There are a bunch of layers of clouds that mostly add up to overcast. There’s a top layer of wispy cirrus, then a layer of cumulus that’s white and puffy out over the ocean, but dark and full of water over the Coast Range. Below that are scudding shreds and tatters that fly overhead and tangle in the trees in the hills. 50F, and little wind in town, although more by the water, of course, still not over 10mph. We got an inch of rain yesterday, but only 0.15 inches this morning and while there are puddles, the pavement is beginning to dry. We should have just showers today and tomorrow, starting to ease off around lunchtime tomorrow, giving us a nice, sunny weekend!
Yesterday started late, as Wednesdays do, and we had a lot to try to get done before heading home. I was whomping through more of the pictures (found another set) and dealing with two wrists that, for different reasons, were *very* unhappy with me.
…and then <snort> <giggle> <snurf> Crisis averted. Needles (for the Saturday class) have been located. What’s making me lose it, is how-the-bleep a zip of floss and needle packets ended up IN THE CHEST FREEZER! It was in the same bag with the ice cream. Go figure! So, I got my class box sorted out. …then cut out a new project. Yeah, ‘nother pincushion.
Later I made some Nutella liqueur. If it gets better, I’m going to be in hog heaven! Usually when you first make one they’re kinda rasty, but this one!!! Oh, yum…. and I’ve still got a little Nutella left for toast.
We finally went home and I got my hair done, then crawled into bed, only to get waked up several times when I moved my wrist. <sigh> Well…. this morning I got my clothes sorted out for the weekend (need to pack today) and picked up my side of the room.
So, yeah, need to pack today, do some ironing, make or pack up some foodstuffs, and so on, along with doing the usual shop things, plus set up the newsletters completely for the weekend, so that I can do them from where I’ll be staying. Tempus putting away some things that were pulled out to work on over the weekend and then he has the paper route tonight.
A Ken Gagne pic of the waves on 4/12/15 off Yachats. Yes, that’s a fishing boat in the distance not a drowning robot. 🙂
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 4/12 at 11:08pm. 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 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/19 at 2:57am.
Mars, just a trace redder than Aldebaran, is approaching the Pleiades. It’ll pass closest to the lower left of them April 19–21.
This is the time of year when, as the last of twilight fades away, the bowl of the dim Little Dipper extends straight to the right of Polaris. High above the end-stars of the Little Dipper’s bowl, you’ll find the end-stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl.
Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glow of dusk and dawn, respectively.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
Th 13 High 2:15 AM 7.7 6:35 AM Set 8:13 AM 97
~ 13 Low 8:53 AM 0.0 7:59 PM Rise 10:32 PM
~ 13 High 3:06 PM 6.7
~ 13 Low 8:52 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Many a child who watches television for hours and hours will go down in history, not to mention math, English, and geography.
~ ~ The heart of it all is mystery, and science is at best only the peripheral trappings to that mystery–a ragged barbed-wire fence through which mystery travels, back and forth, unencumbered by anything so frail as man’s knowledge. – Rick Bass, The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness
~ The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke
~ The most effective techniques in martial arts and magick are the simplest ones. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Chinese proverb
We have all seen how an appropriate and well-timed joke can sometimes influence even grim tyrants … The most violent tyrants put up with their clowns and fools, though these often made them the butt of open insults. – Desiderius Erasmus; Praise of Folly
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but what other gems of wisdom does folklore have to offer us in the spring? Well, in fact we can watch the world at this time to know what the rest of the year might be like.
When April blows his horn, it’s good for both the hay and corn.
A wet spring means dry harvest weather.
A rainy spring forecasts a hot, dry summer.
If the spring is windy, the summer will be cool.
If it is a dry spring, it will be a wet summer.
A mild winter precedes a cool spring.
When dandelions bloom late, summer will be dry.
Also, give this neat bit of folk wisdom a try: Listen to the sound of a cricket chirping. Count the number of chirps you hear in fourteen seconds and you will know the temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, where the cricket is. ~Kristin Madden
Silliness – There once was a pretty good student,
Who sat in a pretty good class
And was taught by a pretty good teacher,
Who always let pretty good pass.
He wasn’t terrific at reading,
He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math,
But for him, education was leading
Straight down a pretty good path.
He didn’t find school too exciting,
But he wanted to do pretty well,
And he did have some trouble with writing,
And nobody had taught him to spell.
When doing arithmetic problems,
Pretty good was regarded as fine.
Five plus five didn’t always add up to 10,
A pretty good answer was nine.
The pretty good class that he sat in
Was part of a pretty good school.
And the student was not an exception,
On the contrary, he was the rule.
The pretty good school that he went to
Was there in a pretty good town.
And nobody there seemed to notice
He could not tell a verb from a noun.
The pretty good student in fact was
Part of a pretty good mob.
And the first time he knew what he lacked was
When he looked for a pretty good job.
It was then, when he sought a position,
He discovered that life could be tough.
And he soon had a sneaky suspicion
Pretty good might not be good enough.
The pretty good town in our story
Was part of a pretty good state,
Which had pretty good aspirations,
And prayed for a pretty good fate.
There once was a pretty good nation,
Pretty proud of the greatness it had,
Which learned much too late,
If you want to be great,
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad. –– From “The Osgood File,” copyright 1986, CBS Inc