The sunshine comes and goes depending on where you are. The fog is starting to lift, but the bridge and beaches were still looking vague. There are blue bits around the edges, but mostly it’s overcast. 55F with a nice breeze. The chance of rain is inching upwards, and pretty likely tonight.
Yesterday started so late that things got kinda weird. Tempus managed to get the shelf/drawer/file cabinet re-set so that’s more useable, now. Gradually things are getting more and more put away, which helps an awful lot.
We had some customers in. I guess having the door open helps a lot. 🙂 I got the newsletters set up for the week. …and then I ran out of spoons. I’m not sure why, but I definitely did so I ditzed for a couple of hours and then got back to some serious writing.
Today he has a lot of stuff to shift. Some things got pulled out over our weekend that need to get put away and I have another batch of things that need to be shifted up front. He’s going to a talk about the eclipse tonight in Newport, then has to get some shopping done, and then the paper route. Gonna be a late one!
A Ken Gagne from the morning of 5/4/16 of a sand dollar on the beach.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back, and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Yes, today’s feast, Star Wars Day, is based on a pun, “May the 4th be with you!” I’m a geek, what can I say? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day I went to the first screening, the first day it was available in Baltimore, with my Daddy and we both enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s come a very long way since then!
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Love & Light,
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 5/10 at 2:42pm. 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 5/9 at 5:42am.
The moon now shines under the belly of Leo — with Regulus to its right, Algieba a little farther to its upper right, and Denebola a lot farther to the Moon’s upper left.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Sagittarius) rises around 11 p.m. and glows highest in the south before dawn. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 18° to Saturn’s right in the early-morning hours.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 4 Low 2:25 AM 2.5 6:02 AM Set 3:20 AM 57
~ 4 High 8:02 AM 6.3 8:24 PM Rise 2:19 PM
~ 4 Low 2:45 PM 0.5
~ 4 High 9:24 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a loving day!
~ When you invite trouble, it’s usually quick to accept. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
~ Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it. – Benjamin Franklin
~ You are not poor you simply have not discovered the riches that are inside of you yet! – SanDanYi
~ You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. – Pearl S. Buck
She rejoiced in her blood and flesh, in the rough pine bark she felt next to her skin, in the beat of her heart and the life of all her senses, and in the hunger she was feeling now… and in the earth below her and the lives of every creature, plant and animal both; and she delighted in being of the same substance as them, and in knowing that when she died her flesh would nourish other lives as they had nourished her. – Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials
COD WITH POTATOES AND PRESERVED LEMON RELISH – INAKI AIZPITARTE BON APPÉTIT APRIL 2014 – DAVID JAPY – For this rustic interpretation of brandade, Aizpitarte uses desalinated salt cod, which is not easy to find. We got great results (and the right texture) by simply using fresh cod, but when it comes to the addictive relish spooned over the top, we wouldn’t dare change a thing. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cod-with-potatoes-and-preserved-lemon-relish-51232250
Makes 6 servings
- 1/2 medium onion, unpeeled, halved
- 1/2 head garlic (halved crosswise)
- 1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed, tough outer layers removed, finely chopped
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 4 cups low-fat milk
- 1 1/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (about 4 large), scrubbed
- Flaky grey sea salt or kosher salt
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds skinless cod fillet, cut into 2″ pieces
- 1/2 preserved lemon, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped chives (from about 1 large bunch)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
- Bring onion, garlic, lemongrass, thyme, peppercorns, and milk to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes. Strain infused milk into a medium saucepan. Discard solids.
- Meanwhile, cook potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, 25–30 minutes. Drain, then peel potatoes and coarsely mash in a large bowl with 1/4 cup oil; season with salt.
- Bring infused milk just to a boil. Add cod, reduce heat, and simmer until flesh begins to flake and is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove cod with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.
- Combine preserved lemon, chives, lemon juice, paprika, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a small bowl; season relish with salt.
- Mix 1/4 cup infused milk into potatoes. Place cod over potatoes; spoon relish over.
- DO AHEAD: Relish can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.
Apple Pie Cake – Craving some cake, but still hungry for pie? This fruity dessert combines the best of both worlds, with apple-pie goodness
- Prep 30 MIN
- Total 1 HR 35 MIN
- Servings 12
- 1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter, cut into small pieces
- 6 apples, peeled, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 3 eggs
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
- In medium bowl, stir together flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the salt. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
- In another medium bowl, gently stir together Apple Mixture ingredients; set aside.
- In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
- Spread apple mixture evenly over cake batter. Sprinkle Topping evenly over top.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Sandy’s Crockpot Fondue Recipe – https://www.thespruce.com/sandys-crockpot-fondue-recipe-3055162 – If you love all things cheesy, you’ll love this super simple cheese fondue recipe. With all of the cheesy goodness, a little hot pepper kick and hint of smokiness, no one will believe that you just assembled the ingredients and let your slow cooker do the rest. You can dip just about anything into this crockpot fondue, but we love a bit of crusty bread or crunchy vegetables.
What You’ll Need
- 1 can (10 1/2 oz.) cheddar cheese soup
- 1 lb. processed cheese (Velveeta) cut into cubes
- 16 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
- 12 oz. can beer (or 1 1/2 cups apple cider)
- 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
- 2 drops liquid smoke flavoring
How to Make It
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir to mix.
- Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. After 1 hour of cooking time, stir.
- Before serving, whisk to blend. Serve with bread sticks or veggies for dipping.
THIS IS WHAT JEFF FOXWORTHY HAS TO SAY ABOUT ‘LIVING IN OREGON’…
If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in Oregon.
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If you actually understand these jokes, you live or have lived in Oregon….