Yesterday we got to the shop fairly early, so managed to do some picking up, but it’s still a mess, but improved from Friday. We had some customers in while Tempus and I were scrambling around. No one showed for Herbs, so I processed a few more to get them out of the way and then sorted bottles for a bit. After that I was concentrating on getting things re-set in the office space for my big computer desk and for the easy chair.
Tempus headed up to the house around 1:30. I was getting horribly sleepy and just wanted to curl up, but I needed to get the space ready. Several more customers came in, some Valley and some local after that and I woke up a little. I cleaned up the easy chair corner and worked on getting the space for the big computer desk ready, did some shelf organizing, then went over to clean up the coffee table area where we do projects and ended up sewing. 🙂
5-ish he was back with my chair and paper sorter and I spent quite awhile getting that put back together. Tempus got the small student chair into the car and at that point we closed up and headed to the house for one more load.
I started with putting together the stuff that I wanted for the apartment from the study, then went outside and cut and dug fennel for today’s potluck and then went into the back yard and harvested some bay. Tempus was pulling drawers from things and loading boxes. I ended up collapsing in the car. That was a *lot* of effort! I have the main fennel plant also trimmed and ready to dig and pot up. When Tempus was ready we took part of the load to storage and headed home.
He offloaded the car while I set up chops for supper, then he took them upstairs to bake and to visit while I was putting away some of the foodly things that we had brought home yesterday. We had chops with buttered corn and pickles for supper and then crashed, but I woke up again around 4:30 and didn’t get back to sleep until about 6:30. <sigh> That *would* happen on a day when I needed my sleep!
Tempus is making coffee and we’ll head for the shop as soon as it’s made. I’m going to be working on a couple of dishes made with the fennel that I harvested yesterday, and prepping the rest of the fennel for drying and freezing. Tempus is going to be running around and then head up to the house and when Marius gets there, they’re going to be hauling some of the big stuff around to storage and to the apartment. Eventually we’ll sit down and have our potluck and work on projects…. maybe…. it’s going to be a heavy work day. Yes, the shop will be open. Hopefully, the mess will ebb and flow…. more ebb than flow…. hopefully….
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 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 for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk_Day
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 5/23 at 2:14am. 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 6/4 at 8pm.
The bright evening Moon forms very different geometrical patterns with Mars, Saturn, and Antares on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (May 20th, 21st, and 22nd). The Moon now rises in twilight with Saturn about 4° to its right (as seen from North America). Mars and Antares are farther to their right, as shown above.
Mars at opposition, May 2016 – Sunday, May 22, 7 a.m. EDT – Mars is directly opposite the sun in the sky, and is visible all night long.
Mars (magnitude –2.0, at the head of Scorpius) reaches opposition Saturday night May 21–22. It’s closest to Earth on May 30th. After dark, orange-yellow Mars shines in the southeast almost as brightly as white Jupiter high in the southwest. Look for Antares about 9° lower left of Mars during evening, and Saturn 7° or 8° to the left of Antares. The Mars-Antares-Saturn triangle stands highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m.; this is the best time for telescopic viewing of the two planets. By early dawn the triangle is low in the southwest, now with Saturn over Antares. In a telescope all this week and next, Mars appears 18.4 to 18.6 arcseconds in diameter, its biggest and best until July 2018. See our telescopic guide to Mars, with map, in the April Sky & Telescope, page 48, or the version online. And set our Mars Profiler for your time and date. If you’re ambitious and have a big scope, now’s the time to try hunting Phobos and Deimos, the two tiny Martian moons, using the June Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 22 High 1:01 AM 7.7 5:41 AM Set 6:38 AM 99
~ 22 Low 7:57 AM -0.7 8:45 PM Rise 9:31 PM
~ 22 High 2:22 PM 6.3
~ 22 Low 7:47 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I donate a portion of my time to helping others. It is good for my own health.
~ He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. – Menander of Athens
~ It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou
~ Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it is good only for wallowing in. – Katherine Mansfield
~ A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
He’s never satisfied with what he does. Every day he wakes up and believes that into his mind and soul is going to come some magical arrangement of notes that he’s going to ultimately either entrance you with in a concert hall or cinema. It’s because he thinks there’s still a peak to climb that he’s a great film composer. – Sir Richard Attenborough on John Barry, English film composer, born on November 3, 1933
Morning Edition, June 26, 2009 – Years ago, Jim Crawford, a farmer in south central Pennsylvania, noticed that one of his summer loves — rhubarb — had fallen out of favor. Neighbors near his New Morning Farm were letting this tart perennial languish in their gardens, too lazy to dig it up, too uninterested to harvest it. Crawford offered to buy what they were growing and sell it at the farmers markets around Washington, D.C., where he’s been operating stands for 37 years.
“It sounds funny,” Crawford says, “but it was kind of common that people seemed to have that attitude about rhubarb. Dismissive. And then, of course, when they got $1.60 a pound for it they said, ‘Hey, you know, this stuff is worth something!'”
In recent years, Crawford has seen resurgence in demand for rhubarb, often fueled by nostalgia. Ed Kahl, a customer at one of Crawford’s fresh fruit stands, says he grew up eating rhubarb dishes.
“It reminds me of my grandmother and mother, and they made these luscious pies. I’ll probably just buy it and let it rot in my refrigerator! But I have aspirations to make a pie.”– rhubarb chunks in fruit-flavored gelatin. (He admits this sounds a bit gross, but he swears it makes a great buffet dish.)
Another customer, Janet Katz, says rhubarb makes her nervous.
“I’ve cooked everything but rhubarb. I’m afraid it’ll be too sour or chewy or something,” she says.
Crawford finds this attitude a lot, so he posts a “helpful hints” sign by the box of glistening red stalks.
“It’s the easiest thing in the world to cook,” he says. “You just chop it up and put some sweetener with it, and put it in a pan with a tight lid, and in about five minutes it just melts like butter.”
Crawford sweetens his with maple syrup, but sugar works, too. He likes rhubarb sauce over ice cream. He also puts rhubarb in jam, chutney and a whole array of pies, not just the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo.
“In fact, I really like it better with apples. It’s really good with raspberries. It’s really good with peaches,” he says.
Whatever’s in season, Crawford says, rhubarb gives it pizzazz.