The Dirt Witch Chronicles

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No, The Path You Are Considering Won’t Work!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written here on my blog.  But, after a weekend discussion with my husband about my options for getting out of the 9 to 5 working world and do something more meaningful yet less time intensive.  He suggested giving readings for a living since I was so good at them 15 years ago.  Well, according to tonight’s cards, “No, the path you are considering won’t work!”  You will not make enough money to cover all your expenses and you are being way to naive to believe you could!

Here are the cards using a yes/no reading:

  • Ten of Pentacles, reversed.
  • Six of Cups, reversed
  • The Star
  • Princess of Pentacles, reversed
  • King of Wands, reversed
  • The Fool, reversed


I think the cards are saying that there won’t be enough of an income to cover my expenses and any lump sums of money that I may be fantasizing about will not manifest.  (10 of Pentacles and Princess of Pentacles) Many years ago I also had this idea to live off the income from readings.  (Six of Cups) And now it appears that I am glamorizing that idea and maybe exaggerating just how good my readings really were.  I mean, if they were so great, why didn’t I stick with it?  Why didn’t those clients come back again and tell all their friends about it?

Besides that, I haven’t actually pictured myself being successful at giving readings.  (The Star) IF that is truly what I want to do with my life, then I must visualize it and feel a passion for it.  Hmm. There’s a hint.  I don’t really feel a passion for giving readings.  That would be my husband’s idea and he is also the one who keeps telling me that I am the most accurate psychic he’s ever met!  While that comment makes me feel good, it is very biased and based on the fact he hasn’t met all that many.

Back to the reading.  The princess of Pentacles and the King of Wands could represent me and my husband.  I’ve never been known to keep money for long and he’s never been know to be able to follow a plan.  Another meaning could be bad news about finances or one of us may lose a job.  And that one of us may just be him.  (He is part-time right now and there has been a huge decrease in work availability.)

And then the last card.  The Fool Reversed.  I am not looking at the reality of our situation.  As we currently live, there is no way that I can make enough money by myself, at my regular job, let alone doing readings, to cover all of our expenses.

Take away/message

So what do I take away from this reading?  I really do have a good job right here.  I’m good at it and I can visualize myself in this position, making money, for at least another year or two.  (The Star.)

And financially we are doing ok at the moment, but there are no large sums of money in reserve to cover anything should something catastrophic happen.  Again, that goes back to needing to stay where we are until those reserves can be built.  (Ten of Pentacles & Princess of Pentacles).

Emotionally I need to do my best to suck it up.  In the past I glamorized my future by believing that I would someday be able to retire and still have all the luxuries I have now.  According to these cards, (Six of Cups and the Fool Reversed), I would be really stupid to believe that I have the kind of time it will take to build the kind of nest egg I will need to get me through 20 to 30 years of not working.


So, when a witch gets tired of working for a living and just wants to be free to do what she pleases, how does she make enough money to pay for it?  Readings can’t cover everything.  Even growing and selling herbs won’t cover much.  I guess the key is to reduce expenses as quickly as possible.  Cut everything back so we are living on just one income and the other person’s income goes directly into savings.  Don’t incur any new debt and maybe after a year or two we will have enough money to buy a piece of property without a loan.  Something with a decent place to live with lots of off-grid amenities.

I can only hope that our health will allow us to fulfill this dream of mine!  We aren’t very young any more and that’s only going to get worse!

Thank you for reading.


Many changes so far in 2016!


2016 has brought many changes to my life.  Changes that I wasn’t really expecting.  Honestly, I thought 2016 was going to look a lot like 2015.  You know, work, eat, sleep, and do it all over again tomorrow.  Well, that’s not the way things are happening this year!

First, my employers made a decision about where they wanted to move the office and when it was going to happen!  It took the first 4 months of 2016 to get all the details lined out and the new office constructed to their liking, but we have finally moved in!  Is this a positive move?  Absolutely!  It means that I am the Office Manager for a company this is actively growing!  And our office is big enough to qualify, at least in my world, as an exercise opportunity!  We are located on the second floor of a building and spans one city block.  So walking to the break room and back to my office to get a cup of coffee is increasing my exercise goals!  Yippee!

Another positive thing about the move is that I no longer have my back to the main entrance of the office!  I’m actually clear at the other end of the building, can’t even see the door from my desk, but I’m still the one who has to answer the doorbell when people come to visit!  Ah well, another plus for the exercise!

The second big change happened to my son.  He had been living with his girlfriend of over 5 years when their relationship hit the rocks.  My son went into a deep depression while his girlfriend packed all their things and left.  She at least gave me all of his things since he was in the hospital so he didn’t lose everything.  He just lost her.  She had been is anchor, his rock, and his only support system.  And now she was done.  After a few weeks in the mental health system, he decided to move out of state to live with a friend who has suffered many of the same issues he’s had.  So far, living in another state, away from all the memories of life here seems to be working for him.  At least, I hope it is!  As his mom, I just want him to be happy, safe and loved.

My third big change concerns my daughter.  She is the baby of my family but she is no longer a baby!  She has a partner and two kids of her own!  And the good news is that she and her family have moved to a small town that is within 30 minutes of me!  They used to be about 3 1/2 hours away!  Of course, my husband and I had a LOT to do with helping them get moved!  But that’s beside the point.  The point is, my baby had moved back home and is now close enough for me to have the opportunity to get to know at least two of my grand children!  change wordle

And it’s not quite the end of May yet.  I have no idea what other changes the universe may have in store for me this year.  But I hope it’s not too many more!  I like my routine.  It’s safe!

There is another change occurring.  This one is about me.  Me and getting older.  When I was younger, I was very skinny.  It was hard for me to put on enough weight to keep me warm.  My doctor once told me, when I complained about my tail bone hurting whenever I sit for any length of time, to eat more ice-cream and fatty foods.  He said I needed to gain weight.  So I did.  I LOVE ice-cream and fatty foods!  I love food!  But I still couldn’t gain the weight.  Then I turned 40.  Suddenly my clothes started getting too tight and it was getting harder to breathe.  I went from 120 lbs up to 135 lbs.  Wow!  I was actually filling out in all the right places!  Finally I felt like a girl complete with curves!  (My husband however thought I was getting fat.  He didn’t like the changes.)

When I was 45 I quit smoking.  You know what happens when you quit smoking?  You find things to put in your mouth that aren’t cigarettes.  Like cookies, and other “bad for you” snacks!  I gained more weight.  Then we moved to Colorado and I got homesick.  So homesick I ended up really depressed.  I put on more weight.  And other health issues started appearing on a regular basis too.

Now, I am 51.  I weigh 170 to 175 lbs.  I can’t seem to find clothes that not only fit comfortably but also look good on me.  And my overall health?  Sucks!  That’s right!  It sucks!  For the past several years, I have converted most of my diet to organic.  I am of the opinion that our foods are being manufactured by huge corporations that have no moral obligation to do what’s right.  The ingredients being used for the processed boxed and canned foods that we think are safe, have never been tested or approved by the FDA!  All the mystery illnesses and chronic illnesses like cancer and diabetes are coming from our foods and our environment!

When I was 26 and raising my three kids, I never really thought about what’s in our food.  My thought was that it couldn’t be sold on the grocery store shelf unless it was good for us!  Boy was I wrong!  And now, 25 years later after eating all those chemically altered foods, I am struggling to just feel good.  And my husband is struggling with his own version of depression.

When will we wake up and take back our lives, our health, and our country?  How did we let the corporations take over?  When did we stop buying foods that are “in season” and start forcing plants to produce when its not a natural time for them to produce?  When did we stop preparing our own foods for winter storage?

Things to ponder as we move forward in 2016.  I am hoping with the added exercise from the new office, continuing to eat as organic as possible, and having opportunities to spend time with my family, will help me to add more peace and happiness to my life.  My goal is to be happy and satisfied no matter where I am, what I’m doing, or who I’m with.  Baby steps will get me there.

Thanks for listening!waynedyer384143 Changes


Changes to the page are coming!

It’s been quite a while since I last posted on this page.  The reason is because it takes me longer to update all the ads than it does to write a good article about a topic you might be interested in!

So!  I have made a decision to get rid of the ads!  They aren’t making me any money anyway so why not!?  My goal is to share my knowledge.  If I can make a living by sharing then great, but if not, then whatever!  That’s life!

I’m not sure exactly when these changes will take place.  But it will be soon and it will be in small steps.

I’m hoping to have new content by the Spring Equinox this year.

Thanks for your patience!

Dragon Hawk

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First Official Day in the Gardens!

2014 Gardens - Mid-season

2014 Gardens – Mid-season

Last year, I had three raised beds that I did my best to completely fill!  The bed on the left is mainly corn, carrots, beets, and tomatoes.  I planted a cucumber in there too, but it never really took off.

SunflowersThe middle bed I reserved for sunflowers, herbs, peppers, kohlrabi, and beans.  The sunflowers were my best performers in this one!

They ended up over 10 feet tall!  And as you can see from the picture, the huge heads bent them over and they were still over 8 feet!

I’m growing them again this year too.  Only this time, I’m planting more of them and I’m putting them along the fence.  Who wants to see the inside of a privacy fence anyway?


South bed – Late season

The bed on the right is actually my most southern positioned bed.  I planted melon, corn, pumpkin, potatoes, tomatoes, and even some wildflowers in this bed.  The corn was a lot shorter than the corn in the north bed.  The melon didn’t grow well at all and only flowered a couple times.  There was one fruit that set and when we ate it, it was really bitter!

The tomatoes struggled.  I was able to harvest several, but they were late in the season and not very big.

The biggest producer in this lot was the pumpkin!  It took over the bed and then started escaping across the yard!  From now on, melons and pumpkins get their own area where they can spread all they want!

My biggest pest problem of the season was squash bugs!  They were all over the pumpkin vines and I think that’s what slowed down the tomatoes too.

The lessons I learned?

  1. I prefer to spread out my gardens!  Square foot gardening might work for some, but I tend to over do it!  Too many varieties of plants in one spot and I get lost.  I found myself pulling plants that I thought were weeds when actually I had planted them there myself!
  2. So many plants so close together encourages pests.  Take the squash bugs as an example.  They were all over the pumpkin plant and some were on the tomato plants.  They really didn’t do that much damage, at least from what I could see.  Some of the pumpkins were a bit scarred and a few were lost because the vine collapsed.  But for the most part, they were just really gross bugs to look at and made me not want to reach my hand into the vine to pick the fruit!
  3. It’s hard to keep track of what is planted where and when to harvest.
  4. I still don’t have companion planting down.  While some of the plants in the beds were beneficial, others weren’t.  I tried to keep them separated by at least a couple of feet, but I don’t think that’s good enough.

The bottom line is this, I need more beds.  Or at least more areas to plant in.

So today, being the first full day of spring, I have decided to get out and play in the yard.  I sent Bill to the hardware store for many, many bags of garden soil to add to our existing beds.  By the way, if you notice in the pictures, the beds are taller this year and they have a seat!  Thank you Bill for building them up and adding that seat!  Of course, that means that they need lots and lots of dirt added.  Which is why Bill was sent to get it.



2015 – Updated beds!

After several hours and 30 forty-pound bags later, this is now my blank slate!  I still have more beds to create.  Somewhere.  But for now, my main three are ready to be planted!

The middle bed, since it’s going to be my perennial bed, already has some sage coming back!

March 21, 2015

March 21, 2015

As you can see, there is some new growth intermixed with the dry and dead stuff from last year.

We added two new additions to the yard last fall as well!  We planted two small peach trees at the south end of the beds.  I will post pictures of them once they get all leafed out so you can actually see them instead of the scenery behind them!  But, as a teaser, this is how they are starting out!


I think this has been a VERY productive first full day of Spring!  I just hope I’m still able to move on Monday!



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