With the exception of our card, tonight’s post is going to mostly just be a series of updates. As you noticed, we had some “technical difficulties” here last night. Obviously they are still not quite repaired. WordPress and I have been conferring. Hanny got everything back up, not exactly where it used to be, but at least it’s all visible again. Thanks Babe, for saving us once more.
It was horribly disconcerting at first, and threw many of us off of our game (me included, I had to just shut everything down, and still have not caught up on my blog hopping). I don’t want to think it’s a sign that we need to change shit up around here, I’m very fond of how it all looks and works (well, when it works), and seriously don’t feel like doing anything different at this time. I’ll keep you posted.
After our weekend up to Seattle on the train, and our many neighborhood walks, wanders, dog outings, and hilly trudges, we became extremely interested (as we do) in what was happening around Han and Adam and Indiana‘s new home. One of the places we were all dying of curiosity about was The Alfaretta. Today my Hurricane published an article about it here. Go there and see how we all helped to educate a major city with our nosiness. (Also, be sure to notice the photo credits, wink wink.)
On the health front, my peroneal tendonitis continues to mend nicely. We were pressed for time today so I had to abbreviate my daily movement. I shortened The Route but I marched it quickly, in a very sporty manner. And in the rain.
Also, as you can see, nearly in the dark as well. That’s the view up our street as I was heading out. I’m thrilled with how efficiently my body heals itself. I knew the swelling was still there, but it wasn’t painful. I was able to go at a fairly quick pace, continuing to be conscious of how everything was feeling. I’m happy to report that it went well. Although it was only about half as far as I’ve been going lately.
I cut out the far end and went up by the cottages. Passing this truck on the way. The wet weather didn’t bother me too much, it did remind me that I need a better jacket though. I wore a white coat (for reflective purposes) and I thought that the zippered pockets would help to keep my camera and wee music player dry. This was only partially true. It now appears that I need a better system.
What I do NOT need is a new car radio! My friendly local boys at the service center took care of that battery/stereo issue this afternoon. I was SO happy! It was especially welcome news after how concerned I had been over the not-cold keeping Dan from sleeping last night (today, whatever). It seemed like he was constantly getting up and couldn’t stop coughing. He was awake when I got home, and visiting with Max.
It was laundry day for Empress so they came over to use Daniel’s really nice wok while the clothes got clean. Turns out that he DID sleep fine, just in two or three parts. He does this when he needs to adjust his schedule, it’s never ideal, but it’s manageable. I was greatly relieved, about both the car and his resting news.
On our card altar today we have a message that is similar to The Hermit. Again, it came up definitely as an Ally, but I feel compelled to include the Challenger definition from Colette’s guidebook as well. Apparently someone needs to read that.
“The Shadow Queen ~ acquiring knowledge, insecurity, manipulation.
Ally: the Shadow Queen tells you that too many of the details hidden behind your circumstances prevent you from moving forward quickly at this time. She has come with a lantern to help shed light on what is concealed within you or your situation. This is the time to wait for more to be revealed.
Perhaps you lack clarity and the knowledge of how to proceed with the subject of your inquiry. It is time to educate yourself a little more about your intention and then put that information to work for you. The Shadow Queen asks that you dig deep to gain strength and that you have the courage to ask someone ‘in the know’ to shed light on your circumstances. She promises to send that person to you. Beware of moving too quickly in the dark, as you will likely trip and fall and have to start again.
Challenger: the Shadow Queen gently asks you to address your innermost character flaws with compassion, for now it is time to bring your wounded self and hidden agendas into the light. You are seeing the tangible results of those aspects of your nature that have evolved in response to the difficulties in your life: they have been a means to help you survive.
Perhaps you are falling prey to insecurity masked as elitism and arrogance, believing that you know best; to comparing yourself with others; or to being fearful and self-sabotaging. You may have been taught that manipulating others rather than being direct is the way to get your needs met. The Shadow Queen reminds you that manipulation in any form isn’t the best method of getting what you want. Another meaning that can also apply is the possibility that you are being affected by someone else’s wounded self. Perhaps you are the one being manipulated.
Whatever the cause, it is time to take a fearless personal inventory and observe what part you play in the dramas and potential disasters in your life. When you come to the place of humility, forgiveness, and grace, then you may proceed again and walk into the Light. There is great value and strength in facing your own shadow in the realm of the Shadow Queen.”
And lastly, in fudge news, we have also made improvements. That first batch, as I mentioned in the comments, was disappointing. The newer version (with walnuts and coconut) is fabulous (and will no doubt be gone very soon).