It’s 65F, but it feels chilly because of the wind. That’s picked up a lot over the last couple of days, trotting along at aroudn 10mph and gusting well into the teens.
Yesterday got started late because we slept so late. It was 1pm before we were eating breakfast and 5pm before lunch! I spent the afternoon working on my blackwork fabrics, getting the ones that worked, that I have the proofs for, set up for sale, advertised, the Mab’s blog updated and so on. I haven’t managed to put them up on Facebook yet, though.
I sidetracked for awhile into setting up the next set of fabrics….I have more that I want to do… and doing a little research into “pockets” as they were worn in the 1500’s. At that point, I looked at the clock, looked at my calendar, said something unprintable and started in on the week’s newsletter setup!
I had been hoping to get into the kitchen to cook, but Tempus was doing chores all day, including the kitchen, and never got quite far enough for me to actually work. He made a delicious home-made pizza, (had some of it for breakfast….) with a home-made pizza dough, tomato paste, mushrooms, onions and breakfast sausage, plus rings of fresh tomatoes that looked beautiful when it was done. …and it tasted awesome!
Today Tempus is doing chores for a friend (once he wakes up). This afternoon there’s Herbs Outdoors at 3pm, and then esbat at 7pm.
Today’s Feast is quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprotinia )
“The Caprotinia, or feasts of Juno Caprotina, were ancient Roman festivals which were celebrated on July 9, in favour of the female slaves. During this solemnity they ran about, beating themselves with their fists and with rods. None but women assisted in the sacrifices offered at this feast.
Kennet says the origin of this feast, or the famous Nonae Caprotinae or Poplifugium, is doubly related by Plutarch, according to the two common opinions. First, because Romulus disappeared on that day, when an assembly being held in the Palus Caprae (“Goats’-Marsh”), suddenly a storm broke, accompanied with terrible thunder, and other unusual disorders in the air (see Plutarch’s Life of Numa). The common people fled all away to secure themselves; but, after the tempest was over, could never find Romulus, their king.
Or, else, from Caprificus, a wild fig-tree, because, in the Gallic war, a Roman virgin, who was prisoner in the enemy’s camp, got up into a wild fig-tree, and holding out a lighted torch toward the city, gave the Romans a signal to fall on; which they did with such good success, as to obtain a considerable victory.”
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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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 4:25am. 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 7/10 at 4:25pm.
Can your scope separate a double star 1.0 arcsecond wide? High overhead, 44 Bootis provides a fine test. And one of its components is a weird variable star. See the article and chart in the July Sky & Telescope, page 52.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Libra) glows highest in the south in late twilight. The wide binocular double star Alpha Librae glimmers to its lower right. Antares and the head of Scorpius are farther to Saturn’s lower left. In a telescope Saturn’s globe is 18 arcseconds wide, and its rings are tilted 21° from our line of sight. Use our SaturnMoons app to find and identify Saturn’s satellites at any time and date. A 6-inch scope will show four or five of them: Titan, Rhea, Dione, Tethys, and sometimes Iapetus.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic 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 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.
~ A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. – David Brinkley
~ Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls – Campbell
~ A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments. – Joyce Cary
~ People should be beautiful in every way–in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves. – Anton Chekhov
One cannot eat breakfast all day,
Nor is it the act of a sinner,
When breakfast is taken away,
To turn his attention to dinner;
And it’s not in the range of belief,
To look upon him as a glutton,
Who, when he is tired of beef,
Determines to tackle the mutton. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
SAUTEED BABY ZUCCHINI WITH SQUASH BLOSSOMS AND LEMON BASIL Remember squash blossoms are extremely perishable; it’s best to use them the day you buy them.
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 pound baby zucchini, halved lengthwise, each half cut lengthwise into
- 3 wedges
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh lemon basil or regular basil Fleur de sel (fine French sea salt)
- 18 zucchini squash blossoms, (Available at farmers’ markets and some specialty foods stores.)
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add zucchini; sauté until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Season with fleur de sel. Transfer to plate.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add squash blossoms and cook until barely wilted and still bright orange, about 2 seconds per side. Arrange atop zucchini and serve.
Market tip: Buy a small pot of lemon basil at a nursery if it’s not available at farmers’ markets.
Makes 6 servings.
- 1 yellow squash (peeled)
- 1 zucchini (peeled)
- 1 Carrot (peeled)
- 3 Serrano chiles
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 Clove garlic
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 tablespoon marjoram
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 2 Tomatillos
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tomato
- Finely dice all
- Mix in large bowl
- Let sit for an hour before serving
Spinach Pie Quesadilla
Provided by: Taste Editors – 35 mins total
I have my superhuman early-morning powers to thank for the simplicity and deliciousness of this Spinach Pie Quesadilla. I also have to give credit to eggs, though. Eggs allow me to feed myself even when there’s not much else in the fridge, and I always keep them handythen, in the East Village apartment, and now, in the dream-to-reality Brooklyn one. In the two egg recipes that follow this one, I add eggs to pasta and to a mix of vegetables, and as with the quesadilla, they transform these simple staples into a satisfying meal. Of course eggs this good can and should feed more than one, if it’s an hour removed enough from breakfast that friends might actually want to join in.
Recipe from In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine/William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2011.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 small onion, finely diced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Pinch each of thyme, oregano, and cayenne
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 small wrap or flour tortilla, 8-inch in diameter
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, divided
- In a small nonstick pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and scallions and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cooking a minute or two more until soft. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the spices.
- Mix in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl and cool slightly. Use a wooden spoon to press out some of the liquid from the cooked spinach and drain.
- In another small bowl, whisk together the egg white, yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of feta. Add to the cooled spinach and mix until combined.
- Wipe out the pan, then brush it with about ¼ – ½ teaspoon olive oil or cooking spray.
- Over low heat, put the wrap or tortilla in the pan and sprinkle the remaining feta over one side of the wrap and get it to soften slightly. Turn the heat to medium and pour the egg-spinach mixture over the same half of the wrap, fold the other half over and cook on one side until the egg begins to firm up, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve immediately.