Where does the time go?

Wow.  It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a YEAR since I last posted.  WHAT have I been doing?  Well, very little tarot, and that is a shame. 😦

Let’s see… yep, still working.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I just may never get everything done.  It’s discouraging, but I’m learning to live with the feeling of always feeling behind.  I don’t like it, there’s just not much I can do about it right now.  And to make matters worse, we just fired the other accountant I was working with, although she is some of the reason I’m so behind.  She just wasn’t doing her job, and what she was getting done was always very late.  I spent more of my time double-checking her work, which didn’t leave me much time to do my own job.  We have someone new starting on May 6, and I feel very hopeful that things will improve.

Going back in time, I’ve been reading a lot of books (a recognized escape from the whirlwind that is my life), and I always post my progress on Goodreads.  (And in case you’re interested, my user name on Goodreads is also EarthAngel2911.)  🙂

Then before that, I was crocheting up a STORM for Christmas gifts.  I had high expectations, and although I only got 3 projects done, they all came out very well.  My brother and his fiancée got scarves (and nice ones made with very nice=expensive wool), and one of my sisters-in-law got a very large afghan made with Lion Brand’s Homespun.  The yarn is a pain to work with if you’re not used to it, but I love love love the self-striping colors they have.  Kitty (SIL) really liked it, and I hear her cats do as well.  (Yeah… I don’t know what it is, but animals are drawn to this yarn for some reason.  I wonder if the manufacturers weave in catnip or something.)

I have been trying to use my cards more, though, and I hope to post some daily readings very soon using the Dreaming Way Tarot, by Rome Choi, published by US Games Systems.  I received a free review copy of the deck, and while it gave me a nice, warm feeling right away, I wasn’t sure how it would read.  But I have really grown attached to it!  I look forward to posting those readings.

Stay tuned!  🙂

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I’m Still Here!!

It’s been very busy chunk of months around here, but I am still around.  If you look back several posts (Oct 1 2011), I mentioned a big work project that was coming up.  Well, it came up, all right!!  And didn’t let me go.  I’m only now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, feeling like I can take a breathe.

I’ve been working until about 3am almost every night, and 6 to 7 days a week since the end of October, which is why no one has seen or heard from me in all these months.  But, like I said, it’s all finally coming together; it should be just a couple more weeks and I should get my life back again!!  Yay! 🙂

Let’s see… what’s happened in the meantime?  (Besides work, I mean.)  I got addicted to soda to keep me awake, which did a number on my teeth.  (Being a tongue cancer survivor, which means very little saliva, my teeth are very susceptible to acids.)  Anyhoo, 3 darned cavities later, after 15 years of no cavities, and I’m now trying to acquire a taste for coffee.  If you get a flavored coffee, and mix in tons of milk with flavored creamers, and 3 packs of Splenda, it’s actually palatable. 🙂  Unfortunately, my plans for attending the Tarot School’s Readers Studio 2012 may not happen this year since one of those cavities morphed into the need for a crown, which is going to cost a pretty penny.  😦   Whaddayagonnado?

Wow, I guess I thought I had more to share, but I guess not, since I haven’t gotten out lately.  But soon, very soon, I would like to start posting with my cards again.  I actually haven’t purchased any new decks lately, though I did receive some pre-purchased decks (Third Edition of MRP’s Baroque Bohemian Cats’ Tarot).

Soon!  Very soon!  😀

Happy October!

October is one of my favorite months.  Autumn is here, and the spirit of Halloween is in the air… and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  🙂  Always being fascinated with the other side of reality, this time of year naturally attracts me.

In the past I’ve spent the whole month of October doing daily draws with US Games Halloween Tarot, but there are so many other great gothic decks out there!   One of my favorites is Magic Realist’s Bohemian Gothic Tarot; it’s dark and mysterious and yet campy.  There’s also the Deviant Moon Tarot, Tarot of Vampyres, Vertigo Tarot, Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Dark Grimoire Tarot, Dark Angels Tarot and the adorably dark Oracle of Shadows and Light.  So many wonderful choices but only four weeks of October!

Now, it’s kind of a tradition for me to use the Halloween Tarot for at least one week, usually the last week of October; it’s just too fun not to use at all!  🙂   I’ve personally used the Deviant Moon and Bohemian Gothic extensively so I’d like to try a couple that I haven’t used a lot.  Last year I acquired Tarot of Vampyres but didn’t use it a lot, so I’ll have to add that to my list, as well as the Dark Angels Tarot.

But I think I’ll start with the Oracle of Shadows and Light.  I don’t usually use oracles (though I have many), so this should be fun.  🙂

Patrick Valenza is Doing it Again!

Oooh… Patrick Valenza is doing it again!  He sent out a tweet the other day giving us a heads up on his upcoming 222 deck, and a link to watch its progress on his blog and Facebook page.

I absolutely love Patrick’s work!  There’s just something otherworldly about it that makes you sit up and take notice.  You can see my original review of the Deviant Moon Tarot on my website.  The art for his new deck seems to have more muted colors and a medieval feel.  Another unique masterpiece!

He also sent out an email mentioning Halloween decks being available 9/19, but I think those might be the Deviant Moon in his special packaging.  If you don’t have one of those, they are so worth it!  I have the original print run of the Deviant Moon that was printed in Italy, but I got a copy of the China printing directly from Patrick, which includes special packaging with one-of-a-kind drawings on the wrapping, inside box cover and inside the packaging, spread sheet, and title card.  I love the feeling that he drew those doodles just for me, and I’ve kept every part of the packaging.  😉  Yup.  Well worth it if you love his artwork.

I’m Back!

I’m in the process of moving my blog, and this post was originally posted Oct. 25, 2010:

Well, it’s been one year since Robyn died, and I discovered that I’ve been grieving all wrong, if there is such a thing.  I haven’t played with my tarot cards for almost the whole year, feeling as if too much is missing if I don’t have anyone to share them with.

Then a few weeks ago, I did a little reading with the Mythical Goddess Tarot using an iPod app I have, and it seemed so profound that I jotted down some notes.  As I did, I swear I could feel Robyn near me, and I just felt as if we were sharing the spread together.  What a great feeling!  So little by little I’ve been using my cards again, and when I do, I feel close to Robyn.  And since that’s the best I’m going to be able to do, I’m going to spend a lot more time with my tarot decks and maybe her absence won’t hurt so much.  🙂

I think I’ve also decided to try a couple of other blog setups as opposed to using the WordPress blog that goes along with my website.  There just aren’t many fun templates to play with (at least not that I’ve been able to figure out), and it just looks boring.  So, I’m playing around on this blog, but don’t be surprised if you see various different looks as I try to find one that really like.  So far, I like the colors and set up of this one, but I reserve the right to choose different templates as the mood strikes.  🙂

Facebook? Really?

Originally Posted August 8, 2009:

Well, I finally did it.  I joined Facebook.  I’ve been saying all along that I just don’t want to be “out there” for everyone to see, and I did mean it.  Honest.

But, well, my sister-in-law kept sending me invitations, so I finally gave in.  I mean, what will it hurt?  I don’t have to have a lot of information there, just a place to keep in touch with family, right?  Right.

So I signed up and put just the basics, then “friended” my family members.  Then I looked up my college friend who e-mailed me months ago looking for me, thankful that I still had the same e-mail address, since I wasn’t on FB.  Ok, that’s fine.  No big deal.

Then it just so happened that in that same week, my husband’s co-worker “forced” him to sign up for FB and helped him set everything up (since hubby is no whiz with the computer).  So now we’re both on, and I can’t have him accumulating more friends than I!  lol  Actually, I was enjoying watching him complain about having to spend so much time on the computer, keeping up with all these people he hasn’t spoken with in years.  Then we linked up as married, and that was fun, sending messages back and forth.

So since I was spending more time on FB because of that, every now and then I would think of an old schoolmate and look them up.  Oh, look!  There they are!  Let me just send a Friend request and see if they remember me.  And that’s the way it starts.

Now the first place I go when I log on to my computer is Facebook.  I ended up working late into the night last night, just to make up the time I spent trying to get my privacy settings just right during the day.  Egads.  Addicted to something new!  Already?  I’m still trying to really get going on this sweater I’m trying to knit myself, not to mention finishing the afghan that is nearly done, that is for a friend whose birthday was 3 weeks ago.  <sigh>

A New Obsession

Originally posted August 2, 2009:

I confess that I haven’t been doing much tarot lately, and that’s a shame, really.  I haven’t even been buying decks, can you believe it?  (Amazing, I know.)

No… I’ve been buying yarn… and crochet pattern books… and How-To knitting books.   And did I mention yarn?  Most of the time when I see yarn on sale (and it has to be a good sale), I’ll pick up a few skeins, because yarn can be expensive if you want to make anything more than a scarf.  But several times now I’ve purchased yarn with a project in mind. 

So, since I have all this yarn, I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting.  And just recently I took a knitting class to learn how to make garments.   I love to crochet because it was the craft my grandmother taught me, but afghans take so long to make.  (Yes, I know there’s plenty more to crochet than just afghans, but I seem to gravitate toward these.  Maybe that’s because that’s all that Grandma made.  We do have many old afghans around the house.)  And I want to make tops to actually wear, but knitted garments drape much better on the body than crochet does.  Thus, the knitting class.

I took the class with just one other person and the instructor, which actually worked out very well.  Talk about personal attention!  It was great because I had already learned the basics through books and YouTube, but I never had anyone to tell me if I doing something wrong, or to help me when I had problems.  So this class turned out to be just what I needed.  From here on out, I feel I can do most things learning through books and practicing a LOT.  That’s one thing I learned in that class; the only way to improve your skill is to knit, knit, and knit some more.

Anyway, let me get back on a tarot topic…  with my crochet I wanted to make more than just the afghans I’ve been gifting, something smaller so that I could see my results fairly quickly.  So, I designed my own tarot bag!  🙂    Yay!  This is the way to go!  I know what I like, and this way I can make it the way I want it.

I’ll try to post a picture if I can figure out how, but you can also see it if you belong to Ravelry.com, the most awesome knitting website I’ve found yet.  It’s listed on Wikipedia as a social networking site, and it is, but I use it mostly for the database feature.  You can keep track of your projects, yarn stashes, projects you want to do, needles and hooks, and your library, as well as all the other networking things, like friends, groups, discussion lists and the like.  But you can also search patterns from books, magazines, designers, and anybody who has something to add.

Which is basically why I began this post.  I want to post my tarot bag pattern, but it seems that I have to have it “published” somewhere, so what better place than here?  So, I’ll stop here and create another post just for the pattern.  🙂

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