46F, winds are between 1 and 6 mph on land (we’re at 3) and the offshore buoy is registering 15. There are a lot of mare’s tails up above in the bright blue sky, but they’re really moving fast. No rain due until early Thursday though we’re right in the middle of a barometer dip and boy my joints are telling me!
We had gotten to the shop at about 7:30 and I got into my costume, while Tempus was getting coffee. We were almost ready when Stella got there, except for the bean pottage that I had made for the lunch potluck, which Tempus was getting into the tote. When we all went outside and were getting things into the car was started exclaiming over the pieces of rainbow appearing in the sky and then it got better and better and more complete until there was a full-on bright double rainbow spanned across the sky. We stood and watched it because it was too awesome to not!
Eventually we got on the road and had a good drive, only stopping for gas and munchies in Florence. It was a beautiful day for a drive, bright and clear after the early cloud. As we drove up the seawall the rainbow spanned the bay and ended up right in the bridge! After it disappeared we were still captivated by views of sparkling ocean and beautiful cloud.
e had fun at the event. I stitched on one thing or another most of the day. Stella played her guitar and got into the dance workshop which was a tremendous amount of fun to watch. My bean pottage was a hit and the feast was lovely with onion soup, chicken, ham, meat pies, sweet carrots, a yummy cabbage dish, a selection of breads and cheeses, and cake, apple pie and a delicious custard and blackberry pudding to finish it off with.
…and then the drive home was spectacular! The sky had completely cleared and the stars were amazingly bright and the Moon floating high and lovely, swelling towards the full. Every lake we went past was clear and still, reflecting trees and sky…and stars… how often do you get to see that? We stopped at an overlook and watched the ocean for a bit until we got too tired. Other than that, we had stopped for gas in Reedsport, but just rolled on home.
We had gotten in somewhere 9:30-ish and Stella and Tempus unloaded. I spent awhile putting things away and changing out of my outfit and we didn’t manage to get ready to head home until 11:30 somehow. I fell into bed. Dunno what Tempus did. 🙂 …but that meant I was up a couple of times kinda early. Overall I slept until 10, which was good.
I’m sitting here with some lovely coffee with eggnog in it and just enjoying the morning, despite my stupid joints. We have our project day today and I’m hoping to make fried cheese at some point with some rye flatbreads or bread cakes. ….another experiment. The shop’s open.
Here’s hoping you have a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-person horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
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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 1/1/18 at 6:24pm. 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 12/31 at 6:24am. 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 1/3 at 6:24am.
On the evening of New Year’s Day, the full supermoon shines in the feet of Gemini. (The blue 1° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.)
After the noise and cheering at the turn of midnight tonight, step outside into the silent, cold dark. Orion stands beneath the high moon. To Orion’s lower left, Sirius sparkles at its peak height in the south. Upper left of Sirius is Procyon. And way around to the northeast, the Big Dipper is standing high on its handle, as if this were already the beginning of spring.
Mercury (magnitude –0.3) is entering a fine morning apparition. Look for it low in the southeast in early dawn, very far lower left of Jupiter and Mars. Don’t confuse Mercury with fainter, twinklier Antares >>>> about 10° to its right or upper right.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 31 Low 4:16 AM 2.7 7:52 AM Set 6:03 AM 92
~ 31 High 10:18 AM 9.4 4:47 PM Rise 3:52 PM
~ 31 Low 5:24 PM -1.2
~ 31 High 11:50 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with purposeful awareness of abundance by giving thanks to my Divine Source of abundance.
~ Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor? – Virgil
~ There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. – Charles M. Schulz
~ Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. – John Cheever
~ You are either living you destiny or living a lie. – Paul V. Harris
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor
Peas and Hominy in the New Year! (Peace and Harmony) – Dunno if this is a spell or not, but it seems to work and it’s a tasty lunch. Serve after midnight or after the Rose Bowl Parade. 🙂
- 1 can of plain white hominy
- 1 can (about 1 1/2 cups) frozen peas
- 1/2 stick butter
- …and if you want to get fancy with it, use your favorite seasonings!
- Drain hominy and put in quart nuker dish.
- Measure peas in the empty can and add to the hominy.
- Put butter on top.
- Zap for 3 minutes.
- Zap for 3 more. Butter should be melted and dish steaming. If not, zap in 1 minute increments until heated through.
- We pass this deosil around the table, each saying, “Peas and Hominy in the New Year”, with a big grin.
A Festive Sangria
- 1 crisp apple
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1 small orange or tangerine
- 1 bottle of a sweeter white wine
- Chop apple and put in pitcher.
- Add cranberries (can be frozen cranberries)
- Cut orange in 1/2 and for a more intense flavor, zest a bit of the peel before you cut, and add to pitcher.
- Pour wine over fruit and set in fridge for 1-5 days.
Serves 24 (Makes about 48 puffs)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 pound crab meat
- 26 ounces puff pastry (3 sheets), thawed in the refrigerator overnight
- Finely chopped chives, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, butter, salt, celery seed, and Old Bay until smooth.
- Add the crab meat and stir to combine.
- Cut the puff pastry sheets into 2-x2-inch squares.
- Gently press the squares into a mini muffin tin.
- Add a scant tablespoon of crab mixture to each square.
- Bake until the puff pastry just begins to brown at the edges, about 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with chives and serve hot.
- Make-ahead puffs: The puffs can be assembled the day before, covered in plastic wrap, refrigerated overnight, and then baked off the following day. They reheat well, in a warm oven, the same day they were cooked, but once cooked, the texture declines overnight.
- I prefer backfin crab meat over lump in this recipe because it fits better in the mini tarts.
- I have made these with two different brands of puff pastry and both required 3 sheets, with some scraps discarded. You can measure a sheet of puff pastry ahead of time to determine how many 2-x2-inch squares it will make.
Hot Spinach Dip – The best spinach dip recipe. One of my favorites! posted by Becks02 on 2/3/2012
- prep: 10 min
- total: 30 min
- Servings total: 2 cups dip or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. dip each
What You Need
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
- 1 cup KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
- 1 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- HEAT oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients.
- SPOON into 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish.
- BAKE 20 min. or until heated through. Serve with assorted NABISCO Crackers.
Kraft Kitchens Tips
- Size-Wise – Since this warm indulgent dip serves 16, it makes a great dip to serve at a party!
- Size-Wise – Try our reduced fat version of Hot Spinach Dip
- Special Extra – Top with 2 Tbsp. chopped roasted red peppers before serving.