Pick a Card, My Dear

Sudden Downpour

It was sunny when you left home, so you didn’t take an umbrella. An hour later, you’re caught in a torrential downpour. You run into the first store you can find — it happens to be a dark, slightly shabby antique store, full of old artifacts, books, and dust. The shop’s ancient proprietor walks out of the back room to greet you. Tell us what happens next!

“Good afternoon. How may I help you dear?” the little old lady asked as she stood up from behind her counter.

“Oh nothing. I got caught in the rain and your shop was the closest. If you don’t mind I will just look around until the rain dies down.” I said.

“Of course dear. Would you like some tea?” I agreed to the tea and she handed me a cup of delicious peppermint tea. “This kind of tea is my favorite,” I said.

“I know,” she responded. My eyebrows slowly rose and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. “You do?” I asked.

“Of course. I have been waiting for you. I have watched you walk by my shop every day and I knew that one day you would come in and that day is today.” I walked over to the counter and peered at the lady. I noticed a deck of tarot cards splayed out in front of her. The next thing I noticed was the she was blind. I took a cautious step back.

“Do not be alarmed my dear. Please, pick a card,” she said as she waived her weathered bone white hand over the tarot cards. I stepped back up to the counter and began to select a card at random. “No, no, no. Feel the cards. Close your eyes and feel the cards. Run your hand over them and choose a card. You will know which one to choose.” As the woman could not see I had no idea how she knew what I was doing but I closed my eyes and ran my hand along the cards. I felt a sudden vibration in the palm of my hand and selected that card. “Good,” the old woman said. She took the card from me and laid it out on the counter.

“Ah yes. This card tell of hidden potential and danger. It is what I expected from you, but now I am certain. Many changes are about to happen my dear. Be ready. When the time comes come back and see me. I believe the rain has stopped.” Confused by what the woman had just told me I turned to find the rain had indeed stopped. “I’m sorry, but I’m confused,” I said but stopped short when I turned back to the woman to find no one there. The tarot cards had also vanished. I looked around quickly thinking that perhaps she had moved but no one was there. I slowly backed my way to the door and quickly slipped through it. The sun was back out and it gave me some comfort. “What had the woman meant? Where did she go? What just happened?” where the questions running through my mind as I walked away from the store. I turned to look back at the old antique shop one more time only to find an empty store front with a for rent sign covered in cob webs.

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet…

The sense of smell is an interesting sense. You smell so many things throughout the day and more often than not, you do not realize half of what you are smelling. What I find the most interesting is what the sense of smell can do to you. The fact that certain smells can evoke certain memories or remind of you things.

My fiance was making apple butter and when I came home from work and the smell hit me I instantly thought of Christmas.

When I smell Apple Cider I think of fall and all the fun things I do during that season.

The smell of cantaloupe reminds me of summer.

The smell of fresh bread gives a comforting, home feeling.

Our sense of smell is amazing and I love pondering on what my smells bring up for me.

What smells do you have strong memories to?

The Waiting Game


There comes a point every summer that I am suddenly struck with Autumn Fever. I desire changing colors, crunchy leaves, crisp mornings, apple orchards, hot apple cider, and pumpkins. Not to mention that I’m getting married this Fall and it seems that so many wonderful things are happening during that time.

As a result of all of these things, I am now playing the Waiting Game. I do not want to wish the summer away, I have been enjoying the warm weather after the cold apocalypse of a winter we had, but Autumn is my favorite time of year and I am so ready for all the fun adventures that I have every year in the Fall.

This morning I found some Spiced Apple Cider Tea at work today and made myself a cup. That was my mistake. One whiff of that lovely aroma and the fever struck me.

Hit the Ground Running


I have begun to run and exercise. Today was my first day. I decided to start out small because I am not a runner. This new development of mine has come from trying on my wedding dress and finding it a bit tight. The panic the ensued has prompted me to begin exercising more and eating less in order to lose weight because I have to fit in my dress. I have around two months in order to lose about 10 pounds which I think I can do very easily. I am not super worried, but there is definitely an urgency that was not there before I tried on the dress yesterday. Otherwise I am so excited to get married!

From Regency to Fantasy

Fictional Intruder

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

As I am an avid reader, I find this prompt very difficult. There are so many fictional adventures I would love to experience.


#1. I am a huge, huge, huge Jane Austen fan, so for my first experience I would want to go to a Regency period ball and if Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightly, Mr. Wentworth, or Mr. Tilney were there to sweep me off my feet, then that would be all the better. I would want the carriage to bring me to and take me from the ball as well and the beautiful dresses that the women wore too. I want the whole experience!


#2. I would like to learn magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I would enjoy learning in the big castle and staying there.


#3. Finally, I would like to travel to the forest of Lothlorien and visit with the elves. I would also like to visit Rivendale. The elves of J.R.R Tolkien’s world sound beautiful and amazing. I would love to talk with them and learn from them.


Fearless Fantasies

How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

I am not altogether sure that I want a life without fear. I am so perfectly happy with where I am at in my life right now and I know that my fears have contributed to to who I am today and where I have been.

Fear is an instinct that is triggered to tell us when danger is nearby. Sometimes our fears are silly like being afraid of the dark, but sometimes our fears are real, such as being afraid of a person who could hurt you.

Our fears help shape our lives. Sometimes they hold us back, but sometimes they save us. It is hard to say whether or not my life would be better or worse without fear because that is asking how different would your life be if you made choice A over choice B. You just cannot know the answer.

The Stress of Graduate School

Upon deciding to embark on the graduate school journey I have found that my worries and stress level have gone up.

First there is the school. What school or schools do I apply to? What are their specifications for their students? Are my grades good enough to get it?

I decided on three schools. Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Arizona State University Online. Now I have to go through each application process and write papers and order transcripts. There is a ton a work that goes into applying to graduate school and each school needs unique information.

A lot of this application process is waiting and I hate waiting. I have to wait to write some of the required papers. I have to wait to submit the application because I cannot apply for the specific semester I want to apply to at this time.

I know that in the end it will be worth all the headaches, but it just feels so disorganized and messy right now.