It’s 62F, overcast, with a light breeze. We might actually get some rain over Saturday and Sunday mornings, probably of the “aggressive mist” variety. That will be all to the good with the Valley going to be so hot and it’s dry, dry, dry…. Burn bans are already in effect and they’re saying no fireworks anywhere in the Siuslaw forest, even on the Dunes.
I was dealing with the sleepies yesterday morning while Tempus was getting a soak bath. Finally ended up talking with our Air Force son on Facebook for awhile. My doctor appointment was just a follow-up, but I ended up waiting for what seemed like forever. Tempus had gone down to the flea market to shop a bit but didn’t find what he was looking for.
When we got home he pulled out the weed-whacker, but I never got to it before the mosquitoes started up, so I put it down and came back in. He had gone to do some shopping, to meet up with Sash and then to go to Marius’ house for the evening.
I worked on some clipart and updated some blog pages. Eventually, Tempus was on his way home and I had a bunch of pictures for that blog and then Marius got his write-up done.
Today we have chores to do and I need to set up newsletters, plus do some of the weed-whacking.
A fundraiser in Waldport! This is this Friday! http://www.lincolncountydispatch.com/index.php/community-notices/item/5052-unexpected-elephant-fundraiser-set-for-june-26-in-waldport
Today’s feast is Inti Raymi, the ancient Incan festival of the Sun, which is the Winter Solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. In 1944 a re-creation of the festival was celebrated and has been ever since. Here’ s a Wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inti_Raymi
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water, then oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium
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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 Tide Change on 7/1 at 7:20pm. 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 6/24 at 4:03am. 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 at the Full on 6/30 at 7:20am.
Mercury at greatest elongation west – Wednesday, June 24, 5:03 a.m. EDT – Mercury is low in the glow of sunrise. By week’s end it’s becoming easier to see, low in the east-northeast.
The First Quarter Moon rises around 12:30 p.m. and sets around 1:15 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. (exact at 7:02 a.m. EDT).
The Summer Triangle >>>>>> looms high in the east after dark. Its top star is bright Vega. Deneb is the brightest star to Vega’s lower left (by 2 or 3 fists at arm’s length). Look for Altair a greater distance to Vega’s lower right.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
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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
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 24 Low 1:13 AM 2.2 5:33 AM Set 1:07 AM 44
~ 24 High 6:38 AM 4.9 9:05 PM Rise 1:45 PM
~ 24 Low 12:52 PM 1.3
~ 24 High 7:33 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
~ You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other. – John Adams, (1735-1826) US President (2), in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
~ All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying. – Woody Allen
~ As soon as I began, it seemed impossible to write fast enough – I wrote faster than I would write a letter – two thousand to three thousand words in a morning, and I cannot help it. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
Not unnaturally, many elevators imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down, up and down, experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways, as a sort of existential protest, demanded participation in the decision-making process and finally took to squatting in basements sulking. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Morning Edition, June 26, 2009 – Years ago, Jim Crawford, a farmer in south central Pennsylvania, noticed that one of his summer loves — rhubarb — had fallen out of favor. Neighbors near his New Morning Farm were letting this tart perennial languish in their gardens, too lazy to dig it up, too uninterested to harvest it. Crawford offered to buy what they were growing and sell it at the farmers markets around Washington, D.C., where he’s been operating stands for 37 years.
“It sounds funny,” Crawford says, “but it was kind of common that people seemed to have that attitude about rhubarb. Dismissive. And then, of course, when they got $1.60 a pound for it they said, ‘Hey, you know, this stuff is worth something!'”
In recent years, Crawford has seen resurgence in demand for rhubarb, often fueled by nostalgia. Ed Kahl, a customer at one of Crawford’s fresh fruit stands, says he grew up eating rhubarb dishes.
“It reminds me of my grandmother and mother, and they made these luscious pies. I’ll probably just buy it and let it rot in my refrigerator! But I have aspirations to make a pie.”– rhubarb chunks in fruit-flavored gelatin. (He admits this sounds a bit gross, but he swears it makes a great buffet dish.)
Another customer, Janet Katz, says rhubarb makes her nervous.
“I’ve cooked everything but rhubarb. I’m afraid it’ll be too sour or chewy or something,” she says.
Crawford finds this attitude a lot, so he posts a “helpful hints” sign by the box of glistening red stalks.
“It’s the easiest thing in the world to cook,” he says. “You just chop it up and put some sweetener with it, and put it in a pan with a tight lid, and in about five minutes it just melts like butter.”
Crawford sweetens his with maple syrup, but sugar works, too. He likes rhubarb sauce over ice cream. He also puts rhubarb in jam, chutney and a whole array of pies, not just the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo.
“In fact, I really like it better with apples. It’s really good with raspberries. It’s really good with peaches,” he says.
Whatever’s in season, Crawford says, rhubarb gives it pizzazz.
Silliness – Telltale Signs of Being a Mother
* Your feet stick to grape jelly on the kitchen floor–and you don’t care.
* You can’t find your cordless phone, so you ask a friend to call you, and you run around the house madly, following the sound until you locate the phone downstairs in the laundry basket.
* Popsicle’s become a food staple.
* Your favorite television show is a cartoon.
* You’re so desperate for adult conversation that you spill your guts to the telemarketer that calls and HE hangs up on YOU!
* You buy cereal with marshmallows in it.
* You count the sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they’re equal.
* You have time to shave only one leg at a time.
* You hide in the bathroom to be alone.
* Your kid throws up and you catch it.
* You get up at 5:30 AM and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink or go to the bathroom, and yet… you still managed to gain 10 pounds.