I’m back in beautiful Carmel, in the home of another friend. (I am truly blessed to have so many kind friends.) Aileen and I have been friends for many years; she is from Ireland and I have Irish ancestry through both of my grandmothers, so I feel a kinship with Aileen. In both of my grandmothers’ cases it was their mothers who were full-blooded Irish, while their fathers were not. That my Irishness comes down through the women in my family feels significant.
Aileen has a talent for interior design and a taste for the elegant and finer things in life. Here’s a photo of her in her beautiful home, with two of her magnificent lamps:
And here’s a photo of me taking a self-portrait in my current bedroom:
I’ve been here a few days now; I’ve been enjoying cooking for Aileen and myself, doing some house- and yard-work,
and doing research on bicycles and bicycle panniers vs. trailers. I’ve pretty much decided to go with my own bike of ten years or so. It’s a Raleigh hybrid (road/mountain bike) and I think it will be adequate. One particular advantage of my bike is that it’s not particularly vulnerable to theft, thanks to its generic quality and some significant rust. I dislike that worry of having my bicycle stolen. Yes, I will lock it, but to be little concerned about losing it is a pleasure.
I’m riding to REI in Marina today where I will get some panniers. I’m looking at a pair made in Germany, brand name of Ortlieb, that are waterproof and seem well designed.
You may have noticed that I am not one to do things quickly; I take my time. For better or worse, it seems to be how I roll. I’m just grateful that the Universe seems to be okay with that, and I continue to feel supported and encouraged to continue on my journey. Who knows how far I’ll go? The song We Know the Way from the recent Disney film Moana expresses my sentiments exactly. Take a listen on You Tube. (I couldn’t figure out how to upload a music file on to my blog.) It’s an awesome song.
By the way, Aileen is looking to rent her house for the month of September while she visits friends and family in Ireland. If you know of anyone who might be interested, let me know.