Ode To A Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider
“Lycosidae”

I mowed part of our 6 1/2 acres this morning. The mower’s front left wheel quit working. That was making it dig into the grass. So, I had to stop. Steve is changing the oil in our two metal steeds. Little Wolf, as I call him, came out to help, hoping, no doubt, to secure a tasty treat from all the rummaging around in the carport and the mowing. It’s a warm, muggy day, so, the big fan is spinning loudly away on the floor. Little Wolf was not pleased with this racket but in true spider stoic fashion, didn’t complain and continued on with his duties of keeping the carport free of pests. We have an understanding, you see, him and I. He’s allowed to hunt, eat, do whatever spiders do in said carport. And I promise not to screech, stomp nor squish him if he keeps his distance. In all the years we’ve lived here, we’ve both kept to this bargain.

I think I saw one of his compatriots the other day, hot footing across our dirt country road, through the cemetery and towards our home. The dude was so large I thought he had just knocked off from a local Sci-Fi movie set where he was the star creature. No picture but that was the biggest Wolf Spider I’ve ever seen! He’s welcome too, but please stay well away Big Wolf. I think one bug remover in the carport is enough for now.

Hope y’all are having a spider free day. *lol*

Around The World On Two Wheels

Noraly Schoenmaker
Itchy Boots

For some reason, I haven’t shared this before. Perhaps I was thinking that most folks wouldn’t be interested in a Motorcycle Travel Vlog. For some months now, Steve and I have been hooked on watching a nice young lady from Holland by the name of Noraly that is traveling the world on her Royal Enfield “Basanti”. She goes by the clever handle “Itchy Boots”. Very fitting as she’s been so many places! She’s always polite, respectful, friendly and never uses vulgarity. Completely alone, this brave young gal has battled all types of weather, tire failures, tyrannical governments, difficulties finding good food and gasoline, and many oddities on her travels. I envy her way of being able to speak so many languages and overcome some really tough odds. I can barely speak my own native tongue of English, well, American, to be technical, let alone speak someone else’s language! *lol*

Yesterday, we watched all the posts again of her travel vlog on YouTube while we (im)patiently await her Series 3. 🙂 Below is the Season 1, Episode 1 of her Vlog (PS: They get better as she learns the Vlog ropes.):

Series 1 are her adventures in India, Asia, all the islamic “Stans”, etc. One of the Countries she toured was Croatia. I thought that place is so beautiful. If I was more adventurous, ok, ok, and 30 years younger like her, I would travel to Croatia to ride. There is such fantastic scenery.

Series 2 is South America earlier this year when the hysteria and shutdowns happened in March. Poor thing had to scoot out of there before getting trapped! The tension had us all on the edge of our seats. I think we were all praying for her to escape and stay well.

Now that’s she’s back home in Holland, she’s working on Series 3 which will be there in Europe. She also has a new motorcycle, a Honda CB500X. This bike is very similar to my current ride, which is a 2015 Honda NC700X. Can’t wait to see where she goes, meet the people she meets and see the lovely landscapes she sees. Through her eyes, I’ve learned a lot about cultures, the world and geography.

So, enjoy! If we can’t travel, at least we can live vicariously through others. At my age, being in my comfy recliner is a definite “plus”. 😉

We might ride to our new Church today, if it’s not 100* by lunch. With all the rain we’ve been having our usually sandy, scary, dirt road should be in super condition. Rain packs it down real nice. And now you know how (not) adventurous I am!

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26 NIV