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It's a Full Moon tonight, and it was unseasonably warm for a couple of days. I wanted to go running and catch pokemons, but the garden needed tending and the taxes need attention, so I didn't get as much done on any of the things I want to have done, but did make some progress. Then it got windy, and cold, and the thunder came, and so I returned inside.

I divided out some of the tomato and pepper plants (where more than one seed grew in the same pot), and I scraped at some of my old pumpkin-squash seeds and soaked them in a tea of organic fertilizer. Maybe I'll have better luck with them having provided a little extra nutrition and made it easier for the seedlings to break free. I also soaked and planted some seeds from our iris and/or lily plants from a couple years back. I don't know if they'll germinate--those plants rarely even form seeds. But I figure it's worth trying to bring a little more beauty into the world.

And now to cards--I hope to send some good energy out into the world, to spark some hope and creativity. You can ask about real life or a creative project, or even a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts. Play is sacred; ask for what you need, or just for the fun of it. Both new friends and old are welcome.

I hope you will stop by my garden. Dodge between the raindrops or come after the rain, when we can walk and see the buds on the lilacs and on the earlier rose bushes. We'll also see the weeds in the garden plot, of course. I haven't pulled them yet. And we can see the day lilies starting to push through the ground, and maybe a tulip or two. Then we can head inside for refreshments and, of course, your reading.

For free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards, or the Shapeshifter Tarot. You can ask a question, ask for a Guide, ask for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. I don't need to know what your question is, but you are welcome to share it with me if you like.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Tips also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, to request a private reading, or to draw a clarifying card. If you want a longer reading, send a direct message so we can agree on the type of reading and rate.

Please consider dropping something in the guitar case below. Readings take time and energy, and even though the Milwaukee winter, like everything else, has been affected by global warming, winter heat is pricey and old houses always need repair somewhere or other.

Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card.

I'll leave the new goal open--if donations reach $50 or more, I will use one or more of the cards drawn today as inspiration for a new acrylic sketch/painting, which I will share here, so you can all see how you inspire me.

I'll periodically update progress on that goal here. So far, I have received $6 of the $50 needed to prompt a sketch-level painting. If we go over that amount, I will put more time into moving the painting onward from the sketch stage.

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration! Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

If you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $1 (Paypal charges fees). If that doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I've written before about why I do readings and some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by adding a clear note at the top of the post rather than risk leaving anyone without a response. However, I intend to stay open at least for several days, and longer for paid readings. I've got a bunch of things going on, and I know you do too, and I want to give you time to find the post.

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

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A few days ago, I picked up some seed starter and some plastic thingies to turn flats of plastic pots into little greenhouses. I also picked up some Brandywine tomato seeds, but held off on getting more seeds because I knew I had some leftover from recent years, as well as a few I'd saved from organic produce this last year.

So, I planted some of the Brandywine tomatoes, and the some older seeds: The last of the Black Cherry Tomato, Chocolate Stripes Tomato, and Northern Lights Tomato. I also planted some Cherokee Purple, but not the last of my seeds, and some older Lemon Cucumber, and from last fall, the seeds of some mild Habanero peppers I got at the local organic food store.

The last thing I planted was a surprise. Quite a while ago, I had a volunteer squash plant that tasted like a cross between pumpkin and spaghetti squash, both things I'd grown the previous year in that garden. It was good enough that I saved the seeds, hoping to plant them the next year, but life happened. I thought they were long lost. In amongst some older garden stuff, I found the envelope of those seeds! It's probably a lost cause, but I planted some of them, with a prayer.

Planting older seeds is always a gamble, of course, but it's early enough in the season that I can put too many seeds in each pot and hope that at least one of them will sprout. And if not, I'll plant something else in that pot, only a couple of weeks behind the newer seeds. But that hybrid was really tasty, so wish me luck!

Here's the little babies, who are hopefully starting to awaken in their new soil beds.




(Of course I used the purple pots!)
wyld_dandelyon: (cat is ready)
Why isn't my last post on my Friends Page?

It's there in my own journal...

You suddenly lost my link to posting to Twitter too.


*sigh*

The snowball spireas are finally blooming:

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wyld_dandelyon: (cat is ready)
I forget how good it feels, once in a while, to ignore work, housework, human and feline health issues, goals, dreams, and pretty much everything else, and sleep until I wake up, realize I'm still tired and sleep more until I wake up and feel rested, and then make pizza and read, eat pizza and read, and then read some more.

It's remarkably refreshing.

Too bad I can't do it for a week or two.

It's June, and we have lilacs, finally.

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wyld_dandelyon: (great wizard by djinni)
I love having a kitchen garden. It's hard to do in a city full of wildlife (I have squirrels, possums, raccoons, rabbits, and homeless bipeds roaming my neighborhood), but it's satisfying to grow your own food and things picked fresh are much tastier than store-bought.

I found some of my seeds from previous years this winter. Most are 2-3 years old, since I didn't manage to set up my garden last year. That was probably just as well, as we had a drought all year and I didn't have time to water all the time.

But this year (about a week ago) I set up a flat and decided to see if any of my old seeds will sprout. We'll see. In the meantime, I ordered some weird tomatoes--they get stolen less than the normal sort, and besides, I really like the flavors of most of the stripey and purple varieties.

Oh, and fresh herbs! They're so wonderful.

I can buy great seeds
But not sun, rain, or wildlife
Still, this year, I'll try


I got outside briefly today, and dug up a bit of the garden, pulling out the tufts of grass that took root there over last summer. It was too cold for just my shirt and too hot with my coat on, but I got a bit done before bringing my half-frozen fingers back inside.

pea plot please
wyld_dandelyon: (Sketchfest)
I spent part of Sketchfest with a needle and thread, having come to the conclusion that I'm better at free-hand embroidery than at sketching embroidery! 

Below is a pocket watch, a feather, two winged keys, one wing, two gears, and three styles of "rivets". 

embroidery

We have finally had some rain--the mint is no longer badly wilted, though the grass is still brown.  The chicory doesn't mind the drought, but the thistles do!

2012-07-09_18-16-34_461 Thistle and chicory
(Why take pictures of the brown parts when you can take prettier photos?)

I'm still trying to figure out where I put my Scraps costume--it's moved out of the closet that needs painting, but not to where I thought I put it.  It would make a great display piece for the workshops in a couple of weeks--IF I can find it.

I've been researching horse and goat births, trying to imagine how that will scale up to snow-unicorn size--those critters are bigger than Clydesdales!

And there's work to do tomorrow, starting at O-Ghawd-Awful.  So I need to go sleep soon.  *sigh*

How's you summer going?
wyld_dandelyon: (Allegedly Sleepy)
More free story-bits for the prompting are being written by [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu at http://rix-scaedu.livejournal.com/66191.html

Also, you can check out [livejournal.com profile] addergoole for prompted and unprompted ficlets nearly any time!

I want to share the bounty before I return to the Torn World Muse Fusion, where there are some new prompts.  We'll see how many more words I can come up with before sleep overtakes me.

By the way, if you're enjoying my Torn World stories, please vote for us at Top Web Fiction, since that helps new readers find us.

I took a break from indoor chores and writing to pick up the trash that blew in and snagged in and under the rose bushes.  It's March, and the roses are all leafing out nicely! Our first big bloom of the roses will be at least a month early, if we don't have a frost killing all that new growth.  But here are some of the daffodils, before they're gone for the year, and some of those leaf buds too:

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