Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Releasing The Cacophony

 17 years. 5,260 posts. Approximately 600,000 words equaling 10-ish books. 
I am releasing my Quirkeries Blog to give myself a reset and
open the door to other opportunities and adventures. I'm excited! 
~ Thank you for sharing the journey ~

Friday, May 6, 2022

Phone Work

 Tao Oracle ~ Obstacles

Aren't they fun? To look back on. After we've survived, buried, ignored into invisibility, or actually surmounted. At my age if there is an obstacle, it needs to be dealt with. 

I've already had and vanquished four this year, the worst part of dealing with them required talking on the phone. Which is an obstacle In Process; I doubt I ever get over the panic symptoms, but I can stop nurturing them with avoidance, and force myself to get on with it. 

Could be worse, I could have a fear of doorknobs or refrigerators or lawns. Makes phone work look easy peasy. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Three Totes

 Tao Oracle ~ Decrease

A dark card, but all the keywords can be teaching moments because less can be more.

I'm thinking today about mother's photo collection. To give her credit she had many wonderful family and vacation albums, people and places identified and dated. But also 3 large totes of loose photographs came to me, maybe 1% identified. I felt burdened and guilty, knowing they were precious to her, and not knowing how to honor that. 

In the end I shipped shoeboxes of them to cousins hoping they could identify a few for their own pleasure. No one ever said if they did. The rest eventually met fire, the way I let go of things that simply serve no purpose but soul weight. I can't pull the wagon of someone else's stuff.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Make Me Think

 Tao Oracle ~ Contemplation

Ever see images of people contemplating the sun? I have at least ten collage cards about the moon specifically, only one featuring a sun. I don't get up and walk outside to contemplate the sun, but I get up in the night to view the moon. Without a moon the oceans would still and developers would fall on the newly freed view property. Without the sun we'd all die. 

Which do I suppose I value more? The one that makes me think. 

Monday, May 2, 2022


 Tao Oracle ~ Excess

Although in a good mood, I've been feeling a bit like this lately. I seem to be taking quick looks over my shoulder for what the hell is it that is weighing me down...the tarot 10's are like this, even the ten of coins indicates there can be too much of a good thing. 

I've cut back on blogging even althoough wordsmithing is one of my pleasures. I've cut back on tea, mainly because I don't care for the last box I bought. I could throw it out but not without a replacement. I have Irish Breakfast at my side right now, Rob likes it, I'm not a fan. My elder doggies continue to age, hard to watch, hard to choose when to let them go. Part of responsible pet ownership. I don't want to be responsible. 

Little things I guess that add up to carrying the rocks. Mother would say I have the doldrums. She'd probably be right, I'm the luckiest girl in the world and I do know that. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Dress Up Day

 Green Witch Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

Such pretty dresses. I used to wear them all the time, but these days anyone even vaguely dressed up here sticks out like a sore thumb. We are more likely to see flannel pajamas in public. 

I think I'll celebrate today by wearing one of my big rhinestone brooches. Or two. Self appreciation, self respect, the joy of just doing it. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Drop The Sticks

 Green Witch Tarot ~ 10 of Wands

I've read the amount of heat you need is in direct proportion to how much coal you had to shovel to get it. I've gotten half that mountain of firewood moved. Our happy squirrel is shouting you can do it you can do it! Rob's finished with his task, nine tons of blocks moved out and then nine tons back in better position. 

Deleted my Twitter account, only joined to get to know our Vice President better via her posts, haven't been back since the election. A small thing but it is one less member Mr. Musk paid for and doesn't have. Just try to imagine where  $44 billion dollars could be placed if his heart worked as well as his brain; making him richer is a stick I'll never carry.

Wonder what other sticks I can think of today I'm carrying out of habit or inattention. I shall sling them from me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

He Looks Sketchy

 Green Witch Tarot ~ 4 of Coins 

Is the guy in the doorway saying 'Joe sent me'? Odd. 

Feeling pretty cocky today, I pretty much have all my Roth squirrels back in the box, a noticeable portion of the wood pile moved undercover and stacked, Rob has moved an enormous pile of dirt and all the 86 pound stones. 

Plus we were gifted ten 21 foot sheets of metal siding from a barn being torn down, so free free free woodshed roof. For side posts we cut up the last of a phone pole gifted from the beeper pole next door. For stringers and headers we had free rough cut lumber from the place we are getting our free firewood. Free is a very good thing if it is useful. 

And I don't care if he knows 'Joe', I ain't letting that guy in, he looks sketchy. But then I'm the one that fell for the fraud photoshop site... Once burned twice shy. 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Right Place Right Time

 Green Witch Tarot - 9 of Swords

Crap, the world is still here. Oh, World good, it's the people that are still here. 

On the other hand we have to refill the hummingbird feeders every day, a few years ago we didn't have any. Last week we were watching them and noticed one didn't seem to be drinking then it just fell off the feeder! Rob found it in a flower pot, saw its tongue was going in and out, kept directing its tongue into the feeder ports and in a few minutes said he could actually feel it getting stronger. He sat it up on the feeder roost and sure enough, all good. It was a baby, not quite ready for its first outing. 

Sometimes small world celebrations are what we hold on to. Humans are hopeless. 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Mountain of Hugs

 Green Witch Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

Joint work today, I have a mountain of firewood to stack undercover, Rob has a 26 foot section of retaining wall with 86 pound concrete blocks to remove and redo. 

We'll have arms like orangutang's when finished but they will wrap around twice for hugs, Win Win. 

Saturday, April 23, 2022


 Minchiate Etruria ~ Chariot

Perseverance. Like we have options. Even if we just lie down and let it wash over us, life is still going to roll on. Just being old isn't a win, it's luck. Sometimes. Unless it was a life full of misery and hate. But if that is all you know is it a win?

Is rolling a pebble up a mountain perseverance to be applauded?

Is just getting up a win? Today it is, I found the lovely half-moon, never where I expect it to be of course, even though barely dawn the birds are in full throat, win win. We beat the weather yesterday and got the lawn mowed, breathtaking emerald, with diagonal lines this time. Today I'll have finished the quilting project, the top is at least fifteen years old. I'm not dwelling on why I stopped working on it, only the pleasure of seeing it on the bed. 

Maybe for me a better term is endurance. As in the horses pulling the chariot, not the egomeister waiting for applause. I don't need accolades for a well lived day, all of us have that option. Getting up. Starting fresh. Open eyes, open heart. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

Rubber Ducky Earrings

 Minchiate Etruria ~ Ace of Wands/Batons

Wands are the get-er-done suit, the fire energy may be hair-on-fire problems or fired up with the thrill of problem solving and action. 

I spent four hours yesterday machine quilting, a first for 2022, other than sorting and packaging up quilt room things for sale. Embers rekindled.

I've made at least twenty phone calls this month, possibly more than I made all last year. Phonephobia still a tremor inducing heart pounding problem but am at least getting business taken care of. Fanning embers. 

Working with Visa and the bank I've put some fraudster's feet to the fire.

I've spent the last 30 days with a nonsense (?) project lighting the fire in my dormant solar plexus chakra. The jury is still out but having a blast. Who knew yellow rubber ducky earrings could be a tool? 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


 Minchiate Etruria ~ Capricorn

From the book...practical miser. Oh yes, I have Photoshop Elements 2022 now, after due research to find the least expensive copy. And happening on one 1/3 the normal price.  Where was my brain? 

Fraud site. Fortunately because we are staring at our bank account right now I noticed right away an additional fraudulent charge so bank is on board watching.  Boy do I feel like a duffus. 

From the book...thanks to that innate practicality, order can be restored. Of course it will require some phone time. Since I'm in Capricorn mode I will believe they Love to be on the phone, my Scorpio can go sit on the deck and watch the sun rise, as it always does. And I don't have Photoshop anymore. Maybe that is the miserly lesson, most of the things I want to do can probably be done online for free. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Bully Or Hero?

Minchiate Etruria ~ Page of Wands  

Bully boy? Emerging hero? At this age the brain isn't formed enough to make life decisions, but there he goes. It will probably depend on who got to him first, planting poisons, or ideals. 

A youth wearing body armor and carrying a weapon today pretty  much means one thing to me, too much unsupervised time in chat rooms. Emulating the wrong people for the wrong reasons, errors in judgement that will plague him all his life. 

Perhaps this one will find a decent mentor before it is too late. 

Monday, April 18, 2022


 Minchiate Etruria ~ 2 of Wands/Staves

The will to make the changes needed, but not the resources. Refugees, homeless, mental or physical problems, children with useless parents, big world problems that have always been with us and always will be. All could be helped with proper funding and administration, the money is obviously there by the bale and barrel. 

But wars make money for old white men, so that is where it goes instead of resources for the individual. I will always be grateful for decent loving parents, learning to read, and an enquiring mind able to figure out a way out of the mire. 

Sunday, April 17, 2022


 Minchiate Etruria ~ World 

Unequivocal success. I'll take that accolade, just for the instant it lasts...because there is always another problem, task, goal. I've been up since 5 AM poking and prodding a recalcitrant scanner. You know the routine. Unplug it. Turn it upside down with a blank look. Restart the computer. Move it over a few inches. Give it the bent eye. Ignore the fact I have I huge printer/scanner sitting on the shelf right above it, I like this little flatbed scanner, so much I intend it travel with me this year. 

Uninstalled everything Epson, re-downloaded from the Epson site, eureka, we have a World card. And it is only 6:20 AM. Effective use of my time? I think so, while it was downloading I re-went through all my facebook settings, updating privacy and security. I don't understand why people holler about wall posts and ads. I never see any. No ads at all. No posts that make me upset all day long. I call that a success too. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

Tomorrow's Worry Box

I've mentioned my Worry Box before, a way of putting the brakes on something about to overwhelm me, like "will I get eaten by a dragon" or "when I'm homeless will I have a broken down vehicle to myself or be bunking with fourteen strangers".

I know hardly anything we worry about ever happens, so my solution is a worry box, a small one, if I'm determined to worry about something new, some obsessive thought already in the box has to come out. Right now the major portion of the box is filled with half of our retirement fund slipping into my checking account because of my error. 

My hair trigger temper is involved, my high horse is prancing around, and I've already flounced from the room in high dudgeon several times. I'm going to lock this one in a Altoids Tin, wrapped in string for the weekend. Like Scarlett, I'll think about that tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

I Wish Them Well

 Enchanted Spell Oracle ~ Integrity

I've been thinking about this word for several hours. I enjoyed my first effort at getting out and about, an introductory visit with FOLK committee, Friends of the Library at Kalama. Very nice women, committed to the cause of supporting and raising funds. Just this year they've installed five Little Libraries around the community, where people can take and bring books at no charge, and hold book sales every two months.

That said...it is a committee. With some infighting with the larger women's group in town. And the Chamber of Commerce. Not going there. Also, in my heart of hearts I was surprised the library reopened as a library after our last flood. Like newspapers, books of paper are being used less and less, and computers offer much of the information I used to seek out in libraries. 

If I don't wholeheartedly believe in the future of libraries, particularly in small towns like this, can I wholeheartedly work toward the cause? No, although I wish them well. 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Figure It Out

 Enchanted Spell Oracle ~ Intellect

Intellect. Well first off it is Saturday not Sunday, my bad... but yesterday I figured out a workaround for something to hold my small canvas still while working with a palette knife, saved myself thirty dollars. 

Figured out on my own after five doctor visits and numerous meds, what was causing the dermatitis on my face for ten months. It is now next thing to gone.

Had to relearn how to open my camp chair yesterday, even with a ribbon tied to the unlock spot. My poor brain. 

Am relearning Adobe Photoshop Elements, that should be worth a laugh or two and some hair pulling. 

And I spent a good amount of time yesterday appreciating nature. 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Thought I Had It

 Materia Prima Deck ~ Francium 87 Fr

A sense of humor in this image; Francium is a highly radioactive alkali metal. Although it occurs naturally, it decays so quickly it's very rare. In fact, scientists have never had a large enough sample of francium to know what it actually looks like. (Google)

Reminds me of an idea I thought I once had. Poof. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Old Dogs

 Materia Prima Deck~ Mercury 80 Hg

Say What? From a science lab website for teachers: Mercury is pronounced as MER-kyoo-ree. Eeh? Not Mer cure e? That makes the list of things I'm not going to retrain myself to do correctly.  If it is correct...

Further exploration gives several more options. Nope, no relationship to anything to do with me. Go away. Old dogs, new tricks. I don't actually believe it. Shoo. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Sock Silicone Solution

 Materia Prima Deck ~ Silicon 14 Si

Silicone implant gone awry? Although it isn't funny, I had a friend who committed suicide due to the mental and physical side effects of implant leakage. 

Turns out silicon is the second most common element on the planet, the only thing we have more of is oxygen. It is in my Jeep engine block, sealing my shower surround, in my conditioner and sewing machine lube and the semiconductors in my electronics. Handy. 

My last personal use? I bought a packet of low socks that aren't supposed to show in shoes, except the heels all slid down. So I bought a small tube of silicone, daubed all the heels, socks stay up. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Neon Chiropodist

 Materia Prima Deck ~ Neon 10 Ne

We did errands today, in a different town. I saw three different buildings with a neon foot in an upper story window. Now a hand I could understand; a Reader, good bad or indifferent, but a foot? Are  podiatrists/chiropodists so hard up they need neon? 

I've had to see a foot doctor a few times, after they got done with me, I'm pretty sure I paid their office overhead for the month...

Monday, April 4, 2022


 Materia Prima Deck ~ Copper 29 Cu

Another mineral essential to good health, creates all kinds of problems if too high or low in the system. Like vitamin D to milk and iodine to salt, copper is added to 'fortified' cereals. I got my magnifier and read our seven cereal boxes, no copper. I'm guessing it is in kid cereals? 

Now I'm wondering if all the anti-folk read the boxes of their fortified cereal and white balloon bread. I do believe I'm on the prod this week, because it sure isn't any of my business.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Can't Make Me

 Materia Prima Deck ~ Iodine I 53

Discovered in 1811, in 1924 Michigan, following the Swiss idea, began adding iodine in minute amounts to table salt. 30% of its population had health problems associated with lack of iodine in the system.  Those deficiencies included mental retardation, deafness, squinting eyes, goitre and is sometimes responsible for miscarriages and still-births. Within ten years it was down to 2%. 

I wonder if they bought hats, met in mobs, marched in the streets, shot each other over it? 

Saturday, April 2, 2022


 Zillich Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Still not recovered from my Thud, but I drew one of my own collage cards this morning for advice and got Steve Irwin. Made me laugh, cheered me up, and Monday I start working on the situation again.

But that brings me to 8 of Coins, prudence, and working my craft or wheel or goal or brilliant idea. In aid of my decision to do small paintings because I have so few flat walls in our A-frame house for display, I'd like to concentrate on 4-6 inch pieces. You know how when you hear a brand new word you suddenly hear it several times? 

Today I saw something called a panel holder, called a painter's jig about 2 hours later. Brilliant, holds a small canvas still and is flexible between several small sizes. I 'think' I can make one, I could certainly buy one...if I could find more information. Jig apparently means something else with Ms. Google.  My 8 of Coins prudent research today. 

Friday, April 1, 2022


 Zillich Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Fiduciary responsibility and good stewardship of resources. In aid of this we filled out all the forms so down the road when the day comes we could direct deposit withdrawals from our retirement Roth accounts into our local bank. 

Thud. Both our Roth's were emptied in their entirety into our checking account and our Roth accounts have been closed. Obviously we checked something we shouldn't have. If I wasn't so sick about it I'd be laughing till the tears squirt. 

Now I'm going, to be sick, again. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

No Mellow Yellow

 Zillich Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

What is a truce and who all does it include? No I'm not talking about Ukraine, but Etsy and a pair of earrings. 

I needed, yes needed something seriously yellow for a project, these earrings were seriously yellow resin so I bought them, along with a white pair. White is snow-blinding white indeed, the yellow ones are a disappointingly lukewarm beigy lemon juice. 

I want to email the seller and ask if there are any more yellow or if they are all of a similar hue. Because I've had a transaction with the seller Etsy's software will now only let me contact via the help module. That seems belligerent for a simple query. 

Insert suspenseful music ~ will I capitulate to Etsy software, figure out a work-around, live with less than I expected that are ok-ish?

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Road Trip!

 Zillich Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Wonder if those horns on Trickster's head allude to current change being want vs. need. I'm pretty much in the need camp, but sometimes want is enough. We are picking up our new 5th wheel in a few weeks and it is a stunner.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Truth Love Hope

 Zillich Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

Holding the emerald of truth, love, and hope to my heart. I love my cards because they make me face the truth and work with it. Because they remind me to be compassionate with myself and others, we are all a work in progress. Because they allow hope to be recognized, glimmer or epiphany. 

After my sadsack post yesterday, I realized I've made some serious moves on replacing quilting in  my life, directing toward positive actions that my failing eyes can work with, they just haven't come to full fruition yet. The quilt room will eventually arrange itself to needs, in the meantime I need to relax, sit-stay, and face each day with equanimity. 

The president of the local artisan group reached out and asked me to join them, I'm thinking about it for sure. In talking to the librarian at the book sale I was invited to join FOLK, volunteers for the library...with an ulterior motive, first crack at donated magazines for my collage :) which they just send to recycle. And I'm working on a filled well collage piece that is already blowing my mind. 

And postcards have appeared in my mail. Do you know how much they cost to post? Someone in Australia loves us! Thank you! And I'm working hard on a self-love project that involves Bear if you can believe it. 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Four Inches

 Zillich Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

Remaining open to creative impulses, the cup has filled, time to let something be renewed, reformed, rebirthed.

My big beautiful quilt room, emptier by three-quarters, continues to sit abandoned. The only thing I've decided to do is move the big table about four inches. But I haven't done it yet...very odd. 

Sunday, March 27, 2022


 Zillich Tarot ~ High Priestess

She indicates change but reminds that life is a series of cycles. What is coming we've probably been through before in some form. 

I could see what is coming, and something always does, as a chance for a do-over...better handled this time. What an opportunity! Bring it on!

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Fun Is Afoot

 Ostara Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

New health issue, new doctor. Good news, I really like her and we laughed so hard the tears squirted. A good Ace start. 

The last big dollar item from the quilt room sold yesterday and was picked up last night.

I booked another painting lesson for both of us for July while we are camping in eastern Washington.

The hyacinths are up this week and the winter daphne is blooming, in the afternoons the yard smells divine. 

It looks like the doe that often dines at the bird feeding station will soon have a little one joining her.

It must be spring ~ Fun is afoot.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Blingy In The Sun

 Ostara Tarot ~ Sun

Hard work equals victory. Do I believe that? Nah. Sometimes, on a personal level unless we are digging a hole just to fill a hole. On a global scale? No chance. Too many agendas. 

We will have spring sun here today, I will savor it, make the rounds of our new trees, see if we or the deer are going to be the victors. Hang some more glittering CDs on the limbs, if I am losing at least my yard is blingy, what can be more glorious than that? 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Life Scabs

 Ostara Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Is there a snake in our eden? Only the self nurtured ones. Rather than dwell and pick at life scabs I've learned to look for light cracks that can be new doorways and silver linings. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Contact List

 Ostara Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

In my effort this month to grow up, out grow, get over my PhonePhobia I noticed yesterday when I called the vet (rather than driving 14 miles to the office which was my first thought) I have a Lot of dead people in my contact list.

There are a few I'll never take out, but in aid of my goals, today is contacts list clean up. Feels grown up. And scary, I'm going to have to touch the phone. Humans...too funny. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Open Mind

 Ostara Tarot ~ 3 of Wands 

Open mind open options. We are doing something today we haven't done in years. It is exciting, having options, welcome to the brave new world. 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Reveals The Magic

 Ostara Tarot ~ Magician

The power and ability to create a new life for myself.

I am doing this, but man it takes me a long time to think. I recognize that helps the refining of needs and wants and requirements but there are so many things in life I wish I'd found or done sooner. 

On the other hand...those things I wish I'd never done. Oh well, experience is a good teacher and reveals the magic of thoughtful actions. 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Welcome Ostara!

Art by Wendy Andrew

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Spit In One Hand

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ 10 of Swords/Feathers

I learned recently that snakes don't always shed their skin, sometimes it sticks and can cause them all kinds of problems. Bit like us if we won't or can't move on from something restricting us from a full productive life. 

The reverse of 10 of Swords is being old enough I can recognize a strangling episode before it takes over my life. Wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which fills first, but I sure wish I'd had some of this insight in my 30's. 

Friday, March 18, 2022

World Without Color

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

These quills represent a valid form of self-protection, the author considers them a tool of self-empowerment. I'll have to think on that; when I have my quills out I'm usually avoiding confrontation by being unapproachable or unreachable or noncommunicable. 

I'm working on reversing this because it is entirely a choice. I may consider my quills a valuable part of my mental exoskeleton, but look at that gray world...who wants to live without color? 

Thursday, March 17, 2022


 SpiritSong Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Crystals

Just keep going. If there is an area in my life that seems static, I can examine it and the reason probably is I'm not moving. Thinking things over is good, but thinking doesn't equal finally getting in gear. 

I made three phone calls yesterday. More than I've made in the last six months. Take that inertia! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Prep Work

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ Ace of Wands/Acorns

Fly Fishing season doesn't open until May and it is still freezing in the areas we like to go camping, but...not too early to get prepared!

Off to the big city today to pick up a few parts for the 5th wheel RV and replace some of Rob's worn out fishing gear. Looking forward to doing things so we have things to look forward to.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Something Will Come

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ Star

Renewal. Rejuvenation. Fresh starts.

But would we accept the offer, the chance? I'm casting my net to get back into some kind of social network, but as much as I want to talk to real people, hear laughter, put my shoulder to the wheel...no I don't want weekly poker night. No I don't want to go on the bus to a casino. And NO I'd rather be beat with burning brands than be on a committee. 

Something will come, Star says so. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Reverse Image

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ Hanged Man

I have to agree with the artist, being upside down gives a new perspective. I've trimmed the borders off a few decks and inked the edges of a few, looking at every card from all four sides is good mental exercise. 

i took a little self-class in Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain, where you turn the item you are drawing upside down. It is a great skill improver exercise. 

I think I'll try building one of my paper collages upside down today. Perhaps better insight will come, more light from a different direction is always a good thing. 

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Ninja Death

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ Death/Transformation

After a working lifetime of dressing up, I don't own a single dress or pair of shoes with heels. After a lifetime of haircuts every six weeks, my hair is nearly ponytail ready. There are all kinds of deaths/transformations throughout our lives, most gradual some ninja.

We won't know the effects of living with covid until hindsight surprises us. This spring I'm making a real effort to reverse one of the side effects, reverse time 10 or 15 or 20 years. Can I do it? I'm setting my mind to it. Death ain't dead until we're dead. 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Spotted Any Mermaids?

 SpiritSong Tarot ~ 3 of Cups/Shells

I've never seen a dolphin, or an orca, or a whale. Doesn't mean they don't exist, or that the stories of their playfulness aren't true. 

I've never seen a mermaid either, but over the course of  my eight months goddess workshops I'll be making a card for one. I've already got some great images saved aside. I can be playful....surely.