Sunday, July 28, 2013

Collecting Halloween Cards

Some how I have amassed a collection of Halloween cards. It wasn't intentional. 
I really had thought I would send these cards to my various friends and relatives over the years.
 But I found myself really liking these cards and it got harder and harder to part with them. So I stuck them in a drawer with the promise of getting around to mailing them later.

Last year I started really looking for different types of Halloween cards and that's when I gave in to the obsession. 
I stand here before you with my Witches Hat  and Beaded Bat earrings on and loudly proclaim..


And no I don't need any help.

BUT, if you do feel moved could you send me a couple of cards or maybe some candy corn??..
The top middle card of the decaying pumpkin has the best sentiment. It reads,
"Jack was never the same after the operation...But he felt good about donating his organs for pie."

I really like the graphics and verse of this card.

 Wicked Witch of the West
and Jack  Skellington are Musical cards

Double Faced Stand Up Card

Pop Out Card

Cut Out Double Faced Card

Mobile Halloween Card

I have decided to create a Halloween Box to hold my cards.  Remember making Valentine boxes for grade school?
I'll be showing off the Box when I'm done creating it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Tickle of Fall Fever Has Started .....And It Is So Early Yet!

Driving home from visiting our children in Texas , I spotted an antique truck on the back of a trailer. It had black painted fire swooshes on the hood and side fenders. The rest of the truck was painted in a pumpkin orange.
It made me smile.
It also gave me a craving for Fall-Halloween in all it's colorful glory.
 Suddenly I was seeing black and orange color combinations everywhere from a newly painted vintage southern  gas station ,to signs on the road and  soda bottles lined up in an antique shop's windows.

I have been telling myself , Get a grip, it isn't even August yet for pity's sake!!

I may have to go rummage through my Halloween boxes......

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fairy Cups and Birds Nest Mushrooms

Birds Nest Mushrooms

While working in my herbs today I spied these itty bitty mushrooms in my thyme. I grabbed my camera and took a couple of snaps.
I found my mushroom guide book and proceeded to look these up and see what kind of information I could locate.
They are called Bird's Nest Fungi ( order Nidulariales) because they resemble cuplike bird's nests with eggs inside.The "eggs are actually little seed like cases, called peridoles, that contain parts of the spore mass or gleba.
The "nests" are splash cups that disperse the eggs when raindrops fall in.
There are also slightly larger cup type mushrooms called fairy cups.
White Bird's Nest Mushrooms

 Under our row of Burning Bushes is a large swath of these little nests, some still have their caps on and some show their eggs. Makes me wonder if the fairies are getting ready for a Summer's Gala Event!

I always am amazed and delighted to be fortunate enough to come upon Gaia's wonderful treasures.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Wheel of Fortune Card-Lesson Eleven

Sitting here on my covered back porch, the robins and wrens are calling back and forth. It's raining and the sun is shining.
I haven't posted a lot lately. There's been a lot up in the air in my life and a lot of waiting to see what's going to happen next.
So I find it appropriate, compelling, and fate driven that the next card I am studying in Aine's, Black Crow Tarot Course is the Wheel of Fortune.

The Wheel of Fortune card is all about cycles, wheels, fortune, fate, a turn of luck or loss of luck and of course, Karma.
Interpretations of this card are easier if one chooses to use the upright and reversed presentations.
The upright card indicates " good fortune" and the reversed "bad fortune" on it's most basic level. And you may get exactly that interpretation in a reading. This card's presence indicates a good or not so good turn of events.
You may not even need to use reversed cards to reveal this; you will know it either by intuition or by the surrounding cards.
Usually the Wheel of Fortune appears when there are karmic or fated situations present. It shows up when things are happening/ changing as they should be.
Cycles are ending and/ or new cycles beginning. The direction of a situation may be changing in some way and the way it is changing is as it must be and there is little that can be done about it.

One gets a sense that this card of otherworldly influences is involved in our life's situations.
 It's spiritual influence effects our physical influence, a bigger force is at work and we feel this presence by our ineffectual efforts regardless of how hard we have tried to control or change them. ( Amen to That!)

It all seems beyond our control and it is!
This card heralds a time of transition. The comfort comes in knowing the wheel turns and things right  themselves again.
The Wheel of Fortune suggests a necessary change ; a fated destined change or change caused by  the Karmic law of cause and effect.
The result of the changes is balance restored, equilibrium, the beginning of a new cycle, debts settled- a clean slate.


Reflect and study the concept of fate. Consider all that comes into play when one is faced with Karma, change, fated events or just the normal turning of the wheel of time.

Doing so will help you be a better, more able counselor to the seeker.

In reflecting on this past years events, I realize we aren't destine to make a major move yet.
For some reason I haven't uncovered, all my efforts, physical, mental and magical did not produce the buyers for our home.
It did produce a large number of showings and people touring our home. And those buyers who came close to making a  decision in our favor ended up going else where. Usually it was something we couldn't compete with or create in our home.
About this time last year our son and his family moved a thousand miles away from us. Our other son lives three hours away as well. We have no family here in this city or state. Our thoughts were that by moving back to my husbands home state we would be closer to our son and his family and to my husband's family..

 This will also be the last move we will make.  We would be going  back to an area we are familiar with.
And every time we have visited the area  where we wish to live; it has always felt right to me, that this is the place we are meant to be.
Not long ago I did a quick reading concerning the sale of the house. I pulled the hanging man and the wheel of fortune card.
I thought it may have indicated that we were literally waiting/hanging in the balance for a potential buyer to make an offer and that the wheel indicated that our "move " was coming.
Now I'm not so sure....
We have taken our house off the market to reassess the timing of our plans, to reassess our real estate agent's lack of  effort and spunk and to regroup from a year of always being on an emotional roller coaster.
I don't know what the "Wheel" has in store for us/me.
I'm anxious to discover just what it might be.