Too bad I don’t have any way to gauge the entire number of miles I’ve traveled today, because it would be impressive. We drove to the museum, walked around inside, then out onto campus property, and drove back home to get Max, plus the keys I forgot to bring with us. Mom and Dad followed in their little truck, to the OverPark, where J.D. had left a basket I needed to pick up and a bag for his grandfather.
They went home and we delivered the Maximum (still itchy) Grand Dog to his girl. But in our rush we realized that I’d forgotten shit AGAIN. I would have to come back.
The parking spot we ended up in was on the same block as that ugly building across from the library, where people are now living, even though it’s still not really done.
Some food needed to happen, so we stopped in for a To Go pizza. While we waited, this car pulled up.
The Deputy was going to meet with our friend the Doctor (he and Dave had gun/light/holstering components to discuss) and I, now, had to bring Emma the dog’s “sleeping jacket” so he could spend the night at the gym. We took our bikes for this leg of the adventure.
Keeping in mind that we usually start our outings around three, and days are rapidly getting shorter, we now know that my new headlight works great. Although we both got back to The Burrow* before it was full dark. (He does NOT have any lights yet, but he also wasn’t all the way downtown, he was across the canal and up four blocks, so ya know, not nearly as crucial for his errand).
*We arrived within minutes of each other, with no texting nor pre-planning involved, it just happened that way.
Before we get to our daily draw, here’s a picture taken by an adorable and completely random stranger, a lovely young woman who was just passing by while I was trying to get us all posed (and sort of trying to stay out of view, oops that didn’t work, oh well). Her partner and beagle waited patiently. We thanked them all profusely and with much genuine gratitude.
How appropriate that we got this card on our altar, because truly, it was absolutely an open-hearted sort of day. (No, Mom was not reprimanded by security this time. She did, however spot a young family not ten minutes in the door, all of whom she nearly accosted with her friendliness. They didn’t seem to mind at all, so that was a bonus for everyone.) From the category of
Whale, Dolphin, Crab, Ray, Seal, Octopus, Crocodile, and Frog
These creatures make the waters their primary home, drawing strength from this primeval element and flourishing thanks to its bounty.
The greatest of these, Whale, lives on plankton, the tiniest of organisms, while the most ancient, Crocodile, seeks flesh and blood. They counsel that you too may be nourished in myriad ways – that the seemingly insignificant can be the seed of the mightiest creation, as can the most obvious and celebrated.”
Show your emotions and regenerate love.
As Crab’s whole being is synchronized to the waxing and waning of the opalescent Moon, so are your body’s hormonal and physiological systems tuned to the world’s circadian rhythms. Live in harmony with these and your whole being will thrive.
Crab is protected by a rigid carapace, but to grow she must risk molting her armor, becoming soft and vulnerable. Like Crab, garner courage and take that risk, be it sporting trial, mental task, or emotional revelation, which offers you regeneration and emotional flowering.”
Animal Messages – Seek Inspiration From Your Animal Guides by Susie Green
Foreign License Plate Report:
plus two more Floridas, Illinois, South Dakota (which Daniel shouted out as Colorado, so ya know, close?), Iowa, Minnesota (times 2), Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and something with a big ol’ damn cardinal on it.