I walked into a flood of bright sunshine coming into the study. This seems to be just a break and the rain will be back this afternoon. 55F and breezy. High Wind Warning starting at 4pm although last night’s wasn’t much….
Yesterday was one of those, “not as planned” days. It was still productive, although I have re-do a section of inventory that I did myself. I discovered that after I got home and was double-checking. Dang, I’m glad I do that!
Tempus was there until around 1:30. He got that shelf unit horsed into the back and some things shifted and we took turns working with customers. I got some of the hangers put away and more fabrics folded and then he headed into Newport to pick up his check and run some other small errands.
I worked on finishing the fabrics and getting boxes rearranged and onto the new shelf. By the time Tempus got back it was getting cold, so we cleaned up and all sat down and chatted until closing, while Tempus worked on his bucket and I stitched.
I harvested some of the spring greens when we got home, a bit of lovage, some sorrel and another “spring green” from one of the seed packets and Tempus used those in a salad for supper. During the evening the cookbook from the feast finally got finished. If you’d like a copy let me know in the comments below.
Today we’re going to have to go in early. Tempus isn’t going to be happy with me, but we need to get the worktable space usable for Herbs! That runs from 11-1pm. As long as the table is cleared we’ll be doing some of the witch hazel extract. Sewing is at 3pm and unless someone else comes in I’ll be working on sewing up some of the pouches from the new block-printed fabric. If someone does, I’ll be working on this. >>>>>>
A picture from 3/4/15 by Ken Gagne of Nancy Kroemer’s Pond
Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria ) is one of the first perennials to bloom, (already blooming in my herb garden) with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs – It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….
…and I’m going to say it one more time. The info in these “Today’s Plant” things is to help with the magickal aspect of the herbs! Anything medicinal, go talk to an herbalist!
The feast day of St. Perin, patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners, has come to be called Perrantide, a national day in Cornwall. It’s a created holiday from the 19th century, trying to develop some national pride, but it grew out of the tinworkers’ holiday that involved a lot of alcohol and food. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Piran%27s_Day There are some fun stories about St. Perrin. One is that some folks tried to kill him by tying a millstone around his neck and pitching him into the ocean.He floated to Cornwall on the stone. The connection to the tinminers, tinsmelters & tinsmiths also is another tale that is related to the white on black cross of his symbol. Supposedly his hearthstone got very hot and tin rose to the surface in the form of a cross! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Piran
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 3/7 at 5:54am.
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.
Venus and the moon, March 2016 – Monday, March 7, 6:00 a.m. EST – Venus and the moon rise around 6 a.m., about 45 minutes before sunrise, less than 3 degrees apart.
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 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
Sa 5 Low 3:11 AM 3.1 6:45 AM Rise 4:26 AM 22
~ 5 High 9:05 AM 7.6 6:10 PM Set 2:36 PM
~ 5 Low 4:07 PM 0.2
~ 5 High 10:33 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Many a man never fails because he never tries.
~ Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. – E. A. Robinson
~ To doubt is to deny yourself the ability to exercise your power. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Fight your foes in the field, nor be burnt in your house. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
~ To persevere, trusting in what you hope for, is courage. – Euripides
New Beginnings by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2002
to new beginnings,
with fearless abandon
the bittersweet banquet
the living. – 4 blessings, Stephanie
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Conversation Eggs – A staple for Valentine’s Day, conversation hearts can be reinvented as eggs! Follow our directions to make your edible goodies, then decorate them with the names of loved ones or sweet messages.
Homemade Conversation Hearts – January 4, 2012 – Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.
Homemade Conversation Hearts
Prep time: 20 minutes
Dry time: 24 hours
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Food coloring markers**
*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.
**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.
- Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
- Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
- Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
- Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
- Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
- Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
- Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
- Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
- Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Bundle them up in a decorative paper cone and present them with another simple homemade holiday craft.
- Sprinkle them on the table for a dinner gathering with friends or at a romantic place setting, party of two.
- Make bell-shaped candies and package them up in a decorative jar for a unique and thoughtful wedding present.
- For a non-edible approach, use our salt dough recipe and make ornaments or package adornments.
- Write guests’ names on them and use them as place cards.
Pair two egg-shaped pieces of felt and stitch along their border, leaving about an inch open to stuff with filling. Complete the stitching, then add embellishments of your choice, like buttons.