Herbs Workshop at 11am and Sewing at 3pm!
First Minus tide of the cycle at 4:29pm of -0.1 feet.
We’re back to the rain and wind. The trees are thrashing when the rain pours down. It’s not constant, but at times it gets pretty violent-looking. It’s 57F and we’re under a high wind warning, 6pm to 3am. …and now it’s drumming on the roof and it’s actually hard to see across the yard. ….Blowing in sheets…. Amazing!
Yesterday I didn’t get back up until 10:40 when Tempus brought me a cup of coffee. Amazingly we were at the shop on time, although it may not have looked like it at first since it took awhile to get the lights on and the shelves out of the way.
So then Tempus got ’em outside and started scrubbing, because I hadn’t asked the folks we got them from whether they had pets….they had…. According to Tempus, “2 1/2 dogs, because one was 1/2-sized and the other was double!” I walked into the shop and my head filled up and my lungs tried to shut down within minutes. <sigh> I was fine once we got the doors open, but they had to be scrubbed. …and it took awhile because I do mean “scrubbed”! They were real wood and not particularly battered, so very much worth it…..but it had to be done. After that was done and the shelves drying on the sidewalk, Tempus had to take off to help our elderly friend do his shopping.
After a while Hatch showed up and started helping me get things picked up and put away and then worked on pouches. I got a batch of pictures done of various projects and then got those stowed away. The shop is starting to look more like its usual self! I managed to get a little farther up front before we had a mid-afternoon lunch, repacking some things and sorting others. After that I unset the SCA corner. Hatch brought in the new shelves and we got that going and I loaded things. It’s almost up to snuff.
I’m still missing a tablecloth from the weekend. Dunno where it went! There was another at home for washing, so I’m going to have to sub that one I guess, if I can find *that* one, now. Ever have days like that? <sigh>
At the very end of the day I sat down to some sewing. After awhile Tempus called that they were on their way back up from Yachats and I closed up and waited. He picked me up and dropped me at home and then took until 11pm to get back. I developed pictures in the evening and got things caught up.
I woke late, but with enough time to get things done this morning. We have Herbs and Sewing workshops today. I haven’t planned anything specific, but there’s plenty to be done. Between times I’m going to keep going with sorting and putting away. I still haven’t found the cloth for the embroidery display, so that’s got to be taken care of, too.
Seriously cool! Bubbles as they freeze! http://www.wunderground.com/news/what-happens-when-you-blow-a-frozen-bubble
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
Today is the date in 1929 when Popeye, the creation of cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar, first appeared in a comic strip in Thimble Theater! I’d bet if you’re over the age of 40 you can sing the tune of, “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (toot, toot), I’m Popeye the Sailor Man(toot, toot), I fights to the finish, when I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man(toot, toot)!” …probably if you’re under 40, too…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye
The shop opens today at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
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 Tide Change on 1/20 at 5:14am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/18 at 4:59pm.
This evening Comet Lovejoy is 8° west-southwest of the Pleiades, high overhead after dark. Think wide-field photo opportunity! . See our article and finder chart: How To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
Sirius twinkles brightly after dinnertime below Orion in the southeast. Around 8 or 9 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using a plumb bob or the edge of a building? Sirius leads Betelgeuse early in the evening; Betelgeuse leads later. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is in the background of Mars, sinking low in the southwest just after dark.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 17 Low 3:11 AM 3.3 7:48 AM Rise 4:49 AM 17
~ 17 High 9:16 AM 8.4 5:05 PM Set 2:37 PM
~ 17 Low 4:29 PM -0.1
~ 17 High 10:55 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rescind obsolete vows of struggle.
~ Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father. – Lydia M. Child
~ Prithee don’t screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ A hero is someone who uses their Warrior spirit to achieve personal victories in overcoming handicaps and adversity. – Kerr Cuhulain
and looks at the body,
looks at the mind,
as a lion
at the not-quite-itself,
moving of shadows and grass.
Wary, but with interest,
considers its kingdom.
all that will be,
heart once again enters —
enters hunger, enters sorrow,
enters finally losing it all.
To know, if nothing else,
what it once owned. – Jane Hirshfield (The October Palace)
Wisconsin Cheese Soup
5 tablespoons butter
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 mushrooms, chopped
½ cup cooked ham, finely chopped
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 quart of chicken broth
1 quart of milk
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
In a large heavy kettle, melt butter; add carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and ham. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not brown. Add flour and cornstarch, cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
Add broth to pot and cooking, stirring until slightly thickened. Add milk, paprika, cayenne and mustard. Stir in cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Golden Cream Soup – This is a deliciously creamy soup that uses traditional milk & honey, and the keeper winter squashes that are going to go bad if they don’t get used, soon. You can make it savory or slightly sweet as you prefer. …and it sounds like a difficult recipe, but it’s not. You just have to be careful with it.
Holiday – Imbolc, Soup (and leftovers for side dish), 4-6 servings
- 1 cup squash (acorn or other orange-fleshed squash…even pumpkin)
- 2 tablespoons butter
Water (amount varies and may not be needed)
OR (skip to 6)
- 1 cup of any leftover cooked squash, drained of liquid
OR (skip to 7)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 1/2 cup milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Washed rosemary sprigs (about 6) optional
- grated nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of raw sugar, honey or maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste, (plus 2 optional saffron threads)
cutting board and knife, stirring/mixing/measuring things, baking dish, potato masher or stout fork, small frypan, medium heavy-bottomed pot
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Peel and cut squash into 1-2 inch cubes.
- Put into covered baking dish
- Sprinkle with salt and place cut up butter
- Bake for about an hour, checking and stirring every 15 minutes. If it begins to scorch, add a bit of water, ¼ cup at a time.
- Mash well, adding water if needed. Measure 1 cup and set aside (anything more can be served immediately or saved for later as a good side dish).
- Put the 2nd amount of butter into a small frypan and melt over medium heat.
- Measure milk into something with a pour spout and set it nearby.
- Turn to low and sprinkle flour in carefully, mixing a bit at a time. Do not let this brown!
- Continue cooking, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes. If it begins to brown, carefully add milk by tablespoons from the pouring container to lower the temperature, but you’re cooking the flour, so don’t get it too low.
- Pour the cooked flour mixture, the cup of squash and the rest of the milk into the large pot and mix well.
- Turn the heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
- Immediately lower the heat to medium low (2 on my stove) and simmer while stirring, until it begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat
- Add cream and stir well, then stir in savory or sweet spices as you prefer and serve.
- Maybe be reheated in the microwave by the serving.
- Serve in heavy mugs. Float a washed rosemary sprig on top of each serving for a great presentation!
Cheese and Vegetable Soup
6 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped onion
2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
4 ½ cups water
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
1 pound Velveeta cheese
2 teaspoons chopped parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Combine tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, chicken bouillon and 4 ½ cups
water, simmering until vegetables are done and liquid is reduced.
Shake together flour with a small portion of milk and add to vegetables with the rest of the milk. Cut the Velveeta into cubes and add to the soup along with the parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer at low temperature until hot.
The sleeping conditions were less than perfect. In fact, the bunks were infested with bedbugs. These little creatures appeared after ‘lights out’, and they provoked much cursing and slapping at the blankets.
One night, a man who had barely met the military’s minimum height and weight requirements cried out in the dark…. “Put me down!”