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Cleaning the Westy 2

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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Over the weekend we had our much anticipated May visit with our friends.  The Westy was a source of entertainment for all, though especially for L1 and Mr. Wench.  They worked on finishing most of the tune-up L1 & I had started before they arrived.  When it was done and the engine running we all went for a ride around the block to celebrate.  We were all grins and good spirit chugging along in the bus, listening to it’s tooting horn, getting thumbs up from a motorcyclist.  The moods were so high that L1 thought we could drive a bit further, and so we did.  Until we didn’t.  The engine overheated badly and for our air-cooled Type II engine, that’s dangerous.  We pulled the bus over to the side of the road and let it cool off.  Then, while it was cooling the menfolk came up with the plan to push it a bit toward home while it became less than molten.


LMS 2Pushing along, jokes & laughter, and high hopes for the downhill.
LMS 3Picking up speed on the downhill.
LMS 4The human engines could no longer keep up on the downhill.
LMS 5Drat, it didn’t get enough momentum to make it up the hill after the downhill.

Inkwench documented and helped push, I steered, the kids cheered us all.  At the top of the hill the bus started again, Inkwench and her mister jumped into the moving vehicle, and we chanted “green light, green light” for the trip home.  We didn’t want to stop until we were safely in the driveway.

This could have been a disaster, but it wasn’t.  Thank you, my friends, for the time, muscle, and positive energy you put into the bus and our weekend together.  We’re blessed to have you in our lives.

Dragonfly in the Sun

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Moments ago the names from the blog anniversary give-away were finally put into a bowl (written out Saturday!).

Blog Anniversary EntriesYes, I reused some paper for them!

And the winner is:

Blog Anniversary Winner

Plain & Joyful Living! Please contact me to let me know what “prize” you’d like and your postal address.

Thank you to all who entered and shared your unknowns & names with us.  Reading the richness of your experiences was so good.  We haven’t named the bus yet–the name might reveal itself when she is running more properly than at present.  We’re anxiously awaiting the tune-up kit’s arrival in our home.

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