Weekend Update with Lapis

It was a busy weekend!  

Back on our Home Page, we mentioned that we lead full and busy lives.  Yes, we do!  Both Miel and I were busy, busy, busy.  

Friday night, my hubby and I managed a date night.  We checked out Pinstripes in Edina.  It's a little expensive but it was so tasty.  The antipasto and cheese was pretty good but to be honest, I like Al Vento much more.  Then we played bocce.  We discovered that I can be a little cut throat when it comes to bocce and a few times, rather than get closer to the silver ball, I just knocked my husband's way out of the way.  Afterwards, we spent some time down at Centennial Lakes just sitting and people watching and chatting.  It was nice just to sit outside in the evening air.  

Saturday, we ran around like crazy people to get all of our errands done.  Duluth Trading is open now down in Bloomington so we headed out there for some clothes.  Just a few pieces to make sure they have the life cycle to make the price worthwhile. And then a stop at the Drooling Moose chocolate shop.  OMG!  The orange chocolate pecans are to die for!  There was food... And a corn on the cob from Popeye's that wouldn't stay in the bag so I was chasing the corn while my hubby was driving.  My beautiful daughter got all dressed up, with fairy wings and full of sparkles to run around at a party all night.  

Sunday, we did our first transport to help save dogs' lives.  We got connected with an animal shelter in Little Rock, AR.  They have a rescue coordinator so her job is to try to get the animals out of the shelter before they get euthanized.  She organizes runs from AR to MA and MN and I don't know where else to rescues that won't euthanize.  So we drove down to IA and back with four great little dogs.  Then we finished off our day with the Wendy Rule concert at the Eye of Horus. What a lovely strong voice!  I wanted to just close my eyes and soak it all in.

So why am I telling you all this?  Two reasons, we really do have busy lives and do things that aren't just Wicca-related.  And community service is important to us.  

Busy lives does make it difficult to schedule sometimes, but we know that we all have things going on.  There simply comes a point though where you have to set your priorities.  Sometimes, those are grove and coven.  Sometimes, it isn't. But clearly, we do not want to be the center of your life and vice versa.  Being a whole, healthy person is vitally important to being a happy person and being able to grow.  

And service?  

Both Miel and I know that our hearts and souls demand that we help others.  You may have heard "We are the weavers, we are the web".  If anyone or anything in our web is hurting and in need of help, we want to help them.  We want them to help themselves as well.  Miel does body work to help others.  My job is about the health and safety of people.  When we have people in our community in need, we often step up to help.  Sometimes organizing or sometimes simply doing our part.  The one thing that we do though as a group is cookie making for The Aliveness Project.  Every year as one of our Yule celebrations, we get together and bake dozens of cookies.  Dozens and dozens.  And now, I think my family and I will help save dogs by transporting them from IA to MN whenever we can.  It's good for the soul to do things for others.

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, full of love and joy, like I did.

All the best,