It was raining pretty hard a bit ago. When we were coming over the bridge you could see that the hills are steaming. We’ve gotten 1/2 an inch already this morning, but shouldn’t get much again until late afternoon. It’s 48F with the wind at 3mph, and not much more than that by the ocean.
I woke up at 3am to use the bathroom and checked the computer to see how Tempus was progressing and there were no notices since he left the newspaper office. Now, for the first 2 1/2 hours of the route, that’s normal, but it had been well over 3 since that posting…. and that was the last sleep I got. I kept going back and checking and still nothing.
Finally, at 9am he walked into the apartment, mightily upset. He’d gotten a flat out on Beaver Creek Road, near where the car drowned last fall. He pulled over to change it for the spare and couldn’t get two of the lug nuts to come off, so he went to get a can of flat fix out of the back and there wasn’t one. There was no cell signal and no one stopped until well after it got light, when an older guy picked him up and took him in to Seal Rock where he had phone signal.
He’s managed to get the spare on, now, and after making coffee (he really needed it!) he’s off to finish the paper route. I’m at the shop, drinking my share and trying to work out how today is likely to work, since I’m short on sleep, too.
We have the Ostara ritual tonight. We might get a little messy, so don’t dress fancy! Bring a fingerfood to share, if you’d like.
A picture from 3/3/15 by Ken Gagne of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
Dandelions, Taraxacum are today’s plant. The new leaves are a yummy addition to spring salads. The dried and ground roots make a coffee substitute and the flowers make an excellent wine. In our area don’t mistake hawkweed or cat’s paw for them, both are very not-good-for-the-tummy. True dandelions have no fur on the leaves which are deeply “toothed”, hence the name dant-de-lion, tooth of the lion. – Masculine, Jupiter Air, Hecate– Blow the seed head and the seeds left are the years left in your life.Blow the seed head 3 times and the number of seeds left are the hour. To send a message blow the seed head in the direction of the person and visualize your message. Bury a dried root by the corner of your house to bring favorable winds. Dried flower/leaves are used for energy, calling spirits and health. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion
Komoeditsi – Suhii (March) 24 – This day is a very ancient Pagan holiday. This day we honor the great Bear God (Meveshii Bog) and make sacrifices to the Great God of Honey. (Komoed: “Bear” in Old Russian )
Today’s Feast is in honor of Brittania, the personification of the British Isles. She wasn’t worshiped as a goddess as far as anyone can prove, but she has become one over time, much as Marianne of France, or our personification of Liberty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittania
The shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm 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 3/27 at 7:57pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/26 at 7:57am.
This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (the handle-end of the Little Dipper) during late evening. The much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it, “dumping water” into it.
Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glow of dusk and dawn, respectively.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 24 Low 4:40 AM 2.8 7:11 AM Rise 5:26 AM 21
~ 24 High 10:26 AM 7.1 7:34 PM Set 3:58 PM
~ 24 Low 5:15 PM 0.5
~ 24 High 11:37 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If your conscience hurts, you’re not doing it right!
~ It is the passion of our hearts that will drive us if we let it. – Jackie L. Robinson
~ It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one’s nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ. W Auden
~ Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal
~ Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man’s papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
and the grass grows by itself. – Basho
Egg and Sweet Potato Cups – These fun little mini quiches are a healthy version of the typical quiche with pie crust. These use sweet potatoes to make a lovely crust for the egg filling.
- 2 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons sage, fresh chopped
- 6 large eggs
- 4 large egg white
- 4 tablespoons onion, minced
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 2 tablespoons low fat milk
- 6 tablespoons low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
4 – Combine eggs, onion, spinach and cheese. Fill muffin cups with egg mixture and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes until egg is set in the middle.
Egg and Sausage Breakfast Ring
The spiral slices of egg and sausage in a flaky crust are almost too pretty to eat–but dig in! This breakfast ring is not to be missed.
- prep time20 min
- total time45 min
- 1/2 lb bulk pork sausage
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 5 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend (2 oz)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon sesame seed
- Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage and onions over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes or until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in bell pepper; cook until tender. Remove from pan.
- In small bowl, beat 5 eggs, salt and pepper. Add egg mixture to skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally from outside edge to center. Cook until eggs are set but still moist. Stir in sausage mixture and cream cheese.
- Unroll both cans of dough. Place dough on cookie sheet, long sides overlapping, to form 14×13-inch rectangle; firmly press edges to seal. Spoon egg mixture down center to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with cheese. Starting at longest side, roll up; press edges to seal. Shape into a circle; pinch ends to seal. Cut six 2-inch slits around top of dough. Brush dough with egg; sprinkle with sesame seed.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown.
Try a different shredded cheese, such as sharp Cheddar or pepper Jack, to vary the flavors in this dish.
Egg and Hash Brown Pie – READY IN ABOUT 1¼ hrs – “Not only is this casserole easy to make and great tasting, it’s pleasing to the eyes with it’s shades of golden brown, yellow, and green. This dish is great served with sliced fruit and toast or muffins. You may substitute chopped cooked ham for the bacon if you wish.” – HSTR
Ingredients – Original recipe makes 8 servings
- 6 slices bacon
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
- Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 7×11 inch baking dish.
- In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. Stir in the bacon, hash browns, green onions, and 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven 25 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese on top, and continue baking for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven, and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
- Step 1 Spray nonstick spray into a large coffee mug
- Step 2 Crack one egg, and up to two egg whites into mug
- Step 3 Blend well with a fork
- Step 4 Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and add 10 seconds more if needed
- Step 5 Add any extra ingredients if desired. chop veggies, cheese bits, pieces of Canadian bacon, all taste great!
Silliness – Deer Tick Warning
I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, but this one is real, and it’s important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e-mail list:\If someone comes to your front door saying they are conducting a survey on deer ticks and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!\IT IS A SCAM; they only want to see you naked.\I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid now.