Daily Stuff 10-17-13

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus tide at 6:26 PM of -0.1 feet.

What the hey? It’s nearly noon and I just woke up? It’s gorgeous sunshine and the Moon was glorious last night soaring in a sky of soft blue.

motif plant flower agapanthusYesterday, Tempus was annoyed at me for turning off the radio when it came on at 10am. I wanted to snooze a little, still! It meant he didn’t wake until 11:30 and I told him that he must have needed the sleep. 🙂

The birdfeeder is refilled and the nesting materials box that should have come down in July is finally back in the shelf, waiting to be re-filled next spring. I need to get out there with scissors and trim some of the clematis.

motif plant flower angelicaI got into a discussion on Facebook about recipes. I found one for a salmon pie that looks tasty, but I was trying to figure out the spicing. This is the recipe from that 1672 cookbook:

Take a Joll of Salmon raw, and scale it and lay it into your Pie upon Butter and Bay leaves, then season it with whole spice and a little Salt, then lay on some Shrimps and Oysters with some Anchovies, then more Spice and Butter, so close the lid and bake it, but first put in some White Wine, serve it hot, then if it wants, put in more Wine and Butter.

motif plant flower anthurium-pinkNo, *I* don’t like food! Whatever gave you *that* idea? 🙂

Tempus made up lunch while we talked over what needs to be at the top of the priority list. …and tomorrow, assuming that I’m up to coming to the shop, needs to be unpacking and checking stuff back in and then starting inventory.

motif plant flower birdparadiseI’m trying to write, but keep getting hijacked….

I did find a little on the Bannock War, which we saw the sign for outside of Riley on our trip. It was a dispute that started in Idaho, but with a large defeat near Steens Mountain, outside of Riley. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannock_War

motif plant flower bluebonnets2So then I looked up the Chickhominy and found, as I thought I remembered, that they’re from my old stomping grounds in Virginia/Maryland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickahominy  So having found out that I’m not nuts and that the name *is* a little out of place in Eastern Oregon, I tried to track down how the resevoir came by the name. I finally found this and the answer is “no one knows” but there’s speculation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickahominy_Reservoir One of the commanders in the Bannock War had also fought along the Chickahominy River in VA! How bizarre…..

motif plant flower calceolariaThen it was all finishing the camping laundry. There were all kinds of blankets and such that needed done because of the quantity of dust that got all over stuff. …and we’re contemplating a Vardo. http://homes.yahoo.com/photos/gypsy-caravans-1381873157-slideshow/dorset-exterior-gypsy-wagons-colorful-mobile-homes-of-the-past-and-the-future-photo-1381881772994.html I’m just kidding, but it would make sense…..

motif plant flower cattleya-orchidI was writing on the kits all day, but sidetracked to update the needlework glossary here: http://mabscreations.wordpress.com/needlework-glossary/and then put up a new blog post.

Tempus discovered that he had a turn signal out, so he worked on that and then had to run out after a bulb late in the day, so we missed sunset.

motif plant flower christmasbellsblandfordia…and then when Tempus was working on boxes outside I blew the lightbulb in the utility room and got totally disoriented until my eyes adjusted. It was one of those days….

…and in the washing/sorting of old clothing that’s come out of the boxes I found the 2nd 1/2 of a favorite pair of socks. The first 1/2 has been in a basket of odd socks for the last 10 years, but now they’re mated up! …10 years???????

motif plant flower cobralilyWe had an awesome salad for supper and Tempus worked on sorting and putting away *his* laundry from the trip while I wrote a little and then we turned in. …and then I tossed and turned and tossed, and got up and down, and when he left for his paper route I had just managed to doze off when he came in and startled me and that was it for sleep until nearly 5am… At least I got some headers made…..

motif plant flower cyrtanthusspiralisI’m still going in to the shop, but it’s going to take me a bit to get moving. We still have to unpack the stuff from last week’s event. I filled a box with stuff to take to the shop which includes some rock headers….finally getting moving on *that*, anyway.

Astro mercuryMercury Retrograde is coming. Technically, we’re already in it since the planet is stationary and has been for more than a week. It actually begins retrograde movement next Monday, early, and won’t be moving forward about until November 10. Hmm… yeah. This does *not* mean panic, lost keys and computer crashes. It *can*, but each retrograde cycle is different. In this case, it’s coming at the time of the year where it means stasis more than anything, and in a sign where grumpiness and verbal miscues are going to be the worst problem… assuming that you don’t get into panic mode and cause a lot of your own problems… which too many of us do, assuming that retrograde = yadayadayada….. Always, with a Mercury Retrograde cycle, before you do anything, cross your t’s and dot the i’s and tie your car keys to your purse! 🙂

motif herb mushroom clusterYachats is having a *huge* festival this coming weekend, all centering on mushrooms! http://www.yachats.org/MFest2013.html The weather even looks good. Stop by the shop while you’re out this way!

eryngo1I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.

SculptureofCyrusTheGreatToday is the anniversary of the day in 539BCE when Cyrus the Great liberated Babylon and released the Hebrews from that captivity. He was quite a leader and apparently a good man beyond his war abilities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great#Religion_and_philosophy

pentacle samhain smThe shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’ll be closing at sunset as that creeps backwards to 5pm. 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.

Love & Light, 


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waxing GibbousWaxing 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 10/18 at 4:38pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 10/17 at 4:38am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full 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. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/20 at 4:38am. 

Astro Constellation PegasusThe bright, nearly full Moon shines below the bottom corner of the Great Square of Pegasus this evening.
Astro uranusUranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Astro neptuneNeptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, by 9 or 10 p.m. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2013-190064991.html See also the October Sky & Telescope, page 50. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201310/ 

 Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30

Celtic Tree month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Uranus, Chiron  and Neptune Retrograde
Color:  Crimson


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Ivy Gort Celtic tree month Hedera_helixGort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
motif plant herb Ivy sprig gort celtic tree monthGort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.
Honeysuckle Gort cletic tree month Lonicera_ciliosato study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Th  17      Low   5:46 AM     1.0   7:35 AM     Set  6:10 AM      94
~    17     High  11:53 AM     8.3   6:28 PM    Rise  5:47 PM
~    17      Low   6:26 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Beauty draws the soul out, connects to us at the soul level.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – If you could change you name, what would you change it to?



~  The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you. – Rita Mae Brown.
~  You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other. – John Adams, (1735-1826) US President (2), in a letter to Thomas Jefferson ~  What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also. – Caesar
~  A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~  Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist

I had just left the warmth of a wide circle of friends in Australia to come to this desert island. The contrast was painful. “It will take you ten years to learn the English,” said Will Dyson, the Australian cartoonist, whom we found crouching over a sinking fire in a large dark studio, nursing a great grief at the death of his wife. Will, despite his sadness, was a great comfort in the cheerless winter of 1919-20. From his early Bulletin days I had been his great admirer as one of the master caricaturist-cartoonists. Will Dyson had broken up the pattern with his striking Socialist cartoons in the Herald from about 1910 onward, and had led the field during the First World War with his large war cartoons in which the monumental and the satirical had been powerfully blended. – Sir David Low, New Zealand cartoonist, on his arrival in London in 1909, when he made firm friends with Australian cartoonist, Will Dyson, born in September, 1880


Samhain border

Magick – Samhain Recipes

From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!

Rain’s Apple Vanilla Chai (good with raisin pie!)
2 qt. apple cider/juice, VERY preferably the fresh unfiltered stuff
2 cups very strong unflavored black tea, preferably a good Yunnan or Assam if you have it
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. whole allspice
About half a nutmeg, not grated–crack it with a hammer or (being Pagan) a clean rock. 🙂
1 tsp. cardamom seeds, lightly cracked if desired but not powdered
Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks (don’t use powder!)
1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper, preferably whole
1/2 c. lightly packed brown sugar, or to taste
1 to 2 tsp. vanilla
A few grains of salt
Orange sections 

Bring all but the tea, raisins and orange segments to a boil in a large kettle. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 60 minutes. Remove spices if desired, and add the tea. Serve hot in mugs. Thread raisins and orange sections on skewers (or sassafras twigs split lengthwise) and use as stirrers. This could probably handle a splash of cream, but I haven’t tried it yet and can’t vouch. Nor have I tried it with Earl Grey, but the idea intrigues me. Source: Rain Redknife 

Mulled Cider

Ingredients & Preparation:
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
2 Quarts Apple Cider
1 Cup Lemon Juice
Cinnamon Sticks
8 Whole Cloves
3/4 Cup Rum


  1. Combine brown sugar, apple cider, lemon juice, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in large pan and allow to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and heat for another 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and add rum and a single cinnamon stick to each individual mug.

WITCHS BREW (Woohoo!) For Kids Of All Ages!!!

1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes  unflavored gelatin
2 liters ginger ale
2 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic)
6 gummi snakes candy


  1. To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a latex dish-washing glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside.
  2. In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
  3. Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan.
  4. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes.
  5. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves.
  6. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.
  7. Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove.
  8. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine.
  9. Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.

To serve: Carefully cut latex glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – From Facebook

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world,
I realized that at my age I don’t really give a rat’s ass anymore.
If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.
Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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