37F and clear according to the computer, but there’s no frost, only 60 percent humidity and just a little breeze.
Yesterday we actually got to the shop on time! As we were coming down the hill the ocean was a deep calm blue, much darker than the summer ocean, and clear to the horizon, enough that you could see waves on the horizon. I’d bet that’s some kind of thermal mirage, actually, but that’s what it looks like!
Tempus set out to clean up the newspaper mess from the last couple of days. It was pretty amazing, actually. I started with pulling things out to get photos, using the new tripod, which was one of the nice things to happen this week! It’s exactly the same as the old one, only not battered, and not broken. 🙂 So, while Tempus ran errands I was taking pictures of various things.
When Tempus got back he thought to weigh Thursday’s paper. It weighed 3.5 lbs! The usual paper is just 8 oz. Wow!
We were actually pretty busy during the day, but things slowed down by 3pm and Tempus got a nap. I set up a Lights of the Season gift basket (oh, it’s lovely! pix tomorrow!) and priced some more small pieces. When Tempus woke he did the final sanding on another bone needle and then we closed up.
The following are pictures of the pillow that has been my friend for the last week. Very sweet!
On the way home it was deep twilight but there was still afterglow in the west, shading from a deep brick red into the deep blue. By the time we pulled into our driveway the stars were out, beautiful diamonds in the clear, clear sky. It had been up to 55 during the day, but the temperature was dropping fast: 44F as we locked up the shop, 42 by the time we pulled out of the parking lot and 38 by the time we were home!
There were 3 houses with lights on the way home and one where folks were assembling and artificial tree. I got a glimpse of a may with a tree branch waving it wildly in the air as two people on the other side of the trunk looked at him. That sounds like a story….
We had some supper and Tempus went out to gas up and get a friend’s car for the evening paper run, since we’re still having transmission problems. Last night was two sets of papers…. The first set got finished at a decent time, so he curled up at the shop and napped, waiting for the 2nd. By 3:30 he was bagging the morning papers. I woke just about then, got a snack and worked awhile before crawling back in for some more sleep. I was tired from yesterday, but not too sore, and not exhausted. He finally got in just past 7:30 and crawled right into bed and right to sleep.
Today we’re hoping to open a bit early. Herbs Workshop will be at 11 and I’ll be working on candles when I can during the day. Sewing at 3pm.
Today’s ornament is a 4″ jingle wreath! I lucked into a sale in jingle bells at one point and made a bunch of these! Materials to make these, even in the big value packs of bells, would cost you $4 apiece. These are priced at $3 each, $15 for 6 or $29 for a dozen in two sizes of bells. They make great “alarms” for the bottom of the tree if you have cats or kids, bright shiny things to hang on a package or a door, or to chime in the wind for the holiday!
A picture of Crater Lake by their Facebook page.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is the anniversary of the 1965 “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” that became almost an anthem in the late 60’s. The song by Arlo Guthrie hit #17 on the Billboard chart. We usually listen to it on KLCC after the noon news on Thanksgiving, and totally spaced it! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Please note that the shop will be closed on 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We will be open on Wednesday 12/23 and Thursday, 12/24 for last-minute shoppers. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 12/10 at 2:29am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/2 at 11:40pm.
By 8 or 9 p.m. the waning gibbous Moon, in Gemini, is up in the east-northeast. Look left of it and perhaps a bit higher for Castor and Pollux. Farther to the Moon’s right or upper right, Orion is moving up.
New developments before dawn in the Jupiter-Mars-Venus lineup: Mars is now close to Gamma (γ) Virginis, and Spica is passing Venus.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 High 2:12 AM 7.5 7:29 AM Set 9:54 AM 95
28 Low 7:41 AM 2.7 4:40 PM Rise 7:51 PM
28 High 1:28 PM 8.8
28 Low 8:26 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
~ I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. – Madonna
~ Character is plot. This is the best advice I ever got as a novelist. – Barbara Taylor Bradford
~ Get mad, then get over it. – Colin Powell
~ All of your characteristics are useful somehow, depending on the context in which you chose to use them. – Kerr Cuhulain
But, truly, I have wept too much!
The Dawns are heartbreaking.
Every moon is atrocious
and every sun bitter. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
1 cup of onions, diced
1 cup green bell peppers, diced
½ pound mushrooms
¼ cup butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1 can tomatoes with green chiles [Anja uses Italian seasoned diced peeled….]
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder [Anja uses horseradish powder]
1 tablespoon chicken broth
12 chicken tortilla – cut into quarters
- In a large pan, sauté onion, pepper and mushrooms in butter.
- Add soups, tomatoes & chiles, garlic, chili powder and chicken broth.
- Line bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with pieces of tortillas.
- Spread half of the chicken over the tortillas and top with half of the sauce then half of the cheese.
- Cover with another layer of corn tortillas and repeat the chicken, sauce and cheese layers.
- (If freezing, freeze at this point, prior to baking.)
- Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Note – This recipe can be doubled or tripled to make 2 or 3 pans of casserole. I usually make 3 – one for that night, and two for the freezer.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: when creating this to freeze, line your pans with aluminum so you can pull the casserole when it is fully frozen and place it in Ziplocs, thus freeing up your casserole pans). [Anja’s note – Or go to Cash n Carry and get foil steam pans with lids!]
French Toast Sticks
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 slices white bread — cut into 4 strips each
3 tablespoons butter – divided
- In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon with a fork until well blended.
- Dip each bread strip into the egg mixture, coating completely.
- In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.
- Cook the bread strips a few at a time for 2-3 minutes per side.
- Add more butter as needed.
- Flash freeze on a cookie sheet and then store in a Ziploc bag.
- To reheat: reheat in toaster for 3-5 minutes or microwave for 2 minutes (but toaster makes them more crisp).
- Makes 32 strips
Note – Recipe can be doubled or tripled to stock up.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: I make these in huge batches, flash freeze and then put 4 in a bag, making easy-to-grab packs in the AM for the kids.
Sour Cream Chocolate Muffins
5 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
2 Baking Chocolate Squares
1/3 cup Butter or Margarine
3/4 cup Sour Cream
2/3 cup Brown Sugar – packed
1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips – semi-sweet or milk
- Mix semisweet chocolate, baking chocolate, and butter together, then melt
carefully in microwave or over simmering water in double boiler.
- Allow to cool to lukewarm.
- Mix sour cream, sugar, corn syrup, egg and vanilla.
- Blend with melted chocolates.
- Blend flour, soda and salt, then add to the chocolate mixture and blend very well.
- Add the chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin tins.
- Bake in preheated 400 degree F oven for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on wire racks.
Note 1 – When freezing, cool completely, then freeze in individual baggies, removing
as much air as possible from each baggie before sealing.
Note 2 – This can also make a sliceable loaf or 4 mini-loaves which freeze even better than the muffins. Serve slices with strawberry or raspberry jam or orange marmalade.
Fruit Quick Bread – By newspapergal – Added October 24, 2005 | Recipe #142548
Total Time: – 55 mins
Prep Time: – 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Yield: 2 loaves
This is a lovely light fruit bread that is perfect with a cup of tea. This will freeze well and several loaves can be kept on hand for unexpected guests.
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
3 cups flour
1 cup strawberry preserves
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans)
1 – Preheat oven to 350*.
2 – Blend butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3 – Dissolve baking soda in sour cream, and add to butter mixture.
4 – Fold in flour, preserves, nuts and food coloring.
5 – Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans.
6 – Bake 35-40 minutes.
Read more: <a href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/fruit-quick-bread-142548?oc=linkback”>http://www.food.com/recipe/fruit-quick-bread-142548?oc=linkback</a>
Silliness – Quick Quotes – “There’s a more important reason to keep NASA’s programs going strong … to achieve that greatest of discoveries, the thing we as human beings need most: space oil.” –Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert