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.