Sunday, October 19, 2008

Windmills of my Mind

"Like a circle in a spiral Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning On an ever-spinning reel
As the images unwind Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind"

Do you ever feel like you are being blown around by the "winds" of the day? I think that was me today. The day started relatively normal; Sunday paper, cup of warm chai tea, a walk with my dog Rico. We made "light" plans because my son and his wife were visiting this weekend. One of the things I wanted to work on was getting out my Worm Factory and start using it again. Ok, I know, I know, gross right? Well, it's not so bad and you can get some really great soil for your plants while doing composting with kitchen scraps. Bonnie Hunt had the "Germinatrix" on for a segment on Friday where they made worm bins out of regular deep storage containers. Got me thinking about the 2 worm bins I have on the side of my house just sitting there doing nothing! It's probably been 5 years since I last had composting worms. Anyway, I dug out the bins and cleaned them all off yesterday and today started filling them up with straw, worm castings, compost and coffee grounds from, where else, Starbucks. Then it was a quick trip to Walmart's fishing department to buy 200 redworms to "seed" the trays with. They kind of looked like this ****WARNING TO THE FAINT OF HEART******

By noon I had the bin all completed and we had some lunch with Wes III and then he needed to leave to meet with a co-worker in Los Osos. Wes and I decided to run into San Luis and see if we could exchange the Apple charging cord for a new one. Well, that didn't turn out good. They suggested ordering online instead. Then we headed out to Michaels, normally a really fun place for me, but today, not really. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to shop at Michaels, but I think because it was a weekend with more people off, it was so busy. When I get around that many people, I just go crazy. Wes shopped and I pretty much stayed in one place, the craft book area, with my back turned to the whole store and when we had collected what we wanted, we were out of there. Went for a Hot Fudge Sundae (OK, sugar usually makes me feel better too!) at Foster's Freeze. It was good but we had just passed a community garden and I suggested we go back and eat it there. For me, there is something about being in the fresh air and just looking at all the growing flowers and vegetables and the creative things people were doing in their garden plots, well, I just felt better! When we left there I knew I was going to drive home via Perfumo Canyon, a route from San Luis Obispo to Avila via See Canyon. It's almost entirely empty of people there and the smells, sights and peaceful sounds..... well, if I won a million dollars, I would probably try to buy something up there. We stopped by this windmill to take pictures and frankly, just to stop and enjoy the silence. I think I felt like a windmill today, tossed around and blown here and there in my day. But right now, the wind had stopped and I was allowed to pause and just be. It really was heaven.

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