Physically Caring.

             Let’s catch up, shall we?  To be perfectly honest, the fudge got eaten, not photographed.  Because it’s always SO damn good.  We stop at the same (excellent) place, year after year.  This time?  She recognized and remembered me.  It was way cool.

             While in Portland, we had time to see THIS EXHIBIT.  Mentioned by my son, as we were texting while his father and I drove out of town.  It was amazing.  Touching.  Strange.  Educational.  And fabulously human.

             Afterwards, we poked around in the gift shop briefly, coming home with only one item.

touch stones

Sometimes it will be there, on our card altar, and sometimes it will be in my pocket.

             It’s a rose quartz, shaped like a heart, that says LOVE, with a smooth indentation in the back.  It is, literally, a touchstone.

             Waking up today, I thought of that new sacred purchase, as I stood at the sliding glass door and KNEW my ghost from last night had gone Home.  Gay and Karen were there helping her find her way, and find her Team.  Then I heard this message:

when we mourn “actively,”

it helps release toxins from our bodies so that we heal faster.

             Then, our daily draw turns out to be one of the most healing and compassionate cards.  Just looking at her image creates a sense of calm.

tarot

Queen of Pentacles

             Even though she is of the Earth, she brings with her emotions and feelings.  Tenderness and caring.  Mothering and health.

             She does designate material wealth, but also blessings of a different kind.  Those we gain when we reach out and share ourselves with people we care about.  The type of physicality that is natural in our relationships with loved ones.

             This Queen lives in a lush and pleasant place.  She brings with her abundance and an ample bounty.  Prosperity that she shares freely.

             We have a tactile history in our treasured moments, those times when we gather with our tribes, our clans, our families.  As we’ve been reminded lately, keep those memories close, but also, allow them out, graciously spreading the riches of our hearts, our souls, and our selves.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Mileage:

 was downtown and back, for an appointment and an errand, in the sprinkling muggy rain, for 8.964 miles in 50 minutes 24 seconds, at a not-too-bad pace of 10.6 MPH

Today’s Sharing:

is really a view from yesterday morning (yes, actual before-noon-morning).

water birds, great blue heron

Great Blue Heron

             RIGHT out my window.  Later, as we drove up the coast a few miles, I saw another one.  Then I saw the sign (with the bird’s symbolic image), marking a viewing area for them, and other wildlife.  Presents from the Universe, each and every one.

FLP Report:

includes some from today and some from the last part of our driving, New Mexico, a new style of Alaska, Iowa, super colorful one from Maine, two very strange Washingtons, an Ohio, and two more from B.C.

PDX Safe Landing.

             In the history of ridiculous departures, we have topped even our own “best” (read: worst).  The background is that the new gym has some deliveries on the way, fun work-out toys and equipment which will help on oh so many levels.  In the past few days they’ve been arriving fast and furious, but yesterday was Friday, so if nothing showed up by end of business hours, nothing WOULD show up until Monday.

             We were all packed (eventually) and ready to leave, and kind of resigned to the fact that maybe the scheduled delivery wouldn’t make it today after all.  So we left.  Then, we saw the UPS truck coming right towards us.  By the time Dan got turned around, we’d lost him.

             Our neighborhood is somewhat dense, and the streets tend to take various non-grid-like twists, up and down hills.  One brown van is easy to lose.  However, these were Ryon’s ropes so we persevered.  To success!

             Of course, the car was full to the gills so Dan tied the box of work-out cordage to the top.  (Our Griswald’s Adventure had truly begun.)  One library drive-thru later, we delivered our bonus passenger and the new fitness coils to his front door.  After heart-felt goodbyes and see-you-Mondays we were off.

             To the coffee shack.  Where we happened to see a deputy friend.  Which meant, still more delay.   We briefly visited and caught up.  THEN we got on the freeway.  Fortunately, Hanna & Co were also running slightly on the tardy side.

             We made one pit stop (yes, it IS only a two hour drive).  Our directions were in hand (specifically on Dan’s fancy phone, because even though I was exquisitely diligent about printing off our instructions  I left the paper IN THE PRINTER TRAY!)  We were only slightly hindered by the GPS  locating us in Hawaii , with the third suggestion of travel saying to “travel across the Pacific Ocean” (but we ignored that), however, we  soldiered along.

hotel pools

Oh yeah.
Hotel pool.

               And made it.  Then I found the pool.  Peace reigned throughout the land.  (Adam had gone across the parking lot to the [I am NOT even kidding] Food Sak for wine, so they weren’t too concerned with our less-than-timely appearance.)

             Later when we took the dogs out for their last pee walk, we spotted an awesome leopard print hobo carpet remnant.   And there’s a smell we can’t pin down (completely unrelated to the rug).  “Chicken barn” is our definition of it, but where it’s coming from in THIS part of town is a complete mystery.

             And speaking of the occult  plus shit we can’t see, here’s our daily draw.  No, it’s not a picture we’ll all get to make fun of this time, it’s simply an image that won’t be shared.  Trust me.  The words are plenty.

oracle cards

Angel of New Life  ~

An exciting new chapter of your life is about to unfold.

The Angel of New Life is here to announce that a new chapter of your life is about to unfold.  Over the coming days and weeks you will begin to feel a sense of renewed clarity, purpose, and direction.  New, magical, and exciting things begin to happen as you are intuitively guided to explore new avenues and possibilities for your life.

 Through this process you will uncover aspects of yourself that you didn’t know you had.  Embrace this new and exciting period of your life and know that the past is now behind you.

Your life is forever changing and you are forever evolving to ever greater spheres of light and love through the wondrous spirit of creation.  Enjoy the journey and all the blessings coming your way.”

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Foreign Plates Seen En route:

Tennessee big truck, Montana with the bear, Pennsylvania and more Washingtons/Californias than we could possibly count.

Foreign License Plates Seen In Our Parking Lot, or in Portland today:

South Dakota, New York, Kansas, Arizona (times 4), Hawaii, Alberta.

Notes On My Phone From Lunch:

When looking for an Italian salad ingredient on-line (with a googly phone) that we can’t identify (is it cheese or meat?) be careful that you don’t arrive at porn.

goat calendars

Something I didn’t even know existed.

             That is a calendar.  I wanted to buy it, but resisted.  If I still feel the need for it later, I know where they live.  (Also wanted but not purchased: Fairy Houses, 365 Days of Cake.)