Featured photo by Ken Gagne!
It’s still damp, but the wind has died down. Gusts are only going over 10 on the beaches, if there. We only got 0.2 inches of rain yesterday, but 0.3 this morning, but it’s grey and overcast. Not any real chance of rain out through the end of the week, though.
Yesterday was kinda slow, probably because of the weather. We tried out some of the cheese and then I settled down to work on newsletters, which hadn’t happened on Tuesday/Wednesday the way they usually do. I had to fill in some files and I just kept pecking at it. I got enough done to get by on by around 3pm.
I had a sandwich and then sorted picture files for awhile, then made an attempt at starting another project. …and then realized that if I was going to get any cooking done I’d better do it! So I got a chicken broth going that was going to provide the base for several meals.
I had some fun during the afternoon listening to the wind and watching the rain blow in sheets down the street. The sign from next door fell over onto our building (it’s sitting between, not painted, yet) and started Tempus and me several times as it bomped back and forth. He finally went out and figured out what the sound was and shifted it so it’d stay put.
After that was Sewing, so I got the sofa-arm pincushion finished, plus a couple more, but I need more filling again. …and then we had supper. I used the same measuring cup for the broth for the stuffing that I made that I had used on the citric acid for the cheese. Apparently it didn’t all dissolve. That was an interesting flavor….
So then we scrambled around getting ready for the evening. I found some fabric to work on and with, we got the shopping list put together and we got the food put away, then headed out.
Tempus didn’t get done until 7:15am because the papers ran late. We’re both kind of groggy, but I’m sitting here with a bag of cherries and a petunia for my fairy garden, because he’s such a sweetie! I’m going to try to get him to conk out on the sofa, but we’ll be open all day!
Amazing clouds from 6/14/16, by Ken Gagne
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains fromBritish Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
A rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 6/23 at 7:11pm. 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 6/17 at 4:33am.
By the time it’s fully dark this week, Altair is shining well up in the east. A finger-width above it or to its upper left is its little sidekick Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae), actually an orange giant that’s far in the background. Altair is 17 light-years from us; Tarazed is about 460.
Venus (magnitude –4.4) shines in the east during dawn. A telescope shows it barely on the gibbous side of dichotomy (half-lit phase).
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 16 High 5:15 AM 5.9 5:31 AM Rise 1:05 AM 67
~ 16 Low 12:04 PM 0.3 9:03 PM Set 12:25 PM
~ 16 High 6:52 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you have the choice of two exciting things, choose the one you have never done.
~ Be creative. Don’t be worried about what you are doing — one has to do many things — but do everything creatively, with devotion. Then your work becomes worship. Then whatsoever you do is a prayer. And whatsoever you do is an offering at the altar. – Osho
~ Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. – Kahlil Gibran
~ Believe those who are seeking the truth doubt those who find it. – Andre Gide
~ Develop a bias for action, a sense of urgency, to get things done. – Brian Tracy
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Litha Magick – Recipes
Tomato & Leek Soup w/Basil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
- Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
- Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
- Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.
Cold Tomato Soup – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 C. Herb blend, basil, chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, chervil, thyme
1/2 C. olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 C. cold water
1 sweet Spanish onion, peeled and sliced
1 C. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 tsp. paprika
- Put chopped tomatoes, pepper, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
- Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and cold water.
- Add onion, cucumber, and paprika.
- Chill in refrigerator for about 5 hours.
- Serve over ice cubes in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or watercress.
BAKED TOMATOES – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
- 3 whole fresh tomatoes
- 12-oz bag cheddar cheese
- Fresh parsley
- Flat tray or cookie sheet
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
- Shred cheddar cheese
- Slice the tomato 1/2-inch thick, place on tin foil on tray
- Liberally spread cheddar cheese on the tomatoes.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over tomatoes.