Thursday, August 31, 2017


Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

Dedicated to Salmon. I learned this week that hippopotamuses can't swim. Yet they are usually presented in water. They bob, they float, they can stay underwater for five minutes and even when they are sleeping their instinct kicks in and they automatically drift up to the top for air. The water life is because their skin is easily burned.

What does that have to do with salmon? Absolutely nothing, same as salmon and the seven of cups. The same as tarot has to do with Native American practices.  Nothing.

I'm spring cleaning the quilt room this week inspired by a broken shelf. Which always involves FlyLady principles. As the Salmon is shown swimming uphill, so does my effort to be lean clean uncluttered. Once salmon spawn they turn into redbacks and die. That is probably the way I'll eventually be found. All scraped up and smothered by the things that were whims.  Salmon. 7 of Cups. What can I say.

"It is a process" ~ Billy Crystal  Analyze That

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Which Fire?

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

Dedicated to fire; death and rebirth, purify and destroy.

I'm reminded by this card of dementia, which does all four.
I wonder how many people in their 60's think memory fail means they have it? Rob and I watch each other. Watch word fail and word transpose and think we have it.

I wonder how many accept rebirth because they haven't lived with it 24/7. I choose destroy without second thought.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Two In Common

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

This card is dedicated to knife and the simple truth of eat or be eaten. One truth that never varies.

And weather. One thing where common ground can be found regardless of race or creed.

"Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers." ~ African Proverb

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Load

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

This card is dedicated to the Puma and related to strength, mercy, and equilibrium. It seems to be chewing on the largest sword shard, while being  attended by four women. Lo Scarabeo deck, what can I say.

The tens are normally so final, perhaps it is asking if we are partial cause of someone else's epic life event. Is mercy too far outside our intent to be considered? What if we just walk away, let it go, we aren't responsible for anyone else's actions, and we don't have to be a part of their trigger. What can I set down today that I had no business loading on someone else?

My big brother comes to mind. Certainly unintended, whatever is wrong. I must think on this...for I surely love him.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ 2 of Coins/Autumn

Here comes the man with all the news fit to print. Only problem is his ability to carry nuts is limited by his pennyfarthing bike. To him this is big news, to anyone watching it is funny news, to anyone of a serious nature, it isn't news at all. Every year his excitement is eclipsed by speed and gravity.

I'm reminded by this card to think things through. But it is a seriously boring life style..

Autumn came here this week. First cobweb across the face, first trace of pink on the Autumn Joy sedum. My favorite season.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Dumbass Market

Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Devil/Goblin Market

Wow. Here is a concept that is easy to understated. Where the perfumes burn, the fabrics constrict, the fruits gag and choke. And every single thing we picked for ourselves. At the root, possessions and habits that shout dumbass the second we claim them.

I'm reminded by this market no one made me smoke that first cigarette. I did it because I was the only one in my group who didn't smoke. There you go...dumbass by choice.

If I started at seventeen, that first year was patchy, maybe one or two packs a week. After that I moved up to two packs a day. Until I was forty-five ish. That works out to 394,200 cigarettes. 394,200 times I poisoned people I knew with second hand smoke. Arrughhh...

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Ace of Cups/Summer

A favorite summer day occupation, listening to Brian Jacques and the cast of creatures relate the stories of Redwall and the feasts therein. Summer recipes? An escape to real life.

Hotroot Sunsalad
Brockhall Badger Carrot Cakes
Great Hall Gooseberry Fool
Cheerful Churchmouse Cherry Crisp
Rosey's Jolly Raspberry Jelly Rock Cakes
Afternoon Tea Scones with Strawberry Jam and Cream
Squirrelmum's Blackberry and Apple Cake
Guosim Shrew Shortbread
Summer Strawberry Fizz
Summer Salad
Jess Squirrel's Celery with Pine Nuts
Raspberry cordial
Friar Hugo’s pièce de résistance: Grayling á la Redwall
Candied chestnuts

"In our imaginations we can go anywhere. Travel with me to Redwall in Mossflower country." ~ Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Heart of Honey

Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Strength/Fortitude

Strength. Move with the body
Fortitude. Move with the mind.
Does she raise bees or are the bees oblivious to her?

We used to raise bees, they were oblivious to us.
All gone now, hive fail. I still have two quarts of honey left.
I horde it, saved for pizza dough and seedy muffins only.

From my KalamaQuilts blog:
How much honey does a bee make in a day? Less than you would think. In the six week lifespan a honey bee produces less than a teaspoon. So if I got 4-1/2 gallons from our two hives, you tell me how many working bees we had. And you'll better understand why drones are kicked to the curb once the queen is fertilized.

Honey, natures gift from natures hardest workers.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ 5 of Cups/Summer

She has been so happy building her sand castle she was oblivious to the returning tide.

I'm reminded by this card we can focus on loss and disappointment and finishes, or focus on the good parts.
We had a Christmas family dinner at my nephews last winter, and I'm still smiling and laughing over the memories and I couldn't tell you a single food that was on the table.
I took some elderly women to see the sandcastle contest at Seaside. Couldn't tell you what any of the entries were, we were too busy laughing while pushing/dragging Veneita's wheel chair across the sand.

Little fairy, there is a lot more sand where that came from, choose another edifice and carry on.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Same Differences

Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Worlds

Big peoples little peoples worlds. For some the twain never meet and it is just as well. We can't get along with people just like us for ten minutes, we'd flatten the fairy folk even quicker.

I'm reminded by this card, we come out of the chute fighting with our siblings and soon move on to bigger people. We judge first, then focus on the differences. The lights in the background are people lights. So close yet so far.

I wrote to our president this week. I didn't use bullet points like he prefers, but I kept it short and respectful. I would celebrate for days, nay years if he listened. So would would the fairy folk.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Washed By The Sun

Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Wheel of Time

A title not commonly seen, but perfect for today.  I went to the family reunion yesterday, some of the family there I hadn't seen for ten or fifteen years. I think I can safely say the wheel of time has been kind to the Mallows. My dad had eight or nine sisters, all beautiful. Most are in their 70-80's now and kayak, bike, or walk the beach for miles...good stock there.

I'm reminded by this card to remember at any age, life is still what we make of it, and our faces and actions reflect that attitude. We can be a glade washed in sunshine or a closed and shuttered house.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Is/Isa

Like last Saturday, we are asked to let go of what we can no longer carry, to lay down the actions that do not serve us well, to stop tending what doesn't work.

You'd think it would be simple, just do it. But human nature is to cling to what we know. At its base it is probably some ancient instinct but today isn't ancient times and we have too much of what we don't need, do too much of what doesn't matter.

I'm going to drop my guard and go to a family reunion today.
In truth, it is pretty brave. But it shouldn't be and any reluctance is all on me.  I can do this...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Common Good

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Lughnasadh

Thinking about it doesn't cut it with this card. Teams should be organized and in the field pulling together.

I'm reminded by this card of the cracker jack team we had when I was living up north taking care of my father in law as he navigated through dementia. I have no idea how it crashed and burned but I miss that knowing everyone was on the same page working for the common good. It was uplifting and joyful and made for good memories during a very bad time.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 10 of Coins/Lughnasadh

Ambitious, efficient, predictable, organized. The ten of conformity.

I'm reminded by this card, as much as we like to think of ourselves as unique, it just isn't happening. On the other hand, each of us is incredibly special and should treat ourselves as such. Without becoming 'precious'.

Work work work work work...Mel Brooks. again.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eclipse Glasses

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Beltane

The vision to see everyday life can be fun, exciting, engaging, special.

I'm reminded by this card of Vision I picked up our free solar eclipse sunglasses are our little library yesterday, please do not look at the eclipse (fun, exciting, engaging, special!) without eye protection. Here in the US ask at your library, ''''''''/.8'''''''''''''''''''''  ]]]]]]]]]iiiiiii

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Belay That

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 5 of Swords/Samhain

In a tarot based on astrology and runes, this card celebrates the first week of December. Harvesting is now completed with the winter squash and nuts and mistletoe. The party season gets rolling, and hopes and expectations are high.

My curmudgeon side says put the brakes on expectations, you will only be disappointed. Belay That! I've been through times where something to look forward to is all that kept me carrying on. So carry on, celebrate, have a little fun. Have a lot of fun if you like, no harm in being happy. And happy with friends is even more fun. And I can guarantee, having fun alone builds on itself. Go for it. Give expectations a try.

Who is this person and what have they done with Sharyn? Yes, I can be cheerful if I put my mind to it...

Monday, August 14, 2017


Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Os/Ansuz

What makes a civilization? Writing systems, architecture, sacred kingship.

I'm reminded by this card, to wonder what makes them go? Weather changes for one, which drive ancient civilizations ability to feed the population. All the civilized markers in the world can't be maintained on an empty stomach.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~T.S. Eliot, The Rock, 1934

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moved By Motion

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 5 of Wands/Imbolc

Not so much in retirement, but our working lives and childhood are much like the figures on this card. We are both the big figures making the motion and the small figures, moved by the motion.

It is raining today, first time in weeks. Yesterday's wind and today's wet have scoured out the air which has been filled with wildfire smoke. While we enjoy the fresh, clean view, we will also go to town and get a part of Rob's chain saw, he is in the middle of a winter wood job, sixty feet of fir. We will run by Bob's and find a new electric kettle. Small stuff, but our store is turning, and our purchases will give a little momentum to the small figures. I like this card, everyone involved.

"I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap." ~ Ani DiFranco 1970-

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Put It Down

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Death

I like to think of this card as 'taking the cure'. We've finally convinced ourselves to drop the broken tools and put this life project down.

I'm reminded by this card it isn't possible to have every life tool, broken or used or pristine. Recognizing this state is the one tool we all have. It is done, fried, past it's pull by date, last year's prom date, someone else's problem.  Git along little doggies, there is more to life than this.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Savoring Abstinence

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Hermit

Research Solitude Abstinence. Ouch, abstinence isn't a word that comes to mind in this nation of plenty. Or in my life.

I'm reminded by this skull, and early man in the socket, saying here ye will also be, to give a thought to what I could cut back on, in order to savor it all the more.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 2 of Swords/Blood

"The swords, tied together by red represents every action tied to survival". Instead of a pretty maid holding two crossed swords (she must have wrists of steel) we have a figure making decisions left and right that affect every day going forward.

Learning to drive, finishing school, choice of friends, mate, environment, shelter, children, political bent, employment or non-employment...mostly I'm ok with my decisions, I'm not a dithering person. But a few that would have radically changed my life going forward? Rather than going from fathers house to husbands house, I wish I'd had lodgings on my own for awhile. Instead of 'going into' waitressing, I wish I'd gone to nursing school and then volunteered for 'Nam.

And I know I've said it before, but all my worst choices were made while drunk. There weren't so many, but they were epic...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 8 of Swords/Blood

A departure from the standard, this speaks of satisfaction, plenty, success, victory. It is a step through the looking glass to the other side of self imposed bondage and submission, but recognizes the great effort it takes to down a buffalo with a spear-point. Whatever form your 'buffalo in the room' might take.

I have a friend who has not been able to shuck off the bonds of a poverty stricken childhood. Her spear point took the form of buying. Too much. Now she has a house full of multiple dish sets, too much furniture, a million souvenir tee-shirts. And a sincere wish to divest it all, combined with an inability to do so.

I think my buffalo in the room has been a lack of self confidence. I've forced a million bold moves, but I think they've all come to naught because I fail in the ability to confidently move forward beyond that initial push. Maybe tomorrow....

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 8 of Cups/Soul

This figure is on an obsessive search governed by doubt.

I'm reminded by this card, if we don't know what we seek, it is doubtful we'll ever find it, because we won't recognize it when we get there.

Monday, August 7, 2017

No Healer Here

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 9 of Wands/Nature

Reaping the benefits.

I looks like he has made it home from the wars in fair shape, weapon a little worse for the wear. In truth there are always more weapons where that one came from, one of the main truths of war.

Rob was just home from two tours in 'Nam when I met him. Although I knew the war from the six o'clock news, although I knew many men who went, fought, some coming home in a box, it is only as I mature, and watch the same thing happening again, that I realize what a leap it is from desert or jungle to downtown USA.  I wish I could have been a better support for the transition. I just didn't understand. I did give him love though, perhaps that was the medicine he needed at the time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Green Lincoln

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 4 of Coins

Pretense. If America really is drowning in credit card and consumer debt I have to think a lot of what is owed must take the form of pretension.

Our worst case? We thought the Lincoln Mark IV had to be the most sleek exciting amazing wonderful car on the road. We went kicking tires one Sunday, fell into the little sale, big sale, hard sell line and walked out with a mile long green one.

This is the only case of buyers remorse I've ever had. What were we thinking? In 1973, in our early twenties? Talk about giving a fish a bicycle... I had a friend that worked at the Ford dealership, and two days later, I'd traded the Lincoln for a Ford pickup. Exactly what we needed for the lifestyle we had. I lost seven hundred dollars in the trade, probably two months combined wages. And I was happy. Not smart enough to understand what the 8% interest on the loan was costing us, that came a lot later.

It was a valuable lesson though in how embarrassing pretense really is.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

We can husband our health, energy, time, money, possessions until our cups absolutely run over, having built the best life and environment possible. Certainly something to be proud of.

But our personal paths are immaterial to time.  And the monumental announcements and changes charted by people in power don't mean much either. Because in an overview of time, we've already murdered our Earth and humankind along with it.

I'm reminded by this card, seeing, through the glass darkly, seems to be the focus of my mind. But. But. But. shouts my few grey cells. We've already burned up our past chances and the future will come, without humans, once again, because our climate is hopelessly compromised.

Too bad, so sad. And those cups were so pretty...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ducats Guineas Florins

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 6 of Coins/Guineas

The other suits are sticks, cups, swords. The individual coin cards are sequins, ducats, florins, ounces, sun, and three shields. Go figure. Our six guineas would have us concentrate on today rather than the future.

In Coin talk is that our best option? Spend and buy freely, hang tomorrow? I think we know better. If we utilize what we have, tools, knowledge, skills, we can better honor what we already hold, rather than imploring us to ignore what we have and spend tomorrow today.

Today and tomorrow I'm taking a two day course on precision piecing. I've been making quilts since dirt was new, do I need a class? No. Will I learn something new, I certainly expect to. Much of what we do is by rote, yet new methods to do pretty much everything come along all the time. I'm open to that, concentrating my Coins on tomorrow by doing better what I do today. Was that garbled...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Short and Garbled

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Gospel

Etteilla calls this #5 card Gospel,  and says it is the emblem of success in love and work. Odd? I guess you had to be there. I expect a lot of thought went into his deck, and research too which was probably difficult in the mid-1700s. He felt divination by cards came out of  ancient Egypt and passed on to Bohemians in the 1500s, and then (magically) picked up and printed by Grimaud.

That is a short and garbled history, but I'm thinking that is how most day to day knowledge enters our brain-pan.  I'm reading Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine and I feel I'm being dragged though a time and space knothole to get my knowledge. So much history, so little time to learn.

All that said, to realize this is the #7 card, Snake...Great Garbled Goofs

As mother would say, learn something new every day and the day has value. I'll go with that.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Short List

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Queen of Cups/Female Pope

This card holds the #37 spot, which is where the Etteilla Queen of Cups sits, but also his Woman Pope. Makes sense when you know his majors are titled things like Order of the Mopses, Chaos, biblical characters, and freemasonry.

I'm reminded by this thoughtful queen, of my own pecking order of personal majors. People who, if they said jump, I'd jump. Because leaders of faiths and politics are meant to know when to say it, and we are supposed to have the faith to do so.

Well, I'll put my tablet away, the back of an envelope away. perhaps I can make do with the back of a postage stamp. Definitely a short list.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bekemeier's Spun Honey

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

Economy and Solitude.  Interesting companions. Do you spend more when alone, just you, your computer, and your credit card? Or when out shopping with friends and/or in public?

I'm reminded by this card I can't think of anything I enjoy shopping for. With the exception of browsing through a big grocery store far from home. I am currently enjoying Bekemeier's Spun Honey from Neosho Missouri on my morning toast.  All the sweeter for the memories of our last trip east.

"The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her." ~ Marcelene Cox