We arrived home mere moments ago, after a very long erranding day.  Not terribly interesting, which is good, because I have no time to share anything but the basics.  (Except, I MUST tell you that we ended up with a killer deal on dried apricots, and that made me SUPER happy.)

             I will give you some details about Today’s Mileage episode now though, because it was entertaining, frustrating, and educational all at the same time.  My idea of strapping Maxx on to my bike did not go as well as I had hoped.  And NOT necessarily for the reasons anyone could have predicted.

             See, he has about three for four different “boxes” for containment purposes.  I thought if we bungee-ed the smallest one to my rear rack we’d be peachy.  And we would have been, if my ass wasn’t so SPACIOUS!  Or maybe it was just that I’m riding a child’s sized bicycle with a child’s sized seat and attempting to affix a plastic carton nearly the size of a boxcar to the back.

             Either way, the crate was crowding me from behind, and I could not pedal very well.  So we removed the carrier and went without him.  My next plan is to install a similar style of rack (from ANOTHER old bike in the garage) to Dan’s two-wheeler.  (Shut up, this is a wonderful idea!)  And get us some sturdier tie-downs.  I’ll keep you posted.

dogs in eugene
Look, he’s fine.

             We DID take the Grand Dog with us in the car earlier, here’s a shot of him enjoying a bit of parking lot time (you know how he loves the parking lots).

             On our card altar today we have a favorite messenger, who came up direct, but I’m feeling like (once again) seeing both definitions will be helpful.

animal cards, hawk meanings

“Hawk  ~  Seabhac  (pronounced as She-vug)  ~

Nobility, Recollection, Cleansing

The card shows a merlin, the smallest of the hawks, perched on a cliff above a beach, on which burn two Beltane fires.  It is dawn, and in the foreground to the left hawksbeard is growing, with common hawkbit to the right.  The hawk’s mate, a female merlin, flies high above the beach.

Seabhac brings the ability to see your life in perspective, to free you of unnecessary ‘baggage’ and to connect you to your ancestral roots.  See if you can take some time out of your daily routine to survey your life calmly and to see events in context.

The Hawk can help you to recollect the missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle you will be trying to assemble and he will help, too, to spot the details which are significant.  When you have a sense of roots and of the breadth of your life, you will start to feel pride and a growing sense of nobility and stature.

Once you know where you have come from and where you are going, your life will be filled with inspiration and enthusiasm, you will sense a new day dawning and you will be able to make decisions with confidence.

Drawn reversed, this card suggest that you could be paying too much attention to detail.  Being precise and ‘hawk-eyed’ can be valuable, but taken to its extreme and without a wider overview, it can lead to arrogance and ultimately a denial of the heart.

Be careful not to get carried away by the justness of your cause, while forgetting to take into consideration the feelings of others.”

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

Today’s Mileage:

according to one of the deputy’s programs it was 3.84, while mine said 3.86, for 24  minutes and 24 seconds with an average speed of 9.4 MPH.

Yesterday’s Baking:

did end up being cookies.

home-made oatmeal cookies
Oatmeal (with lots of extras).

             There was an article in our local paper* the other day about pita bread, which I clipped out.  I’m thinking we’re gonna try that next.

*And then I couldn’t find it on-line.  NOT because of my shitty google-fu skills either, but because the new website is even WORSE than their original, which (TRULY!) I never would have thought possible.  I had to ask Daniel to go and find it for me us.   HERE ya go, we all need to thank him now.

6 thoughts on “Just a very full day.

  1. Max is so cute! (Yes, we all already knew this, I just like re-stating the obvious.) I had been missing seeing him, thank you for reading my mind about that. 😉 Hopefully you’ll be able to figure out a way to bring him on rides, I’m sure he’d enjoy it!

    Oh, this brought a memory I must share… I was on the dock of the bay (and, yes, I actually was sittin’), watching The Kinetic Sculpture Race water leg (if you don’t know what a kinetic sculpture race is, here’s the info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_sculpture_race ). There are always tag-alongs who go out on the Bay in boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. with the sculptures, but aren’t in the race. I see a canoe heading toward the dock with a wooden kitchen chair strapped down right in the middle of the boat, occupied by a ridiculously adorable red miniature Pomeranian with the regal bearing of a princess being rowed around by her servant man. Seriously one of the cutest things ever!

    Hawk is great (though I never do get Celtic pronunciations… if they look like our letters they should be pronounced like our letters, damn it!). I definitely did need both sides.

    Wow, pita looks like quite the process, best of luck! And thank you Dan.

    Hope Emma & Co. do wonderfully & have a safe trip home!

    It was just the anniversary of when Maxx came back in to our lives, so he was on MY mind, more than usual. 😉

    10:07 p.m.

    1. Oh, and the Pomeranian princess had her own little life jacket strapped on, too!

      Of course she was safe! I love this story, and image of her, so much.

      Next year I want to be there for this event!!! Did you notice the amazing Gingerbread house?! GAH, must see this all in real life now!

      10:09 p.m.

      1. Oh, it would be so awesome if you could come down for it! It is the zaniest, silliest, most creative madness, and I know you will love it! (And I would love another (& longer) visit from you two!) You can see more about it at the official website of our race (as you may have read, my home-county was the home of its creation, but other communities around the globe have adopted the idea, and now have their own): http://www.kineticgrandchampionship.com/ . It always happens Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you can come!

        1. Shit! Dan is going to see our Hanny-baby at her new place in May, so we can’t probably ask for more days off. But let me tell you, I LOVE this WHOLE DAMN THING and now want to be part of it, some HOW!!! We’ll be talking about it more, me and you, I promise. (Thanks for that additional link, reading it all!)

  2. Won’t Max be scared being on the back of a bike? He’ll have less stability than he has in a car. Maybe that’s just me.

    Pita bread: Wow! Go you and Dan! That should be quite interesting. I look forward to the pictures.

    I’ll be thinking about the Hawk card to see how it fits with me.

    It’s just you. 😛

    10:10 p.m.

  3. YaY for Hawk. I woke up this morning and things started dropping into place. Finally I felt I could see the future, it had purpose and I wasn’t crazy in the head. Well, at least not the bad crazy. 😉

    We now watch a show called Worst Cooks In America and they have an opening question when you apply,
    “have you ever had a kitchen fire?” One contestant answered the exact same way I would have,
    “it’s a kitchen! Who HASN’T had a fire?!”

    That’s how I feel about mental health.
    Who ISN’T some kinda crazy?!

    10:12 p.m.

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