Daily Stuff 7-23-12

Update 7:30pm – We’re just finishing up some packages to go out and then we’ll be heading home for our day off! If you need anything tomorrow, you can get hold of me here or on Facebook, or just e-mail.

Update 5:35pm – I just talked to Diana and Valley-Coast Connection will be doing their first pickup this coming week. Their ad reads, “Bringing you food and household items from Costco, Trader Joe’s and other sources!
Enjoy the products you have come to love while saving an average of 27-46% compared to local prices!
Items will be available for pick up on a twice a month basis in Waldport. Home Delivery is also available for an additional fee.
For more information or to place your order please call Rick and Diana at 541-563-5585 or email Rick at rcosci@peak.org. ”

These folks are going to have the stuff at the shop this coming Wednesday from 4-7pm. Non-refrigerated Costco items only, this time.

Get your order placed!

Update 4:30pm – The weather has been just glorious all day! I’ve had customers coming in raving about it. Folks are even swimming in the ocean! I’ve been prepping and bagging herbs all day and just set up another series of pieces of rat-tail for necklace cords and I’m about to package some hemp cord. I’m waiting for the Wicca 101 student to get here and we’ll be finishing that class up.

Update 12:45pm – It’s warm, but breezy. I had to shut the back door of the shop to keep things from blowing off of the bulletin board! It’s been busy for a while. I’m sitting down with a cup of tea and a roll of Tempus good bread and watching the pods of land whales go by on the highway…. We have a vintage Tarot of Marseilles deck for sale. It’s complete (I checked) with the booklet and box, worn on the edges  of the box, but not the cards. The booklet is useable, although the dye of the cover has come off on the front interior page. The first person to contact me with $40 gets it!

Update 10:10 – The shop is open and the sky is *very* blue with little strips and streaks of cloud around the edges. The ocean is reflecting the blue of the sky, with the whitest of white fringe of breaking waves on the beaches. We’ve gotten our errands run and are setting out to get going on the day.

Hi, folks!

The sun is so bright already! I’ve been out enjoying it. The air is cool and crisp and the scents in the garden are intoxicating.

The sun fell through the window this morning, no longer illuminating the southwest bookcase… it’s already that long since the Solstice! It’s been so long since I’ve been the morning sun that I wasn’t quite realizing how far it’s already shifted back to the South.

I have a feeling that updates on Sundays are likely to be scarce! I seem to have less time to sit down at the computer on Sundays and once the young folks are back at Job Corps, even most of that time will go away!

I harvested mostly roses on the way to the car and then processed those during the day along with yarrow, and then I got into the dried things. We have a number of packed bags of mistletoe now, that just need headers (already printed) and a bunch of ground-up herbs ready for incense or whatever, mostly the comfrey, some yarrow and sweet grass, but I also got more things bottled and labeled.

My hand didn’t give me too much trouble, but I babied it just the same, since it twinged when I put to much stress on it. The swelling is down, but I can certainly see the bruising. Arnica soaks last night….

The sun came out as we were opening up and we had a group in very early, folks who just moved to Yachats, who were very interested in the tapestries, and Tempus (in trying to get one of the corner ones down) reminded us of a job that needed to get done last winter…and didn’t. The hooks that hold most of the tapestries needed to be opened up so that the strings can be lifted off! I struggled with those all last summer, but no one has asked for the ones along that end of the wall since, so we had forgotten! He did get back to those in the late afternoon.

Just before Tempus took off for work, Marius showed up and he kept me company most of the day. We did some work on the schedule of OCPPG and I started sending out more notices to those whom we need info from. I do still need someone to do the phone calling on ads, and that has to happen this week!

We had a lot of people in shopping, and a lot of them were serious folks who wanted to talk over what we carry in the shop. That was a lot of fun!

Derek, Kitty and a couple of friends dropped by during the late afternoon and we visited for quite a while. Tempus headed out to get some grocery shopping done and then we closed up and came home, coming up the seawall so I could admire the lowering sun on the water, and the heron that seemed to be watching, too.

I’ve been reading a book of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pieces that were printed in her local papers. She died the year before I was born and was a pioneer girl. Her descriptions, particularly in the Little House on the Prairie books of that time, are enlightening, and one of her articles, written later in her life (but before the Little House books) really caught my attention. She was talking about the changes just from the pioneer days to her “modern times”….which in that volume were within a few years on either side of WWI!

My Babicka grew up in a house with “button lamps” and kerosene lights of the sort that Laura grew up with, with cooking in a fireplace rather than on a stove, when horses were the transportation unless you were walking. Just before she died, we shared some time watching the first space shuttle launch. … Changes….

Already I’ve seen the space program go from orbiting, to the Moon, the shuttle, the ISS and plans to go on to Mars and to mine the asteroid belt, concepts that were just “science fiction” when I was a kid. I’ve experienced computers going from the Wang Calculator (which was a punch card machine…and you punched each card by hand!!!) to mainframes run in Basic with teletype outputs, to the first Atari, the Internet, laptops, notebooks, Kindles and even phones that keep track of all kinds of things for you. I heard a customer talking about the fridge that her sister has that contacts the grocery store when you’re low on specific groceries and they’re delivered to the house at a specific time along with a standard order of other foods.

I still marvel at that amount of change… and now they’ve found a Higgs-like boson and are going on to solving just that much more of why things work the way they do. What will we find out tomorrow?

But today is more of the same… I’m hoping to get a little time in sewing, if my hand will stand it. We have errands to run before we open the shop too, at the bank and the post office and pharmacy. The last session of the Wicca 101 class is tonight, so I should be telling you about another successful completion in tomorrow’s newsletter.

The shop opens at 10am and we’ll be there through class time. 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,


NASA Science News for July 20, 2012 – Forecasters say solar maximum is still a year away. Earlier this month sky watchers got a taste of things to come when a powerful flare sparked Northern Lights over the United States as far south as Arkansas, Colorado and California. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/20jul_tasteofsolarmax/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VVYb-snvJ8


Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow moving into a waxing crescent. 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 3rdday 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! Phase ends today at 9:24am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. Phase ends of Thursday at 1:56am

  As twilight begins to fade, use the Moon in the west-southwest to guide your way to Saturn, Spica, and Mars glimmering through the dusk (in that order of visibility).
Watch the Moon wax thicker from night to night as it steps past Mars, Saturn, and Spica.
Mars (magnitude +1.0, in Virgo) glows orange low in the west-southwest at dusk, lower right of the Saturn-and-Spica pair by about 13°. It’s heading their way; Mars will pass between Saturn and Spica in mid-August. In a telescope Mars is gibbous and very tiny, 6 arcseconds wide.

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.
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 3:38pm
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: White


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~               /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                   Visible
~M   23     High   3:33 AM     6.8   5:54 AM    Rise 11:06 AM      14
~       23      Low  10:00 AM    -0.2   8:51 PM     Set 10:53 PM
~       23     High   4:27 PM     7.3
~       23      Low  10:41 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dear Creator, allow me to see freedom in a way that I can understand.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think some people take advantage of others?


~   The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay. – The Salary Axiom
~   The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. – Hubert Humphrey
~   Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. – Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) Italian-French designer
~   You can’t fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning somersaults.  The same with man.  No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities. – William J. H. Boetcker

“You are not just yourself, my Friend, you are the sky and the deep sea. This powerful You is a thousand times bigger than the sea, in which a thousand ‘you’s’ could be drowned.” – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)


Magick – Laminated Window Hangings for Lughnasadh

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Lughnasadh cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil

What to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of wheat sheaves or ears, ears of corn, loaves of bread or other Lughnasadh figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.

Make a Garlic Braid
Materials Needed
At least 12 garlic bulbs with the tops still attached. (Onions also braid well.)
Baling twine or soft jute parcel post string, cut into a 4 to 6 foot length
Lammas herbs for decoration (optional)

If desired, chant a rhyme while braiding to empower the braid for protection. Make this ritual as simple or as complex as you care to.

Start with three of your twelve garlic bulbs.
Use one end of twine to securely tie together the stems.
Begin braiding the stems as you would hair for pigtails, working the twine as a unit with one of the stems.
After making several crosses, begin adding additional garlic bulbs, taking care to space them evenly. (You’ll be combining several stems into one section of the braid; no one stem will extend for the entire length of the braid.)
Use the twine to make a loop at the end of the braid (for hanging).
Hang the braid in an airy, dry, shaded, place for two weeks.
At the end of this period, check to see if the tops are completely dry. If not, allow them to hang there longer (until the tops are completely dry).

Variation: If desired, either weave in or glue on dried flowers — particularly those sacred to Lammas: goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, basil, mint, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy.
Note: As stated above, the braids must be allowed to dry for at least two weeks before giving or displaying.
Note 2: Braids sometimes get very loose in the drying process. You can leave them this way (perfectly functional) or there are three other options.
Option 1 – After every third bulb tie a bit of string around the braid.
Option 2 – Wind thread around the entire braid, starting at the top and using it to tighten the whole structure.
Option 3 – This takes a gentle hand! You can reweave the braid. Start at the top and gradually reweave, tightening as you go.


Silliness – GCF: Sick Dog

When our client’s dog lapped up anti-freeze, the veterinarian I work for ordered a unique treatment: an IV drip mixing fluids with vodka. “Go buy the cheapest bottle you can find,” he told me.

At the liquor store, I was uneasy buying cheap booze so early in the day, and I felt compelled to explain things to the clerk. “Believe it or not,” I said, “this is for a sick dog.”

As I was leaving, the next customer plunked down two bottles of muscatel and announced, “These are for my cats.”

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