Sunday, February 21, 2010

Simple Joy Sunday

Finding the simple joys each week...

Scott had to work all day on Valentine's Day, so we really weren't able to spend any time together then at all. So, on Monday night when I got home from work we went out for a belated Valentine's Day dinner. Somehow, he always manages to make things special.

So, what did I do on Valentine's Day by myself? Well, I spent the majority of the day researching (ahem, obsessing) the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk. Finally, I had to get out of my head, so I made some herbal candy. It was actually really fun!

Driving home from work this week, I saw an eagle. I've never seen one not in a zoo before. It was a real treat. Talk about a beautiful creature. It was stunning.

As usual, I had a nice time at this month's Herb Society meeting where we talked about herbal dyes.

Every once in a while my faith in human kindness is renewed. I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some fresh fruit and was standing in line to pay. The woman in front of me was taking forever when the guy behind me put his things down and ran away. He came back and handed me one of my reusable produce bags. He said he noticed it on the floor in the produce section and then saw me carrying them in the check out line. I didn't even realize that I had dropped one. Wasn't that sweet of him?

I spent some time searching for glass jars and bottles at thrift stores this week for my herbal concoctions and found some really great stuff for cheap. Perfect!

I got back to nature for a much needed visit this week. It's been pretty damn chilly down here lately, so I haven't spent much time outside and I've really been missing it. I took a few hours (I actually totally lost track of time) and tended to my herbs. The poor little green guys have been looking pretty ragged with all of the cold weather, so they really did need some attention. There was pruning to be done and re-potting. I got a great planting of dill at the Herb Society meeting that needed a home. A couple of plants have seen better days, so I'm trying to salvage them by cutting the good parts and trying to get them to root. I realized that I'm turning into one of those people that talks to their plants.

To finish off my day with Gaia (Mother Earth) I went for a walk on the beach. It's been a long time since I've been down there (at least since before the holidays) and with all of the thinking about walking this week, it seemed appropriate. As always, I just love being there. I even walked a couple of miles.

I continued to obsess over doing the 3 Day Walk all week and RSVP-ed to a Getting Started Meeting. I primarily wanted to go and get some questions answered and maybe meet some people so that I could join a team. Believe it or not, walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days isn't the intimidating part to me. Raising the $2300 is what prevented me from signing up as soon as I started obsessing. My hope is that joining a team would give me the support I need to raise the money. Needless to say, as I was getting ready to go to the meeting I pretty much knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to do it. =) More news to come this week as I get my donation page set up!!

After the Getting Started Meeting, I was so nervous and excited that I had to sit down and relax for a bit, so I found a little dive of a restaurant by the water and treated myself to lunch. This was my view. Not bad, huh? That is, until a crow landed on the back of my chair. But, honestly, even that wasn't bad, just funny.

As always, check out more Simple Joy Sundays over at Cool Zebras. What were some of your joys this week?


mermaiden said...

ooooh, seeing in eagle is a special portent. was it a bald eagle, or a spotted eagle? very powerful message for you, either way.

Athena's Armoury said...

It was a bald eagle. I don't think I've ever seen a spotted eagle before. What does it usually symbolize?

MustBeNuts said...

How wonderful, seeing an eagle in flight, talking a walk along the beach, tending to your garden...
I always love the beach, the ocean is so peaceful and strong at the same time. When I go, I often wonder why I wait so long between visits.

I'm so happy you joined the 3-Day family : ) I am new at this too, but love to brainstorm fundraising ideas!
Obsessed? Me too!

Time for my walk :)