Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

Today's Tarot card is the 9 of Cups
At the bottom of the card is a close-up of a ladybug who appears to be watching two couples picnicking in the background. The couples are framed by 9 chalices all pointed inward.

9 of cups
The card represents physical well-being, joy, material success, affluence, harmony and abundance.

Learned that the Peeper broke her elbow and maybe her wrist yesterday. The poor thing!

What made me happy today:
Feeling like I really got a lot accomplished at work and home.

Today I'm grateful for:
1. Time alone. Bear and I are both slowly getting used to being on our own.
2. A beautiful sunny day.

Watched "Epic" today. I'd been wanting to see it and finally got around to renting the DVD. It was a cute story about the battle between good and evil as played out between leaf people, hummingbirds, slugs and flowers vs. toads and bats and other cold blooded and night-dwelling things. I would have ended it differently, but it was enjoyable for what it was.

Got some stuff done around the house and for the blog. I haven't made any jewelry in quite awhile and I seriously need to. The stuff's got to pay for itself some way.

Yesterday I watched the series premiere of Salem. Pretty steamy and pretty gross, in the way that supernatural dramas are. Abandon historical fact, all ye who enter here.

April 21, 2014

Today's Tarot card is the Moon.
A nude woman sits in the crescent moon. She's draped with a green cloth over her lap, and holding flowers in both hands. Flowers are sprinkled through her long blue hair. She's partially reflected in the body of water below.

She represents mystery, illusion, secrets unveiled, imagination, intuition.
One of my favorite cards, I usually feel comforted by pictures of the moon.

Today's art calendar isn't very interesting, but the one from the weekend is neat.
Madonna and Child with Saints Roch and Sebastian by Michele Da Verona:

Of note in the world:
1. The man who called in a hoax bomb threat on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing looks disturbingly - disturbingly  - like my ex.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 19, 2014

Today's Tarot card is the Ace of Wands
A branching stick stands in  a field of grain. A butterfly floats nearby. The sun is bright overhead with Stonehenge in the distance.

The ace of wands is about beginnings, as most wands are. It's also about creativity, growth and a bright future. Enthusiasm to get started on a new project.
I am kind of itching to get out of the house today.

Also, I watched Schindler's List as part of my 3rd 101 Things in 1001 days.
Also planted spring flowers, cleaned the kitchen and finished writing the list for the 4th 101 Things in 1001 Days

April 18, 2014

Thought for the day:

...just this.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014

Today's Tarot card is the 2 of Cups
A young man and woman stand facing each other in a field, each holding a cup.  The man reaches to touch the woman's hand. Their expressions are gentle. Between them is a caduceus and above them a winged lion head.

Twos are generally considered partnership cards, and that shows clearly in the illustration for today's card. It can also mean reconciliation.

I honestly don't know of any partnership in the offing, or of a person I need to reconcile with.

Today's art is a cameo from 1835 by George W. Jamison, done of Andrew Jackson.

Today I'm grateful for:
1. Hearing from my mom and two of my daughters.
2. Another evening to myself
3. Pleasant conversation with the bus driver on the ride home

Of note in the world:
1. MSN reports that militant Russian supporters are accused of distributing leaflets to Crimean Jews in Donesk. The fliers allegedly said that all the city's people of Jewish descent over the age of 18 have to register (at a cost of $50) with the Commissioner of Nationalities (the what??). Other sources add that the registrants must also list all their property. Secretary of State Kerry has confirmed the reports and condemned those responsible.
In a day or so we should have more reliable information on exactly who's responsible for this and whether it's legitimate. This could be a baseless attempt to intimidate, an outright lie, an attempt to further discredit the Russians, a hoax. Whatever its origin and intent, it's an outrage.

2. The FDA is warning that the process of grinding up a woman's uterus so it can be removed laparoscopically could cause cancer cells to be spread throughout the body.
How are they just figuring this out now?

3. Astronomers have found a "Goldilocks" planet 500 light-years away. It's 10% larger than earth, but is in the right zone of distance from its sun to allow the right temperatures so that any water on the planet could be liquid.
So this place is 500 light-years away. 500 light-years is 2,934,856,800,000,000 miles.
Voyager I (the furthest man-made object from space) travels at a speed of 38,030 miles per hour.
There are 8,766 hours in a year. So Voyager travels 333,370,980 miles per year.
It would take Voyager 8,803,576 years to reach this planet.
According to the fossil record, Homo sapiens first developed about 200,000 years ago. That's a lot of time to d/evolve. By the time we can reach them, will we even care?

April 16, 2014

Nice news this morning, that a rare baby camel was born in a zoo in Hungary, and made his public debut yesterday:

Ilias is a one week old Bactrian camel, a rare species.

Today's tarot card is the Six of Clubs.
Two children enjoy the flowers in six different planters in the safety of a village square or castle keep.

The card represents sentimentality, childhood, innocence, sharing.
I'm not feeling especially childlike or sentimental today, but it's a nice card.

Today I'm grateful for:
1. Going home at 3:30!

Today's chores:
1. Make dinner
2. Do a load of laundry
3. Hang the other curtain
4. dishes
5. Make a piece of jewelry
6. dust the living room

...yeah, none of that got done.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 15, 2014

Tax day!
This morning I finished two books on my way in to work. I'd started and nearly finished both... and they were more short stories than books anyway:
1. The Accidental Exorcist by Joshua Graham
2. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft

Exorcist started out well enough. A psychiatrist tries to help a woman who's been accused - and confessed - to drowning her three children. But maybe it's a demon... The story cuts very quickly to the chase, and the psychiatrist finds herself calling on her long-lost faith. Or more accurately, the story becomes a heavy-handed parable on the necessity of faith in a world filled with evil.
The premise was good, but it skipped over some very important plot and character development in order to make the story short, so it was hard to empathize with either the "possessed" woman or the psychiatrist.

The Shunned House was interesting, especially since it was set in Providence and mentions places I'm quite familiar with. In fact, the "Shunned House" itself exists and is on Lovecraft tours. It was written in 1925, and still retains some of that painful Victorian/Edwardian oblique-speak.

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

A number of things happened over the weekend, and I'm just catching up with them all.

Start off with the beautiful:

Detail from a plaque at the cloisters. It's enamel and gilt, and was the weekend image from my MetMuseum calendar. It's French, from the 1170s.

The one above is by German artist Paul Klee, 1925. It's called Oriental Pleasure Garden. I don't know if I like it for what it is, but I like the color. I'd hoped for a better description of the style, but it's just classified as "Modern Art." Though it's almost 100 years old. Also, it's painted on cardboard.

Of note in the world:
1. Shootings at 2 Jewish centers in Kansas City kill 3. Former leader of the KKK is in custody. WTF. Seriously. Just... I don't understand.
2. Last Friday a bus crash killed 10, all on a trip to Humboldt State University, north of Sacramento. The trip was for low income and 1st generation students to get a taste of the college experience. The bus was struck by a FedEx tractor trailer.
3. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, which seems to have gone largely unnoticed.
4. Oh, and this. Best. Judge. Ever.

Today's Tarot card:
Five of Swords from the Ryder-Waite deck.
A young man stands with three swords in his hands. Two lay on the ground behind two other men, who are in the distance. One appears to be crying. The sky is partly cloudy
Represents victory, potency, and ample preparation or confidence. Wikipedia calls it the "defeat card. Could be a beacon of hope or dire warning.
I guess everything depends on perspective. The 5 is the defeat card if you're one of the guys in the background It's the victory card if you're the guy in the foreground. Our perception depends on our position.

Today I'm grateful for:
1. Dinner with my friend
2. More beautiful weather
3. Yummy breakfast casserole that my coworker brought in to share.

April 13, 2014

Yesterday was fairly busy. I went out around 10am, determined to enjoy this beautiful spring weather during the daytime. I surely did, too. I walked around Broadway, enjoying the big Victorian houses, some converted to business use, or condos. Some still private homes. It's not that hard to imagine brick or stone roads populated by horse-drawn carriages, and women in skirts with hoops or bustles, and men in top hats.

In my travels I stumbled upon a restaurant I hadn't heard of before. Excellent breakfast, with bacon going for $2.50 per slice. Which sounds outrageous until you see the bacon, each strip 10" long and 1/3" thick. Cooked. Each was easily the size of 4 regular strips. They must have come from Pigzilla.

Today will be dedicated to chores around the house, including changing the curtains from the heavy thermal-backed ones to the white sheers.

... and a long nap. Again. I'm really not sure what's wrong with me, except my bed and sheets are sooooo comfy. And now the day is done.