This morning I was harvesting some mushrooms when I looked up through the deep green of the conifers and saw bits of blue, blue sky. Once I was out from under the trees I could see that it was being crossed by low, racing, clouds. It’s warm, though. 67F? in November? Right….. Once we were up on the bridge I saw that there are a lot of clouds out to sea, but fewer inland. They’re moving fast, though, in front of the rain that’s rolling through tonight. There’s only one curl of a weather system up in the Gulf of Alaska. The rain that’s coming in looks to be in long fronts. We’ve got wind today; 9mph and gusts into the teens in town and more by the water.
Yesterday was long, but good. I got some writing done and got the rings priced, inventoried and set out and started on the crystals. We had a few customers in, but mostly it was a steady slog of just what we’ve been doing for weeks.
Class went well last night. What an enthusiastic bunch! We managed to get through only the first part of the history up to where things started to change over to monotheism because they’re interested in every little detail!
I harvested some lobster mushrooms from the patch this morning. Supposedly they’re awesome when sliced and sauteed in butter! I’ll let you know. 🙂 Tempus still has to clean them. He’s going to work in storage today and I’ll be at the shop. Eventually, I had to bake my Election Cake…. which I’m doing as a spice cake and not the real yeast-raised variety.
A wonderful Ken Gagne picture of this morning’s beautiful sky above Nancy Kroemer’s pond up the Yachats River Valley.
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Gwynn ap Nudd’s Underworld day (Celtic) – Gwynn ap Nudd (Light, Son of Darkness), a south-Welsh god who is sometimes referred to as lord of the faerie kingdom, or the Celtic Lord of the Dead, allows the door to the Underworld to be opened for a day. He lives in Glastonbury Tor, a hill at Glastonbury, site of King Arthur’s fabled Isle of Avalon. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwynn_ap_Nudd
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/14 at 5:52am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/12 at 5:52pm.
Now the Moon is in Aquarius. Look to the Moon’s lower left for Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, the lonely mouth of Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish. Half as far above the Moon is the horizontal Water Jar asterism of Aquarius, fairly dim.
Algol in Perseus >>>shines at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 7:19 p.m. EST.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) shines brightly in the east-southeast in early dawn. Look for Spica about 12° below it. You might think this is a very poor time for seeking detail on Jupiter with a telescope. It’s not only low but distant and small, a mere 32 arcseconds wide. But amateurs who are imaging Jupiter at every opportunity in support of NASA’s Juno mission report that a predicted outbreak of storms in the North Temperate Belt has begun. See Jupiter Returns with a Stormy Surprise. Best viewing: early dawn, and continue watching until the sky grows too bright.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – “Need-fire” – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 Low 12:12 AM 1.1 7:04 AM Rise 1:54 PM 49
~ 8 High 7:04 AM 6.6 4:56 PM
~ 8 Low 1:02 PM 3.2
~ 8 High 6:31 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life! Life! Only Life!
~ A friend is one who comes in when the rest of the world goes out. – Julia Stege
~ Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted – Einstein
~ Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~ Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. – Grenville Kleiser
No sunshine, lots of rain,
No warm days, snow again!
No bugs or bees
No leaves on trees.
You must remember
This is NOvember! – Anon.
Keep your Thanksgiving Celebration SAFE! Keep HOT foods HOT; COLD foods COLD!
Turkey Thawing Methods
Refrigerator thawing is recommended. However, if you are short on time and need a quicker method for thawing, submerge the turkey in cold water. Thawing turkey at room temperature allows bacterial growth and is not recommended.
Thaw breast side up in its unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. (NO KIDDING. I have a 40 pound turkey so I started last week!)
Cold Water Thawing:
Thaw breast side down in its unopened wrapper in cold water to cover.
Change the water every 30 minutes to keep surface cold. Estimate minimum thawing time to be 30 minutes per pound for whole turkey.
Within two hours after roasting, remove stuffing from turkey and carve the meat off the bones, then store in refrigerator or freezer.
Wrap turkey slices and stuffing separately, refrigerate and use within three days.
Use refrigerated gravy within three days.
Freeze leftovers if you plan to store them for a longer period of time. Wrap in heavy foil, freezer wrap or place in freezer container; for optimum taste, use stuffing within one month and turkey within two months.
Check out the turkey place: www.butterball.com They have “HOW TO” videos on how to handle that turkey.
Weights & Cooking Time
Turkey weight is the starting point for planning your holiday meal. Use the following calculator to determine how much turkey to buy and the Roasting chart as a guideline for planning the day’s schedule. While minor variations in weight do not significantly affect cooking times, always use a meat thermometer to determine doneness.
Butterball Open Pan Roasting Method.
Place thawed or fresh turkey, breast up on a flat rack in a shallow pan, 2 to 2-1/2 inches deep.
Brush or rub skin with oil to prevent the skin from drying and to enhance the golden color.
Insert oven-safe meat thermometer deep into the lower part of the thigh muscle, but not touching the bone. When thigh is up to temperature and if turkey is stuffed, move thermometer to center of stuffing for stuffing temperature.
Place in a preheated 325°F oven.
When the turkey is about two-thirds done, loosely cover the breast and top of drumsticks with a piece of lightweight foil to prevent overcooking the breast.
Use this roasting schedule as a guideline; start checking for doneness 1/2 hour before recommended end times:
Weight (in pounds) 10 to 18
Unstuffed (in hours) 3 to 3 1/2
Stuffed (in hours) 3 3/4 to 4 1/2
Weight (in pounds) 18 to 22
Unstuffed (in hours)2 1/2 to 4
Stuffed (in hours) 4 1/2 to 5
Weight (in pounds) 22 to 24
Unstuffed (in hours) 4 to 4 1/2
Stuffed (in hours) 5 to 5 1/2
Weight (in pounds) 24 to 30
Unstuffed (in hours) 4 1/2 to 5
Stuffed (in hours) 5 1/2 to 6 1/4
Turkey is done when the meat thermometer reaches the following temperatures:
180°F deep in the thigh; also, juices should be clear, not reddish pink when thigh muscle is pierced deeply. 160°F in the center of the stuffing, if turkey is stuffed.
Before removing stuffing and carving, let turkey stand 15 minutes to allow juices to set and stuffing temperature to rise to 165°F.
(I have been following this method, personally, since cooking my first turkey nearly 30 years ago and haven’t poisoned anybody yet! My husband is a food inspector and we emphasize safe eating at holiday meals in our home. USE a thermometer. Many times people who come down with stomach upsets aren’t suffering from flu or overeating, but from food poisoning which is seriously dangerous for the very young, the ill, and the elderly.)
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Dianics does it take to change a light bulb?
A: (any large number here) — One to change the light bulb, one to prepare the environmental impact statement, three to expound on the violation of the socket, and the rest to start a self-help group afterwards…