Minus Tide at 8:30 AM of -0.6 feet. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s 55 and wet. Some of the “showers” have been more like “drown-pours”! It’s a little on the windy side, even in town, “blustery” is probably the word for it. but as we were coming over the bridge there was rain and dark cloud behind, dark and ominous-looking cloud to the southeast, lighter to the northeast and blue sky and white clouds over the ocean with the breakers in full sun and incandescent! 8/10 of an inch yesterday and nearly that today, already.
Yesterday started slowly and it was difficult to get things done. I’ve been arguing with the laptop that we were trying to use for inventory and it took Tempus running home after the other one to get things started…. at 4pm. …and then a finger slip wiped an 1/2 hour’s work. <groan>
Stella was here for sewing and she worked on a hat while I finished a child’s coif and then almost finished the underside of another biscornu.
I woke up around 2:30 and checked to see where Tempus was on his route and he was running late, and then later, and I woke up quite thoroughly. A part broke (we’re not even sure what it is) on the underside of the car and he babied through the run and got in at 7:30, so I’m short on sleep and he’s nearly flattened.
Today he has to run into Newport and do a couple of errands, but needs to figure out what’s wrong on the car, first. I’m going to try to keep going on the inventory, but start trying to work out what’s what for the Great Garage Sale tomorrow.
Ken Gagne’s photo of 5/11/16’s photo of the sunset in Yachats.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the adiantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
The International Council of Nurses has been celebrating this day since 1965 in honor of nurses everywhere, but particularly since this is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, probably the most well-known of nurses and the founder of modern nursing practice. Each year the group picks a theme for the celebrations. Many of the celebrations also feature new nurses reciting the Nightingale pledge:
Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge;
To adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession;
To co-operate faithfully with the other members of the nursing team and to carry out faithfully and to the best of my ability the instructions of the physician or the nurse who may be assigned to supervise my work;
I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.
I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.
And I pledge myself to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing;
May my life be devoted to service and to the high ideals of the nursing profession. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Nurses_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale
The shop is open 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
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 5/12 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. 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 5/18 at 5:33pm.
All this month you’ll find the “Morning Star” low in the east as dawn brightens. Follow it with a telescope even after sunrise.
The Arch of Spring spans the western sky in late twilight. <<< Pollux and Castor form its top: they’re lined up roughly horizontally in the west-northwest, about three finger-widths at arm’s length apart. Look far to their lower left for Procyon, and farther to their lower right for Menkalinan and then bright Capella. >>> The Arch of Spring is the last departing section of the even bigger Winter Hexagon.
Uranus is hidden in the sunrise.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
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.
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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.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 12 High 1:38 AM 7.6 5:52 AM Set 7:22 AM 99
~ 12 Low 8:30 AM -0.6 8:34 PM Rise 10:17 PM
~ 12 High 2:55 PM 6.4
~ 12 Low 8:24 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, Spirituality is how you connect to yourself and the world, mentally, emotionally and physically. We do not get spirituality through religion or philosophy. It is simply the essence of being human.
~ People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. – Earl Nightengale
~ Play is the exultation of the possible. – Martin Buber
~ Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. – Henry Ford
~ Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. – Vesta M. Kelly
Life has a funny habit of changing,
and security’s hard to find;
Just when you think it is safe
to get in the swing of things,
somebody kicks you
in the ass…that’s all fate!
You never know when a grizzly
will sneak up on your porch
and steal your bike,
and the girl across the street
has a crush on your boyfriend
and tries to come get him tonight. © July 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe
Swiss cheese fondue. Getty Images/Colin Soutar/E+ BY PEGGY TROWBRIDGE FILIPPONE
This simple and easy Swiss cheese fondue with white wine and Kirsch (cherry brandy) comes together quickly. Fondue originated in Switzerland among peasants as a way to use up hardened cheese. The word fondue comes from the French verb fondre, which means “to melt.”
Traditionally, fondue is made with a mixture of Emmental and/or Gruyère, two varieties of Swiss cheese, that are melted in a communal pot with white wine. Then Kirsch or other alcohol is added at the end so it doesn’t cook out too fast.
The result is an ooey-gooey dip for pieces of stale bread and crusts. Raw vegetables also can be dipped in the cheese, although it’s not traditional. In the 1950s, a New York chef developed a fondue method of cooking meat cubes in hot oil, which is quite popular.
But, probably, chocolate fondue is what has taken the world by storm. This dessert features a pot of melted good-quality chocolate surrounded by pound cake, marshmallows, fresh fruit and other dippable items.
Makes 4 servings Swiss Cheese Fondue.
What You’ll Need
- 1 pound grated good-quality Emental or Gruyère Swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons Kirsch, rum or brandy (optional)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- Bread cubes, cooked meat cubes, vegetables for dippers
How to Make It
- Gently toss 1 pound grated Swiss cheese and 2 tablespoons flour until cheese is coated. Set aside.
- Cut the garlic clove in half and rub the inside of the fondue pot, pressing firmly to release juices. Add 2 cups dry white wine and bring to a simmer. Do not boil.
- Add the Swiss cheese to the wine in the fondue pot a handful at a time while stirring with a wooden spoon. When the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth, add the 2 tablespoons Kirsch, or rum or brandy along with the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheeseand 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg. Stirring constantly, heat until it just begins to boil.
- Follow your fondue pot manufacturer’s instructions on how to keep the melted cheese hot. Serve Swiss cheese fondue with bread cubes, cooked meat cubes, and raw vegetables.
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Eggplant and White Bean Meatballs – http://www.villabertolli.com/recipes/eggplant-and-white-bean-meatballs
- RECIPE SERVES: 6
- PREP TIME 15 Minutes
- COOK TIME 45 Minutes
- 1 large eggplant (about 1½ lbs.) halved lengthwise
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
- 1 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz.)
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 jar of your favorite Bertolli® red sauce
- 12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange eggplant, cut sides down, on lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until very tender; cool slightly.
- Scrape flesh from eggplant. Combine eggplant and beans well. Stir in breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, garlic and salt. Shape into 18 meatballs.
- Arrange meatballs on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Pour sauce into 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently stir in meatballs. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve over spaghetti.
- Tip: Use a pastry cutter or potato masher to easily mash beans and to combine eggplant and beans.
Creamy Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie Recipe – https://www.thespruce.com/creamy-chicken-leek-mushroom-pie-434923?utm_campaign=internationalc&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=9384113&utm_term=
BY ELAINE LEMM – Updated 04/04/17
There is something so comforting about a traditional British chicken pie with memories of school days and family lunches. Like it’s close cousin a Steak and Kidney Pie, British Chicken Pie is part of the fabric of British food.
This chicken pie recipe is easy to make, and in a hurry, you can use ready made pastry. Using meat from the legs and thighs of the chicken not only gives a richer flavor, these cuts are also much cheaper.
Don’t be daunted by the lengthy instructions below, this is an easy pie to make and well worth the effort. The pie is delicious hot and equally good cold for a lunch box or picnic.
What You’ll Need
- FOR THE PASTRY
- 7 oz/200g all purpose/plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 4 oz/ 110g butter, cubed or an equal mix of butter and lard
- 2-3 tbsp cold water
- 1 egg, beaten for glaze
- FOR THE FILLING
- 3 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
- 12 oz/ 350g skinless, boneless chicken meat from legs and thighs
- 2 medium leeks, finely sliced
- 4 oz/ 110g baby button mushrooms
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- 18 fl oz/ 500ml hot chicken stock
- 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
- ½ tsp fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper
- 1 beaten egg for glazing
How to Make It
Makes 2 large 6″/15cm individual pies or combine into one pie using a 1 pint pie dish.
- Make the pastry following the instructions
- Heat the oil in a large skillet or deep frying pan. Add the chicken meat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the chicken is browned all over. Using a slotted spoon remove the chicken and keep to one side.
- To the pan add the finely sliced leek and the baby button mushrooms. Cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally until the leeks are softened. Remove the leeks and mushrooms and keep to one side with the chicken.
- Add the butter to the pan and melt over a medium heat, add the flour and stir well to incorporate all the flour into the butter. You should have a really thick paste. Using a hand whisk, slowly add the hot chicken stock, whisking all the time until a smooth gravy is created, cook for 3 minutes, again stirring from time to time. Add the chicken, leeks and mushrooms into the gravy, add the parsley and thyme and season generously with sea salt and black pepper. Cook for a further 2 minutes then put to one side to cool completely.
- Generously grease 2 6″/15cm ovenproof pie dishes or 1 x 1 pint dish. Roll the pastry to 1/8″/3 mm thick and line your dish/es. Re-roll the remaining pastry to make lids to fit the size of dish you are using. Place the dishes and pastry into the refrigerator to rest for at least 20 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas 6. Place a heavy cookie or baking sheet on the middle shelf.
- Divide the filling between the two dishes (or pint dish if making just one pie) making sure both have equal amounts of chicken and gravy. Using a pastry brush, dampen the edges of the pastry lining with beaten egg, then cover with the pastry lid and crimp the edges to seal. Brush generously with beaten egg. Using a sharp knife cut a small hole into the centre of the lid to allow the steam to escape during cooking and to prevent pastry from becoming soggy.
- Sit the pie dish/es onto the heated baking sheet in the oven and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling bubbling. Serve hot or leave to cool completely if serving cold.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – I went to a little hole in the wall restaurant: the sign read: Women are not served here. You have to bring your own.