Canine Conundrum Part 2

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In which Violet Greer talks to animals.

This is Crystal. When I told her I wanted to talk to her, she ran away and hid under her blanket. I’m not sure I need an actual confession. She’s obviously the perp.

“I didn’t do it!”

I asked what it was that she didn’t do. I thought I could trick her into admitting to something.

“Whatever you think I did, I didn’t do it. I don’t know anything about it, and I don’t want to talk about it.”

I casually mentioned the Webkinz.

“Webkinz? Nope. Don’t know what you’re talking about.”

I told her about the missing stuffed animals.

“Ohhh, that. Yeah, I didn’t do it.”

But she obviously knows who did! I tried to question her further, but she burrowed under the blanket and refused to look at me. A sure sign she was hiding something.

“I don’t know anything about those nasty little toys. They don’t belong to me and I don’t like them anyway.”

I felt that I was on to something. Clyde doesn’t like me to interfere when she’s investigating, but I have very good instincts. And this is my investigation. It’s my very own cozy mystery.

“Are you still here?” She peeked out from under her hiding place. “You’re wasting your time with me.”

After that I got nothing more out of her. Sometimes dogs just start thinking about food and then I can’t compete. I still have another suspect to interrogate before I get to the bottom of this, but I’m pretty sure I already know who did it.

Thanks to Melissa B for sharing her photos! ~de

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Tarot tutorial by Rose Fortune

Hello! I’m Rose Fortune and I’m so glad you found this blog. Actually, I’m glad I managed to write something on this blog. My grandson, Seth, helped. He knows how to do all these new things like texting and downloading music and movies, and something called twitter. I have to admit, I prefer the old way of doing things. But, Harriet is very persuasive and she thinks Crystal Haven needs a blog.

I want to take a moment before I tell you about the tarot to explain that I’m sure Clyde didn’t mean to portray Crystal Haven in a bad way. She’s my daughter, and although we don’t see eye to eye on anything I don’t think she would intentionally harm Crystal Haven. She grew up here.

Apparently, her book is a cozy mystery. She very clearly published it as fiction and as my sister, Vi, says “publicity is publicity” or something like that. If people read the book and decide to come to Crystal Haven to see what we have to offer, where’s the harm? But as the head of the historical society, Harriet is protective.

Well, on to the tarot. I will try to give a little insight on different aspects of the tarot with each post. It takes years of study to understand all of the possible readings of just one card. When the cards are combined in a layout, the meanings are compounded.

The tarot consists of four suits with cards numbered from one to ten and four face cards (king, queen, knight, and page). This will be familiar to anyone who has played a card game with a regular deck of cards. The tarot deck also has a second group of twenty-two cards called the major arcana giving us seventy-eight cards rather than fifty-two.

There are all sorts of decks out there from the traditional Rider-Waite pack to decks featuring fairies, goddesses, Egyptian gods, and even some lovely hand drawn artwork. I like to experiment with different decks and see which ones give me the best information. It’s my opinion that the cards will speak to the individual and each person sees something different in the pictures.

Next time, I’ll write about meanings of individual cards. Do any of you have a favorite deck?