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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Posture Is A Choice

Peanuts Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

All day every day we have choices. Even the choice to not choose which is a real choice in itself.

I've doubled my St. Johns Wart. I feel the weeps behind my eyes, the putting up the fence against the world, the quick judgement wanting to spring forward.

I'm watching Gilligan's Island. A three hour cruise, and how many books did the professor bring? Just how many hats did Mr. Howell take? How many people visited the island and left them there? A favorite? The Producer when Phil Silvers plays Harold Hecuba and puts on Hamlet. Watch it, see if you can choose to keep from singing along.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today And A little Yesterday

Peanuts Tarot ~ 6 of Wands

A positive omen, things will come right in the end. But changed, generally irrevocably. It took Snoopy time to build his team, gather his equipment, sort out the batting order... we can do this.









I had a case of N95 masks I bought about 15 years ago. Rob took them down and knocked and dropped them at our little fire and EMT station. They were so happy. And so are we. We support and appreciate all the front-liners; Thank You

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Running The Wheel

Peanuts Tarot ~ Wheel of Fortune

People as getting kind of stir crazy, a dangerous situation as we'll be homebound for awhile yet. Normally my phone of off and in the drawer, but I have it at least on and sitting on my dresser now. People I haven't heard from in years are calling. They must be desperate to call me, the original not much to say person.

But I'm learning hidden facets about people I know well on the surface, that's fun. One wanted to know if I could use a 100 yard bolt of fabric to make masks, she bought it many years ago to 'hang' their 2 story garage for a party. My hated neighbor whose cattle are always starving thinks he is the town fun guy because they get out and go to the football field. NOT.  The next doors are scarcely speaking because he won't put in his hearing aids. The further down the roads have taken on a small project of a sliding door to replace a window which has resulted in finding the whole front of their house is full of dry rot. My sweet niece has been checking in with my brother in the forest, thank you. The running wheel spins on...

The Charles Schultz museum in residence artist has set up how to draw cartoon classes, Cool!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Red Chinese Characters

Green Witch Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

Satisfaction and security doesn't just happen, opportunities for choices happen, day in day out. There should be a Money 101 course in primary, middle and high school. About a week long, what interest costs and earns to begin with.

Harking back to yesterday and thinking but not getting it; I wish I'd understood the simple logic of, if I can afford a $200 or $600 dollar payment a month, I could rather afford to save $200 or $600 dollars a month instead and soon pay cash, skip the thousands of dollars in interest that is what really ate our paychecks alive. As it is eating my country alive. There isn't any money you know. Just a flood of red ink, debt of which 40% is owned by other countries. We aren't worth the paper we are printed on.

So much for working at being upbeat...but that laundry basket is like mine, purchased in the 70's in an antique store. It has red chinese characters on it, the seller told me it came from an old noodle store. Believe it or not, and I love it. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

FacePalm

Green Witch Tarot ~ Ace of Swords/Athames

A new way of thinking. I learn something every day, usually because I didn't think it through in the first place. Didn't grasp the obvious. Even though I spend a lot of time thinking.

Guess that is why face/palm is such a universal icon...

All the Craftsy/Bluprint classes are free for a few weeks, Rob is immersed in bread making. Click here to check them out

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mine, All Mine!

Green Witch Tarot ~ Page of Cups

Given all the time in the world what would you do? In our working lives we dream of that option. We'd paint the living room, tear out the cruddy bathroom, dig out old shrubs, sort the boxes of photos, write those letters to loved ones, find out where our best friend in high school went, detail the car, clean out the garage, the closets, the drawers, the vhs tapes...play card and board games and read books and have daily exercises with the family, make memories of laughter we can share down the road.

Is any of it getting done? This is an opportunity of a lifetime, lets not look back on it and only remember a haze of jammie days.  Our task yesterday was gather some fencing and make a temporary segregation pen in the big chicken pen for the little Easter Egger chicks. They took to it immediately, if chickens were capable of grinnin' and laughin' they were! And Rusty Boy the rooster, well when we let him out he was beside himself at their fence. Wemmin! Mine all mine! Seize the day like our Page of Cups!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Good Memories By The Millions

Green Witch Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

     Mrs. Hathaway, our school bus driver paid a quarter to the first student to bring her an easter trillium each year. I won once!
     Long after mother closed her chicken business Becky and I explored the attic above the hen house. It was full of eggs. We started throwing them and ooOooo the stink! Oh the fun!
     Tea parties with toast with Grandma Pearl. She had a drop side toaster and used Blue Bell Margarine. We'd drink tea, eat toast, and watch her soap operas. "Just like real life" she'd say...
     The  'map case' where all the National Geographic maps were stored also held two newspapers, probably kept for the headlines, but as kids we'd get them out, lay them out on the floor, lay on the floor on our belly's, and read all four pages of comics. Rich livin'!
     Good memories...we've all got a million of them if we take the time to remember. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Don't Worry Be Happy

Green Witch Tarot ~ King of Wands

Looks a bit retired doesn't he. Still gripping his Wand though. Perhaps he realizes the patterns and routines involved with his working life will stand him good stead in not working times. Up and dressed, tasks tackled, coffee break, ... just sitting around isn't conducive to good physical or mental health.

That said, would you like to share a Yale course in happy/content with  me?
To join sign up at Coursera, I've taken a number of classes offered at no charge from both Brown and Yale universities, chart a new path...it won't hurt a bit. Click this link The Science of Well Being and chose the no-fee option.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Self Occupy

Green Witch Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Aside from not wanting what she has, this is an odd image. Blackberry season is high summer, and there are no leaves on the trees. Maybe the trees are full of dissatisfaction also. Or blight.

Cabin fever will come upon us all. how we deal with it will speak volumes. I've been no where since the 2nd of March to get groceries. Since I had my lung cancer surgery I've had a chronic hack that occasionally develops into a wheezy coughing fit. I'd be stoned if I started that in public, I'd understand, they don't know my story.  Interesting times, thankful I know how to self occupy.

Washington's current status: 95 deaths among 1,996 coronavirus cases statewide

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Of Value

Green Witch Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

Make a choice, work the path, overcome obstacles, think outside the box.
I welcome challenges, not everyone else does. I like drilling down and eliminating the unimportant, eventually defining what is; mentally particularly but also physically and environmentally.

Last spring I sold or donated or gifted all the books from the shelves upstairs. Gut wrenching, but finished. In February, doing my deep clean one room a month I did the entry and hello...there is a bookcase full of cookbooks. Rob has embraced cooking in retirement, he cooks, I clean up, win win! I've asked him to check out the antique cookbooks, two shelves full, see if they interest him as reading material. I know I can sell them on eBay, but it would be nice if some of my books at least were held as valuable to someone else. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

World Of Buts

Matlock The Hare ~ Ostara

Spring Equinox here in the northern hemisphere, the perfect balance of light and dark. The garden space has been tilled thrice, a good portion of our winter wood is cut and ready to bring up to stack and dry. If it were warmer at night the little chicks would already be in the pen, rather than their large crate in the garage. They are so beautiful.

The lawn has been mowed twice, the forsythia and daphne are in bloom as are the daffodils. We are vexed about veggie seeds, doesn't seem a critical need to go out for but this is when we usually buy them. But we don't plant garden until May. But the overall worry pushes the anxiety buttons. A world of buts.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dry Horse

Ostara Tarot ~ Sun

The bees are probably having a good laugh on humans, the few bees that remain.

Other than that I got nothing today, as they say in movie making, my brain is a dry horse.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Wheel Spinning Faster

Ostara Tarot ~ Wheel

 66 coronavirus deaths among 1,187 confirmed cases in Washington.  Netflix streamers are breaking the internet, hard to work from home if you can't get online. That is our normal here, but probably new to a lot of city people.

Our president is taking credit for private companies stepping forward to create needed medical supplies. No surprise there. I expect he is still privately shouting democrat hoax.

Rob said he candy and noodle shelves were stripped, the soup and cracker shelves were fully stocked. I'm sympathizing with the 100's of 1000's of people suddenly with families to feed 24/7 trying to stock up for home life. And the clerks who are expected to be at work.
The Wheel is  spinning very fast now, we can hardly keep up with it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Cross The Web

Ostara Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

There is a head scratcher, if we were allowed to touch our self. That is a whale breaching. Perhaps it indicates remembered struggles. It makes me think of fair bear baiting and cock and dog fighting for the entertainment of humans.

6 of Cups isn't just about nostalgia and sweet childhood memories, we remember the bad things too, part of lessons learned.

On the other hand I had a spam comment on a six year old post which caused me to read it again, and brought me a laugh and good memories of far people who are always close in mind. Here's a link,
"Why Did The Chicken Cross The Web?"  6 of Cups...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Expectations Reformed

Ostara Tarot ~ 10 of Wands

Responsibility.
Taking on the burden.
Reaping the whirlwind.
Long term basic needs.
Expectations reformed.



Monday, March 16, 2020

Ticking Along In Strange Times

Ostara Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

"An abundant influx of positivity; or, a warning about too lofty goals".  Guess that means cleave to the middle ground in these days of massive change.

I'm sewing four hours a day, my happy place.
Making multiple trips to the garage for the Easter Egger chicks. Yesterday one of the cheeps cheeps became a chirp, they are growing! They sit on my hand for dried mealy worms, a good bribe for lovin'.
Bought stock, my effort to keep the economy afloat.
Watched Prince of Persia, Alfred Molina is too funny. Watching House for the first time. C- for believably but that isn't why we watch for entertainment is it? Nice cast.

All Ace of Coins stuff, ticking along in strange times. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sinking Ships

Ostara Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

Partnerships, relationships, sinking ships. A quote from my friend Myrna. We shared rent and upkeep on a business space, not a business but I've never forgotten her ship advice...we also shared a split house with a couple who worked together. Twenty-four hours a day, together. They got along fine, not sure it would work for me, I have to have some breathing space.

Family, friends, partners, spouses, we all need someone, even if we are just pretending. I lost a sibling last month, am down to one brother. I've been thinking for years to invite him down for a week. How's that for a sinking ship statement? Life is complicated isn't it?

Saturday, March 14, 2020

What, Me Worry?

Crystal Tarot ~ Strength

I laid out this week's cards and had a smile. In one of the most interesting weeks since 9/11 they pretty well cover the subject.
The crux of truth
thinking about it
deciding what to do
being told what to do, incompetently
reaffirming the truth of the situation
waiting it out
getting our feet under us.








We needed a wake up call. It is a small world after all and none of us are immune to what the next person and country does. Together is better.

Friday, March 13, 2020

((((World))))

Crystal Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Should I stay or go?
Are they sick? Am I?
I am So glad I have choices, so many don't.
(((((World))))

Thursday, March 12, 2020

A Fine Mess

Crystal Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Another fine mess we've gotten ourselves into.















Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Blocking Understanding

Crystal Tarot ~ Emperor

Personal aversion blocks my understanding. No doubt.

Stability. Sulfur, salt, mercury. New and old Aeon of Horus. The wisdom of Chokmah, which is the Emperor's authority, and directed upon Tipharet. Or the path between Netzach and Yesod, depending on source material. Sun in Capricorn. Power and submission.

Yada Yada Yada. Perhaps it is my unwillingness which blocks my understanding. I'll take that as progress on my path.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Balderdash

Crystal Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

"Heiress who willingly accepts her destiny" (enclosed booklet) Eh? Why not makes her destiny? That said what the heck is that behind her? That she is caressing? Using for support? I could say I see a head/arm/torso/knees...and doesn't that queen have tiny feet?

Sometimes when you don't understand something you have to take the time to pick apart the components. And even then it doesn't necessarily make sense, or mean we have to agree. Electoral college. Daylight Savings Time. School superintendent pay vs teacher pay. How airplanes fly and tankers float.

We should unquestionably accept the station we are born to? The day we wake up to? Balderdash. Cod-wallops. I'm going to take that lump given me and form it into something new. Something else. Something smarter. Why not? I'm no victim of circumstances, call it heiress or not. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Round Rolls Both Ways

Crystal Tarot ~ Page of Coins

Learning responsibility and consequences. There are a million ways "they" try to get your money. No problem, I might not know I need something unless I see it offered. But being a Page = learning good stewardship.

That said, if it is too easy it probably isn't a good idea. I'm thinking about all the places that offer the convenience of signing in with facebook, instagram, or twitter. Just. Don't.

My current mad? I ordered something I absolutely love via aliexpress, a Chinese site that offers products much like Amazon Marketplace does. Don't be fooled by the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the emails. It doesn't work. Will I order from the site again? Absolutely not. Even though I'd like to. Both parties require responsibility and offer consequences. They don't need me, but I also don't need them. A coin is round and rolls both ways. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Belly Up

Crystal Tarot ~ 3 of Swords/Spades

Desperation. Poor fish, belly up.

Perspective. I don't understand the hoarding of toilet paper and water. This isn't a hurricane. And they're still going to have to go out for everything else. Being a capitalist, I'm not complaining mind you, I own stock in Kroger, Clorox, Costco, Pepsi.

My master plan is wash my hands well and often and keep them away from my face. Harder than it sounds, I catch myself rubbing my eyes a dozen times a day. Mostly because I have funny eyes, but sometimes because I can't believe what I'm seeing. 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Get Over I

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ 3 of Coins/Earth

Dog #3 works from the bowls of pigment to give definition to the nature formed statue while #2 and #1 kibitz.  Life is full of collaborations of all sorts. Obeying traffic lights, voting, staggering lunch breaks, who cooks, who drives.

"I go my own path" is a misnomer. there are a million paths, but there are also a million people on them, never just us. We need to get over so much I, and merge smoothly. And continue on thinking our own thinks. Even changing lanes requires the collaboration of total strangers. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Open The Mind's Doors

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ 3 of Wands/Fire

The book indicated this Labrottie (?!) is just on his way through but expects to find food and companionship here. In his dreams but I guess it's a nice story.

Traveling on a mission or for fun, we always hope for a spot for food and lodging on the way, but it isn't a for sure thing. Sometimes the inn or park is full. Sometimes the inn is full of bedbugs. Sometimes the food is inedible or too expensive. Sometimes you get quarantined on the ship. Whatever, all those adventures eventually become stories to tell and laugh or commiserate over.

Go at your own risk, you won't come home the same person, travel opens the mind's doors and the world is an experience not to be missed. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

When Push Comes To Shove

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ Tower

Pretty intense Tower card. I can hardly bear to look at it.  Sentient beings in immediate mortal peril. I wonder if these dogs will push each other off when the flames reach higher, when the plinth gets hotter. People would.

Ultimately survival creates serious personal truths we look away from, don't think about, won't admit to. We say it's for the greater good, while we inch and nudge...my special life is more  important than yours. We look away from the homeless camps as we pass by in our beautiful autos, knit yarn caps to donate, in the comfort of our warm homes and pat ourselves on the back for the wonderful thing we are doing. We toss paper towel packs to hurricane victims. We owe ourselves to be the last one on the rock. We are ultimately the one, the special one.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sweet Honey And Rotten Fish

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ 9 of Cups/Sea

Everyone loves a deal, a bargain, a steal. Although dogs will choose a rotten fish over fresh anytime, as any country dog owner can attest.

Rob is deep cleaning/Flyladying his garage this winter and consequently there have been plenty of Craigslist items for me to photograph and post. We've met some nice people, rehomed some big and small stuff. We're done with it, it's all listed at 25%-50% below retail, often less, and yes we want it all gone and are more than willing to consider offers. Politely presented. Odd how many aren't. Really odd. A little honey goes a long way, and so does a rotten fish.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Log And Mentor

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ 2 of Coins/Earth

Some of us were raised with the wolves and maybe that ends up providing clarity of thought because eat/sleep/procreate is pretty simple. But most of us had at least one person older than us to set us on our way, eventually a lifetime of leaders good and bad.

I've been on both ends of this teeter-totter. The one who stayed on, and the one who jumped off. Making it work requires testing positioning until balance is achieved. I don't have to be an engineer to know when there, and that the log and rock will wear, the weights will shift, it is a constant dance, not one that is ever finished. Sometimes the merry-go-round with a big team is better, sometimes a swing, alone for think time is the best bet.

It's all movement. Just sitting on a rock doing nothing isn't in my repotorie. A log and a mentor is way more fun. Earth lesson #2. 

Monday, March 2, 2020

Personal Regard

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ 7 of Wands/Fire

Holding the position. The line in the sand. The bar not crossed.
Some days it seems like it would easier to throw in the towel.
I mean, really? Why bother.
But then some poor schmuck would have to pick up the towel and wash it.

We hold the line for ourself. Because what we think of ourself matters. It is the only regard that does. 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Begin Again

Magical Dogs Tarot ~ Ace of Coins/Earth

Leap day. Gregorian calendar. Julian calendar. Lunisolar calendar. There are nearly forty types of calendars in world use, most designed around religions, as is the Catholic gregorian in most wide use.

You'd think knowing if it was night or day, tomorrow or yesterday, time to plant time to reap would be enough, but no. We want to plan birthdays, vacations, know what our days off are, we have to have the paper squares to mark off time.

What would it be like if we didn't have clocks and calendars in charge of our lives? Ace of Earth, begin again. And again. Think I'll have a second serving of Leap Day, I missed yesterday. Bet it doesn't make a whit of difference.