Joyful Living.

             Okay, where were we?  Right.  A day at the coast and then on to Portland.  With friends.  Including one husband, and a bonus daughter.  Plus those mummies.  And that dead person.

             This (hideously misshapen) guy is a hotel marker, and please don’t ask us why he is standing the way he is.  We didn’t.  (But we DID assume it was to direct drivers down the road behind us.)

viking in lincoln city

Karen, a shirtless viking, Barb, and me.
(Because, why wouldn’t you take a picture with him?!)

             At this point, we were walking to get some dinner.  The ideas we had, up to here, were all shot down, due to it being a Tuesday.  (Again, we chose not to ask.)  But then, we just sort of wandered up to a place.  And it was great!

             The next night’s evening meal (sadly, sans one) was slightly better planned.  In a way.  My son helped.  (Using WAY more words.)

portland dessert

These appear much more monochromatic than they actually were.

              In Eugene, we have a lack of good (basic, old-fashioned) Italian restaurants.  In New Jersey, they do not.  Fortunately, my friends love me, and allow me to select food.  So we went HERE.  And it was super good.  Of course, several desserts were shared, top left: chocolate cream puffs, top right: cheese cake, bottom center: tiramisu.

             There are a few more photos around, I think.  But for now, you are mostly all caught up.  The entire trip was refreshing.  Enlightening.  Uplifting.  An excellent adventure.  And I want to do it again SOON!

             Today was not bad either, though.  When I woke up, my intention (relax/de-stress) and our message, were perfectly clear.

Passion and Devotion;

spend time doing what you love.

             And on our card altar, positivity reigns supreme.  Just the way we like it.

crystals and oracle cards

“Snowflake Obsidian  ~  

empowerment, protection, ideas, talents

You have so many wonderful inspirations, ideas, and talents that, to date, you have kept hidden, protecting and nurturing them within the fertile and loving landscape of your heart and imagination.  And rightly so, for the last few years have been like an incubation period, a time in which you have subconsciously been collecting creative fuel to be used at a later date.

Well, that time has now come!  You will soon begin to express and empower your ideas and inspirations as you discover practical applications for them in the physical world.  It is time for you to shine so don’t hold back any longer!”

             Any definition that arrives with such excitable and enthusiastic punctuation can only be a good omen.  This one sounds so joyous!  We’ll take it.

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Mileage:

includes our picnic dinner.  Where we heard the Springfield Community Concert Band playing music at a free park concert.

             (If you click on that link, you’ll see a group picture, Ally [and her very large musical instrument] can be seen in the last row, far left.  Her delightful Mrs is in the center row, 6th one in from the left [with a smaller, but no less important, instrument].)

washburne park, sccb

That shade he’s standing in? Yeah, it was gone in a matter of minutes, and I broiled for the next hour.

             It was only 7.234 miles round-trip, but the hills brought our time (46 minutes and 14 seconds) and average pace (9.3 MPH) down considerably.  The event was totally worth it though.

             Dan’s map failed, so there will be no link this time.  (Which is too bad, that ride would have been fun to see, especially elevation, and looping turns to look at a house, pick up some salad, and our circuitous route home.)

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.


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.