It’s only 28F! Everything is covered with frost, roof, road and garden…and I do mean *covered*! It’s as white as if it had snowed. Most of it is because it was perfectly clear last night, but wow…. There’s almost no wind, only just enough to stir things, but not to make them really move. It’s supposed to get up to 45 today, but we never reached the forecast high yesterday. The eastern sky has a pale peach glow, although it’s past the actual sunrise. We won’t see the sun for some minutes, yet, because of the mountains. the garden is absolutely white. I may regret not having covered things up this year.
.…The sun is coming up just barely south of that clump of trees, now, another couple of days and it’ll be hiding behind ’em as it heads back to the north. …. I looked up as my glass hummingbird began to sparkle and went over to the window to see the sun just barely peeking over the horizon. The light from it is falling squarely on the end of the north bookcase, barely touching my altar.
Yesterday turned out to be a very long day. It got sunny, early on. In fact, the sun was shining brightly not long after we got to the shop, even though there were a lot of clouds when we were on the way down. It never got even vaguely warm, although the wind was calm enough even on the beach that folks were telling me that it was pleasant. Mid-afternoon it was around 43, but by 8pm it was down to 32 again. Yes, I was there that late….and later….
So when we got to the shop I got the table in back cleaned up enough for Herbs and then we potted plants. There are a bunch of spiderplants that will probably go back to the Center with kids today and 3 pots went home with folks yesterday. No one was here for Crystals and Tempus rebelled against rinsing the tumbler, since it was *that* cold! No one showed for Sewing, either, but by that time Tempus was already in Newport. I spent a little of the time stitching on the big blackwork piece, but most of it I was talking with the people who were floating in and out.
We decided that we were getting short enough on supplies that he needed to head to the store, and we also needed things like dowels and oil, so he headed out around 1pm. The shop was really busy during the afternoon with phone calls and customers (mostly just browsing) and with a few friends that stopped by. Violet brought in some of her Color-your-own 2013 calendars! Those are $15 this year.
I finally started doing some more inventory, counting the necklace and pendants, this time, while chatting back and forth on Facebook with Amor. I got through those, but not the bracelets, before Tempus called saying he was on his way…it means we’re at 45%, though…and then did the bracelets while waiting for Tempus, so we’re farther along than that.
Tempus got the dowels. Those are for the pennants that have been sitting on the reading desk in the packages. I figured out a long time ago that no one buys the flags strings, banners and pennants unless they’re hanging up. I sold *one* and that was a special order, while they were sitting there and those came in in September. So, look for an 1/2 dozen of hanging small pennants over the next week or so.
It was 9:45 as we were getting into the car and as we came up Cedar we realized that one of the houses near the corner of Cedar and Crestline had turned its holiday lights back on! That was cheering. When we got out at the house, the sky was sparkling clear and the stars so *very* bright. Jupiter was almost directly over head just chasing the Pleiades (sounds about right for the old goat!) and Orion striding majestically into the sky. When I came around the corner of the house (scurrying because of the cold) I looked up to see the Big Dipper and the Milky Way and stopped entranced until a tiny breeze wrapped icy fingers around my ankles and I said, “Yowch” and scooted for the door.
Today is the first day for the Job Corps bunch to be back. We’ll be going on with Lesson 5. Brea will do her Elements class at noon and then Practical Craft will be potting plants again. Tempus is taking off to do some cleaning this morning, too, but he’ll be back in time to take the young folks back to the center.
Here are some pictures of necklaces that I’ve made. I was counting these yesterday. I use a lot of semi-precious stones in these, very little glass. Each necklace has some kind of meaning through the correspondences of crystals and pendants.
Tiugunde Day, Old England – Twenty days after Yule there was an Old English day, sacred to Tyr, Tiw or Tiu (after whom Tuesday is named), the ancient Teutonic chief god, ruler of the year. It was also called Midvintersblót, or Midwinter’s Offering. Tyr is also the god who made it possible for Fenris the Wolf to be bound until Ragnarok, losing his hand in the process. Lots more here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan13.html and quite a bit on Tyr at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BDr
The shop opens at 11am although we’ll be there long before that. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday 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 in Diana’s Bow. 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!
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Peorth, 1/13-1/27. Feast of Brewing, Druidic Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Su 13 High 1:37 AM 8.0 7:50 AM Rise 8:45 AM 1 13 Low 7:16 AM 2.0 5:01 PM Set 7:54 PM 13 High 1:06 PM 9.1 13 Low 7:52 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Pretty is as pretty does!
~ A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – WINSTON CHURCHILL
~ A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.” – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ Apply the way of Knighthood to all things. Therein lies its beauty. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
On your feet, my friends! Let us go!
It is time to leave this world.
A drum is beating from heaven, calling us, calling us.
Look: the camel-driver’s awake, preparing the caravan –
He’s hungry to set out. Travelers, why go on sleeping?
All round us swells the ringing of bells, the tumult of farewell;
Each moment, a spirit takes wing to the Place beyond place.
And from those stellar lights, those vast blue vaults of heaven,
Mysterious figures appear to reveal all secret things. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Imbolc Recipes
Wisconsin Cheese Soup
5 tablespoons butter
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 mushrooms, chopped
½ cup cooked ham, finely chopped
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 quart of chicken broth
1 quart of milk
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
In a large heavy kettle, melt butter; add carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and ham. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not brown. Add flour and cornstarch, cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
Add broth to pot and cooking, stirring until slightly thickened. Add milk, paprika, cayenne and mustard. Stir in cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cheese and Vegetable Soup
6 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped onion
2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
4 ½ cups water
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
1 pound Velveeta cheese
2 teaspoons chopped parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Combine tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, chicken bouillon and 4 ½ cups
water, simmering until vegetables are done and liquid is reduced.
Shake together flour with a small portion of milk and add to vegetables with the rest of the milk. Cut the Velveeta into cubes and add to the soup along with the parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer at low temperature until hot.
Hoppin John Soup Inspired by The Seasonal Detox Diet, by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).
Many of us eat the traditional Southern black-eyed pea dish Hoppin’ John for good luck on New Year‘s Day, but those great little peas are so rich in nutrients (including minerals, Vitamins A and B, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and niacin) that it makes sense to include them in our diets all through the month of January.
This soup has a hint of spiciness from cayenne and dried mustard, while garlic, rosemary, and thyme add healing and flavor to this perfect showcase for those fabulous little pea-beans. A lovely, lighter way to enjoy the health benefits of black-eyed peas: this soup is sure to bring us good luck!
6 cups vegetable stock
8 cups water
one 5-inch piece of fresh rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
2 1/4 cups dried black-eyed peas
3/4 cup short-grain brown rice
2 cups diced celery
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1. In a large soup pot, add stock, water, rosemary, bay leaf, garlic, cayenne, dry mustard, and black-eyed peas. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 1 1/2 hours, then remove bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
2. In a separate saucepan, heat 2 cups water to a boil, then add brown rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender, around 40 minutes. Add cooked rice, celery, thyme, and onion to the black-eyed pea mixture and cover tightly, simmering and allowing flavors to blend for 30 minutes.
Serves 8 to 10.
Silliness – GCF: The Boss
A group of men at the office were talking when one man said, “In my house I am the boss, I say when the laundry is done, when the cooking is done and when the dishes are washed.”
One of the other guys asked, “How long have you been married?”
The man says, “Oh, I’m not married!”