Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

In Absentia

It’s been an interesting year. One during which I’ve largely been absent. You know, here but not HERE.

Great new-to-me home decor. If I wanted a gold man mannequin.

A photo posted by Kathy Kirkpatrick (@vatoadmama) on

I’ve given up trying to understand why. Truth is, I just don’t know.

One thing I do know is that I am thankful for each and every one of my followers. Folks like you. Blog friends who haven’t given up on me. Even though I’ve been noticeably absent from your blogs, too. If you follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram, you know I’m still alive. Still getting out and about in the world, more on four wheels than two.

I’m going to make a real concerted effort to be more present for all of you. Both writing more posts here and reading what you all have to say.  You folks “get” parts of me that other friends and loved ones don’t understand.

So, thanks for sticking with me. You may never know just how grateful I am for each and every one of you.


  1. November 27, 2016    

    I tend to initially follow blogs/vlogs due to their moto content but once you get to know the author a bit then the subject matter becomes less relevant. Knowing how folks are doing and how they are doing becomes more important.

    • November 30, 2016    

      Good, because there hasn’t been much moto action in these parts. November has flown by. Its crazy how fast time can pass.

  2. November 27, 2016    

    I second Richard’s comment–well said, indeed!

    Oh, and I thoroughly enjoy the T-Mama oddities that show up in my Instagram feed. 🙂

    • November 30, 2016    

      Thanks! That’s usually where I share my most unusual, fun pics.

  3. November 28, 2016    

    Maybe I should pay more attention to Instagram.

    Fear not Kathy, blog friends are like elephants, we’re just hanging around, and we never forget a fellow blogger.

    • November 30, 2016    

      That’s good news, David.

      Instagram is fun if you’re a visual person.

  4. shan's Gravatar shan
    November 28, 2016    

    And sometimes you just need to take care of yourself and not worry about “entertaining” people/readers/family/etc. We love you. 🙂

  5. November 28, 2016    

    Can’t imagine anyone wanting that golden mannequin for decorative purposes…..weird.

    • November 30, 2016    

      Where’s your sense of asdventure? A gold man mannequin would look awesome in your Ural rig when its not being used. Or, imagine the fun sunset shots you could get! 😂

  6. November 29, 2016    

    I agree with the rest of the folks. Do what you need to do for you. We are always here lurking and will read when you post stuff. I don’t post near as often as I used to either.

    • November 30, 2016    

      Thanks, B. I really hope to start doing better soon. I drove down to Charlottesville, VA yesterday afternoon and will be here all week for work. In the office all day and group dinners in the evenings. Good, but exhausting. The good news is that I’m staying at a fancy resort. 😇

  7. November 30, 2016    

    Thanks, Shan. I love you, too.

  8. December 1, 2016    

    Late, as always, but still following! I agree with the other comments. Once we get to know each other, checking in via FB or Instagram is good, and posts, when they come, are good too. One day I will blog again, lol.

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