The sun has been coming and going through cloud today. I’m sorry this is so late. I got up late, finally catching up on sleep, and then had an article to get out before this and then Tempus and I got to arguing about marzipan recipes. Oops….
So, weather. It’s 56F and the temp bounces up by about 5 degrees when the sun comes out and drops by the same amount when the clouds come back! There’s little wind, barely enough to stir leaves, even down by the water. It looks like the rain will be back on Friday and Sunday, but tomorrow and Saturday should be mostly dry.
Birds, yesterday! Not just Ken’s photo below, but on the way to and from Newport and at the Duckmeister’s! I watched gulls all the way to Newport and then flying ducks and a whole flotilla of ’em in Yaquina Bay below the bridge. On the way into the Duckmeister’s I saw an egret that nabbed what looked like an eel or something as we went past, then later saw a couple of herons flying while we were working, and then something in the bushes behind the duck house, plus lots and lots of small birds pecking around the ducks and in the bushes. Going over the Alsea Bay bridge on the way home I could see where the herons had landed on the sand flats on the down stream side of the bridge. There were several more down there and a few actually down on the rock reefs along the Throat.
Yesterday flew past since there was so much to do. Tempus and I are both moving slowly. He’s got some kind of a leg ache that’s been making him gimp worse that I usually do. We sorted a bunch of stuff back where it belongs after the weekend. There’s a *lot* more of that to do!
I had a couple of appointments at the hospital. Those were all sorts of insulting pokings and probes and squishings and all. Ew…. thankfully, those kinds of indignities aren’t required too often or I’d bite someone….
After that we got the last cleaning done at the Duckmeister’s, although they let us off doing the vacuuming. The last bags, boxes, trash and one more ice chest full left with us and I got those emptied, at least partly, during the evening.
I made a snack supper of some leftovers then Tempus got a tin of goodies put together for the friend he does chores for and left to get that done, then to go to Metal Night and then for his paper route. He got done early this morning, closer to 2am than 3! I spent the evening writing and working on a couple of articles that went out this morning.
Today we have the regular chores to catch up on and I have to sort out and freeze another batch of the leftovers from the weekend. We actually had some of the sweet rice and Maids of Honour for breakfast! I’ll get a link up to the cookbook when I get the revised version done, so you can get into the recipes if you want and we’ll gradually be getting back to your regularly scheduled witchiness!
Oh, I got pictures of the marzipans!
Posted on 2/23/16 by Ken Gagne on Facebook of a Yachats beach with a bald eagle and seagulls. Tempus said, “Houston, the eagle has landed!” 🙂
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Dragobete is a spring festival of Romania, rather like secular Easter customs and Valentine’s day in one package. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragobete “Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times and celebrated on February, the 24th. Specifically, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.”
“The day is particularly known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”. It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens used to collect the snow that still lies on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magic potions throughout the rest of the year. Those who take part in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness, especially fevers, for the rest of the year. If the weather allows, girls and boys picksnowdrops or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Valentine’s Day.”
“It is a common belief in some parts of Romania that, during this celebration, if you step over your partner’s foot, you will have the dominant role in your relationship. Dragobete customs vary from region to region.
In neighbouring Bulgaria, the custom of stepping over one’s partner’s feet traditionally takes place during weddings, and with the same purpose, but it is not believed to be connected to Dragobete.”
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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 3/8 at 5:54pm. 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 3/1 at 3:11pm.
Zodiacal Light, February 2016 – Wednesday, Feb. 24–Wednesday March 9, evening – The faint glow of the zodiacal light will be visible for the next two weeks in the western sky after the end of evening twilight. It is a faint cone of light following the ecliptic, the green line shown here, quite distinct from the faint glow of the Milky Way to the northwest.
Sirius blazes its highest in the south on the meridian by about 8 or 9 p.m. now. Using binoculars, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it when on the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of gray haze there? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away.
Neptune (magnitude +8.0, in Aquarius) is getting lost in the sunset.
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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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
W 24 High 1:31 AM 7.5 7:02 AM Set 7:55 AM 98
~ 24 Low 7:30 AM 1.6 5:57 PM Rise 8:11 PM
~ 24 High 1:21 PM 7.7
~ 24 Low 7:47 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing themselves
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Think of something you have wanted but have not gotten. Write a journal entry describing the item. Tell why you wanted it and how it felt or feels not to have it.
~ I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. – Phil Reinhardt
~ Life is forever changing, methods are many, values are few, methods always change, Values never do. – Lolly Daskal
Eskimos had over two hundred different words for snow, without which their conversation would probably have got very monotonous. So they would distinguish between thin snow and thick snow, light snow and heavy snow, sludgy snow, brittle snow, snow that came in flurries, snow that came in drifts, snow that came in on the bottom of your neighbor’s boots all over your nice clean igloo floor, the snows of winter, the snows of spring, the snows you remember from your childhood that were so much better than any of your modern snow, fine snow, feathery snow, hill snow, valley snow, snow that falls in the morning, snow that falls at night, snow that falls all of a sudden just when you were going out fishing, and snow that despite all your efforts to train them, the huskies have pissed on. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Ostara Magick – Recipes (as usual, a mix of easy and difficult)
Tarragon Scented Asparagus Vichyssoise (2 views)
Tarragon-Scented Asparagus Vichyssoise Delicious Living Magazine — The sweet aroma of tarragon complements the taste of fresh spring asparagus exceptionally well in this light, refreshing soup.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 1/2 pounds asparagus
1 large leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 pound red potatoes, peeled and diced
6 cups light vegetable stock or water
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- Rinse the asparagus. Gently bend each spear just above the woody bottom section to break off. Discard bottom. Chop the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Set aside 18 tips to use as a garnish.
- In a large saucepan, combine asparagus and remaining ingredients except 2 tablespoons of the tarragon. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat slightly and continue to cook until the potatoes and asparagus are very tender, about 18 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and remove the lid so that the asparagus doesn’t discolor during cooling.
- When cool, strain the soup, reserving the liquid. Purée the vegetable mixture in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, then whisk in the reserved cooking liquid. Stir the remaining tarragon into the soup. Chill thoroughly, then taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve chilled and garnished with the remaining asparagus spears.
Rosemary Sherbet from http://recipes.swankivy.com/rosesher.html
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Soak rosemary in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain; discard rosemary. Bring sugar and cold water to a boil over medium heat. Stir sugar water, lemon juice, and orange juice into rosemary water. Spoon into individual dishes and freeze.
NOTE: This pretty much freezes solid, not so much like a sherbet as like a popsicle. However, as long as you’ve put them in a microwave-safe container, you’re fine–microwave slightly for 15 to 20 seconds, then stir. You may have to crush it up a little with a spoon before it is edible. Do not put in the fridge. It will simply melt.
Queens Biscuits (Biscotti Di Regina) – http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 lb. sesame seeds
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Sift together in a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas. Add shortening and stir in eggs and milk. Make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly together. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1 1/2″ in length. Flatten rolls slightly, and roll in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheets about 3″ apart. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes 6 dozen cookies.
Welsh Bake Stones
- 1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
- 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
- 8 Ounces Sultanas
- 8 Ounces Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
- In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
- Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
- Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
- Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.
Is there an owl in here?