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Friday, July 03, 2015

Time is Stupid

I really like this nice quote, and I hope it is true.
Perhaps entire lifetimes are these periods of our souls.
Perhaps we sprout wings or whatever it is we are supposed to sprout/realize/manifest in other lifetimes, maybe not in this current one.
Maybe entire lifetimes are just a day, or a few weeks, in the overall timeline of a soul's growth.
And maybe that is why we have the affliction (illusion) of linear time imposed upon us.

Time is stupid.

Knight of Wands (reversed)

The Knight of Wands is a fiery, somewhat reckless card which will forge a path regardless of barriers and obstacles.  Reversed it is denial, frustration, getting nowhere, steering clear of someone or something. Recklessness. Think about consequences, think before acting. Loss of personal power and/or control.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Vague July

Well, it is July. I'm not a big fan of July. My summer vibes are just not very good, year after year.

In June I did not set any get-through-the-month goals since I was traveling so much, but now I will be home and around, for the most part.

And I still don't know what I want to do.  Maybe vague ideas count.

My vague ideas:
1. Paintings on a black background.  I might do more topiary cats- a black series.
2. Something with tarot.

Mustering up the motivation and energy to make these ideas less vague is too difficult.

And now it is the second day of July and I still don't know what I am doing which means I haven't even started.

This is exactly why I feel like I am wasting my life.

I just remembered that I am writing this post on July 1, not July 2, even though it will post on the 2nd.  So it isn't too late to pull a daily tarot card.  If i miss a day it won't be nice and neat and that will drive me batshit crazy and ruin everything.

A card a day is a nice relaxed way to absorb...whatever I should absorb.

I'm working with the Legacy of the Divine Tarot.

The High Priestess (upright) 
Well, that's a nice way to start off. Oh hey, that's also the card on the cover of the book which accompanies this deck! Cool.

Spiritual wisdom, Subconscious. The Moon. Inner power, feminine/hidden (inner) secrets and mysteries. Athena. Non-physical realm of knowledge and wisdom. Fertility- but non-physical. Water. Intuition and dreams.

Guess what? I'm going to draw tomorrow's card, too, so my blog will be on-time like it was in May for the map stuff. (I still need to read that book....)

5 of Coins (reversed)

Huh.  Well this is cool.  Usually reversed meanings of a card are somewhat "negative"... but not here. 5 of Coins (or pentacles) indicates an end to difficult times, particularly in physical matters. Revived prosperity.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Assorted Oddities

When I went to Utah, Carey sort-of challenged me to pack something strange.  Actually she said she would see what the weirdest thing I packed was, and I could poke around her house to see what I thought she had that was weird.

I did not have to poke around very much.......

The weirdest thing I brought has to be credited to Daya.
Someone gave her silkworm pods in school.
So they visited Utah, and some of them relocated there.

Silkworm pods!

The winning contenders in Carey-Oddity:

1. A ghillie suit!
You know, in case you have to hide from something suspicious.
Gotta watch those Utah people.

For serious needs to hide

2. The Crawling Eye


Yeah, I don't know either.

Be careful, it bites.

3. Freaky-Looking Barbie
A much better role model.
She will mess you up

Her cats are pretty strange too, come to think of it.

Every time Kitty saw me, 
he went in the bathtub.

Face is....well, Face.

Pook!  There is a Pook!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ratfest 2015

Yes, "Ratfest" is exactly as nutty as it sounds.

My amazing friend Branwen hosted Ratfest this year in New Jersey.  She really did an amazing job and it was quite the party.

It was SO NICE to see everyone...some people again, some for the first time.  Some I hadn't seen in several years.

Branwen rented slushy machines, and had enough food to feed 5 parties.

Slushy machines

I made the Magic Ratfest Box with Cathy back in 2002!
Cathy and I stopped co-hosting Ratfest after a 10 year run.

Isn't this WONDERFUL?

My friend Jane attended.  We traveled together to NJ from NYC.  we went from Penn Station (NYC) to Penn Station (Newark).

We do NOT like Penn Station (Newark).
Since we had to switch trains, the conductor told us to go to track 5.  Penn Station (Newark) has no rational layout of tracks, and to get one track over you have to basically walk through the entire station.  It is dreadful with no rhyme or reason.

So, Track 5.  We went there.  It was blockaded and had caution tape across the doors.

We removed these obstacles and went onto the platform, only to be notified that there was a track switch to 2, but our train had just left.

So we went to track 2 to await the next train.  as a courtesy to our fellow travelers, we left the doorway unblocked by the barricade and caution tape.

When we got to track 2 and found the next train, we were instructed to go BACK TO TRACK 5.

Eventually the next train did arrive, on track 5.

It is a good thing we un-barricaded it.


Here are some of Branwen's rats.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Whole Lot of Utah Landscape 1

I took a ridiculous amount of landscape pictures in Utah.
It is too much for one post so I am breaking it up.
Click any image to enlarge.  :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Letter from the FBI

So, I got this email.

Absolutely NOTHING is more real and genuine than this letter.  I had better pay attention.


From: "Mr James B Comey"
Date: June 15, 2015 at 3:40:34 PM MDT
Subject: Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI)

Mr. James B. Comey


OMG it is official

ATTENTION: Beneficiary,

Wow! I am a generic beneficiary!

We the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) through our intelligence monitoring network has discovered that the transaction that the bank contacted you previously for was legal.

I has discovered you are the Best Ever! Unless my intelligence monitoring network (aka Spam folder) failed...surely not.

Recently the fund has been legally approved to be paid via United Bank of Africa Nigeria.

Definitely legal.

So, we the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc,

Yeah I forgot where the FBI is headquartered. Thanx for the reminder!

in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our monitoring network noting you that your transaction with the UBA Bank of Nigeria is legal.

Even more legal if stated more than once.

You have the legitimate right to complete your transaction to claim your fund $4.7 (four million seven hundred thousand united state dollars)

It is like playing the lottery without playing!

Because of so much scam going on internet.

Yes so much scam. A damn shame isn't it!

We the Federal Bureau of investigation decided to contact the NORTHEHILLS COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE in Lagos, Nigeria for them to give us their procedures on how to send this money to you without any further complain or delay.

Awesome! I like NORTHEHILLS COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE! They are way better than FedEx.

We just got an information from the Zenith Bank and they have loaded your $4.7 (four million seven hundred thousand united state dollars) in ATM MASTER CARD and submit to the NORTHEHILLS COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE for immediate delivery to your doorstep.

Cool!! An information like that is not to be ignored!

You are required to choose one option, which you will be able to pay and also convenient for you, for quick delivery of your parcel containing your ATM CARD and other two original back up documents.

Not one but TWO ORIGINAL backup documents!

Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees
------------------------------ ------------------------------
Premium Express (24hrs Delivery)
Mailing $200.00 00.00
Insurance $150.00 00.00
Vat $100.00 00.00

TOTAL $450.00

$450(Four Hundred and fifty US Dollars Only).

Yes please I want this one. 
Those extra zeros were to keep me thinking, I do appreciate that.

........................... .............................. ..........
Special Express (2 Days)
Mailing $180.00 00.00
Insurance $70.00 00.00
Vat $150.00 00.00
TOTAL $380.00 00.00

$380 (Three Hundred and Eighty US Dollars Only).
.............................. ..............................

I chose that first one.

Economy Express (3Days)
Mailing $100.00 00.00
Insurance$150.00 00.00
Vat (5%) $50.00 00.00

TOTAL $300.00 00.00

$300 (Three Hundred US Dollars Only).

Please see first choice already selected.
.............................. .............................. ........

You are hereby required to advice us, on your parcel delivery option by filling in the required form stated above.

I adviced you! :)

Please note that the deadline for claiming your fund is exactly 48 hours after the receipt of this
email. After this period, your fund will be return back so take note.

Moreover, this is some tracking number of beneficiaries that received their payment through us and via northehills website (www.northehills dot com/home).

A real website!

We request that you reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only valid residential/Office address and postal address are certified Ok.


------------------------------ ------------------------------ -
Receiver's Name: .......
Address: ................
Tel/: ...................

Delivery Information/ Parcel Description
------------------------------ ------------------------------ -----------
Delivery Terms: International Delivery
Condition of Delivery: Priority Delivery
Consignment Note No: MI 49866-2110
Color of Parcel: ...Brown.
Total Weight: 2.1 kg
Total Net Weight: 1.7 kg

The parcel is brown! I shall look for a brown parcel!

We are here to protect you from any problem till you receive your package;

I do need protection, thanks! 
Will you protect me from any problem after I receive it, too?

you can as well get in touch with the NORTHEHILLS COURIER DELIVERY SERVICE assigned to deliver this financial package to your doorstep. Below is the delivery company's contact information:

Directors Name: Sir. Scott Nelson

Sir? Cool!

Email: mrscott_nelson at

OMG you Yahoo!

Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message.

Best Regards,
Mr. James B. Comey.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001, USA

Aww thanks! xoxoxo

1. Is anyone receiving such an email really that stupid?
2. Why are these kinds of emails STILL circulating?  Is it because they worked at some point?
3. Is anyone receiving such an email really that stupid?
4. Why didn't my intelligence monitoring network pick this up?

Come to think of it, I should have returned all those Publisher's Clearing House mailings back in 25 years ago. Damn.

TRUE STORY: When I was a kid, way back in the pre-internet days, I answered the phone one evening.  A man was on the other end, informing me all about the Canadian Lottery.

I kept him on the phone for about a half hour, leading him on, because he had a really funny accent.

The Cana-di-en Lott'ry!  It's the BEST IN THE WOR-LED!

When I told him, after letting him go on for a half hour, that we weren't interested, he got REALLY pissed off.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

We Need Black Color Charts

Of course we do.  Well, I do, anyhow.

I'm going to do..... something.....involving working on black in July.  Naturally, this means I need to make color charts on black in my sketchbook.

Black Colorfix Primer is AWESOME in your sketchbook.  Black gesso would work too, but I really love the Colorfix surface. The primer surface is the same as Colorfix paper, so it is like turning your sketchbook pages into Colorfix paper, which is absolutely brilliant.

 Derwent Graphitint (water-soluble)

I like Graphitint pencils quite a lot, and I have been using them in my sketchbook for the last few years. They are really strange pencils, and that might be why I like them so much. They are definitely graphite in look and feel, but they are tinted.

They look very different against black compared to white.

 Derwent Drawing Pencils, 24

I saw this set at Blick a few days ago, and they were priced in the $50 range, which I did not want to pay. Amazon (Prime!!) had them for $27.50.  Lee's Art Shop- which I am convinced really is closing, despite cryptic answers from the cashier- has this exact same set for... $64.99!!  Whoa!! No wonder they are going under.

Anyhow, they are all wonderful earth colors, and they are very soft and smooth.  Get them, but definitely not from Lee's. Eek.

 Derwent Inktense Blocks, 24 (water-soluble)

This is one of the sets i got in Utah.

Derwent Graphitint XL (water-soluble)

These Derwent XL blocks are seriously COOL. Both the Graphitint and the Charcoal.

Derwent Charcoal XL(water-soluble)
Derwent Metallic Pencils (water-soluble)

!!!! I did not realize the metallic pencils are water-soluble until I did the color chart
and it was the best discovery EVER.

Perhaps I have mentioned before that I am a huge fan of Derwent pencils and Derwent everything. There are many good pencils out there, but Derwent is my Urban Decay of pencils, I guess. 
I occasionally have brand loyalty. It is good because it reigns me in a bit.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Not only am I a color junkie, but I have no resistance for anything interference.
Especially paint.......

Here are my Golden interference colors.
(I have a few more but they are in little jars, because they do not come in the tubes for some reason. They really should.  The green-violet is fabulous.)

 They are wonderful and glowy and iridescent and I love them madly.

In other news, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF 4th GRADE!!!!!

One more year of Elementary School.....

It is inconceivable.