60F with a good strong breeze going and a forecast high of 65 today. There’s not a bit of rain in the forecast.
Yesterday was kinda crazy. Tempus headed back to the apartment very soon after getting the shop open and we had a lot of customers for awhile. It was 2pm before I sat down with some lunch and I was taking stock pictures with customers right there in the shop!
I spent quite a while in the afternoon looking up some of the lamps that we have, trying to get a decent value on them. Eventually, I ran out of oomph and sat, embroidering, after getting a bunch of pictures done.
Tempus got to the shop around 6pm. We have two new outlets in the apartment kitchen, now, so we can run the microwave and other things at the same time! We were both tired enough that we really didn’t get any more done. He had also gotten the vanity fixed and done another batch of chores.
Today Herbs is at 11 and Sewing at 3pm. In between Tempus is going to be doing dishes and helping me get the last of the stock pictures. I have paperwork and some more research to do, this time on costmary. I’ve already harvested quite a bit for the workshop this morning!
Today’s feast is in honor of the day that the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag first flew in 1978. It has a history and the color order is that of the spectrum. It may have been used in he 60′s as a diversity symbol but this is the first one associated with a large Gay Pride day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag_(LGBT_movement)
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
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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 7/4 at 4:01am. 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 6/27 at 11:19am.
Good luck catching Mercury before sunrise. It’s bright but very low. Bring binoculars or a wide-field telescope. It’s in Taurus, not a constellation most skywatchers associate with June. The visibility of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here.
At nightfall, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down in the northwest. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point to the right toward modest Polaris, the handle-end of the Little Dipper. Most of the Little Dipper is very dim. This is the time of year when, at the end of twilight, it floats straight upward from Polaris — like a helium balloon escaped from some June evening party.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is the east just before dawn begins.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28. Runic half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 25 High 3:58 AM 6.8 5:33 AM Set 11:08 AM 80
~ 25 Low 10:49 AM -0.6 9:05 PM
~ 25 High 5:30 PM 6.7
~ 25 Low 11:23 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
~ You build the road to your success. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ Quality is not an act. It is a habit. – Aristotle
I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came, and went–and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires. – Lord Byron
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Rain Redknife – Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
- Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important–don’t omit!
- Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
- When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
- Toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
- Add oil in a stream while whisking.
- Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note – Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port-Cherry Sauce
• One pork tenderloin
• a handful of Rainier cherries, pitted and stemmed
• 1 shallot, minced
• 1/2 cup Tawny Port
• pinch sugar
• salt and pepper
• canola oil
• Knob of butter
Cut the tenderloin into 3/4-inch thick medallions, and season them well with the salt and pepper.
In a heavy-bottomed fry pan, heat the oil until shimmering and sear the medallions until caramelized on both sides. Keep warm under some aluminium foil.
In the same pan, deglaze fond (the crusty bits left in the pan) with a dash of the port. Lower the heat, add the shallots and the cherries, and sweat until the shallots are translucent. Add the sugar and remaining port, and reduce by half. Season to taste and swirl in butter.
Arrange medallions however you’d like and top with cherry sauce, coarse sea salt and herbs.
A necessary note on Squash Blossoms
Use male flowers (those with the single tubular stamen) which don’t bear fruit and so can be harvested in large numbers. A good flower for stuffing with cheeses, bread crumbs or meat mixtures and then deep-fried.
When stuffing, leave the stems on but otherwise remove the stamens and pistils. The blossoms may be sliced and added to a variety of dishes including soufflés, frittatas, scrambled eggs, and burritos.
Note: They wilt quickly so pick just before you are going to use them.
FRIED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Wash carefully and drain
12 large squash blossoms (pick when blossoms are just ready to open)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon turmeric
heat in heavy saucepan
½ – 1 cup oil
Dip blossoms in batter until well coated, then fry in hot fat (375 degrees) until golden brown – takes less than a minute for each. Drain on absorbent paper and serve warm.