Saturday, October 31, 2009

9




My favorite number is the number 9. Here are some fun facts on the number 9. Below is the progression over the ages and languages of the written form of the number.



Of course there is all sorts of Math-y type stuff about 9 but I won't bore us with those silly details!


A few religious and philosophical fun facts:


Nine, as the highest single-digit number (in base ten), symbolizes completeness in the Bahá'í Faith. In addition, the word Bahá' in the Abjad notation has a value of 9, and a 9-pointed star is used to symbolize the religion.
The number 9 is revered in Hinduism and considered a complete, perfected and divine number because it represents the end of a cycle in the decimal system, which originated from the Indian subcontinent as early as3000 BC.
Important Buddhist rituals usually involve nine monks.
The first nine days of the Hebrew month of Av are collectively known as "The Nine Days" (Tisha HaYamim), and are a period of semi-mourning leading up to Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Av on which both Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed.
Nine is a significant number in Norse Mythology. Odin hung himself on an ash tree for nine days to learn the runes.
The Fourth Way Enneagram is one system of knowledge which shows the correspondence between the 9 integers and the circle.
In the Christian angelic hierarchy there are 9 choirs of angels.
Anton LaVey applied the number to Satan.

The nine Choruses of the Angels: Seraphes, angels of love and light; Cherubs, angels of wisdom and intelligence; Thrones, angels of force and life; Dominations, angels of liberty; Principalities, angels of eternity and memory; Powers, angels of holiness; Vertues, angels of humility; Archangels, having for attribute the justice; Ordinary angels, to which we attribute the innocence.


In the year 9 AD- the news was:
Vespasian, Roman emperor was born in the year 9 AD
In the year 9 AD Publius Quinctilius Varus, Roman general died.
In the year 9 AD Ovid is banished to Tomis.
In the year 9 AD Pannonia becomes a Roman province.
In the year 9 AD the Catuvellauni attack the Trinovantes and capture Camulodunum.
In the year 9 AD Wang Mang usurped the Chinese throne and ended Han rule.


And then there is this little guy! 9! He has a zipper!



I wish I had a zipper!


One of my favorite Witches







This is Veronica Lake in "I Married a Witch" from 1942.

Happy Halloween



Friday, October 30, 2009

Who left me alone with glitter?


As I branch out in my 'artistic' endeavors, I have inevitably come around to having an occasion where glitter might add a little zest to a few things that I am crafting. Not only is there glitter in all sorts of colors and dispensers but there is glitter glue too! The sign above is all to true. Because glitter starts out in one place and ends up on many others!

Annoying people



 I am on Vacation so I have had a chance to do things like drive around town and go into grocery stores and Target during the morning hours on a weekday- something that I can't normally due because I am at the office. I have come to the conclusion that a lot of people are stupid!

As I was checking out at my local Trader Joes today, I had this lady stand, seriously, right next to me on my right, practically on my feet! As I went to enter my pin in the machine I gave her a look and sort of shifted to turn my back on her ala you are WAY in my personal space, step back! and what does she do? She steps around me and now stands on my left as though she is in line in front of me- while I am still checking out!  What the hell? Even the checkout boy was looking at her. IDIOT!

Have you ever noticed that there is always someone in a store that is 'the loud one' yammering non- stop to someone they are with? Going on and on in a loud voice that nearly everyone in the store can hear? As I was trying to score some reduced Halloween crafty items this morning, I had to listen to a lady tell her 3 year old son at LEAST 50 times "they don't have any Fire truck things here, I don't see any Fire truck things here, we will have to go somewhere else because they don't have any Fire truck things here".
 Obviously she was not psychic because if she was she would have seen the visual I had of her falling into the christmas display becoming trapped in the faux trees, while the store workers called 911. A FIRE TRUCK would then roll out, and as I am leaving I say to her  as she flails around in the tangle of branches, lights and baubles "oh look there is a FIRE TRUCK THING! I guess they DO have them!" Yes. . .  she was that annoying

My Dolls


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tom Waits



Love this guy! Inside the site you can listen to the songs. Go to the site HERE and enjoy!

L.A. Noir


L.A.Noir is one of many blogs that I follow. I enjoy the focus on Los Angeles and the nutty things that occur around here, but I mostly read it for it's humor. The creator Stephen Blackmoore has a wry sense of humor that just goes perfectly with these bizarre but all too common stories. You can see the Blog HERE

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I just LOVE my books!



Chestnut Carousel Horses



Jeff and I sold our first framed print from our November Obscura Etsy shoppe. It is an antique color version of the photo you see here, that I took this summer in Santa Cruz California at the Boardwalk there. These chestnut horses were so alive!

Wednesday's Child and All that Woe stuff



Ok so lets get this over with. Yes, I actually AM a Wednesday's Child, born on a Wednesday in April of 1961. I started this blog on a Wednesday also just for consistency.  While I may not be full of woe everyday, I have been known to have bouts of melancholia and my lifetime attraction to dark aesthetics has been seen by some as woeful, but it has always made me happy!




Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.


I like how most people refer to this poem with the 'Wednesday's Child' part. I have always thought that they did that because 'woe' is dark and mysterious and people are attracted in spite of themselves.


Pretty houses in a row


Love this! A quaint row of houses of the dead in the foreground and a row of houses of the living behind. I took this photo at Graceland cemetery in Chicago in February of this year. It was about 21 degrees that day as I recall. Burrr!

The Love of my life



I adore this man! We will be on the road on our anniversary, November 2nd ( Day of the Dead), so I wanted to put this up now. Happy second anniversary Jeff. I Love you!
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