Official Plum Count 39+8+54 = 101
Yesterday started in enough of a rush that we forgot 1/2 a dozen things and Tempus had to go back for them. I worked on rose sugar in the morning. After that, Tempus minded the front while I was doing some intensive pouch sewing on the machine. When he headed out to Art’s memorial service, I worked on processing roses for the soap balls that we’re making, first the red, then the pink. Right then Arnemetia and the Duckmeister showed up and we had a good chat and then I went back to the handwork on the pouches.
When Tempus got back we talked about the service and then I went across the street to pick up some things I had noticed yesterday. My original visionware set partly got lost in the big move and partly has gotten broken through the years and he had a casserole that was 1/2 size…
We suffered all afternoon from the mouth-watering aromas from the China Restaurant. Tempus cut headers and tags for quite awhile. We got busy late in the afternoon and I finished up a bunch of the handwork on the pouches while that was going on and I was talking to people.
When we got home I got to picking on the plums again. A bunch had fallen during the day, so I picked some that are going to have to sit before they’re ready to jam.
Today the young folks are on their two-week vacation, so we’re not going to be at the shop until 11. Tempus finished cutting the headers that we’ve got yesterday, so that’s going to start our morning. House Capuchin’s Project Day runs from noon to 6pm and there are already projects scattered all over.
Today’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke
damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is blueberries in the garden on 7/2/14.
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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 at the Tide Change on 7/1 at 7:20pm. 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.
Telescope users in eastern North America can watch for the thin, invisible dark limb of the Moon to occult the 4.1-magnitude star Theta Librae. Some times: Toronto, 10:58 p.m. EDT; New York, 11:08 p.m. EDT; Miami, 10:48 p.m. EDT; Chicago, 9:36 p.m. CDT; Austin, 9:06 p.m. CDT. (pic “LibraCC” by Till Credner – Own work, http://www.AlltheSky.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LibraCC.jpg#/media/File:LibraCC.jpg)
Meanwhile, Venus and Jupiter are now 1.1° apart in the west at dusk (in the longitudes of the Americas).
Mercury (about magnitude 0 and brightening) is low in the glow of sunrise. Look for it about 40 minutes before sunrise just above the east-northeast horizon, very far to the lower right of Capella. Binoculars help. To Mercury’s right or upper right is 1st-magnitude Aldebaran, farther from it every day.
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.
Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28
Runic New Year and half-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
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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
Su 28 Low 4:56 AM 0.2 5:34 AM Set 3:09 AM 80
~ 28 High 11:11 AM 5.2 9:05 PM Rise 5:44 PM
~ 28 Low 4:26 PM 2.5
~ 28 High 10:31 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for a spiritual lift.
~ Perform exercises exactly and patiently; Practice magick with spontaneity. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The only things that will never happen are the things that we have dared not to dream. – SanDanYi
~ Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
~ The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
When a religion is good I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one. – Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780
Bacon jam is an amazing savory AND sweet onion garlic spread that is, we need to repeat, amazing. In a slow cooker, combine:
- 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 3/4 cup of coffee
- Add 1 1/2 pounds of bacon that has been lightly browned and drained.
- Mix in two small diced onions and three garlic cloves that have been cooked until translucent.
- Cook on high for four hours. Coarsely chop in a processor and serve warm on toast points.
Pickled Cherries – By Andrew Zimmern – These tangy and sweet pickled cherries are fabulous with pork, poultry, salumi, lamb, you name it. Published On – 2014-09-15
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise pod
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound Bing cherries, pitted
In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except the cherries and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool completely, then add the cherries and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Refrigerate until ready to use. These are best day of.
Pork and Pineapple Kebabs – Grant Cornett – By Gina Marie Miraglia , January, 2011
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 10m| Total Time: 25m
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/2 medium pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- Soak 8 wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.
- Cook the rice according to the package directions. Just before serving, fold in the cilantro.
- Meanwhile, heat broiler. Thread the pork, pineapple, onion, and tomatoes onto the skewers. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Place the skewers on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil, turning once and brushing occasionally with the honey, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with the rice.
Quick Tip – Soaking the wooden skewers keeps them from scorching under the broiler. Alternatively, you can thread the meat and vegetables onto the skewers, then wrap the tips with foil.
Quiz Show Answers – The Weakest Link
Anne Robinson: In traffic, what “J” is where two roads meet? Contestant: Jool carriageway.
Anne Robinson: Which Italian city is overlooked by Vesuvius? Contestant: Bombay.
Robinson: What insect is commonly found hovering above lakes? Contestant: Crocodiles. Robinson: Wh…? Contestant (interrupting): Pass!
Anne Robinson: In olden times, what were minstrels, travelling entertainers or chocolate salesmen? Contestant: Chocolate salesmen.
Robinson: The Bible, the New Testament. The Four Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and…? Contestant: (long pause) Joe?
Lincs FM phone-in
Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant: I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain.
Steve Wright Show, Radio 2
Wright: On which continent would you find the River Danube?
Wright: What is the Italian word for motorway?
Wright: What is the capital of Australia? And it’s not Sydney.
Judy Finnegan: The American TV show ‘The Sopranos’ is about opera. True or false?
Finnegan: No, actually, it’s about the Mafia. But it is an American TV show, so I’ll give you that.
BBC Radio Newcastle
Paul Wappat: How long did the Six Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (after long pause): Fourteen days.
Bob Hope Birthday Quiz, LBC
Presenter: Bob Hope was the fifth of how many sons?
BBC GMR, Phil Wood Show
Wood: What “K” could be described as the Islamic Bible? Contestant: Er…
Wood: It’s got two syllables… Kor…
Wood: Ha ha ha ha no. The past participle of run…
Wood: OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I…