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I Don’t Need This, But…

February 20, 2017

One of my relatives is ill so I spent all day making a cute pop-up card for him, using a free tutorial where you insert a tissue box that pops up inside. I mean, come on, is this the cutest 3.5-inch thing you’ve ever seen? Pops of joy all around!


Having spent the last week sick again from food and/or food allergies, I am back to my nice, gentle vegan diet, minus bread for a while to see if that can rectify some things. Feeling sorry for myself while swamped by detox nausea, I am planning to order these two decks by Lisa McLoughlin.


I have had the Plant Ally Cards on my wish list for months and months, but the other one goes so well with it that I might order them both depending on the shipping cost. The Tree Wisdom Cards have faces in the trees which initially put me off, but maybe the faces want a chat about logical positivism?

I can’t deny a tree a chat about philosophy, that would be cruel.




Awareness, By Gum

December 15, 2016

I went to a new dentist but it set up a chain of pain, so I’ve been pretty sick.

However, while organizing my last two sketches for my old sketchbook project, I decided I needed a proper set of gouache paints. I’ve been limping along with the extremely cheap and chalky Reeves set, which is about 15 to 20 years old, so for Christmas I ordered a Winsor & Newton set of 10 gouache tubes and ordered one extra tube of titanium white, which is a little different than the zinc white that comes in the set and I need them both.


BLUE GUM FLOWER – (Eucalyptus globulus) Healing

I am mixing the Australian Wildflower Reading Cards with the old but charming Nature Spirits Oracle Cards.

Acceptance for what has gone before , and a time to move forward, not getting bogged down in details. Look at other ways to heal and be healthy and look after yourself.

Awareness is always a struggle I find. Mention is made of paying attention to details but the Blue Gum says not to get bogged down in them. Be more focused and attentive, observe, it’s a good time to make changes.

Art is a healing thing, sometimes it’s good to get away and draw.

When we were in the dollar store this week they had this at the checkout counter, so I bought it for $2 to set on my drafting board while I work.


The Trust of the Grey Spider

October 25, 2016

GREY SPIDER FLOWER – Grevillea buxifolia – Faith


Silly me, I am more fearful of taking a taxi to and from the hospital for the spouse’s operation than I am about the operation. Because it means talking to another human being, no not that.

So what succour is this card offering me? Have trust, be brave, do not be afraid, and your intentions will have positive results. “As a healer, Grey Spider Flower instills courage and assists in easing anxiety.”

I’ll keep this card out for the next 4 days to remind me.

Oh, and I’m back being vegan again, quite a strict plan to see if I can alleviate pain. Twenty million ways to prepare beans and vegetable soups. Have faith sayeth the Grey Spider Flower.

Rabbits Secretly Enjoy a Good Ballpoint Pen

October 22, 2016

It has been a wild sort of week. We got word about the spouse’s hand surgery in one week (panic stations) and I got some books in the mail, one of which was wrong and the used bookseller is sending me the correct book.

I figured we’d better get proper blinds in the bathrooms and when the company was here measuring we decided to get all three bedrooms done as well. The old aluminum slats are bent and peeling and flaking paint, and the one in the master bedroom is black which sucks the light out of the room, apart from having kind of a teenage Goth vibe.

Because it’s hard for me to type without pain, I’ve been staying quiet and reading a lot. The highlight of my week was discovering that I could get refills for a Zebra F-701 ballpoint pen that my husband rescued from the garbage at his work a few years ago. I bought the refill, in it went, and the excitement of having the pen work again had me flying with delight. It is now back in my pen roll with all my fountain pens.



I do feel rather abundantly blessed lately, at least with interesting material things, like an ash can for the fireplace (squeee!) plus lots of books in my annual Christmas in October buying. We can pay our bills, and buy a few treats, so it’s not all bad. BUT I do feel I need to pull back from spending and calm down and enjoy what I have, finish a few projects slowly.

I complain about endless pain and hopelessness but as in everyone’s life, there are good and bad things. Rabbit Orchids flower more prolifically after a fire, did you know?

And I bought a whole box of 500 staples. Man, does it get any more exciting?

Hoya Flowers and Furious Blood Flow

October 15, 2016

I received my Australian Wildflower Readings Cards but felt a bit swamped by pain this week, which sucks the joy out of typing and discussing cards.

During this lull, I have been collecting a Notepad file of interesting nicknames for Donald Trump:

Comb-over Caligula
Cheeto Jesus
The Orange Turnip
The Furious Yam
The Orange Goblin
The Velveeta Raccoon
The Tangerine Terror

My favourite is The Furious Yam, but Comb-over Caligula seems apt as well. Sounds like the name of a band: Comb-over Caligula and the Furious Yam.

Shades of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five whom I remember from younger days. “It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under. Don’t push me ‘cause I’m close to the edge…”

HOYA – ALIGNMENT – (Hoya australis)


Seemingly random flowers but there is often an underlying Fibonacci alignment in flowers. Five petals and five stamens, speaking of the Furious.

Making the pieces fit, making the pieces align: when in pain it’s hard to make plans, hard to believe anything will align again in my life. I feel scattered and incomplete when I can’t make things or have hope for my ideas.

This also reminds me of blood cells tumbling through veins, picking up oxygen, the biology that is needed to replenish and heal the body. I am planning meals and trying to align nutrition and energy in my body.

Time for a lie down.

Edelweiss Shivers and Throws a Log on the Fire

October 10, 2016

EDELWEISS – (Leontopodium alpinum) – Dedication


Since this is an alpine flower I naturally thought of cold.

It’s Fall here in Canada and cool in the mornings. Being on the temperate west coast, we don’t have central heating in the house, just electric baseboard heaters and a woodstove and fireplace downstairs. I got up yesterday and it was 15 degrees upstairs (59 F for my readers in the USA), and it was obvious that the spouse was not going to put on the fire. I bundled up in a wool scarf, two blankets, and a turtleneck and fleece jacket and toughed it out, eventually drifting into the living room and hovering over an electric baseboard heater.

One of the challenges of this card is “Being too soft or too weak, not speaking up when you need to”, so although moderately warmer today at 16.6 degrees (61.88 F) I could not bring myself to shower and bundled up and came downstairs. The spouse had been up for two hours and had not put on the fire. I’d had enough and asked him why—no answer, so I insisted he start a fire. An hour later the warmth had spread and it was 18 degrees ( 64.4 F) and bearable at least upstairs and a nice, warm 21 (69.8 F) downstairs.

Why do we get so silly about expressing discomfort and not wanting to bother someone to help us? Edelweiss has woolly hairs on its leaves, but I don’t. Part of Dedication I assume is speaking up and looking after yourself. With nerve pain and muscle weakness in my right arm, I am unable to chop and lug wood around. I spoke up, problem solved.




Pohutukawa Challenges Plastic

October 4, 2016

Whew, just when you thought it was safe to use the chop saw…we’ve been having a time building one of the new wardrobes for my closet. It went together, but the spouse put the doors in upside down and they only have melamine on one end. Cheap!

He fixed that, and then we went and bought a length of melamine and had them cut shelves from it at Home Depot. I wanted two extra shelves so I could get lots of craft bits in there. But we had to trim the shelves again at home to make them fit, and the chop saw was making a funny noise and it’s only a year old. Turns out the blade was loose so we had a few tense moments.

A few tense moments in a sea of tense moments across the year. We are worn out.

POHUTUKAWA – Metrosideros excelsa – Transformation


A beautiful flower from New Zealand, with leathery leaves and fine white hairs on the underside. It reminded me of cleansing, sweeping the sawdust out, and the fine hairs remind me of lungs and breathing. Cheralyn says that this card can indicate a lack of hope, drive and courage. I think so as I have felt that so often in the past month.

We are chipping away at things, but perhaps a reminder that like housecleaning, you’ve got to sweep and get the gunk out from underside to complete the transformation.

I got a horrible smelly plastic cupboard out of my closet and replaced it with this small melamine wardrobe. No more miasma of plastic nauseating me when I go into or past the closet. That’s a good result. I’m putting yarn and acrylic paint supplies in there, and it’s cleared a path so I can put away some other things in drawers already in the closet. They are plastic too but they don’t smell.

We have a plan to put the other two wardrobes up on the wall across from my bed. My deck collection is going in there, and hopefully my quilts and quilt tops, so I can get them out of the plastic (retch) bin they are in.

I have a sensitivity to certain plastics. No point being a martyr to such things, as part of this card’s challenge is also about becoming a martyr. I deserve a nice closet and storage, right? I might even hang some pictures in there or maybe some of my old china plates.