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Jun. 19th, 2014


We have a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 7am. I do not like "scary weather". I haven't decided whether to just stay up and see what that big line of storms is going to do; or go to bed and be awakened (possibly) by the weather radio going off. :-/

Jun. 17th, 2014

The Tudors

We are watching this series a little after the time it aired via Netflix. I know what happened, but we're almost at the end of Season 2 and it's pretty upsetting. When you think about it, these horrible things--torture, public-spectacle-executions, etc.--really did happen. I wonder how people dealt with the constant life-is-cheap thing...

On the other hand, I'm totally enjoying following the outrageous Tudorlicious @KngHnryVIII on Twitter. And I bought his e-book and read through it in a day or so. No, no affiliation, but I loved it!

Talking to the Air

(this was a post on LJ, which I've since deleted) I need to make some new friends here. I feel as though I'm just talking to the air...which I guess I am at present. I actually have very few friends over on InsaneJournal too. I need to see about building things up.

It's just that most people I knew here are on Facebook now. I spend some time there, but the majority of my time on Twitter.

The problem with Twitter is that it's ephemeral, and what you tweet about just goes out into the air, away somewhere, forever gone (for the most part). I used to have a thing called tweetinesis and later LoudTwitter (mostly when tweetinesis wasn't working/stopped working altogether) that shipped my tweets-of-the-day to my blog-of-choice. So I had all my tweets shipped to/archived at my InsaneJournal. But both of those services are dead and gone now. :-/

So, thinking about writing things and how long they'll be around: I have a permanent account at InsaneJournal and then there's my CountryMouse's Diary on our domain (although no one ever seems to go to my web pages anymore).

Although why I want these things to "stay" I don't know--no one is looking at them. Well, it's just the thing of wanting to be remembered...

Jun. 16th, 2014

What to do?

I'm unlocking most everything over on my LiveJournal account and intend to use it and my InsaneJournal too. I may have them mirror each other. (LJ deleted 2/16/2018)

But there's six and a half years of stuff here that I have no intention of trying to put over on LiveJournal.

It's after 4:30am now, and I need sleep. I'll think about that tomorrow. :-p

Jun. 15th, 2014

I can't believe I did it

Yes, I posted over on LiveJournal, after 6-1/2 years! That's because I found a community there, via Google, concerning people's altars. It's called "Pimp My Altar". What gorgeous photos! Plus I had a question I needed to ask.

Anyway, here are the photos I posted over there. (LJ deleted 2/16/2018)

I'm in the (mental so far) process of setting up an altar in my computer room. I haven't had an altar for *years*.

May. 9th, 2014

We moved...almost a year ago!

I can't believe I haven't posted an entry here for so long!

Last year, on April 1st, 2013, our landlords had to ask us to leave because *they* needed to move back into their house because of a thing with their bank and their home equity loan. Which meant we had to scramble and find another place to rent.

It took us until June to finally find a place! This is the 26th house we looked at! We are in Loveland, Ohio now and expect to be here about another year.

After that, Cat'r is hoping to buy a house. :-)

Sep. 20th, 2013

Cat'r moving dates

(I'm posting this from the thingee on the Web--I have a new PC and no LJ/IJ client installed yet)

For my own information: Cat'r moved to Louisville, KY on November 14, 2005; he moved back to Cincinnati on September 23, 2009. He lived and worked out of town for almost four years. :-(

Glad he's back now!

Jul. 16th, 2013

Amanda Palmer tweets about me again!!

Surprised and honoured! Here is the first time she tweeted about my cover of her "Ukulele Anthem", a year ago.

Then today (click the date in the tweet below to see it displayed properly):

::blush:: So happy. :-)

Mar. 25th, 2013

Tarot, Oracle Cards, and more

First see this entry about my decks and all the replies.

Between then and recently, I got rid of more tarot decks and stayed almost exclusively with Doreen Virtue oracle cards. I felt "safe" with them. When she came out with her Angel Tarot Cards, I got those because those too feel safe and gentle.

Recently I had gotten some other oracle card decks, mostly animal and nature related. When I first got the "Oracle of Shadows & Light", I really didn't like them. The faces, the eyes. I gave the deck to B. He was planning on buying his own deck, but I said he could have mine. But he happened to leave them sitting on the couch, and the deck kept calling to me. So I started looking at the cards, the ones I liked okay, the ones that felt uncomfortable. The book that comes with it has some really positive good stuff in it. So I read the meanings of the cards that were making me feel weird and came to an understanding. It felt like the deck was here to help me. :-) So B. said certainly I could have it back and he would get his own deck, like he had planned originally.

Then I started hanging out on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum. And I bought a WONDERFUL deck that is NOT a tarot deck. It's called "The Deck of 1000 Spreads". It helps you design spreads! Here is one I designed the day I got the deck.

And then I started realizing I missed several of the tarot decks I used to have and also wanted some of the other newer ones that are out. In a couple weeks, I hope to make a new list of the decks I currently have. It will be a TASK because there are lots more Doreen Virtue oracle card decks out now, and I have them ALL! And I'm waiting on six decks (five tarot, one oracle) that should show up this week! Eeeee!

Things I want to remember: not every deck is for reading with. At least two are/will be just for collecting and looking at (my "Hello, Tarot" deck is one). And if I don't feel a connection with a deck right now, I'll just put it away for a while.

I wish I hadn't gotten rid of some of my decks. I am replacing my Universal Waite deck and plan on getting another Morgan Greer. But I'm glad I got rid of some other ones. I thought I was feeling nostalgic for the Mythic Tarot, but really it's not the deck; it was the time, the place, the people I did readings with when I had that deck. I looked at the artwork online recently and realized I didn't really care for it after all. I don't need to replace that deck.

The other thing that helped me get interested in tarot again: watching reviews of decks on YouTube! There's a part of me that just plain likes to collect pretty things. I do read cards, but I like to just look at them too.

So when I get a chance, I hope to make an updated list of all my decks and divination tools.

Mar. 15th, 2013

My latest music video

I did this for the latest Season of the Ukulele on Ukulele Underground. This is "God Is God" by Steve Earle. I learned it from Joan Baez's album, "Day After Tomorrow", which was produced by Steve Earle. He wrote this song for Joan Baez.

Feb. 20th, 2013

Cat'r and me having fun

Jan. 28th, 2013

What I've been doing lately


Dec. 3rd, 2012

A Murdered Girl Ballad (for a change!)

I've been doing (mostly) happy and nice songs lately, but here's one that fit right in with the theme for the 42nd Season of the Ukulele (The Italian Job: do an Italian song or one about crime). This is an ongoing campaign/competition on Ukulele Underground. ETA: I won second place!

Nov. 18th, 2012

Lovely hula hands!

Isn't this girl wonderful?

Oct. 22nd, 2012

Because it was 2 years...

This song came out just in time for the second anniversary of Mama's passing away on Sept. 29th. (I uploaded this video to YouTube on Sept. 27th. It took me that long to figure out how to get the old embed code from YT!) What a help! Ms. Palmer writes such wonderful songs! This is my interpretation of "Lost" from Amanda Palmer's new album, "Theatre Is Evil". Go download it! You can pay as little or as much as you want!

Aug. 25th, 2012

It's my ukulele anniversary!

Today is my Ukulele Anniversary (3 years)! This is the first ukulele I ever owned. It's a Mahalo which WhenDogsSing did a set-up on and now has Aurora Silkgut soprano strings in Aqua Blue. I did this video in our Games Room. What you are seeing is just a fraction of all the games in there, almost all belonging to the Cat'r.

Aug. 8th, 2012

A new music video from me--al fin!

This is the first music video I have done from our new house. Welcome to my office/studio/music room!

Aug. 1st, 2012

The busyness of moving and settling in

Things have been BIZZY. Cat'r moved in first, on May 1st. Then Bunnicula and I moved in, in two stages, also in May. Poor B., having to commute back and forth on the bus daily to pack all that STUFF!

I was shocked and horrified when I watched the movers bringing in the boxes during the second move (at the end of May). We could've been part of a reality show called "Organized Hoarders"! Eeeeek! Our entire family room ("The Parquet Room") downstairs was filled, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, with boxes. We hadn't had time to go through things enough before we moved, so I went at it with a vengeance afterwards. I sold 30 boxes of books to Half Price Books, and we gave away TONS of stuff to the nearby St. Vincent de Paul thrift store (like Goodwill).

Things are still not totally finished, but it's feeling a lot more like home. :-)

And then there were things that happened: drain in the basement backed up, so the RotoRooter guy had to be sent for. The air conditioning broke (capacitor blew, turns out), so B. and I hid out at a motel for a couple days. Our landlord got us a little window a/c unit and put it in the master bedroom so I'd have a "safe room". :-) Our landlords (husband and wife) are GREAT, btw! And there are bugs. I just was NOT used to this! Having to adjust. :-/ We live near woods (and a nature preserve behind that), so that accounts for a lot.

But there are the wonderful things, such as DEER in our backyard! Sooo beautiful! And lots of windows, with every one of them giving out onto a beautiful view. I love all the trees and greenery. And we are on a nice quiet street. And the house is BIG! We have 13 rooms (counting the 2 & 1/2 baths and laundry room but not counting the garage). And it's so nice to have an automatic dishwasher. :-) And nice and responsive landlords.

I *am* going to get back to doing music videos, really I am. It's just been busy busy busy here.

Apr. 26th, 2012


Apr. 24th, 2012

An oldie but goodie!

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