I was going to start the second year as "R2.1, D1" but doesn't look right, written out. Y2R1D1 sounds like a virus or maybe a robot name. I thought about simply, "Saturday," but that could get confusing after a while, if I'm trying to look back. So... Lucky 13 it is!
This round started with a series of small gifts. On my walk downtown, I picked up a couple of pieces of litter (I haven't done an all-out litter cleanup in a while, though we also don't seem to have as much lately). A small gesture, but a conscious gift to the Earth. I went over to the island provincial park nearby and left a Post-it note in the washroom: Smile - You are beautiful, just as you are. There were two women at the sinks, and I didn't want to be seen, so I left it inside a stall.
I spent a few hours there, walking along the flat, layered rocks on the shore. There are hundreds of pieces of rock that look like enormous fossilized sponges, with big (and little) holes, and I sat and wondered at the art nature so abundantly provides. A bit to my surprise, I wound up writing a whole bunch of stuff (I'd actually gone over there to edit someone else's work). [continued below...]
[These are actually only about a foot high. The angle makes them look...enormous!]
On my way back to the foot ferry, I left a toonie ($2 coin) under a bench for someone to find. I hadn't met this particular ferry driver, and he was beyond smarmy; he really creeped me out. But he wanted to talk, so for the 10-minute ride, I listened and tried to see him as a human being, doing the best he could...and then I walked away quickly. Bringing presence to an inevitable situation (being on a 12-person ferry with this guy) is one thing; choosing to remain around that energy is another.
I went to the grocery store and bought potato chips - guilty pleasure - and made a small donation to the food bank. I was going to leave the grocery gift card with the cashier to give to someone who needed it, but for some reason, I hesitated. I thought, "I want to give it to somebody living on the street." Which is fine, though it reflects that I'm still stuck in limited thinking: it's not like that's the last grocery card I'm ever going to give. The feeling of financial desperation hasn't quite subsided, I guess. I'm glad I could see that I was holding back - and remember that I don't need to. (Meaning not just 'today I have enough to buy food', but in the big picture. I don't know where the next work will come from, but I trust that it will come.)
Then I went to the coffee shop and picked up all their day-olds and leftovers. Because they're closed on Sunday, they clear everything out at close on Saturday, so I always wind up with oodles of goodies to take to the soup kitchen.
And then, because I wanted to stretch myself a bit more, I clicked on the Greater Good sites (for those who aren't familiar, it's a site that donates money-per-click to animal rescue, hunger, environment and more... eight different sites in one).
It was a gorgeous, gorgeous day - sunny, not too hot or humid. I kept thinking about "surprise" days in school (getting a surprise day off, or surprise pancakes for lunch or something) and wishing we could have a "surprise" summer day in, like, the depths of January rain. I'm so far north that the angle of the sun is perceptibly different in the winter. In the summer, it arcs straight overhead, and we have about 19 hours of daylight in June. In winter, the sun arcs barely above the horizon, and by December, we're down to about 6 hours of pale daylight. So I'm appreciating the light while it's here!
After I posted last night, two more bills came in - and I was joyful at being able to pay them online right away. It's kind of like going to the dentist - it makes me happy, because it means I can do it. And I'm so grateful to have food (and particularly the lemon-garlic-rosemary chicken breast I made last night). I make a gratitude list every night, and I don't often share much of it here, but those seem particularly relevant today.
Hope you all had wonderful Saturdays. Cheers!