Tonight's sunset. Obviously, it's of a stream. Notice there's water in it! I'm in Mt. Shasta City with two of my best friends from high school and their SOs. I don't see them as often as I'd like, and hardly ever together, as we all live in different cities. The house we're in is perched at the edge of a wide ravine. There's a well-maintained path down into the ravine, with a really comfortable seating area at the bottom. Beautiful weather. Lovely stream. Brief solitude. I read and felt completely, perfectly content. Earlier today, I was struck by a thought (I know! Another one!) I noticed, well after the fact, that when I went to pour my coffee this morning, I'd chosen a pretty coffee mug that stood out to me from all the other mugs. I know this seems like a small thing, but not so long ago, I would have left the mug I like best there, in case someone else wanted it. I now realize the subconscious thought would have been, "I can make do with "whatever", and leave the nice things for others." I hadn't realized I was thinking this way until I wasn't thinking that way. I have my theories of how I got that way, but they're not important. It's just good to see me treating myself as an equal amongst my fellow humans. As in, it's okay to take the nice mug. I got there first, and no sane person would begrudge me. Like I said, a small thing, but big enough that I noticed. I course I have more thoughts on the subject. I'll tell you sometime.
Today's activity. The lake. It was cloudy, but believe me, that was a good thing. It was still 85 and muggy. The lake was clear and warm. My idea of the perfect way to spend a lazy day with friends (and kids and dogs.)
The view from my bed this morning. Literally sat up and that was my view (which I could see after I put my glasses on.) Fabulous way to start the day.
My view last night. (Redding.) When a friend invites you to a fun 4th of July weekend filled with other good friends, you don't turn down the invitation because your car doesn't have air conditioning. You go, and try to time it properly. Still hot as hell though. Ridiculous weather. Obviously, we'll be leaving for the return drive fairly early on Sunday. (I have to say though, in every other way, my car is an awesome car. I've enjoyed this car more than any other I've owned.)