Today I passed by no fewer than five different and separate spots with newly blooming crocus.  Did I stop to photograph them?  No.  I did not.  When I’m pedaling along I’m usually slightly late.  In both directions.  So, pretend that you can see some here now.  I’ll go walk around tomorrow, and try to find more.

             Speaking of moving around, our Yoga Fridays may be transforming.  The weather here has taken a turn for the lovely, so Ryon and I went outside, ending up with a very hilly work-out.  (Which will be reflected in my daily mileage.)  If you watched the news clip that I linked to the other day (whatever day that was), they showed the gym team pushing a car.  They do it nearly every morning.

             We have two buttes, one downtown, the other to the South East.  The close-in hill is where work-outs (including car-pushing), runs, and now bike rides, all take place.  It was delightful out this afternoon, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to doing this loop once a week.  I’ll keep you posted.

             On our card altar we have a message of some intensity, but is so pretty to look at.

Temperance  ~  14

Temperance ~ 14

             When I see this one, my first thought is always: BALANCE.  It’s that one-foot-in-water-one-on-dry-land aspect which jumps out at me.  The physical (and literal) juggling doesn’t help dissuade me from this immediate impression, either.

            But there’s more to it.  The representing view is vast, it incorporates mountains, prairies, and waterscapes.  It gives the feeling of a glorious sunny day, but with a depth that can only be reached by slowing down and connecting with the fluidity of it all.  Stopping our busy-ness and absorbing the healing moment here in this scene.

             The me-character, or main being in the illustration, is strength and grace personified.  This is also us, it is our inner-self.  We are all that strong and that fine.  We all contain a harmony, a melding of the polarities.  We simply need to acknowledge and recognize this fact.

             Another major point of focus for me tonight is the gold and the wings, a prominent feature that tells us of value.  When a rich and deep hue is present we are comforted and reflected by it.  That’s the feeling I have now, this message talks about our magnificence and our spiritual glow.

             The card number adds down to Five, so you know how I feel about that one.  We are in these bodies, as humans, to learn and grow.  We use our senses and the tools that we have available.  We’re on this planet, in this position, for our Soul’s growth.  That is the journey.  That is the main and most basic lesson.

             When we forget about our own Divinity and individual worth, these reminders appear.  All we have to do is honour them.  And ourselves in the process.  Remembering our Balance is key.

             From HERE, we have this, which sums it up perfectly:

“. . . . . (the word) chemistry is included here because Temperance deals with mixing the right ingredients in our lives in order to flow easily upon the path of our choosing.  It takes a little time to balance the load just right, but once we do we experience some tremendous breakthroughs in our progress.”

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Mileage:

is the ride downtown and back, plus some up-hill-ing (I walked down some of it, to save my brake pads, and because it’s more taxing horrible challenging) for a grand total of 11.547 miles at an average (staggeringly slow) pace of 8.1 MPH  for one full hour, 25 minutes, and 10 seconds.

Baking Notes and Clarification:

in reply to recent comments.  Some of you worried that Martha led me astray with her instructions.  Not so.  The pan really was to blame this time.  It’s probably almost 40 years old and was made of that era’s most advanced materials.  Sadly, that means it was not a classic and exquisite antique and not even very good quality.  It was highly porous and potentially even toxic.

             I absolutely DID grease (as recommended) before I poured in the batter, following the recipe and utilizing basic knowledge that I have somehow retained, over lo, these many years.  However, no amount of butter or oil or spray would have saved this cake.  A new pan is on the Wish List.  Until then, we’ll be making other things.

Monthly Bike Total:

for February is 144 miles pedaled.  Compared to January (157), not too bad for a short month (and a short bike rider).

10 thoughts on “Blending.

  1. You know, for me, the problem with the Temperance card has always been that it seems boring. Everything in balance, nothing out of place, everything’s the way it’s supposed to be, “should” be. So I like your interpretation–it gives it a different emphasis. “a depth that can only be reached by slowing down and connecting with the fluidity of it all” and the idea that we all contain our own personal version of harmony and the blending of polarities. good reading.

    Well I always love your insight on these types of things, so thanks!

    10:57 p.m.

  2. Wow, riding up that butte… intense!

    Another beautiful Robin Wood Tarot card… though the triangle symbol on his robe is incongruous and stands out too much, IMO. Love your take on this card, though!

    For clarification, we didn’t say that more grease would’ve saved the cake/pan, but that flour very likely would’ve… the flour on top of the grease is the important part (that Martha did leave out).

    Funny you mentioned the triangle inside of that square. That was part of the Gold which drew my eye. So, it was prominent for a reason!

    11:00 p.m.

  3. I didn’t see any crocus blooming here. We do have daffodils, though. I got in the van and drove myself to the pool and to get my hairdone, home and back out to work, Walmart after work and home again. All in a mix of snow and rain. All day. And I didn’t even stress too much.
    I am awed by your monthly totals! Truly cool.

    And I am inspired by your devotion to get out and drive in that shitty weather to accomplish your errands and enjoy refreshing pool time!

    11:07 p.m.

  4. Yep. Flour on top the grease for the cake. I’m with Corina. However, if you actually had a “non-stick” kinda coating on that old a pan and it was coming off, yikes, yes, that needs to go. (shudder)

    My crocus are coming up. I just saw them poking their leaves up through the snow.

    Yay! on all your biking. Just think how far you’ve come on your fitness quest! Awesomeness.

    No, nothing was coming off of the pan, it wasn’t breaking down or anything. Not a non-stick type of surface. I would never feed anyone with THAT happening near the food.

    11:09 p.m.

  5. Wow, you cycled up the butte? Go you! Even if it wasn’t fun, I’ll bet it will have a good effect on your body.

    I miss crocus. And I will miss the crocus, but that’s okay because I’ll be up there for the Tulip Festival. In my Seattle house, there used to be crocus and wild hyacinth growing in and around the lawn in the late winter and early spring. It was wonderful.

    I like your take on the Temperance card: balance and blending. I can work with those.

    And excellent numbers for your cycling month. Wow. You continue to impress!

    Can’t wait to see pictures of that Tulip festival!

    11:10 p.m.

  6. This is a good reminder for me. I tend to go all out and do everything at once and then hurt my back or my knee, or just exhaust myself. I’m concentrating on balance and “me time” this month.

    I do the same thing, even mentioned it in tonight’s post. Also, “me time” is VERY important!

    11:14 p.m.

  7. Ooooooh, crocuses! Mine are currently buried under roughly three feet of snow. But we have an even stronger sign of springs approach: the sap buckets are on the trees! 😀

    Okay, so here’s the deal, Dan and I were shopping not too long ago, in a grocery store. And we needed more of what we squirt/squeeze over/on top of pancakes/waffles at this end of America. It is NOT maple syrup. We realized that neither one of us has ever actually tasted REAL maple syrup. And right then, the price was prohibitive, so we still don’t know what it’s like. When we come to visit you, will there be any we could have with breakfast? 😉

    11:16 p.m.

    • OMG, are you serious?!? Yes. Come. There will be real maple syrup. (That other stuff is flavored corn syrup and tastes nothing like the real thing, which is substantially less sweet, but also substantially more delicious.)

      • We know exactly what the “other stuff” is, and we’d much rather find out what the REAL kind is like. Even though then, we’d know what we’re missing, where as now, we don’t. 😕

  8. I was at Mary’s yesterday helping with a dead truck battery, and was treated to a beautiful crocus. I love this card deck.

    As I pedal up towards the University District hospital (much of it on the sidewalk), there are several really clever and lovely plots/plantings of them that I get to see. They won’t last long, but it sure is a pretty sight this week. Glad you were able to enjoy them too.

    11:21 p.m.

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