This whole bike-as-transportation thing? Very educational and interesting for me. I rode up to get us some To Go food (Laughing Planet) this afternoon. (My new lock has already more than paid for itself. I’ve used it so many times now, it’s getting to be almost automatic.) Sadly, the cargo situation is not better though. Last night I dug around in some closets and found one backpack and a shoulder tote. (Both are probably close to two decades old. Not even kidding.)
Here’s what I went with. The weather is still pretty humid and warm, so I thought that NOT having something resting against my sweaty back with double straps over my shoulders was my best option. (As in, lesser of two evils, sort of choice.)
I was already down the road maybe half a mile when I realized it was hanging too low behind me, nearly resting on the fender. When I tried to adjust it (with a rubber band I’d used for something else that was still on my handle bars) I was attacked by a rare but serious condition: purchasing-power envy. (WANT!) The mid-ride fix only lasted about another three blocks.
(Where that elastic went when it gave way and shot off, I have no clue.)
For my journey back to The Burrow I tied a knot in the strap (as you can maybe see in that picture), with moderate success (it was actually kind of painful on my collar bone, but round-trip is right around my regular five miles, so the discomfort wasn’t that long-lasting). I’ll keep working on my carrying arrangement. (And there will be another visit to my favorite local shop soon too, my water bottle system is fatally flawed.)
Below is a view of what I found when I got home. (It’s not as bad as it looks.)
It was weedwhacker day. So Dan moved them all to safety. Later I’ll need to go out there and re-position everyone.
One of the things I’m noticing, being out there on that bike so much right now, is how little you get to observe shit. When I walk I’m looking around and taking in the scenery (neighbor’s landscaping, decor, and property, mostly). Riding, it’s fast. No time for gazing about. A major plus though, this town has some amazingly great bike lanes and paths! Some are like little bicycle freeways even. Super fun.
No time for picture-taking either though. I had to make mental notes (and you all know how bad I am at THAT). Here’s what I remember, from yesterday and today:
~ old woman with bright purple hair
~ a dragonfly couple escorting me along near the canal
~ LOTS of families on bikes
~ Illinois plate and one I couldn’t identify
~ many folks walking the bike paths with earbuds in
~ delightful hippy woman crouching in the tall grass photographing a nutria near the stream bank
~ nice walking group who all said “hi” to me
~ two young girls taking a break on a bench, conversing about whether they were far enough from home to not wear their helmets any longer
~ the new artistic entrance (sculpture?) over the top of our small dog park, really cool. (Click on that link, it has a much better view of this than I could take with my camera. Also, the whole story is there. Watch out though, it has a sad part, then it gets better.)
On our card altar today the message is one that really speaks to me. Even if the artwork isn’t my favorite.
“Set Your Sights Higher ~
Increase your standards, and expect more from yourself. Don’t settle!
This card indicates that you have been trying to rationalize that some situation is okay . . . when it isn’t. You’ve settled for less than you desire, and for much less than you deserve. You don’t need to compromise! Heaven will help you heal, or will replace troubling situations in your life. All you need to do is ask for Heaven’s help, and then adhere to the guidance that results.
Take time today to visualize and dream about your true heart’s desires. Do not worry about being disappointed – you deserve a great life, and you have the power and the Heavenly help to accomplish it. Fear and worries slow down your manifestation, so keep releasing all cares and doubts to Heaven.
You may feel intimidated by moving up to a higher plateau in your journey; however, you have Heaven’s reassurance that you’re ready. Reach for the stars, know that you are qualified and deserving of these gifts, and open your arms to receive!”
Setting aside all the mentions of Heavenly assistance, I like this one. A. Lot. (Replace those with The Universe, The Force, Life, or any other word that suits your feelings and beliefs better, then re-read. That’s what I do.)
One of the great things about flipping a card every day is that we never know exactly where it will take us. Reminders, or lessons, or encouragements, or helpful messages and omens. Each one is worthwhile, and I look forward to it so much.
Are you for some canine excitement? Today’s Daily Dog is a first for me and Max. I caught him in the act of playing. With another winter holiday themed toy. (Behind him you can see Purple Bone, it squeaks as well.)
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue