Let’s talk footwear. Which, as you can see from the header, is an issue with me. (I want to update that photo, but haven’t been able to get a good new shot of me, the bike, me-on-the-bike, or any combination thereof.) My feet are fat and I have hugely high arches. Also, I would be barefoot 100% of the time if it weren’t for potential road hazards and weather.
After much trial and error, to which you were all witness, we finally got some bargain priced walking sneakers that work well, with added in-soles for the arch condition. But I’m also good with my Birks. Or a vast selection of flip-flops and clogs. And then, my Crocs arrived. Oh the joy! I’ve worn them SO much. Including on all the bike rides lately.
The other day, in a comment, Skye asked,
“Any thoughts on other bike-in-the-rain shoes?”
Later, on that same page, this was my reply to Robin:
“When I first got the bike out I tried my walking shoes (still can’t run and haven’t been able to afford any running shoes yet). It was a waste of socks. Made more laundry than I needed to be doing. (And I love laundry.)“
After I found* those super cool sporty socks (and figured out the edema situation, thanks in part to Carol) I no longer had a horrible swelling issues. I mostly only wear the shoes-and-socks selection if I know we’re going to be marching for some measurable distance. Like an after-meal constitutional or a big ol’ hefty hike. For the two-wheeled errands I’m just usually too freaking sweaty to even contemplate covering any more skin than I can get away with. (I’m kinda pushing it with the shorts as it is.)
*Or rather, was directed to; thank you again, Kari.
As we get more cool and/or rainy days (so far it’s still been warm, in the 60s, wet or dry) I’ll see what appeals to me, and what I think might offer the best options. One of the reason I’ve chosen my real Crocs, and before that my imitations, is because they have such a nice solid sole and roomy toe area. These fit the best onto my pedals. Holes or not, I wore the old ones nearly all of last winter.
I appreciate your suggestions, ideas, and experience on this topic. I think it’s important, and valuable, for us to hear what worked for others. Like what I just found out about the no shampoo movement. Some people doing this have shared that their hair is slightly more frizzy on the ends, so several readers chimed in with the notion that it’s the towel, not the lack of commercially manufactured products.
After asking around (I conducted a limited survey at the pool), I found out that this suggestion, using a t-shirt (after showering or rinsing off) for head-wrapping, was actually known amongst some of my questioned group. (Technically two, one life guard actually did this, and one young mom had read about it but never tried it.) I’m currently wearing such a garment snugly twisted around my noggin. I’ll keep you posted on results, as I notice them.
On our card altar this afternoon, we’ve reached the end of another rotation with one of our animal decks. Next time we come around to it, I’ll shuffle, and restart that stack.
“Wren (Drui-en pronounced as Droo-y-en) ~
Humility, Cunning, God
The card shows a wren holding a feather in its beak, as it guards its nest filled with eggs. Tradition calls the wren’s nest the ‘Druid’s House.’ A bolt of lightning represents Taranis, the bull-god of thunder and lightning, the oak tree and the wren. The Ogham sign in the stone is the Duir, the oak.
Drui-en allows us to glimpse the beauty of God and Goddess in all things. He tells us that ‘small is beautiful ’ and that self-realization lies not in grandiosity or apparent power, but in humility, gentleness and subtlety. Cunning, if tempered with humor and good intent, is a way of achieving great things with an economy of effort, and a rational and honest use of the achievements of others.”
We definitely got this one right-side up, but it felt like we needed to see both directions of the definitions.
“Drawn reversed, this could mean that you need to look at whether your humility and gentleness actually render you invisible to others. Are they your way of defending yourself from life and from others, rather than facing life and its difficulties? Perhaps you also need to look at how you use your cunning, your native wit….. Cleverness and building on the work of others require wisdom and honest skill if they are to be of value, and not become dishonest.”
And this piece, which went well with the entire message. (There are four full pages in the guidebook.)
“….. in the Druid tradition, the wren symbolized wisdom and divinity. It is difficult actually to see a wren. At their New Year, the apprentice Druid would go out by himself into the countryside in search of hidden wisdom, in the same way that a Native American would go on a Vision Quest. If he found a wren he would take that as a sign that he would be blessed with inner knowledge in the coming year. Finding a creature small and elusive to the point of invisibility was a metaphor for finding the elusive divinity within all life.”
The Druid Animal Oracle – Working With The Sacred Animals Of The Druid Tradition by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm illustrated by Bill Worthington