Tuesday, February 12, 2019

An Adrenaline Rush

As I write this, I am sitting in a toasty Hotel room overlooking the Columbia River that is flowing steadily toward the ocean, all gray and forlorn this morning, but doing its forever song.

I have a ground floor room with a sliding glass door leading out to a grassy strip that has a skim of snow on it, and beyond is the River. My view is because of Sweetpea my little dog. People with dogs get a ground floor and an exit outside to the grass. A nice dog-friendly hotel.

My daughter at home took four days off work so we could make this trip, as I am normally at home with my grandson. But today, I am here.

I have this room because we thought we were going to a memorial on Saturday in The Dalles, about 25 miles away.  I wanted a couple of days as a writing retreat, so I
booked a room for Thursday and Friday and then for Saturday when my husband and eldest daughter would join me.  

Severe weather warnings frightened people off for many were driving from a distance away, and so my brother postponed the memorial.  

My daughter opted out. My husband decided to reschedule our time in The Dalles—with his family. So, here I am. Perfect. Now I get four days instead of two.

I’ve been asking for this—time to myself to write and read. Time alone with only my dog and myself to care for. I feel as though I am in a scene from the movie Mary Poppins where she interviewed with Mr. Banks for their job as nanny while outside a North wind came and blew away the competition.

Remember nannies sailing through the air, skirts billowing, feet in the air, umbrellas turned inside out?

I spent the time writing, and taking my own course Come On Baby Light My Fire. Then I heard that more people are interested in #How-to build a website, or #How-to blog, or #How-to make money blogging than are interested in Success oriented courses.

Whoops. I blew it.

My idea is that we want to be successful at whatever we decide to do, be it blogging or whatever. First, you have the idea, but it you don't believe it's possible what's the use of it?

I wanted to plant a belief that is so strong the person reading my course hould go out and rock the world--or at least have a damn good time of it. 

As I watch the river, I see a little duck, tiny in that immense stream, paddling upstream. At first, I thought he/she (I can’t tell which), was staying in the same spot as the current flowed steadily past her little body.  Now, that’s a strong current and a big river while that duck is but a teeny little-feathered creature with only her internal insulation to protect her against the bracing cold. Soon she had moved across my view of her. I don’t know how she is managing, but clearly, something she or he, wants is upstream, and that little duck is determined to get there.

While I don’t want to be foolhardy in staying here instead of going home before bad weather breaks, this is too good to pass up.

 If you hear that I was lost in a snow bank, know that I went out happy.

I made it home with a truck bed of snow--I told my Grandson I brought him a present, for he told me the other day he didn't remember seeing snow. California and Hawaii will do that to a person. The road was a bit of dicey from Cascade Locks to Multnomah Falls--snow still on the road, torn-up into chunks, then refrozen. It rattled the truck like the lava-based roads of Hawaii. The lady in front of me was going 20 miles per hour, but I was happy we made it through the bad area without either of us ending up in a snow bank.

The entrance from Portland into the Multnomah Falls parking lot was full, so I guess people drove from the West where they had little snow to the East where the storm hit--probably curious to see if the Falls had iced up.  Nope, still flowing. By Gresham, right outside of Portland, the roads were clear. so I drove on into Portland to my favorite Elephants Deli, and there saw the white peacocks. 

A good omen, for the peacock is my totem animal. However, these were stuffed. I figured it still counted. Nobody told me my peacock had to be on the hoof, feet, talons? What's a peacock's foot called?

That little bird in the picture below came in while I was outside, he drove the dog bananas, but all survived unharmed. I caught the bird once, took its picture, but he wiggled out of my hand  before I could open the door. It hid under the bed for awhile--the bed was only about two inches off the floor, so neither the dog or I could get under it--but the bird could. Finally he ventured out, and hid under the draperies where I caught him.

Sweetpea had and adrenaline rush, the bird had an adrenaline rush, I had an adventure, and the bird had a story to tell when he got home.