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Jun. 23rd, 2017 01:11 pm
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 Also girl-powered.  \o/

Garden Photos

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:55 am
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 There are two batches of photos from Thursday, one of flowers and one of nests.

Garden Photos

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:27 pm
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I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds

Thursday Yardening

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:10 pm
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Today is cloudy, cool, and breezy.  Earlier I took pictures.

I planted two lemon thyme plants in the Goddess Garden, and watered potted plants. 

New verses in "A Hope and a Promise"

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:55 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 15 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."   Mrs. Ozenne and Aidan talk about school and play options.  Saraphina talks about her terrible past.  (Toddler phrasing, but graphic description of witnessed violence.)
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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Farce" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Hard Things

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:32 pm
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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The furniture is interestingly shuffled, right now. I'm gathering stuff in the living room to give to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. We'll see how much of the attic I can clear out before their scheduled arrival date. It should be a substantial declutter, if nothing else.

Outside, the roses are blooming. Oddly enough, this year they started blooming before the day lilies, which are just getting started. If you come by and don't see me right away, come around back and tell me I can stop weeding around the tomato plants for a bit! The weeds are quite tall, as I've been busy with indoor tasks and runs to the Geek Squad, glasses place, and other such tasks.

Computer follies have continued, the car acquired a large screw in a non-repairable part of one tire, and when I went in to get the replacement "temple" (arm) of my glasses replaced, they broke the still-functional old one, so my glasses are still kind of wobbly on my face (the spares they found to loan me in the meantime have a "spring feature" that, in my opinion, is a "spring bug").

But still, it's summer and nice out (here, anyway--no 100 degree temps this far inland so far).

I'm going to continue offering a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs. As always, a signal boost will allow you to ask for a clarification card on some part of this reading, if you wish. Alternatively, you can ask for a Torn World reading and get an in-character reading in Affamarg or the Breidalam Mountains using that world's standard layout for the divination disks.

Or, of course, you can simply ask for a single card (with the usual clarifying card for people who tip or signal boost). The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related.

So, let's see if I can offer some some inspiration or spark some creativity for you. You can ask about real life or a creative project, or even a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both.

New friends and old are very welcome. The grass is shaggy, and weeds are keeping the tomato and squash plants company, but some of the roses have started to bloom, and I'm happy to have you visit.

For free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. You can ask a question, ask for a Guide or for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. I don't need to know what your question is, but you are welcome to share it with me if you like.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Tips (including requests for longer readings) also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, including but not limited to my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards and my Fantasy Showcase Tarot deck where each card was done by a different artist. Tipping can also be used to request a private reading, or to draw a clarifying card. If you want a longer reading, send a direct message so we can agree on the type of reading and rate.

Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card. I'd love to do a bunch of readings, under the circumstances!

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

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

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

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by adding a clear note at the top of the post rather than risk leaving anyone without a response. However, I intend to stay open through the weekend, and longer for paid readings.

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

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

Happy Solstice!

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:02 am
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The actual moment was almost six hours ago, but that makes this the "First Day Of [Summer/Winter]". Whichever season you're entering, may you all be blessed in whatever ways you need the most!

Cake for a coffee lover!

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:21 am
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This is a cake just slightly larger than a life-size mug of coffee. It made four servings - it's rich and rather dense!

Coffee Mug Cake
Cake in the shape of a full coffee mug
Cake with a slice removed
Coffee-mug cake with a slice removed


I started by making a dark chocolate ganache, to which I added powdered instant espresso, to give it a deep mocha flavor. As the ganache was cooling to a spreadable consistency, I made a plain vanilla genoise cake batter, and baked it in a jelly-roll pan. Because of my lack of mathematical ability, I had the wrong amount of batter for the size of the pan, and the layer came out much thinner than I had planned, but my idea was still workable.

Genoise is usually brushed with syrup while it's still hot. The syrup I made was a "simple syrup", but I used turbinado sugar instead of plain white sugar to give it just a hint of a flavor edge. (I didn't have any coffee liqueur, and also I felt that might have made the flavor too one-dimensional.)

I used my largest round cookie cutter, which just happens to be the same diameter as the coffee mug I was using as a prototype, to cut out circles of syrup-moistened cake. I stacked them with ganache between each layer, until the stack was tall enough, then stuck a skewer down through the middle (so it wouldn't tip over or slide apart) and put it in the refrigerator until it was firm. At this point I noticed that the stacked layers closely resembled Dobos torte or "seven-layer cake". I had used up all the ganache, so while the cake was chilling, I whipped up a small batch of plain confectioners'-sugar-and-butter frosting to coat the sides.

When the cake could stand firm without the skewer, I covered the sides with the frosting, and began to shape the marzipan. My idea was that the marzipan would resemble a ceramic cup, so I rolled it out and cut a strip that was just taller than the cake (to look like the rim of the cup). The icing held the marzipan to the cake. I had just enough marzipan left to shape into a handle - and a tiny nubbin left after that, which I rolled into a "snake", coiled up, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, like a little cookie that might be served alongside the coffee in a fancy coffee place.

I brushed a little of the syrup onto the top of the cake, to make it shiny and liquid-looking. And, as a final touch, I added some clusters of different-sized silver dragees, like the clusters of little bubbles that often appear around the edges of a cup of coffee.

As you can see, it really did look like a mug full of black coffee! It smelled wonderful, and it tasted absolutely delicious! You can also see, from the sliced picture, the multi-layered texture, which was a surprise to the person who cut into it :-)

Poem: "The Health of the People"

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:26 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "Webs and Networks (Power / Influence / Control)" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary are still kind of a mess, but getting better. This includes questions about gift-giving, detailed discussions of health coverage, transgender health and other issues, acceptance and rejection, awkward comparisons between supervillains and other people, Vagary is actually rather good with people under limited circumstances for which he has received training, and he's getting better in general due to level-grinding social skills, not exactly hacking but looks like it, vague financial discussions, boundary issues, complications of identity, frog handling, fertility challenges, Vagary is making his own friends in Stillwater, and is a huggy monkey when not trying to avoid upsetting Calliope, and other angst. But mostly it's positive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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I have fallen back into Flight Rising. Send help. Or send dragons. That is also welcome. >> (If anyone plays and doesn't have me added, I am inkexplosions/#31978.) I also kind of fell back into Pokemon Go. There were fire things! And seels! And I am super excited for the new gym setup! And it might get me to walk more, which is not a bad thing!

There is much still to do, but I spent this weekend with my mother, which was at various time and for various reasons frustrating and exhausting, super productive, and full of video games and happy shouting. Birthday plans have been made, too, and hopefully that'll go well. I get seafood and dolphins and cake and more Mario Kart, so the plans are pleasing, it's just a matter of how they work out in practice.

I need to get work done this week, but I keep eyeing the [community profile] rainbowfic summer festival stuff. I'm hoping something comes out of that. We will see. It would be nice to get writing done in general and some of the challenges are so up my alley it's kind of ridiculous, so, fingers crossed.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] technoshaman, there are 11 new verses in "Essential for Human Survival."  Cassandra and Groundhog find one of the monks a bit bemusing.

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