Minus Tide at 5:28 PM of -0.3 feet.
It was only 44F when I got out here, but with the glorious flood of sunshine in the yard, it’s warming fast! There’s a nice breeze, too. Yesterday’s weather got interesting between a couple of thunderstorms (complete with upset dogs at the Duchmeister’s) and hail and pouring rain. . We’ve got a day to dry out, though and even partly cloudy, it’s just wonderful out there… and I’m going to be cooking.
Not too long after the newsletter went out yesterday I looked up to see the trees thrashing wildly. Although before sunrise the highest gusts were around 12 mph, at a little past 8am they were up to 30 and the wind itself went from 6mph up to 28! Cold drafts started snaking across the floor, so I got up and made sure that the study window was shut tightly. …and then I realized the temp was dropping and it was getting darker again. Did we have a front come through or just storm cells? (Probably a front, judging by the rest of the day’s weather)
Tempus was up and making coffee around 9am and we did a bunch of online bill-paying and paperwork and then buckled down to getting stuff out to the car.
We offloaded and I spent about an hour sorting things out and getting things into the fridge. Once Kaylee got there, we worked on the soup and sorting filberts from shells and making bread….all day. Tempus came for us at around 9pm and we came home and crashed!
As we were leaving the Duchmeister’s I kept noticing gleams of light on things. I didn’t think much about it until we got home. My brain was kinda “on hold” from being pretty tired. I got out of the car and looked up to see the Moon with a colored halo in a sky of racing cloud!
Today is more cooking and baking! The shop is open, Tempus will be there, but I won’t be doing any readings until Thursday at this point, unless there’s an emergency. We’ve already been packing stuff into the car for an hour!
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica andcalifornica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
Today’s Feast – February 20, 1942 – Two stories – (interesting take on this here: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp
“STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.
The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything: clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; that he couldn’t pass on a good name and a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.
To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.
The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had in fact destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.
His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
So What Do These Two Stories Have to Do with Each Other?
Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.
The rest of the story is in the book, Fateful Rendezvous: The story of Butch O’Hare. More here: http://www.mindconnection.com/library/factfile/ohare.htm More on Easy Eddie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._O%27Hare and on Butch O’Hare, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_O%27Hare
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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 2/22 at 10:20am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/20 at 10:20pm. 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 2/23 at 10:20pm.
Mercury (magnitude –0.2) is getting lower and lower in the southeast during dawn. Use binoculars to look for it 5° to 7° lower left of brighter Venus, as shown here. <<<<
Capella crosses highest overhead, and Rigel stands highest in the south, around 7 or 8 p.m. now depending on where you live east or west in your time zone. Capella is at declination +46°, so it passes exactly through your zenith if you’re at latitude 46° north: Portland, Oregon; Montreal; northern Italy. Another, slightly lesser star-pair also transits the meridian in tandem just ten minutes later: Bellatrix (Gamma Orionis) and El Nath (Beta Tauri).
Venus (magnitude –3.9) appear ever lower in the southeast as dawn brightens this week.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 20 Low 4:44 AM 2.6 7:09 AM Set 5:47 AM 91
20 High 10:36 AM 8.2 5:52 PM Rise 4:11 PM
20 Low 5:28 PM -0.3
20 High 11:53 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To be real, be yourself!
~ Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else. – Judy Garland
~ We now have exactly the same situation as we had at the start of the race, only exactly the opposite. – Murray Walker
~ I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
Family Celebration from Scattered Thoughts by Stephanie Pflumm
Relatives gather for
Brothers and sisters,
cousins and nephews,
aunts and uncles,
nieces and in-laws,
under the same roof.
It’s hard to forget
around a table
sharing everyone’s cooking
like a family
together for the holidays.
©Copyright 2004, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
Ostara Magick – Well, instead of Ostara recipes today, these are some from the feast…
Scalded Milk Cheese (garlic and rosemary) – Recipe From Svava, written up by Anja – Servings vary, but about 1 quart (Her documentation was for a Norse/Icelandic source)
- 1 gallon whole (4%) milk
- 1/4 to ½ cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp salt
- Spices (see below in notes)
- Pour 1 gallon of milk into a pot. Place over a low hot fire.
- Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Bring milk up to 185F.
- Add salt and/or dry spices or sugar. (see Notes 2 & 3 below)
- When milk reaches temperature, remove from heat. Stir in ¼ cup of vinegar. Milk will begin to curdle immediately. If it does not, toss in another ¼ cup.
- Continue stirring until curdling is complete.
- Place cheesecloth or muslin square or bag into strainer.
- Place strainer in bowl. Pour curds and whey into muslin.
- When cheese has drained add fresh spices. (see Note 4 below)
- Mix thoroughly with a spoon or fingers.
- Gently pull up edges of muslin into a bag and tie off at the top.
- For very firm cheese squeeze bag gently to express whey. Caution: overdoing this can make the cheese rubbery.
- The cheese is ready to hang up! The reserved whey can be used in soup, sauces or drunk as a beverage. (The sweet whey is an acquired taste!!!!)
- Suspend cheese from a string over a bowl to catch drips, (or over the sink!) Hang cheese for 1-2 hours for a soft cheese or 2-4 hours for a firmer cheese.
- Serve with bread, crackers, or eat with a spoon, or as a salad or breakfast cereal topping. I use this as a topping for kolačky.
- Note – Cheese will keep about a week, maybe two, much better on the 3rd
- Note 2 – For a sweet cheese, in step 3, add 2 cups of sugar and about ¼ cup of a mixture of dry ground spices such as: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla. You can also add up to two cups of dried fruits, chopped small, mixed with chopped or whole nutmeats.
- Note 3 – For a savoury cheese, in step 3, add ¼ cup of a mixture of dry herbs such as: minced onion or garlic, chives, Italian spice mix, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, savory, celery seed, caraway seed, dill seed or dill weed.
- Note 4 – For fresh spices, added in step 8, use about a ½ cup of finely chopped garden herbs.
Bread – Loren’s basic bread loaf recipe for a 2 pound breadmaker
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup plain sugar
- 1 Tbsp salt (approx or less)
- 2 1/2 tspn yeast
- 1 Tbsp bacon fat (or less to taste)
- 4 Cups Unbleached cheap white flour
Mix it all together until it resembles bread dough, let it rise a couple times, somewhere warm, like in an oven at 125, until it looks like something that should be cooked, then scorch it at 350 degrees for about half an hour until it appears edible. Modify these directions as needed to make it work.
[Anja’s translation: He uses a bread maker on dough cycle, so dump stuff into the bucket and turn the thing on. Check it after about 10 minutes (this depends on your breadmaker, during the 2nd mixing…..) to make sure the flour is all “in”. When the cycle ends, shape it and let rise in a 125 oven for 15-30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. ]
- Seed bread – Add ½ cup of “seeds”, usually a mixture of millet, flax and sunflower for us, but your milage may vary.
- Italian Seasoning Bread – Add one packet of 4 seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix, plus 1 TBSP minced garlic.
- Olive/Caper – Add 1 can of olives, drained, ½ that of capers – bread comes out flat.
- Sesame – Add ½ cup of sesame seeds. Brush with butter and sprinkle with seeds
- Rye/Caraway – Replace 2 cups of the white flour with rye and add 1 1/2TBSP caraway seed. This dough usually takes additional water. Check after the first “rumpus” of the bread maker (on mine, after 10 minutes)
Maids of Honor
Ingredients (short batch)
- 1 sheet pre-made puff pastry
- 1/2 cup curd cheese, broken up (one recipe)
- 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit, raisins/currants and candied peel, chopped (add while cheese is being made, to soften
- 1/8 cup soft brown sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoons single cream
- 1 tablespoon rose sugar
- 1/4 cup ground almonds or filberts
- icing sugar, for sifting
- Bake puff pastry in min-muffin tine or buy 1 batch pre-made mini-tart shells (put in a mini-muffin pan)
- 3/4 cup curd cheese, broken up , already includes fruit
- 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon cream
- 1 tablespoon rose syrup (jar on counter)
- 1/4 cup ground almonds or filberts (can leave out)
- icing sugar, for sifting
1 Pre-heat oven to 220C/450F/gas7 and lightly grease a 12 hole bun or muffin tin.
2 Roll out the pastry and stamp out 12 fluted rounds – try to make sure that they are at least 1/4″ bigger than needed, as the puff pastry shrinks during baking.
3 Line the bun tray with the pastry rounds and chill them whilst making the filling.
4 Place the curd cheese or cottage cheese into a large mixing bowl and add the beaten eggs, cream, sugar, orange flower water or rose water and almonds.
5 Mix well and then add the mixed dried fruit, mixing again well.
6 Spoon the filling into the pastry cases and bake the tarts for 15-20 minutes or until well-risen, golden brown & firm to the touch.
7 Allow them to cool a little and then carefully remove them and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
8 Arrange them on an attractive cake platter and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.
Eileen down to tie my shoe.