Thursday, March 12, 2009

taking care

Today we are up early to get everyone (animals and ourselves) ready for the monthly jaunt to Yorktown Veterinary Hospital to pick up four cases of dog food for Lucy (prescription Hills R/D) and one giant bag of cat food for Mango (Hills prescription R/D kibble). The last few times I have gone by myself with Lucy and that's a nice day for me but it's extra nice to have company today. My husband has one quick appointment on the way and then we are off to travel scenic Route 5 past plantation homes and lovely glimpses of the James River through Charles City County and on to Williamsburg. In Williamsburg we plan to stop at a favorite and most familiar Mongolian buffet (scene of our first date almost 14 years ago plus the best cheap good food I've found anywhere), the yarn shop (return duplicate knitting needles), needlework shop (pick up a tiny pinkeep kit I ordered ages ago) and then on the Colonial Parkway to Yorktown for the pet food. Maybe a trail walk is in order, although a shorter one because Maggie, for all her little dog bundle of energy, just isn't much into walks. I end up carrying her half the way of our shorter walks at home.

It's almost simple how much I've been looking forward to this day and it always is this way and makes me realize something about my life that I've known for a long time-- it needs to be dialed back. I could say it's just because we are on a strict budget (ie- little money) and really don't do much "out there" but it's more than that. This journey always feels special and it's one of the few times we both have the pleasure of living in the moment all day and not worry about work or money or the jewelry I haven't had time or energy to produce or petty wonderings about friends who aren't really friends, the apartment search, and all that sort of thing. It's a take care of ourselves day, that we both dearly need. A time to take in beautiful scenery where the green of spring and the flowers of the season are upon us and a good time for good conversation. The two dogs enjoy the road trips as much as we do, so it's taking care of their needs for companionship and interacting with the environment too.

Tomorrow I'll hand myself back over to the perpetual worry. Today is mine to take care of myself and enjoy.

6 comments:

karengberger said...

I hope it's a beautiful day of refreshment and pleasure in each moment for all of you. You are wise to intentionally leave the worries behind. Maybe you'll forget to pick them up again? Blessings to you!

Mary Newton Designs said...

Good for you! Have a great day!

maryharding said...

Hi Jennifer,
I hope you had a nice day. Looks like you have many wonderful and creative ways of taking care of yourself. It certainly is refreshing to get a mental break from worries and should dos.

Willa said...

I hope you had a lovely day! :)

amandadavie said...

Oh, I am traveling with you today. Thanks for such a lovely post, and the gentle reminder that we all do need this kind of day. light and love-amanda

Cindy said...

That sounds like such a wonderful day, and great companions, too! This new background is sooo sweet, I love it! I agree with that first comment...forget to pick up those worries again, it's a great idea.