Daily Stuff 7-20-12

Update 7:45 – …and if you think the newsletter disappeared and re-appeared, you’re right… Not sure what I did, but here it is all over again! …and we’re heading home. It’s clouding back up again.

Update 7pm – It’s been a good day. I got a lot done! Tempus is in back cutting business cards. The OCPPG page is up and running and all of the ads are done and the calendar has been updated…. and I’m tired.

Update 4pm – We’ve got the information for the Beloved Festival! It’s August 10-13, this year and you can go to http://www.belovedfestival for more info! The little hand posters are really cute. Come pick one up while I’ve got ’em! Beloved is right up 34 from Waldport every year. I also got some of the hand posters for the Gaia Festival which is August 3-5 in Laytonville, CA. I’m packing rose petals and the sky is trying to turn blue.

Update 2:45 – It’s been fairly busy in the shop. The sun’s still struggling to come out and the wind has picked up enough that even with the back door closed stuff is blowing off of the bulletin board. I’ve gotten the “tow board” table set up and in use. I think I’m done for the moment with updates on the website and blog. …I hope. <grin>

Update 10:55 – The sun’s trying to come through and managing for a moment, now and again. Now that the Looneytunes(R) moments have quit…. Wow… it’s been interesting…. We scooted out the door, me grabbing a few things from the garage and the dark roses that were blooming, Tempus grabbing the “tow board” (more below) and we pushed to get down here. His co-worker (Tempus is driving today) was here almost before we got open and even before we got the lights on a customer was!

I finished getting the shop open on my own and Tempus was gone well before 10:30. I just heard from him on the cell phone, so he did manage to go back and get *that* (the cell phone was the one thing we forgot to pick up this morning).

I also just got signed up to do an ad in the News-Times for the next couple of months and I have a working e-address to get press releases to…. since they haven’t been even getting the ones that I’ve sent out over the last 4 months for some darned reason.

The “tow board” is a piece that my Daddy built from left-over mahogany from their boat, back in the 50’s. Those were the days when you could still get it legally and it wasn’t yet endangered. Much of what Daddy bought was purchased right after WWII, and I do still have a few pieces that haven’t been worked. Yes, I know what a treasure those are….

So, the “tow board”…. in the 50’s when folks were doing a lot of water-skiing there was an accommodation made for folks who were too weak, too small, or otherwise unable to get up on the darned things…which includes me, now, and did when I was a pre-teen. We had a boat that my Daddy designed and built back right after he and Mom got married. It was a cabin cruiser, not a speedboat. You couldn’t water-ski behind it, but it *could* pull a tow board….and did. When I was small it got used during the winter for a kid gate to keep me out of places that I didn’t belong, but when I was trustable on it, probably at about age 7, I loved being on that thing, towed behind the boat, getting away from my pesky kid brother and my Mom’s demands about behavior. I got splashed a lot, mostly with water, but the occasional jelly-fish would come up in a wave, especially later in the summer (ow….). I loved watching the waves and the birds and the other boats, and the occasional wave that would dump me and I would swim and splash until they figured out I was missing and come back for me. I lived in a life-jacket, btw, so I wasn’t in any danger, except for my dignity, which at that age I didn’t give a hoot about. Later, we had a dinghy that I could get towed in, but it wasn’t quite the same, so that’s when I learned to said small boats and sailboards, but that’s another story…..

So, the tow board is going to have another life as a table in the shop. We’ve been needing one in the north window for displaying hats and such, and I’m going to be starting on that as soon as I’m done on the computer. Right now it looks like a really tall gravestone in the window… hmmm….

Anyway, today’s work is to get the current herb stuffs processed, get that table set up and the things moved, get some headers onto the herbs I packed yesterday and maybe do some more, get some ads done and send out the ads I promised to the News-Times and then … if I haven’t expired of exhaustion by that point…. get the OCPPG page finished enough to get it published!

Update 9:30 – We’re headed for the shop in a couple of minutes. I’m not diving into the garden this morning. I’d get far too wet. Tempus is in the process of digging out the “tow board”… more on that later….. (above, now….)

Hi, folks!

Holy jumping cats!

I wrote like a page this morning and it disappeared! It was there, I swear……Basically, it’s wet again, grr….. Come back for updates, later, after I get to the shop. I’ll re-write.

The Sun was shining all morning and by noon it was warmer than the forecast high of 67F! There were some high cirrus streaks and the usual pile of fog beyond the thermal shear line off-shore, but beautiful weather!I got orders taken care of after we got the shop open, then headed into the back to process some herbs.

On the way out yesterday I had harvested the hebe, which landed in the drying trays, along with some more hydrangea and a bunch of crocosmia flowers that I just into the vase on the counter up front. It was so pretty I had to get a picture!

The picture above is the hebe that I picked. It’s not the same as lavendar. Look at the leaves and the way the flower stems branch out from each other.

Here’s lavendar.

The candles got their wicks and entered into the inventory and then I went into the back to finish cleaning the class table and then set up for the Tea!

Crone’s Tea was at 3pm and fun! We had sesame crackers and cheese and some really good chocolate and much better conversation even than the chocolate.

Late in the afternoon it clouded up and the temp dropped 4 degrees. I had been working with customers off and on all day, but at the point I closed the back door to let the shop warm up a bit.

I got a lot of herbs sorted out and put away and have more to do.

No Wicca 102 class. Most of the class went down sick, so I got into earrings, made two pairs with the orange feather and then sorted the supplies out and started a pair of blue aluminum chain earrings.

I didn’t get my flat of sand up front done, yet. I think that’s going to have to wait for the new window table.

Tempus came in around 8pm in his “green man” guise, i.e. he was covered with splattered cut grass and weeds. Even his glasses were covered! We closed up and headed home.

While we were eating supper around 9:15, there was a flash, followed by a low rumble. I went, “Hmmm?” and then there were 4 or 5 more, one pretty darned loud and close. We even had a bit of hail with the thunderstorm!

Today is going to be some similar things for me, although Tempus has to get some packages mailed and headers cut this morning before he heads off to work and I’m going to be working on that “sand flat” and then start some jewelry pictures for the website update.

I promised to say a bit more about Mercury Retrograde. Most people associate it with losing keys and not being able to say things and be understood, (causing quarrels and irritation), but it depends a bit on which other planets are in what aspect to Mercury and what sign it’s in. (Leo, this time!) You can see in the astro information below that Uranus, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto are all retrograde right at the moment.

What most people are seeing this time is breaking things. If you take extra care…not putting coffee cups at the edge of the table, but moving them back from the edge, f’r’nstance…. you’ll break less. I’ve heard about coffee mugs, a lawn mower, a windshield, a broken leg on the family pet, and a *lot* of dishes! We almost lost my shop computer this evening, as it bailed out of my basket onto the floor of the car as we rounded a curve. (It’s fine, but we worried…..)

The other one that I’m hearing a lot about it “psychic attacks”. Now, most attacks are *not* with intent, anyway….grounding well and socking up your shielding usually takes care of that…. but I’m hearing from a lot of people (over a dozen this week, when I usually hear about one in a month….) about things that *could* be caused by ill intent, but actually are mis-understandings of what’s going on.

*Please*, please, please, rule out the mundane, first! A stopped-up john from a kid’s plastic-toy-flushing experiment is *not* a curse on you. It’s just a kid! …and physical symptoms need to be checked by a doctor before you assume that it’s an attack. Headaches from flu or your menstrual cycle are *not* something from outside. …and I’m seeing a lot of people who are psychically “waking up” right at the moment, who are getting panicked over “weird” stuff.

The thing is that panicking over that kind of thing can draw negative energy toward you, so even if you *are* having some kind of problems you’ll only make it worse. The trick is to ground well, center yourself, shield yourself and relax….maybe with a tiny glass of your favorite tipple (a small amount of alcohol shuts down the psychic centers.)

If you’re still worried there are *lots* of things you can do, and I’ll go on about them some more tomorrow.

The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is New heading into Diana’s Bow. Phase ends at 9:24am today.  Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is  for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step!

The Teapot of Sagittarius is in the south-southeast at nightfall and highest in the south later in the evening. Hidden in the star fields above it is the magnitude-9.5 asteroid 18 Melpomene, which you can ferret out with a telescope and the finder chart in the July Sky & Telescope, page 52. [Anja’s note – The “steam” from the spout is the Milky Way!]
Mercury is lost in the sunset.

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne  Holly  Jul 8Aug 4
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Runic half-month of Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick (Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992)Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings.
Sun in Cancer
Moon in Leo
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde

Color: Coral


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~              /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
~F   20     High   1:22 AM     7.7   5:51 AM    Rise  7:41 AM      0
~     20      Low   8:16 AM    -1.1   8:54 PM     Set  9:29 PM
~     20     High   2:43 PM     6.6~     20      Low   8:19 PM     1.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you love yourself, others will do the same.



Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you could build a soundtrack to your life, who would be on it?


~   Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.
~   Silence is the warrior’s art and meditation is his sword. – Dan Millman
~   Some people manage by the book, even though they don’t know who wrote the book or even which book it is. – Loftus’ Law
~   Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer

The Crossroads
She calls at the crossroads
A small light melody,
Come to me, my children
come and learn from me.
As she waits
a man goes by studying the ground.
Come to me she softly calls
I’ll show you what I’ve found.
The man, rubbing his ears, swiftly passes by
Hurriedly he heads for home; the work day’s end draws nigh.
As the man’s dust settles down
She sings her precious song
Soon a lady bustles by, fretting some unknown wrong.
Come to me she calls so soft,
I’ll show you what to do.
I can give you help and love
and cure what bothers you.
The lady frets and wrings her hands and
hurriedly moves away.
I’ll come back tomorrow to hear what you have to say.
So the Lady sighs and sings her melody
and soon she is joined in by a little maple tree.
Now the birds and grass sing the Lady’s song
We must stop and listen if we’re to join along. – Written and Submitted By Nitefetch © 2002


Magick – Studies
Come in, come up the ladder,
spirits of rain, spirits of rain.
Come in, come and sit down,
spirits of cloud, spirits of cloud.Listen: long ago, we were poor,
but we came out of that poor place.
We passed through that poor place
with your help, with your help.
Now come, help us again,
spirits of rain, spirits of cloud.

Come bring your showers,
come bring the heavy rain.
Come in, come up the ladder
spirits of cloud, spirits of rain. ~Invocation From The Sia People

Even in the midst of what appears to be plenty, we still have needs. Winter’s chill is gone, the harvest is burgeoning in the fields, the time of hunger seems past. Yet too much wind, too little rain, too little sun, too much rain – any of these can endanger the growth that seems so strong. A happy harvest is never inevitable.

Similarly, even when we seem to have much, we may still want more. It is possible, as a result, to become ungrateful for what we have, to spit in Fortune’s face. But, even if we look thankfully at all the good things life brings us, we will still find needs and wants unmet. This is life. Even those you are at the top of life’s mountain will still have unmet needs., thwarted desires. Acknowledge them, seek to satisfy them, but never forget to be thankful for what you have. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion


Silliness – GCF: Healthy Place

~   At the urging of his doctor, Bill moved to Texas.
~   After settling in, he met a neighbor who was also an older man.
~   “Say, is this really a healthy place?”
~   “It sure is,” the man replied. “When I first arrived here I couldn’t say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn’t have the strength to walk across a room and I had to be lifted out of bed.”
~   “That’s wonderful!” said Bill. “How long have you been here?”
~   “I was born here.

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