My husband actually got a bit of a bonus. I was surprised and relieved. It was not a ‘good’ year for the company my husband works for, but they are not sentimental. If there is no money, there are no bonuses. So we decided to take a little for each of us (mad money) and throw the rest at Christmas.
I decided to go after another Tarot Deck. I’m still just a dabbler, still just learning, and there are so many wonderful decks it’s hard to choose just one. I eventually narrowed it down to two; Shadowscapes Tarot by Barbara Moore and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.
Shadowscapes Tarot has the most beautiful Faerie art imaginable. It’s stunning. Go to www.shadowscapes.com/Tarot/ to see the cards. In truth, this was my first choice. But as I was cruising around looking for the best deal, I was also reading comments. Two things bothered me personally. One was the repeated complaints about how small the art work was on the cards. For those of us whose arms are no longer long enough to read without glasses, this is a problem. Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s art work is detailed and delicate. Gorgeous. Being unable to see all the details would mean losing some of the meaning of the card. The second problem I had was that the meanings of the cards that I saw seemed to be either all ‘good’ or all ‘bad’. Granted I didn’t see all of the meanings; but those I did see seemed to be too constricting for me personally. But if you can see the art work on the cards, it would be a wonderful deck to have for the beauty alone. She does have two art books out, one for the Major Arcana and one for the Minor Arcana that has the paintings inside with information about each card.
After checking out the comments on the Steampunk Tarot, I decided to go with it. It’s modeled after the Rider-Waite Tarot with a Steampunk twist. For those of you who aren’t into the art of Steampunk, you will find the artwork too dark in a lot of the pictures. There are also no Reverse card meanings. Apparently Barbara Moore doesn’t do Reverse cards, feeling she can get what she needs from the upright images alone. An interesting concept to be explored further. I haven’t read all of the card meanings, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. The book also begins with Tarot basics and I found some new ways to read cards. My only complaint is the blatant sales pitches for her other books. And, OH!, I also join the rest of the crowd in complaining yet again about the fact that Llewellyn Publishing really needs to get better card stock for their cards. I will, however, be keeping this deck. I’ll just have to be careful with it. Here are some pics: (Please remember my shaky hands and cheapo camera.)
Life at Our House
Spider Bait had to work at the Greenhouse today. Tomorrow he will once again be out working on his Eagle Project.
Except for a couple of items the stores didn’t have (like dry cat food in our brand), I finished the monthly shopping. I also bought some meat on sale so the husband will get to Foodsaver pack them and put them in our clean, defrosted freezer (which took me 2 days to do).
And here is our ancient washing machine lying on its side awaiting parts:
Also, earlier today as I stepped out onto the porch I nearly stepped on this beautiful feather. I wonder what message is coming my way?
Fur Babies and Other Friends
Baby Cricket Report: Death all around. I have been trying to raise crickets to feed my lizard. (see this post https://crittersandchaos.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/le-tour-de-france-just-past-half-way/ ) I have done this before. But for some reason I just could not get these guys to live very long.
One day while tipping the toilet paper tubes on end to dump poop out, a whole bunch of dead babies fell out of one particular tube (I have them stapled together). What the ??? What is this, the tube of death? I held the tubes up so I could look into them and inside that tube was a spider. A fat spider. I began checking all the baby cricket tubs. In every single one there was a spider hiding between the paper tubes and in the adult breeding tub there were three! So I am now starting over again and part of cricket maintenance is spider removal!
Lizard Report: Name change again! (Poor lizard. I can’t remember ever having this much trouble finding a name for an animal.) I moved over to Cooper. I tried to think how I came up with this one and realized the dog in What Lies Beneath was named Cooper. A character in Jayne Castle’s (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) book Ghost Hunter was named Cooper. And, of course, Karl Urban’s character in Red (one of the best movies ever) was named Cooper. And so far, so good.
I’m going to end this post with my surprised lizard (it’s after midnight, again). I had the Christmas music turned up loud and went striding into the room and just poofed into lizard view. He jumped straight up and landed on a piece of wood. He wasn’t so upset that he showed teeth and hissed. But he was upset enough to puff up like a puffer fish and also puff up his neck and turn it black. Poor baby.
Have a good weekend, everyone!