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 (today). 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……
There was frost all over things this morning. The low was 31 and it’s still only 38F. My sorrel got nipped because I forgot to put a cloth over it. I think it’ll still be ok, but we gotta get the garden tent up! I’m watching a sparrow on the seed ball. He got started by something a minute ago and launched off it and it spun back and forth, winding and unwinding.
Yesterday started way late with bagels and coffee and Tempus headed out to work on the car as soon as we were done. All during breakfast we watched the birds attacking the seed ball. At one point there were about 20 tiny birds (probably siskins) hanging on the wire from the broken bird feeder and taking turns pecking at it. Most of the time single birds (sparrows and juncos) stood on it and pecked, occasionally getting into spats with others of the same species. The funny ones were the Steller’s Jays, since they were too big to cling to the ball itself. They would stand on the porch railing, then jump at the ball, flapping wildly and grab a mouthful and return to the railing. We also had birds clinging to the old exercycle and the boxes that are out there, while waiting turns.
I had already been working on newsletters, but got seriously down to it after breakfast… and discovered something odd. The moon calendar seems to jump from Gemini to Libra to this week. It took me a while to sort it out.
By 4pm the shadows were climbing the cedars to the NE and by 4:30 the light at the tops of the cedars was reddening. Tempus was finished with the car about then and headed over to the storage place to get the contract and it turned out that they were closed already. The birds were still all over the seed ball and it was starting to look it. 🙂 by 4:40 the light was gone from the tops of the trees and the eastern sky was getting pink. The earth’s shadow didn’t really show last night. Not sure why.
Today the shop opens at 11am. We have some errands to run and then I need to get right to sewing. We will be open full hours today and might stay partway into the evening for Sewing. As always, if you want to come in later, call first to make sure we’re there!
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus.One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-part horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
The shop opens at 11am today! Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. 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. 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 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.
After the noise and cheering at midnight tonight, step outside into the silent dark. The last-quarter Moon will be newly risen in the cold east — or if you’re
near the western edge of your time zone, it may still be about to rise. Jupiter shines above it.
Higher in the south, Sirius >>> will be shining brightly. It’s now the balance point at the bottom of the Winter Triangle. The triangle’s other two stars are Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder to its upper right, and Procyon equally far to its upper left.
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 31 High 4:42 AM 7.3 7:52 AM Set 11:24 AM 72
~ 31 Low 10:49 AM 2.9 4:46 PM Rise 11:36 PM
~ 31 High 4:16 PM 6.3
~ 31 Low 10:45 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If I want your opinion, I’ll ask you to fill out the necessary forms.
~ Reflective thinking turns experience into insight. – John Maxwell
~ If you want to be a holy man, you’ve got to be committed. When you make a decision you cannot waver in any way. You’d never see Gandhi during a hunger strike sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night. ‘Gandhi…what are you doing down there?’ ‘Umm, I thought I heard a prowler…and I was going to hit him over the head with this big bowl of potato salad.’ – Jim Carrey
~ Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. – H. Ross Perot
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. – Buddha
Darkness falls; there is no sound…
No noisy slamming like a door,
No trumpeting or warning;
Just a quiet falling
Of the Dark that cloaks the world,
And hides it till the dawning. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Cheesy Party Rice Balls
Submitted to Foodista by The Midnight Baker
Makes about 24 rice balls
1 cup uncooked white rice
3 cups water
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 tbs fresh minced parsley or 1/2 tbs dehydrated parsley
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
Oil for frying
Bring water and 1 tsp. of salt to boil and stir in rice. Reduce heat, cover and cook rice until all water is absorbed. Fluff rice and set aside until it is warm to the touch. You must work with WARM rice, not cold.
Mix the eggs, cheese and parsley in a small bowl. Add to the warm rice and stir well until all rice is coated with the egg mixture.
In a separate bowl, add the cup of breadcrumbs. Keeping your hands wet, roll rice mixture into balls the size of a golf ball. Coat with breadcrumbs. Repeat until all the rice mixture is used.
Heat about 1-inch of oil in a heavy skillet, preferably cast iron. Oil should be about 375 degrees OR when a cube of bread is dropped in the oil, it will brown in 1 minute.
Add rice balls to hot oil and brown on all sides. This may have to be done in stages–do NOT crowd the pan! Fry maybe 6-8 balls at a time so they have plenty of room to move around in the pan. When brown, remove to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain oil. These may be kept warm in a 200 degree oven until all the rice balls are cooked.
Serve with marinara sauce and extra cheese.
Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese
- Serves: 4-8
- Prep Time: 10 Min
- Cook Time: 30 Min
- 12 slc hickory bacon, thick cut
- 8 slc bread, sandwich
- 8 oz cream cheese garlic & herb flavor
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 Tbsp old bay seasoning
By V Seward, hanford, CA (pop. 53,201)
V’s Notes: – While cooking and chatting with a good friend of mine, about recipes of course… with our love for cream cheese and another great ingredient bacon, we decided to create these amazing little appetizers. Taking bread as the vessel and adding a cream cheese mixture, wrapping in bacon and seasoning with old bay… Man-O-Man did these turn out fabulous. They have become the most requested, first to dissappear and most talked about appetizer at all my gatherings. Might need to make several batches for the big game, because everyone gobbles them up. I’ve made these a couple hours to overnight and refrigerated them before cooking as well. Pop them in the oven while your guests are arriving and they’ll know they came to the right party.
- Add 1/2 tsp. Smoky Paprika to the 8 oz tub of Garlic & Herb flavored Cream Cheese and mix until combined. On 4 slices of bread, generously spread the cream cheese mixture and top with another slice of bread.
- Cut off the bread crust. Cut each sandwich in 3 rows, turn and cut in half making 6 bites.
- Cut 12 slices of bacon in half. Wrap each bite with a slice of bacon, secure with a toothpick.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. Add wrapped bacon bites to prepared pan. Sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning over each one.
- Place in the center rack of a 400* F oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, until bacon is brown and cooked. For a crisper bacon, place under the broiler for approximately 1 minute (watch them or they will burn)
- Getcha one before they disappear! Enjoy.
Baked Spinach Dip in Bread
The dip can be made ahead and chilled. Place in the bread shell and bake just before company arrives. From Shauna Dittrick: Leduc, Alberta. Recipe published in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005. Yield: 16 servings – Community Recipe from psfreeman
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
- 2 8-ounce package(s) cream cheese (softened or cubed), softened
- 1 cup(s) mayonnaise
- 1 10-ounce package(s) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 cup(s) (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 pound(s) sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup(s) chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon(s) dill weed
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 round loaf(s) (1 pound) unsliced sourdough bread
- Assorted fresh vegetables
- • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until blended. Stir in the spinach, cheese, bacon, onion, dill and garlic; set aside.
- • Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of bread; set aside. Carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread and place on a baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown; set aside.
- • Fill bread shell with spinach dip; replace top. Place any dip that doesn’t fit in shell in a greased baking dish. Wrap bread in heavy-duty foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until dip is heated through. Cover and bake additional dip for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Open foil carefully. Serve dip warm with vegetables and reserved bread cubes. Yield: 4 cups.
- Editor’s Note: Fat-free cream cheese and mayonnaise are not recommended for this recipe.
Silliness – How to Handle Stress
Picture yourself near a stream.
Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air.
Nothing can bother you here.
No one knows this secret place.
You are in total seclusion from that place called “the world.”
The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
The water is clear.
You can easily make out the face of the person whose head you’re holding under the water.
There now……feeling better?