We actually had a couple of peals of thunder last night. The first one, right after 12:30, lifted me right out of my chair, I was so startled! …less than .01 inches of rain, though. It’s 61F down in town. I think it’s a little warmer up here, but the clouds are thick and at 900 feet, so it’s kinda gloomy, might burn off though…. It actually did last night, but waited until after 6pm, right when the light was in my eyes trying to sew.
Yesterday was pretty steady going for me. Tempus had to go run a bunch of errands, but I was at the shop, working with customers. I started the day with paperwork, working on the inventory file and orders, then got some of the checked-in things where they’re supposed to be. We’ve got some *beautiful* chip necklaces, although some of ’em are spendier than what I usually get. Lovely quality! I did get more bottles ordered, for those of you that are asking.
Today I had planned to get some site research done, but it’s not going to happen because Tempus has jury duty again. So, I’ll work on setting up newsletters today, instead of tomorrow. Maybe I can get far enough ahead that I’ll have some time to write? That would be nice. …and we just found out that Tempus is going to be running the paper route full-time for the near future. That’s going to make life interesting…..
Chesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper.
“Who remembers the fun of crabbing with just a dipnet and a bushel basket, wading through Bay grass beds? Well, this summer, thanks to an explosion of Bay grasses, folks are getting to experience the fun of dipnet crabbing for the first time in ages! Today on Beautiful Swimmers, its all about masses of Bay grasses and the crabs that follow their comeback: http://bit.ly/1McTxLY ” – From Facebook on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum page.
There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here: http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining
Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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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 8/14 at 7:53am. 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 8/12 at 7:53pm.
Altair shines high in the southeast after dark. Just above it is little orange Tarazed. A bit more than a fist-width to Altair’s left, look for Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
Mars (dim at magnitude +1.7) is becoming visible low in the glow of dawn. Look for it a little above the east-northeast horizon 45 to 30 minutes before sunrise. Bring binoculars. Don’t confuse it with Pollux or Castor above it, or Procyon rising into view off to its right.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 11 Low 5:19 AM -0.5 6:15 AM Rise 3:35 AM 13
~ 11 High 11:48 AM 6.0 8:28 PM Set 6:28 PM
~ 11 Low 5:11 PM 2.4
~ 11 High 11:05 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some people complain because there are thorns on roses, while others praise thorns for having roses among them.
~ Some people sit around moaning “why me?” You must stand up and say: “Why not?” – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.” – Dave Barry
~ It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. – Vince Lombardi
~ Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The “sure thing” boat never gets far from shore. – Dale Carnegie
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes. – Jim Rohn
Breakfast for your Skin – (Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub)
Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground Oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure Honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation) Oil of choice – I use Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond.
1/4 tsp. Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely. Though this smells great on it’s own.
Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you’re done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely. Spoon mixture in.
Brown Sugar and Lemon Scrub
A touch of lemon makes this scrub so refreshing! – Recipe submitted by Josephine Santos.
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Salt
1 tablespoon of Kalamansi or Lemon
1 tablespoon of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
1 tablespoon of Honey
Mix brown sugar and salt, then add kalamansi or lemon juice, virgin coconut oil and honey, mix well.
Aunt Katie’s Body Scrub
Pour honey into medium sized bowl, then add sugar and stir to combine. Add the salt in increments, to adjust the consistency to your liking. (I prefer a consistency not unlike crytallized honey). When all ingredients combine, add oils and stir well. This recipe is particularly long keeping as the lack of water discourages bacteria.
Gardener’s Soap Recipe
Melt base and scent. Stir in cornmeal, pumice and clay continually until it gets to a point where it will stay suspended in the soap. By this time, the soap will be quite thick and cool. Pour into molds.
Honey Bee CP Soap
At trace, add fragrance and 1 Tablespoon of honey. Do not insulate your soap as the honey may cause your soap to superheat.
Easy Shea Butter CP Soap
Easy Lip Balm Recipe – using Lanolin
1 oz. Olive Oil
.3 oz. of Lanolin
.4 oz. of Shea Butter
.4 oz. of Beeswax
Flavor Oil and Stevia for taste.
Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the lanolin oil and shea nutter up until it is fully liquid. Add the olive oil to the melted lanolin oil and shea butter. Combine the beeswax and all the oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and pour into containers.
Skin Firming Gel – using CroThix
CroThix has a secondary use as a skin firming agent. (Its primary use is as a thickening agent in liquid soaps, and shampoos.) Here is an easy gel that you can make that is good for all skin types, using jojoba makes a non-comedogenic cream that won’t clog your pores. (CroThix may be purchased at Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies)
This makes (4) four ounce containers of gel-crème.
Heat the water and Glycerin to 170 degrees and set aside. Heat the Emulsifying Wax until melted and add to the CroThix and Jojoba. Stir. Add the water and glycerin to the Emulsifying Wax, CroThix and Jojoba. Mix until the creme is 105 degrees (or less). Add your fragrance and preservative and package in jars or an easily squeezable package. Apply under make up for a more smooth application or as a night creme.
Easy Lotion Bars
This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any fragrance or essential oil that your heart desires and not have a chocolate over-smell.
Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Add together, mix well, stir in FO/EO and pour into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours. The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less ‘divets’ you’ll get in the bar (that sunken spot at the top of the bar).
Mix with water until the mask has a consistency that you like. Apply to body or face and wait for clay to dry fully. Take off with a warm water washcloth. If all over body, jump in the shower to get off more quickly than a washcloth.