As everyone already knows, we have a Mercury issue that needs some discussing, but I’m not going to do that just yet. There are some articles I’ve been reading and some research I’m doing (there’s a Saturn/Neptune dealie going on right now too). I’ve decided to talk about it tomorrow. (Yes, very Scarlett O’Hara of me, but that’s the way it feels like going, so I’m not fighting it.)
Instead we are going to talk about a few other things. Like how I stopped into my favorite grocery store this afternoon and found out it’s Cedrick’s birthday. I’ll remember this forever now, what with his being the day after Emma’s. (At least I hope so, I can’t seem to remember Ally’s, but whatever, I can try.)
I’ve mentioned this market before. It is the closest one to my house, and they know me there. When I forget my coupons I can go back later and redeem them. Sure, maybe all stores do this, but mine is special. So are the folks who take care of me there. Like Cedrick. Happy Happy to you, hope your day was festive! I’ll be in again soon, with my tattered recycled bags for you to tease me about.
In foreign license plate news, I have several scribbled-on scraps of paper here next to me with the following: Alaska (which could have been a repeat), British Columbia (times 2, cheers!), New Mexico, Missouri, and TWO Hawaii cars, neither of which were all that great, just sayin’ -sort of odd to pay money for shipping a crappy old truck and a beat up POS.
The other day I startled an old guy, but it wasn’t bad. He was not Cranky Santa, but he may as well have been. He was very grouchy looking, and as he walked across the street in front of my Wee Walnut, he just glared at me. So I smiled, hugely. Then I waved. I thought he was going to fall down in the street. It was like no one had ever done that to him before. I laughed at his response, choosing not to consider that he had a sad life, instead, believing that I had cheered him up. See? I’m practicing my positives all over the damn place these days.
When Empress and I were sitting at our table yesterday, awaiting the To Go food I had ordered for Daniel, and her free meal, I saw this. And, well…. it had to be photographed, then shared.
If you guys have a Denny’s near by (and seriously, who doesn’t?), and you are a carnivore, or an omnivore, please make a point of stopping in. The Bacon Pyramid! Come on, that’s fabulous, in so many ways! (I got Dan the bacon meatloaf dinner, he said it was very nicely done. But no, I could not face the sundae thing that had bacon in it, I do have my limits, hard as that may be to believe.)
(Now that I think about it, you could even be a vegetarian, or pescetarian like Em and Han. They DO have choices that don’t include bacon! And if you get a good server like we did [Matteo!], he’ll keep the meat options away from your other food, so you can conveniently take them home, for the boyfriend or dog.)
And speaking of this restaurant, it’s a family joke, but in a very kind and joyful way. We have one close by, just over the hill. Obviously near the freeway, they all are. And it’s run by a pretty cool guy, we’ve been in there enough to recognize him now. Here’s the reason we’ve been in there enough, we eat at odd hours, and they are open all the time. They are on a short list of available options. Them and Shari’s. After that, it’s nothing but 7-11.
During the growing up years for our witchlings, when we couldn’t afford to really GO anywhere for vacations or days off (basically the same as now), we’d take the kids there. And we sometimes would pretend we were from out of town. It was one of our Fake-vaction destinations. That only worked briefly though. Not too long ago we all piled in one night and our server was a girl the kids had gone to school with. It was sort of a shock. Oh well, we still had fun.
Our Denny’s is next to a hotel (again, I think they probably all are) and when we take our little after dinner walks we get to see lots of foreign cars. The requisite post dining constitutional around the parking lot can also be entertaining when cops come in for their all-hours-of-the-night-and-day meals too. But we also sometimes need to alternate, if Dan has been in there (while on duty) for a break recently, it’s not as much fun to drag the family there in that case. We make it work. Mostly because we have to, but also because we’re like that. Fun is everywhere, if you want it to be. Find a 24 hour, off the freeway place, in your area, and pretend you are just passing through. It can be a delightful experience. (Potentially with bacon!)
Our card today is from my working deck and it’s one that I have always liked. I call it “Reap What You Sow.”
7 of Pentacles
Because it’s the suit of Stuff, this is all about what we have produced. In working hard, and doing the tasks necessary, we are now ready to harvest the fruits of our labours. This is a card dealing with monetary aspects, or items of matter, what we have made, created, done, or fashioned from our toils.
The illustration shows a guy, wearing working gloves and leaning on a shovel, rake, or some other gardening style tool. He has been tending his crops, doing the hard work of producing something that matters. This is us right now, even if some of us aren’t that outdoors-y, we are still doing the work, making something that matters, producing something OF matter.
Some of the common words associated with this card are: cleverness, growth, usefulness, ingenuity.
Seven is a very spiritual number, like nine, in the higher echelons of numerology. Reaching for that spiritual perfection, being very thoughtful and conscious. Like the saying “be here now” or striving for a more thoughtful way to be spiritual. The number seven deals with Magickal forces. Sevens are esoteric, they symbolize the scholarly aspects of Magick.
The number seven is representative of intellectual activities, mystery, and the focused search for esoteric meanings. Sevens deal with the activation of imagination and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. Ruled by Saturn, seven can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of the number seven, we can learn to utilize its Magickal vibration in a beneficial way. (Side note, I just did a reading recently where this number came up, and the “impractical dreaming” was something we discussed.)
As we reap our rewards we must also remember to be thankful. We need to keep a graciousness in mind. Yes we worked hard and now we are able to enjoy our crops, but we should never take these blessings for granted. We must be conscious of the effort and actively aware of the rewards. Thank You hard work, and Thank You benefits of that labour.