We got just under a 10th of an inch of rain, but more is supposed to be on the way. Wednesday night as we got home the sky was all mackerel. That was the beginning of this weather system. C’mon rain! I’ve been out in the garden, checking. This got a bit of the upper part of the ground wet, but there’s not much more than an inch down. We need some more. I’m not too happy about the idea of wind, though. There was a bit of sunshine, earlier, but not it’s gone cloudy again.
Yesterday flew by. It was steady work. The new Shoyeido incense came in. We have one of the screen chip heaters back in stock. The African Traders showed up in the afternoon! They didn’t have the Ghana baskets, but I have several small ones and some double-handled ones that are really nice. I also got some beads and re-stocked my drums & rattles section. I spent the late afternoon grinding cedar. The back end of the shop smells wonderful! I need pincushion stuffing and cedar is one of the ingredients. Later, once Marius got there we pulled out the fabrics and discussed a set of costumes that we’re setting up and what we’re still going to need. We also talked through the largesse project concerns and the class that I’m doing in October.
The cougar was killed this morning. He wasn’t afraid of people, didn’t run and was taking livestock. The Duckmeister lost a duck to it. The animal control people came and dealt with it this morning. Nothing to be done when an animal starts treating human spaces as theirs. We have a lot of cougars and bears in the area. When they come into town, as long as they run off when people are around it’s not too much of a problem, but when they lose their fear of people. No, it’s *not* that we’ve moved into their spaces. There’ve been people in this area long before the Europeans got here. It’s been pretty heavily settled for a long while. Most of them we can coexist with. Most….
Today I’m supposed to be home and Tempus at the shop. He walked in after 8am (having just finished his paper route) and didn’t even say anything and fell into bed. I wasn’t sure whether he was going to be up for the day or not, but he’s up and moving, now. He’s gotten a piece added to the route and it took him way longer than I expected or even he did.
Wow! He’s gorgeous!
Today is the anniversary of the event in Washington DC where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. More info on Wikipedia
“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream . . .”
“”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”.
This speech stands among the greatest in our nation’s history. It shaped the conscience of my generation. It still makes me weep with the beauty of it. You can listen here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. Harvested the day before, even after washing it’s still detectable on my hands! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8:30 at 11:35pm.
The bright Moon after dark shines just above the dim boat-shape of Capricornus. How much of it can you see through the glare? Look about a fist to the Moon’s right for dim Alpha Capricorni, a double star that’s just resolvable with the naked eye. Binoculars show Alpha as twins beautifully. About half a binocular field below or lower left of Alpha is Beta Cap, a less easy double star for binoculars. By the time it gets fully dark now, Cassiopeia has risen as high in the northeast as the Big Dipper has sunk in the northwest. Midway between them, and a little higher, is Polaris.
Jupiter is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) shines in the southwest at dusk, to the right of upper Scorpius. Fiery orange Antares, less bright, twinkles 13° to Saturn’s left or lower left. Delta Scorpii shines more or less between them.
Saturday, August 29 By the 29th, Venus edges up above the eastern horizon in early dawn to join faint little Mars. (This scene is drawn for latitude 40° north; for instance New York, Denver, Madrid. At other latitudes, the view will be tilted from this by the difference between your latitude and 40° N.)
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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
F 28 Low 6:09 AM -1.0 6:34 AM Set 5:14 AM 94
~ 28 High 12:29 PM 7.0 8:00 PM Rise 7:18 PM
~ 28 Low 6:15 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an uplifting day!
What is? – What is one unanswered question you would like to ask your parents? Why?
~ A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be. – Unknown
~ Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul’s Letter to American Christians
~ Peace comes from within, do not seek it without. – Buddha
~ Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth. – Albert Pike
A FLY ON THE WALL
My mother used to say,
“I wish I were a fly on the wall,
to have seen that!”
and she would laugh and laugh.
One of her expressions.
She was from near Savannah,
would say “gull” instead of “girl”
and “squll” instead of “squirrel.”
A very feisty woman, mostly irish.
Short, witty, a wonderful pianist.
Oh, how I miss her!
She would have laughed at all
the silly things that Cody,
Frank & I get up to…
she would have loved to be a fly
on the wall in this loving house. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Crone’s Corner -Good Fortune Spell
Michaelmas Eve celebrates Michael the Archangel’s defeat of the dragon. Michael symbolizes the Sun, and the dragon, in this context, symbolizes darkness and winter. This tradition is similar to the mummer plays performed at the winter solstice, wherein Saint George defeats the dragon of winter. One custom now is to make a special dragon bread for the family. Eating this bread symbolizes overcoming the dragon.
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup fine ground oatmeal
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Mix the ingredients together and bake in a 375-degree oven for twenty-five minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for five minutes before serving warm. By: Lily Gardner-Butts, )0( From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Harvest Ball Pumpkin Bread
- 4 c flour
- 3 c Sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ Tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp allspice
- ½ tsp cloves
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2/3 c cold water
- 4 eggs
- Sift together dry ingredients.
- Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil, pumpkin and cold water.
- Blend well with beater.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
- Fold in 1 cup pecans. (optional)
- Pour batter into greased, floured loaf pans.
- Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Makes 3 small loaves 45 minutes at 350 degrees or 2 large loaves, 1 hour at 350 degrees.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Wrap in plastic immediately upon cooling.
- Serve with cream cheese if desired.
Tip: Bread may be frozen after cooling. – Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
CORN PUDDING – SERVES 6 TO 8 – From Arcamax recipes
2 ½ cups corn (3 ears depending on cob size or 1 16-oz bag of frozen corn
¼ cup white sugar
½ Tsp salt
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
1/3 Tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
4 Large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Spray a 9- by 13-inch pan with olive oil spray or lightly grease it.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Do this with a spoon or spatula so you don’t smash up the corn.
3. Pour the batter in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and a knife inserted in the corn pudding should come out clean. If the knife does not cone out clean, bake it a bit more.
Tip: For the creamiest taste, serve it immediately. It still tastes great served a bit later or even reheated the next day.
Silliness – Quick Quotes – “Here’s a great story — all seven crewmen are doing fine after being rescued from that Russian mini-sub that was trapped under water. The mini-sub is about 44 feet long and more than 18 feet high. Or as we call it in this country… an SUV.” –Jay Leno