Featured photo by me! Minus Tide at 7:21 AM of -0.4 feet.
It’s sunny and beautiful, but there are lots of streaky cirrus up there and a bit of mackerel sky. White, puffy bits of cloud are dotted all over, especially over the Coast Range. It’s 61 with only a light breeze here in town and only just getting over 10mph on the beaches. Rain is due in the late evening and by morning we could have 1/2 an inch. UV is at 7, and I can tell, just being outside for a bit and my skin is stinging.
Yesterday started with getting a mower repair finished and with me starting newsletters. Tempus was planning on going to help a friend who is sorting out a room that has gotten buried under “stuff”, but he got some things ready for me to work at the shop during the rest of the day. …and then an unexpected invitation had me take off until well into the evening!
…and then a lovely, lovely afternoon spent with Leslie. We went to Crystal Wizard, but they’re closed on Tuesdays, so we spent a little exploring the gardens outside, then headed back south to Beluga Beads (used to be Roots Beads) near Fogarty Creek. After that we headed to Beverly Beach to play for awhile, since Bella kinda figured she’d been promised a run on the beach. The wind was amazing, but the sun was warm and while they were out on the sand I sat and watched the waves and the clouds. We stopped at Mo’s for a bite and had their slumgullion bowls. *So* delicious! I think I just had a really nice vacation!
By 9:40 he was already bagging papers and I settled down to some writing. I worked pretty hard and then finally ran out of steam, so I set up the ricotta and started working on that. …and it seemed to take forever getting up to temperature. I had allotted an hour….well, I had to call Tempus and tell him to skip picking me up until after he was done Bayshore!
I had only just gotten the ricotta to temp when he pulled up and we left it sitting to drain while be did 34 and Waldport proper, then stopped back at the shop (we were done with the route at a few minutes after 5am!) and re-drained it, then put the whey away.
The route was smooth and with no wind and dry pavement it was way faster than it’s been even counting that the papers were out early. One lovely bit was Eckman Lake reflecting the moonlight from behind the clouds. It was so still that it seemed a perfect reflection!
Today we got up late, of course, and spent an hour or so rearranging things in the garden shed, getting them off the ground, water dumped, that kind of thing. I managed some weeding and found my pots for some of the plants for the Great Garage Sale. We’re not going to stay here long today, but we have some cookery to accomplish including frying up some more of the cheese as long as it’s good and starting a pot of sour cream beef with the whey. I’m also hoping to get on the book inventory.
Spring bloom across the street from the old house 5/1/15 (by me)
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya– grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Did you even know that there is a Confederate Memorial Day? Unless you’re from the South, probably not… “Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.” From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Memorial_Day It’s the original celebration that Memorial Day weekend at the end of May started from.
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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 2/12 at 5:42am. 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 5/25 at 12:4pm.
All this month you’ll find the “Morning Star” low in the east as dawn brightens. Follow it with a telescope even after sunrise.
Full Moon (exactly full at 5:42 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around sunset and shines in Libra all through the night. Nearly 40° above it shines Arcturus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Sagittarius) rises around 10 or 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
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
W 10 High 12:37 AM 7.7 5:54 AM Set 6:14 AM 98
~ 10 Low 7:21 AM -0.4 8:32 PM Rise 8:25 PM
~ 10 High 1:37 PM 6.5
~ 10 Low 7:15 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – With persistence, my possibilities are limitless.
~ Do not at all set any objective for meditation. Everything will happen at its own. – Rajeev Jain
~ EVERY MAN SHOULD FRAME LIFE SO THAT AT SOME FUTURE HOUR, FACT AND HIS DREAMING MEET. – Victor Hugo
~ Eyes don’t roam, lack of character does. – SanDanYi
~ Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. – Yoda (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace)
Like the rose that blooms in winter
Is rare and short lived.
She draws all to her at first;
But then she has no conversation
And looks are not enough.
Her shallowness means
Her face cannot keep the imprint
Of her beauty stamped there;
She is nothing but her looks.
A vacant and vague mannequin,
Trotted out like a golden trophy
On a wealthy businessman’s arm.
She is happy like she is,
But how sad that such beauty
Does not have a noble spirit within.
Unless it would be too dangerous
To have such a combination
Loosed upon the world.
She might have been another
Helen of Troy, with any animation;
But what disaster that could bring…
To have another war, caused over
A glance from a social climber
With little heart or brain.- © Copyright 2/12/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Magick – Fun With Summer Flowers – Make summer last all year by collecting and preserving flowers for precious crafts by Lisa Freedman – http://www.grandparents.com/gp/content/activitiesandevents/everyday-activities/article/fun-with-summer-flowers.html
Take advantage of the season’s beautiful plant life to enjoy a fun time with the young ones: Have the kids collect flowers, press the blooms, and turn them into lovely, lasting crafts. They are sure to learn something from each step in the process, including naming the flowers, collecting them, pressing the blooms until they are thin and delicate, and turning them into decorative creations.
Step 1: Gather flowers – Spend time outdoors with the kids talking about your favorite flowers and theirs. Point out the different types in the garden and discuss why plants have flowers. Work side-by-side to collect a good assortment, snipping the stems near where they meet the blooms.
Remind your grandkids to look for other pieces of nature that catch their eye, too – not just fancy flowers. “I love using weeds, leaves, bushes, seedpods. It doesn’t have to be a flower,” explains Tricia Paoluccio, a crafter in New York City, who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com, a website that allows users to buy and sell handmade items. Paoluccio says that she finds many pretty wildflowers and weeds on the side of the highway, in addition to her own garden. “Or, if you don’t have a garden, pieces taken from florist bouquets work as well,” adds fellow Etsy-vendor Sherry Bloom.
Both crafters agree that some flowers work better than others: “Any kind of daisies, pansies, and violas press well, along with other purple flowers. But white petals tend to turn brown and don’t look as good over time,” says Paoluccio. Timing is also important. “Cut your flowers early in the day,” Bloom suggests. “That’s when they look the freshest and have the best color. Make sure the flower petals are completely dry — that means no raindrops or early morning dew. Any moisture on the petals will cause them to turn brown during the pressing process.”
For faster pressing and drying, choose delicate flowers and stems. Heartier varieties take much longer to dry and often don’t turn out as nicely.
This article is the second in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
Step 2: Press flowers
A simple method of pressing flowers is to lay the petals between two sheets of scrap paper (tissue paper and coffee filters also work well) and place them in the middle of a thick phone book, then place something heavy atop the book to help press the water from the petals. “This will ruin your phonebook,” warns Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City flower-crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. The flowers usually take a little over a week to dry completely.
If you choose this type of press, Paoluccio suggests a shortcut method: “After the first day, open your press and microwave the cardboard for one minute to dry the sheets.” Repeat this every day and the flowers will dry faster, finishing in about four or five days.Serious flower-pressers use a press that you can purchase from websites like flower-press.com or make one from a few simple materials. “A press is just two slabs of three-quarter-inch wood sandwiched around repeating layers of cardboard, paper, flowers, paper more cardboard and so on,” explains Paoluccio. The layers are held tightly together by a four-inch screw that’s fastened with bolts on each corner.
Dried-Flower Crafts – Here are a few of the many fun crafts you can do with dried or pressed flowers by Lisa Freedman
This article is the third in a three-part series on collecting flowers, pressing them, and making dried-flower crafts.
Step 3: Make dried-flower crafts – You and the kids should know that dried flowers are very fragile, but if you handle them with care, there are many projects you can decorate with them.
Cut a sheet of paper to the size you want your card to be, instructs Tricia Paoluccio, a New York City crafter who sells pressed-flower greeting cards on etsy.com. Paint the paper so that the background enhances the bright colors of the flowers — pale pinks and yellows work best. Put the flowers upside-down on a sheet of newspaper and gently paint them with rubber cement, starting from the center of the flower working your way out. It doesn’t take a lot of glue, just enough to cover each petal. “Next, take your finger and softly touch the center of the flower — not the petals because that will break it — this will lift the flower onto your finger so you can work with it.” Affix the flower to the card. Paoluccio suggests layering the flowers and letting some petal edges hang off the perimeter of the paper. After you arrange each flower, place a piece of waxed paper on top and smooth the flower down. Remove the paper and repeat until you’re satisfied with the design. When the glue is dry, cut the flower parts that extend off the paper and rub your finger over the excess glue to remove it.
To enhance the look of a plain candle, simply glue on a few pressed flowers. Apply rubber cement to the flowers — the way you would to make a greeting card. Then affix the flowers to the candle. Securely press the edges of the flowers to the curves of the candle to avoid their lifting off over time. Then (you should do this part) light a tea-light candle; when it melts down, dip a paintbrush into the melted wax and paint over the pressed flower to act as an additional form of glue.
Make simple jewelry
“This project is very simple and great for young children,” Sherry Bloom, a crafter and vendor on etsy.com, says. Cut two pieces of packing tape, making sure they’re bigger than the flower you wish to use. Gently place a flower in the middle of one of the pieces of tape. Sandwich it inside by laying the other piece of tape smoothly on top. Trim the excess tape and cut a circle, heart, star or any other shape you desire. “Attach a pretty cord, ribbon, or yarn to turn it into a charm and make it a bracelet or necklace,” Bloom suggests.
- Personalize a jewelry box
- Make a bookmark
- Decorate a photo album or journal
- Make a sun catcher
- Frame pressed flowers as their own work of art
- Make decorative soap the same way you made decorative candles