My lovely vacation with my daughter is coming to an end as she returns to school and I return to my own responsibilities and of course, to my cats. I gave myself an extra day this time, and I’m so very glad I did. It’s been a long time since we had a couple of days to just go on adventures.
Friday, she took me to Ocean Beach to visit the crystal shop she’d found. Sadly, although the sign said it was supposed to be open, there was nobody in sight. Deciding to wander a bit, she did a Google search and found another shop almost exactly where we were, but one block over. We had a bit of trouble finding it as it was set back from the main row of shops, but once we did, we were very glad that the other store had been closed. This shop was very light and bright with stones and crystals arranged neatly by type. Hand written cards explained the properties of each of the stones. They had racks of pendulums scattered throughout the store and though I picked one up, it didn’t quite feel right. Instead, it convinced me to keep looking and eventually I was drawn to a red jasper (my other pendulum is Mookite, another form of Jasper). Thiis one really spoke to me. I ended up with several small stones, a jasper heart stone (I’ve been collecting those lately) and the pendulum.
Saturday, I watched Heather practice kicks and falls in her karate class before heading over to Souplantation for lunch. Then it was time to get ready for the halfway party for the spouse’s of the sailors on her husband’s ship. Her friend Christina made up the third part of our rather motley trio, though we left when the freestyle dancing started and were all happy to have an early night.
Today, we started with breakfast at Souplantation. Our plan was to go see a movie called Mortdecai (anything with Johnny Depp is a go for us) but we had gotten started so early that we had about an hour until the movie started. She’d been telling me about a town up in the mountains which is known for its apples, cider and pie, so off we went. It’s quaint little town called Julian with clapboard buildings and shops full of hand made clothing, jewelry, soaps and, of course pie. I found some beautiful hand made earrings at a very reasonable price (I just love the dangly ones) and she found some yummy hand made soaps.
We finished the day at her favorite sushi place before coming home to a nice little campfire in her fire pit. Now, we’re settling down in our respective rooms, as the independent cusses we are, doing our own thing before going to sleep, she to be ready for her 7:30 class and me to make the 2 1/2 hour drive home. (after rush hour, of course)
This weekend has really made me feel energized as I got to spend a lot of time outside, one day, walking around near the beach and another in the mountains at something over 5000 feet. I feel so blessed to live where moutains and beach can be an hour or less to reach. I always plan on being run a little ragged when I come for a visit, but it is well worth it! This time, I leave especially energized from all of my time out in nature, and for some of it, far from all of the usual human trappings. We even got to see the camels at a camel dairy farm! How often do you get to see that?
Everything I’ve heard or read tonight points to a very active week with things heppening very quickly and a need to react and respond quickly to opportunities. After this wonderfull long weeknd, I think I’m well prepared for whatever the Universe has in store for me. If you’d like to follow some of my favorites, check out Elizabeth Peru’s Global Tip-off on Deltawaves or Doreen Virtue’s Weekly Angel Oracle.
My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for a full and uplifting weekend with my daughter.
2. I am grateful for a week full of joy, opportunities and suprirses heading my way.
3. I am grateful to be heading home tomorrow as I’m ready for my own space, my own routine, my own responsibilities and my own cats (though I do love my grand kitties and grand puppy dearly.)
4. I am grateful for opportunities to just regroup and revitalize before my world gets crazy busy.
5. I am grateful for abundance: love, life, adventures, possibilities, opportunities, inspiration, imagination, friends, joy, harmony, peace, health and prosperity.