May the 4th be with you! 🙂
It’s 55F and quite windy, gusts into the mid-20’s. There was a lot of drizzle last night, just enough to chase the barbeque indoors and make Tempus have to double-bag his papers. The ocean is up to 60F in South Beach? That’s pretty early for that.
Yesterday we got some things cleaned up in the shop, then Tempus got us coffee, etc., got some bills paid and headed to the house. I worked on newsletters and the went through some more boxes, putting stuff away. I found a cross-stitch project that I started almost 15 years ago, intending to make a birthday present for Tempus. Maybe he’ll get it this year.
Tempus brought me the stuff for the potato salad (recipes below) and I got that done over the next hour. Jay stopped by and I missed him, then he came back just before 6. Tempus then headed up to storage to get another seat into the car. Jay and I talked a bit and when Tempus got back we all headed for the barbeque and we had a good time. Marius had made chops and brats and with the potato salad that was a good supper.
We suddenly realized what time it was and had to head out in a hurry. As it was, especially with the thick Mothers’ Day advertising sections in the papers, Tempus didn’t start his run until midnight and got in at 4:30, so we slept late this morning and then couldn’t get moving and then because we were fixing some things at the apartment.
I got some pictures before we finally headed out at around 3:30. I’m going to work on those next. Tempus has run back to the apartment to finish putting the headboard into place and then we’re going up to the house to work. I’m hoping to strip a bunch of the cupboards today and sort what’s going to the apartment and what to storage. We’re running out of boxes, rapidly, but we’re finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel…. I think.
A Ken Gagne from this morning of a sand dollar on the beach.
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.
Yes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day I went to the first screening, the first day it was available in Baltimore, with my Daddy and we both enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s come a very long way since then!
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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 5/6 at 12:30pm. 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 at the Dark on 5/5 at 12:30am.
The Mars-Saturn-Antares triangle in early dawn. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.) All week, the triangle awaits intrepid early morning skywatchers.
The Eta Aquariid meteor shower should peak before local dawn Thursday morning, bit it’s active for several mornings before and after as well. This is often the best shower of the year for the Southern Hemisphere. Mid-northern meteor watchers are less well placed and will see fewer. The sky is free of moonlight.
Uranus is hidden in the sunrise.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz, April 29-May 13 – Stands for: Water (or Lake) Color: Black & White (Green) Casting meaning: Laguz represents the power of water and its easy flowing nature. We must learn to “go with the flow” when this rune shows up in a reading so that we can take full advantage of our powers.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 4 Low 5:23 AM 0.1 6:02 AM Rise 5:01 AM 12
~ 4 High 11:25 AM 6.9 8:25 PM Set 6:01 PM
~ 4 Low 5:26 PM 0.7
~ 4 High 11:35 PM 8.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Freedom Demands the Right to be Wrong.
Multicultural Connections – What could you learn from a friend, co-worker or classmate who is from another country?
~ Better to take warning early than late. – Vapnfirðinga Saga, c.40
~ Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein
~ Obstacles across our path can be spiritual flat tires — disruptions in our lives seem to be disastrous at the time, but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way” – Bernie Siegal
~ Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The illusion has broken down, the system is in its death throes, if we remain calm, breathing deeply, breathe into our hearts, we can quickly turn chaos into an opening to follow our bliss, our life’s work the path of service we need to follow in order to fulfill our personal calling in the world and gift it to the humanity. We are in the new earth, time for us all to collectively be there. Lift the veil reveal the truth. – Raven Redbone
Baba’s potato salad – My grandmother would put the potatoes, carrots and eggs on to boil first thing. When they were done, she stuck them into the fridge and at about the time time she was done with her morning work and ready for a “sit”, she would drag those out and do the peeling and chopping sitting at the dining table. That way it was finished before it got too hot, and we’d have it for lunch with sandwiches or supper with soup, first.
- 2 pounds of potatoes
- 1 pound of snack carrots
- pound of bacon
- small onion
- 1/2 bunch of celery, including the hearts.
- a good shake of Dill weed (2 or 3 tablespoons)
- Cilantro (my add) about a tablespoon
- In three separate pots put the potatoes, carrots and eggs on to boil.
- Fry up the bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces, or crumble later if you forget to cut it up, first.
- As each gets finished (potatoes and carrots = fork tender, eggs = hardboiled) drain, let dry and put into the fridge.
- An hour (at least) later, when the potatoes are cold, chop the onion and celery and put them, the carrots and the bacon into the bottom of a large bowl. (I have a specific bowl I use for this, or a Tupperware Modular Mate Rectangle 3)
- Peel the eggs and either chop into 16 pieces or run through a slicer and add them to the bowl.
- Peel the potatoes and chop into no larger than 1 1/2 inch pieces (about a large bite)
- Salt to taste, then add dill and cilantro and stir/shake well.
- Add the mayo to taste. (I tend to use 1/3 of a 32 oz jar.) and stir/shake well.
- Fridge until eating time. Keep leftovers fridged. Don’t let them sit out very long or open to the air. Both my bowl and the Tupperware box have air-tight seals.
This is a fantastic salad. It’s not too strong a flavor for kids and soft enough (depending on how finely you chop the celery) for folks whose teeth hurt. You can pep it up a bit with chopped radishes and other “crunchies” if you like. I often add water chestnuts or chinese hard noodles, or Durkee’s onion ….or wasabi powder…. or a dab of horseradish… or a tiny sprinkle of pepper. Just think about your “eaters” and don’t overdo it. It’s good as a main course for a hot summer evening or a quick lunch, or a side, anytime…. and yeah, a good dish to bring to a barbeque. 🙂