It’s 52F and very still. The sun’s been up for about 15 minutes, but it’s still hiding behind the mountains. It’s just at the dew point so there are dips coming off the porch roof and it feels very damp. It’s very, very still. No breeze, no dogs, no bird sounds even. It should be a nice weather day.
Yesterday was pretty busy. We had a lot of people in, a lot of browsers, but a lot of customers, too. Between times Tempus and I worked on getting various projects cleaned up and put away. Late in the afternoon I put in some time on finishing up another set of pouches that I’ll be getting pictures of today and then did another whole pile while Tempus dozed on the couch. He’s not getting enough sleep with the extra paper route days.
The strange case of William Harrison, the Campden Wonder –
On August 16, 1660, a 70-year-old rent collector (manager of Viscountess Campden’s estates at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/ ), William Harrison, disappeared from Chipping Campden, England, and only his hat, comb and ‘collar band’, or scarf, were found. His servant, John Perry, confessed to his murder and implicated his mother Joan (who was thought to be a witch) and his brother Richard. All three were hanged, although a body was never recovered.
Fully two years later, the ‘murdered’ William Harrison returned to Chipping Campden, with a fantastic story, which he laid out in a sworn letter http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/newgate/perry.htm to Sir Thomas Overbury, a magistrate of the county of Gloucester. Harrison wrote that he had been kidnapped by two armed horsemen, who stabbed him through the side and thigh with swords. They had taken him on a long journey through England to Deal, where they had put him on a ship. The ship was captured by Turkish pirates who sold the old man into slavery near Smyrna, Turkey … More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_Wonder and here: http://www.thecampdenwonder.com/index.html
Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:
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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 8/29 at 11:35am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/18 at 7:53pm.
The thin waxing Moon is beginning to return to the evening sky. Use it to spot Mercury, very low. Bring binoculars; the visibility of objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here. Mercury (about magnitude –0.2) is very low due west in bright twilight; this is a poor Mercury apparition for the Northern Hemisphere. About 20 minutes after sunset, scan for it just above the horizon with binoculars or a wide-field telescope.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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
Su 16 High 1:52 AM 7.3 6:20 AM Rise 8:26 AM 1
16 Low 8:27 AM -0.2 8:20 PM Set 9:14 PM
16 High 2:44 PM 6.9
16 Low 8:41 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Am Grateful, For I Feel Abundantly Blessed.
~ He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
~ Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass. – Rupert Brooke
~ For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself—without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind. – Bhagavad Gita, From “Teachings of the Hindu Mystics,” © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, http://www.shambhala.com.
- 1 med. sized elephant
- Lots of gravy
- 2 rabbits, optional
- Salt and pepper
Cut elephant into bite size pieces. This will take about 2 months. Cover with gravy and cook over kerosene fire at 465F for about four weeks. This will serve 3,800 people. If more people come then add rabbits. Do this only if necessary as most people don’t like to find hare in their stew!
- 1 can fruit (any kind)
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 stick margarine or butter
- 1 can opener
- 1 spoon
- 1 rectangular cake pan
- Wash hands.
- Turn on oven to 350 degrees.
- Put a little butter in the pan and smear it all over the inside.
- Open fruit and dump it in the pan, juice and all.
- Dump the dry cake mix evenly over the fruit.
- Chop up the stick of butter and dump the pieces on, too.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Cool and eat.
Easy Tortellini Soup – http://countrylife.lehmans.com/2009/03/26/feeding-for-spring/
1/2 –pound ground turkey breast
1 Tablespoon Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1/8 teaspoon ground sage
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 can (15-ounces) Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes
1 can (8-ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
1 package (20-ounce) refrigerated three-cheese tortellini (I love Buitoni Brand)
Loaf of crusty bread, heated and sliced
Heat oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with vegetable cooking spray. Combine turkey, bread crumbs, sage, pepper and salt in a bowl; shape into 48 meatballs. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned.
In a 3-quart saucepan combine broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and carrots. Boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Cut up beans and stir into broth with tortellini. Cook, covered, 5 minutes more. Add meatballs to serve. Serve hot with crusty bread.
Using fresh spring vegetables in our menus along with rib sticking foods will help you and your family get the work done. Soon the harsh touches of winter will be but a memory and spring gardens with produce and flowers will abound.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Government officials in California now have to pay a one dollar fine when they use a word that’s hard for taxpayers to understand. In a related story Arnold now owes $50,000. –Conan O’Brien