My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bon Voyage, Valkyrie!

I was supposed to be in town today for errands and appointments, but woke up with a migraine, rescheduled everything, medicated myself and went back to sleep! Now I'm over my headache but am feeling tired and "noodly," so am content to just relax in the cool basement and read on the shady patio. It's supposed to be in the mid-upper 90's today and tomorrow and around 100ยบ on Saturday! Happy Summer Solstice!! Sure seems that someone suddenly flipped the "Summer" switch in Wyoming. Hard to believe that as recently as Monday morning, our pellet stove was running!

We sold our 1998 Valkyrie motorcycle yesterday... the buyer flew in from Tulsa, OK and we met him at the airport with it. We think he'll really enjoy the Valk. We sure did...when we had the time and good weather to ride it! At least he'll have a lot more good riding weather down there. I was sad to see it go on the one hand, as I loved going for rides, especially in the mountains. But on the other hand, it's nice to have that $ in the bank (for remodeling and sailing lessons!), and the room in the garage. And since all three dogs love going for rides now, we're thinking we'll yank the top off the Bronco, put a soft top on it for summer, and take the dogs into the mountains with the time we used to spend riding the Valk and leaving the poor kids at home! :-) (The Bronco is a 1975 beater, perfect for hauling dogs into the high country, since muddy paws and soggy fur don't matter!)

Someday, when BW retires and we're either living aboard a sailboat or in a small cottage (or both!), we'll invest in a couple of nice bicycles. We'd need
serious mountain bikes up here, and we think our road up (and down) the mountain is just too dangerous. I really miss bike-riding, and pedal power has a lot more appeal to both of us than a carbon-spewing motorcycle does, so that's another fun thing to look forward to! (We have visions of docking in places like SF or Cannes or Genoa, unloading our bikes and pedaling merrily through beautiful wine, bread and lavender country ~ munching, sipping and inhaling aromatherapy along the way!) :-)

Anyway, here's the Valkyrie. She sure turned heads!

Happy trails, Valkyrie... and farewell to my fun days as a Biker Chick! :-)

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  • THE HUMANE GARDENER ~ Nancy Lawson
  • THE WORLD WITHOUT US ~ Alan Weisman

There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.

~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"

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