The sun is out between clouds! …well for about 2 minutes… 🙂 We’ve dropped to a 6% chance of rain today and it looks like there’s none in the forecast for weeks, now. Granted, this is the “here we go” signal for fire season… but it’s also our incredibly beautiful summer weather that we look forward to when the rain gets tiresome. …and in the fall, we’ll be looking at the rain with “I’m tired of sunshine.” Yes, it happens. 🙂
Yesterday we pretty busy. I didn’t have anyone in for workshops, but that wasn’t a bad thing because we had so many customers. By mid-afternoon everything was very quiet again, but the Gary Lund, my stained glass supplier, came in, and do we have new stained glass! I’m going to be working on pictures today and tomorrow, but I bought a lot of small pieces: whales, dolphins, mermaids, dragons, turtles, hummingbirds…..
I had been working on putting together a sewing kit for Marius. He’s wanting to sew some of his own outfits, so needed some tools. I found him a needlebook, snips and some needles, then tracked down a tin and a thread waxer and made him a biscornu and a scissor keeper out of some red and green fabric that I’ve been gradually using up on projects. I gave it to him late in the day and he liked it.
We have a friend in who has been tossed out of her place and is heading for Eugene today. We had her stay over with us and she’ll be going into Eugene with another friend, so she was at the shop all afternoon with nothing to do while we were trying to arrange something.
After we closed up and got home, the friend got word that she could go to pull out the rest of her stuff, so she and Tempus went down to do that and I stayed home to work on the leather-working class stuff that I had meant to do between customers.
Today there’s no morning class, so Project Day starts at Noon. At 1pm we’re doing a 4-hour leather-working workshop on leather-working skills and tools. The shop will be open all day and the workshop will happen in the classroom. Anyone is welcome! If you come in to shop, c’mon back and take a look at what we’re up to.
Today’s feast is for Petosiris, called Ankhefenkhons, who was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet, Khnum, Amen-Re and Hathor. The son of Sishu and Nefer-renpet, he lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE under Persian rule. In his tomb inscriptions (his tomb is in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel) he prided himself on having restored the fortunes of the temples in which he served. There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso, and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship. Nechepso lived in the 7th century BC and that the text is likely 2nd century BC. http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/texts/petosiris.htm
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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Love & Light, Anja
****** 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. Phase ends at the Full on 7/12 at 4:25pm. 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! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/1 at 1:08pm.
Shortly after sunset, look for the thin waxing crescent Moon very low in the west-northwest, then look for Jupiter well to its right.
Venus (magnitude –3.9, In Taurus) shines low in the east during dawn. It’s in the vicinity of the Pleiades and Aldebaran.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh,
6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Letter: E Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of abundance. Abundance operates in the midst of high intention.
~ Insurance covers everything except what happens. – Miller’s Law of Insurance
~ The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days. – Robert Leighton
~ Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever. – Horace Mann (1796-1859)
~ Either he’s dead or my watch has stopped. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
On All Saints’ Day blustering is the weather.
Very unlike the beginning of the past fair season:
Besides God there is none who knows the future. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
Easy Onion Cheese Puffs
1⁄2 small sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
8 slices of white bread
1 – Preheat oven to 350°. Mix onion, mayonnaise, parmigiano-reggiano, and parsley in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
2 – 2. Remove crusts from the bread. Using a 1″ round cookie cutter, cut bread into 32 rounds. Place on a cookie sheet and bake, without turning, until golden, 10–15 minutes.
3 – 3. Preheat broiler. Spread about 1 tsp. onion mixture onto each round, then sprinkle with more parmigiano-reggiano and brown under broiler for 1–2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Cider Roasted Carrots Leah Rodrigues – September 25, 2012 – Cider roasted carrots are a sweet and savory side dish. Baby carrots and apple slices are tossed in a combination of olive oil and rosemary. Before roasting, pure apple cider is poured over top. During the cooking process, the apples and carrots caramelize and absorb all those wonderful flavors. This dish would be perfect next to a roasted pork tenderloin.
1 lb baby carrots, peeled and tops removed
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tsp. fresh rosemary
¼ cup apple cider
1 Tbsp. honey
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400
In a large bowl toss carrots and apples in olive oil and rosemary. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Transfer carrots and apples to a medium roasting dish and pour apple cider over top.
Cover with foil and roast for 15 minutes.
Remove foil and drizzle carrots with honey. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes, until carrots are tender and liquid has reduced.
Serve warm, drizzled with sauce.
Easy Peach Cobbler – “This is by far the best peach cobbler recipe I’ve found. It tastes more like the peach cobblers my mother and grandmother made. The recipe is simple to make and all the ingredients are readily available. If friends or family are coming by, I can prepare this dessert, pop it in the oven and wait for the oohs and aahs as my guests are welcomed to our home by the warm aroma of fresh-baked peach cobbler.” –Member Review
Yield: 10 servings
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar, divided $
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup milk $
- 4 cups fresh peach slices
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
- Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
- Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
- Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
- Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.
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