Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Spirit Medium and the Carrot... or the Blind Leading the Blind (Whichever)

It was in April when I had this on-line Tarot reading. It was free, so I thought, why not have a little fun? I was bored. I knew I'd probably be hounded by this person who called herself "Tara". But I considered it more for a little entertainment, than knowledge.

Now let me say right out, that I've always been attracted to the Unkown, occult and so forth. It's in my nature to explore everything. Especially when I discovered I do have psychic ability. And one note on that, it can be very, very accurate when I have it. But it doesn't come at will. I don't think people (psychics included), can turn it on at will. Not unless they are very, very unusually talented, and there have been those who are touted, but I tend to think it was more good guess work than anything. You've got your soothsayers who use anything from Tarot cards to crystal ball gazing and those who might be divining things with anything from yarrow sticks to entrails--yuck. However they divine, whatever works for them, well, that's their chosen medium.

Now to get down to my reading. Tara used Tarot cards, and I confess, doing this on-line was not something I felt I trusted. She could have put anything up there to get the read she wanted to give me (unlike with an actual deck). I drew Chariot first, and then the Sun. She said that the card confirms that "your finances should be favored". whatever that meant.

She then asked for my first name, so I gave it--cautiously, of course.

She then had me draw a third card. Tower--well, at least it wasn't the Hanged man!

She then said "Some clouds are appearing over the new road that's opening up in front of you!". She says it may not be something serious, but it would be a good idea to dig a bit deeper and see what else she might say. This was all experimental, mind you. I didn't think anything else would come of this. She told me she wanted to give me a more elaborate reading--all free, of course, so I gave her my email. Sure, I knew what was coming--and it didn't take ESP to know this. I gave her my birth date. I knew she would have something interesting to say to me, once she did this "full" reading.

I waited a few days and I get an email back. I'll not bore you with certain things. She gave me the date of May 17, of this year, saying that "Starting on that day, you are going to be at a decisive turning point in your existence." She goes on to say that I will be "entering a lucky astral period very soon... More precisely, I see 3 wonderful months that are going to transform your destiny. Followed by 3 more very good months that will have a lasting effect on your future..."

She did a basic reading on my sign, Virgo. Which has some truth in it, and some not really--the usual junk. She told me my lucky # was 10. Well, it's not, but that's a whole other ball game.

She gave a very good, very detailed reading, including my health and finances--to her best ability. She seemed to know that we were in financial hole. Well, at least she hoped I was, anyway.

I felt I got my free reading, and she had picked a date out of thin air in this read for when things were going to begin turning around. I'm not sure why she picked a precise date like the 17th of May. There was nothing I can denote of significance on that date, before or after it. And as it has come and gone (I do keep a journal) nothing really significant happened. But did I expect it? No. Not really. About the only thing I made a decision on, was to work on my crafts again.

"Faith is believing in something you know ain't true!"~ Mark Twain

I would say that the last week of April was the turning point for both my husband and I, when the supervisor departed, and Dennis got more hours and two raises since. I won't say our money problems are solved. In fact there are more expenses on the horizon (the truck needs new tires, and other large expenses we simply can't afford because our debt is too high in our credit card right now to do spend a lot. We are trying to stretch the tires out for the summer).

I did have good sales for April, but then again, I won't see any royalties until my debt of $50/book is all paid to publisher through those sales. So, in May, nothing that I can say any thing important happened, and we're now at the end of the month. Nothing too spectacular, and it really has nothing to do with me, just Dennis getting more hours and better pay. We don't know if he will have this job permanently. Dennis doesn't really know if he can do the job for very long, as it requires much.

Well, gentle readers, that wasn't the end of Tara's contacting me. She, of course wanted to entice me to get a more deeper reading, and could guaratee she could give me numbers to play in the lottery. I don't play the lottery, I think it's a waste of money, in fact. I do play Publisher's Clearing House because it only costs me a stamp (nope, I don't buy anything from them. I've played this stupid thing for 20 years and have never won a thing, but I keep entering it because I figure I might get lucky some day).

I wasn't yet ready to give Tara the heave-ho. Especially when I got this next one. She always leads you in. It's quite interesting what she says here.

"I will show you how you can avoid events that could turn out to be negative for you." 

I'm not sure how that can be done, but anyone wanting to charge for a reading will tell you just about anything to keep you worried. I'm not a fool. I'm not gullible. Like Twain I don't have much faith in anything these days. The sun will rise and set, people are born, they die. In between you've gotta figure out how to live on this Earth the best way you can. I've been through a lot in my 60+ years. I believe we're either on the up-swing, or we're not.

Of course, I kept getting emails from "Tara". In the next one she had this at the top of her reading.
Lorelei, something really
intriguing has just happened for you

Well, how could I resist this? So, I read on. She tells me she did a "free-association" session in order to find out more about my future and "something amazing happened."

Oh... I bet it did, Tara honey.

You should know that a very special and fortunate event is secretely being prepared for you on your astral plane.

It concerns the actualization of one 
of your most cherished dreams, which should come true before your very eyes, possible within a month.

Well, at the moment, I'm not sure which of those "cherished dreams" this would be, but whatever.

She went on to say while she was holding her pen in her hand, "I felt a powerful current of energy running through me from head to foot and I immediately entered into telepathic contact with a powerful positive force, whic took control of my hand and wote this:
Your name: Lorelei
A number: $7700
And a date: June 16, 2015.

Well, $7700, could be only $77.00, for all I know. And please note, now we have a new date of June 16. 

I have to tell you that the contact was incredible.

This force talked to me about your difficult situation, and told me that you’re having serious problems. That you struggle with seemingly unsolvable problems every day. That nothing is easy for you.

That only confirmed what I first felt about you. But I also know that things can work out for you much faster than you think.

Because this positive force also told me that your chances of benefiting (in the coming weeks) from 
an extraordinary financial opportunity that will also have a positive effect on your emotional life are much higher than average.

It also confirmed the fact that 
you have an abnormal blockage (caused by a harmful and negative influence acting on you and on your home for some time now) which makes you vulnerable and defenseless against bad luck. It informed me that you don’t have sufficient protection, capable of confronting these harmful influences which are responsible for all the bad luck in your life.
There is a high risk that these negative vibrations in your environment
will gain the upper hand, blinding you and removing any chance of finding a solution.
Don’t take this lightly!
It’s important for you to take this harmful influence seriously, and act as quickly as possible. And there’s an excellent reason for that.
You have to act because there is a large jackpot waiting for youLorelei.
A large financial gain 
is at stake that should happen for you in the coming weeks. I can tell you what to do, which games to play, and when.

I'm letting you see what she actually wrote. You can see that she has given me the good news ("an extraordinary financial opportunity"), and then gave me the bad news: "There is a high risk that these negative vibrations in  your environment will gain the upper hand, blinding you and removing any chance of finding a solution."

Don’t take this lightly!
It’s important for you to take this harmful influence seriously, and act as quickly as possible. And there’s an excellent reason for that.

You have to act because there is a large jackpot waiting for youLorelei.
A large financial gain 
is at stake that should happen for you in the coming weeks. I can tell you what to do, which games to play, and when.
Well, that does it, dang it! I need to hire this medium. NOT!

She says with urgency that she must do important work and I note that the price has gone down from $139 to just $49. I would wager that once she does this--were I to pay her--she would come up with something more in her reads and require more money. I would think she'd find new ways of trying to worry me about my future and say that she's the only one who can do this work. She did some sort of long-distance charm/spell of protection. Oh, and once she told me to hold a lit match and say some gobbly-gook three times fast. I have to admit, I didn't have a match, and after thinking about it, the lit match would have burned my fingers before I got it all out.

I let these emails go on for a while. I merely wanted to see what more she would say to me, and what new ways she'd try and coerce me into paying for some read I didn't want. Even though there is a money-back guarantee. Yeah. Right.

In the last one she began doing this numerology thing and claimed these dates, which she chose, by the way, all added up to 7. And said that whenever the # 7 shows up in a read three times it's really lucky. Huh. I've never read that. I happen to own a numerology book, and in order to calculate a correct number for a lucky day, or month, you have to use your birth date, the month, and so on. It's complicated. My actual individual number for June isn't 7, but 6. But I digress...

She said she did a few more "free" charms for me, trying to persuade me with the same words basically as before, and the same dates, saying those dates were coming closer and that I needed her to help me. I still didn't bite. In the latest one she asked why I was silent, and didn't respond to her emails. So, I thought I'd better email her back and tell her I had no intention of paying for any further reading. And, just in case, was polite. I won't lie to you, there are those who do have potential for directing good and bad power at you. I didn't want that to happen.

At any rate, this was a distraction for me to see how much she'd say and what. I found it interesting that she moved the date up for when something would happen. Her last email said my "dates were set". Well, if I win, or get a check (she said in a yellow envelope), in the mail at some point in May for $7700--wherever you put the period or comma--I'll let you know. It would be my luck it would be $7.70

You know how when you go to the doctor and he gives you his diagnosis and you're like "Riiiiight" You want to go and see another doctor to see what they say. I went and found my horoscope, first for the month of May:  
May is complicated, dear Virgo, and in many ways can be considered a month of making adjustments. The Full Moon on the 3rd can bring a scurry of activity as you race to meet deadlines, run errands, and take care of paperwork. This month can involve complications and misunderstandings on the job, and difficulties juggling a full schedule.

I then checked it out of for the year ahead. It was interesting, but not surprising, it said that August was the time when things would kick in, not May, or June. It called this year a "karmic balancing act". Which, in a way, this is already happening, but in a molasses slow way. My ruling planet, Mercury "will retrograde through each of the Air signs, this year, giving you intellectual wisdom and greater insight into the art of communication." This horoscope read was more down to earth, suggesting this year is merely the "launch pad" for bigger plans.

Odd coincidence--if you believe in them. After shopping and my husband balanced the check book the balance was $777.25. Not that this was gained through anything, it was just what was left over in checking after many expenses. 

So, what's in your future? Do you want to know? Would you pay a psychic to find out? There's actually one I could go to in town and for $10 she'd give me a read. Wouldn't that be fun?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Afton: A New Beginning

It was a busy day for the both of us. Having the day off, I did laundry and got to a couple of things that needed my attention in the house. And then I went outside and used weed killer on things that just won't go away by pulling them up. I then worked on my new garden along side the garage. Like I need more to do. Right?

My husband, Dennis, was taking care of the clutter around the shop and the large shed. He has been moving equipment out of the area--things I can't even tell you what they were for at one time. One was a "cherry picker", another had been used to burn things, and it was on wheels...

Anyway, he was doing his thing all day, like me. He even got out other equipment, like electric chain saw--oh, boy does he like that thing. He worked on clearing out an large honeysuckle bush, and cleaned an area of junk and now there is a picnic table underneath the large maple tree, and you can see the wetlands from the shop, now. You couldn't do that before.

More needs to be done, but little by little he's getting things cleaned up around here. The old boss is gone and he's taken over. I think anyone who hasn't been here in a while will probably be surprised by the change.

If I ever get caught up on things inside and out, I'll be surprised. But there's always the moment, in the evening, after my hot bubble bath, and before dinner when I can walk out to the edge of the property and look out at the wetlands, listen to the constant sounds of geese, and the twittering of birds. An Oriole has been flitting from one tree to another. I think he likes it here.

I'll leave you with a picture of the wetlands with a certain haze in the morning. The photographer, Tom Robins, captures a bit of the serenity I experience here, and no where would I rather be on Memorial Day Weekend, when every one's out on the road trying to get somewhere.

I'm already there.  Have a good weekend everyone!

Saturday, May 16, 2015


A couple of weeks ago we learned that the supervisor of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve (Where we live and Dennis works for summer), was retiring. His name is Buck. He told Dennis only a few days before he was going to be gone and out of there. Which gave Dennis no chance to find things out from him, and every time Dennis asked, he'd tell him he didn't have time. Butt-hole. He had planned it that way, we figured. There's more. I'll get to that in a bit here.

View from observation deck at highest point in our park. The trail in center of picture
is a footpath up the hill. I often take it when I go out on a long walk.
There are many miles of trails in our over 300 acre park. Catch & release fishing, lots of
bird and wildlife watching opportunities.
I was sick with a bad cold a few weeks ago, and then last weekend my phone line (which is how I get to do this) had a problem, and they had to come out and fix it (usually it's mice chewing on the wires, and I call them and they come out--eventually). I've been back, but busy. Busy, busy, busy.

Spring is usually when I get into my gardens, so I'm outside a lot. It's also a fickle time with rain/storms, etc. Which has been the case, but I've managed to work up a sweat shoveling wood chips from a pile, loading it into a wheel barrel, and hauling it about 50 yards into my new woodland passage. I did five loads on Thursday. I had to quit. My back isn't the best these days.

I began pruning things way back in March, and now things are greening up. Deer roam through our yard, and this woods, as we live smack dab in the middle of the forest preserve where my husband is employed. He's had this part time job for 20 years. He kept hoping he'd get a full-time permanent job. But it would seem that Buck was the negative force behind keeping Dennis from advancing. Probably telling the superintendent that he wasn't capable, or whatever, of doing certain things. He wouldn't show him certain aspects of the job! Like he worried that Dennis would be better at it or something (yeah. He would be, I expect) About the only other thing besides mowing, and pruning (oh, and cleaning outhouses and garbage), was also he could plow in the winter. I won't go into more, because there's just too much to mention here. But here's what happened...

Well, when Buck retired, that put the guy who had the full-time position into his vacated position. Then, we got an email (I did, Dennis doesn't do computers), from the superintendent, Terry, asking if Dennis was interested in this full-time position. Well, HELL YEAH! (I didn't say that, but in a more dignified way I said he was, and for him to have a dialogue with Dennis, and that Buck hadn't told him until a couple of days prior that he was leaving. (the butt-hole)

And the day came.,,

Once Buck vacated the premises, Dennis went out to claim/clean out/ organize the shop (which is on the same property as our house). I remember that day his saying to me he wouldn't go out there on Friday, which was the day after Buck left. I said, "Yes you will. It's like a dog going and marking his territory." Yes. He did go out there and worked on some cleaning and rearranging and so forth. Funny thing. He could not find a 1/2" wrench. Not in there or in his own tool box. Weird.

That next Monday, Dennis went to take in his time card (how he gets paid), and spoke to Terry, the superintendent. I think it was the most important meeting he's ever had with Terry, aside from 21 years ago when he went in to apply for this job at Afton. They agreed on a lot of areas, I think Terry had no idea what Dennis wanted to do out here, and that day, I think he found out Dennis had the same vision as he did.

Anyway, Terry gave him full-time hours (he only had 32 before), and has a chance to get this permanently, and I'm crossing my toes and fingers he does. He says he won't be upset if he doesn't get it, but I think he would be. I know I would be.

It's been two weeks and Dennis has been learning how to do things on his own because he wasn't shown squat. The man who retired, we know, was a very negative force, I do believe his leaving has changed everything. He called the mower place to pick up his mower to get fixed. He got a huge 72" deck mower, and the ride is wonderful, he says. The superintendent ordered another new mower, not quite that large, for the other man who works out here. Nice to get things you need.

We've also given Terry a list of things we have needed fixed on the house for a while. The front door is original one in this house (1906). We can't use it. Stupid, isn't it? We've asked for a new door for YEARS!. We had to always go through Buck for everything. At least we got a nice new kitchen, a few years back.

What I've been up to

Lately, I've been going through all my crafts from 1997/98. I've got a butt load of Christmas pins, ornaments, a number of painted Coke bottles, and Mason jars. Let me tell you, when I introduced the painted Coke bottles, at first they didn't move. Then, they went out the door. I got orders for them, certain things someone wanted painted. One woman wanted one for every month. I charged $6.00 for them.

I do have a degree in art, I've always dabbled in different things when it came to that. I can paint, I can work in clay (little snowmen are cute!) Anyway, I want to try my hand at carving wood, see if I've got the knack for that. You never know what I might try next.

I've nearly got my inventory done. I had to interrupt it all to clean upstairs, as it was rather dusty. We don't use the upstairs for anything but storage, so it wasn't a place we went to often. I'm now working up there. Not sure how long, as I'll need to have the a.c. up there, and then a few things moved around, a window fixed and so on.

I'm going to first have to find a store that will take my crafts. I don't want to make anything new, right now. I want to wait and see if these things are still popular, if people buy them. Oh, and I can earn money in order to restock my supplies. Paint and such.

Both of us are feeling this change in the air. Dennis has a new man working under his supervision. He guesses Dale is about his age, or maybe a bit younger. He's a retired UPS driver--very punctual. He's quite nice, and they seem to get along. Plus, the guy is a good worker. That's what matters. Dennis wants to get off the mower a little more, give Dale more mowing, if he wants, and sounds like the guy is gun-ho.

So, that's my news for time being. I'll try and post something in here weekly. I'm working 3 days a week, but it's 6 hours, and if the weather is good when I get home, I go to work on my gardens.

Hope your week goes well.

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