(This accidentally posted an hour early, if you are here between 9:45 and 10:55 [p.m. on the 9th], come back later, I’m still editing.  Thanks for your patience.)

             We received an advertising flyer in the mail this afternoon.  It was for hearing loss something something something, none of which I read too closely.  I looked at it, made a joke to Dan that it was addressed to him, because he is REALLY old, and then tossed it into the recycle.  Then I went out on the bike. 

             Our weather is gorgeous right now, so when I got back, Max and I moved the flamingos around, creating a marching walkway for J.D. to parade up and down, when he finally arrives.  We have so many things to discuss that I’ve got a list AND a pile).

              At some point I cut my finger, but didn’t realize it until we were going inside.  (Of course I put Magical Blue Stuff on it.)  You may need to enlarge this photo below, to see the hideousness better.

               We headed downstairs to advise Daniel of all that we had accomplished.  Here is the conversation, as it actually happened.

Me:  I’m bleeding.

Him:  (not paying attention to me)

Me:  You are supposed to say “of course you are” -go ahead, say it.

Him:  Of course you are.

Me:  Now, ask me why.

Him:  Okay.  Why?

Me:  I was rearranging the flamingos.

Him:  (has gone back to ignoring me)

Me:  Don’t worry though, I took a picture of it right away.

Him:  Oh, good.  Wouldn’t want you to miss an opportunity to turn your injuries into blog fodder.

Me:  Exactly!

              Fastforward one hour, he is leaving for work.  I am standing in my spot, at the front door, so as to give him the pre-shift smooches.  (It’s our routine, he gets blessings/kisses on the threshold to keep him safe.)  The dog is at our feet.  I tell him to go outside (the dog, not the husband, he’s already out there), while he has the chance.  Maximum Grand Dog can’t seem to recall how to pee, he is ENTIRELY distracted by the fact that this deputy on the porch had, moments before, been eating some chicken.

            Finally, I say (with big arm motions and everything), “Max!  Go potty!”  He scampers across the deck, where we watch him NOT go any further.  He just stands there, and stares at us.  We both stare back.  But Dan’s eyes wander, off into the yard.  Then THIS conversation happens.

Him:  The flamingos are different.

Me:  (staring at him, with the look of REALLY?! in my eyes)  Yes, I JUST told you that!  It’s how I cut my finger, WHY I was bleeding! 

Him:  Oh.  I heard “I closed the window.”

Me:  I’m gonna go get you that flyer.  You can NOT hear.

Him:  Sometimes what you think you are saying is not really what comes out. 

Me:  Uh no.  (Going inside and closing the screen door on him.)  Go to work, I need to call the hearing loss place.

             Our daily draw is among my favorite spiritual images, and favorite animals.  In real life they are like big ol’ dogs, which is lovely, as well as entertaining, when you get to know an individual one, or seven.  The message here is very similar to our Vision Quest sign from the other day.

“Horse  ~  Each  (pronounced as Ech)  ~  The Goddess, The Land, Travel.

The card shows a gray mare with the chalk hill figure of the White Horse of Uffington, Oxfordshire, in the background.  In the foreground we see mare’s peas (bog-bean) and horsetail growing, and, to the left, horse-shoe vetch.  Carved on one rock is the symbol of a key, and on the other a mounted warrior.  The sun is prominent in the sky above.

The spirit of Each calls us to journey, to travel.  This may manifest itself as a desire to travel in the physical world, or we may be drawn to voyaging to the inner realms.  She brings us energy and speed and connects us to the power of both the land and the sun.  The horse-goddess is patroness of the complete life-cycle of birth, death, the afterlife and rebirth.  By working with the spirit of Each, we will grow to feel comfortable with every aspect of the life-cycle, knowing that the goddess protects and guides us through each of its stages.

Drawn reversed, this card may be asking us to look at the roots of our restlessness.  If we have difficulty settling down, staying in one place, or completing tasks, it may be that we have not fully accepted the flow of the life-cycle and our part within it.  Attuning to the spirit of the horse may help us to connect with our sense of place in the world – with the spirit of the land beneath us and the sky above us.”

             Well that was profound, wasn’t it?  And how very thematic as well.  I had completely forgotten that this one was associated with life-cycles.  Seriously, I adore it when the Universe does this.  It’s so validating, and so over-all meaningful too.

            (It also reminds me of the Horse Goddess card we used to get with that Celtic Shaman’s Pack, very Epona-esque.)

               Tonight I’m going to be discussing another cross stitch project with my son, and I have recently been asked to stitch up three more commission pieces.  There it is, the beginning of that influx we were told to watch for.  Also, I found a quarter on my bike ride today.  More validating signs that what I’m doing is correct.  Whew!

             Here is not one, but THREE, Daily Dog shots for you guys (and for his girl, who is missin’ him super bad by now). 

            (This had to be updated, when it was pointed out to me that, there was one view of Max up there, and two down here.  Apparently, I can’t actually count any longer.)

Posing nicely for his Nana.

             Catching him not moving is tricky, but I’m getting better at it.  Or maybe he’s just tolerating me more.  Hard to say with us.

Hey, that coulda been a cat!

 Today’s Deck:

The Druid Animal Oracle ~ Working With The Sacred Animals Of The Druid Tradition by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Bill Worthington.

Trifecta Check In:  third day was a good one, until Dan and I had to have a stupid fight over a fork situation in the tub of Toby’s dip slash spread slash snack food.  We need to get a fucking life.  Either that, or spend less time together.


15 thoughts on “Equine Senses.

  1. Olo. That’s Hello as in Megamind!

    I like the horses like big dogs comment – reminds me of Tangled! And yup, good card, even in reverse.

    I had my hearing tested in 2010. Am young for hearing loss but wanted to make sure that my use of earplugs when I was in unhealthy-noise-factory worked. Turns out they did. All clear on the auditory front. Now just to not overdo it with headphones.

    (My) yesterday was my fave cousins’ birthday. That thar apostrophe is correct – they’re twins. 9 March :-D. Didint get to see ’em but next birthday I’m partying with them. Hanging with 19 year olds should be surefire way to keep young. As for them being fave – I love all my cousins but I like them the best. As they tell me, we’re awesome. Methinks is ’cause we’re all born on a 9th – they are in March and I’m in May. They are proof that love grows exponentially – twins show you that you don’t partition love and dole it out, (maybe we partition like), but love grows the more you give. *HAPPY.

    YES! The horse in Tangled! And wait, wasn’t his name Max? 😀

    So glad your ears are all in working order, with no damage. Very smart to be safe.

    Happy Happy Birthday to them both! Exactly right, the more we give of our love, the more we get back. Very bright twin cousins you have!

    11:08 p.m.

  2. Usually when I read one of your conversations with Dan or one of Jenny Lawson’s with Victor, I feel a little sympathy for the husbands. This time it’s all for you, babe. Of course, after I got done laughing. Men. I remember them. Sort of.
    Those flamingos are looking good.
    Once this guy suggested that the way to get rid of hiccups was to ask the person hiccuping – can I have your hiccups, please? Using that same logic, can I have all your cuts and scrapes, please?
    Seriously I want you to stop hurting yourself starting right 3-2-1 NOW!

    A few weeks ago I finished reading her archives, for The Bloggess site, and I’m all current on her Sex Is blog, still working through Ill Advised. What was so funny to me was that, since I was brand new to her stuff, I never knew she did the same type of He Said/She Said conversations! Hers are WAY funnier than ours, but like them, we actually talk this way. To EACH OTHER! Every damn day.

    (Of course now I look at Dan and say “it’s called helping, asshole” far too much.)
    Gawd I love that young woman.

    Be careful what you ask for. 😉

    12:56 a.m.

  3. I love your conversations with Dan. So very funny.
    I really liked the parade of flamingos and Max is just so freaking cute.

    I like the horse card, I do believe that my journey is an internal one. This part was very pertinant too: “it may be that we have not fully accepted the flow of the life-cycle and our part within it.” Something I know I need to work on, and now I will give it the focus it deserves.

    One of the things I like about Horse is how she guides both types, the journey within as well as the physical outer ones.

    11:49 p.m.

  4. OMG — I was just talking about The Bloggess today on my blog. Could we all sync up much?

    Shit, we’re like an all girls dorm!

    11:55 p.m.

  5. Thank you for the giggles over your conversation. 😀

    Sure Thing’s comment makes me think about when one of the kids would ask me who I love best, and I would tell that one I loved him/her best. The other kid would stand there looking all crestfallen and then I would turn to that one and say “I love you best, too.” At which point they would both look confused and I would explain the magicness of love.

    Love horses. Used to dream about riding them when I was pregnant.

    Well those were powerful dreams you had! Wow, pretty cool, in terms of strength and guardianship for your kids.

    11:57 p.m.

  6. I find horses big and scary. Yes, I’ve ridden them. I’ve fallen off a pony and gotten back on (and fallen off) twice. I’ve had my foot stepped on. I’m not fond of horses. They are much better in theory.

    I would have to say that I fall under the challenged position. I’m restless and cannot commit and just stay still. I definitely have problems with the whole life and death, everything passes away/along thing, forget there even being a cycle of rebirth (which I’m still very iffy on).

    I feel I need more love, but i guess it’s just because maybe I need more like … as in some more local friends. Well, one friend should be available again after her wedding finally. In April.

    Learning to enjoy the state we are in is such a challenging lesson.

    12:01 a.m.

  7. You and Dan are too funny.

    I, too, have difficulty with accepting the life cycle. So much of it just pisses me off.

    Max is adorable as usual. My daughter came for a look/see and thinks he is awesome, too. Now I have to go get dressed and do the requisite shopping trip!

    Max says, “hi, Daughter!”

    12:03 a.m.

  8. Oh, I miss my ponies. Skye, they are much better when You aren’t riding them! I fell off and gave myself a concussion a few years back. Even with my helmet on. Cracked it in two.

    But I do love when they follow me around with their noses resting on that spot between shoulder and neck. And they are very good hand warmers in the winter. I miss them lots, but not having to get water to them in -10 degree weather.

    That following around? One of the ways those horses are just like big ol’ dogs. 😉

    12:05 a.m.

    1. Hmmm-helmets. Good for saving one’s noggin’ when riding…

      (I couldn’t resist.)

      (Well, I COULD HAVE. I just didn’t.)

      LOL! You are so NOT subtle. And yet, SUCH a mom.

      (We love that about you.)

      9:16 p.m.

  9. Toby’s! That stuff looks good. Clearly, I need to investigate this. Currently, I’m marinating some tofu in a low-sodium sesame ginger sauce. It tastes pretty good when you bake the tofu.

    And what the heck happened to the nice weather??? ‘They’ say we might get snow on Monday. I would like to protest.

    Toby’s spread/dip stuff is SO good, and SO versatile. When I get a chance I want to poke around on that site some more and see what else they offer, I didn’t realize it was a whole family of products until I went looking for the link.

    Your ginger sauce sounds great! I’m having some issues with the seasoning, Dan hasn’t had a chance to read Joels’ book, so there are not a lot of choices here yet.

    Need to go check EugeneWeather dot net, my source for all things “outdoor” related. Lol, it’s going on Spring, this is what it does here! 😛

    12:12 a.m.

  10. Nothing like a food fight to get the digestive juices going 😉
    Love the flamingo flare path – shame it ended in another booboo.

    We’ve been extraordinarily fight-y lately, not sure why. Well, I probably do know why, now that I think about it.

    12:16 a.m.

    1. The other day I put some vegetables in the oven to roast. Then I got distracted ironing clothes for Two and his friend. They were going to a semi-formal party. The Captain wandered in, and we decided it would be a good idea to teach the friend how to knot his own necktie, and…the vegetables burned. Errgghh.

      It took a few minutes, but I managed to figure out how to blame the Captain. That’s the kind of mood I’ve been in lately.

      Dan and I found this VERY amusing. Very.

      (Poor Captain.)

      9:14 p.m.

      1. Okay, *I* found it amusing. But only because it helps me feel better to know that I’m not the only one making her husband’s life like this.

  11. Oh my, you guys are SO us… Maybe it is just old married people fodder, but jeez…we coulda had that conversation. Twice.

    I have heard our neighbors exhorting their Jack Russell terrier (named Jack, of course) to “potty” as they’re heading out for the evening. I heard the Mrs. (after being out there for quite some time) to tell the Mr. to “go potty” and listened to the two of them howl with laughter.

    There are some commands that just make sense! 😉

    12:18 a.m.

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