48F and grey and drippy. We got a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday and .16 so far today. The garden and plants are very happy. There are new shoots coming up all over the place! Even my fennel is putting out fronds again. I’m going to have to harvest, chop and freeze, I think.
Yesterday was productive, but I had to just put my head down and slog. I’m trying to catch up from last week’s insanity. There was laundry to do, and some things needed special care, like the linen piece that got blood on it when I bopped my chin. I was also sorting and filing papers, and never got out to the garden.
By 5:30 I was done inputting the daily things in the Daily Stuff and Tempus was working on supper. We talked for a while over supper and then he took off to do his paper run. I was talking to people online about what all I have to do over the next year. Big learning curve….
Today I’m going to be baking in the middle of the day. I’m hoping to do a bunch of krensekake and then do the nut and fruit bark later in the crockpot. I still have some books to put away and a pile of little things to sort, several boxes worth!
A pic of the flooding on 12/8 in Yachats across from the water treatment plant (Ken Gagne)
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia
Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of.
A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
Las Posadas, Mexico – This custom apparently derives from Spain, but is celebrated mostly in Central America and the Southwestern US. It includes Nativity parades, and plays resembling those of the mummers along with breaking of piñatas and lots of parties. There’s even a celebration in Portland that ends up with Santa collecting gifts for needy children. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas
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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 12/25 at 3:12am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12:18 at 7:14am.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
W 16 High 4:06 AM 7.3 7:46 AM Rise 11:22 AM 20
~ 16 Low 9:49 AM 3.0 4:38 PM Set 10:39 PM
~ 16 High 3:23 PM 7.3
~ 16 Low 10:12 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All-encompassing love fills me and my environment.
~ Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else. – Georg Grey
~ If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997
~ I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. – Archimedes
I know you.
I have never seen you until this moment in my life, but I know you.
You must feel it.
You open your arms to hug me before we speak a word.
Where could I have seen you?
We have never been near each other in this life.
I know you.
I know what fits with who you are.
There are no questions as I make a gift for you.
Green and white and pearl and rosemary and sandalwood and hibiscus
Shells and stones from the beach and some small egg cases for beginnings
Just a certainty
Just beginnings again.
How do I know?
I don’t know how I know.
I just know,
With a certainty that could frighten me into speechlessness,
If I didn’t know with such depth
Even your friends saw it
That first evening.
They laughed to see the connection.
Recognizing something beyond the Seen.
But always my thinking part says, “What?”
It says, “How?”
It says, “No!”
Talking Self does not understand.
I know you.
Even if I had never seen you again
Your existence in this time would be a gift to me from the Universe.
Knowing that you live
Spills over from my eyes in tears
That I add to my gift
Knowing that this, too
You will understand. – © 2007 M. Bartlett
Chicken Pot Pie
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized cubes
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1 cup baby carrots, halved
1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
2 ounces butter (1/2 stick)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup frozen baby peas (optional)
½ cup milk or cream
2 Tablespoons flour
Double recipe of pastry/pie crust or 2 packages of pre-made crust dough
9″x13″ casserole dish
Blanch potatoes and carrots 5-10 minutes and drain well.
In a heavy skillet, melt 1 Tablespoon butter and brown chicken pieces.
Remove chicken and set aside. In skillet sauté onion until translucent. Add drained potatoes, garlic, and carrots and cook until golden, adding more butter if needed. Add the chicken back into the skillet. Blend milk and flour well and stir into skillet with chicken/vegetable mixture. Remove from heat and cool.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line casserole dish with ½ the pastry dough to form bottom crust. Pour in cooled chicken/vegetable mixture and dot with remaining butter. Top with remaining pastry crust and seal and crimp edges.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Serves 6 – 8
Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and onion stuffing
A sixth of a cup/30g/1oz of vegan margarine
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
1 medium leek, finely chopped
1 and a half cups of hot water
1 teaspoon of yeast extract (marmite, vegemite etc.)
3 cups/550g/16oz of ground cashew nuts (or other nuts of your choice – almonds work well too)
2 Tablespoons of soya flour
2 teaspoons of fresh herbs – winter savoury is great (if using dried 1 teaspoon)
3 cups/160g/6oz of white bread crumbs
seasalt and pepper to taste
sage and onion stuffing Melt the margarine (in a large pan for mixing) and cook the celery and leek in it for a few minutes. Mix the yeast extract into the hot water (alternatively you could use any stock you like) and add this to the leek and celery. Stir in the soya flour, nuts, herbs, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper and mix well. Allow to cool slightly while you grease a loaf tin. Place half the nut roast mixture in the tin and press down well – then add the sage and onion stuffing (pressing down well again) and place the rest of the nut roast mixture on top. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 180/360 then turn out of the tin and slice. Nice served with all the traditional trimmings.
Variations:- you can substitute wine (red or white) or soya milk for the water and yeast extract. The sage and onion stuffing is optional – it works just as well without it and might actually slice up easier! A layer of sliced mushrooms and garlic is an alternative to the stuffing.
Apple Juice Roast
4 pound boneless Beef Chuck Roast
2 tablespoons of butter of shortening
1 tablespoon catsup
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon prepared mustard
3 large sweet potatoes*
2 medium onions, sliced
1 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon basil
Juice of one lemon (for sweet potatoes)*
Apple rings for garnish
Chopped parsley for garnish
NOTE: * Sweet potatoes should be pared and cut into pieces.
Cook onions in 1 tablespoon of butter or shortening in Dutch oven until
tender-crisp and set aside. Brown roast in remaining butter or shortening in
Dutch oven over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until browned and seared on
all sides. Pierce entire surface of meat with fork.
Combine apple juice, catsup, salt, pepper, thyme, mustard and basil and add
to meat in Dutch oven. Top meat with reserved onions and cook slowly for 2 ½
hours or until almost tender. See cooking note below for cooking options.
Brush sweet potatoes with lemon juice for brighter colour and add to meat.
Continue cooking, covered 30-40 minutes or until meat and potatoes are
Place meat on a warm place. Sprinkle potatoes with shopped parsley or
garnish with apple rings and parsley is desired.
To make gravy: Skim excess fat from cooking liquid; add water if needed to
make 1 1/2 cups. Mix 1/2 cup water and 2 T Unbleached Flour; stir gradually
into cooking liquid.
Heat to boiling; cook, stirring 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper,
Gravy may be served in Large Apple that has been scooped out, if desired.
Serve gravy over sliced meat.
NOTE: After apple juice mixture is added to browned meat, it may be
marinated in the refrigerator until 3 to 4 hours before serving time; turn
meat several times.
If Dutch oven is cast iron, transfer to a glass dish.