate with, wouldn’t I love to meet up with them again. One name stands out though, Gloria. I’ll never forget her. Gloria did not love me and showed how much by burning a hole in the leather boot of my skates. I never did find out why. I didn’t retaliate because Mama said I had to always be nice to everyone. So I was nice to her. She didn’t know I knew it was her, my skates were on the bench and I had to get something, so I wasn’t there when it happened, but I have an image in my mind of her holding her cigarette to my boot.

How come she was smoking? I didn’t smoke, I tried, but it gave me a tummy ache. All my friends were smokers, I felt left out. Wasn’t I blessed not to be able to smoke?

And oh my, I sure loved those skates. I danced my heart out to the live organ music. I had lots of talented partners. I especially loved to skate backward until my partner spun me around or he went backward. It was beautiful. The speed made it feel like you were flying.

Those precious skates with the hole in the boot stayed with me until they got moldy in a move. I had another pair and recently found them in a box in my basement. Unfortunately, they have urethane wheels, which is good for skating on the sidewalk, or pavement  –  not in a roller rink. For that, you need wooden wheels. So I’m going to track down a pair and switch them out.

I’ll keep you posted.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

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Chocolate is Never a Mistake

Chocolate is Never a Mistake

It was a perfect plan, or so I thought. Last week, I sent out a newly revised newsletter to my subscribers. So many of you emailed me that you, “love the new look.” Thanks for that!

After proofreading several times, the newsletter looked pretty good. New logo, new banner, new images. And I included a fun, little quiz asking my subscribers what kind of chocolate they preferred: dark, milk, or white. As a treat, I would draw a name and send that person a $10 Amazon gift card.

We decided on Monday, April 23rd, midnight for the deadline to the quiz. And the draw on Tuesday, April 24th. Then we decided to change it to the 19th and 20th, but forgot to change the dates in the newsletter! Big sigh. So this is what I did: instead of one winner, we had two winners: one from Friday, the 20th, and one from Tuesday, the 24th. No way would I leave anyone out. Mistakes happen, every day, in every way. Whether big or small, I was happy to have two winners, that date change turned a mistake into a double delight. Love Gail.

By the way: here are the results of the chocolate survey: It was pretty even between those who preferred dark chocolate (40%) and those who preferred milk chocolate (40%), with a smaller group who preferred white chocolate (20%).For Tom and me, we prefer dark ’cause ‘they’ say it’s good for you. Right?

And of course, it’s never a mistake to enjoy a piece of chocolate: dark, milk, or white.

I post here every Thursday morning at 5 a.m. Hope you’ll stop by.

Here’s another delight for you, Trader Joe’s Cowboy Bark, or their imported Belgian big bar with or without almonds, or from Phoenix, AZ, Cerreta French Mint Truffles.  Yum! Cerreta.com.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in summer 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

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There’s A New Apple In My Life

There’s A New Apple In My Life

Remember when I told you that I wanted to break up with my MacBook? Well, I did. Old Mac and I parted ways.

It turns out we just didn’t get along. Old Mac had some major “binge issues”. He was constantly hoarding emails instead of letting them go. So Tom and I took him to the Apple Store near us and boy did they put Old Mac on a diet! He lost more than 1 million pounds! Er, I mean documents.

Even though Old Mac and I have been through a lot together, it was time for us to part ways. So I bought New Mac, a champion athlete, and one lean, mean, powerful machine.

Tom took pity on Old Mac and decided to become his personal coach. Tom will keep him in shape. After all, Tom was my diet support system and helped me lose 50 pounds. By the way, I’ve kept that weight off for more than fifteen years. So I have no doubt that Tom will keep Old Mac from getting bloated again.

Meanwhile, New Mac is humming along and working out great. Until next time, remember to keep up your daily workouts!

Love Gail and Tom xo

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in spring 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

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