It may sound trivial, going for a walk, shopping and cooking. It's what people all over the world do everyday, but it felt amazing to go for a walk, go shopping and cook some soup (the rest of it will be cooked in a bit...some chicken with brussel sprouts and butternut squash (couldn't find pre-chopped sweet potatoes and I don't have a proper knife for cutting something as significant as a sweet potato)....and maybe some strawberry pasta for a treat if I feel like it...which I think I probably will.
The walk...let me tell you about the walk. Hidden Valley Regional Park is just down the street from my work and I pass the sign for it on a regular basis, so I decided this morning that I was going to get up and go, so I did. I didn't go on any major hike because I don't have proper boots, and in the lot where I parked there was a ranger showing off a "pet" rattle snake...I got the message and stayed in the well-tended areas. I sat on a boulder and stared out into the mountains. It's just so gorgeous here.
The little white buildings in the middle of the picture are downtown Reno. I live just off of the picture on the right side--or to the north. It's just so gorgeous. I love all the blues in the sky out here. It reminds me of that scene in Girl with a Pearl Earring where she's asked to describe the clouds and the painter says, "no, really describe all the colors you see" and it isn't just grey but white and blue and green and gold. that's the sky here. I think this picture does such a good job of showing how it is really ombre...from pale pale blue to deep...it really does look like that. It's magical.
I'm so overcome everytime I look at the sky here. I have never been one to cry easily but I do now...I know it's all the turmoil I've been through, all the loss, all the change and just overwhelming differences. And today I could see that some of them (those changes and differences) are good and I'm going to sparkle out here.
And that's pretty magical, too.