It’s 55F, wet and windy. The porch roof is dripping steadily and tree branches are waving. We’ve already gotten well over 1/2 an inch of rain since midnight. The bamboo chime is clonking regularly. We’ve been setting records for “warm” but that’s due to change, with it getting colder and colder for the next couple of days. I need to remember my coat when I head for the shop this morning.
Yesterday started late. I woke around 10, realizing that I still hadn’t seen Tempus. He finally got back well after 10:30. The papers were really late and he didn’t even get to start delivering until past 6am! …and they’re heavy…and he didn’t want to throw them because his elbow is already hurting, so he was getting out and walking them up to the porch of most of the places, and even the tubes it took a little convincing for the papers to go in, and there were extra business papers.
He didn’t try to get a nap, but got everyone fed. Hatch went into Newport to pick up Sash and when they got back we sat and talked for an hour or so, before Tempus went to get a shower and then we all got ready and headed for Waves.
The view of Alsea Bay from there is spectacular and we watched crows and seagulls and pelicans, several small boats out in the bay, and a fisherman wandering to the beach and coming back with his catch strung in his hand. It was fairly quiet.
They had a buffet of traditional foods, all well-prepared and tasty. They had a nice tossed salad with a couple of kinds of dressing, two kinds of rolls, with butter, cranberry sauce, turkey (lovely and moist!), ham, green beans with bacon, stuffing, mashed potatoes (looked like gold potatoes) and sweet potato and then pumpkin pie or chocolate pudding for dessert.
We kept the talk at the table to Grandma’s tradition of talking about things we’re thankful for, taking turns, but not being really formal about it, commenting on each other’s tales and bringing up family stories and other memories while we were at it.
When we got home Kyaara and Tempus headed for bed, Travis curled up under and blanket and faded almost immediately and Robyne started to snore, too. Hatch, Sash and I talked for about an hour, then Hatch took Sash back to Newport (he has homework) and I crawled in next to Tempus.
Today Tempus is back from doing his paper route. He’s doing it for 4 days this weekend, instead of 2. The boss wanted the weekend off, and I think he didn’t want to deal with yesterday’s paper! 🙂 He’s napping at the moment, but I’m going to have to roust him in a few minutes to get coffee going and get everyone fed. We’ll be heading for the shop after that and I know I’m going to be dealing with a pile of boxes from orders. I think it’s mostly books, but there are some other things, too. I’m just not sure what all has actually showed up.
I need to set up for the workshops tomorrow, which means that I want to start going through the craft supply boxes in the back and maybe make some headway with the mess around the compounding station. It’s been getting whittled down, but not enough. Tempus is heading out to take our elderly friend to a doctor appointment late in the day.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is the anniversary of the 1965 “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” that became almost an anthem in the late 60’s. The song by Arlo Guthrie hit #17 on the Billboard chart. We usually listen to it on KLCC after the noon news on Thanksgiving, and totally spaced it! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant
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Love & Light,
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 on 12/6 at 4:27am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/29 at 2:06am.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 5:06 a.m. Saturday morning EST). Look for Fomalhaut far to its lower left, and Enif, the nose of Pegasus, almost as far to the Moon’s upper right.
Saturn is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis/Elder – Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 28 High 5:05 AM 7.3 7:29 AM Rise 12:18 PM 32
~ 28 Low 10:56 AM 2.9 4:39 PM Set 11:44 PM
~ 28 High 4:32 PM 7.0
~ 28 Low 11:17 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A warm smile is the universal language of kindness!
~ We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. – Werner Von Braun
~ Wisdom comes from wrestling with despair and not allowing despair to have the last word. – Cornel West
~ All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Minimal appearance, maximum content. – Kerr Cuhulain
FOR A SLEEPLESS CHILD
If your room is ever too dark,
small one, look out through your window
up at the moon, that little bulb
left on for you in the sky’s black wall.
It will still be there come morning,
burning in a bright room of blue.
And if your room, restless one,
is much too still, listen to the clatter
of the freight, rattling past trestles
on the cool night breeze. Then follow
the moon to the side of the tracks,
where the train is a long, slow dream
you can jump on. An open car
is waiting for you — one step up —
you’re on! Now watch the dark towns, the lights
deep in the porches, and lie down
in the soft straw, and sleep till morning,
when the train chugs into station,
noisy with birds and wires overhead. – Peter Schmitt, American poet
Take Your Own Family Holiday Portraits By Cindy Bailey
A reader asked for some more tips regarding taking your own family portraits.
May I suggest the following:
Even if you don’t have a digital camera, don’t be stingy with the number of shots you take. Professional photographers will use a whole roll of 24 or 36 on one subject. It’s really not that expensive, and you get the shot you want. Besides, you can send the ones that aren’t your favorites to friends and acquaintances in those frame-style Christmas cards that you can get at the dollar store. (Or make your own frames).
It’s a good idea to move your subject around; change the background, whatever, just in case there is something wrong that you aren’t noticing, like something stuck on the bottom of the baby’s shoe or something!
With babies and small children, keep snapping, even if they’re weeping or pouting or pulling one another’s hair! Some of my best shots have been of this spontaneous variety. The perfectly posed ones where everyone is smiling at the camera seem boring after that! (See attached photo of my niece. We had been bribing her with the lollypop she’s holding, but we couldn’t get it back from her at this point, so I just snapped away. Her mother and my parents–the baby’s grandparents–liked this one best of all!) This type of photo gets more precious with the passing years.
Also in this photo, notice that the oversized green ornament matches the background–grass. The green contrasts with the white outfit. The leopard skin makes you think of a green jungle. You get the idea. People don’t think of all these things when they look at the photo, but somehow they know the photo looks RIGHT.
Also notice that I got down on the baby’s level, which gives the photo more depth. The grass in front of her feet is in the foreground where it should be and the background is dark and somewhat out of focus.
Always step back and look at the background before you place the baby/dog/whoever in the setting. Sometimes there is an electric cord or plant that will look like it’s sticking up out of the person’s head or something. You will need to work really fast once you get your subject in place.
When creating your background, try to create layers so your photo will have depth. For example, in the photo that appeared on this site yesterday, I used a printed fabric, and then gathered the tulle and draped it like a curtain. You don’t have to buy new fabric, use what you have on hand, but even for a small baby you’ll need at least two yards of each kind. If you don’t want anything so fancy, maybe hang a piece of denim and attach a couple of raffia bows. Put the baby in little bib overalls with a bright red shirt and little hiking boots.
You can make your photos more meaningful if you place the baby’s favorite lovey or blankey or binkey (or the dog’s “mean kitty”toy) somewhere strategically in the portrait. Try to have your background match it. It will bring its own set of fond memories.
If you are sending the photo as a Christmas greeting, give your photo a title or caption or write a little rhyme about it. People just love that. For example, I dubbed the photo that was posted here yesterday as the “Snow Princess in the Desert” because she was holding a snowflake and she lives in Nevada.
Your great photos go to waste if you don’t display them prominently and appropriately. Regarding my niece’s photo, last year on her first Christmas, I had her sitting on white, star-studded tulle. I bought a large frame (for about $5) which was matted for an 8 x 10. I cut strips of the fabric and covered the mat with them, attaching it with glue stick. Her mother went wild over it!
Finally, keep the photo shoot in perspective and hang onto your sense of humor. In the years to come, you will be so glad you did.
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