Lighted House Count – 466+27=493
Minus Tide at 8:30 PM of -1.3 feet.
A lovely, soft, blue sky and only 35F! Dang…. that’s cold. There’s no wind, except by the water, so it’s bearable, but the shop is actually chilly and the heat’s been on for 1/2 an hour. At least we’re on the Coast. The Valley sounds like a real mess. I’ve been hearing stories about crashing trees and freezing and popping bamboo since yesterday. This is going to go on for at least another 24-72 hours, so hunker down, keep warm and stay safe!
I’m steadily whomping my way through bits and pieces of stock that are either new or got put by for some reason. Some of the pendulums need the end bits. There were pendants that needed cords. There were some books that needed to be properly valued before being put into inventory. I also found the Shungite pebbles that I bought several months ago.
Sewing Night went pretty well. I mostly am still working on pincushions, but at the end of the time I pulled out some patterns for scissor keepers to do a few samples of those. AFter everyone went home Tempus and I got some supper. The papers were running late and he didn’t even get started bagging until 10:45.
I got the batches of marzipan done for our kids. We’ll be sending those boxes today, I hope. After that I got some sample pieces from the revised version of WDW#3 done. That’s due out next fall, but I want to get some of the projects done early.
Tempus called at around 4am to say that there were some iffy roads and he was only just heading out Bayshore Road and taking it *very* easy. He picked me up around 4:40 and I was getting pretty droopy by that point, but the cold air certainly was a wake-up! It was only 32F.
There was some ice, but Tempus was being careful. We only slid once, despite sparkling frost during the whole route. Sirius was very bright, flashing through the colors of the spectrum. As the route went on and it dropped more toward the west. Jupiter was climbing high into the sky from the other side. The lopsided Moon was very bright, throwing distinct shadows. At around 5:15, suddenly there were lots of clouds, blue in the moonlight, but by 5:45, they were all gone and I was wondering whether it was getting light. By the time we were heading back towards Waldport it was definitely lighter and as we staggered (yeah, I’m running on 14 hours sleep in 3 days) toward the apartment I was marveling at the moon-shadows still distinct in the growing light.
We’re at the shop. I’d bet we’re going to take turns napping today….. Jay is coming down to help with herbs and Jesse and I are supposed to go up to the house, so he can mark which plants are ok to take.
A pic from the ice storm in the Valley, courtesy of Barret Spangler and published under a Creative Commons “Attribution 4.0 International” license – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Used with permission.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia
Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of.
A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the
wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
Las Posadas, Mexico – This custom apparently derives from Spain, but is celebrated mostly in Central America and the Southwestern US. It includes Nativity parades, and plays resembling those of the mummers along with breaking of piñatas and lots of parties. There’s even a celebration in Portland that ends up with Santa collecting gifts for needy children. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas
The shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 12/28 at 10:53pm. 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 12/20 at 5:56pm.
Have you ever tried to see a Sirius rise? If you can find a spot with a good view down to the east-southeast horizon, watch for Sirius to come up about two fists at arm’s length below Orion’s Belt. It rises now sometime around 8 p.m. depending on your location. When a star is very low, it tends to twinkle quite slowly and often in vivid colors. Sirius is bright enough to show these effects well.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high on the southern side of the sky just after dark. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 16 High 2:16 AM 7.8 7:47 AM Set 9:58 AM 95
~ 16 Low 7:46 AM 2.6 4:38 PM Rise 8:09 PM
~ 16 High 1:33 PM 9.1
~ 16 Low 8:30 PM -1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?
~ Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
~ Though no-one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. – Author Unknown
~ Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one bothered to ask. – Billy Graham (submitted by Rebecca Shirley)
Now shoemakers will have a frisken
All in honour of St Crispin. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day
Sauerkraut – Linda Woods Taylor – Using a double quart jar: mixed in 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt in with the cut cabbage and kale. I added a teaspoon of pickling spices, and I mixed everything with my hands until the cabbage became a little limp, then I pushed it into a jar. Then I cut up an apple and put that on top. Then I covered with plain cold water. I waited for one week. 🙂
French Toast Sticks
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 slices white bread — cut into 4 strips each
3 tablespoons butter – divided
- In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon with a fork until well blended.
- Dip each bread strip into the egg mixture, coating completely.
- In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.
- Cook the bread strips a few at a time for 2-3 minutes per side.
- Add more butter as needed.
- Flash freeze on a cookie sheet and then store in a Ziploc bag.
- To reheat: reheat in toaster for 3-5 minutes or microwave for 2 minutes (but toaster makes them more crisp).
- Makes 32 strips
Note – Recipe can be doubled or tripled to stock up.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: I make these in huge batches, flash freeze and then put 4 in a bag, making easy-to-grab packs in the AM for the kids.
Chicken & Broccoli Lasagna
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of nutmeg and ground red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 ½ cup diced chicken
1 bag frozen broccoli cuts
¼ cup parsley
1 pound mozzarella, sliced thin
¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Sauce: Melt butter
- Stir in flour.
- Add milk, whisk until smooth.
- Stir in broth.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until thick.
- Beat eggs in separate bowl, add small amount of sauce; then combine egg mix with all sauce.
- Stir in cheese and seasonings.
- Cook noodles.
- Sauté chicken in butter with onion and garlic.
- Stir in broccoli, cook 5 min. until tender.
- Add seasonings.
- Layer in 9 x 13 pan: sauce, mozzarella, noodles, chicken.
- Finish with cheese.
- Bake 350 for 50 min, until bubbly.
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
1 cup of onions, diced
1 cup green bell peppers, diced
½ pound mushrooms
¼ cup butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1 can tomatoes with green chiles
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon chicken broth
12 chicken tortilla – cut into quarters
- In a large pan, sauté onion, pepper and mushrooms in butter.
- Add soups, tomatoes & chiles, garlic, chili powder and chicken broth.
- Line bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with pieces of tortillas.
- Spread half of the chicken over the tortillas and top with half of the sauce then half of the cheese.
- Cover with another layer of corn tortillas and repeat the chicken, sauce and cheese layers.
- (If freezing, freeze at this point, prior to baking.)
- Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Note – This recipe can be doubled or tripled to make 2 or 3 pans of casserole. I usually make 3 – one for that night, and two for the freezer.
(NOTE FROM RUTHEE: when creating this to freeze, line your pans with aluminum so you can pull the casserole when it is fully frozen and place it in Ziplocs, thus freeing up your casserole pans). [Anja’s note – Or go to Cash n Carry and get foil steam pans with lids!]