Please note that the shop will be closed on 1/1 for New Years and then for our annual vacation from 1/5-1/14. We may close a little early on the 31st. It depends on how busy things are and what gets decided about Sewing… I think we all got mixed up about what day New Year’s is……
The bird seed ball that Tempus put up has been covered with little birds all morning. They’re mostly sparrows, but I’ve seen one junco.
Yesterday was a different kind of day. We all got up late and Tempus made a huge breakfast that we ate together, spending some last time with Robyne. When he went off to pack and Tempus cleaned up in the kitchen, I started writing and kept at it all day. Tempus took Robyne to the bus station, did some shopping, went to metal night and then did his paper route, which took until very late.
Tempus is supposed to be working on the car today. He’s going to run out of time very fast, so I’m going to have to wake him. I’m going to work on setting up newsletters today and maybe some writing when I get done, but I really want to get outside for a bit!
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter,even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Feast day of St Egwin of Worcester – Egwin was a bishop who died at Evesham, England, in about 717; the story of his life bears some resemblance to that of St Adhelm. He was possibly a member of Mercian royal house, and thus a relative of King Ethelred. Appointed Bishop of Worcester in about 692, he founded a monastery at Evesham. This came about when the Virgin Mary was seen first by a herdsman, Eof, or Eoves (who was shown where to site a monastery), and then by Egwin himself in a meadow by the Avon River. The place name Evesham derives from the herdsman’s name. (It has been suggested by Peter Eaves that it might be that the name Eoves actually was a signifier of the man’s occupation as a swineherd – in Old English, eofor meant ‘boar’.)
Before setting out for Rome to defend himself again false accusations of strictness, he locked his feet in chains and threw the key into the River Avon. In Rome he went straight to the market and bought a salmon caught in the River Tiber. Miraculously, the key was in the belly of the fish. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egwin_of_Evesham and here: http://saints.sqpn.com/sainte94.htm
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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 1/8. 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 Waning Quarter on 1/1 at 9:30pm.
Jupiter and the Moon (again) – Wednesday, Dec. 30, before midnight – Jupiter and the moon are close in the sky, and rise together just before midnight. The Moon, nearly last quarter, rises due east by about 11 tonight. Jupiter follows it up about 25 minutes later (for the Americas). They climb higher through the rest of the night, gradually drawing closer together. They stand high in the south under Denebola before the first light of dawn on the 31st, as shown above.
The Venus-Saturn Antares triangle at dawn. Watch it change shape from one morning to the next. . .
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is getting lower in the southwest immediately after dark. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
W 30 High 4:00 AM 7.3 7:52 AM Set 10:56 AM 80
~ 30 Low 9:52 AM 2.9 4:45 PM Rise 10:38 PM
~ 30 High 3:24 PM 6.9
~ 30 Low 10:04 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!
~ A heartfelt smile gives warmth enough for three winters. – Mongolian Proverb
~ Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. – G. K. Chesterton
~ The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. – Nietzsche
~ We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
His eyes pinned her in place like a butterfly;
And like a butterfly, her looks were stronger
Than her physicality.
She turned pale; her lips trembled, and her
Wings fluttered helplessly.
He had not even touched her, but.
Her life-force was already draining from her.
Was she to be put in a glass case, like the rest
Of his collection? Labeled: ‘Large Fairy’?
Her delicate hands moved and fluttered, as he
Used his eyes to bore into her very soul.
He was so deeply into the hypnosis that he
Did not notice or understand, what she was
Doing. Suddenly, just before she fell to the
Floor, a golden bolt of lightning stroke,
Severing the connection between them. It
Formed an auric barrier of protection, and
Threw the Collector across the room.
He was unable to touch her or renew the
Magnetism in his eyes, that held her before.
His anger swelled, his eyes glared,
And he screamed in anger! Suddenly, the
Eyes of the other magical beings under glass
In his collection, snapped open.
As the Collector lost his focus and let rage
Overtake him, he lost his hold on the other
Beings that he had imprisoned.
The auric barrier grew wider and more
Golden, and it expanded to push against
The glass prisons in the room.
With a huge shattering of glass, the prisoners
Were free! They rushed toward the Collector
And carried him to one of the untouched
Glass cages, pushing him inside. They
Thanked the beautiful fairy, in whatever their
Different languages were;
And rushed out to explore a world that was
Not ready for them; did not believe in them.
Earth and Faerie would now once again,
Share the same world. – © Copyright 11/5/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Bacon-Wrapped TATER TOTS
Recipe by Kraft
- Prep Time 10min.
- Total Time 35min.
- Servings 12 servings
Fact: Bacon-wrapped anything will please any party-goer—from football fans to dinner party guests. Bonus: These are easy, made with ORE-IDA TATER TOTS .
What You Need
- 12 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cut crosswise in half
- 24 ORE-IDA TATER TOTS
- 1/4 cup KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. HEINZ Tomato Ketchup
- Heat oven to 375ºF.
- Wrap 1 bacon piece around each TATER TOT; place on rack of broiler pan.
- Bake 25 min. or until bacon is crisp, turning after 15 min. Meanwhile, mix mayo and ketchup.
- Serve TATER TOTS with mayo mixture.
Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls – Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
- SERVINGS – 18
- SERVING SIZE – 1/4 cup
- YIELD – 4-1/2 cups
- PREP TIME – 40 mins
- 1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese*, finely shredded
- 2 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
- 1 2 ounce jar sliced pimiento, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and chopped
- 1/4 cup apricot preserves
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
- 8 – 10 slice bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
- 1/3 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
- Celery stalks, cucumber slices, apricot halves, and/or toasted baguette slices
In a very large bowl combine cheddar and cream cheese; let stand to come to room temperature (about 45 minutes). Add pimientos, apricot preserves, milk, Worcestershire, hot pepper sauce and about 1/2 of the cooked bacon. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until almost smooth.
Cover and chill cheese mixture (and cooked bacon) 2 hours or until easy to handle. Divide into portions; on waxed paper shape into balls. Cover and chill. Roll in bacon bits or pistachios within 4 hours of serving.
Serve with celery, cucumber, apricot and/or toasted bread slices. Makes 18 (1/4-cup) servings.
I’m a big fan of making a spiced olive mix rather than buying one. It’s so easy, and you can control the spice levels and aromatics.
To start, buy good-quality olives with the pits still in. Then all you have to do is infuse some olive oil with aromatics (I like fresh bay leaves, garlic and citrus peels). Pour the warm olive oil over the olives and let them marinate for a few hours. For added texture and spice, toast some coriander and fennel seeds and lightly crush them before tossing them into the olives.
And there you have it: a briny, salty, addictive snack that took almost no effort at all. To learn more, read “Before Midnight.”
Spiced Olive Mix – Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus marinating time
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes, plus marinating time
- 3 cups mixed olives (such as Picholines, Lucques, Niçoise and Castelvetrano) with pits in
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Three 3-inch strips of orange peel, peeled using a vegetable peeler
- Three 2-inch strips of lemon peel, peeled using a vegetable peeler
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 1 small head of garlic, split in half
- 2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds, toasted and crushed
- 1 tablespoon whole coriander, toasted and crushed
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Place the olives in a mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the olive oil, orange peel, lemon peel, bay leaves and garlic. Cook until the garlic has lightly browned and the oil has become fragrant, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the oil to continue to infuse for an hour. Discard the garlic.
- Pour the infused oil, as well as the fennel seeds, coriander and red pepper flakes, over the olives and toss to coast. Marinate at room temperature for 2 hours or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.