Have I mentioned this recently?  How seriously filthy I get when it rains?   Not sure why it never dawned on me before I actually rode in all weather.  I mean, the roadway is just so amazingly dirty, and I’m right down there in it.

             AnyHoo, since I’ve had to wear my raingear, in some form or another, for the past week plus, it reminds me all over again.  Especially when I get actual mud in my eyes!  Also, and only moderately related, is what Dan and I see from the (dis)comfort of our bike seats.  A few days ago it was a chicken.  In a park.  And as you saw yesterday, a local water bird, RIGHT on the bike path.

             Sure, it’s wet and grimy  but it’s also pretty freeing and fascinating.  Much different from being in a car.  Slightly restricting, as far as what we can bring back and forth, but for the most part, super entertaining, and surprisingly easier than I ever imagined.

             As much as I didn’t want summer to end, it has.  And with the approach of October, we’ll make an entire year that I’ve been car-less, and on two wheels.   Can that even be possible?  I guess so.

             Time is such an odd concept.  Like so many aspects of our physical existence.  An example is the message that I woke up with this afternoon, and how our daily draw, are entirely entwined.

Impressions in/Impressions out;

look with love-eyes.

             And then with this (below), it’s a fairly compelling thought.

oracle and self-care cards, gratitude

“Gratitude  ~

Say thank you.

Experience the joy of acknowledging others.”

            Think of it this way, we look upon others with lovingkindness, and we are thankful for our blessings.  When this is our automatic response, with no judgement, we see our path more clearly, learn our lessons more quickly, and follow our Life Map with incredible ease.

             While I was typing away here, my “in box” number changed, so, being the distractable creature that I am, I clicked over to see what new e-mail I had.  Well, it was crap, but that caused me to do some deleting.  Which then brought me to this treasure in a newsletter (that arrived around noon) from Louise Hay:

“Gratitude brings more to be grateful about.  It increases your abundant life.  Lack of gratitude or complaining, brings little to rejoice about.  Complainers always find that they have little good in their life, or they don’t enjoy what they do have. 

The Universe always gives us what we believe we deserve. 

For quite a while now, I’ve been accepting every compliment and every present with: ‘I accept with joy and pleasure and gratitude.’  I’ve learned that the Universe loves this expression, and I constantly get the most wonderful presents!”

             An affirmation from the Queen of The Exceptional Life?  Hell yeah.  So nice, let’s say it twice.


I accept with joy and pleasure and gratitude.

Today’s Deck:

Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson

Today’s Mileage:

was just up to the pool and back, 3.88 in 24 minutes 50 seconds, at an average pace of 9.3 MPH, still without my other gears working, and most of it in a light rain.

Sharing From Friends:

is this delightful snap from our very own xenatuba (thanks, Ally).

water bottles
More Camelbak examples.

             Hers are decorated!  (I need more stickers, quickly!)  Also, the purple one on the right is an insulated variety.  (I had no idea that was an option.)

3 thoughts on “A Thankful Perspective.

  1. I am thankful for you, Julie! It’s so amazing that you’ve been without a car for a YEAR. wow. also it has rained like mad here this week, too.

    I accept and acknowledge, and feel blessed to have you in my life as well. 😀

    12:13 a.m.

  2. The Mrs. and I were discussing wet weather riding options for her. She’d like to commute, but switching from bicyclist in the rain to therapist is kind of a hard switch to make. We’ll be perusing some rain gear options for her…

    Thanks for the display of my water containers. My favorite one has a sousaphone on one side, and a rainbow 8th note on the other; it is, unfortunately, a metal container that requires two hands to access, which I don’t have whilst playing tuba.

    Love the card, the message and the quote. Thanks!

    We just saw Dr Dave recently, on the bike path through Amazon Park (rode with him a few miles and chatted). He was saying that he brings his work clothes with him, wears his biking clothes (and raingear) while pedaling. I can’t actually see how folks DON’T do it that way. You’ve seen me arrive places! Why everyone else doesn’t show up all sweaty and hot I will never understand. If she has space in her office to change (at the beginning and end of work time), that would be my recommendation.

    Let us know what she decides, and how it’s going.

    11:06 p.m.

  3. I am grateful to have you in my life, Julie. And even though there are issues here, I am grateful to my friends for opening their home for me and for all they do for me.

    I am so amazed that you’ve gone from someone who hated the outdoors (so odd for a witch!) to someone who would rather ride her bike, in any weather, than drive or ride in a car now. You are incredible and wonderful.

    Yes, Autumn is here with a vengeance. I picked up some wool yarn yesterday to make a shrug to wear over long-sleeved shirts this winter, and I want to buy some wool yarns to use for an afghan/blanket — wool being heavier and warmer than acrylic. While I do NOT love the weather we are going into up here, well, I’m going to cope with it because I’m with and near loved ones. This first fall and winter is likely to be the most challenging.

    Some of those wool blends (with alpaca, for example) are super soft and lush! Man-made fibres are NEVER an option for me, I still have to stick with cotton.

    11:09 p.m.

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