There are lumpy slate-colored chunks of cloud in the east, but many of them are glowing tangerine around the edges. It’s just under 40F, but there’s no frost. The forecast is for only a 40% chance of rain today and that is going to drop even farther over the next several days. … the sky to the south-east is glowing whiter and whiter as the minutes pass and the tangerine has turned to brilliant silver. …Now light is brightening in my study. It’s still strained by the clouds, but getting stronger every second. Some of the leaves on the clematis are reflecting blue from the sky. …The sunlight is making the bottles and things on my ornament sparkle and glow and my glass hummingbird is throwing little rainbows around the study.
A siskin and a chickadee are facing off on the seed feeder, pecking and fluttering at each other. I’ve seen all the usual birds this morning and a junco sat in front of the window cocking his head and watching me for quite a while. I’ve had a dozen birds bounce off the window this morning. They’re feisty and pushing each other around today.
We got up a bit late, yesterday, but not horribly so and Robyne had already sorted his stuff for going home. After I got the newsletter out and some essential mail done, I finally got a chance to sit and visit a while. I made little smokie and cheese biscuits for lunch and Tempus had started a bread dough so that I could make sandwich rolls for the week. I got a bunch of checks written out for bills and packed a couple of cookie boxes to drop off to people, then got the sandwich rolls finished and packed a snack bag for Robyne.
Tempus and Robyne headed for Newport and the Valley Retriever station at about 2:30 and I got the turkey in, then curled up with a book. When Tempus got back we both napped for a while and when I asked him to flip the turkey over at 6:30, it fell apart! We got the rest of dinner heated, talked while we ate and then we both settled in to work on our computers. I turned in with my book around 11pm and read until Tempus came in.
Today the shop is open again. We’re going to be starting to take down some of the holiday stuff, but I have a deal for those who are reading the newsletter. If you come in before the ornaments are counted and put away and mention the “newsletter special” I’ll give you an Anja-made ornament and 10% off of your purchase! This is *only* good until the ornaments are put away, though!
1675 – Charles II tried to suppress the coffee-houses, since people gathered there to discuss a lot of politics and such. His Proclamation of Suppression was laughed away in just 12 days. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec27.html (search for “coffee”) and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_house#Coffee_in_Europe
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full. 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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/28 at 2:21am. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Phase ends on 12/29 at 2:21pm.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (7.9, in Aquarius) are the south and southwest, respectively, right after dark. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2012-138059253.html
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
Runic half-month of Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20 Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 27 High 12:19 AM 6.6 7:52 AM Set 7:06 AM 97
~ 27 Low 5:28 AM 3.5 4:44 PM Rise 4:33 PM
~ 27 High 11:13 AM 8.3
~ 27 Low 6:20 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Christianity has Pagan DNA!
~ Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it. – Mahatma Ghandi
~ Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself. – Jim Rohn
~ Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
In this house, there are thousands of corpses
You sit and say: “Here is my kingdom.”
A handful of dust moans “I was hair.”
Another handful whispers: “I was bones.”
Another cries: “I was old.”
Yet another: “I was young.”
Another shouts: “Stop where you are! Stop!
Don’t you know who I am! I am so-and so’s son!”
You sit destroyed, astounded, and then suddenly Love appears.
“Come closer still,” Love says, “it is I, Eternal Life.” – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
Magick – Witchy Crafts
God & Goddess Rattle – You will need: coping saw, 1 deer antler, base intact, 100 grit sandpaper, 8 1/3 yards thins suede thong or a 1 x 20 inch strip of thin suede, 40 small cowrie shells, predrilled if possible, small drill or swiss army knife with awl blade. Saw a 6-8 inch piece of the antler for the handle. Sand the edges of the cut end of the handle to eliminate any sharp burrs. Cut the thong into 18×20 inch lengths and cut both ends of each thong into tapering points. Tie each thong to the base end of the antler securely with a square knot. Drill or carefully enlarge predrilled holes in the shells to allow the leather thong to pass through. Slide four shells onto each thong and tie a knot after each to prevent them from sliding off.
Star-Shaped Paper Lanterns – July 7, 2010
Beautiful and functional, our unique, easy-to-make paper lanterns keep outdoor celebrations aglow as the sun begins to set. On rainy days, hang a strand of lit lanterns to create a magical scene indoors.
- Scrapbook paper, color(s) of your choice
- 2 pencils (1 sharpened, 1 dull)
- Craft glue
- Strand of holiday lights
- Push pin
- Scrap of cardboard
Printable Lantern Template & Instructions
To get started, simply download and print our star lantern instructions and template. http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-US/HolidayandParty/Documents/paper_lantern_template.pdf For a look that is truly your own, experiment with different colors and sizes.
- Follow the instructions provided within the template to construct and strand your lanterns.
- Hang the strand, then plug in the lights!
Personalize Your Lanterns
As an added touch, before you glue your lanterns together, use our simple pin-poking technique to spell out a special message with your lanterns.
- Select a message to convey.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw each letter from your message, one letter per lantern.
- Place your scrapbook paper flat on a scrap of cardboard.
- Using a push pin, poke holes along your drawn letter.
Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Lanterns
When lit, lanterns are bright enough to illuminate the faces of your guests, yet subtle enough for you to appreciate the flicker of fireflies. To inspire you, here are our favorite ways to display them:
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue star-shaped lanterns, personalized with a patriotic message.
- Hang strands along trees, bushes or trellises. For a more natural effect, tuck them gently into the greenery.
- A string of white lanterns creates a gorgeous contrast to the vibrant colors and lush foliage of summer.
- Create a strand of bright-colored lanterns to set the mood or fit the theme of a party and bring out the hues in your garden.
Tip: LED lights last longer than traditional bulbs, so use them to guarantee your party will shine long into the night.
Enhance Indoor Spaces with Lanterns
When the weather begins to cool, create everyday beauty by adorning your home indoors.
- For a fun and sophisticated touch, string lanterns along ceilings, across the top of a doorway or from any overhang.
- Make entertaining and everyday meals extraordinary. Simply arrange a cluster of lanterns above your table.
- Update the look by selecting paper with colors and patterns that accent your home’s interior décor.
- Decorate for a special celebration by hanging bouquets of unlit lanterns throughout your space.
Tip: They’re perfect for summer, but we love to use our lanterns in the winter months, too. Make them part of your holiday décor by hanging them inside along mantles or weaving them through a table setup.
This is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article:
1. Compaq is considering changing the command “Press Any Key” to “Press Return Key” because of the flood of calls asking where the “Any Key” is.
2. AST technical support had a caller complaining that her mouse was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out to be the plastic bag the mouse was packaged in.
3. Another AST customer was asked to send a copy of her defective diskettes. A few days later a letter arrived from the customer along with photocopies of the floppies.
4. Another Dell customer called to say he couldn’t get his computer to fax anything. After 40 minutes of troubleshooting, the technician discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in front of the monitor screen and hitting the “send” key.
5. A Dell technician received a call from a customer who was enraged because his computer had told him he was “bad and an invalid.” The tech explained that the computer’s “bad command” and “invalid” responses shouldn’t be taken personally.
6. A confused caller to IBM was having troubles printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it “couldn’t find printer.” The user had also tried turning the computer screen to face the printer but that his computer still couldn’t “see” the printer.
7. An exasperated caller to Dell Computer Tech Support couldn’t get her new Dell Computer to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in, the technician asked her what happened when she pushed the power button. Her response, “I pushed and pushed on this foot pedal and nothing happens.” The “foot pedal” turned out to be the mouse.
8. Another customer called Compaq tech support to say her brand-new computer wouldn’t work. She said she unpacked the unit, plugged it in and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen. When asked what happened when she pressed the power switch, she asked “What power switch?”
9. Another IBM customer had troubles installing software and rang for support. “I put in the first disk, and that was OK. It said to put in the second disk, and I had some problems with the disk. When it said to put in the third disk, I couldn’t even fit it in….” The user hadn’t realized that “Insert Disk 2” meant to remove Disk 1 first.
10. In a similar incident, a customer had followed the instructions for installing software. The instructions said to remove the disk from its cover and insert into the drive. The user had physically removed the casing of the disk and wondered why there were problems.
11. True story from a Novell NetWare Sysop: Caller: “Hello, is this Tech Support?” Tech: “Yes, it is. How may I help you?” Caller: “The cupholder on my PC is broken and I am within my warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?” Tech: “I’m sorry, but did you say a cupholder?” Caller: “Yes, it’s attached to the front of my computer.” Tech: “Please excuse me. If I seem a bit stumped, it’s because I am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional at a trade show? How did you get this cup holder? Does it have any trademark on it?” Caller: It came with my computer. I don’t know anything about a promotion. It just has ‘4X’ on it.” At this point, the Tech Rep had to mute the caller because he couldn’t stand it. He was laughing too hard. The caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder and snapped it off the drive.
12. A woman called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer. The tech asked her if she was running it under “Windows.” The woman responded, “No, my desk is next to the door. But that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window and his printer is working fine.”
13. Tech Support: “O.K. Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter “P” to bring up the Program Manager.” Customer: “I don’t have a ‘P’.” Tech: “On your keyboard, Bob.” Customer: “What do you mean?” Tech: “‘P’ on your keyboard, Bob.” Customer: “I’m not going to do that!”
Now don’t you feel better about your skill level?