Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer in the Garden

It's been a beautiful week or two here in Bellingham... nice and warm and sunny. All my porch plants are growing like mad. The giant sunflower "sprout" we got from Britt's folks has tripled (or more) in size in just the past 10 or so days. ^_^

The edible flowers I'm growing are starting to bloom, so Bachelor's Buttons and Calendula will be making their way into my salads. Yum!

The Bee Balm is attracting more than just bees... Hummingbirds have been zipping by to grab sips... one just flew by actually. She stopped to chirp at me for a bit, zipped around the Bee Balm and then flew back toward the where I think her nest is. My heart is filled to bursting when I get hummingbird visits. =D

Macha has been out on the porch with me everyday to help water the plants... and flop about and eat catnip. She also keeps munching on my spinach and lettuces... which I chase her away from, since I want to eat them.

I have tons of tiny, green tomatoes... in a few days/weeks I'll have all the tomatoes I'll ever want. I simply can't wait. ^______^

I'm also getting ready for jam-making! I think this next stretch of days off I'll make some raspberry jam... or maybe try some raspberry-peach jam. Blackberry jam time is looming on the horizon, but not quite yet. I'd wanted to make strawberry jam this year, but missed the season. And buying fruit from a store to make the jam seems like cheating to me... =P

I planted some pickling cucumbers, as I've been wanting to try my hand at making pickles, and as soon as I'm done here I'm going to go tie up a trellis for them and finish tying up my tomatoes... it's getting gusty this afternoon, and we're supposed to get rain all weekend, so I need to make sure my tall plants are ready. ^_^

Off I go then! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I'll be at work this weekend (boo...), but at least I get to play in the greenery on my porch each day before I go.

Green & flowery kisses to all of you!!!

XOXO

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mad Tea Party 2014!!!

Hello my lovelies!!!

Welcome to our annual Mad Tea Party! This is one thing I look forward to every single year... ^_____^

This year's tea party is particularly special because it falls not only on a Full Moon, but a Super moon (aka a Perigee Full Moon)!

When the moon passes closest to the earth during its orbit, it's call a Super Moon... and as you can imagine, the Moon appears bigger than usual in the sky and the tides tend to be higher.

This year, we'll have a total of five Super Moons... so if you missed the first two New Moons in January, you'll still have the Full Moons of July (tonight!!!), August and September to catch a glimpse. ^_^

We all know that the Moon has been tied to madness for quite some time... Wereanimals (especially wolves) have some moon issues, and the word “Lunatic” is defined by the Online Etymology Dictionary as having come from the French word, lunatique, meaning one that is “affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the changes of the moon.” The French verb, lunage (insane) and the Latin, lunaticus (moon-struck) also tie madness and the Moon together in a nice little straight jacket.

So what better night for a Mad Tea Party, I ask you? None. Tonight is the perfect night. ^_~

So without further ado, let's go!!!

Step into my garden (said the spider to the fly...)



Okay, not really, but won't you please sit with me on my porch and have some tea?

Made in my goblin tea pot... filled to the brim with Earl Grey crème...


Some favorite books are old friends that stay with me always...



A tea cup from my mother... filled with rich, creamy goodness.

And...





… Something special, just for all of you. ^_^


I’ve read Tarot for myself for a few years now, and now I’m going to do my first ever reading for someone else...


YOU!

Before I get to our reading, I want to just say this:

If you don't have much experience with Tarot, let me tell you that there are no “bad” cards. There are cards that may bring to light shadow aspects of ourselves that we don't like much & need to work on, but that's it. Also, I’m not telling your future. ^_^ We each have the power to create and change our now and our tomorrow... Tarot is a way to help us get to know ourselves better... ask questions of ourselves... delve deeper than is always comfortable... and help trigger our creativity so that we can always be our best selves. ^_^


As I sat and sipped my tea beneath the full and gorgeous moon, I pulled a card for each astrological sign and focused on what each of us might need to hear right now.



Aries: For you I drew the Four of Swords. Swords might seem ominous, but for the sleeping girl on the card they are a marker for where she's sleeping. The fourth sword is her own, resting beside her, waiting for her to wake up and once again go into action. This card may indicate that you need to take some good care of yourself and rest. Relax. Make sure you're not letting yourself get burned out! Do something for yourself that renews you, so that you can go back to your daily tasks reinvigorated.



Taurus: The Ace of Swords is your card tonight. Aces are indicative of new beginnings, and the Ace of Swords is telling you that you possess amazing inner strength and power. This inner strength along with determination and courage will help you lead a situation to victory. As Peter Parker (Spiderman) learned from his Uncle Ben, however, with great power comes great responsibility. If you're currently in a position of power or if you find yourself in a new one, make sure that you use your powers to affect positive change.


Gemini: The Five of Cups came up for you. This card may look unpleasant, with a woman yelling at her husband about the three spilled cups, but keep your eyes on the two cups that remain standing & filled with possibilities. These two remaining cups along with the still blooming rose show that even though a relationship in your life (romantic, platonic or even your relationship with yourself) might be strained, imperfect or rocky, with hard work, patience and understanding the relationship can be mended. Also, good communication here is key! And remember, once a wound heals and scars, the scar tissue is much stronger than the original skin.


Cancer: Tonight, your card is The Chariot! This card is calling for you to boldly go where no wo/man has gone before. The Chariot has places to go, people to meet and adventures to be had. The Unknown is calling to you... You've got the strength and experience of your past to support you, so create your strategy and then implement it. Your life will take off in new and wonderful ways.



Virgo: I drew for you the King of Swords tonight. The King of Swords is a strong leader, with the ability to use his willpower to get done what needs to get done. He is determined, logical and disciplined. Do you see yourself as a leader? Chances are that even if you don't, other do. Sometimes the best leaders are the ones that feel “least qualified” to lead. If you're given the opportunity to lead, take it! Even if it feels waaaaaaaay out of your comfort zone. After all, if we never leave our comfort zones, we'll never grow. ^_^


Sagittarius: The card I drew for you is Strength. This card isn't about physical strength, necessarily, so much as inner strength. Our physical power will only get us so far in tough situations, but our inner strength, willpower and endurance will carry us through the hard times and into the good things beyond. This card tells us that we need to be secure in ourselves, as this will give us a great wellspring of inner strength to tap into when life gets rough. Other aspects to this card include both courage and compassion, as well as having the strength to stay in control over our emotions and our mindset. Life may be serving us up a great, steaming pile of shit, but we are always in control of how we choose to deal with things.. and whether we're going to wallow or actively try to make our situation better. ^__^


Leo: You, my dears, got the Ace of Pentacles. Now as I said earlier, Aces indicate new beginning. If you look closely at the pentacle that the dragon is holding, you'll see that not only does this pentacle contain the entire universe, a new star has just been formed in the very center. This star-baby has all the potential to grow into something truly spectacular. Right now is a great time to “plant seeds” of what you want for your future self. Think about what you'd like your future to look like. Now think of what you can do now to help those seeds grow and mature so that your future will be filled with the things you not only want, but have worked hard to get.


Pisces: As a March baby, this is my sign... and for us, I drew the Six of Wands. This card is all about celebration and victory! If you look at the card, you'll see a newly transformed creature emerging from it's cocoon, surrounded by the uplifted hands of those celebrating the change. Sometimes life is rough & we feel the need to withdraw into ourselves, into our safe cocoon. If we do things right, however, we'll emerge again better and stronger than before. Each time life or circumstances knock us down, if we're able to get up & learn from our mistakes, change and evolve, we'll be constantly morphing into newer, better, stronger versions of ourselves. Sometimes change is hard, painful and just plain sucks. But know that if we allow ourselves to dip into our creativity and evolve to meet the new challenges, we'll be okay and we'll come out the other side a newer, more amazing version of ourselves.


Aquarius: For you, I’ve drawn the Eight of Wands. This card cautions against hastily made decisions and those decisions made without having all the information available to you. The woman is getting ready to chop down the wands, and is so intent on her task that she fails to notice the crow flying her way, bearing important information – information that might alter her course of action significantly if she were to be receptive to it. Make sure that you have all your info before you make any significant decisions. This will lead you to making better choices, as well a hopefully help you avoid having to back-track or re-do things.


Capricorn: The Queen of Wands is your card tonight. This queen is confident and self-assured. She is well-liked, and people feel drawn to her. You, my dear Capricorns, are amazing. Be confident in who you are, and people will feel this confidence radiating off of you. I know that when I’m around someone who radiates self-confidence, everyone around them seems to feel it... and it's awesome. So often we're told that to be confident or assertive is to be arrogant (or a bitch, if you're a woman...); This couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, it's just about as opposite as things can get. There will be people who don't like true self-confidence in others, but those are usually the ones who lack their own self-confidence and use arrogance as camouflage. The Queen of Wands is telling you to be confident in who you are, and you'll inspire others to be the same. Self-confidence is one of those wonderful gifts that really does keep on giving.


Scorpio: Tonight you got the Page of Cups. This card shows a woman soothing a lost sea creature while on her way to put him back in the water, where he lives. In thanks for her kindness and compassion, the sea creature offers her a pearl. There is so much suffering all around us, every day, that it's easy to become numb to it. This card is all about compassion and keeping our eyes open, then doing something, even something tiny, to alleviate that suffering. This could be anything from volunteering somewhere to moving a spider outside instead of killing it to something as simple as giving someone a genuine smile. Smiles are tiny pieces of kindness that make others feel good... and you'll feel good too. Also, there's a little piece of folklore that says if you find a spider in your house & release it outside instead of killing it, you get to ask the spider a question... and she'll answer you, even if it's not quite in the way you'd expect. ^_^

And last but not least...


Libra: Tonight your card is the Seven of Wands. The child on the card has been lost, but has just discovered the path leading home. This card is about going through a struggle and coming out victorious. Life can throw us nasty curve balls and things seem like they're totally FUBAR. This card tells us that even though we're feeling lost, confused, frustrated and scared, if we keep going we'll find our way through. This card does not promise that it'll be easy, but it does say that there is an end to the tunnel, and there's light at the end too. If you're going through a hard time right now, know that if you keep working, keep walking and don't give up, you'll find your path out and home. And I’m rooting for you!

I hope you have a glorious time partying with everyone this weekend!!! Make sure you visit our most lovely hostess, Vanessa over at A FancifulTwist!!!

Well then... this lunaticus is off to do some more dancing under this gorgeous moon, but I thank you muchly for coming over for some tea... and Tarot. ^_^



XOXO

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Madness & a wee bit of Mayhem...

If you're here looking to party madly with me & some tea, I hope you'll come back in a few hours... by then I'll have the gremlins all sorted out of the gears over here & you'll be able to see what I'm up to!





See you sooooooon!!!

XOXO

Friday, July 04, 2014

Mad Tea, 2014!!!

I can't believe it... I forgot to post this year's invite to Vanessa Valencia's Mad Tea Party!

@_@

My brains must be completely scrambled...

So without further ado, you are invited to pop back over here on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 and have Mad Tea with me.

After that, or before if you'd like, make sure to head over to A Fanciful Twist and have some tea and tasty snacky bits with Vanessa, our loveliest of hostesses. ^_^

After all that, click through the links on her sidebar to visit all the other Mad Tea Party party throwers and goers.

Okay?

Okay. ^_^


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Litha!



Happy Summer Solstice, my loves! I hope that the sun is shining and the birds are singing for you. For the first time in recent memory, it's actually not raining here in Bellingham on Litha... It's not even cloudy. @_@

I'm going to be taking full advantage of this mysterious, wonderful weather and having a picnic with the missus for dinner tonight.

"Noon of the Solstice" is by Damh the Bard, one of my all time favorite musicians. He's right up there with Dan Folgelberg. And Korn. Yes, I love his music that much. ^_~

So enjoy the song, enjoy your day and know that I'm sending warm, summery thoughts your way.

XOXO

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

I'm feeling pretty happy today... the sun is shining, my plants are growing nicely and I haven't seen a squirrel on my porch since my cat played whack-a-mole with the one that ran up the railing to sit next to her... no, I have no idea what that crazy rodent was thinking either. But it was funny as hell.

I've got a few things on my "To Do" list that need doing tonight, mostly homework for my online classes at Coursera, which you should totally go check out if you're into learning awesome stuff for free. From top universities from around the world. Seriously. This site is the definition of awesome. I'm currently taking an Intro to Forensics course from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, a class on organic solar cells from the Technical University of Denmark and a programming class from the University of Michigan.

I've been looking into going to school for something computer science-ish, and computer forensics has piqued my interest (at the moment...), so I'm able to take classes related to things I'm interested in.

I also have quite an interest in alternative energy sources and permaculture... so I've been looking around to see what kind of degrees & jobs would let me study things along these lines and have skills once I graduated that would be employable. At this point in my life I need to make sure that what I choose to get a degree in will actually enhance my employability, so that I don't get stuck in another job like the one I'm working now... One that pays okay, but that I don't enjoy and has no room for growth.

I figure I'll be a life-long student, so my first step is getting a job that I'm passionate about, and then I'll keep going to school for all the other things that I find interesting along the way.

Anyways... I have holes to drill in some more gutters for my vertical gardening experiment and some more lettuce & spinach to plant. Once I get the gutters hung, I'll post some pictures. ^_^

Until then, I hope your week is treating you well, and if not, give it the finger & don't take any more crap. ^_~

Show you week who's boss. And then have an exceptionally fabulous night tonight & day tomorrow. Got it? Okay.

XOXO

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Random Rambles

This evening finds me sitting in my office, wishing my desk faced the other direction so I could stare out the window.

The weather has been lovely here, these past several days. Lots of sunshine and time spent on the porch with my plants and cat.

I've been spending my Saturday mornings in The Parlour with Veronica Varlow and a contingent of energetic people, all learning/practicing reading tarot. I've really enjoyed the past five classes I've taken, and am super bummed that I won't be able to make it this week or next week.

Unfortunately, tuition is due two days before our next pay day, so the entire $600 or so plus text books is coming out of this paycheck. OUCH. But we have to get Britt into this class this Summer, or she won't be eligible to apply for any nursing programs this Fall... because two of her classes had credits that expired (so stupid...) this month, so she needs to re-take them in order to be able to count them toward a nursing prerequisite.

So we reworked our budget and tightened the belt a few notches. On the bright side, we now have the most detailed, comprehensive budget we've ever had, and I think it'll work well for us. We'll even be able to start paying off our mountain of debt (yay!!!), and working on staying out of more debt.

Having to choose to spend our money on what we need to instead of what we want to (at least when those two things don't coincide...) is difficult, but it's been rewarding so far. We're learning to take a long view on our finances and eradicate the short view/no view we've clung to so stubbornly in the past. It's also helped up set some goals as to where we want to be financially in the next several months and years.

We would like to expand our family in the next five or so years, but since that will be quite the financial investment, we need to be out of our current debt by then, have at least our basic schooling finished and have a good amount of savings stored away... just for starters.

I've changed what I want to go to school for so many times now, even I can't remember them all. I think I've finally settled on something in the vein of Computer Science... currently looking into Computer Forensics. I hope to have something at least somewhat resembling a plan by June 21st.

I'm also hoping to have my blog revamped by the end of July... I'm still not quite sure where exactly I'm wanting to go with it, but I'm getting there. ^-^

I hope that you're all having a supremely lovely day, and hopefully I'll make it back here sooner rather than later.

XOXO

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring (Blog) Cleaning

I've been kicking around the idea for a few months of re-naming my blog or starting a new one and changing the layout, colors, etc. I don't have a new name picked, however, which is why I'm still blogging here.

When I first started blogging in mid-October of 2009, I had no idea exactly what I was going to blog about (I still mostly don't...), I just wanted a place to write that couldn't get lost in my messy room... like almost every physical journal I've ever had. It never occurred to me, starting out, that anyone would ever read or want to read what I rambled about. I had no idea the vast web of women (and a handful of men, too) that I would become a part of. I found online the community I so desperately desired, but couldn't seem to physically locate.

I still don't feel like I have specific topics I write about regularly, but I've discovered through blogging these past few years that there are certain things I tend to blog about more than others... even though my frequency of blogging has dropped significantly since I started.

I think that part of this drop in frequency is that I don't really connect with my blog idea behind Absynthe & Arsenic anymore. I didn't really have a fully formed idea of what I wanted when I started, but I had a kind of feeling I was following. But now I feel like the feeling behind my blogging has changed... grown & branched off... headed in a new direction. And so I'm ready to change and evolve with it.

I've come to realize that this growth and evolution is a good thing. I am a rather different person now that when I was 24.

I still don't have a specific thing I want to blog about (hey, why limit myself?), but I'm thinking that my blog changing is kind of like how my clothing style has changed. I still love my black eyeliner and combat boots, but I've stopped wearing Hot Topic bondage pants... lolz.

I've also discovered in the past few years that I don't have to choose between being badass and being whimsical. I don't have to choose between my tendency toward wearing black clothing or wearing colors (or my sparkly fairy wings). I don't have to choose between loving martial arts and action movies (with well choreographed fight sequences) and my love for magic tea parties and cute, fluffy stories or movies that make me all smiley... I can have it all. All at once. I can embrace my seeming contradictions and run with them.

I've also discovered, perhaps most importantly, that it's okay for me to be happy and that I don't need to feel guilty when I am happy or when people notice that I'm happy. And that I even, *gasp* like being happy. Strange, I know... ^_~

So in the next few months I'll be changing things to reflect what I'd currently like to see when I log into my blog to write... whatever it is I'm going to be writing about that day.

I'm going to change it to reflect the person I am now, instead of the person I started blogging as four and half years ago. I anticipate that this will be the first, but probably not the last evolution of my blog.

I'm hoping that all the wonderful people I've met and friends I've made will follow me on over to my new space. You have all enriched my life more than I can say. I love you all muchly. ^_^

So as soon as I've settled on a name and gotten things in order, I'll let y'all know. Until then, I'll be posting here. It's kind of like moving house... Once my new place is ready, I'll move in.

 Until then, you know where to find me... Just look for the chick with a mug of coffee, wearing glittery wings and a pair of Docs.

^__~

XOXO

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Art Journaling, Tea and Flowers

Yesterday evening I mentioned that I'd been working in one of my art journals again. And I'd meant to include pictures, but forgot. I'm going to blame it on the stuffed up head... 

I've been swilling tea and water (and a cup of coffee... I won't lie...) for the past several hours now, and took a Sudafed... so now I feel less stuffed up and kind of like my eyes are bugging out of my head. However, since I can now breathe again, I'm not going to complain. Sudafed does make me feel rather... AWAKE. @_@

I also mentioned that the Missus had brought me home some flowers yesterday evening. They're bright and fun, and I absolutely love them...


They're vivid orange Sun Stars... the buds on the stalk tips (before they bloom) look like asparagus... 

^_____^

 Here's the first art journal page I did the other night. I had no idea what I was going to paint. I just grabbed the colors that jumped out at me & started painting. It was refreshing and relaxing... better than a yoga class. ^_~


This is the page I started last night. It has a really fun texture to it... and I am now in love with texturing everything. 


Since I don't have any gel medium, I've been giving my journal pages a base coat in this strange beige color we have a huge tub of... After the first beige layer dried, I slapped on some globs of beige here and there, then dragged a pick comb through the wet paint. After that layer dried (with the help of my trusty hair dryer...), I used different blues, light gold and black to paint over everything. After I'd add some color, I'd rub off the excess with a paper towel. There are a lot of layers of paint on this puppy... 

I ended up stopping work on this last night and going to bed because I was feeling stressed (because Britt was stressed about school and I have a difficult time not borrowing her strong emotions) and I couldn't chill out. I was getting grouchy because of this, and having a hard time focusing on the process of painting (instead of what I was painting). So I took some NyQuil so I could sleep without waking myself up by coughing... and woke up feeling awful... lolz.

But I've been up for several hours now, and while I'm still coughing & feeling stuffed up, the tea and decongestants seem to be helping. ^_^ 

So now I'm off to paint some more, and hopefully finish up this page. Then I'm going to take some time and glue every other page of my art journal together (it's just a cheap sketchbook...) so that hopefully the pages will take to being painted with less complaining, rolling of edges, etc. ^_~

Next time I buy a book for an art journal, it's going to have some heavy duty paper in it. But when I got this book, I had no idea I'd be painting in it... so it's working nicely, all things considered. ^_^

As a side note, I've been trying to figure out a way to post pics onto Instagram when I haven't taken the photo with my iPod... since my iPod's camera sucks... I tried emailing myself the pics I took with my camera and then saving them to my iPod's photos, but whenever I try to open them in Instagram (or Picfx for that matter...) the apps just crash. Meh. If you know how to do this some other way, let me know pretty please? Thanks! ^___^

XOXO