Rain, sometimes heavier, sometimes more gently, but there’s a lot of water falling out of the sky. We’ve only gotten 1/2 and inch since midnight, but yesterday we got 4 1/2 inches of rain! 51F and there’s still a Small Craft Advisory up.
Yesterday rained and blew and rained some more and blew some more…. lather, rinse, repeat. Neither Tempus nor I were feeling all that great. Leftovers from the flu, we’re thinking, but I got some writing done and made some patterns.
We finally sat down to eat at nearly 9pm, after breakfast at 2pm and lunch at around 5… Then we went home, fighting wind. …and then the rain came down. For awhile it was roaring on the solarium roof. Dang!
Today we’re at the shop early. We have to try to get things cleared up, since Tempus parked stuff in the aisles again and still hasn’t gotten it put away. Putting away is going to be most of what I hope to get done today and then we have Sewing in the early evening and the paper route, later.
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus(many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today has been proposed as a Wear Purple to Support the Kyoto Protocol day. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about this effort to reduce climate changing greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” – Thomas Alva Edison; in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)
Here’s the Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol
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 2/26 at 6:58am. 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 2/18 at 11:33am.
Jupiter’s south polar region, as seen by the Juno orbiter looking down at the pole on February 2nd. Damian Peach assembled this composite from Juno’s raw images; click for full-size view. At high latitudes, Jupiter’s clouds meander around and fail to form up into belts and zones. But at the very highest latitudes, note the thin polar vortex and the even smaller round polar white spot. The small orange spot on the right-hand limb is Oval BA; compare with the equator-on view from Earth above.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Virgo) rises around 10 p.m. and blazes high in the south in the hours before dawn. Spica dangles 3½° lower right of it after they rise, and more directly below it before dawn. Jupiter is creamy white; Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue (once it’s fairly high). In a telescope Jupiter is 40 arcseconds across its equator, on its way to 44 arcseconds in late March and April. It will reach opposition on April 7th.
The inside of the Winter Triangle (Betelgeuse, Sirius, and Procyon) looks pretty empty. But of course it’s not. It’s full of dim Monoceros, the Unicorn, with the winter Milky Way and telescopic deep-sky sights — as told in Fred Schaaf’s “Under The Stars” column in the February Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 16 High 3:55 AM 7.5 7:14 AM Set 10:12 AM 77
~ 16 Low 10:22 AM 1.7 5:47 PM Rise 11:57 PM
~ 16 High 4:13 PM 6.2
~ 16 Low 10:13 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you are at something – it is how bad you want it.
~ People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
~ Colors are the smiles of nature. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’. – John Greenleaf Whittier
~ The quiet hour of prayer is one of the most favorable opportunities he has in which to speak to us seriously. In quietude and solitude before the face of God our souls can hear better than at any other time. – O. Hallesby
Recall that the imagination is a natural faculty in man. Some people make the mistake of fostering it, but it is often so powerful on its own that it will assert itself if we simply allow people to live what used to pass for an ordinary life. If you are breathing hard from the airborne soot of a city, all it may take for your lungs to clear again is to spend a week in the country. And all it might take for the imagination to breathe again is some time in solitude and silence. – Anthony Esolen, from his book Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
Mini Peach Cobbler Recipe
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder a dash of salt 3/4 cup milk 1 stick of melted butter brown sugar cinnamon 1 can diced peaches Directions: Put 1 tsp of melted butter into each regular size muffin tin. Combine the first 5 ingredients by hand… sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Put 2 tbsp of batter into each regular size muffin tin… on top of the melted butter. Then put 1 tbsp diced peaches on top of the batter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and then cinnamon. Bake the regular size muffin tins for 12 minutes. Let them cool almost completely before taking out of pan.
Mini Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups – Makes 28 mini cups – Adapted from So Very Blessed
2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked)
2 egg whites
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced ham
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 green onions, sliced
salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Liberally spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and spoon mixture to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin.
- TO FREEZE: Place baked cups on a baking sheet then freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag. Microwave for 20-40 seconds depending on how many you’re reheating.
- FOR REGULAR-SIZED MUFFIN TINS: Bake for 25-30 minutes (Note: I have not tried this myself, although several readers have left comments saying this works!) (Should make 10-12)
Mini Mocha Cheesecakes, Recipe by Kraft – Mocha cheesecake is yummy. Mocha cheesecake batter baked into a muffin tin is also yummy—and results in crowd-pleasing mini cheesecakes.
- Prep Time 30min.
- Total Time 1hr. 35min.
- Servings 12 servings
What You Need
- 10 vanilla creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
- 2 tsp. water
- 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted, cooled
- 1-1/8 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
- 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
- 24 chocolate-covered coffee beans
- Heat oven to 350ºF.
- Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press about 1 Tbsp. onto bottom of each of 12 foil-lined muffin cups. Bake 8 min.
- Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended. Dissolve coffee in water. Add to batter with melted chocolate; beat until blended. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each cup. (Cups will be full.)
- Bake 23 to 25 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely.
- Add 1 tsp. cocoa powder to COOL WHIP; stir gently until blended. Spoon into pastry bag fitted with decorating tip; use to pipe COOL WHIP mixture onto cheesecakes. Garnish with remaining cocoa powder and coffee beans.
Silliness – Atomic Bar
A neutron walks into a bar, sits down and asks for a drink. Finishing, the neutron asks “How much?”
The bartender says, “For you, no charge.”