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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

GoodFeline, so your son is already singing with the Star Trek theme - what fun! It sounds as though he is already expressing a musical inclination. I hope your weather is reasonably comfortable at night to help you with your sleep issues; I remember that Nebraska summers could be pretty intense. I'm sorry to hear your husband is having residual lung problems from that Covid virus. Too many people in the general public don't realize the potential for long-term effects from that miserable stuff. Hopefully your husband will eventually return to a more healed condition.

Julie, I hope you had a lovely day, getting chores done and sharing some board games or shopping or other activities with your husband while he is home.

We had a good day for our trip to Beaverton - clouds and occasional sprinkles of rain but nothing serious. Hubby's eyes are doing well - next check-up will be in 3 months. We picked up a few things at Costco, including cheap hot dogs for lunch, and then stopped at Barnes & Noble. Hubby picked up a few books in the various series he is reading. I didn't find anything to catch my eye. The store has been re-arranged; it seems more spacious but it's hard to find anything now. Guess I'll just have to get used to it. We were gone about 5-6 hours and were relieved to return home to a house that was in basically the same condition we left it instead of filled with tossed cushions and pillows and furniture covers.

On that note I'll go finish my other Spark postings and then make some chamomile tea to settle my head for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday!


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6/30/20 12:58 P

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Carol: My boss thinks the firm may be remote through January, but nothing official has been said yet. We're just remote "for the foreseeable future" right now. So while I am home Little Man is staying home with me. I am loving it, to be honest. If I got a fancier printer/scanner I'd be set to work as normal as long as I went into the office 1-2 days a week to file the books that come in the mail. I don't think my boss would go for me being a permanent remote employee, though. But we did the math and if we stick to a budget I should be able to quit my job in about 3 years to stay home, so I am looking forward to that.

Julie: He's feeling better, but he seems to have a harder time negotiating the stairs so I think his lungs may be weaker. I've read online that it can cause permanent damage to the lungs so he might have this trouble for good.

I have been having a hard time sleeping lately. I think it is anxiety related, though, But it doesn't help when I finally start dozing off that Chester decides to come fur up my face. He loves late night/early morning cuddles.

When we can we're definitely doing a big party for Little Man. He doesn't really have any friends, especially since he's not in daycare right now, but I've got a lot of family that want to see him!

Little Man and I have been watching Doogie Howser and Star Trek lately. He LOVES the Star Trek intro songs. He's started trying to "baba" along with them, lol!

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6/30/20 8:37 A

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, welcome back! Good to know you and baby are well. I hope your husband doesn't have any residual problems from the coronavirus.

Evie, I like the insight from your botanical cards, too!

Carol, best wishes for safe journey today and good outcomes from the doctor visit!

It looks like the husband is going to be home again today. I was hoping that with all the re-openings going on he would get more work. I'm grateful to the universe that we're getting by fairly comfortably so far.

Wishing everyone a clear path!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, welcome back! It's good to hear from you and to see the pictures of your growing Bundle of Joy. It sounds as though you have joined the Working From Home group too, which undoubtedly is bring its own challenges. Sending good thoughts to you as you work your way through it. I am certainly wishing you the best as you work toward having baby #2.

Evie, I really like that botanical deck you are using - the pictures and the messages and the energy. It adds a unique perspective to the other decks being used.

Julie, it sounds as though you had a reasonably peaceful day. I hope your husband gets work again soon as I know that is an important part of the ebb and flow of your life.

We had a quiet day, as usual. I did a little office clean up and finished a round of poo-patrol in the yard. My astrology friends sent along some charts for consideration when we get together, so I took awhile to save them electronically and then print them out. I will try to decipher them tomorrow while waiting for Hubby at his retinologist's appointment. We'll be going over the pass and doing some shopping too. Can't take too long as the dogs will be here alone, wreaking Heaven only knows what kind of havoc in the house.

So now it's time to finish on Spark and then get ready for bed, including making my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.


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6/29/20 2:08 P

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Hey everyone, I'm at an actual computer today! It's been awhile, and I can't stay long, so I'll just kind of bullet point some updates for you.

- I finally got the courage to weigh myself and since my weight loss journey stalled with my pregnancy I've gained 114lbs back. I'm tracking my calories again, getting in some Leslie Sansone Videos when I can, and I've started intermittent fasting to see if that helps at all. I've lost a few ounces, but it's also my TOM so I know my weight isn't completely accurate right now so I'll give it a week or two to see how things actually progress. I've quit caffeine again, but this time since I'm having trouble getting fluids down being at home I'm drinking fizzy water instead of cutting carbonation as well.

- I talked with my OB about everything, including my weight, and we decided that right now is probably my best chance at trying for baby #2. With my medical history and difficulty conceiving she wants me done with babies by the time I'm 35 (October 2021) so she's encouraging me to be healthy right now but not worry about dramatic weight loss until after we've gotten me pregnant and delivered baby #2. That way my body doesn't have to go through so many steep highs and lows. So we began trying in March to conceive a sibling for my little man. I'm no longer responding to the fertility drugs we used with him, though, so for July we're trying a different kind to see how well I respond to those.

- Little Man had his first birthday in quarantine. We had to cancel his party so all the supplies I got are just sitting in a closet. I can probably use most of them for his second birthday, it's just the first birthday specific ones that went to waste. We did still get him a smash cake...which he would not smash or even touch. But he's now 24lbs and 29", off formula and drinking pea milk, drinking from a 360 cup and a straw cup, eating really well, practicing standing independently, and even taking a few steps when he doesn't think too hard about it. Most exciting is a few days ago he got taken off his oxygen! His Pulmonologist wants him on a steroid spray but it interferes with his sleep so I'm seeing if we can quit that, too.

- I am working from home, we turned remote in March. I've been working from my phone while my boss tries to get me a laptop from the IT department. My husband is essential personnel so he still has to go to the Base to work. He does all our errands and grocery shopping, I've only gone in public for doctors appointments (and once to the Sprint store when my phone crashed to get it repaired since I needed it to work). Little Man and I are trying to totally quarantine since we both have breathing problems. My husband did get Covid-19 early on, and was exposed a second time when someone came to work with it, but didn't catch it a second time and so far Little Man and I have been healthy. Today we set up the upstairs to be more baby friendly so hopefully I can use my desktop more to work and maybe even check in here more than once every 4 months!

I've got to get back to work. I have some research to do, a webinar to watch, and a presentation to complete. Here are some photos for you:




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6/29/20 7:33 A

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Good morning!

Carol, how nice to see the big rainbow! Surely it is a good omen.

Yesterday went pretty much as expected. I did a little work on the crystal mats, played a board game with the husband, and served up some healthy food. Himself thinks he will be home again today, so I guess there will be a good bit of cooking and cleaning to do.

Wishing everyone a mellow Monday!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a spectacular Sunday.

Evie, I hope you are having a lovely day, whatever you are doing.

Julie, it sounds as though you found plenty to keep you busy. I gather the laundry was from your husband's last several days on the road. Hopefully you were able to enjoy whatever board game(s) you were playing. The photo you posted raises some interesting thoughts - thanks for sharing!

We had a beautiful day in Oregon, sunshine with temperatures in the high 60s. My daughter arrived to spend some time while her house was being shown to some prospective buyers. She had two cats with her, in separate carriers, and they got to watch the visit from their respective travel cases. The dogs, of course, were thrilled to see her and quite irate when she left without them. After a late lunch I went into the yard to do poo-patrol and rake the leaves at the back of the side yard. We have had so much wind lately that the noted area looked as though it was October instead of June. I had things reasonably well finished when the wind came up and I left the rest of the leaves for the next round of raking.

Next I checked the raspberry bushes and picked enough berries for a small raspberry shortcake for Hubby and me for later. While I was back in the berry patch I pulled out some of the big weeds that were in the way of the berry picking, and then being on a roll I went and pulled up the dead grass in our parking area that the neighbor had spray killed for us several days ago. All in all, I spent more than two hours in outdoor work, which sort of made up for some lazier days this past week.

As I prepared to complete this post I looked out my office window and saw a portion of a bright rainbow - the first one I have seen like this in our nearly 6 years in Oregon. So Hubby and I both grabbed our cameras and once we got outside we noticed that it was running all the way across the sky - beautiful but hard to photograph with my cell phone. Here is the best one I could get- though not perfect by any means. I hope it is an omen of good things to come, including a quick sale of my daughter's house!

On that note I'll close, wishing a good night's sleep for everyone and a marvelous Monday as well.



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Good morning!

Evie, so glad to have you back with us! I'm glad also to assume the extraction and graft were successful and you are enjoying increasingly good health.

Carol, I hope you enjoyed the indoor day! I know exactly how you feel about realizing the age of offspring.

It was peaceful enough here yesterday. I didn't get much time to work on the crystal mats, but I did do some planning and set up, which seems to fit with yesterday's card. I did many loads of laundry throughout the day, picked up the farm share, prepped veggies, cooked rice and a big veggie saute for supper. No game today as the DM has to attend to some family matters, so the hubster and I are planning to play a board game. I have some chicken marinating that we were going to cook out, but the weather isn't cooperating, so the oven will have to do.

Wishing everyone a day of true connection!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Evie, I'm sorry to hear about the medical problems that interrupted your health efforts. Your walk around the block and garden work sound like perfect activities for getting back into harmony with your body and your world. Your containers for growing veggies certainly will provide you with wonderful variety all summer long. All around you are a fabulous addition to our team and I'm happy you are back on your feet and able to participate again.

Julie, it certainly sounds as though you had an ambitious day today, completing all those tasks! Cleaning up one's diet always helps, and you are certainly blessed to have access to the Farmers Market and your Farm Shares. Thank you for your kind thoughts about my flowers.

Today was cooler here, though the wind continued to blow pretty hard. I spent a lot of time indoors today, talking with Hubby, dealing with dogs, and running a couple loads of laundry. Today is my son's birthday, so I texted him this morning and then called him this evening. I can't believe he is turning 44 today - I don't feel old enough to have a son with that many years.

So now it's time to go finish my other Spark postings and then get a cup of chamomile tea to calm my head for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a superior Sunday!



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6/27/20 1:46 P

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Good morning, everyone! emoticon

I had to put my health tracking on the back burner for the last month due to a tooth extraction and bone graft. And then the antibiotics made me very tired. It is so nice to be back. I was able to finally take a short walk around the block yesterday and work in the garden so I knew that my energy was finally returning.

I really appreciate the friendly and nurturing atmosphere of this group. emoticon

Our container garden on the back deck is doing so well this year with all of the extra attention. Tomatoes, peppers, peas, cucumber, squash, and herbs. I have started several succulents also--they are so easy to propagate, just push the end of a leaf into the soil and Voila!.

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6/27/20 9:54 A

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Good morning!

Carol, your flowers are glorious! Callas are my favorite, with red roses a close second. I'm glad your husband felt well enough to cook dinner; hope he was well enough for the washing up, too!

True to yesterday's card, I did notice I was feeling better overall since cleaning up my diet and getting more movement in the day. Also, I got farther along than I expected with the crystal mats, cleaned the floors, and gave Pepper a bath to boot. Looking forward to some creativity today, but not sure how that's going to manifest. The husband got home a few minutes ago with a huge pile of laundry. Other than picking up our farm share and taking care of the endless appetite of Himself, no special plans for today.

Wishing everyone some creative fun today!



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6/27/20 12:49 A

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, it sounds as though you have had quite a time with your hair coloring. Perhaps some of that upset referred to in the tarot cards was referring to that adventure! At any rate, it sounds as though you found a solution for coping with it until it grows out and you can have it refreshed professionally - if you so choose, of course. You and I are on the same page regarding the unbelievable number of people who ignore the safety precautions regarding the current pandemic. I guess I shouldn't complain; we are in one of the safest areas in the country simply because it is semi-rural and not filled with crowds of people. Still, I wish others would take the risks more seriously. Meanwhile, it sounds as though the shop where you take your creations is taking precautions, which hopefully will make you more comfortable working with them.

We had another hot day, temperatures in the high 80s. I'm grateful for our air conditioning as my body does not dissipate the heat too well. I started the day with a visit to the neighbor dog and then a long conversation with my Colorado son. Next I did a poo patrol on the yard and watered what flowers we have this year. My roses are thriving and the day lilies are really taking off this year. I think both events are in part due to the huge amount of rain we had this spring. Then tonight when I went out to water I found that my first calla lily has begun its blooming cycle.



Hubby got ambitious today and finished anchoring the special fencing so the little dog doesn't get out of the yard again. He was sitting on the ground and then couldn't get up, and I didn't hear him call me. He did finally get himself up; hopefully he learned that sitting for a long period like that is not a smart thing for him to do. To his credit, he rested and then made a stir fry for us for dinner, the first one in a couple years. Not having to cook a meal was really a rare treat - I appreciated it a lot. We are expecting the high temperatures to drop into the 70s starting tomorrow, fortunately.

Now I will go finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a satisfying Saturday.


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6/26/20 10:40 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you're having fun with the dogs. They do work magic on us, don't they? Oh, and the 3 people in the shop yesterday all focused on the same crystal mat you liked best!

I'm glad you enjoyed the haircut, too. During a fit of isolation boredom, I tried coloring mine and it came out super brassy, almost orange. I tried a rinse to tone it down, but it still looked a very unnatural color. So I cut it too short and it's now hideously short and orange. So I bought some of those stretchy turbans online and wear one when I go out. A little goofy, maybe, but at least they are colors that go with my wardrobe, LOL!

Yesterday I delivered the crystal mats to the shop and went to the supermarket. The shop limits the number of people in the store, provides hand sanitizer at the door, and requires face masks. At the supermarket, however, I only saw one other customer wearing a mask, and only one employee wearing her mask correctly. I had a short list and didn't shop around, used the self-checkout and got out quickly. I find the ignoring of pandemic protocols quite disturbing (my upheaval for the day), and was glad to get home. I made a big pot of chicken and veggie stew and a kind of trifle with graham crackers, cottage cheese, and crushed pineapple... low calorie comfort food.

Not a lot on the agenda, I thought I'd make some more crystal mats and clean the floors. It will be interesting to see where generosity appears today.

Wishing everyone a lovely day!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a thoughtful Thursday.

Julie, you are correct about the Rider-based deck which I have but I also have the Robin Wood deck and it's expanding explanation book. I don't know if you consider that one also Rider-based. I will have to pull those cards for your family and their definitions later on. I have not had any card particularly chosen to identify me. Meanwhile, congratulations on getting good guidance from the queen of coins as well as today's Tower. Do be extra careful for the next couple days as the news reports indicate that the Saharan Dust Storm is headed your way.

How lovely that Pepper is so much company for you while your husband is on the road. The two of you certainly did a great job with the crystal grid mats. My favorite is the little one because it is such a unique design. And Pepper helping you get rid of another pound on the scale - terrific!

Today was pretty toasty, into the mid-80s but with quite a bit of wind to keep it comfortable. I went next door to let out the neighbor's vizsla who was just SO happy to have a new playmate. I am certainly getting my exercise chasing him around the yard twice a day! Hubby finished securing our backyard so the escape artist is confined. Along with poo-patrol I had to clean up a lot of branches and twigs blown down by that wind I mentioned. My biggest accomplishment of the day was figuring out the new system at the hair salon so I could get my hair cut - FINALLY! I had the lady take off 2 full inches all the way around; now I feel more like a human being. I came home and fell asleep at the computer. I really hope I can get more and better sleep soon.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday.








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6/25/20 11:15 A

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Good morning!

Carol, glad you had such a fruitful day! Certain cards seem to represent people to me, too. Not so much with Catharsis yet, as the deck is still new to me. In Rider based decks (which I believe yours is), my husband is king of cups, my son is king of swords, I am Heirophant-reversed and sometimes queen of swords.

Pepper and I had a pleasant day yesterday. We walked around the yard and she "helped" me work on crystal grid mats (one pictured below, more on my blog juliewillis.wordpress.com/20
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The Tower has come up before on shopping day, as have a couple of other warnings. I think it's just about it being a disruption of my isolation and routine. I'll be extra careful going out, as has become usual.

Wishing everyone a day of discovery!



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Good evening Team, I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, it's good to hear that your husband got more work. I know you had some concerns when he had something of a dry spell of work awhile back. He may just be more chatty because he is happy to talk to you - who knows! Or he may be saving some good news for when he gets home. Just a thought. At any rate, it sounds as though you are doing well with your independent living, which is a good things.

The daily draw reminds me of a reading I had at a psychic fair a number of years ago. The reader and I were discussing family and she pulled a card to represent my daughter. It turned out to be the queen of Pentacles, which I would see as similar to today's coins. And the description was everything wonderful about my daughter. The correspondence with air and autumn matches her Libra ascendant. I think the link will be in my mind forever.

This morning I had my telephone doctor's appointment. The blood work results had gotten to her just fine. My A1C was 6.6, which is a bit above last time, but still comfortably below 7.0, so she was happy. We will leave the new medication at the reduced dosage for another 3 months and then check it again. All my other blood numbers (cholesterol, sugar, etc.) were good too. Guess you are stuck with me for awhile longer!

I spent time with the neighbor's dog and then after lunch Hubby went to the hardware store and I picked red raspberries from our bushes again and found another 3-4 cups. When I was grocery shopping on Tuesday I found angel food logs for shortcakes on sale, so tonight I will rinse and then lightly sugar the berries for shortcake. Hubby is reinforcing the barrier to keep the little dog in the yard, hence the trip to the hardware store. I know it makes him feel more "manly" to be doing a chore like fixing that restraint, and frankly I have no idea how I would go about doing it, so he is now feeling more like his "old self" which is a good thing. We had just a quick rain shower move through but nothing serious.

So on that upbeat note I'll sign off for tonight and go finish my Spark postings. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a thoughtful day on Thursday.




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6/24/20 11:13 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you found the escape artist before he got into more trouble! Odd about the doctors office and lab.

It was pretty quiet around here yesterday. I didn't hear from anyone but the husband. He did get another run and is on his way to GA now. He was more chatty than usual, something about a new system his company has for employees to look at their pay info. He's not good with tech jargon, so we decided he should show it to me when he gets home. Other than that, I gave Pepper a good brushing with the shedding comb (relieved her of about a chihuahua's worth of loose undercoat), fixed myself some skinless chicken and veggies, and worked on some crystal grid mats for the shop.

I may venture out to the supermarket today. No other big plans on the agenda. I thought I might indulge myself for lunch, but I'm taking today's card as an admonition to stay on the healthy path.

Wishing everyone a calm and grounded day!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, congratulations on getting that outside work done while foregoing the high-calorie food. Sounds like a great combination. It's great that you had such a productive day all the way around. It will be interesting to see what sorts of new information might be coming you way as indicated by the Tarot card draw.

We had our first really hot day today - a high of 92. Fortunately is supposed to be back down in the 80s on Wednesday. This morning I started going next door to let out the Vizsla for the neighbors. The wife and kids are visiting family for the week and the husband is putting in long days, so I let the dog out to give him some "physical relief." This will just run through the rest of the week - 3 more days.

Yesterday I received a robo-call to confirm my doctor's appointment follow up for the new medication I've been taking for blood-sugar management. I called their office to find out if it would be an in-person visit or a phone appointment. Turns out it will be the latter. So I asked about getting the blood work done so we would have something to talk about. Oh yeah, nobody thought about that. So the Nurse Practitioner I was talking to sent the orders to the laboratory and told me to come pick up the hard copies too, since the lab often doesn't seem to get them. Fortunately, I had not eaten yet. So a trip to the doctor's office 2 miles in 1 direction (pick up the papers from a box outside the office door), then down to the lab which was about a mile in the other direction, where they were glad to have the hard copies because they said the doctor never sends them. Hmmm . . . Sounds like a little conflict??? Anyway, they took me right away and I was home from the whole trip in a half hour. I am blessed to be in a little town with very little traffic.

I got home and let my daughter's dogs out and started to prepare some brunch. Then I went to get the dogs in from the back yard - and the little Pomeranian was not there. I called him but he never appeared. So I started out into the neighborhood looking for him. Finally my husband found the dog, which had gotten through a barrier and was behind our house and around the other side of it; then he couldn't get back through the barrier when he was called. Aargh! Anyway, Hubby has re-established the barrier and hopefully we won't lose the dog again.

Tuesday is also my grocery shopping day. My great accomplishment there was saving over $8 with coupons. Hurray!

So I've more than rambled enough. I hope everyone has a good night's sleep and a wonderful day on Wednesday.


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6/23/20 7:37 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm sorry you're still not sleeping well. Wish I had a simple solution for you. Good on you for getting the yard mowed!

If I denied myself anything yesterday, it was high-calorie food. I pulled weeds and vines outside, something I've been putting off. I started some crystal grid mats for the shop and did some laundry. All in all, an unremarkable day... my favorite kind!

Wishing everyone glad tidings!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, I'm glad you were able to enjoy your gaming day with your group - bless modern technology - at least sometimes! And special congratulations on that weight loss! Great job!

I noticed that the Tarot draw today was about self-denial. My source added a possibility that our desires were unrealistic, necessitating a re-evaluation of those things we wanted. I suspect that a whole lot of us wish this COVID business was handled and over-with. Still, we find ourselves practicing that self-denial with longer-term goals in mind. We find that our wants and needs are so few that there isn't much from which to abstain.

We had another quiet day at home. My sleep was still short - 5-1/2 hours, so it took me awhile to gather any energy together today. When I finally got motivated I pulled weeds and mowed the front and back yards, then filled all the trash buckets with their respective loads and took them down to the curb. Our temperatures are suddenly climbing into the 80s and the rains have disappeared. Thank goodness for the air conditioning system in the house.

On that note I'll go finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.

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Good morning!

Carol, I hope you got that much desired rest this morning! It was sweet of your daughter to remember your husband yesterday.

The only heartbreak here yesterday was minor; only 2 others showed up to game. The rest had father's day plans, I guess. We played a mini adventure that the DM had ready, and it turned out to be quite a lot of fun. Other than that, my weight was 3 lbs less than last week, I stayed on my food plan but didn't get much exercise, and I finished another block for the Wild Women quilt (photo below).

Wishing everyone a reasonable day!



"Carrie Nation Quilt" block. Carrie Nation was best known as a temperance activist, arrested many times for busting up taverns with a hatchet. She was also a suffragist, once quoted as saying, "You refused me the vote and I had to use a rock."

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Sunday.

Julie, I'm happy your Saturday seemed to be relatively quite. Hopefully you were able to play your online game via Discord and that you had a good time with it. I noted the Tarot draw as heartbreak or betrayal. Although my sources included that reference, there was also a reference to what they called "necessary cutting," as in having to get ride of something but it had to be done, as in cutting out a splinter or having some sort of breakup. However it manifested in your life, I hope you were able to work your way through it wish some positive thoughts.

Today was sunny and warm, but with short sleep, phone calls, and other interruptions, I did not get the lawn mowed. We are expecting more clear weather for a few days so I will try to get at it tomorrow. My daughter dropped over to visit today to wish my husband a Happy Fathers Dad. She even stayed to visit for awhile and gave us hugs as she left. For a change there was quite a bit of TV we wanted to see tonight, so I'm on here late. I'm hoping for some extra sleep in the morning.

On that note I'll close. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I'm sorry you've not been sleeping well. I hope you're feeling rested enough if you decide to tackle the lawn today.

Not a very productive day yesterday, but I did pick up the farm share and get the veggies washed. I made a saute of sugar snap peas and baby carrots for dinner, and it was sublime.

Today is game day. I haven't heard of a cancellation, so I assume we're playing online via Discord again. Since I'm by myself and don't have to share a device, I can play from my comfy recliner if I want to.

Wishing everyone a serene Sunday!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, you are welcome for the reading. I hope you found it helpful. It's good to hear that you may have found it helpful and that you are finding ways to keep up your spirits during your alone times when your husband is on the road.

Another short night's sleep - the 4th or 5th in a row of about 5 hours each. I drift off during the evening news for very brief naps and yawn a lot while on the computer. I read the newspapers and did a few puzzles. We had rain off and on today so there was no real opportunity to get any yard work done. No visitors and only one phone call from my trans-gender family member who wanted to rant for awhile about the political scene. I didn't mind as I was too tired to form opinions today anyway. The weather folks are promising better weather tomorrow and I will try to get the lawn mowed as the buckets will be going out this week; the grass hasn't been growing as fast lately, but this will be a 2-week load and I hate to let it go another 2 weeks without mowing it soon.

There's no other news so I'll sign off for now. Best wishes for a good night's sleep for yourself and a good day on your own tomorrow.



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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad your sister is keeping in good spirits. Thanks so much for the awesome reading... it's a lot to take in, but sure fits with the current state of things.

I feel like I made some progress yesterday. I'm moving more and eating less, finally internalizing that forced isolation can be observed without total inertia and despair. It's not like I don't have any experience with solitude and finding ways to be productive (heirophant's influence?). The husband is going to be gone for at least a few more days, so I'm hoping to establish a healthier routine that won't fall apart when he returns (reversed devil's influence?).

A very happy Litha/summer solstice to all!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, it's good to hear that you have been so productive. Hopefully you are enjoying the satisfaction that should come from a job well done. Your desire for a "normal" paycheck can certainly be appreciated.

Your interpretation of today's card as being ways to make choices is interesting. The options do seem to offer a variety of ethical options for making decisions. The information I have defines this as the traditional high priest who dispenses information along the lines of making choices in traditional ways. The earth and Taurus correspondences would direct the person to use parameters focused on ways that are comfortable for the querent rather than pushing more creative or questionable solutions to problems.

This morning my mother's side sister called back after we were interrupted yesterday and we had a good time talking. Her medical situation sounds serious but she is in much better spirits and her prognosis is not yet dire (she still doesn't have final answers), so she is going to keep on doing as much as she can. This afternoon I worked on the Eclipse Reading (posted below) and when I needed a break I strolled the back yard and, at Hubby's urging, attacked the raspberry bushes. He had picked a small container full this morning; I picked a larger container full this afternoon. The bushes are the most loaded with fruit that they have been in about 3-4 years. We will wash and eat the berries tomorrow. I must say I struggled with this reading; there was so much I wanted to add in there and I did not want to take up the space or get overly wordy. Still, I hope at least a few of you find it of some interest.

So that's the news for now. Best wishes to everyone for a super Saturday.
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CANCER SOLAR ECLIPSE/New Moon – June 20-21, 2020

The Cancer Solar Eclipse will reach exactitude on June 20, 2020 at 11:41 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time; on June 21, 2020 at 2:41 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time; and on June 21, 2020 at 6:41 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time. This will be an Annular Eclipse, meaning that the sun will not go to total darkness but will have the classic “diamond ring” appearance as the moon is backlighted by light of the sun.

Traditionally an eclipse has been viewed as an omen, an indicator of events occurring on a cosmic or at least national scale. But as with any new moon, there are also implications for us as individuals.

The sun and moon together at 00 degrees of Cancer focus our attention on matters of home, family, nurturing, and caretaking. This can also include an emphasis on Mother Earth, the Family of Humanity, ecological matters or how we care for our surroundings, or even how we defend it from outside harm. Zero degrees of a cardinal sign is considered a power position: place the two key orbs (sun and moon) at that position and you magnify many times over the energy that is sent to ourselves and our world.

During this eclipse both the sun and moon will be sitting exactly 150 degrees from Saturn at 00 degrees of Aquarius (a fixed sign), which is trying to instill organization on the social structures and behavior of humanity. That aspect is called a quincunx and it designates an aspect of miscommunication or confusion. Both sides are on valid courses, but they are not communicating. The fact that they are at the same zero degree means their joint issues are particularly important, so the human reaction is one of extreme frustration: trying to do the right things but having everything fall apart.

Now stir five retrograde planets (including Saturn) into the mix and the recipe becomes:
1. Pluto is trying to clean up the debris from recent explosions, both physical and emotional but the mess keeps getting scattered about instead of removed to build something new.

2. Jupiter is recovering from its over-reaction to everything going on around it but its nature is to get bigger, re-establishing balance doesn’t go very well.

3. Saturn is trying to organize everyone into acceptable social structures but no one wants to get, organized. Saturn is trying to herd human cats, with little success at the moment.

4. Venus has been wandering on its rare retrograde adventure trying to redefine just what is important to create harmony and make people happy. It is expected to return to direct motion on June 25, when it will begin again on this leg of its journey to encourage harmonious relationships.

5. Mercury is getting its messages all tangled up and confusing its words as it tries to translate among various languages, dialects, idioms, and other communication short-cuts. Everybody is talking; no one is listening. Expect this cacophony to continue until July 12.

Is it a wonder the world seems to be in total chaos? How does this affect our personal lives? And where do we go from here?

First, we would be wise to ground ourselves by returning to our standard pattern. At the New Moon we look ahead and set our intentions for the next moon cycle. Second, remember that with a large number of retrogrades we may be looking at developing larger new directions or strategies, so try to find ways to keep your immediate plans simple and flexible, knowing that circumstances are likely to change in directions we cannot anticipate. Third, recognize that the planets will be changing too: Venus will turn direct on June 25, helping us define what will suit us better. On the other hand, be prepared for our viewpoints to become less specific and clear as Neptune turns retrograde on June 22 and our dreams and perceptions become confused or fuzzy and/or our dreams seem harder to achieve. Active energy Mars is in deceptive Pisces, blocking our vision of the best course for us to follow.

Finally, try to keep in mind that this is only one segment of a larger set of changes. We are in the middle of the process and cannot see the final goals or outcomes yet. We need to be willing to let go of our control issues and allow the Universe to bring us along at its own pace, trusting that we will end up where we are supposed to be, and our job right now is simply to make that journey as enjoyable and manageable as possible.

The next big event will be the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse on July 4-5, 2020. At that point we will have a clearer vision of what might be coming in our lives. Larger, more Universal patterns will start to become clearer, easing our angst about the world and allowing us to focus more clearly on what direction we want to follow next in our lives.
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Good morning!

Carol, thanks for the Aries insight. I can see disrupted joy as a failure of sorts. I hope you will hear something heartening from your sister today.

I got my shopping and housework done yesterday, and made an effort to get up and move around more. Today's excitement will be all about laundry. No telling when the husband might be home. I'm kind of hoping they'll have something for him to do over the weekend. It would be nice to get a "normal" paycheck next week.

Today's card seems to present different criteria for making choices. Tradition is choosing what is "always" done. Conformity is choosing what "everyone" is doing. Morality is choosing what is "right" regardless of tradition and conformity. I wonder how often it happens that "everyone" does the "right" thing just as they "always" have?

Happy Juneteenth, everyone!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

Julie, you are an amazingly patient and determined lady to work through those sewing problems so diligently. And you were also wise to know when to let it go. It sounds as though you will have plenty to keep you busy until your husband gets home, which sounds as though it will be sometime on Friday. Thank you for posting the link from Stonehenge. I'm not sure I'll see it (time zone changes) but I'll see what I can do.

The Tarot draw today seemed to correspond with my bad news concerning my sister Linda that I mentioned yesterday. The fact that the card was reversed seemed to correlate with a retrograde position in astrology. The fire-action-spring sounds like that very active Aries, and the retrograde would indicate that strong energy was being used in less than useful or beneficent ways. The reading phrase is disrupted joy, which is a little different from sadness or failure. It would seem the nuances can provide some food for thought.

This morning I was up in time to call Linda, but she only had a couple minutes to chat and said she would call back. I never did hear back from her. She survived breast cancer twice, ten years between the episodes, and has been in remission for many years so is thinking this may be a long-term metastasis from those old issues. The other possibility is a major body inflammation based on some severe arthritis she struggled with for many years. We got that far in the conversation and she had to go, so I'll let you know more when I hear more.

This afternoon I had a 2.5 hours "salon" on Zoom with some astrology friends in Colorado and Washington State. The leader had distributed charts for some of the political candidates and we enjoy dissecting them to see if we could figure out who would be the best prospects for our country. They have been meeting for some time and were kind enough to invite me to join them monthly. It really lifted my spirits to be include in a group of like-minded women who also "speak my language."

On that happier note I'll close and head off to do my other Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I'm sorry to hear the news of your sister's illness. I'm sure your contact will be welcome and heartening for her.

Yesterday went pretty much as expected. I did a little work on a quilted baby jacket and ran into a problem of my own creation. I was patient with it and tried several ways to cope with the difficulty before deciding it would be best to walk away for a while and "sleep on it". This morning I have decided that my brilliant idea will not work as I first thought and I'm scrapping the project. It was just a mock-up, so I'm not heartbroken. I will try something more conventional. Today I'm going to the supermarket and getting the house cleaned up. The husband got a run, so he won't be back today, but expects to be called back soon for the new owner company to put their computer system in his truck. This all seems to fit in with the cards of the last couple of days.

I posted a link to the live sunset-to-sunrise feed from Stonehenge that will be online for the upcoming Solstice. Looks like it might be interesting. The photo below is from the same astronomy website, EarthSky.org.

Wishing everyone a great day in spite of it all!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, it's good to hear that you had a peaceful day and that you feel rested. I trust you and Pepper had a great day together.

Regarding the Tarot draw, you noted the correlation to air, thought, and autumn. That drew me to the energy of Libra, an autumn air sign involved in focusing on creating peace and harmony with patience to plan for the coming harvest. I correlated the "coins" in your reading with pentacles, and the reading I found was very similar to yours, with the addition of taking stock of one's investments. It all sounds very similar and quite pleasant, and I'm glad you were able to structure your day along those lines.

Our day was quiet. Hubby finally got a haircut so his mood is much improved. I was able to get out and do an overdue poo-patrol of the yard as well as clean up some branches that had blown off the tree during our recent rains. Hubby actually took his weed-killer container and sprayed the weeds along the other side of the main driveway. The day was going pretty well until I got a late afternoon phone call from my middle English sister. She had told me several days ago that Linda, the oldest of the group had suddenly been unable to walk; I think I mentioned it to this group at the time. Today I learned that Linda has not been able to walk yet and many tests are being run, she has lost 30 pounds in just these last several days and is sure she has cancer. Frankly, her symptoms and sequence sound a lot like what my hubby had. If she does have lymphoma I can at least give her lots of encouragement as my husband has finally beaten his - so far as we can tell. I will call her Thursday morning and hope to be able to talk to her then.

On that note I will close and move on to my other Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Thursday.


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Good afternoon!

Carol, I'm glad you got to visit with the grandson. If he only came to see the dogs, I'm glad they were there to make the visit happen!

Yesterday was very peaceful. I didn't get much done, but I'm feeling well rested. I don't have anything planned for today other than hanging out with Pepper and catching up on some reading.

Wishing everyone a day of patience!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, It sounds as though you made good use of your day at home alone. I'm sorry to hear about the disillusionment with our old friends. Adjusting to the changes in our friends - and in ourselves, for that matter - can be so gradual that we don't see how far we have all come until things reach sort of a tipping point. It can certainly be disconcerting. Unfortunately, trying to educate them, as you put it, can often backfire as they dig in their heels. My son is in this category from my viewpoint, so I can truly empathize.

You made a comment a day or two back about trying to find some joy. This evening I was made aware of a new study that showed only 17% of Americans feel any sense of joy or happiness. Apparently, if the virus and related restrictions have not done in our attitudes, so to speak, the current political situation has piled on enough to finish the job of disheartening most of us. Paraphrasing an old saying, the remainder who are feeling some sort of job probably just don't know what's going on! lol Still, we are not responsible for anyone else's decisions or happiness, so as difficult as it can sometimes be, we are probably just best blessing them and sending them on their way into their own lives.

We had scattered sun and rain today; when I drove to the grocery store - about 10 miles down the highway - I drove through four complete rounds of both. When I got home our grandson had stopped by to visit - surprise! He will be starting a new permanent-type job this coming Monday and seems quite excited about it. He has a rather erratic history, so I'll wait until he's on it awhile before taking the time to describe it. I think the real reason he came by was to visit with the dogs.

I'm still struggling with those two Ancestry projects but trying not to let them pull me back into losing a lot of time working on them. The weather folks are predicting four straight days of warm and sunny weather, so I am hoping they are right and then I will be able to get back out into the yard to work. My weight management depends on all that outdoor labor!

So I'll close and move on to finishing my Spark postings and then making my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.


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Good morning!

Carol, sorry you didn't get any alone time, but glad all worked out satisfactorily.

The husband was here until early afternoon yesterday. I got some sewing done, had a bit of quiet time for reading, and watched a few TV shows I like. Today will probably be more of the same, plus some housekeeping chores that have been neglected.

I struggled mentally with how to deal with some friends who I thought were liberal old hippies like me, but have proved themselves to be stunningly ignorant of their participation in systemic racism. In the end I decided to "unfollow" and stop trying to educate them. Only then did I realize that I haven't actually seen or spoken to any of these people in years, and it isn't really a loss.

Wishing everyone a special day!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, you are welcome to the astrological references. I'm glad you find them helpful. It's good to hear that you had a good weekend with your husband. I chuckle at your comment about enjoying time with your husband and also looking forward to your own time. My mother's frequent comment was, "Men: can't live with them and can't live without them." Oh yes, I see the pattern of the legs in the quilt square; clever!

We were up early for Hubby's quarterly visit with the primary care; as he got ready to go out the door the doc's office called to be sure he knew if was supposed to be a phone appointment and that the doctor would call later in the morning, which she did. No big deal, though I had that same sense of wishing I would have at least an hour or so to myself. We had early morning rain left over from the last two days, so I was just as happy that he did not have to go out into the mess. Daughter called later and then came by after she picked up some prescription refills for us as she was heading that direction to do her own grocery shopping. Two loads of laundry later and the chores were primarily done for the day.

Nothing else to report from the day, so I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a terrific Tuesday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I truly appreciate your astrological viewpoint on interpreting cards!! I'm glad you had a restful day and I'm sure you'll sort out all that information in time.

We had a nice day yesterday. I got a quilt block made (photo below), then made a big brunch.
In the afternoon, we played Call of Cthulhu with the game group via Discord on line.

Today the husband is heading up north and will be gone at least a couple of days. I love spending time with the dear old thing, but I'm also really looking forward to the solitude. Maybe that's my minor struggle for the day.

Wishing everyone a smooth Monday!

Block 24 for the Wild Women quilt, True Blue, for the Bluestockings


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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Sunday.

Julie, the correspondences on the tarot draw translate to Neptune and the sign of Pisces, which can reference looking ahead to see if we want to continue on the path we are currently following. My reference suggests we "suspend" ourselves in time to stop and look at what we are doing and whether we want to find new directions.

I'm glad the flowers made you smile. I've been giving thanks for the rain that has been nourishing them without our city-water chemicals. I think they appreciate that. Meanwhile, it sounds as though you and your husband had a pleasant day, laid back and yet still productive. That dinner sounds like a perfect reward. Also, the baby outfit has a wonderfully playful tone to it - great job!

Our weather today was cool and sunny, and I really was inclined to get out into the yard. But my achy old body told me I needed to rest. I talked to my sister this morning but she had no news from the hospital, and when she called there was no answer in the ICU; her comment is that those folks are usually too busy to answer a phone. Given the current increase in corona virus cases that's probably the case now too.

So today I listened to an astrology webinar recommend by my astrology friends. It was an hour and a half long and the presenter was trying to fit in two and a half hours of material, and she kept saying, "I'm going slowly here." Not Really! I will have to take some time in the next few days to try to decipher my scrawled notes to see if I can make some sense of it all. She did have a significant number of good points, particularly about this business of planning and following through. Dinner was warmed-up left-over stew from a couple days ago - at least that was one plan that worked!

And on that happy note I'll close. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a marvelous Monday!








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Good morning!

Carol, your flowers are just beautiful and brought me a smile this morning! I hope your sister will hear something soon. It must be awful to be separated and in the dark.

We had a pleasant day yesterday. We worked on hobbies until time to pick up our farm share and a few things from the supermarket. The husband grilled a little pork and we made soft tacos with thin slices of the meat and a lime-cilantro salsa I made. I fried plantains for a side.

I finished the third baby outfit yesterday morning (photo below). I'm going to make a little quilted jacket and then send everything to the expectant mom. If the weather stays nice, we're going to try giving Pepper a bath in the back yard sometime between brunch and game time. Should be an interesting day!

Wishing everyone a serene Sunday!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, you are right about the dogs - they has spent most of the day sleeping beside me as the rain kept them indoors most of the day. I just hope they sleep again tonight. Meanwhile, I'm happy to hear your husband got a call for a run on Monday. That may help keep him soothed over this weekend, or at least one could hope so. It's hopeful to hear you have some plans to keep you occupied for a while. You comment about it being a long time since you experienced any joy sounds very familiar. Between unfriendly weather and the virus restrictions and the ugliness in the news this is not an easy time to be alive and try to find joy. You are definitely not alone. Perhaps some extra physical activities might help? They can range from doing a new Spark video to walking the dog more often to indulging in a fragrant bath and meditating. If your husband gets a little extra road work you could have plenty of time for such things. Just ideas, of course.

My sister and I spoke early this morning. Her SO seems to be getting worse with the seizures and neurological issues, so the medics sedated him and sent him by ambulance to a larger hospital about 30-35 miles away for additional testing and care. I have not heard anything further from my sister and suspect she has not heard from the doctors either. In the afternoon I spent quite a bit of time on my grandson's Ancestry project. Didn't get too much progress made on tracing the tree back to his father's original parents. Oh well, one step at a time. I did get a couple pictures between rain showers. I hope they show the flowers well. The roses are small but spectacular - a whole lot of them on the bush. The day-lilies are actually from a few days ago but they are busy blooming every day.



The golden rain tree has actually passed its prime but I took this picture a couple weeks ago because it really was glorious for awhile.

On that happy note I'll close here and go finish my other Spark postings, watch one more tv show with Hubby, then make my tea and get ready for bed. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a super Sunday.


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Good morning!

Carol, one thing I've noticed over many years with a lot of dogs in them is that there doesn't seem to be a limit to their capacity for sleep. A few extra belly rubs may be called for on rainy days. Sorry to hear of your sister's sad news; I hope there will be some good news for your daughter.

The husband got a call for a run on Monday. We are hoping it will extend into the system for at least a few days. I haven't recognized a portal for myself yet. Today's card is along the same lines, so it will indeed be interesting to see what's on the horizon. All I did yesterday was work on the third baby outfit and cook. Today we have big plans for some simple backyard fun. It seems like it's been a long time since I experienced joy; maybe I can find it today.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, the Portal card from that Tarot deck is interesting. It can apply to such a variety of situations. I'm sure my daughter would see it as getting a buyer for her house so she can proceed with her own move. My IL sister would see it as some sort of resolution to her SO's medical issue. My Hubby is looking forward to making major progress with his physical therapy and strength improvements. To quote a long-ago psychic development instructor, "It will be interesting to see what happens."

The baby outfit you posted looks so cheerful - it's a unique and great looking outfit. I'm sorry to hear that your husband does not have any real work on the horizon. Hopefully something will come soon. Perhaps that Portal Card may be pointing to some changes in work for him? You are wise to take that meditation time for yourself in the mornings.

We have had a mostly rainy day today, so we stayed indoors. My day started with a call from my IL sister that her SO was doing worse and so was being transferred to a larger hospital in a city about 35 miles away. With the pandemic restrictions in place no visitors are allowed, so she will not be spending her days at the hospital anyway. I cleaned up the kitchen and went back to my Ancestry work and had a small but critical breakthrough on my granddaughter's chart. Late in the morning my daughter called that she had last minute notices of 2 showings on her house scheduled for today so she was quite excited. I haven't heard any feedback yet - most likely will get some word tomorrow.

This afternoon I received e-mails from two astrology friends. Each one had found a presentation they thought I might like to hear. They were both right, so I arranged to be available for one on this coming Sunday and one on this coming Thursday. It will be a nice change.

Meanwhile, the dogs are really bored. It has been too wet to get out into the yard except for necessary business, so they have been lazing around all day. I hope they sleep well tonight.

So on that hopeful note I will move on to my remaining Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a super day on Saturday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I hope you will receive some good news about your sister's SO. It is sweet when the dogs miss you, isn't it?
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I finished the second baby outfit yesterday (photo below). The husband is getting bored being home, I think, but doing better mood-wise. I started tracking calories again and didn't too too bad. No idea when the husband might be getting some work, so I'm taking some meditation time in the morning to make the best of it. I think it was time well spent, and helped circumvent deceptive thinking.

Wishing everyone a day of opportunity!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

Julie, good luck with the adjusted diet and the attempt to lose a few pounds. You are such a creative cook - I'm sure you will both enjoy those intake revisions. Congratulations on getting those other baby items finished. Also, thanks for the good words on Hubby's medical report.

Thanks for adding the correspondences to the daily Tarot draws. I don't know that you need to be more circumspect - you do fine - but as an astrologer I appreciate the additional direction. For the last couple days I have gotten the feeling that this is a time for me to step back and rest and drift along with wherever life leads me.

Today was clear and dry - the last day like this for awhile, according go the weather folks. My day started with a text from my Italian sister in Chicago wanting to talk. It turned out her SO is back in the hospital again; several years ago he was in a bad accident (he was a truck driver) and has struggled with various complications since then. She said he ended up in the ICU and I have not heard anything else.

After breakfast I slipped out on the dogs and went over to Walmart for the first time in several weeks for a few items. Echinacea, hair color and mousse, a supply of generic Excedrin migraine pills that I use to get rid of the stiffness in the morning and Hubby uses for relieve his back pain at night. They only had a few small-quantity bottles; I took 3 and will combine them into the larger container I usually use. When I got home Hubby said he let the dogs in from the back yard and the big dog went all through the house, searching in absolutely every room and nook and cranny looking for me. He saw me drive in and then drive out again later to run to the Post Office; maybe after this he will learn to look for my car before he gets too excited. I spent a little time in the yard pulling weeds - just a few. Hubby went to Physical Therapy this afternoon and came home hobbling in exhaustion. I do worry that he tries to do more than his body can handle.

No other news, so I'll go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bed time. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a fabulous Friday!


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Good morning!

Carol, so happy the doctor called with good news! I hope you're having a little celebration.

We went out early to the supermarket and then to the Asian market for fresh produce. While our income is reduced, we're eating a lot less meat. We're also trying to cut back on baked goods and sweets. Hopefully, our efforts will result in a little weight loss.

Nothing much else going on here. I finished the sun hat to go with the purple baby outfit. Today I'll start on another set. I'm not setting the world on fire with output, but I am enjoying the process again.

I added elemental and astrological correspondences to the daily Tarot draw today, trying to be more circumspect in interpretaion.

Wishing everyone a clear day!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, that baby dress looks just darling! If I had a small girl to dress I would certainly buy it for her. I can understand your disappointment at your husband not getting more work. It sounds as though the slowed economy with this pandemic has hit the trucking industry in his area. Hopefully things will turn up and pick up soon, which would be better for all of us. At least his mood was improved. I hope that you were able to have an enjoyable day even though you had to make some adjustments.

I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night, the first time in a long time. I got up and made bran muffins before heading out the door to the grocery store. I stopped at a Les Schwab Tire Center (different branch of the folks who fixed my tire) and asked them to adjust the pressure as my car was telling me the repaired tire was significantly over-filled. The checked it, reduced the pressure with an old fashioned hand-held tire gauge, and I was on my way in 5 minutes. After shopping and lunch I worked on my Ancestry project a bit and then went out to poo-patrol the yard and pull more weeds. While I was outside Hubby took a phone call from the doctor who informed him - rather ecstatically, apparently - that the scans were all clear and still showed Hubby to be in complete remission from the cancer. Woohoo!

So on that happy note I will close out here and move on to finish my other Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Thursday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad your husband's scan went smoothly. Also glad the tire issue didn't endanger anyone.

The husband returned yesterday afternoon. I just had time to finish the housework before he got here. Evidently there isn't much moving in the entire system. None of the drivers from our terminal have been working more than one or two days a week. I'm setting an intention for this situation to change. Himself only has one more week of vacation pay available. On a more positive note, he did get over his unpleasant mood.

Not sure where today will take us. The cards advise letting go of old stuff, and that seems like very good advice. It also seems like a good time to get some kind of exercise.

Below is a photo of the first baby dress + bloomers, in purple paisley seersucker with white eyelet trim. Today I'll be working on a couple more dresses, then on to matching sun hats.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, I'm happy to hear that your husband went to Atlanta so you started to have some time to yourself. It sounds as though you made good use of it, both resting and taking it easy as well as getting some chores out of the way.

Our trip to the cancer center started off well enough this morning. I scrambled eggs for breakfast and we were out the door on time. The weather was cloudy with scattered showers but very little traffic. Then a warning message came on my dashboard that I had a tire with very low air pressure. We were about 15 miles from home, in the middle of a long stretch of empty highway. The alert didn't say anything about danger to the tire and we had an appointment to meet, so we went on into town. I dropped Hubby at the cancer center and asked for suggestions from the staff on where to have the tire repaired. They knew of a place and gave me directions, but with all sorts of one-way streets and overhanging trees blocking the view of signs it took me 15 minutes extra going around blocks before I finally got there. They told me it would about an hour's wait, which was OK because Hubby was due to be in for his scan for that long. Without all the details, let me just say that my digestive tract was back to struggling with those diabetes pills again, so my waiting time was, shall we say, quite uncomfortable. About halfway through the medical technician called my cell phone to say that they had finished early with Hubby. Great. I said he would have to wait; he had a book with him. Ultimately the tire was fixed and I got Hubby home through more rain without stopping at the grocery store. The scan itself went fine; we will have to wait to get the results; the doctor usually calls us with those in a day or two.

When we got home the house looked as though the dogs had a party while we were gone - the towels were balled up on the furniture or pulled off the seats, the throw pillows were all over the floor. Still, no real damage was done, and my daughter told me later this was normal for them. Now she tells me.

On the way home I received a text from her, asking me to look at her chart regarding the sale of her house. So after lunch I checked and then she called and we talked for nearly 2 hours. She was quite on edge and I think she just needed some Mommy Time. Mostly I was a cheer leader, helping her keep up her spirits while she waits for the house to sell. Once a mother, always a mother.

Tomorrow we are supposed to have a dry day, so I am hoping to attack most of the remaining weeds in the front yard. Hubby ordered a gizmo that is essentially a long pole with 4 different size and type of sharp tips so a person can stand up and pull grass and weeds from between the paving stones that make up the back patio. I guess cleaning that up will be his task for tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

That's probably more chatter than you wanted, so I will close. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a wonderful day on Wednesday.






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Good morning!

Carol, you had a very productive day! Best wishes for safe travels and good outcomes today!

The husband went to Atlanta yesterday. We don't know yet if they'll send him home or on another run. After 10 days home, he is ready to stay on the road for a while. I enjoyed my solitude yesterday. Finally finished the first baby dress, did a short exercise video, caught up on missed sleep, paid bills, and did some meditation. Nothing too exciting on the agenda today. I will take advantage of the husband's absence to get some cleaning chores done and have some more quiet time.

Wishing everyone a day of empowerment!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, I'm glad you had a better day at home. It's interesting how helpful those Tarot cards can be. Also happy to hear you were able to do your gaming on-line with your friends. I would suspect that would help everybody trying to cope with all this virus isolation misery. Did your husband get a call to work? Were you able to get started on those next items for the shop? That next block looks quite light-hearted. I can see why it reflects the humor of the suffrage movement; Heaven knows they probably needed it!

We had another quiet day with some scattered rain. I spent another 45 minutes pulling weeds from the front yard, then loaded up the bins for pick-up tomorrow morning and took them to the curb. I still can't get quite to closure with my grandson's Ancestry chart but I got a little closer today. I made a pot of turkey chili for supper so that now there are leftovers for another day. Tomorrow we will be out early to get Hubby down to the cancer center for a routine CT scan. We are supposed to have more rain but the car handles well.

So now it's off to finish my Spark posts and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific day on Tuesday.


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Good morning!

Carol, the grand-dogs are so cute! Are they as cuddly as they look?

We had a better day yesterday, partly because I told the husband to stop his passive-aggressive nonsense. I did keep in mind the cards' advice to remain impassive, but it was darned difficult to do so. We played Call of Cthulhu remotely via Discord, and had quite a lot of fun with it. Almost everyone was there.

The husband is supposed to go to work sometime today. The shop wants some cloaks and some crystal grid mats that I'm hoping to get started on. Below is this week's quilt block, Girl's Joy, representing the humor used in support of suffrage.

Wishing everyone a safe Monday!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a satisfying Sunday.

Julie, thanks for sending the picture of the latest quilt block. It does look quite cheerful with the colors. I'm glad you were able to work your way through the issues at home. Undoubtedly your experience as a psych nurse was helpful to you, though I'm sure that wasn't what you wanted to do with your time. I'm sending good energy to help things clear up for you. It really does seem that the combination hot and/or stormy weather along with the restrictions from the pandemic (and we won't even add the socio/political news) would all be enough to drive an entire pantheon of gods and goddesses to drink.

So our day was quiet, enjoying the rain and playing with the dogs. They are more than making themselves at home, having adopted out two guest chairs. As you can see, I put towels on the chairs to protect them.



I spent a lot of time on my Ancestry project and came a bit closer to solving the mystery of my grandson's paternal grandparentage. But there are still a couple critical gaps; oh well, more challenges to keep me out of mischief. No other news, so I'll go finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.




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Good morning!

Carol, so glad you got the yard done before the rains! And I totally understand about the dogs. We decided long ago that sometimes they don't actually want to go in or out, they just want to go through the door.

I'm getting past my depressive reaction to world events, and feeling more ready to get back to living. The husband, on the other hand, is not coping well. Yesterday he fell way back into the dysfunction of his family of origin, seeking to purchase an extravagant toy to make himself feel better, manipulating me into the role of villain for saying no, and having something to pout about all day. I used up all my patience to try to engage him in therapeutic communication and cognitive reasoning, but he wasn't having any. Today I'm taking the cards' advice, ignoring the childishness and refusing to take on the mother role. Not sure if we're remotely gaming today. If not, it might be a great day to sew.

Below is the quilt block from last week, Jack's Delight. It's a reminder of how humor was used as public ridicule of the suffrage movement.



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, the news has brought us reports of storms possibly passing through your area, so it might be just as well your Hubby is home for the weekend. Here's sending good thoughts to both of you for the next few days. It also sounds as though perhaps you needed this break from the sewing for a short period; hopefully you will get back to it with the motivation of outside people appreciating your work - never mind a little extra income too, I'm sure. And hang on to your hat: it won't be too long before the requests start coming in for special outfits for the winter holiday celebrations!

Also, thanks for your good thoughts on the aches and pains easing. Blessedly they are better today, though it will take another day for full recovery.

The point of that gardening push was that there were forecasts for some serious rainfall today and I wanted to get it done before the weather fell apart. As it turned out, we had a whole series of downpours today; I think my parents would have called them gully-washers. No thunder or lightning, just hard-pouring rain. So it made some of the aches and pains worth while.

Unfortunately, whenever we are all seriously confined inside the house, there is even less private time just for me. If Hubby doesn't want my attention the dogs want outside and then, almost immediately the want back in again. So I didn't get the doggy pictures transferred from the phone/camera to the computer. I'll try again tomorrow.

Do you remember my flower garden a couple years ago with all the snapdragons. Well, I did not replant them and very few reseeded. This year I have one lovely, lonely yellow snapdragon plant in my old garden area. This afternoon I opened the bedroom drapes, which we generally keep closed. They are on the back of the house and the view is just weeds and the old fence and the privacy trees planted by the neighbor back there; it's only about 10 feet deep. And there was a single, bright yellow snapdragon plant bobbing its head at me. I can only think some swirling winds picked up a lone seed and carried it back there, where it dropped. It hasn't been watered at all and we've been in a dry spell, but there it was. With today's rain I won't have to worry about it for awhile.

And on that note I will go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep. I am going to hope for a second successive night of restful sleep too.


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Good morning!

Carol, I hope the aches have left you and you had a restful night. Enjoy your day off from yard chores today!

It rained yesterday and we didn't do anything special. The husband requested a week of vacation pay since he's been home more than 7 days. He will get a run to Atlanta on Monday, which could lead to some system work if any is available. Today we will get out of the house for a little while to pick up our farm share and maybe stop into the shop. They want some new things made and I'm hoping the request will be an encouragement to get back into the sewing room. The only thing I've sewn this week is one quilt block, and I haven't even photographed it yet.

Wishing everyone a day of progress!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, thanks for the kind words on the reading. I am happy you found it helpful. It's good that you and your husband are on the same page about dealing with all the news right now. We are happy to see that although the activities seem to continue at least they appear to be remaining peaceful, for the most part.

We had another day of good weather. I spent a total of 40 minutes mowing the lawn and more than 2 hours trimming edges and pulling weeds. I can hardly move. The dogs enjoyed spending time with me while I worked in the back but they had to stay indoors while I was out front. Hubby said the big one barked like crazy a couple times when he saw people outside; I guess he was trying to warn me of stranger danger. Of course I also had to make dinner too .I really wish Hubby was up to helping just a little more. I did laugh at the news on TV tonight; the reporter was standing in pouring rain and we just had a few wispy clouds out there. Still, the yard work is done for a few days now so I can relax and recover tomorrow.

On that note I will close and finish my Spark postings for tonight. Best wishes to everyone for a decent night's sleep.




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Good morning!

Carol, how nice to have some garden time with the grand-dogs! The full moon/eclipse reading seems absolutely accurate, personally and world wide... thanks for that!!

The husband and I have been getting along fine with each other; our coping problems were individual and related to the general unrest in the world. We are both problem-solvers and get depressed when there's a lot of suffering we can't do anything about. We decided to stay off the news and social media for a couple of days and work on healing ourselves in preparation for whatever's next. (Goes right along with your reading, yes?) Today will be a better day as we begin to see a glimmer of hope.

Wishing everyone a day of rejuvenation!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

Julie, it's unfortunate you and your husband had some difficulties, but that seems to be the norm when two people are relatively isolated and have to spend a lot of time together. I trust you were able to work things out and find some enjoyable activities.


We had a lovely day - temperatures in the 60s and lots of sunshine. I spent 2.5 hours in the back yard clipping the edges and pulling weeds. The job isn't finished but I made good progress. The dogs were there with me the whole time, and I was able to secure the yard again after the Pomeranian's little adventure yesterday. My grandson never did bring down the pooper scooper for me to clean up after the dogs, so I went up to my daughter's house and picked it up.

There's no other real news tonight, so I'll move on to my other Spark postings and my cup of chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a better night's sleep.
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SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON/LUNAR ECLIPSE – June 5, 2020

The Sagittarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse will occur on June 5, 2020 at 12:12 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time; on June 5, 2020 at 3:12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time; and on June 5, 2020 at 7:12 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

The Full Moon is the time of culmination from the intentions we set at the New Moon back in May. The Moon represents our emotions; Sagittarius is expansion and exploration. With the opposing sun shining the spotlight here, we can expect that our feelings and reactions will be highlighted for all to see. But this time there is a hitch in the giddy-up of making our feelings so public. The earth will be moving between the two to create the eclipse, cutting off the Sun’s light, interfering with the airing of both our grievances and our celebrations. Though the Moon is in a strong placement, it stands alone with no supporting planets nearby. The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter but it is out of range, still in restrictive and structuring Capricorn, and it is also retrograde. Frustration and impatience are likely to ensue, probably due to some misunderstandings.

In contrast, the Gemini Sun sits together with Venus emphasizing the need to keep our wits about us and our thoughts straight, as we struggle to figure out how to manage all the excitement and agitation boiling up from within.

Stirring the pot is fiery Mars, which sits in imaginative Pisces exactly 90 degrees (square) the Sun and Moon. In that position Mars challenges them both, exciting the desire get things done, to fix whatever problems are nagging at us. But being in Pisces, it vacillates between offering creative solutions on one hand and obscuring any clear vision on the other.

Overall, it is no wonder the world’s current uproars reflect our internal conflicts. When we should be looking at the results of our best intentions we end up in a swirling mass of ambitious confusion. Still, the stars also provide indicators of hope for solutions. We are all wanting to find solutions and put them into place, but the stars tell us that we need to step back and take more time to lay our groundwork for future progress.

The planetoid Lilith sits 120 degrees (trine) the Moon; it pushes us to dig into our souls and deeper needs and to express them clearly. It is also 60 degrees (sextile) from the Sun, encouraging us to act on these needs. Healing Chiron sits with Lilith, encouraging us to use this energy to soothe our pain and find solutions to our conflicts rather than just acting out in frustration. The large planets Jupiter and Pluto, along with wisdom-bringing Pallas Athena, all in restrictive Capricorn, are retrograde (along with nearby Saturn), restraining the heavy hand of authority and encouraging serious rethinking of our previous positions.

As a general rule, eclipses occur in pairs, one solar, one lunar. However, this Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is the first of three, rather than two. This emphasizes the complexity of the changes being considered. It stretches out the time needed to complete the processes involved. And it cautions us that what we do now will have longer-term consequences. We might be wise to consider these events as parts of one larger pattern and start to look ahead to the intentions we might set at the next New Moon/Solar Eclipse on June 20-21, remembering those plans will reach culmination on July 4-5.

The good news, so to speak, is that through it all, Juno continues to sit apart from the concentration of energy, filtering all of our thoughts and actions through the lens of aiming toward cooperation and a peaceful resolution of our interpersonal relationships. It offers us the hope that we are all really pursuing the same goal: harmony and balance for everyone.
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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad the demonstration was peaceful. I think most of them around the country were, but we don't hear much news about them. Thank you for the astrological insight, too. I am very much looking forward to a new Aquarian age!

It was a pretty quiet day here yesterday. The husband was moody and I tried to help him get over it. We both seem a little better today. I hope there won't be any new horrors in the world before we get back on an even keel. I found the cards helpful yesterday and today in regards to dealing with some old and ineffective behavior patterns.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

The astrologers have been looking at the aspects as they apply to the U.S. but they certainly also apply to the rest of the world as well. Ayn Rand might tell us that Atlas is Shrugging, but my take is that life runs in an inter-related set of cycles, and right now it is time for major changes, fortunately of an ultimately positive nature. The end of systemic racism? Maybe the beginning of the end. We are struggling through the final passes of heavy planets in Capricorn and beginning to look at new attitudes reflected in that mystically promising Age of Aquarius. Don't look for major shifts tomorrow, but yes, I think you can begin to dream. At least that's my take on it.

Meanwhile, it's good that you and your husband find ways to ebb and flow with your together times and your separate times. I hope your intuition was helpful in that matter today as you wished.

As for the march and demonstration today, we learned through our local paper that arrived today that the demonstration was planned with the cooperation of the city structures and police department. It was scheduled to start about 7-8 blocks up our street, at the intersection with the main highway, and then travel opposite our home, down past the primary shopping area, and and then down to the riverfront and the main center of the Old Town buildings, including the Town Hall and County Justice Center. It's now been about 4 hours, with no sounds of panic or sirens or guns shooting, so I'll side with Shakespeare that All's Well that Ends Well.

During our lunch today we watched the next installment of Genetic Detective and I picked up some tips about putting together family trees when information is missing. It inspired me to spend most of the afternoon working on my grandson's tree. It's not finished but I am making progress. Also cleaned up the kitchen and ran two loads of laundry. Our temperatures were in the high 60s, and if they stay that way tomorrow I will try to get back out into the yard to pull more weeds and clip edges. My daughter's dogs will enjoy being outside for awhile and having company too. Daughter's house photos were finally posted on-line and she has two showings already scheduled - one Thursday, one Friday. She also had over 200 "views" on the computer listing with several people marking it for consideration. It would appear her house should sell relatively quickly.

So on that happy note I will go finish my Spark postings and then make some chamomile tea to calm my head for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a thoughtful Thursday.



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Good morning!

Carol, I hope your local rumors were only rumors and you're feeling a settling from the craziness of the past couple of days.

Reading posts and emails from internet friends around the world, it seems that wave of crazy energy was global. Could it portend the end of systemic racism (or at least the beginning of the end) in our lifetime? Dare to dream.

The husband is still home and will probably remain for another day or two. I have no idea what we might do today. He seems to want a lot of time alone lately. Guess I can understand that better than most people. Perhaps intuition will come into play in dealing with him today.

Wishing everyone an insightful Wednesday!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday. I am on late because I got caught up in a long phone call with my daughter.

Julie, it sounds as though the madness in the air extended all the way across the country to your area. The internet business had to be really frustrating. There has been discussion in DC for several years to treat quality Internet service the same way we do electricity and highways, for example, as necessary utilities or services that everyone should have as a basic need. It would create jobs and alleviate the need to deal with this confusing patchwork of connections and variable quality and level of service from one person to the next. We could only hope.

Then the water into the knitting basket - now that is more of a disaster in terms of dealing with cleaning up the water and treating the materials involved. And then the electricity leaving too and the broken coffee pot and then needing to replace the TV - wow, you really did have problems. If it is any consolation, we also still have a TV stand with a niche for the TV (photo tomorrow) but we finally decided to rearrange the entire set-up. I was just talking with Hubby a day or two ago about rearranging that whole system. It will probably take another year or two for me to bring him around to making a change - he hates change.

Like you, I am also pretty upset about the racism and the riots. It's like watching the riots in the south during the Civil Rights movement back in the 1960s. And that brings me to my day.

I'm not sure where today went. My day started with a "venting" phone call from my step-son's SO and then some household chores. After lunch I got down to the grocery store where I heard a rumor about the race riots spreading from Portland up into our little town. Then the check-out clerk forgot to give me my senior discounts. He "sent me" over to the customer service counter, and they did get it straightened out - after about 20 minutes. At least the ice cream did not melt. Tonight my daughter called with additional concerns about the possibility of the riots moving up to our town. The only rationale I could find was an item in the local paper last week about a state trooper assisted by one of our local police who got overly physical with a driver they pulled over out on the main highway. There was no info in the article about race, but it did sound as though it involved extreme physicality on the part of the officers. We will see what ensues and I will keep you posted.

I swear, that world has truly gone mad!

So on that cheerful note I'll go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.



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Good morning!

Carol, I'm sorry so much sad news came to you. Nice work getting your computer fixed, though.

It was one of those days here yesterday, and spilled over to this morning. It took 40 minutes of seemingly endless transfers to find there is no faster internet available from our provider. The faster lines they planned to install got postponed by the pandemic. Then I knocked over a full glass of water directly into my knitting basket, followed by a string of tiny irritations and dropping things. Just after the husband went to bed (when I get to watch my recorded shows), the TV stopped working. So I went to bed early, and hubster was terribly restless for hours. This morning, not well rested, the coffeemaker broke halfway through brewing. I got it to finish, but it wasn't great. Time to run out to Target for the early hour for seniors, but we didn't have any clean masks. So I finished sewing a couple I had started last week. We got the very last 40" TV, which was the smallest one available. It just barely fit the TV stand (yes, we still have one of those) and the niche where it sits. While we were in the huge, immaculately clean, and nearly empty Target, we walked a couple of laps around the store and picked up treats for Pepper and Himself. The husband got the TV set up and cleaned up the area to boot. I figured out the Mr. Coffee (no instructions included!) and fixed a late breakfast. Whew!

I am pretty upset about all the racism going on. To quote Jean Rostand, “It is horrible to see everything that one has detested in the past coming back and wearing the colours of the future.” The advice of the cards seems quite appropriate. I think it's a good day to go to the woods in search of wonder.

Wishing everyone a wonder filled day!



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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

First, thanks to Julie for starting the new thread. I was discombobbled last night I totally forgot.

I was happy to hear your group is finding a virtual platform for your D&D games. That should help elevate everyones' moods as this pandemic isolating continues. Good luck getting your internet service upgraded so you can enjoy it more fully.

This morning I found an hour or so to watch the first session I missed from the Norwac conference and was glad I took the time. However, afterward I found I could not delete any e-mail messages from my in-box. I worked on other computer issues and still it did not resolve itself. After lunch I ran to the credit union and over to Safeway to pick up a couple things they were out of over the weekend, and when I got back I took the bull by the horns, Googled up the issue, found instructions, and managed to fix the problem myself! Hurray!

After that, however, my day started to take its cue from the Tarot card for today.

I also got a call from my Maryland sister (English side) who has completed her move to Florida, though of course it had its share of complications and mishaps that are normal for an interstate move. She did inform me that our mutual sister Linda (in Kentucky) has been in the hospital for 2 weeks, suddenly unable to walk and the doctors still can't figure out why.

Then we got a call from my Hubby's son's long-term SO. She told us that his (son) has been struggling with some mental health issues; his mother had comparable severe psychosis and was medically confined for the last few years of her life because of it; we have seen signs of probable on-set with him for several years. There is nothing we can do except let her know we will help her any way we can. It's a sad situation.

So we give thanks that Hubby is doing better and we are holding our own in our down-sized hideaway. The dogs are happy here. Daughter's house photos got taken today and her house will post for sale tomorrow. So the next step in her life changes has been taken.

Just when we thought life was settling down - HAH! We should have known better. Still, it could be much worse so we give thanks for our situation, wear our masks when we have to go out, and look forward to cocooning at home with canines and yard work for the next few weeks.

Best wishes to everyone for peace, health, and joy, as well as for a good night's sleep.


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Good morning!

We made it to June!!

Carol, no need for apology. It is good to share information and ideas. Better understanding of a thing through various viewpoints works a lot better than being stuck in only one. (I hope that sounds like what I mean.) That being said, your grand-dogs look SO cute and cuddly! I hope they are not getting into too much mischief.

We did end up playing a little D&D on Discord yesterday, and discovered that it has voice and video available. Our internet connection was too slow for the video, so we just used the voice. It was nice to hear everyone and we had a pretty good game. Toward the end, our internet slowed down even more and the audio kept breaking up, so we signed off a little early. I'm going to call our provider today to see if there's any way to speed it up.

Today's tarot card certainly sums up my mood (uninspired). I'm going to start doing some things that have gotten me through creative blocks in the past. If all goes well, perhaps the process will also help dispel my depressed mood.

Wishing everyone a successful day!



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