We native Oregonians know that you do not let an unseasonably sunny day go to waste. You mow your lawn, walk your errands and you sure as hell find any and all opportunities to soak up whatever vitamin D is
raining shining down from the sky. So when Monday’s seven day forecast called for seven days of rain, I made sure to get my tuchus off the love seat and walking a nice long list of errands.
- First off was the house two doors down, which had just put out a pretty concrete planter complete with potting soil. I heaved it onto my property and got on my way. (Holy crap, was it HEAVY!)
- I then ran into my friend Lise, who was in front of her house. She and I enjoyed a nice chat and then made plans to get together Friday afternoon for a walk. (Yes, it’s possible to walk in the rain.)
- I continued at a brisk pace on to my credit union, which is a convenient 1.2 miles from the house. I deposited a check from the children’s consignment shop, as well as checks my mother wrote to the boys for good grades. I focused my laser sharp gaze under the coin counting machine and was rewarded with 66¢. Yo, more free money for the found change challenge!
- I then walked up to the library, where I picked up a novel I’d put on hold, as well as two DVD’s from the shelf. (This is 40, and Remember Me.)
- I used the water fountain both inside and outside the library.
- All the while, I listened to the downloaded audiobook of Dan Brown’s Inferno, which is perfectly entertaining, yet untaxing to the brain. Perfect for a spring afternoon walk.
It was the perfect afternoon. I got stuff for free, (the planter, money and library materials) arranged a social event and enjoyed some free exercise. (No gym for me!) I didn’t need to bring a water bottle, as Portland actually supplies water fountains, and I actually checked a few things off my to-do list.
Sometimes, perfection doesn’t cost a penny. And occasionally it can even happen without rain.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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