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5/1/20 1:01 A

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

Julie, thanks for the thought on the duality in my life; having feedback from a separate pair of eyes is helpful. And poor Pepper - oh my, that poor doggie. She must have been just miserable. She certainly was fortunate you were so observant of her behavior and had her cared for. It's also good that you found a vet who did not make you wait multiple hours or even days. I understand your observation about the Temperance card being appropriate for your life today. I'm sending extra good energy to all of you, especially Pepper.

On another note, it must have been a relief to "just" have heavy rain and not severe thunderstorms rumbling through your area. The weather-casters here are warning of similar weather here, but after growing up in Ohio I'll tell you these folks do not know what a real thunderstorm is; they get one or two tiny rumbles and shiver in their shoes.

Today was quiet here. I spent a lot of time on Ancestry, mostly sorting through new DNA arrivals for my daughter, grandson, granddaughter, and myself. Nothing really new there. Tonight there was a single new episode of the Millionaire program - they should have had me as a phone-a-friend lifeline: I knew the answer to the $250,000 question but the guy on the program didn't. It wasn't that I was so smart - just that I was so old. It had to do with a 1961 movie and the guy on TV probably hadn't even been born yet. It had to do with the movie West Side Story.

Anyway, there's no other news here, so I'll go finish my Spark postings and then make some chamomile tea to calm my head for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a Fabulous Friday!


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4/30/20 9:04 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I can see some duality in the deer occurrence as you overcame fear of confrontation (and traffic!) to protect the wildlife... I'm really proud of you for taking that on! Talk about good karma.

The vet did an x-ray and found that Pepper had some large bladder stones, enough so that he recommended immediate surgery. I learned that this is a common thing for dogs, most often hereditary, and usually without symptoms until quite advanced. The surgery went well and Pepper was able to come home last night. Thank the universe that Hubster was home to help! She is recovering rapidly and seems to be enjoying all the extra attention. Temperance seems to be entirely appropriate for today's tarot card!

We were supposed to have severe thunderstorms yesterday, but only had moderately heavy rain, so that was good. Today is colder and will be cloudy/rainy again, so I'm glad we don't have anywhere to go. The plan today is to take turns being lap-beds for Pepper and trying not to overeat.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Thursday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, thank you for doing the Tarot draw. Today didn't seem to be a day of too much duality, except this afternoon I'm trying to get my Spark posts finished and the phone keeps ringing to interrupt me. I'm really sorry to hear that Pepper is having UTI symptoms again. I hope the vet was able to find something to relieve the problem. At least the pest control guy will help you be assured that Pepper wasn't eating some critter that shouldn't be in your home.

Our day has been reasonably quiet. Hubby got a phone call that the neuro-surgeon is starting to do elective procedures again, so they called to schedule his next cortisone shot in his back. So that is scheduled for May 7, the day of the Full Moon. But he has to be tested for this COVID-19 virus and that has been set up for him for May 5th. So I guess life is beginning to return to at least some form of normality.

Then we had another event that I'm excited to share. We have a number of deer that live in our area. We seldom see them since we live a little outside their habitat. Today when I walked down the drive to get the mail I saw two deer behind the house along the road. I took a second to stop and look and then went on across the street and got the mail, then crossed back. The lady who lives in the house was outside and I went to ask if she had seen the deer in her yard. She had - and she said there were actually 3 deer back there. About that time one of the deer emerged down the drive toward the street, carefully looking to cross. There were no cars coming on our side but there was a string of traffic coming the other way. The first 4 cars were close together, and then in the break I stepped into the middle of the road and flagged down the next car and started talking to the deer to come across, that I had the cars waiting for her. Mama deer saw the cars stop and carefully tiptoed across the road. As she got almost across the second one came out and I talked to it as it slowly crossed. The car wanted to go then but we knew there was another one and it only took a couple seconds for it to emerge. So I was waving the cars to stop with one arm and waving at the deer (and talking to it) to urge it across, which it did. Then I waved the cars through (5 or 6 by now) and everybody was smiling, nobody was mad at the delay. Now don't ask me how I had the audacity to stand out in the street and direct traffic but it worked and it really made my day.

Tonight we will have a TV semi-marathon of the old Who Wants To Be A Millionaire program - 3 consecutive hours. It's all celebrities and they are raising money for charity. Sometimes we get annoyed at some of the silliness but we are somewhat nerd-ish and like the mental challenges. Of course they are on quite late and I didn't want to try to finish my Spark postings after they were finished, hence the early post. So now I'm off to make dinner and get ready for the evening's mental adventures.

Best wishes to everyone for a great night's sleep. I hope you have a terrific day on Thursday.


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4/29/20 8:47 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you were able to share that time with your daughter. Happy to hear that the grand-dogs will be visiting, too!

The husband is still at home. We didn't get much done yesterday, but I did use my creative abilities to cook some interesting and less fattening food for us. We have both been packing on the pounds with the stay-at-home stress. Today Himself will be taking Pepper to the vet as she started having UTI symptoms again. The pest control guy is supposed to come today, too. Everyone has precautionary procedures in place, so hopefully all this interaction goes well. I think today's card about duality is certainly appropriate: interaction vs. isolation, comfort food vs. portion control, and lethargy vs. industry are my main struggles lately. I think the hubster is having similar issues, so we will discuss this when he gets back from the vet. We did resolve to stay out of our recliners for the majority of the day, so there's a start.

Wishing everyone a day of painless conflict resolution!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, it sounds as thought you had a peaceful Monday and I hope your Tuesday worked well for you, regardless of whether your husband got work or not.

Our day was sunny and lovely, about 70 degrees. My big accomplishment was grocery shopping. I sat down at my computer about 9:00 p.m. local time to get into my usual Sparking routine. At that point my daughter called; I think she needed some "Mommy time" and also asked us if we could keep her dogs for a few weeks while she sells her house and moves. Of course. We love dogs and will manage the routines with them. 2 hours and 12 minutes later (according to the phone) she was finally ready to hang up. Then I had to get nighttime supplements for Hubby and myself, so here it is, nearly midnight. So kindly forgive the short notes. At least I got some other thoughts put down for you with the Tarot card this morning.

I hope all of you on the Team sleep well tonight. Best wishes for a wonderful Wednesday.


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4/28/20 12:05 P

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Just a quick couple thoughts on your Tarot Card draw of the Queen of Pentacles. First, that certainly symbolizes you putting your sewing talents to work. Second, several years ago I was at a psychic fair in the Denver area where we were living. The lady I was consulting pulled cards on various topics as we talked, and regarding my adult daughter she pulled the Queen of Pentacles, describing it as a special person with incredible multiple talents. So incredibly apt for my daughter! It triggers a surge of extra good energy for her every time I hear of it, so she has benefited today too. Thank you for giving my day (and now hers) a wonderful start. And of course the energy now goes to you as well.

More later.

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4/28/20 8:02 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you enjoyed your quiet day, and hope the soreness has left you!

We didn't get out any farther than the back yard yesterday. It was rather chilly and breezy. The ground didn't dry out very well, not surprising after 4 days of rain. We figured the forest paths would be soggy and slippery. It's supposed to be warmer today, so we'll see what happens.

Wishing everyone a safe and productiveTuesday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday!

Julie, the sunshine coming out after gloomy and/or rainy days is always a great mood booster. I'm glad to hear you are getting all those UV rays again. You are fortunate that you have a nice park to walk in with Pepper, too.

I looked at your blog and the quilt squares earlier - my goodness what a lot of work! I like the new colors much better; it's interesting how those brighter hues reflect your improved mental set as well. I didn't realize how big those squares were, thinking more around 3" or 4". The fabric patterns must show up better with the larger squares. That quilt will really be spectacular when you get it finished.

We had another lovely day with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. I was sore, as expected, but I did finally get all those pots and pans cleaned up. I ran the dishwasher last night too and put those clean items away as well. Seeing it all cleaned up was almost scary! Now about the floor - well, we won't go there today. The trash and recycling all got put into the bins and taken out to the street for pick up tomorrow morning too. Otherwise, our day was quiet - no phone calls, no visitors, and the only piece of mail was a book that Hubby had ordered.

On that peaceful note I'll close here and move on to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific day on Tuesday.



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4/27/20 8:37 A

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Good morning!

Carol, thanks for the good thoughts and energy! Fun fact: years ago, clover was preferred over grasses for lawns. It's soft, has pretty flowers, and requires little mowing.

I am feeling much better today. It doesn't hurt that the sun is out for a change. If the ground dries up enough, I may talk the husband into going to the park for a long walk. The open areas and trails in the state parks are open during the day now after weeks of being closed. If by some miracle, he gets some work, I might just go down to the greenbelt for a walk with Pepper.

I did a blog post with the before and after quilt block photos, if anyone is interested:

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Sunday.

Julie, I'm sorry you have been having such a difficult time coping these last few weeks. I think all the fears and angst of our society have started to permeate the air around us and everything about life seems more difficult even if it isn't really much different from the previous weeks. I wonder if you were getting more social relief from your D&D group than you realized; it has been quite a while since you all have been able to gather together. Let's face it - life hasn't been much fun lately. I'm glad you were able to vent to your husband and that you ended up getting some relief at that point. I noted May 6 in my New Moon reading as a turning point: I sure hope that is right.

Today was our beautiful sunny day. After lunch I mowed the lawn (about 30-40 minutes) and then started digging out dandelions, thistles, and TONS of clover that actually grows in huge patches in the front yard. After more than 3 hours on my hands and knees I only had about half of it dug out. After dinner I watched TV with Hubby, including the 2 hour series finale of God Friended Me. We really have enjoyed that program and were sad to see it go. Then we watched The Rookie. Suddenly it was 11:00 and no Spark posts done - and those old pots and pans still haven't been washed. (They have been rinsed so they don't smell or attract bugs.) This washing dishes distaste really must go back to a past life. Oh well.

On that note I'll go finish my Spark posts and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.



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4/26/20 8:52 A

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Good morning!

Thank you for the thought energy, Carol! I hope your activities will find less interruption today!

Yesterday started for me with a lot of angst, resentment, and irritation that have been building up for the past few weeks. While driving to the supermarket with the husband in the afternoon, I took the opportunity to have a good rant. It was cathartic enough that I was able to enjoy the rest of the day and more fairly appreciate the benevolent presence of my mate. I didn't get the full impact of this little triumph until today's tarot draw. In retrospect, I believe the wheel of fortune was about awful stuff in the news, the king of swords was my logical reaction, and death is about rediscovering good feelings.

Going forward from there, we're having pizza for breakfast and enjoying happy activities the rest of the day.

Wishing everyone a serene Sunday!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, I'm sorry to hear that your husband's work has slowed down so much, though I gather it's probably to be expected with the current social circumstances. I'm happy to hear you are ready to weather the storm for awhile; good thoughts coming your way that things smooth out soon. Also extra good thoughts for patience during that time; those of us who need our periodic alone time really do struggle with this 24/7 togetherness.

Thank you for the thoughts about managing my hair. Right now it is too long for the way I have it styled and too short (and stubborn) to stay in place in any other arrangement, even with mousse and other styling products. It won't hold barrettes or clips or stay in a hairband - at least not yet. I'll have to let it grow some more - in that horribly awkward in-between stage - and then I can try some of these ideas. Of course, my dream is that by then the shops will be open and I can have it cut back again!

Meanwhile, I join you in the frustration over the events in the news. I keep going back to my astrology lessons, that our world is in a period of inevitable change, that getting rid of the old ways is necessary so we can start fresh with new ones. It's like a mantra and sometimes the only thing that gets me through a day.

Our weather today vacillated several times between pouring rain and bright sunshine. I cleaned up the moss in the back yard again and tried to get to the pots and pans that I had soaking in the kitchen. Every time I tried to start - last time, I even got my jewelry off and my long sleeves rolled up - my husband found a way to break up my time. So here I am on Spark and the dishes are still waiting. Maybe tomorrow . . . .

On that note I'll close and wish everyone a spectacular Sunday.


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4/25/20 10:07 A

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Good morning!

Misty, nice to see you back! There do seem to be a lot of coincidences in your family history.

Carol, as your hair grows out, you can try out barrettes and hairbands and such. It can be fun!

I didn't find anything particularly surprising about yesterday. Maybe that unexpected change will come today.

The husband's work is very, very slow. They had only 3 loads going out for the 22 drivers waiting for one. He will probably be home for a while. Thankfully, he has a few weeks of vacation coming, so maybe we can keep up with the bills without tapping our savings.

I'm losing my religion every time I hear or read the news. I'm considering adding insulation to the isolation.

I've been making over some of the Wild Women quilt blocks. It's tedious work, but keeps me out of trouble. I'll do a blog post with before & after photos in a couple of days if anyone wants to see. Other than that, it's same old same old here.

Wishing everyone a day of wonderment!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Misty, it's good to see you back again but I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your grandparents, even if you were not close to them. Losing part of a generation is always a reminder to us that we are getting older too. I'm sorry you are at high risk for this COVID-19 disease. Please do take extra good care of yourself. I'm glad you found the reading useful.

Julie, I understand about messages and posts that somehow just don't get posted or that disappear for no reason. Computer gremlins are everywhere! It's good that you were able to get some time to yourself, even if it was only a short time. Hopefully he will get more work soon. I will be interested to know if you got the surprise promised by the daily card draw.

We had a quiet day here, although Hubby did take his car and drive up to the hardware store at the end of the street. He wore his mask, of course. I worked in the yard - again - for awhile. I also watered indoor plants and cleaned up some clutter, so just a lazy day all the way around. I must confess the hardest part of this whole isolation business is not being able to get my hair cut. Due to various life issues over the years, I have a strong association of long hair with being unhappy and having my life out of my control. Getting it cut is associated with being the person I want to be and that I have focused on for many years. I just don't dare tell my husband as I'm sure he would be more than happy to help chop it all off! No thanks - I'll wait until the professionals are available to do it!

On that happy note, I send best wishes to everyone for a great day on Saturday.


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4/24/20 9:30 P

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Western Sage,

Your reading is spot on for me. I hope all gets better here soon for all of us.

Julie,

I know of course of your being alone pain, there is never enough of it.

Since I left the group last year, my grandparents have passed on, my grandfather on 12/30/2019 and my grandmother on 1/11/20. For this time, I am glad they are gone. But I do have my doubts about their passing. I have a feeling that either my mother is the reason they passed, covid being the reason, or both (with my mother being a carrier).

I am lucky to still be working, but wish I wasn't since I am high risk and live in a high risk building. To get a letter stating from my doc that I shouldn't be working would be harder to get than getting my wisdom teeth cut out (which has been put on hold due to the pandemic).

It is funny that my great-grandmother lived through the Spanish flu pandemic and TB and her grandkid's (including great and great great) are living through another. I hope we all make it through this.

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Good morning!

I wrote a post yesterday and somehow didn't post it. Anyway, thank you Carol, for the wonderful New Moon reading. There was a lot to think about in there! Thanks also to Evie for starting the challenge and tarot thread. I didn't do too well with mindful eating yesterday, but at least have started the process of learning!

The husband got some work yesterday, so I had a good part of the day to myself. He is already on his way home, so less alone time than I had hoped. At least I'm partially recharged. Not much else going on here. Looking forward to the surprise promised in today's card draw.

Wishing everyone a fun Friday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a great Thursday.

Julie, I trust you have had a wonderful day, either enjoying it with your husband or enjoying your peaceful solitude if he has gone back on the road.

Evie, hopefully you have had a fulfilling day.

This morning I had a long chat with one of my astrology friends. We commiserated on having our annual Seattle conference canceled this year. We understand we will be having a "virtual" conference this year; it will be interesting to see how that works out. But it won't be the same as being able to spontaneously sit down and chat face to face with people we haven't seen since the last year's conference. My daughter (see the picture on my Spark page) called today to let us know she was accepted for a master's degree program in non-profit organization management. She's an ambitious lady and I'm really happy for her. Hubby and I continued our home isolation; I broke up the monotony by going out into the back yard to clean up clods of moss (a never-ending job here) and pull more weeds as we didn't have the rain showers today. Another week shot in the behind.

So now I will go finish my Spark postings and make a cup of chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday.


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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Evelyn, your Tarot Pulling thread is great. I read it and commented there and look forward to seeing it as the days go on. Now on another note, I can understand you wanting to do things without anyone watching. I am that way about many things too, but with 3 years of cancer battles and now the Covid-19 virus stuff, he's here nearly 24/7. Congrats on finding those times for yourself. I guess it's a small world too. My grand-daughter lives in Aloha but I'm sure it's changed since your parents lived there. We are in St. Helens, along Highway 30 as one drives up that way to get to Astoria. Astoria is an interesting town. I hope to get up there some day just to look around instead of just drive through. And congratulations on getting in the daily exercise. I wouldn't worry about the scales not budging yet. Spark had a good article on the details not too long ago but the essence was that it is normal as your body is adjusting to the movement. Hang in there!

Julie, thanks for the good words for my husband. You and your husband are fortunate to have separate areas where you can retreat to pursue your respective hobbies. I'm sure he will get work again soon.

We woke to a cool and rainy day, though there were breaks when I was able to get out and clean up moss and twigs from the back yard. I had my phone appointment with the sleep clinic to get my Medicare payments for my cpap machine recertified for another year. The complications with the transcripts from the computer chip continued as the only info sent to the doctor's office was for March and April of 2019. They suggested a convoluted process of transferring chips from one place to the next; I just quietly agreed for the moment. The rest of the chat was lovely and there was no problem with the recertification. After we got off I called the cpap company and talked to their computer guy who agreed with me that the person who sent the first transcript to the doctor's office had simply neglected to include the year when specifying the dates of the information to send. He will take care of it. I was pleased that my old computer skills were not as rusty as they might have been.

I will post the New Moon Reading below. I hope some of you find it useful.

There's no other real news here. I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to every one for a terrific Thursday.
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TAURUS NEW MOON April 22-23, 2020

The Taurus New Moon will reach its fullness on April 22, 2020 at 7:25 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time; on April 22, 2020 at 10:25 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time; and on April 23, 2020 at 2:25 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

The pattern of this chart repeats the overall pattern of the Aries New Moon from a month ago: all the major planets and asteroids are clustered in one half of the chart, encapsulated between the North and South Nodes of the Moon, like sediment at the bottom of a bucket. Sitting opposite the fire groupings is Juno, the asteroid of faithful marriage and partnerships; she is in peace-loving Libra but struggling to help the worldly situation because she is in a retrograde position. At the last Full Moon she was joined by the nurturing and emotional moon, which helped bring some compassion to the masses, but now the moon is gone. In some ways it may seem and feel as though not much has changed from the New Moon of a month ago (March 24 to be exact). But appearances can be deceiving.

The Sun and Moon have moved from their impatient, high-energy Aries position and are now nestled together at 3 degrees of earthy Taurus, who desires security, peace and harmony above all. Our society reflects this as it aches to shed the restrictions that have been placed on so many of us because of the explosion of the Covid-19 virus. What divides us as a society is the definition of peaceful and secure. For many people it means an environment in which we can move about freely without worrying about a new virus lurking everywhere and threatening to destroy their physical health. For others it means the security of a steady income so they can put a roof above themselves and food on their tables. The two definitions seem to be at odds on the practical level but their motivation is the same.

When and how will things change? The Universe will give us a few hints really soon.

On April 21st the sun (personal will of the people), moving into Taurus was exactly square (challenging) Saturn (governmental structures) in forward-looking Aquarius. Both are fixed signs, not willing to compromise and may have appeared to be digging in their heels. But the good news is that this point is now behind us, and having postured their public stands, individuals will start looking for ways to break the impasse. The larger social changes being directed by Pluto and Jupiter are in Capricorn, another pragmatic earth sign along with Taurus. Look for more progress on cooperation and bringing resolution to both sides of the issue as time goes along.

The moon is still moving quickly through energetic Aries, so watch for high emotional responses of all kinds (public, private, and family) during the hours around the New Moon exactitude on April 23.

Mercury, planet of communication and movement, is in a hurry these days; it normally clears one degree of space each day, but at the moment it is clearing two. By April 24 it will directly impact Eris, the dwarf planet of chaos and the need for group inclusion. It will also challenge explosive Pluto and magnifying Jupiter for a couple more days. During this time, expect announcements from government officials and marches by the masses to increase and perhaps take more violent turns.

The sun moves about one degree each day, which will put it on top of explosive Uranus that sits at 6 degrees of Taurus on April 26. Expect conflicts to intensify as people at all levels act on their demands to live life s they see fit, whichever side of the conflicts they are on. And expect break-throughs. As always, allow a day or two on each side to see the full range of these effects.

One other shift is coming and may signal the way forward for us: the North Nodes of the Moon, the indicators of the lessons where we should be focusing our attention, run on about an 18 month cycle. They will be shifting from emotional and compassionate Cancer into more verbal and less focused Gemini on May 6 just as we approach the Full Moon on the 7th. At the same time the opposing South Nodes, indicators of our history on the subject as well as both the strengths and the baggage we bring from our past, will move from Cancer into Sagittarius. The Nodes will stay in these new signs until January 2022, longer than usual. The entire tone of our world will change as our concerns become less personal and more ideological.

So what does that mean for us as individuals? And how should we be approaching our New Moon intents for this upcoming phase? The strong earth components of the current chart suggest we focus on completing the practical matters at hand and the things over which we have control. Clean and/or redecorate our homes, plant our seeds and plantlets, finish our taxes, make long term budgets, or finish long-term projects and repairs, for example. We need to be thinking about what we need to do to complete the journey we have been on for the last several months. The Full Moon on May 7 will bring us to the acme of this New Moon cycle and also gives us peeks at how to adjust our goals and bearings to accommodate new directions of focus for the next several months. We all know life is changing; we just may be amazed at how big those changes might be.
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I am enjoying a few hours to myself. My husband went grocery shopping alone this time. I like being able to do yoga without anyone watching me. I agree with you, Julie. Some time alone in our respective hobby areas is good for us. We both like to cook so I have to be careful to not butt heads over kitchen-area projects.

Carol, I grew up in Oregon. My father was a school-teacher in the small towns of Gold Beach and Ophir in the 60s when I was born. We later moved to Aloha, then Grand Ronde. They have lived in Astoria for the past 30 years now.

I was really 'good' last week--exercised every day, watched what I ate and the scales did not budge. While I was hoping for a one pound a week weight-loss, I might have to settle for a half-pound. I will take it! emoticon



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4/22/20 10:58 A

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Good morning!

Evelyn, I'll be looking at the new content shortly... really relishing the prospect of a challenge!

Carol, I'm so glad you got good news from the doctor and had such a safe shopping excursion!

The husband is still at home. We're getting along so far, but I really need a day or two to myself and I'm pretty sure he's feeling the same way. We'll probably spend a good deal of today in our respective hobby areas and hope he gets some work tomorrow.

Wishing everyone a bright, sunshiny day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday!

Evelyn, thanks for adding the the challenge, and I also saw your note about adding a tarot reading; I'll be looking for it.

Julie, I'm glad to hear Pepper seems to be doing better and may not need any vet care. You were certainly wise to avoid that veterinary office that was crowding people together for long periods of time. Perhaps the Universe was giving you a heads-up about that vet so you will have time to find a different one in case Pepper need vet care again. I also understand the balance you and your husband seem to strike with the independent time and the together time; it's really great that you have found a way to make your marriage work so well. Didn't you just have a 20th anniversary not too long ago? Three cheers to both of you!

We really had a lovely day. There was very little traffic on the highway and the river highway and the pass were filled with all sorts of blooming trees - mostly various greens, but also some pinks, reds, and whites as well. I was not allowed to go into the doctor's office, and patients had to wait in the hallway until 5 minutes before their appointments. It was all part of this distancing and not contaminating the doctor's office business. Anyway, the doctor was apparently pleased and extended the time to the next shot to 9 weeks. Our next stop was Costco; Hubby stayed in the car while I went in. The place certainly was not crowded, not even the parking lot. My last purchase was their famed hot dogs with light lemonade that we ate in the car. Next stop was Barnes & Noble, as the computer site said they were open. However, it turned out they were only opened for curbside pick up of phoned in or computer ordered sales, so we moved on to Freddy's, the grocery store, for our usual Tuesday shopping. Again, Hubby waited in the car and I shopped in the lightly-populated store. At least we felt as though we were not near enough to other people to contract any illnesses, and of course we wore our masks.

That's it for now, so I'll finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday. By the way, I'll have the New Moon reading posted tomorrow.


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4/21/20 2:13 P

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I have added a Mindful Eating Challenge and a new Team Goal. It seemed an appropriate challenge to tackle all of the stress-eating that I am sure many people are doing right now. I know that I have been!

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Good morning!

Evelyn, I'm up for a challenge! Anything that will get me out of the high-calorie, couch-loving habits I've been forming the past few weeks will be fine.

Carol, I think it's wise on your part to leave that little incident to the past.

I called the vet's office yesterday morning. They said we should come in the afternoon "because it's crazy busy right now, and it's at least a 2 hour wait". They are not making appointments, but letting people crowd into the little waiting room for first-come-first-serve, as usual. So we didn't go. Pepper hasn't had any symptoms since Saturday. If she starts having them again, I'll try to find a vet who is observing pandemic precautions.

The husband is still home, hoping to get some work today. I think we've had enough togetherness for a while.

Wishing everyone an interesting Tuesday!
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Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Evie, I appreciate your willingness to take the lead with some challenges. At the moment my life continues to have a lot of chaos and I can barely meet my own goals - sometimes - and doubt I would be able to sincerely commit to a challenge. But I cheer you on and if my life ever settles down maybe I'll take you up on one. If I did, it might be something along the lines of "preparing x number of meals within a certain calorie range" and post the recipes during each week or something similar. By the way, I appreciate the quotation you posted on the Team Wall. My daughter (photo on my Spark Page) has Wicca interests and I'll point it out to her. My own beliefs follow a similar spiritual line and I have a great appreciation for it as well.

Julie, people and pets are more important than the variations in the weather. I'm glad you had a good day with your husband and Pepper. Sunny days will come back soon enough. Hopefully the vet was able to help Pepper too. As far as the Ancestry project goes, putting together the new connections was easier than I expected and it led me to conclude that I had actually found the parents of my ex-son-in-law even though the links don't quite say so expressly. As I may or may not have mentioned, the family story is that this man was the product of an extra-marital affair while the mother's husband was in the military overseas. All the DNA connections lead back to the first lady in the DNA matches. In her comments about the father's family name I had, she said her sister had married one by that name but she had no connection with it. My guess is this lady had an affair with her sister's husband and there is no way that subject is going to be up for public discussion. So I am content to stop my pursuit of further information and let that sleeping dog lie.

We were back to pleasant sunshine today. I mowed the lawn and then dug out dandelions, clover, and thistle weeds. I had a nice chat with my neighbor lady again. We are expecting rain again starting on Tuesday afternoon so I wanted to get the work done. Tuesday I will be taking Hubby to the retinologist for his monthly check-up and shot in the eye. We will make careful stops at Costco, Barnes & Noble, and Fred Meyer (the grocery store) on the way home; Hubby will only go into the doctor's office and B&N. He will wait in the car while I go into Costco and Freddy's. We are both looking forward to getting out, including a lovely ride through Cornelius Pass.

On that happy note I will go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.


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4/20/20 6:21 P

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Good morning :)

I was thinking of posting some dietary or fitness challenges for the team. Is anyone interested in something particular or avoiding certain types of challenges?

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Good morning!

Carol, I hope the key to sorting out your tree will come to you. Walking away from it was probably the best thing to do.

We had another quiet day of TV and cooking and eating. It was a perfectly beautiful day, and I feel a little guilty about "wasting" the sunshine as we woke up to rain this morning. Pepper seems to be okay, just sleeping more than usual and had a couple of small pee accidents. She had the same thing a while back and a course of antibiotics cleared it right up. We don't know what caused it then. Maybe the vet can give us a clue this time.

Off to see what the day brings!

Wishing everyone a fine Monday!

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a spectacular Sunday.

Julie, it sounds as though you had a most relaxing weekend all the way around. I'm sorry to hear Pepper is having problems. Please keep us posted on how she is doing; I trust the vet will be able to give her something to clear it up. Do you have any idea what caused it to develop? Meanwhile, thanks for the good thoughts for my Hubby's cough. He does seem to be doing much better today, for which I am quite relieved.

We had a cooler day today, but dry. I spent most of the day working on my Ancestry project; early in the morning I figured out I had made a serious mistake when I started the project and then built a great tree on a wrong person at the base. So I took it back down, like taking apart a piece of knitting when you dropped a stitch in row 2, and started over. I made good progress but still can't work my way back to the key person I need. I'll let it sit for awhile and see if any hints show up. I spent way too much time sitting in my office today; I'll make up for it by mowing the lawn tomorrow as we are supposed to start having several days of rain beginning on Tuesday.

On that note I'll close, go finish my other Spark postings, and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.



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4/19/20 8:26 A

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Good morning!

Evelyn, welcome back! I'm also looking forward to getting to know you better.

Carol, I'm hoping with you that your husband's cough is just an allergy tickle! Sending good vibes your way.

The hubster and I had a very indulgent Saturday. He smoke-roasted that turkey and I made a big veggie casserole. We binged on episodes of The Sopranos (new to us) most of the day. Pepper is having UTI symptoms like she had a year or so ago. We have to watch her very carefully for "accidents" until the hubster can get her to the vet tomorrow. She doesn't seem to mind the extra attention.

Today will probably be all about board games, leftovers, and babying the dog.

Wishing everyone a special Saturday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Evie, it's a pleasure to have you joining the team and dropping into our chat line. I look forward to getting to know you better. I took a look at your Spark page - you have wonderful quotations on there. I hope you are surviving the recent virus restrictions without too much trauma. I live just northwest of Portland, just a couple hours away. You live in a beautiful area.

Julie, your new outfit is beautiful. I love the colors, and a square neckline has always been a favorite of mine. It sounds as though you got in some nature enjoyment with your gardening and grooming time with Pepper. It's good to hear your husband got home safely again too.

We woke up to predicted rain today, although a rainy day in the Portland area is nothing like rain elsewhere. It is primarily drizzle from individual clouds and non-rainy intervals as the clouds move on out. When they talk about measurable rain here they measure it in tenths of an inch, and sometimes even in hundredths! How can they measure that? I went to the local Safeway this morning to get the weekend newspapers and a couple other items. I spent the rest of the day doing newspaper puzzles,catching up on some Ancestry work I started yesterday (still trying to find former son-in-law's birth parents), and straightening up my office. No phone calls today, which was fine. I did step out into the back yard a couple times to keep up with picking up the clods of moss and small limbs that had fallen off the oak tree.

I'm a little concerned about my husband. He is developing a small cough, not a big serious one, just more like one he had several weeks ago before all the virus panic started. Since he has been out of the house considerably less than I have, and I seem to still be just fine, I am hoping this is part of his seasonal allergy adjustment. Please cross your fingers for us. Thanks.

On that note I'll move on to the rest of my Spark postings and then make my cup of chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a spectacular Sunday.


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Hello, from Seattle! My name is Evelyn.

I am taking a rest after going on a long walk with my husband and then working in the front yard for an hour. The day has been absolutely beautiful with the lilacs and bluebells in bloom all over the neighborhood.

I have been on SparkPeople since 2003 and I come back periodically when I need a 'refresher'. Needing to lose weight to help asthma and sleep apnea has brought me back this time. I am only 54 and would like to remain healthy and active as possible.

My husband of 3 years is a chef and I have gained 20 pounds since moving in with him. He has lost a little weight so I must be a good influence in some way!
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I am happy to be part of this group--thanks for having me!

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4/18/20 9:28 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm so glad you got to re-connect with your granddaughter! You are quite right that chores should take a back seat to family.

It may have been 70 degrees here yesterday, but there was some very chilly wind! I did get a few seeds in the dirt and brushed Pepper. The husband returned in the late afternoon and we ventured to the supermarket. I'm still shocked at how many people completely ignore the virus safety guidelines. I guess those 33,000+ deaths don't impress them. Oh, well, we managed to re-stock our supply of produce. I was down to 1 onion, a few stalks of limp celery, and a shriveling apple. They also had a bunch of fresh turkeys marked way way down. I guess they were left over from easter. Anyway, we got one which Himself will smoke-roast today. I finished my new outfit before he got home - photos below. It is a long tunic and skirt, and I'm looking forward to having someplace to wear it. (Yes, I'll wear it at home until then.)

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, your weather sounds perfect for getting outdoors and those pots sound like a great size. What else will you be putting in them besides cilantro? I'm glad you have that wonderful activity to absorb your time until your husband gets home.

We had beautiful weather again - temperatures in the low 70s. But the weather folks are telling us the highs tomorrow will be around 60 so we will be bad to chilly weather for awhile. I got up late and puttered around the house until lunch time. After lunch I was headed out the door to do yard work when the phone rang - it was my granddaughter. She has been so busy with her own life that we have not had time to "just talk" in several years. We made up for it today - about 2-1/2 hours chatting about everything under the sun. I have missed those close conversations and really enjoyed our time. Bless my patient husband - the housework and yardwork will just have to wait until tomorrow. I did pacify him with a pot of turkey chili for supper.

On that happy note I will go finish my other Spark postings and then make a cup of chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a super Saturday.



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4/17/20 11:02 A

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Good morning!

Carol, there is nothing wrong with napping. Just ask Pepper!
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I'm glad all went well with your outing and you had some fun with it!

It's quite a lovely day here, all blooms and greening and sunshine. The temperature is supposed to get up to 70 today, so maybe I'll get those seeds in. The back yard pots are about 3 feet in diameter and there are 2 of them on the back stoop. Right now, I'm only planting cilantro. I plan to sow a few seeds every week so I will hopefully have a steady supply through the summer. If any of the plants come back after harvesting, I will let them go to seed and save those seeds for next year.

The other warm-day activity that needs doing is giving Pepper a bath. She's usually pretty good about it, but it's much easier when the husband is home to help. Easier still is taking her to the groomer, but that isn't an option right now.

Wishing everyone a fun Friday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

It sounds as though you had a lovely day for getting outside to start some gardening. How big a pot do you have? What herbs do you plan to grow in it? I'm certain they will add an extra dash of goodness to your usually creative cooking. I'm sure you are looking forward to your husband getting home for the weekend, especially as it seems your gaming group will not be gathering until the virus restrictions are lifted.

Thank you for your concerns and suggestions regarding my sleep. I usually end up sleeping about 6 to 6-1/2 hours. If I try to go to bed earlier I end up waking up in the middle of the night with absolutely no way to go to sleep - and believe me, I have a ton of tricks to try for that too. In those cases I usually get up, make more chamomile tea and read while the tea cools, and then get enough hours of sleep in to complete the 6+ hour cycle. I think it actually started back in high school when I ended up with very long days due to the school bus schedule combined with a ton of homework, aided and abetted along the line by getting a boyfriend so weekends had social activities and also in-season I was involved in debate tournaments that lasted all day on Saturdays. Life continued with a variety of events and I always ended up short of sleep. Now it seems to be just the way my body thinks it is supposed to work. The good news now is that since we are retired from jobs I can usually catch a short nap during the day to get me through. I really don't mean to complain; my comments are intended to just be more informational as some days are just out of sync with my sleep cycle.

We had another beautiful day. The only clouds in the sky were a few dissipating contrails from some airlines passing high above us. Hubby had an appointment at the cancer center to get his portal cleaned out and we really enjoyed the drive. The trees all along the highway were bright green and the sun was shining like crazy. It was a beautiful change from staying at home all day again. I didn't go into the building because of corona virus restrictions on visitors, so I saw in the car and - bless the cell phone - called my granddaughter. She is doing well and it's great to hear her sound so happy. It's ironic that getting that marriage dissolved so quickly has made such a magnificent difference in her life. She is out of work but expects to go back May 1st. We are all hoping that works out.

On that happy note I'll close. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a fabulous day on Friday!



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4/16/20 11:02 A

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Good morning!

Carol, have you noticed if there is any correlation between the number of hours you sleep and the time? Some people can't sleep near or after daybreak, when there are subtle changes in the atmosphere and ambient sounds, and find they sleep longer if they go to bed earlier. There are lots of other simple interventions one can try; I learned about quite a few working all those years of hospital night shifts.
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Pepper and I did some spring cleaning yesterday. I was going to plant some herbs in the big pots on the back stoop, but it looks like some bird or squirrel has been digging in there, so perhaps I'll wait a few more days. It's still pretty chilly here, but the sun is out today, so who knows what we'll get into. The husband got sent to W Va, so he will be gone at least another day.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Thursday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, it sounds as though you had plenty to occupy your "open" day, with the quilting block, the usual housekeeping chores, and planning for your husband's return. To answer your comment about having TP on the shelves, I have actually started to see a little bit here and there. An item in the paper recently said that under normal circumstances the dedicated TP factories usually run around the clock and have a steady supply available for everybody so long as the demand is also steady. For now we just have to wait for the new supplies to get distributed. And my sleeping? When I sleep, I do sleep well. But I can never manage to stay asleep for more than 5-6 hours. I go into strange dreams and if I wake up and go back to sleep I go back into the weird dreams, which are definitely not restful. It makes my days more fuzzy and unfocused, so not a whole lot gets done.

Today was another lovely day of temperatures in the 60s and mostly sunshine. I slept in, cleaned up the kitchen, baked bran muffins, and tried to work on an astrological chart. I walked down to the mailbox and on the way back saw my next door neighbor out in her drive with her two little boys. I know she struggles, being home alone all day every day with just two small children. They were out in the drive so the 3 year old could run off some energy. So we stood on opposite sides of the parking area between our lots - about 25 or 30 feet or so, and chatted for a little while.

On that happy note I'll bow out for the night. Best wishes to everyone for a pleasant night's sleep and a peaceful day on Thursday.

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4/15/20 10:10 A

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Good morning!

Carol, grocery shopping is an interesting ordeal these days. I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing toilet paper on the shelves. Also, I was just wondering this morning if you were sleeping well these days.

I had a fine rainy/lazy day yesterday with Pepper. The husband went to PA where there were a few snow flurries. He doesn't know yet whether they'll be sending him home or somewhere else. Their work has slowed down quite a lot. It usually does this time of year as many factories take a week off after easter. I've read about the car factories shutting down due to the virus, but other manufacturing and food processing seem to be unaffected.

It looks like we're going to get a little sunshine today, although it's still chilly out. I plan to do a quick housecleaning while Hurricane Hubby is gone, then see if I can make some progress on the garment. Oh, the quilt project is one block a week for the year, so I assume there will be 50 to 52 in all.

Wishing everyone a peaceful day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, I'm happy to hear your husband was home rather than caught out in those storms that rumbled through your part of the country. I trust he will be driving in better weather now.

I love the way you used the colors in the next block for the Wild Woman quilt. How many more blocks will have to be made to complete the quilt?

Thanks for the good thoughts for my avocado tree. I am reasonably hopeful for it's return to blooming since I saw what the first one did. I know my husband thought I was crazy to keep watering it all summer last year; it started blooming just a couple weeks before I had to bring it in again for the winter.

We had another lovely sunny day. I did manage to get out to do my grocery shopping today and to also pick up a prescription refill for my husband. I also got my sleep clinic appointment rescheduled for next week. Some areas of the store are well stocked - canned soup, various pastas and pasta sauces, packaged salad blends and salad dressing - while there were still large swaths of empty shelving in particular areas such as toilet paper (still!) and certain cleaning supplies. Nearly all the customers and store employees were wearing masks. Oregon law now forbids the stores from from using plastic bags at the check-out counters, but if you bring your own you have to bag your groceries yourself and you can't put your bags on the area where the check-out clerk would be touching them. The only good thing is that I can now be sure the individual bags are not too heavily loaded. Is this the new normal? Somehow I hope not but I do have my fears about it.

On that note I'll go finish my other Spark postings and then get my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.



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4/14/20 9:33 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I hope your avocado comes back! I hadn't realized how pretty its foliage was. I hope you'll get to play some Scrabble, too.

It was cold and rainy here yesterday. The husband went to work and came right home. The storms of the previous night had flooded the low-lying areas, including his terminal. The waters have receded, evidently, as he went out this morning and has not yet returned. We worked on hobbies most of the day, coming together for meals and a little evening TV. Below are photos of this week's quilt block (called Centennial) and a sneak peak at the outfit I'm working on. The iridescent fabric is butter-soft and has a beautiful drape. The iridescent effect comes from the weaving, with red threads being predominant on one side and green on the other. I wish the camera could capture the color effect better. I bought it some 20 years ago at a Renaissance Festival and it's been waiting patiently for the right design to come along.

Today is cloudy and colder than yesterday, with light rain predicted overnight. I have leftovers that will last a couple of days, so hopefully will have time to get to some of those things I don't do when Himself is at home. For one thing, I'm going to color my hair for the first time in quite a few years.

Wishing everyone a day of adventure!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, thank you for the information on games and sources for new ones. I'll keep it in mind. As it is right now, when we finished the Scrabble game on Saturday my Hubby said, "Let's leave it out on the table." Well, 2 days later it is still sitting there. We'll see how long before it gets used again or put away.

It's good that you enjoyed your time with your husband. I can also understand your need for personal space. There are times I wish I could just toss my husband into the truck with yours just we could have a break like that.

We had another beautiful day here - high in the 60s with lots of sunshine. I mowed the lawn again as it was really long and thick the first time and ended up in a somewhat shaggy result; this time it evened out nicely, and it was amazing how much it had grown in just under a week. Hubby used the power washer on the two visible sides of the shed.

I have had two avocado trees each nearly 6 feet tall and quite spindly; one is a branch off the other that was rooted. About a year ago one of them looked at me one day, said, "I'm done" and promptly dropped every leaf it had. I cut it all back to the bottom stalk and set it outside and kept watering it. Ultimately it grew back like a small bush.

Well today the other one looked at me and said, "I don't have the guts to drop all my leaves at once but they are all going rather quickly." So I took the initiative and cut it all down.

It will be interesting to see if the second one comes back as well as the first one did.

On that note I'll close, go finish my other Spark postings, and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I hope the lack of contact from your grandson is just part of normal growing up. Young people seem to have a harder time transitioning to independence these days.

Tabletop games for grownups are quite popular these days. They run the gamut from role-play to board games to card games, from quick and lighthearted to intense and complex. A lot of comic book stores have expanded into tabletop games.

We had a restful day yesterday. We cooked, played a game, and snoozed in front of the TV. The predicted storms didn't show up until late last night, but it was cold and rainy all day.

The husband goes back to work today. We enjoyed our together time, but I'm sure we're both ready for some alone time now!

Wishing everyone a satisfying Monday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope all of you have had a lovely Sunday.

Julie, I agree with you about activities that do not involve electronic screens. I notice you and your husband play a lot of board games and it's refreshing to know other people who also enjoy them. We used to play a lot with our grandkids, even when we first moved to Oregon and they were already teenagers. Our grandson has pulled away from us now, not sure what his issue is. But he just turned 20 and I suspect he is trying to figure himself out. I have to trust that he will come back to us eventually.

We had another one of our quiet days here. I heard from one of the new DNA matches again, a young lady who is just starting and needed some guidance on how to proceed. She seems to be another adoptee looking for her father, just as I was awhile back. Hubby sprayed the rest of the windows on the house; tomorrow he plans to do the shed in the back yard. No Scrabble or other games today. Maybe later in the week . . . .

So that's all for now. I hope everyone has a good night's sleep tonight and a marvelous day on Monday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I think a lot of adults forget how much fun board games can be, and how much they encourage interaction and conversation. Jigsaw puzzles are good for that, too. Come to think of it, so are most activities that don't involve electronic screens.

We enjoyed a bit less togetherness yesterday and worked on our hobbies. The husband has airplane models going on in the basement and I am working on an outfit for myself upstairs. It was the first day in a while that I actually felt like sewing, and it was both fun and productive. I'll probably be ready to post some photos tomorrow.

Today it's cold again and they're predicting severe thunderstorms. No D&D during quarantine, so we will have to entertain ourselves with other activities.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Sunday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope that everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, it's good to hear that you had a peaceful day, sharing activities and time with your husband and just enjoying the day.

My husband and I had a relatively quiet day too, reading the papers I picked up at Safeway this morning - the only things I purchased, in and out in very short order, and I did wear a mask. Last night Hubby suggested we get out our Scrabble game. I have wanted to do that for months but he always said no, so I quit trying. So this was quite a change. I won, but that wasn't the point. Just finally doing something like that together was nice.

Best wishes to everybody for a spectacular Sunday.



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Good morning!

Carol, it is encouraging that your husband is feeling good enough to engage in household and social activities! Best of luck to your daughter in her education plans, too.

We had a peaceful day here. It was chilly, but the husband did the chicken on the grill. I roasted vegetables and baked bread. We didn't do much else other than watch TV and nap. No idea what we'll get into today. I have a new game set up and plenty of leftovers in the fridge, and there's always laundry and cleaning that needs doing.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, your bean enchiladas with corn tortillas sound absolutely delightful, a warm meal for a cold day. Last night my husband suggested getting out the Scrabble board this weekend. He hasn't been willing to do that in a long time; I think perhaps he is starting to feel better. Tonight he had TV he wanted to watch, so I think tomorrow will turn out to be the day to get going on the game.

I'm sorry to hear that the people in your area are not giving strong support to the CDC recommendations. From what I have seen in the news, that seems to be prevalent in most of the Deep South. Your comments on the composition of the state also reflect what I have read. All you can do is keep up your own protective behaviors, including staying home as much as possible. Since you are a retired nurse I'm sure you have all the skills and knowledge you need to keep as safe as possible.

However, as you noted, spring is starting to develop nicely now so we can start enjoying the flowers and wildlife again.

This morning my daughter called and asked me to review and revise a letter she was sending me via e-mail; it was a Letter of Intent as part of her application for entry into a master's degree program at the same school she went to for her bachelor's. We chatted awhile, hung up, and literally about 15 second later the phone rang again, this time my son doing his weekly check in. By the time I completed both calls it was just about time for lunch. I spent the afternoon cleaning up the kitchen and the moss in the back yard as well as revising daughter's letter for her. Hubby is starting to feel better - or at least more restless. He went out to the back, attached a container of window cleaner to the hose, and cleaned several of the outside windows; it hadn't been done since before the cancer hit, which is about 3 years ago. It only took a couple minutes and was just about all he could do, but it was refreshing to see him taking an interest in the house and actually contributing to the upkeep, even if it was only a relatively short and easy task. This evening I got a call from our transgender quasi-family member who lives in Texas. He's about 14 years younger than I am and sort of seems like a third adult child who simply needs a mother-figure to talk to sometimes since he lives alone with just his cat. He's had a tough life and I'm glad I can provide a shoulder for him to lean on, so to speak.

On that note I'll close for tonight, finish my Spark postings, and then make my chamomile tea to prepare for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a super day on Saturday.


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Good morning!

Carol, what an interesting journey you're having with Ancestry! Be sure to share the stories you uncover. Oh, and good work getting ahead of the pink weed!

We had a pleasant day here. It was rainy and cold, so we mostly stayed indoors. We played some rounds on our ongoing board game and made bean enchiladas with home made corn tortillas. They were delicious and we had enough left over for brunch today. The husband plans to do a beer can chicken today. It's not supposed to rain, but it's still pretty chilly, so we will see.

The giant conglomerate corporation that bought up all the hospitals and most of the physicians' practices in our area sends out an email newsletter. I'm not sure how they got my address, but it has been good information and very little propaganda in the past few weeks. Anyhow, they are rightfully concerned about people in the area ignoring CDC recommendations and sent a long and detailed missive this morning with lots of graphs and highlight boxes. The upshot of it was, "No county in our region has decreased non-essential visit activity by more than 45 percent, and most counties have reduced non-essential visit activity by less than 25 percent. This is not enough to slow the spread of COVID-19." The population of Tennessee is 86% republican and 81% christian. Draw your own conclusions.

On a happier note, spring is busting out all over with blossoms everywhere you look and those bright green baby leaves popping out on the trees and shrubs. Birds are singing and nesting and squirrels, bunnies, and groundhogs can be spotted in the yard every day. We should be seeing butterflies pretty soon, too.

Wishing everyone a springy day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific day on Thursday.

Julie, that's an amazing supply of cloth masks. Your fabrics are so unique Your block for the Wild Women quilt is really intriguing with the way you changed the central area shape with the indents that match the surrounding fabric. That's really eye-catching. I'm also happy your husband made it home safely. As for the churches calling for people to come to Sunday services for Easter - and the people not paying any attention to safety guidelines - I can only guess that they feel they are going to be protected by their Lord. I heard on the news about a church in Alabama where the pastor got a whole slew of his congregation to show up last week and roughly half of them came down with the flu; it seems to me we are seeing karma at work. It will be interesting to see if the pattern repeats itself in your area.

Our weather turned warm today, with sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s. It was perfect for working in the yard, which I did for over an hour and a half this afternoon. Most of my time was spent pulling weeds out of the front flower area and then digging up dandelions in the front lawn. This year the dahlias and lilies are coming up nicely, so I avoided pulling weeds that I might damage in the process. But that pink invasive thing (whatever its name was) that took over that area last year is trying to make an appearance, in fact, it's already producing little flower buds, so I pulled that stuff out in a hurry.

I actually got a messages from a DNA match on Ancestry last night. It was a lady on my father's side, one of the daughters of the aunt I mentioned who just passed away recently. It seemed news of my sudden appearance had not reached her so she was quite puzzled as to where I fit into the family. I sent her an explanation and her basic response was, "Oh my!" I also found a male who is probably about my age and whose short bio said he had emigrated from the British family home town to Springfield, Ohio, which seems to be the American town were the family members all settled. I wrote and asked him what drew the family there in the first place. We'll see what answer I get, if any.

No other news here so I'll close for now. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a fabulous day on Friday.



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Good morning!

Carol, please DO be wordy! It was very pleasant to read about your day and how you found the silver lining in every cloud!

The husband arrived a few hours earlier than expected and we had time to go to the supermarket. We were shocked at how many of the churches along the way were advertising holiday services this weekend, and at how many grocery shoppers completely ignored the safety guidelines. While it was kind of nice to get out of the house for a few minutes, it was a relief to get back home. We started a board game, cooked supper together, and generally enjoyed one another's company. Right now it looks like Himself will be here until Monday. It's supposed to be stormy today, so no grilling. I thought it might be fun to teach hubster how to make tortillas. Then we can put together a pan of enchiladas.

Wishing everyone a happy Thursday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday - or at least as wonderful day as we can have with this blasted pandemic.

Julie, it sounds as though you will be busy getting ready for your husband's return home. I know you are looking forward to having him back again; hopefully he will be with you for a few days before having to go out on the road again.

Thank you for the tips on using a mask while wearing glasses. I will certainly keep them in mind. I only wear my glasses for reading - in the case of shopping, for reading shelf pricing and package labels. Some time back I was going through my mother's old things and found a silver chain to attach to your glasses and hang them around your neck, so I use that and keep that pair of glasses in my purse and just put them on in the store, where I can take them off and on as I need them. I have other glasses in the house for use in reading and using the computer.

My day did not start out well. I started to put a Crock Pot stew together and figured ouot that the package of meat I had been thawing that was listed as "stew meat" which means beef in our household, turned out to be a large pork chop, certainly not enough for a whole pot of stew. I found another pork chop in the freezer, thawed it in the microwave, and then added it to the stew. Then the sleep doctor's office called for my annual appointment which they were conducting by phone. It seems they could not download my cpap machine's sleep log via wifi so they could not certify me to Medicare to have them continue to pay for the machine and its supplies. We finally figured out I would have to take out the computer chip and drive it up to the supplying company, have their equipment read it and print out the results and fax them to the doctor's office. Their office is 25 miles from here, actually across the river and in the state of Washington. When the doc's office receives the printout they will call me to re-schedule my phone appointment. Aargh!!! I called ahead and set up a meeting in late afternoon so I could get the lawn mowed before I left.

But then I started to see that the Universe had done me (and Hubby) a huge favor. We were having a beautiful day, sunny and 70 degrees, a great day for a drive. Hubby had not been anywhere outside the house since his trip with my daughter in January and I had only been to the grocery store; in truth we both had cabin favor and needed to get out. So we hopped in the car together and I drove us up a lovely two lane highway with trees in bloom and almost no traffic. I turned in my old chip, they gave me a new one, and home we went down our lovely highway. Of course, dinner was ready in the Crock Pot, so no cooking to do. And the pork in the stew tasted just fine. Per our old friend Mr. Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well.

Thank you for reading through my little tale; it was just something different and I thought I'd share it. I'll try not to be so wordy in the future.

And on that note I will sign off. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a terrific day on Thursday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I've read a couple of tips for keeping your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask. One is to use anti-fog spray or clean your lenses with shaving foam rinsed off with water. The other is to stick the top edge of the mask to the bridge of your nose and under the eyes with double-stick tape. If your mask has the metal tab or wire inside the top seam, you use that to form it to your face. My glasses hold the mask down enough to prevent fogging, so I haven't tested these methods.

Today I'll be doing some cooking and cleaning in preparation for the husband's return this evening. Other than that, no big plans here. It's very cloudy and we're supposed to have thunderstorms passing through, so windows are closed for the day. I miss the breeze, but can still hear the birdsong when the house is quiet.

Wishing everyone a fine Wednesday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, it sounds as though springtime really is coming to your area, with birds singing and the air comfortable enough to open the windows and enjoy it. I bet those blooming flowers and bushes really make your yard and the general area quite colorful and lovely. I am sorry to hear about the anxiety issues. One can't go anywhere or turn on any media without being bombarded with the current situation, and the presentations seem geared to generating as much fear and anxiety as possible. And that's just the medical situation; we won't begin to get into the politics. One of the things I love about astrology is that it shows you both when the garbage is about to fly - and then it also shows you when it is likely to move on out of our conscious realm. Anyway, it's good that you have your husband's return to look forward to.

Also, thank you for your very kind words about the readings I have been posting. I really do appreciate your feedback and the sense I get that you find them helpful.

Today was my first-Tuesday Senior Discount Day at the grocery store. My husband has been bugging me to wear a mask in public (we have a few picked up from the cancer center several months ago) so I finally agreed to wear one in the store. What a nuisance! It caused a lot of fogging on my glasses. About half the people in the store were wearing masks or face coverings of one type or another, so I didn't feel so out of place. Our weather has been cool but dry and semi-sunny. Tonight it was clear enough to see the bright full moon in spite of the local street lights. My husband seems to be getting shakier lately, so I have not been able to take on too many tasks that can't be interrupted, as I may have to run to grab him when he starts walking around. I'm grateful he got through the time of my shopping trip without a mishap.

So on that note I will close out from here, finish my remaining Spark postings, and then make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a wonderful day on Wednesday.


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Good morning!

Carol, the full moon reading seems even more on target than usual, which is really saying something! I think tenacity is a GOOD trait! It's one of the reasons you have the patience to sift all the astrological information into a cohesive whole in your readings.

It was another sunny day here yesterday, with just a brief shower in the afternoon. In addition to the aforementioned blooms, the cherry bushes and clover are also blooming. It really has been lovely to have the windows open and hear all the birds singing.

The shop towels for mask inserts arrived this morning; a week earlier than promised! I guess I can keep busy making masks for quite some time if needs be. I'm still struggling with anxiety, so while I need to stay busy, it is difficult to maintain the concentration necessary to accomplish things. The husband will be home tomorrow night and I'm hoping that his company will come as a relief.

Wishing everyone a peaceful day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, you really are a marvel, for making those masks. Simple instructions from your viewpoint are complicated constructs for me. I know whoever gets them will be blessed indeed. I also chuckled at your inclusion of the dandelions in your list of blooming flowers. My husband was commenting today on the ones that have started to show themselves in our front yard. Our weather is supposed to warm up later this week so I will get out to mow the grass and dig the dandies then. Your hard does sound lovely however.

Thank you for your thoughts about my Ancestry work. I smiled as I sensed at your very diplomatic comments about unusual tenacity. I'm told I'm stubborn and bull-headed; mostly I just don't want to admit that I can't finish something I start. I really did mess up my efforts today and "lost" a lot of what I accomplished thanks to complications with the Ancestry program. Oh well, there's always tomorow.

I did spend most of my day preparing the Full Moon reading and it is posted below, so I'll cut this short. Best wishes for a good night's sleep and a terrific day on Tuesday.
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LIBRA FULL MOON April 7-8, 2020

The Libra Full Moon will reach its fullness on April 7, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time; on April 7, 2020 at 10:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; and on April 8, 2020 at 2:34 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

This Full Moon (core emotion) sitting in relationship craving Libra nestles closely to the asteroid Juno, which symbolizes fidelity and partnership, showing a craving for togetherness and cooperation. The two of them sit across the circle from everything else in the chart. It seems that everywhere we look today there is an abyss between that need for contact and cooperation on one side and everything else in the world on the other.

At the same time, the sun (our basic personal energy) has just passed soothing, healing Chiron and is now approaching Black Moon Lilith, which symbolizes the deeply passionate, potentially dark side of our personalities, describing the intense fear and disturbance that seem to be ruling our minds.

That fear and disturbance contrasting with our desire for cooperation and harmony certainly seems to describe our world today; but it also is a reminder to look inside ourselves and our lives and see if there is a parallel situation reflecting itself for each of us personally. As above, so below. And what will break the stalemate of this standoff?

Sitting basically at right angles (square position) is the combination of Pluto, Jupiter, and Pallas. Pluto is the explosive change that comes out of nowhere and seems to demolish everything in its path, and Jupiter is that extra energy that makes the explosion bigger and scatters the dust farther and faster. They are all in Capricorn, ruler of business, government, and organizations. We have certainly seen what they are doing on the larger level as well as their upending influence in individual lives. Fortunately, Pallas has just finished crossing them with words of wisdom to settle down the uproar and help restore order think of the checks the government is promising to send out. They are the factors that start to get things moving again.

However, there will be one more triple hurdle to overcome before things start to settle down. In the volatile bailiwick of a square from Pluto, beginning April 10 and 11 Mercury will bring us news of new actions being taken either causing or as the result of the clearing out of misinformation and possibly bringing to light some previously hidden events. Next on April 11 and 12 Venus, the indicator of our values and sense of security will spend time with Vesta, the asteroid goddess of the hearth and home, showing us events or actions that will affect our security as a country and as individuals. Finally, on April 12-13 the sun, which is the will and daily functioning of each of us, is going to spend a couple days with trouble-maker Eris, setting up a major collision of wills in both our personal lives and potentially our national scene.

So what do we make of all this in our own lives? We can only control our own respective little corners of the world. During the last New Moon we set our intentions for the month, and I cautioned that we needed break our projects into smaller pieces and be ready to be flexible. Did you do that or did you try to take on a huge project? How did your decision work out for you? Are you ready to sit back and rest on your successes, ready to move forward to some completions? Or are you in panic mode over the way larger projects did not get done? What can you find to do that you can bring to fruition soon so that you can start fresh at the next New Moon which will occur April 22-23?

One more thing: At the end of this period of influence by this Full Moon, the Nodes of the moon will be shifting signs. These are not planets they are points where the moon ebbs and flows in its continual cycles around our earth. For two and a half years they have been in Capricorn and Cancer, teaching us lessons about balancing traditional structures (e.g. government, among others) with the need to be flexible as we care for our families and the needs of individuals and groups in our society. On May 5 the path of these points will shift into North Nodes (new directions to strive for) will move into Gemini, when we will begin focusing on lessons we need to learn about developing new systems and patterns for daily living; and the South Nodes (sorting out old habits of the past that we need to leave behind us and foundational strengths we need to take into the future) will be moving into combustion-focused Sagittarius.

We may not see these changes immediately, or they may come flying around our mental corners and smack us upside our heads, but they will be there. We might be wise to use the next couple weeks to prepare for these major shifts that are about to take place.


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Good morning!

Carol, I hope you will find the information you need about your grandson. It seems to me you have unusual tenacity; if anyone can find out, it will be you!

I wouldn't sell masks for money, but I'm giving some away. There are some super-easy mask instructions here:
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I read all the info on the CDC site. They make quite an effort not to contradict the White House or encourage panic while trying to make the point that staying away from people is the best prevention.

We have another beautiful spring day here. Tulips, dogwood, lilacs, violets, and dandelions are blooming in our yard. It rained a bit last night, and might do so again this evening, but it looks like we'll have sunshine most of the day. The husband is due to return Wednesday night.

Wishing everyone a nice little Monday!
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Good evening Julie,

How fortunate you were to be able to open your windows and let in the fresh air; we will have to wait a bit longer for such a luxury. Your description of the corn tortillas sounds yummy. My husband won't eat a lot of the corn-based items, but I may try one someday and see if I can tempt him into expanding his palate. Your description of making the fabric masks sounds as though it is a fairly simple, straight-forward process. I'm sure you'll whip them out in no-time. You might even be able to make a little money selling those things. My daughter was trying to make some tonight and was really struggling as she hasn't done any sewing lately. Her step-mother is a better source of information for that sort of thing anyway.

Our weather continued to stay dry and cool. Hubby slept in late so I rested, read, and worked on my astrology project. I also had another message from the lady in my grandson's DNA matches; it was helpful only in that it allowed me to eliminate a couple possible scenarios. Trying to stitch together that patchwork quilt of information took most of my afternoon. My daughter called late this afternoon and we had another good conversation. My office still looks as though a cyclone went through it, but I'll get around to working on it soon - perhaps tomorrow.

So for now I'll sign off, finish my Spark postings, and make my chamomile tea. I slept pretty well last night with that routine, I can hope for the same tonight. Best wishes to everyone for a great night's sleep on Sunday night and a marvelous Monday as well.


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Good morning!

Carol, I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and more so because there won't be any memorial gathering. You might find hand-writing letters to relatives helpful in sorting out the many mixed feelings of grieving.

Yesterday turned out pretty nicely here. I had the windows open most of the day and spent some time with Pepper in the backyard sunshine. We did a bit of sewing and tried out an Indian recipe for whole wheat flat breads (chapatis). They're simple to make like corn tortillas. The texture is chewier and the taste more bland. I will be experimenting with herb and spice additions, I think.

The latest news in home made masks says that polyester hydro-knit shop towels are the next best thing to N-95 surgical material. I ordered some from Amazon (brand name is WypAll). They won't arrive for a couple of weeks, so I'll be making cotton cloth masks with openings to insert filters. I can use them as is until the towels get here. Then I can use the towels as filter inserts. I think they can be washed once or twice, so hopefully they'll last for the duration.

Wishing everyone a lovely Sunday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, I'm really happy you discovered the bike riding and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I saw clips of that on one of the awards shows and it looked like a really fabulous movie - a good story, amazing acting, and some humor besides. Between the movie and the physical exercise I'm sure you got some really good mood therapy. A gold star for you! Meanwhile, I'm sure your hand-made face masks will make quite a hit when you use them. What fun that could be as well!

My day started with a jingle from my text message ringer at 7:15 this morning - and it rang twice. So I thought it must be important, so I rolled out of bed and found a message from my Illinois sister (father's side) asking her to call me when I was awake and out of bed. Well, there I stood - having been roused. So I handled my necessary details and called her. No point in trying to go back to sleep. It seems an aunt of ours had died - our father's sister, the last of that generation - and my sister was doubly distraught because with all the corona virus adjustments to our society, there will not be any funeral, wake, memorial service, church mass - nothing! So I consoled her as best I could and told her if she found herself mourning to call me.

After that we had a more typical Saturday. I ran over to the local Safeway to pick up the weekend papers and then came straight home. Blessedly, the papers had enough puzzles that I was occupied a good part of the day and have a couple left for Sunday as well. Then mid-afternoon I heard from my youngest sister (in Florida, on my mother's side) and she talked my ear off for well over an hour - I could barely get a word in edgewise.

I expect tomorrow will be more time with the newspaper puzzles, and I may even get back to my astrology project, which has been lingering for a few days now.

So on that upbeat note I'll close here for now and get on to the remainder of my Spark postings and then make my cup of chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a spectacular day on Sunday.

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4/4/20 10:04 A

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you got to spend time with your kids on the phone! Glad the weather is letting you keep up with the moss, too.

Yesterday morning I got on the exercise bike while watching a bit of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on the laptop. I also repaired a quilt for the husband (the one he takes to work) and did some household chores. The AC maintenance guy came and did his thing; I disinfected the doorknobs and thermostat after he left. I spent a little time outdoors cleaning up the planters, too. So, it was a better day.

It's sunny again and is supposed to be in the 70s for the next couple of days, with no rain until possibly tomorrow afternoon. I will certainly take advantage of the opportunity to have the windows open for a while, and maybe putter about with Pepper in the yard, too. I'm going to get on the bike again as soon as I'm done posting as it seemed to help my mood a good bit yesterday. As for sewing, I will have to make at least a couple of face masks as it seems they will be required to go to the grocery store. Then there's a few household chores and some cooking to be done if I want to eat something besides cheese and crackers. At least I won't be bored.

Wishing everyone a satisfying day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday!

Julie, I'm sorry to hear you are getting anxious about the virus outbreak. I know the numbers sound scary, and the news reports seem geared to amp up the stress levels. I suspect they hope to get people so worried they will actually cooperate with the recommended protocols. I do know that younger people are now showing up in the statistics, so hopefully these careless folk will start to figure out the warnings apply to them. On the other hand, there are reports of people of all ages who are recovering, which I find highly encouraging. Your exercise sounds like a wonderful idea, and I hope you are able to find ways to ease your stress. I'm sure being alone with your husband gone is probably not helping either. Do you have any fabric scraps you can use to make some masks? I'm told the patterns are available on line, and perhaps creating a few of these would help give you something specific and constructive that you could do. The new guidelines today encourage everyone to wear them now, so you would not be the only one using this form of self protection.

Meanwhile, I will be sending some good energy your way.

I had another fitful night's rest, so after being up in the middle of the night I finally got back to sleep. A couple hours later the phone woke me - my son was calling from Colorado. He usually calls on Mondays on his drive to work, but of course he is working from home, so his schedule is all messed up. Anyway, we talked for nearly an hour as he had me on a speaker of some sort while he brushed his cat. After that call Hubby got up out of bed and we had a late breakfast I went out to the back to pick up more moss; it really is a never ending job. The grass is getting quite long again, but today was cold (40s) and we are due for rain this weekend, so it will have to get mowed next Monday or Tuesday.

This afternoon my daughter called, keeping contact on an earphone gadget. She called from home, stayed connected while she got in the car and drove to Walmart (she was checking to see if she could pick up anything for me), talked while she shopped in Walmart and checked out, continued to talk while she drove home again, and then talked as she got into her house. All in just under an hour. This modern technology still amazes me.

So now I'm finally getting back to my astrology charts and learning projects, though in a somewhat disjointed manner. I owe readings to a lot of people and hope to start picking them up again. Meanwhile, I hope everyone out there has a spectacular Saturday.



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Good morning!

Carol, I hope your weather warms up today!

I've been rather anxious about the virus situation. There's only been one case in our county, but many people are ignoring the quarantine guidelines. I'm pretty sure they're the same people hoarding toilet paper and guns. Today I'm going to force myself to get some exercise. I think the endorphins and the feeling of control will help me regain some focus. The sun is out and the puddles seem to have dried up, so perhaps I'll get out in the yard today, too.

Wishing everyone a brilliant day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

Julie, thanks for the information on your husband's travels. I know he has lots of experience and is well trained, but I did appreciate learning a little more. It sounds as though you did have a peaceful time today.

We had a mix of sun and rain today. My husband had a package delivered and the mail carrier brought our regular mail to us at the same time, so I didn't even escape outside as far as the mailbox, which is past the house next door and across the street (110 steps each way). I did pick up some clods of moss from the side/back yard. It was colder here today, in the low 40s so I was just as happy to be indoors. Otherwise, we just stayed inside and earned our Gold Stars for staying away from people.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make chamomile tea to prepare for bed. Best wishes to everyone for a fantastic Friday!


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Good morning!

Carol, the times they are a-changin'. I don't enjoy all of the modern ways, either, but I guess we'll get used to them.

The husband is doing okay so far on this trip. He was worried about "checkpoints" going into FL. He delivers chemicals to industrial plants, which involves very little human contact and is considered an essential service (food and goods production). He's well versed in protective measures, too, so I don't think he's going to have any trouble.

Making corn tortillas is really very easy. I'm going to try flour tortillas next. I don't think I need a press unless I start making them every day.

It's a little warmer today, getting up to 60, and the sun is out! If it gets dry enough this afternoon, I may putter about the backyard and see what can be done with the planters out there. Not much else going on here today. I have been fooling around with some quilt ideas, but nothing is coming to fruition yet.

Wishing everyone a happy day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, you are certainly an adventurous and innovative cook, making tortillas from scratch. I am certain they were wonderful. It will be interesting to hear how the process evolves when you can get the new tortilla press. I can see why you and your husband are concerned about his safety out on the roads these days, not just the usual highway and traffic issues but also the health issues when he has to stop for gas and deliveries/pickups on his loads. He is fortunate to have you to help him keep up with such things and prepare alternative safety options as well. I'm sorry to hear about the 4 pounds from stress eating. Perhaps walking Pepper more often (weather permitting, of course) will help ease the nerves as well as discourage any additional weight gain. I will certainly send good thoughts your way on the matter.

We had a dry day with temperatures in the high 40s and plenty of sunshine. I went out to the Post Office to mail a couple checks and then stopped at the credit union to make a couple deposits. It turns out the standard lobby and tellers are available only by appointment. At the side of the building they have installed a couple ATMs (which I don't use) and a virtual teller, which is a computer screen inhabited electronically by a real person sitting back farther in the building. It's totally obnoxious and inconvenient to use. Fortunately we have direct deposit for most things. When I got home I got a "How Did We Do" email from them; you can believe I was polite but explained my complaints and lowered their numerical ratings options. Nothing is easy these days. And on that subject, I have not heard anything from the doctor's office about getting my new prescription approved; so that continues to be "not easy" also.

After dinner I took the bull by the horns and attacked the kitchen, listening to the TV program hubby had on in the adjoining living room. It was about some intrepid individualist who set out to find more Dead Sea scrolls; the originals were found in 1946-47 but apparently new ones, including one pounded into copper, was found in 2017.

No other news here, so I'll go finish my Spark postings and make that cup of chamomile tea to soothe and calm my head before I try to get to sleep. Best wishes to everyone to stay safe and have a super Thursday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I sure hope you get the insurance mess settled soon. Hang in there with the virus precautions. An added bonus from the plastic bag ban: the virus can live three times longer on plastic than cloth. Also, thank you for starting the April thread!

Yesterday's dinner was pretty good. I made a half recipe of tortillas and got the hang of making them easily enough. I'll need some fresh corn flour before making more, but even with stale flour they were better than store bought. When it's safe to go shopping again, I may even get a tortilla press.

The husband is going to work again today. This time he's going to Florida and may stay out in the system for a while. We are a little nervous about his safety, but have figured out strategies for protection and hope for the best. I'm going to see if I can occupy myself with some quilting instead of worrying. I have gained four pounds from stress related eating.

Wishing everyone a good start to the month!
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It's had to believe we are already moving into genuine springtime. I hope everyone is finally getting some civilized weather and staying safe during this pandemic.

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