August 3, 2004
Happy August! I'm so very, very glad to be here!
It was my full intention to write yesterday, but life wasn't nearly as
interested in me doing so as I was. I suppose it just goes like that
The weekend was absolutely
magnificent! Friday night, we passed on Hamburger Night because Eric was
wanting to just chill after getting home. It's understandable since he
commutes over an hour to and from work. It was an hour and forty minutes,
but he was given a project that is actually on the near edge of Sacramento,
which makes his drive much shorter (hurray!). Still, that's a lot of
driving for a week! So we relaxed and didn't do much.
On Saturday, I made the journey
down the hill to Wal-mart. Delena and I had a GREAT lunch together at the
Diamond Springs Hotel, not
only a registered haunted joint, but also the absolute best place to get food in
Then it was on to Wal-Mart for
shopping and back up the hill again, only a half hour before our friends were
due to arrive. Eric had finalized the cleaning while we were gone and I
continued with the set up. One of my friends from a long while back
attended (she was the High Priestess of the first circle I attended in the US)
and it was a joy to see her again.
After the awesome Harvest ritual (a
giant hawk circled overhead the entire time, which was a wonderful blessing), we
piled into cars and went to "the bowls," which is a naturally formed series of
huge granite pits from shallow to 6 to 10 feet deep. What Eric neglected
to tell us is that the half mile or so trek from the drivable distance to actual
bowls is a fairly treacherous descent down the side of a mountain on tiny little
shifting paths of deep, soft dirt. Normally, I would have declined and
relaxed in the safer part of nature nearer the top, but Diva rose up and said,
"Are you kidding?? MOVE YOUR ASS!" So I did. April (my
friend from way back, who is a few years older than I am) even mentioned that
she has gotten more daring as she's gotten older. I guess Diva insists
that we move forward and experience new things to keep us vibrant and alive.
When we finally got to the bowls (the lower part of the descent was so steep
that I ended up sitting on my ass and sliding down), it was lovely, but the
water was about 40 degrees. Delena would dive off of the log right into
the 10' bowl and swim. Eric did one time, deemed it way too cold and
didn't go in again. The rest of us sat on the edges and courted the more
shallow pools, which were still far too cold to be in for very long without
going numb. The amazing thing about this place is that it's in the heart
of the El Dorado National Forest and there are NO power lines, No structures,
not even any planes flying over. You could be in absolutely any century of
time. Of course, I forgot to bring my camera, but had I remembered, I
would have likely dropped it on the descent to the bowls area. The walk
back up was easier.
Once we got home, we relaxed for a
bit, ate some salad and fruit to keep it light, then went out to the ritual area
again to celebrate the Blue Moon. Blue Moon at Harvest is particularly
fortuitous and it was great fun. After that, Eric grilled BBQ chicken, I
made strawberry pie (of course) and we dined again. Everyone ended up
leaving a little before midnight.
Sunday was one of the laziest days
I've ever known. Mostly, I played with the kids and rested, still
processing the day before. Wrote my spoiler commentary columns and then
yesterday, I dealt with a few site issues that didn't involve me writing, mostly
posting the work of others and doing some admin stuff. I have decided that
I am taking Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays off, doing only maintenance cleaning
and upkeep, then on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I'll do that, plus
whatever major work needs to be done. I'm a Virgo, therefore, I must plan.
Of course, Monday is slipping over into Tuesday, in this lazy case, but I do my
best work after noon, so I'm not worried.
Today's major project is to rework
the boys' room in a big way. I purchased several power strips (Less than
$3 each at Walmart!!) to sort out the cords on all of their game systems
and such. I need to try and turn their bunk beds around (it's dicey
because our house is constructed in such a way that the top story bedrooms have
a slope to the ceiling that dips down to about 4' on one side. The bed may
or may not fit turned around. Our wrought iron headboard is against the
short side and is about 5' tall, so there's a good sized gap between the
headboard and the wall behind it. When my head eases between the wrought
iron spindles in the bed, it goes into air instead of against the wall.
I also want to move Eric's desk
from the laundry room, where it has been relegated to "stuff holder" and put the
kids' computer on it. I told him that his "account has been suspended due to
gross inactivity," meaning he's had the desk in there for 4 months now and has
done absolutely nothing with it, so the kids win. He was happy with that.
Our laundry room is quite big, so I'm going to turn it into an exercise room
with the bike and treadmill set up (more places to hang the laundry).
The two will be a long job and with
any luck, Eric will come in right when the heavy lifting commences.
Eric is still very happy with his
job, which is a joy. The day is cool here on the mountain. Nights
are getting into the 50's, which is lovely and it extends into the mornings for
a longer time every day. For the past two days, we haven't even used our
AC. There's a gentle, cool breeze that comes through the windows, leaving
everything the perfect temperature.
I am very blessed and life is
wonderful. Thanks to all of you for being a part of that.