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Minus Tide at 8:18 PM of -0.8 feet.
It’s very grey out there. Sunrise was rather ominous, being quite orange barred with slate-blue cloud. We’ve had at least one shower since things outside are wet, but not dripping. Its’ 46F and supposed to rain mid-day.
Yesterday flew past. We got the shop open and settled in to work and it just went…. Down right at the end of the day, though, there was a smell like burning tires and I finally had to go home. Between the stuff that was whiffing out of boxes and the tires I couldn’t breathe.
The sunshine was *so* beautiful! Customers were talking about it all day. I know when I drove down the hill in the morning that ocean was a lovely blue and the sky mostly clear. There was some high cirrus and a lot of contrails, but otherwise it was that perfect blue that you see only in the fall. They’re talking getting colder and possibly snowing inland later in the week.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t one… a thistle, that is…. 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.
Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee – Scots Pagan festival honours an aspect of the goddess Diana. She rides with her entourage in the night hours of November 9-10. Nicnevin, who rode through the night with her followers “at the hinder end of harvest, on old Hallowe’en”, as an old Scots poet describes it, made herself visible to mortals on this night. Nicnevin is possibly an anglicization of Nic an Neamhain or Nigh Nemhain, ‘Daughter of Frenzy,’ an aspect of the triple Morrigan (Mórrígan). More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicnevin
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/14 at 7:16am.
By mid-evening the waning Moon is up in the east. Look to its lower left for orange <<< Betelgeuse, the left corner of rising Orion. Higher to the Moon’s upper right is orange Aldebaran. Even farther to the Moon’s upper left shines Capella. The Moon itself is at the very dim top of Orion’s Club.
Mercury is coming down from its best dawn apparition of 2014 (for mid-northern latitudes), but it remains as bright as ever at magnitude –0.8. Look for it low above the eastern horizon in mid-dawn, as shown at the top of this page. Don’t confuse it with fainter Spica to its upper right, or with Arcturus much farther to its upper left.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter.
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 9 High 2:03 AM 7.2 7:05 AM Set 9:44 AM 95
~ 9 Low 7:33 AM 2.6 4:55 PM Rise 7:32 PM
~ 9 High 1:21 PM 8.5
~ 9 Low 8:18 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rest is good, but not when it feeds inertia. Let rest be true rest, then rise again to the practices that feed your soul.
~ A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ Open to me, so that I may open. Provide me your inspiration So that I might see mine. – Rumi
~ Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
~ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. – (Proverbs 17:22).*
THE TABLE AND THE CHAIR
Said the Table to the Chair,
“You can hardly be aware,
How I suffer from the heat,
And from chilblains on my feet!
If we took a little walk,
We might have a little talk!
Pray let us take the air!”
Said the Table to the Chair.
Said the Chair to the Table,
“Now you know we are not able!
How foolishly you talk,
When you know we cannot walk!”
Said the Table with a sigh,
“It can do no harm to try,
I’ve as many legs as you,
Why can’t we walk on two?”
So they both went slowly down,
And walked about the town
With a cheerful bumpy sound,
As they toddled round and round.
And everybody cried,
As they hastened to their side,
“See! the Table and the Chair
Have come out to take the air!”
But in going down an alley,
To a castle in a valley,
They completely lost their way,
And wandered all the day,
Till, to see them safely back,
They paid a Ducky-quack,
And a Beetle, and a Mouse,
Who took them to their house.
Then they whispered to each other,
“O delightful little brother!
What a lovely walk we’ve taken!
Let us dine on Beans and Bacon!”
So the Ducky and the leetle
Browny-Mousy and the Beetle
Dined and danced upon their heads
Till they toddled to their beds. – Edward Lear (1812-1888), English artist, poet, and writer of limericks and other nonsense
Thai Slaw – total time – 15 min – prep – 15 min – servings – 8 servings, 1 cup each
What You Need
- 5 cups shredded napa cabbage
- 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup Cashew Halves with Pieces, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
- 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- COMBINE first 6 ingredients in large bowl.
- MIX mayo and lime juice.
- ADD to cabbage mixture; toss to coat.
Kraft Kitchens Tips – Special Extra – Add cooked cleaned shrimp, shredded cooked chicken or pork, or tofu cubes to salad.
Make Ahead – Combine cabbage, vegetables and cilantro. Mix MAYO and lime juice. Refrigerate both separately up to 24 hours. Add MAYO mixture and nuts to cabbage mixture just before serving; mix lightly.
Star Cookies – Hviezdičky
Any jam that’s not too chunky will do for these delicate sandwich cookies, but we prefer tangier ones such as apricot to set off the sweetness of the dough.
Makes about 30 sandwich cookies.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 sticks + 6 tbs of butter
- Preheat the oven to 350° F/190° C.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
- With the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or with your fingers, blend the butter into the dry ingredients until a smooth dough comes together.
- Form the dough into a ball and gently knead it a few times. Shape it into a square and roll it into ¼” thick dough.
- Cut stars with star shaped cookie cutter.
- Place them on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. In half of them (50% for geeks) make a hole in the middle – these will be the top half of the sandwich, with a window for the jam to peek out.
- Bake for approximately 10 min or until edges are getting brown.
- Let them cool for 5 minutes in the pan, handle carefully as they are very delicate.
- When cooled, spread the bottom stars with your favorite jam and place a star with hole over them and gently twist. This way the jam gets into the hole and fills it.
Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!
Time For Savory Pies — Irish Style – http://countrylife.lehmans.com/2011/12/19/time-for-savory-pies-irish-style/ – Posted December 19th, 2011 by BeeSmith
Winter cooking lends itself to more roast meat, hearty stews and casseroles. Between Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays we all tend to do more entertaining, too. This also creates leftovers and the need to ring the changes.
One part of British/Irish cookery that I have added to my standard winter repertoire is the savory pie. There is only a ‘lid’ to the pie, a topper that adds those carbohydrates that we crave during the cold months. Insulation for the digestion.
Suet pastry has pretty much gone out of vogue in British cookery over the past three decades. But shortcrust and puff pastry are found in every freezer cabinet. However, you pay a premium for shop bought. But if you are, like me, not a very gifted pastry chef, there are alternatives.
Enter the scone (similar to our biscuits) topping as well as the mashed potato topping that famously cloaks Shepherd’s Pie.
But first, the savory bit! You can make pies in deep dishes or casserole pots or even in large rectangular pans if you have a crowd to fill up.
Leftover cooked meat makes a good base for the pie, with an addition of cooked vegetables like peas with bite size potatoes and carrots.
Or, team tiny broccoli florets with mushrooms. Have some zucchini in your freezer? You could make a lovely tomato sauce base with zucchini, onion, garlic and celery.
Or you can really go to town with the winter root vegetables – celeriac, rutabaga (good with bacon or ham), white turnip, parsnip and carrot. You can add some curly kale for a bit of greenery.
Basically, look in your larder and see what’s there. As long as the vegetables are cut into dainty mouthfuls you really cannot go wrong.
For the sauce I play it by ear. I start with some butter in a skillet. I saute some onion and garlic. Then I put in the meat (or quorn, which is the vegetarian meat substitute of choice in our household). I’ll have cooked the peas and carrots in a small amount of water, and I add the lot to the pan. Then I get out the cornstarch and add two to three teaspoons to a few tablespoons of water. I stir vigorously and check that the sauce is the thickness I like. Too soupy? Another teaspoon of cornstarch dissolved in the tablespoon of water.
The the savory part of pie goes into whatever dish I’m using. All it needs now is the topping.
Mashed potato is the classic topping for Shepherd’s Pie – the much-loved minced lamb (or beef) combination with carrots and peas in a gravy.
The vegetarian version, sometimes called Shepherdess Pie (made with soya or quorn or even lentils as a substitute for the meat) will be topped with mashed potato with grated cheese to finish. That’s so you get the combination of dairy/pulse/bean for complimentary protein that vegetarians need.
And if you want pastry but your own homemade versions turn out a bit tough and disappointing? Ah, then the scone topping comes into play.
Scone Topping – enough for a Rectangular Dish
500g/1 lb self-rising flour
1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper or cayenne pepper
2 TBSP dried mixed herbs
100g/4 oz butter or margarine
Optional: 175 g/6 oz grated sharp cheese – good for vegetarian savory pie toppings
Approx. 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or 1 1/2 cups milk soured with 1/2 tsp lemon juice
Sieve the dry ingredients together. Rub in the butter and add the cheese if you are using it. Make a well and pour in half the buttermilk. Stir. Add the rest of the milk to make a dry, firm, very definitely not sticky dough. Roll it out on a floured surface to the shape of your pie dish, about 1/2 inch thick. Place on top of your meat/vegetable mixture.
You should have your oven fired up to 220 C degrees/425F/Gas Mark 7. Pop the pie in. It should be ready in about fifteen minutes.
Have a knife and spoon ready to serve. Cut out some topping to make sure that everyone gets their fair share!