Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:07 PM of -0.5 feet. Phew!
It’s grey and overcast, but quite bright, still. We’re likely to have a fair amount of rain overnight, though. 58F, but it just feels cool and comfortable. Wind gusting to 10mph in town, and the highest is about 12 on the beaches.
Yesterday started cranky because neither Tempus nor I had had coffee when we were doing chores. That’s a very bad idea…. But we got the stuff done and once we were at the shop and coffeed, things improved. I got the veg for the potroast pulled and into the fridge and Tempus got the meat into the broth that I finally got boxed late in the evening after it had finished cooking and cooled.
Tempus ran in and out on errands and we got a bunch of bills paid. I started working on newsletters, then fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole, then dragged myself back so that I finished not long after he headed out to do the shopping and start the newspaper route., then fell down another one! <groan>
This one I dragged myself back from to get back to work on the food list that’s been my preoccupation for several days, now. …and boy, howdy did I finally make progress! I finally hit the pages where food after food is listed and started to bog down. I think copying page 192 took longer than the rest of the book! …and then 193… and 194.
Tempus ran in just before 2:30 to put things into the fridge and ran right back out to run the next section of the route. I put the things away and sat back down with my book and 195 was worse yet, but 196 gave me some hope. The book is finally starting into the recipes, so those are just a name and a page number. Wow….
He came back to pick me up about about 3:45. The stars were out and by the time we were well started on the Bayshore leg, there was obvious light in the east. Venus was high and bright although she gradually vanished into cloud haze. A contrail overhead began to glow blue, getting brighter and brighter for quite awhile. That must be a regular flight to Alaska or Hawaii or something that heads over us at around 3:30 since I see that pattern just about every time it’s clear enough.
Venus was still pretty startling as we headed out 34 from town, but the light was growing to the point that we were seeing sunlight in high trees just as we started into Waldport proper. We finished at about 6:30 in broad daylight, although it was silvery light, being strained by a lot of high cloud that banded the whole sky. The seals were whomping their way up onto the just-showing sand flats as we crossed the bridge heading home. They’re so funny-looking on land! …can’t exactly call that “dry land”, can I? 🙂
So, it’s 4:30, I’m just finishing this and I’m going to be starting to make a batch of cheese this afternoon. I’m going to be trying a dish that Baba used to make that I remembered about as I was working on that book last night, and then doing a little more of copying the names of foods before we head home again to do more chores. Not sure what Tempus is going to be doing.
Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
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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 6/9 at 6:10am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/30 at 12:44am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/1 at 5:42am.
Jupiter on May 14th, imaged by Christopher Go in the Philippines. South is up. Note the dramatic turbulence in the South Equatorial Belt on the spot’s following side.
Late tonight, telescope users in most of the U.S. and Canada can watch the dark limb of the Moon occult Rho Leonis, magnitude 3.8. Here’s a timetable for hundreds of cities and towns. (The first third of the table gives disappearance times; the second third, reappearance times of the star on the Moon’s bright limb, much harder to observe.) The star is binary, magnitudes 4.3 and 5.4. But with its separation of only 0.1 arcsecond, the two steps of the occultation will happen only about a fifth of a second apart or less at most locations — pretty hard to distinguish.
Mars (magnitude +1.7) is disappearing into the sunset. About 45 minutes after sunset, look for it just above the west-northwest horizon, 22° (two fists at arm’s length) lower left of Capella.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic Half-month of Othala/Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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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
W 31 High 5:14 AM 6.9 5:35 AM Set 1:22 AM 31
~ 31 Low 12:07 PM -0.5 8:53 PM Rise 12:09 PM
~ 31 High 6:52 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Treat Your Self to Romance and Love.
~ As a warrior, you’re a karma accelerator: Just be careful you don’t accelerate your karma in the process. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Be yourself. You are unique. No comparison is possible. Each of us develops into a unique individual who enters into unique transactions with the world as it exists for him. – Dharma
~ Become a valve or a gateway to let energy funnel through you in the direction which you direct it with your will. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Behind the western bars The shrouded day retreats, And unperceived the stars Steal to their sovran seats. And whiter grows the foam, The small moon lightens more; And as I turn me home, My shadow walks before. The Clouds have left the Sky. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
The Dial of Flowers – Felicia Hemans
a lovely thought to mark the hours,
As they floated in light away,
By the opening and the folding flowers,
That laugh to the summer’s day.
Thus had each moment its own rich hue,
And its graceful cup and bell,
In whose colour’d vase might sleep the dew,
Like a pearl in an ocean-shell.
To such sweet signs might the time have flow’d
In a golden current on,
Ere from the garden, man’s first abode,
The glorious guests were gone.
So might the days have been brightly told-
Those days of song and dreams
When shepherds gather’d their flocks of old
By the blue Arcadian streams.
So in those isles of delight, that rest
Far off in a breezeless main,
Which many a bark, with a weary quest,
Has sought, but still in vain.
Yet is not life, in its real flight,
Mark’d thus even thus on earth,
By the closing of one hope’s delight,
And another’s gentle birth ?
Oh ! let us live, so that flower by flower,
Shutting in turn, may leave
A lingerer still for the sunset hour,
A charm for the shaded eve.
Litha Magick – Recipes
Lemony Summer Squash – Rain Redknife – Source: _Light & Easy Diabetic Cuisine_ by Betty Marks (by permission)
- 1 lb Summer squash,
- 1 Tbsp walnut oil, or other oil of your choice
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 tsp Dried rosemary, crumbled
- 2 Tbsp Fresh lemon [or lime!] juice
- Slice squash into 1/4″ rounds
- Mince garlic.
- Crumble rosemary.
- Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium.
- Cook garlic 1 minute.
- Add squash and cook, stirring gently, until tender, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.
Note – Also delicious cold
SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
- 1 summer squash
- 1/4 cup of butter
- Black pepper
- medium size sauce pan
- Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
- Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
- Layer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
- Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.
Takes 20-30 minutes.
A necessary note on Squash Blossoms
Use male flowers (those with the single tubular stamen) which don’t bear fruit and so can be harvested in large numbers. A good flower for stuffing with cheeses, bread crumbs or meat mixtures and then deep-fried.
When stuffing, leave the stems on but otherwise remove the stamens and pistils. The blossoms may be sliced and added to a variety of dishes including soufflés, frittatas, scrambled eggs, and burritos.
Note: They wilt quickly so pick just before you are going to use them.
FRIED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Wash carefully and drain:
12 large squash blossoms (pick when blossoms are just ready to open)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
heat in heavy saucepan ½ – 1 cup oil
Dip blossoms in batter until well coated, then fry in hot fat (375 degrees) until golden brown – takes less than a minute for each. Drain on absorbent paper and serve warm.