It was a short ride but I did ride this mid-morning. We had our Christmas family festivities last night and Susan and I spent the night at Jenny’s in Indianola. The plan is to take her two boys (age 3 & 5) camping in the RV for two nights. So I got in my ride for the challenge this morning.

Let’s begin with the decoration I had on my bike ;’-)


One of those ubiquitous blow up Santas.


Maybe this is a tradition at this house? The Pink Pig?

The pig was being guarded by the soldier below it.

Here is my favorite of the day — Santa Flamingo.

I rode to the Country store which took me for a view of the bay.

I have walked down the pier in the past, but not today

On the return there were a few more exhibits to grab.


That is it for this neighborhood display. I did hold back this next one from an earlier ride in my own neighborhood so that I could give you ALL a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


  1. By: Suzanne Posted: December 25, 2019

    It seems you would never run out of Christmas decorations in your town!
    The soldier looks like a German nutcracker and the pink pig might be there to bring good luck for the New Year. Do Germans live in that house? In Germany pink pigs, chimney sweeps and four leaf clover are all good luck charms common for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2019

      This is not my neighborhood. It is on the Kitsap Peninsula which is a drive and a half hour ferry ride from home. About an hour and a half from door to door. I rather liked riding in a different area than I normally do, even if it was a short one ;’-).

      I don’t know if the owner of the house is German as I don’t live here. The pink pig is something I thought another country had as a tradition of some sort. I had not heard of the chimney sweep as a good luck charm. Once again — there is so much to learn from you all.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 25, 2019

    Nice collection of photos!

    The Indianola made me do a double take, there is an Indianola in our county. Fairly certain there is no long pier out into the ocean there. 🙂

    The snowman, lighthouse, and Santa is really cool!

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2019

      How interesting that you have an Indianola too ;’-0. The pier actually goes out into a bay that leads to the Puget Sound and then to the ocean. Not a direct route exactly ;’-). I thought the lighthouse trio was quite cute as well. Very appropriate for the area.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: December 25, 2019

    I thought the only Indianola was in Iowa. Who knows? Maybe there are Indianolas EVERYWHERE. I enjoyed your fun ride right along with you, Nancy.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2019

      When I went to my weather app on my phone and typed in Indianola there were three that came up: Iowa, Mississippi, Washington.
      Thanks for coming along on my ride Greg.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 25, 2019

        Indianola, Illinois is an astonishing population of around 250 — how did they miss it?? 🙂

        • By: NancyG Posted: December 26, 2019

          How could they???? Now I know of four Indianolas.

          • By: The Navigator Posted: December 26, 2019

            THere is also an Indianola in southwest Nebraska. I almost went through there on my 2010 tour, but went north instead. There’s a suburb of Pittsburgh (my dad almost took a job there when I was a kid) called Indianola. There is also an Indianola in FL, but I don’t remember where. Not surprisingly, there is a suburb or summer lake holiday home area in Indiana with that name up near Angola. When I was a kid, all the rich kids’ families had lake cottages in northern Indiana that they went to on weekends in summer. Indiana’s Indianola is up amongst all those.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 28, 2019

      Thanks Em. I like that flamingo too! Well, it looks like there are lots more Indianolas than I knew!!!

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 26, 2019

    Those blow up santa s are everywhere all right. When the wind blows they do a little dance.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 28, 2019

      And sometime they lay on the ground — deflated.

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