There are some patches of blue sky over the ocean, laced with mare’s tails, but over land it’s all cloud. 55F and 1 1/10 of an inch of rain since midnight. So much for their high wind warning. Even the gusts aren’t over 10mph and the actually wind speed is 1mph!
Yesterday saw a lot in progress and some actually got finished! I did photos during the day and made a sausage and tomato sauce that just really tasted good. I managed to get some of the crystals headered and they going to be in one of the display cases (the longer ones) all in a basket. Tempus ran some errands down to Yachats and up to Newport and did some food shopping. We finally headed home around 10pm, pretty tired.
Today Herbs is at 11am and Sewing at 3pm. I don’t know that there’s enough room to work in back, so we’ll do sachets this morning. Afternoon will hopefully be on pouches, or just bring your mending!
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today’s feast is the Epulum Jovis – in Capitoli, Festival of Jupiter, Roman Empire (Nov 12 – 14) – Epulum Jovis in Capitoli was a three-day festival honouring the one Roman deity given the title of God – Jupiter, or Jove to the Romans and Zeus to the Greeks. Jupiter was the god of the sky and thunder, a friendly, mostly happy god, not vengeful or destructive like the Bible’s Jehovah (God of the Jews), who is also sometimes called in English ‘Jove’ by association. The English word ‘jovial’, in fact, comes from this happy god. However, he could sometimes be a punishing deity. He was born of Cronus (Saturn) and Rhea (Ops). Worship of Zeus originated among the Minoans, where he was known as the Earthshaker. At Epirus in Greece, his voice was heard coming from a giant oak tree. (from Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology)#Epula_Iovis and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epulum_Jovis
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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. 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 11/25 at 5:52pm.
Jupiter is getting higher every morning, with Spica following behind.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines in the southeast this evening. Upper left of it by about 15° are the two or three leading stars of Aries. About the same distance lower left of the Moon is Menkar, Alpha Ceti, the only brightish star (magnitude 2.5) in Cetus’s head.
Mercury is buried deep in the glare of sunset.
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
Sa 12 Low 3:56 AM 1.3 7:09 AM Set 4:31 AM 88
~ 12 High 10:07 AM 8.7 4:51 PM Rise 4:10 PM
~ 12 Low 4:49 PM -0.3
~ 12 High 10:57 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The moment is mine to cherish and to share as I wish.
~ You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. – Irish Proverb
~ Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. – Joseph Campbell
~ A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ He is able who thinks he is able. – Buddha
Autumn leaves float quietly down
And form a carpet on the ground.
But when those leaves are stepped upon,
Listen for the crackling sound. – Anon.
Make a PUMPKIN CAKE
Mix the cake according to directions on the box.
Pour the cake mix into ONE cupcake liner.
Pour the rest of the cake mix into the bundt cake pan, coating the pan as directed on the box.
Bake according to the directions on the box, making sure you don’t over bake the cupcake.
Mix up a small amount of frosting in one mixing bowl using green food coloring.
Mix up the rest of the frosting in another mixing bowl using red and yellow food coloring to create orange.
Frost the cake with the orange frosting.
Frost the cupcake on the sides and bottom with the green frosting.
Place the cupcake, bottom side up, on the top of the cake.
Makes a nice table decoration.
Butternut Squash Galette
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
- 1 basic flaky piecrust
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 small head frisée
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, squash, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the sage; let cool.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment. Roll the piecrust on a floured surface into a 12-inch circle; place on the prepared baking sheet. Top the piecrust with the squash and onion mixture, leaving a clear 2-inch border. Fold the edges of the piecrust over and toward the center, overlapping slightly and partially covering the squash. Chill until the dough is firm, at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350° F with a rack set in the lowest position. Brush the piecrust with the cream. Bake until the squash is cooked through and the crust is golden, 45 to 55 minutes. Top with the blue cheese.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the frisée and toss to combine. Serve the galette with the salad.
Pams Thanksgiving Pie
Try Pam’s special Thanksgiving pie, chock full of maple, coconut, pecans, and a healthy dose of holiday cheer! This recipe has been used since 1860!
From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.
- 1 unbaked nine-inch deep-dish pastry shell
- 4 large eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened margarine
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar, margarine, milk, flour, flavorings, and corn syrup; beat well. Blend in oatmeal, coconut, and pecans. Mixture will seem soupy.
Pour into unbaked pastry shell. Bake on lowest rake of oven for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and chill two to three hours. Pie filling becomes a custard with a crunchy top.
SERVINGS: 6 – 8
Every four years Scholastic News Magazine sponsors a mock election where kids from all over the country cast a vote for president. The results have been correct in every election since 1964 and this year Hillary Clinton won in a landslide; she beat Trump 52-35. The other 13 percent voted for SpongeBob. – Jimmy Kimmel