Accidental Tarot

Do you remember back at the beginning of the pandemic, with the first of the lock downs/stay at home/shelter in place orders, the initial fear/panic and compliance?  We stocked our cupboards as best we could, thanked our deity of choice for having cupboards in our life as well as the ability to stock said cupboards, and then tried – as best we could – for the potential positive uses of our time such as:

not only learn, but master two or three languages,

get started on that book I believe to be lurking inside me, 

achieve the yoga crow pose,

or..um…… maybe I clean out a drawer or two….

Yes indeed that last one was my winner.  I organized, recycled, and threw away bunches of stuff.  During this embarrassingly short purge time, I came across a Rider Tarot Deck.  I had purchased this particular deck years ago in an effort to learn the tarot – something I have wanted to do since childhood.  It was not an instant affinity.

Now this is THE deck that created tarot as we know it and therefore studying this deck is vital.  While I loved the intricacies of the symbolism, the sagas behind each card, and above all learning about Pamela Colman Smith, I did not connect to this deck.  It simply didn’t speak to me – I don’t know why.  Not wanting to give up, I went searching for another deck.  And came across Melissa Wortherspoon’s Etsy site and saw this:

 

The Low Rider Dachshund Tarot

What? Dachshunds speaking tarot? It was too silly and delightful for words. Oddly enough, I did not purchase the deck immediately but continued on my search for a far more ‘serious’ first deck. After poking around various blogs and channels, I realized the truth: the dachshund tarot was my perfect deck.

The artwork is unbelievable! Each card is simply beautiful. The packaging is fantastic: a hard box with magnetic flap closure and an extensive full color booklet. And all the better, since I’ve known and loved dachshunds forever, (and so has Ms. Wortherspoon), I found myself starting to grasp the intent of the cards.

Since purchasing and using this deck, I’ve really begun enjoying trying to learn tarot. Oh it will be a very long time before I gain any skill level, but I’m making a start – I have purchased a brand new all human deck.

Thank you for reading and stay safe.

The prep’s the thing

There had been rumors of a statewide weather warming trend coming this week. Up into the sixties even. I didn’t quite believe the news.

Like virtually.. well, everywhere, these past couple/few months have been frigid. and snowy. and icy. Although we have been fortunate to escape the despair of Texas, it has still been pretty darn nasty. I’ve spent the vast majority of this winter wrapped in a sweater, a shawl, and on occasion, an afghan whilst sitting on the sofa. While this position makes for a lovely reading space, especially when accompanied with a glass of wine, it does not make for a lovely step onto the bathroom scale. That moment when you hop off then on again thinking, ‘I could not possibly….I mean….OhComeOn’. The time to act is clearly now. Actually, the acting time was anywhere from six weeks to three months ago, but now is not the time to split hairs.

The morning brought sunshine and coffee. I frowned at the sparkle beyond my window. The leafless shrubs rattled. ‘Aha’, thought I. I’ve been tricked before by bright welcoming sun, only to be blasted by a frigid wind. I seized my iPad. Local temperature – 51f. huh. I decided: Today I would resume my walk/run program. Actually, I had barely gotten into the ‘run’ part of the program before the weather had made it impossible to continue. I had hit the point where I would stride – with purpose- for a bit then jog, sort of, for a bit. Past at least two or three houses.

I started my preparations for A New Exercise Program. I pulled out my thickest sweatpants. Exercise bra, long sleeve breathable cotton t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt (in case of sudden frigid wind gusts), super terrific walking sneakers, find and recharge Fitbit, and then a light yet sustaining breakfast (technically brunch at this point). Breakfast was a large bowl of oatmeal with walnuts, raisins, and a teaspoon and a half of peanut butter for extra protein. Bathroom, coat and out the door.

Done and done! I had Restarted an Exercise Program! So what if I had only walked for twenty minutes? And I think maybe I pulled something…. I was breathing hard – -which could be because of the slight pain in my thigh, the layers of clothing or the result of Exercise. I guess time will tell. In the meantime, a pat on the back for me!

Thank you for reading and stay safe!

Another Day

Another Day. Not really a novel title when beginning a new – well – anything- I suppose; but there you have it.

Today I officially launch my new blog. I’ve been blogging on and off for a while now, although truth be told, it has mostly been ‘off ‘ rather than ‘on’. I think it is because my prior blogs were launched with a very specific purpose – to promote my online shop(s). All well and good admittedly, but I would inevitably end up flailing about trying to find a fresh take on the very same topic. The blogs would last for a bit and then just wither due to everyone’s, (myself included), general lack of interest.

Sometime after that, I decided to redesign the last promotional blog into an actual website that sold my designs and an included blog area, snazzy designs, optional layouts, e-commerce etal. I attempted to launch this concept during my short lived, but much loved, one-woman-operation brick and mortar shop. Yeah. Not one of my more realistic ideas.

After abandoning my attempt at building my own site, I reduced the remains to just the blog. It worked until it didn’t. I deleted the site. A wonderful feeling letting go of the past, but on the other hand, I missed having a blog. The truth is, I just like to write. and Read. and be a part (albeit a very small part) of this great community.