Daily Stuff 7-24-12

Update 9:34 – Well, the real estate agent came to look over the rental house property today. Yup, it’s going on the market. We’ll have to have a “plant moving party” day at some point.

Tempus is working tomorrow, so Herbs Outdoors will meet at the shop again and we’ll go up to the gardens after he gets back.

Update 5:45pm – …and Jerry from Delta One Lapidary stopped by the house. They live right around the corner from us. I had a ring that I wasn’t sure was garnet, but it is. I asked him to check on it for me and he returned it this afternoon. That will go into the case in the morning for $55. I couldn’t see charging that for glass, but for good quality garnet in a gold set, that’s pretty decent. I’m starting some supper, but so far it’s just heating water…..

Update 5:20 – It’s been quite an afternoon! The clouds have rolled back in and it has cooled down. I doubt that we hit the forecast high today, but I was too busy to take notice! Two boxes have gone out to the recycling and I’ve sorted two of washables that were fished out of the garage next door. We ran errands in town to the bank and Post Office, and stopped at the shop to drop off packages that had arrived over the weekend. I just managed to get the newsletter body set up for the posts for this coming week. I’ve also been working on the clipart adds to the newsletter.

Update Noon – So far that’s one box of recycling, one box of things to sort yet that need kept or filed  or donated or put somewhere other than in a box….. It’s up to 65F and the windows are all open at my end of the house. Gotta get Tempus to open up the other end!

Hi, folks!

Sunrise must have been beautiful. What I could see of it certainly was. The sky was a milky white except in the north east where it was exactly the color of those orange creme ice cream cups! At this time of year I don’t see the sunrise itself, since it’s hidden in the cedars.

Right now, it’s beautifully clear and bright. It’s still chilly, not even 60F, yet, but supposed to go up to 68.

The strand of clematis hanging in front of the study window shook suddenly and I looked up to see one of the grosbeaks hanging in it, looking at me. He hung there for a bit, giving me a good look at his lemon yellow belly streak, then flipped around so that I could see his spotted back, looking over his shoulder at me. He’s starting to look raggedy. I guess he’s molting.

I got a question from Robyne about my commentary yesterday about change. He wanted to know whether I had ever used a slide-rule or abacus… I tend to think of those as calculators, rather than computers… Yes, I’ve used both. A slide-rule was handy when I was taking trigonometry, but when I started chemistry I couldn’t afford a calculator, so I used an abacus. This was back in the days of $300 calculators that pretty much would only add/subtract/multiply/divide. I was taught how to use one by a friend’s grandfather, who had been an accountant in China before the family escaped to the US. He had a beautiful old one with ebony and ivory beads and characters inlaid in the frame that were an invocation to the 7 Lucky Gods. I don’t know what’s become of my old abacus, which had gotten pretty battered over the years. It drove my chem teacher nuts with the clicking and she kept complaining until my Daddy bought me a regular calculator (which, being newer that the ones the other students had) would actually figure square roots! 🙂

Yesterday turned just gorgeous. On the way to the shop I kept looking all around. The sky was *very* blue with little strips and streaks of cloud around the edges. The ocean reflected the blue of the sky, with the whitest of white fringe of breaking waves on the beaches. It stayed that way all day. Folks were even swimming in the ocean! I had a couple of families come in with still-damp children. It turned warm, but breezy. I had to shut the back door of the shop to keep things from blowing off of the bulletin board!

We got our errands run and the shop open, then Tempus took off for work.

I got pretty busy for a while. A lot of people came into the shop needing various things.

Around one I sat down with a cup of tea and a roll of Tempus good bread, put my feet up and watched the pods of land whales go by on the highway….

I prepped and bagged herbs all day and then set up another series of pieces of rat-tail for necklace cords and started on packaging hemp cord in between helping people.

When Tempus got in late in the afternoon I went in back and got a nap, and then my student didn’t show for her last Wicca 101 class. Not sure what happened with that.

When we woke (he dozed off at his desk) we finished up some packages to go out and then headed home for our day off!

The sunset must have been lovely. I was at the window desk working on the shop laptop and watched the Girdle of Venus form and rise and finally vanish into the twilight.

During the afternoon I 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. I have the pricelists behind the counter at the shop.

Get your order placed! We need AA batteries and baker’s yeast, at the very least, so we’re going to take advantage of this great offer.

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!

Today I have newsletter stuff to set up. I’m trying to get a set of runes and a set of Ogam together to use in the newsletters. I have some garden work, if I can get that far, and another round of sorting papers in my study. Mostly I need to rest. Six day weeks are good for the shop, but I get pretty tired.

The shop is closed on Tuesdays. If you need anything, you can get hold of me here or on Facebook, or just e-mail. 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 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. 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 on Thursday at 1:56am

The waxing Moon this evening forms a quadrangle with Saturn, Spica, and Mars. Mercury is out of sight in conjunction with the Sun.

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 Libra
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Black


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day          High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~                /Low      Time      Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
~Tu  24      High   4:25 AM     6.2   5:55 AM    Rise 12:17 PM      23
~      24      Low  10:38 AM     0.5   8:50 PM     Set 11:23 PM
~      24       High   5:07 PM     7.5
~      24      Low  11:40 PM     1.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To love is to live and to love will bring lots to you in life


Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your earliest childhood memory?



~    [While] solipsism may be logically consistent with present quantum mechanics, monism in the sense of materialism is not. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
~   A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~   A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~   A Profound Bow, All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. – Lao-Tzu.

The crone in the mirror
What maid is that
of which I see
the one who laughs
and dances free

the one who twirls
sparks with a laugh
while merrily waltzing
down the goddess path

Who is this mother
with eyes of woes
nurturing all wee ones
where e’vr she goes

who is this one
who weak ones cling
she soothes all fears
and softly sings

Who is that old one
who peeks around
sage wise woman
who is oath bound

who is that crone
who can she be?
I ask the mirror
as it reflects back me… By Ruby RedPepper, ©6/10/2005



Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust
We shall go as we can and do as we must.
The body may die but the Spirit is Free
To do greater wonders, so mote it be!

Ashes to ashes, clay to clay
We shall seek for our center and find our own way
The flesh may be blind but the Spirit can see
The Gods within all, so mote it be!

Ashes to ashes, sand to sand,
We will use all our talents to heal our great land
The flesh may be weak, but the Spirit in me
Is full with Her blessings, so mote it be!

*Perform as a chant, begin as a whisper and increase the volume as the collective level of energy grows.


Silliness – GCF: Firehouse Training Session

At a training session in the fire station, the team was assembled around the kitchen table.

The training officer was discussing the behavior of fire: “You pull up to a house and notice puffs of smoke coming from the eaves, blackened out windows and little or no visible flame. What does this tell you?” he asked.

Expecting to hear that the house is in a possible back draft
situation, a condition very dangerous to fire fighters, he instead heard from one quick wit:

“You got the right place.”

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