Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Kitties, 1 year, 1 day

Yesterday the babies turned a whole year old! Its been 7 months since they were imported from Iowa and came to live with us-- and so far, the house has survived, although its a bit battered.

Sassy is turning into an elegant young lady...

... but I think Dot will always be our silly little girl.

Moose has adjusted well to being "big brother" and alternates between teasing, being teased and acting indifferent around the kittens.

All in all, we're one big happy family!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tarot for 2010~ 4th Moon

The new moon is here and its time to explore this month's tarot card from my New Year's spread--

Queen of Wands~

The Queens of Wands is the Queen of Creativity. Just like last month's card, lots of wonderful energy in this card. She is surrounded abundance as indicated by all the bright flowers. Her creative tools, her paints and brushes, are close at hand. This is a time for celebrating life and being filled with joy.

The runes seen on this card are Wunjo and Sowilo. Wunjo represents the letter W or V and is all about joy, light and pleasure. Fellowship is part of this rune, along with prosperity, which fits so well with this card's message. Sowilo means the Sun and indicates success or goals achieved. It relates to life force and power available for making positive changes in life.

All in all, the Queen of Wands is one of the most joyful and positive cards in the tarot to receive in a reading.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nifty Thrifty

I am always freezing at work, especially in the summer, when the AC there is cranked up, so I'm always looking for affordable sweaters I can layer on to keep me warm.

Behold-- my latest thrift store find!

Yes, its rather huge, bulky and shapeless; its more like wearing a poncho rather than a sweater-- but look at that color! My favorite shade of green! Even better, it has little flecks of orange and purple in it, too. Better still, it perfectly matches my magic green shoes! Plus, it was hand knit by someone who did a nice job of it. PLUS-- it was .99 cents. That's right, less than one dollar. Seriously! How cool is that?!

I love this sweater. And thrift stores.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Feline Friday: TGIFF

Moose says, "Thank God its Feline Friday!"

I have to say, I agree!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and this year's theme is Prevention Rocks. I hope everyone who visits my blog will take a moment to read what's below.
From the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault 2010 SAA press kit:
Promoting Engaged Bystander Behavior
You think you saw something, but you aren’t sure. You could be wrong; maybe it was nothing. So you let it go and you walk away. The next day you hear the news. Someone desperately needed your help, but you didn’t realize it. It wasn’t your friend. But it was someone else’s loved one. And they needed you to step in and prevent a sexual assault.

You, as a bystander, have the opportunity to act and safely change the outcome—to prevent an assault by stepping in when you see something that doesn’t look right. Maybe you saw someone slip something into a drink. Maybe you witnessed a friend taking advantage of someone who has had too much to drink. Maybe someone grabbed your friend’s butt as she walked by. Studies have shown that college-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group. That makes college-age bystanders critical in preventing sexual assault.

Sure, in a society that promotes a ‘mind your own business’ message, speaking up is difficult. Try to approach the situation as a friend and trust your gut. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. If you think someone is in trouble, ask if they are okay. Be honest and direct in explaining your concerns and reasons for intervening. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching a situation on your own, ask—a friend, a resident director, anyone— for help.

You aren’t wrecking someone’s fun or being a jerk if you speak up. You are watching out for someone’s brother, sister, girlfriend, boyfriend. Next time, it could be your loved one that someone helps out. You’re standing up for what is right.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. By working together, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Thanks for reading. Pass it on. Stand up for others. Help prevent sexual assault!