41F and sunshine at the moment, even though the computer says, “overcast”. The sunshine’s a little strained, though….
I spent far too much time yesterday staring out the window at the lovely rain. It was nice and steady, with enough of a breeze to make it “sheet”. We got an 1 1/2 inches on Tuesday, another 1/2 inch or so yesterday and a trace overnight. I said to Tempus on Tuesday as we were getting home, “Listen to the sighs of relief in the garden!”
I worked on drawings in the morning until I woke up and then started back in on WDW#2. The nice part was that several of the drawings are for the WDW#4 that never got published back in the 90’s! I’m also through the re-do of the acorn motif patterns. Tempus had bread going by then.
I got that set up as a “house loaf” and then he started in on the next dough after he got out of the tub. We had laundry and all kinds of other things going, too. After he left for his appointment I went to start a chicken dish for dinner, but the chicken wasn’t in the pantry freezer, drattit. I can’t get to the garage freezer.
One bread loaf came out, smelling delicious. It got “molested” almost immediately. 🙂 I love hot fresh bread with butter! …and I nibbled some carrot pickles with it. The 2nd one was a “roll set”, intended to be frozen. When Tempus got it I was setting up the rolls. He got a new bread dough going and I got the chicken into the oven. After that he got the roll set into the freezer. They had just been shaped and set on a metal pan. They got buttered and ziplocked after an hour and some change of freezing. That is great for doing either a few rolls at a time or monkey bread. You pull them out later, let thaw and then bake. I’ve actually done them in those mini-loaf pans. I tuck two or three into one pan in the morning and let them sit in the fridge all day and pop ’em into the oven in the evening, while we’re getting supper.
About the time that the 3rd dough was done I was making Shrewsbury cake dough. These are a rose & cinnamon flavored cookie. (Cake in the old sense, obviously) The original recipe called for 6 pounds of flour! Intended to make “36 cakes”…. flat cookies the size of a dinner plate!
We had supper and got back to work. The 3rd dough had gone into loaves. I’m hoping to do more today. So I got the trial run of the elk meat dariole going, cooking the meat first, and then started on the Shrewsbury cakes, only to find that one of the cookie sheets was still in the freezer! Bad planning…. The dough was far too crumbly, too, so I added water and Tempus kneaded it a bit and then it was fine. Of course, cookies that size take a bit of doing. I had to cut them with a small soup bowl. I didn’t want them dinner plate size, actually. Bad enough the size I made ’em…. How do you store a cookie that size, unbroken?
The elk meat was finally done enough to add the ale, then the spices, I had to cook down the sauce a bit. It was too thin and I didn’t want to add some kind of starch. I finally got the nutmeg/cinnamon/raisins/dates into it, but not the honey…yeah, that sounds weird, doesn’t it…. but that’s the recipe that I remember! Tempus got it boxed up because it needs to sit overnight in the fridge before it goes into the dough. As I remember Grane used to freeze his…. …and then boxing cooling cookies and turning in. <sigh> I was pretty tired!
Could *you* pass a citizenship exam, if you had to? http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/what-if-you-had-to-earn-american-citizenship/309398/ …and can you beat my score? I’m shocked that it was so low, actually. “Your Citizenship Score: 64, Citizenship attained, with distinction.” May grandparents would be very ashamed of me.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Today is the feast day of St Martina of Rome, virgin and martyr, died 228c.e. – An emperor wanted to marry her. When he took he to Apollo’s temple there was an earthquake that knocked down the statue, which then talked to her. She’s one of the ones that they did everything to, poured hot oil on her, tried to yank her apart with hooks, a lion wouldn’t eat her, etc. They finally cut off her head and instead of blood, milk flowed out. Ew…. Makes you wonder what the fascination with taking people apart is…. More on her here: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-martina/ More on today’s associated plant, Common Maidenhair, Asplenium trichomanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asplenium
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Today is the Tide Change from Dark to New Moon at 1:39pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the New M0on on 1/30. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change to New on 1/30 at 1:39pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. 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.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 4:38 p.m. EST – New Moon – This is the second New Moon this month. There is no special name for this event…despite all the dratted facebook shares…..
You may be familiar with the Double Cluster in Perseus. But do you know the clusters Stock 2, King 4, Trumpler 2, and NGC 957 right near it? Pick them out with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article and chart in the February Sky & Telescope, page 56. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201402/
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) rises around 1 or 2 a.m. and is high in the south-southeast as dawn begins to brighten. By then it’s far to the left of Mars and Spica (and less far to the upper right of Antares).
Supernova in M82! An 11th-magnitude supernova has gone off in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. It’s in the evening sky in reach of amateur telescopes, and it may not be done brightening yet. See our article Bright Supernova in M82, with ongoing updates. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree month of Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make Friends with Freedom
~ To persevere, trusting in what you hope for, is courage. – Euripides
~ David wasn’t thinking of being king when he was tending sheep; he was just doing what God set before him. – John Fisher
~ An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. – Gustave Flaubert
~ As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech. – Katherine Francke
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc 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.
Paper Brigid’s Crown
This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden
You will need:
Construction paper in your child’s favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or marker
Glue (white glue or glue stick
What to do:
1. Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child’s head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap!
2. Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles (these are the candles) of paper.
3. Draw and cut out eight flames.
4. Glue the flames to the candles
5. Draw wicks in the flames and candles.
6. Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.
7. Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry!)
8. Depending on the age of your child, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.