Patrick Valenza Trionfi Della Luna Paradoxical Tarot

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I’ve spoilt myself with some Christmas money, on a deck that is so unusual and the artwork so sublime I had to own it!!

It’s the Trionfi Della Luna Purple Paradoxical Deck.

The colours are so rich and the detail is unmatched in any other tarot deck.

Good size to handle and shuffle, strong card stock so they feel substantial and sturdy.

Here is some of the Major Arcana, it has a few alternative cards available too. So you can choose which version represents you.

Here are a few alternative cards. The deck is more of a historical representation based on the Marseille decks. So it’s my first one that is more historical.

As well as the Major we have the most visually stunning Minor Arcana too.

But what this deck has as well, it’s an included Oracle deck and Beast Pack Deck. To really build your readings and spread, taking it from the classic 78 cards to 115 cards to play with.

The Oracle alone is super pretty, you get 10 cards.

The Beast Pack is so unusual and you get 21 cards in this. 21 Majors from a forgotten collection originally meant to complement the Trionfi della LunaTarot.

This deck holds another secret, it GLOWS under black light!!


Have you seen any tarot deck quite as pretty as this?

I have some amazing art decks, which are fabulous ways to collect such artwork from favourite artists. But this is a living deck that begs to be read, and used.

Padley Gorge Peak District

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Padley Gorge we are finally back now we can travel a bit more, I’ve missed this place so much.

A beautiful warm day, meant it was T-shirts and dipping our hot achy feet in the stream (man it was painfully cold) But worth it

Beer and Sarnies in the sunshine is exactly what we needed.

We never wanted it to end if we are honest. But bodies need rest and all good days come to an end.

So beautiful to see such lush green grass and colourful flowers coming back. Shame it’s going cold again.

This is the one place I really treasure, it’s a wonderful place to escape and ground yourself. Its my happy place xx

2 Weeks Post Steroid Lt and Rt Cmc Joint

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Such a lot has changed since week 1, and it was already a good improvement.

I have a few niggles now and then, and go back to splint wearing. But overall I’m holding cups, and pens, or cleaning my teeth without that white hot sting!!

So with this new sometimes pain free time, I try and snatch moments to do some physiotherapy exercises. I’m just trying to build up to 10 reps a day.

These are always hard, sometimes utterly impossible, but now with this Depomedrone I can do them. Each finger 10 reps.

These are surprisingly hard considering I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. But slowly does it and trying to aim for 10 reps each finger.

Something I couldn’t do before the injection on the Left side, as it was so so swollen. But if you do while watching tv, you can soon get 10 reps done

Left hand has a bit if a bruise and swelling, so had a few days rest before starting these exercises.

Side Effects

Not sure if anyone else has felt side effects off these injections, but my worse ones by far are sweating, or being freezing. Somehow my temperature is all wrong. Felt a bit off in mood and energy. And the dull ache in the hands after doing a bit much. It even has messed with my menstrual cycle a fair bit too, nothing too bad, but definitely a consideration.

Niggles

The cmc joint pain seems to have been replaced with a low throbbing MCP pain, So although not wearing splints 100percent of the time, they twinge and nag, and it’s still taking up my mindspace.

Lantern Boats #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED All opinions are my own, I pick and choose the authors I wish to feature, and I on my choose genre’s I enjoy, and will feel happy to review.

THE LANTERN BOATS by Tessa
Morris-Suzuki

A WEB OF ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL IN OCCUPIED JAPAN DRAWS IN TIGHT.

Tokyo, 1951.

Elly Ruskin is still struggling
to settle. Half-Japanese by heritage, Elly was repatriated to Japan after the war, but Tokyo is a city she barely knows. And now she’s certain her new husband is having an affair with the enigmatic Japanese poet known as Vida Vidanto.

Yet Elly is not the only one suspicious of Vida.

The occupying American forces
have their eye on her too. Kamiya Jun has been recruited to spy on the poet and find out why Vida spent her war years in China. He is perfect for the part. A war orphan, he has honed the art of becoming invisible in order to survive. But following Vida leads Jun to the Ruskins. And he soon finds himself delving into their private lives as well.

Then Vida Vidanto is found
murdered in her apartment. Is it a case of mere jealousy or has there been a betrayal of a more dangerous kind?

Because Vida had more than one
secret worth killing for.

A powerful, absorbing mystery
that will be consumed by fans of Victoria Hislop, Dinah Jefferies, Fiona Valpy,
Robert Goddard, Kate Morton and Louise Douglas.

ABOUT TESSA MORRIS-SUZUKI

Tessa Morris-Suzuki divides her
time between a small village on the south coast of New South Wales and Canberra, where she is Emeritus Professor of Japanese History at the Australian
National University.

My Review

This one I found a little difficult at first to get into, purely as it’s set in a time I don’t know and have no experience with. So the connection wasn’t there immediately.

But no matter I wanted to give it time to get into it. A story told from two perspectives which is new to me, twisting and curling and melding together, a life of certainy thrust into a life of action.

A slower pace and differing timelines is probably just the change of pace I needed. Beautifully written and well developed characters that you will love.

Hippie Woes

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Still having untold issues with the left hip, I’m forever trying to keep it in decent condition while finely balancing it with not doing too much.

As it’s so easy to aggravate it and I can barely move. Seem to do more damage just pottering around the house, probably because it involves more bending and twisting.

Some basics I like to do, to keep legs moving are.

Ankle Pumps

Sit or lie with legs supported,Pedal your ankles up and down. Keep the knee as straight as possible, do for 1min

Thigh Squeezes, push down

Lie on your back, with legs as straight as possible. Pull toes and foot up towards you, while pushing the thigh muscle down, feel the stretch at the front of hip. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat for 10 reps.

Heel raises in lying

Lying down with supported legs, place a rolled up towel under one knee. Pull the foot towards you and straighten the knee as much as possible. Hold for 3 seconds and repeat for 10 reps.

Heel slides (use a bag or magazine)

Legs fully supported while lying down, keep the heel in full contact with the bed. Slide the foot up towards the buttocks, bending the hip and knee. Hold for 3 seconds and go down slowly. Use Some thing to reduce friction and use of glide under foot.

Buttock (Butt) Squeeze

Lying or standing up, gently squeeze the bum cheeks together, Hold for 3 seconds and repeat for 10 reps.

Bridging

Lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the bed. Squeeze your buttock muscles together, and gently lift yourself upwards, off the bed and as high as you can. Hold for 3 seconds and slowly lower, repeat for 10 reps. (Still my most hated)

1 Week Post Steroid injection in Lt, Rt Thumbs

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Crikey how fast has this week flown, shows you it’s not been all that bad, which is nice to write.

Day 3 Friday

Woke up feeling pretty good, almost normal in fact, the only reminder is when I go to grab something, I’ll get a sting, or it’s tender to touch.

But overall pain has gone. Trying to just have paracetamol today, and have some time without splints.

Tried to do some food prep, but it smarted and stung a bit, so I retreated and put compression gloves on to settle them down.

Day 4 Saturday

Had a few side effects such as cold sweats, and sleep disruption, weird moods. But I’m only taking paracetamol at the moment for the hands. With gel though too.

Accidently knocked the end of my thumb, which jarred the left (my worse thumb) so that has flared up pain a lot. Resting and splinting to help with pain.

Bonus though today a friend sent me these to stop velcro sticking to my jumper sleeves, hair, and literally everything else. Fabulous covers to stop braces and splints getting filthy too. Highly recommend, light weight and when worn with jumpers it hides the brace.

Funky Covers Uk

Day 5 Sunday

Had all weekend in the Sturdier splints, as they allow the wrist more movement. I had wanted to start some hand physio, but seeing how easy it is to undo it, I think I will wait a bit longer.

Though I did straighten my hair, which was hugely difficult but I managed it. After that I thought it wise to rest them.

I’ll be honest it’s like this today, elbows and ankles have decided it’s their turn to be awful. So I’m covered in freeze gel, and compression sleeves.

Day 6 Monday

Yeah managed a good night’s sleep and with naked hands too. Wrapped a few presents and wrote in cards, I could actually hold a pen with no pain.

When they get tired it starts to ache, but it’s a dull ache. Compared to blinding pain I’m happy with that.

Day 7 Tuesday

Omg it’s so nice to be able to brush my teeth without that pain, how cool is that.

Splint wearing is not as needed, and it’s just dull aches when I’ve over used them. Really impressed at the moment. Hope it lasts for a long time.

Luds Church Adventure

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Now and again you stumble across a walk, or place that just feels super magickal, and part of the faery realm.

Luds Church is such a place, along with Danesbridge. You have woodland, streams, fields and hills, and dramatic rocks too. A little of everything.

We went last year too you can read it here

Barely a soul in sight, we had the run of the place, to really soak in the energies.

And take cheesy photos of ourselves.

We had all seasons nearly, super windy and tiny specks of rain, to warmth and sheltered in the rocks.

Patchwork of colours is a feast for the eyes, and we didn’t want it to end.

Can’t hold a pole for a while due to my hands, so it’s nice to look back at this walk before the steroid injections in the hands.

First Carpometacarpal Joint, or CMC Joint.

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ANATOMY

The movements of the thumb in this area are dictated by the saddle-shaped articular surface of the base of the first metacarpal, which articulates with the trapezium. It glides multiple ways, perhaps this is why it’s often the first point of arthritis.

I found it started when I was plugging in my phone charger, or casually doing up a zip. Others it’s turning a key or grabbing a cup.

INDICATIONS AND DIAGNOSIS

Pain and weakness that are associated with arthritis or overuse of the joint, is the most common indication for injection here. Diagnosis is determined by limitation of motion and palpation of crepitus and tenderness over the joint. Diagnosis may also be confirmed by xrays, or symptom checklist.

Usually first point of call a GP will listen to symptoms and say it’s arthritis,then send you off for xrays to confirm.

TIMING AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Injection is usually performed after other more conservative therapies, including use of NSAIDs, wheat bags, or icing, compression gloves and a brief period of immobilization, have been tried. As with any arthritic joint, relief after injection may only be temporary, and surgical intervention may need to be considered.

I’m still on the injections stage, and using splints almost daily. As I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome the success rate of surgery is lower,at least while my joints are so loose.

TECHNIQUE

Palpate the joint space between the trapezium and the first metacarpal. Using ultrasound for a guided approach. It’s crazy to see the needle enter and how tiny the joint space now is.

PERSONAL

Well for me it was injection day on the 24th March.

For my left hand it’s my 3rd injection, however the last one did not work well, and I was in a flare for months. But it’s a different product so I’m hoping it will work. It’s Depomedrone this time instead of Kenalog.

For my right hand it’s the 4th one, which thankfully has always responded well, the difference between these hands is my right is intermittently sore and weak, whereas the left is ALWAYS painful and nearly always splinted and gloved.

It’s been 2 days now, and this is how I am

Day 1 of injection (wednesday)

Had the lesser evil thumb (right one) done first, bit sharp but it quickly passes and is finished. Injection done through the thumb pad.

Left hand is done from back of hand position, space narrower so I feel it a lot more, but less volume of liquid with Depomedrone, compared to Kenalog so no exploding thumb feeling at least.

Super stiff a few hours later, so icing them and wearing splints and compression gloves. Pain mainly in the left thumb, dull nagging pressure feeling, like it’s being squeezed in a vice. Glad right thumb is feeling a bit nicer so I can type and use hand in most things, while being careful of course.

Having easy to eat food tonight so I don’t need to use my hands too much.

Slept ok ish, they woke me up twice for paracetamol, and to try and not knock in my sleep. Wore the splints off the Occupational therapist,as they use the wrist for support too.

Day 2 thursday

Not too bad today, eased off that vice squeeze pressure at least. Now they are just stiffer and achy overall.

Still wearing splints for support and strength. And taking pain relief. Some swelling but ice and ibuprofen gel is planned all day.

Evening they started to nag a bit more, still having help with cutting up some foods. Holding cups is a 2 handed job.

Skin tender and puffy, so splints for all night too. MCP joints hurt on the thumbs too, hopefully I will sleep better tonight. Had to have tramadol and paracetamol, and etoricoxib throughout the day.

It’s been 1 year since Lockdown started.

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And what a year it’s been… Mentally it’s took it’s toll being away from my children, and grandchildren and of course parents.

Delayed treatments haven’t helped as it’s caused high anxiety and tremendous stress all round.

But what I can take from this past year, is walking, as much as I can, when I can, whether it’s a snail’s pace (and it really is) aided by sticks, and copious amounts of freeze gel and pain medications, it’s been worth all the pain.

Let’s hope this year of waiting, I will be able to keep going for as long as the hip is holding out.

Search for Her by Rick Mofina #BlogBookTour

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Looking for a thriller that you can’t put down? Then try this book that everyone’s talking about.

One of the tensest, most gripping thrillers you’ll ever read. From USA Today best-sellingauthor Rick Mofina.

A FAMILY DRIVING ACROSS AMERICA TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE TAKE A BREAK AT A BUSY TRUCK STOP. AND THEN
IN ONE MOMENT, EVERYTHING CHANGES. THEIR TEENAGE DAUGHTER DISAPPEARS.

Fourteen-year-old Riley Jarrett vanishes from her family’s motorhome, turning their cross-country dream of starting over into a nightmare.

The massive, bustling truck plaza in the Nevada desert is the perfect place for someone to disappear — or be taken. Detectives pursue every lead as all eyes fall to the
newly blended family with a tragic past.

Time is running outto find Riley alive.to find Riley alive.

They’re not the perfect family. Everyone — from Riley’s mom to her stepdad to her stepbrotherand her ex-boyfriend — is hiding something. And their secrets could prove deadly.

and her ex-boyfriend — is hiding something. And their secrets could prove deadly.

Where’s Riley?Who’s taken her? The search is on.

Who’s taken her? The search is on.

Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat.

Perfect for fans ofLinwood Barclay, Taylor Adams, Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh, Gregg Olsen, Kendra
Elliott and Harlan Coben.

Linwood Barclay, Taylor Adams, Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh, Gregg Olsen, Kendra
Elliott and Harlan Coben.

PRAISE FOR RICK MOFINA’S BOOKS

“Everything we need
from a great thriller.” Lee Child on Six Seconds

“Six Seconds should be Rick Mofina’s breakout thriller. It moves like a tornado.” James Patterson

“Rick Mofina’s books are edge-of-your seat thrilling. Page turners that don’t let up.” Louise Penny

“Rick Mofina at his edge-of-your-seat, can’t-stop-turning-the-pages best as he dives deep into questions of truth, justice, and ultimately redemption. A riveting, movingread.” Lisa Unger, on Their Last Secret

read.” Lisa Unger, on Their Last Secret

“Echoing Ludlum andForsythe, author Mofina has penned a big, solid international thriller that grabs your gut-and your heart-in the opening scenes and never lets go.” Jeffery Deaver on Six Seconds

Forsythe, author Mofina has penned a big, solid international thriller that grabs your gut-and your heart-in the opening scenes and never lets go.” Jeffery Deaver on Six Seconds

“Rick Mofina’stense, taut writing makes every thriller he writes an adrenaline-packed ride.” Tess Gerritsen

tense, taut writing makes every thriller he writes an adrenaline-packed ride.” Tess Gerritsen

“Mofina is one ofthe best thriller writers in the business.” Library Journal (starred review) on They Disappeared

the best thriller writers in the business.” Library Journal (starred review) on They Disappeared

“A blisteringly paced story that cuts to the bone. It left me ripping through pages deep into the night.” James Rollins on In Desperation

“No Way Back is my kind of novel — a tough, taut thriller.” Michael Connelly

“At full throttle from the first page.” Linwood Barclay international bestselling author on Every Fear

RICK MOFINA AUTHOR BIO

Rick Mofina is a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row, flown overLos Angeles with the LAPD and patrolled with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. He’s also reported from Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia,
South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, the Caribbean, and Kuwait’s border with Iraq. His true-crime freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Telegraph (London, U.K.), Reader’s Digest, Penthouse, Marie Claire, The Moscow Times and The South China Morning Post, (Hong Kong). He has written more than 20 crime fiction thrillers that have been published in nearly 30 countries, including an illegal translation produced in Iran.

Los Angeles with the LAPD and patrolled with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. He’s also reported from Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia,
South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, the Caribbean, and Kuwait’s border with Iraq. His true-crime freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Telegraph (London, U.K.), Reader’s Digest, Penthouse, Marie Claire, The Moscow Times and The South China Morning Post, (Hong Kong). He has written more than 20 crime fiction thrillers that have been published in nearly 30 countries, including an illegal translation produced in Iran.

His work has been praised by James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly, Lee Child,Louise Penny, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Nick Stone, David Morrell, Allison Brennan, Heather Graham, Linwood Barclay, Peter Robinson, Håkan Nesser and Kay Hooper.

Louise Penny, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Nick Stone, David Morrell, Allison Brennan, Heather Graham, Linwood Barclay, Peter Robinson, Håkan Nesser and Kay Hooper.

As a two-time winner of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award, a four-time Thriller Award finalist and a two-time Shamus Award finalist, the Library Journal calls him, “One of the best thriller writers in the business.” Rick Mofinalives in Ottawa, Canada.

MY REVIEW
Its not actually often I read a book that strikes the fear of god in me, but a missing child, any parent fears this. It’s a gut wrenching fear.

It’s full on action from the absolute start, it’s intense and fast paced and a multitude of blindalleys to stir you down.

Usually I’ve been having a slower more Agatha Christie style, so to have something a bit gritty, and darker was a pleasant change of pace for me.

I can easily see people taking this away on holiday with them, as a lounge around the pool read. Or for me curled on the sofa with a pillow fort and hot chocolate.