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New Oracle Deck “Wisdom of the Hidden Realms”

“Wisdom of the Hidden Realms” by Colette Baron-Reid 

I have looked at this deck off and on after seeing it over at JulieLand (http://urthalun.com/).  Not long ago I was hunting unsuccessfully at Half Price Books for a book on Permaculture when this deck popped out at me.  Just one copy only.  After wandering away and coming back I caved and brought it home.

It then sat there on the floor by the couch, untouched,  nagging me on a regular basis about the fact that I had gotten away from Tarot and my cards with all the ‘not fun’ I’d been having.  It was time to get myself centered again.  So I gave in to the urge to ‘clear the decks’ so to speak.  I washed all my card bags and cloths and took some time one evening to sit quietly and put all my decks in order.

All in order and put away in clean bags.

All in order and put away in clean bags.

I then began exploring my new deck.  It is an Oracle deck with 44 cards and a small, easily portable 123 page guidebook.  The meanings are listed under ‘Ally’ (upright) or ‘Challenger’ (reversed).  The deck is based on the idea that magical beings at one time walked beside us, helping to bridge the gap between the realm of Spirit and us here on Earth.  Over time we set them aside and lost our ability to connect with these friends.  ‘Wisdom of the Hidden Realms’ was created to help us reconnect with them.  “They guide us to create a life of peace, purpose, prosperity, and love and to restore balance and healing to our world.”

Here are some pictures from the deck:

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My only complaint so far is the back of the cards.  You can easily see who is reversed.  I don't want to see ahead of time.

My only complaint so far is the back of the cards. You can easily see who is reversed. I don’t want to see ahead of time.

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I do love the art work of this deck.

Crystals

Along with cleaning and ordering my decks, I washed and set all the crystals and stones that I could find out for some sun to recharge.  I think I’m going to get my books out and make a list of all the crystals just to see what all I have.

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Out In The Yard

It has been in the 30’s at night here recently and only 40’s in the daytime.  This necessitated an emergency move of plants into the garage. *sigh*  But what really surprised me is Mr. Toad has shown up again spending a couple of hours a day, in the cold!, soaking in the dog dish.  Go figure.

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Our header today is a new mum I bought (cheap!) to replace one I killed.

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Mugs

This is another favorite.  Sadly our actual American Goldfinches have exchanged their bright yellow coats for their drab olive winter coat.  Winter is here. *sigh*

This is another favorite. Sadly our actual American Goldfinches have exchanged their bright yellow coats for their drab olive winter coat. Winter is here. *sigh*

Well, it’s 10:30.  Not too bad.  Now to edit and post.  Night all!

Lots of Feather Messages

Random Thoughts

Feathers have been roaming around in my thoughts lately.  Over the past couple of weeks I have been finding feathers in my yard on a regular basis.  A number of them were standing at attention in the grass.  Some light and fluffy ones showed up around my feet.  One slightly beat up feather was left by a dove watching me at the window.  After looking me over, the dove shook itself and reached down and pulled the feather out.  She/he then looked at me again, dropped the feather on the ground and, with one last look, flew away.

Many people believe that feathers are gifts from the Universe bringing messages.  That they bring us an opportunity or reminder to connect, to see, to find answers.  A message, also, that Love and assistance are there for the asking.  We just need to remember that we need not walk alone.  Easier said than done.

When was the last time you sat down quietly and went within to seek your messages and to ask for Love and assistance to be brought into your life?  When was the last time you sat quietly and gave Thanks to the Universe?  I know I’m way over due.

I was outside trying to get good pictures with natural light.  That little fluffy feather is also a Blue Jay feather but the wind kicked up and started blowing the feathers around so that was the end of outdoor picture taking of feathers.

I was outside trying to get good pictures with natural light. That little fluffy feather is also a Blue Jay feather but the wind kicked up and started blowing the feathers around so that was the end of outdoor picture-taking of feathers!

The tattered one, third from the left, is the one left by the dove.

The tattered one, third from the left, is the one left by the dove.

Life At Our House

Lots of messes here need to be addressed.  But for now, here is what I have been snacking on:

Husband made these for work by request.  And, of course, some were left behind at home.

Husband made these for work by request. And, of course, some were left behind at home.

Fur Babies and Other Critters

I wish my balance was this good.  Usually they crawl across upside down.

I wish my balance was this good. Usually they crawl across upside down.

I put fresh paper towels in for Stitch.  Look at those stuffed pouches!

I put fresh paper towels in for Stitch. Look at those stuffed pouches!

Can you see that he has stuffed his pouches so full that the paper towels are sticking out of his mouth?

Can you see that he has stuffed his pouches so full that the paper towels are sticking out of his mouth?

Out In The Yard

It is the end of the year, unfortunately.

This poor butterfly showed up at night and slept in the window.  He's rather beat up.

This poor butterfly showed up at night and slept in the window. He’s rather beat up. See where he’s missing a section of one wing?

This little one sat in the sun for hours.  Faded and slightly tattered.

This little one sat in the sun for hours. Faded and slightly tattered.

Mr. Toad sat buried in this pot for 3 days.  He didn't even get out at night.  Then suddenly, three days ago, he took a bath and left.

Mr. Toad sat buried in this pot for 3 days. He didn’t even get out at night. Then suddenly, three days ago, he took a bath and left.

Have I mentioned how much I dislike winter?

Mugs

Yep, back to this one.  The past couple of nights have not been fun.

Yep, back to this one. The past couple of nights have not been fun.

And, WOW!, it’s only 9:30!  I’ll have time to work on crocheting a tissue box cover!  Night!

Hmmmmm, Lazy Day (And I’m Sleep Deprived Again)

Random Thoughts

So I was working on putting things back together when life went sideways again.  One I can talk about the other I can’t.  The one I can talk about is the cat situation.  My son left for college (I have to figure out how to blur faces in the photos before I post on that).  But the cat that normally sleeps with the kids now has no one to sleep with.  So Annie now wants to sleep with me.  However, Raven is the cat that has always slept with me.  And for whatever reason, maybe Raven accidentally jumped on Annie or Annie accidentally jumped on Raven, they will no longer share the bed.  As in, they are now fighting viciously.  And the worst fights are at night.  Some of them on top of me in bed.  It’s been getting ugly and I am sooooo sleep deprived.

The usual yelling at them to knock it off and separating them hasn’t been working at all.  In fact, it seemed to make things worse.  While Raven is twice the size of Annie, he is a major weenie.  He began hissing and yowling every time he saw her and then he would run and, of course, instinct being what it is, she would go after him.  AAARRGGHH!!!

This has led to some bathroom accidents and Annie not getting enough food because Raven was hiding in the bathroom where the dry food is.  I went surfing on the net and found others who have had a radical change in old cat behavior.  Unfortunately, the way that has worked the best, treating the cats like they have never met before; won’t work here because Raven can’t stand closed doors.  So separating them with a door between them isn’t possible.

So, I’ve been turfing Raven out of the bathroom (he then hid in the kitchen), taking them both into the livingroom and sitting between them playing referee, gently bopping any bad actors on the nose, petting and praising, handing treats out in a group setting for no reason other than to get them in the same place behaving themselves  (I have as third cat, Espe, who is not happy with all the violence), and being obvious in petting and playing with everyone.

Things are better, but not good.  Annie seems to have won bed rights for now.  Raven is moving around more comfortably without constantly throwing a fit and slinking from room to room.  We still have a long ways to go, but the nights are settling down.  Good heavens I need sleep.  I keep waking up and listening for trouble.  *Sheesh*  It’s really screwing with my days.  I don’t function well without sleep.  So wish me luck on the cat and sleep front.

Life At Our House

Now add bills, paperwork, critter care, yard care, and home caring to the above.  Did I mention how well I don’t function in a sleep deprived state?  So I need to sit down and come up with a schedule.  Again.  With sleep as the headliner.  Onward, ho!

I have been trying to enjoy the last of this year’s tomatoes and basil.  Bruschetta!

On homemade sourdough!

On homemade sourdough!

And I decided that we needed junk food, so I tried a new recipe for Apple Coffee Cake.  It was only ‘okay’.  It needed less brown sugar on top and more apples in the middle.  But it only lasted two days between the two of us! 🙂

More apples!

More apples!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

A lazy day at our house.

Espe.  Who kept batting the camera every time I got close.

Espe. Who kept batting the camera every time I got close.

Raven trying out my son's bed.  Where he has never ever slept.

Raven trying out my son’s bed. Where he has never ever slept.

Annie.  Who was unimpressed with getting her picture taken.

Annie. Who was unimpressed with getting her picture taken.

Jake.  Still alive, amazingly, and hanging around on the couch.

Jake. Still alive, amazingly, and hanging around on the couch.  Notice my toes and the toes of my ‘shadow’ who was supervising.

And even though it rained all day yesterday, Mr. Toad spent nearly 2 hours just soaking in the water dish.  Go figure.

And even though it rained all day yesterday, Mr. Toad spent nearly 2 hours just soaking in the water dish. Go figure.

Out In The Yard

My son made a bird house many years ago when he was little.  We hung it on the porch and every year since, we have had House Wrens raise a brood, sometimes two.

We had our usual nesting pair this year, but they only raised one brood, so we thought we were done.  However, about 3 weeks ago, we got a surprise one morning.  A pair of Carolina Wrens had raised a brood in our porch bird house, quietly, without us noticing.  Now if you know anything about wrens, you know that quiet isn’t a word you would normally apply to them.  But they managed it!  I tried to get pictures of the 4 babies as they fledged and explored the porch.  But they wouldn’t sit still long enough AND I was trying to shoot through the screen door.  So this was the best I could do.

Sit still, dammit!

Sit still, dammit!

They had an audience.

They had an audience.

Mug of the Day

An oldie but goodie.

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Tonight’s goal is to be in bed by 1:30.  Wish me luck!

Porch Patrol

Our own personal insect catcher.

Our own personal insect catcher.

Regularly throughout the summer we have been startling a toad hopping about our porch in the evenings.  When I rescued some plants from a pitch pile and put them on the porch to see if they would survive, he decided to set up house.

I would fit if I could just shove this plant out of here.

I would fit if I could just shove this plant out of here.

So out of curiosity I filled a pot half way with dirt and put it down next to the plant.

Mine!

Mine!

Of course, he’s redecorating to suit himself.  So now there’s a lot of dirt kicked out on the porch.  He has also decided the dog’s water dish makes a great bathtub.  The dog won’t drink after him.  🙂

Ahhhhh...

Ahhhhh…

I love that he spends part of his day with us.  I hope he lives a long, long life.  Did you know that they can live up to 30 years?  Soon he will be looking for a place to hibernate.  They can dig holes up to three feet deep to spend the winter in.  And I have a whhhhhole lot of loose, just dug up earth all over the yard! 🙂