Thursday, September 3, 2015


Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Luck is with me for 15 days and I should go play Bingo. Come on I really think those were Jean-Baptiste Alliette's words in the 1700's when he fashioned this deck? Ah...oh. Research shows bingo's origins date back to the 1530's, first organized as a national lottery, still going today, in Italy.

I'm reminded by this card how little I know but I'm always happy to learn something new. And really, my life is just a series of lucky stumbles, I could never say I planned and carried though any serious life plan. Yet I doubt my life transit wouldn't vary much from most of the women I know. Interesting that. Are we that placid, like cows in a field?

The appearance of ordinariness is an illusion, just below the placid surface, the world is seething." ~ Dean Koontz 1945-  Deeply Odd

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BelAir Bantam

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

Couple of months back I had the idea to find a small light hand crank sewing machine to take to the river or lake when Rob is fly fishing. My first think was a Singer SewHandy from the 50's, sold as a child's first machine, 6" high X 6" wide. The idea was workable for sewing but not so much for quilting, we use 1/4" seams and it was hard to do because of the way the foot was built and the thick chain stitch.

Back to the drawing board. Singer's 300 and 400 series were aluminum weighing in at about 16 and 18 pounds, but not belt driven so couldn't be converted to hand crank. Then I discovered there was one aluminum machine that came out of Japan in the 50's. (I have a 20's hand crank, but it weighs better then 40 pounds, not what you'd call portable or a lap machine).

Eureka!! A BelAir Bantam! Made in Occupied Japan, weighing in at about 15 pounds and belt driven so convertable to hand cranking and size-wise perfect, 12" X 8". I added a magnetic halogen light and I can machine sew anywhere anytime. I can use it on my lap, or park picnic table or wooden TV tray ($4.00 at junk store). Total investment? about $60.00. Hours of fun? About a million.

"I'd rather be known for my quilts, not my fabric collection." ~ Esther Aliu

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lumps On My Lumps

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Lumps on my life lumps! Etteilla predicts news that brings great suffering, death in the family, household arguments. Good that I don't practice predictive tarot..

I'm reminded by this card I am what my grandmother would call 'stove up' and I just read Sue Garman's blog and think I should burn all my fabric. But I'm not crippled and my quilts would and have made perfectly acceptable dog blankets.  So it's all about a lighthearted outlook today isn't it?

"My doctor is wonderful. Once when I couldn't afford an operation, he touched up the X-rays." Joey Bishop  1918-2007

Monday, August 31, 2015

Life Is Lumpy

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Alliette suggests a pretty grim outlook with this card, failed lawsuits, difficult trouble, plans unworkable.

I'm reminded by this card how easy it is to jeer at the idea of unusual troubles, but I won't...because life can turn on a dime. I'll be content to recognize my good fortune and not laugh in the face of Life lest I repent in leisure.

"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire—then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. ~ Sigmund Wollman, quoted by Robert Fulghum, Uh-Oh, 1991

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tend The Roots

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 7 of Coins

Due diligence required. We had the nicest garden this year, everything has produced prodigiously and it was pretty also, with both of us here to feed and weed.

I'm reminded by this card we've had our first storm of the season and today our garden is flat on the ground and north bound. Under the strong growth are the fragile stems and roots of annual crops. Easy to forget when the tops in our life look and feel so vibrant.

"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?" ~ Ayn Rand quotes 1905-1982

Grand Etteilla dates back to the late 1700's and is based on the idea that tarot came out of Egypt with Gypsies. It was also the first deck designed for esoteric purposes, prior to that tarot was used for gaming. A beautiful deck, meant to be used both upright and reversed. This is the 1977 edition published by Grimaud France.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

Freely giving without expectations and and being open to receiving. Giving of our time, material goods, and knowledge, and joy in the good fortune of others.

I'm reminded by this card this should be a no brainer, sometimes it is, but because we are humans, sometimes it isn't. Is it because we've occasionally been rebuffed and cultivate the attitude of 'fine, I won't help then'?  Because we've given and our expectations were dashed?

"Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality." ~ Ralph Marston   Motivator

Friday, August 28, 2015


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Facing distress. Similar to addicts, we must identify and claim whatever is creating our 5 of Wands. According to the author those are: desire of the senses, ill will, sloth and laziness, distraction and anxiety, doubt and uncertainty.

Well I can belly up to the bar and identify the last three groups as current distress. I could eliminate sloth and laziness with focus and a kitchen timer. Distraction and anxiety could be eliminated by reaffirming I can't change what is. Doubt and uncertainty...well we need our little foibles or we'd be perfect and no one could stand us.

"Shite and onions!" ~ James Joyce 1882-1941  Ulysses

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

Lesson Practice Skill. I bemoan my lack of skills, but when did I ever sign up for lessons? Not often I can assure you. If I didn't learn a skill correctly in the first place, what have I been honing? Bad habits, poor results. Should I be surprised? Not really but I'm in good company.

I'm reminded by this card we never know it all, to keep listening and looking and learning. Life is good.

"Some idea of inflation comes from seeing a youngster get his first job at a salary you dreamed of as the culmination of your career." ~ Bill Vaughn

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Star

The author reckons this is the Fool, with experience. She has become creative by learning from her mistakes and finds great joy in life.

I'm reminded by this card I'd never go back a day in time, but if I had to I'd hope to retain what I know. Sure would make those younger years less painful. Less embarrassing...

"Call your troubles experiences; every experience develops some latent force within you, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be." ~ John Heywood 1497-1580

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Empress

Unconditional Love. So hard to give, so hard to find. Is it because we judge first, love later? Is it because unconditional love comes with unconditional responsibility?

I'm reminded by this card the Empress always seems to scare me. What if I give and it isn't enough? What if I give and it is the last thing needed? Is the Empress why I always hug people when meeting them, even strangers? Is hugging my new special purpose now? Is that all I have left?

"Bewildered as he might be, sometimes a man's highest calling is simply to stand, and hug." ~ Brent Weeks 1977-  The Blinding Knife