On yesterday’s New Moon we seized the moment and went on one of our favorite bike rides, which we missed doing this summer, due to the smoke and fires.
Despite forecasts of 40% showers where we were headed, the morning sunshine welcomed us and we decided that even a little bit of rain would be refreshing and not worth dropping our inspiration to enjoy the day anyway, and get some fresh air and healthy exercise in.
We modified our 43 mile ride to a 24 mile ride and the above and below photos were just as we approached our starting point.
We were gifted a gorgeous day, no rain, the trails mostly deserted with the least number of people we’ve ever seen here, and a couple of rainbows at each end of the lake.
The first one, near the start of the drive to our destination, was just a prelude hint to the full one we saw later. By the time we snapped a photo though, its full color range had already faded. Not to worry, because the other end of the lake had the full surprise awaiting us!
It was obvious that the rain forecast had come earlier than predicted, leaving us with rainbows, autumn splendor, and sunshiny serenity.
We enjoyed lake and river vistas, small rolling cascades, fall colors, bridges and sweeping mountain landscapes all along our ride.
And the best part was the peace and silence, with only nature music to accompany us.
The message always seems to be clear.
Don’t put off what you can do today, as tomorrow isn’t promised.
Yesterday we visited my family at their home in Reno so that we could celebrate my mom’s 73rd birthday with her.
Of all days, it was a crazy snow day, which made the one hour and 20-30 minute drive, two hours to get there in the late morning and three hours to get home at night…snow, chains, and all.
But it was worth it to be with her, as these special times won’t always be around.
That’s the same way I feel about everything.
This moment right now is what matters and making the most out of it and being all you can be now and expressing all that you feel now is what counts.
I did that with Nestor when she was alive, and with all of my little ones, loved ones, and Earth herself.
I mention Nestor, as today is her Earthly birthday – day after my mom’s – although she has gone on to her timeless form. She left Earth at 5….that was already 8 years ago!
Wow…I’m continually marveling at the way time is no longer something we can measure..We are experiencing the eternal more and more.
Yesterday we enjoyed my mom’s cooking with some vegan lentil soup followed by a vegan birthday cake my dad had ordered, which was chocolate with raspberry and chocolate mousse instead of icing.
The funny, but I thought perfect, little thing that happened with the birthday cake was that we received the wrong cake – or did we?
Of course ours was supposed to say “Happy Birthday Marie” – my mom’s name – but instead we got “Happy Birthday Grace”.
I said, we could all use a little more grace in our lives, embody a little more grace each day, and indeed are blessed to be graced with so much love and support all around us – off and on Earth.
My mom has always had the grace of angels around and within her.
What a blessing for her, as I know the thing she loves most is being surrounded by her family.
I’m glad we could give that to her and I know Nestor was right there with us, as she shared a special bond with my mom as well.
An abundance of love to both my mom and Nestor.
Thank you for reminding us of sharing love right here and now.
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley