There were several (fabulous!) blog topics and ideas floating around in my head this afternoon, most of them fell right out.  Because 1) it’s my mother’s birthday, and I nearly forgot it, and B: there was a minor incident* at the pool tonight.

*It was actually a scheduling misunderstanding (along with a raging case of disrespect), but the entire situation got slightly emotionally heated there for a bit.  And “management” had to be called.  For the first time in over a month, it was NOT the fault of my new nemesis, who I fondly refer to as That Fucking Idiot.  (She is a story for another day, suffice it to say, this a challenge.  And a lesson.)

             So, instead of any of those things I thought I’d be talking about,  we won’t.  We’ll just look at some delightfully uplifting photos.  The first one, below, I took last night as we were unloading our new basket-o-goodness-and-amazing-bargains.  You’ll notice their diminutive size, relative to my still-holding-on-for-dear-life, and previously discussed, crappy old flip phone.

plastic pink flamingos at the dollar store
One dollar each.

             The bargain shop where everything is a buck, had LOTS of pink flamingo items.  It was with GREAT restraint that only these two (above) lovelies came home with us.

             Totally worth an entire 100 pennies.  As  you can plainly see, their “legs” are stabbed into their middles (through the neck area) upon purchase.  Then, following the instructions (not even kidding), you remove the metal sticks and jab them into OTHER, more appropriate, holes*.  So that the birds may stand.  Like this.

*Hey, I’m not judging, merely, describing.

dogs and flamingos
Are we done now, Nana?”

             Here is Maxx, posing patiently.  Looking around with very little interest in what I’m doing.  We had to take several shots, just to get this not-so-great-one.  My positioning of all three of them could have been better.  But, you get the idea.  An adorable wee mated pair, now added to our collection.  They already feel part of the family.

             On our card altar we have a message from that Special Occasion deck, because ya know, my mom doesn’t turn 72 every damn day.  (We brought her gifts over earlier in the week, my brother came by this morning with his daughters, and she’s been getting phone calls for hours.)

animal cards and messages

“Echidna  ~  33

Personal Protection

When threatened, Echidnas quickly dig themselves into the ground leaving no part visible except for their quills.  Such a move precludes anyone from picking them up or altering their path.  They effectively shut themselves off from the world, preventing anyone from interfering or getting too close.

Such action not only protects them from predatory attack, but unfortunately also shields them from the assistance or support offered by those who would see no harm come to them.  What if the Echidna’s quest for food leads him onto a busy road, into oncoming traffic and inevitable danger, for example?  What if a passing motorist stops and attempts to direct him off the road?  What if the attempts prove futile, because the Echidna’s obstinate character prevents him from realising the error of his ways?

Quickly agitated, Echidnas prey on Ants because they know they hold a secret: patience and strength of character.   Ant nurtures the collective powers of the mind, body, and spirit.  It expounds the strength found in community and unity.

If Echidna has shuffled into your cards today, you are being asked to open your heart to the needs of those around you and the nurturing they can offer.  Stop shutting people out.  You need to let down your guard, relax your sense of personal protection, develop tolerance, and begin to trust.  Shunning anything (or anyone!) that may divert you from your path is great if you want to live an independent life, but Echidna warns against protecting yourself to the point that your heart becomes impenetrable.

Echidna helps us understand the fundamental distinction between denial and determination or, more to the point, the difference between not wanting assistance and not needing support.

The idea of an independent lifestyle may appear attractive – free of the hassles of commitment and responsibility to others, but if you become too complacent you may accidentally find yourself exiled from social activity all together.  Your friends may wander away, for example, and your family may forget to invite you to family events.

To stand rigid and distant from those in your life will eventually give rise to the general belief that you are unapproachable, ungrateful, aggressive, and lacking in humility.”

             We’ve had this one come up before, and yet I still couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it.  (Not like “killing pee-RAWN-yahs!)  So I went in search of a sound recording.  Ah ah!  Gotcha.  Good to know.

             Three and three add down to six, so we have a very sacred number, along with a very helpful message, all in the form of the last card from this group’s Earth category.  Much to learn from and think about.

Today’s Deck:

Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King

Today’s Mileage:

was just up to the pool and back 3.866 in 24 minutes, 55 seconds at 9.3 MPH, and even though the weather guessers had said that I’d get rained on, I did not.  Most pleasant.

10 thoughts on “Re-framed, and Recognized.

  1. Ugh, sorry your pool time didn’t go smoothly!

    Yay, dollar flamingos, and Maxx!

    Echidna has an interesting message, and good advice!

    I forget that he’s not a great object to use as perspective, because it’s hard to tell what size HE is! As you can well attest.

    10:24 p.m.

  2. Oh, and Happy Birthday to your mom!!!

    Thanks! I’m going to read her these greetings, with everyone’s location in the narrative. 😛

    10:26 p.m.

  3. Happy Birthday to your mom!

    So sorry to hear that you’re having problems with your swimmy time. That should be a place of respite not conflict.

    I am up at the butt crack of dawn to go visit a college with Spider Bait. Yaaaawn. I can’t believe my baby is graduating this year! *sniffle*

    That should be a place of respite not conflict.”

    This is exactly the point we tried to make. I’ll know how it went by Moonday. And will report back.

    10:27 p.m.

  4. Happy Birthday to Mom! Interesting card, with an interesting message. And I am glad you dodged raindrops. I was not so lucky.

    I was fairly surprised that we were so successful in our dodging, actually.

    10:29 p.m.

  5. Happy Birthday, Mom! (I can borrow your mom, can’t I?)

    I think Max and the pinkies make a darling picture. Perfectly posed.

    I have a feeling I was meant to see that card. Why is it I can tell people on the internet I’m suffering, but not those close enough to actually help me? Hmmm? Good Question. I’m all prickly these days, that’s for sure.

    EVERYone can borrow my mom!!!
    It’s what she lives for. 😆

    10:31 p.m.

    (The answer to that “good” question is mostly about how you subconsciously believe you do or do not deserve any help.)

  6. Happy birthday to your mom. Great photo, and fabulous message. This is something I have to be consciously aware of, because it’s too easy to lock myself away and write. We all need community. : )

    And in tonight’s post, the Universe tells us WHY “we all need community.”

    10:32 p.m.

  7. Happy birthday to your mom!

    I have definitely ended up like the Echidna and became too independent, too detached, too alone. I’ll be relearning how to attach and be interdependent again now.

    Love the picture of Maxx and the two pinkies. It’s quite adorable! Maxx is so patient!

    That Grand Dog of ours IS very patient, but he also has a really talented girl who brought him up right.

    10:34 p.m.

  8. unfortunately there is always much unpleasantness of this sort at my pool.
    those flamingos are cute. as is Max. as always.
    Happy Birthday Julie’s mom.

    Oh no no no, I can’t stand knowing that there’s discomfort and turmoil at your place of refuge……

    10:35 p.m.

  9. Happy belated Birthday to Mama. I didn’t have a computer…I’m late. May all her wishes and dreams come true.

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