Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett!
I’ve been listening to rain on the sunroom roof all night, so I know it’s wet out there! We’ve gotten almost 1/2 an inch since midnight after under a tenth, yesterday. . It’s 51F and the wind at 12. The anemometer in South Beach is reading 29 mph, but almost everywhere else is in the mid-to-low teens. We’re looking at more of the same for the rest of the week. I guess our Halcyon Days are done, finally.
I did paperwork in the morning while Tempus was working in back. Around mid-afternoon I was able to start on some foodly things. First was grinding some dried mushrooms. I put them into the food processor and they get sifted. The big pieces will go into dishes were I want the mushrooms to show and the small pieces and powder into dishes where I want just the flavor.
Next up was doing some chicken meat and then making a crockpot of vegetables for a chicken stew. Once the chicken was done the broth went into the vegetables and the chicken meat into the fridge. I still need to separate the bones out.
Tempus wanted to do pork chops for supper so he got going on those. I was looking up poppyseeds and persimmon pudding recipes online. I have a bunch of persimmons that I’m going to have to get cooked up in the next two days.
I slept for several hours after we settled in, but then my stomach woke me up. I’d been feeling kinda odd in the evening and when I woke found than a strong earthquake had just gone off in Kodiak, AK and that a tsunami warning was posted. Now, I’ve got a kiddo in Anchorage, so I quickly looked things up. It didn’t look bad, but you don’t know for awhile with those….and it quickly looked better and better. By 3:30 the alert had been downgraded several times and finally cancelled, but it took me a couple more hours to calm down enough to sleep, and Tempus slept in this morning, too.
Today we have a couple more chores to finish and then we’re heading for the shop. I have a good bit of sewing to do today, and then more cookery and with the amount of rain and wind tonight, Tempus paper route is likely to be interesting. Hopefully, there won’t be unexpected high water!
A photo taken by Arthur Bartlett yesterday near Puget Sound.
And another from a different angle.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Hathor is an Egyptian mother/death/sky goddess. She’s familiar to everyone as the cow-headed goddess whose symbol of cow horns as lunar crescents on either side of the disc of the sun/moon was worn by many other goddesses (and gods) in the pantheon. On her feast day offerings of cow’s milk are poured into the Nile. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor
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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 1/31 at 5:27am. 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 1/24 at 2:20pm.
Face east after dark and look very high for brilliant Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Though they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella. Around 9 p.m. they all pass straight overhead (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes).
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is still high in the southwest right after dark.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 23 High 4:38 AM 7.4 7:43 AM Rise 11:12 AM 28
~ 23 Low 10:54 AM 2.4 5:13 PM
~ 23 High 4:30 PM 6.2
~ 23 Low 10:44 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an alive day!
~ Self-transformation is the work of a lifetime requiring curiosity, imagination, honesty, patience, and courage. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Silence is the language of God; all else is poor translation. – Rumi
~ Size matters not. – Yoda
~ Some things have to be believed to be seen. – Ralph Hodgson
The sleet streams,
The snow flies;
The fawn dreams
With wide brown eyes. – William Rose Benét (1886–1950)
If Candlemas be bright and fair
Winter will have another year
But if it be dark with clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again
When a woman is in labour the midwife…goes to the door of the house, and standing on the door-step, softly beseeches Bride to come in:
‘Bride, Bride, come in!
Thy welcome is truly made,
Give thou relief to the woman,
And give thou the conception to the Trinity.’
Candlemas carol, sung by singers who processed from house to house.
Hail reign a fair maid with gold upon your chin,
Open up the East Gate and let the New year in;
Silliness – Things You’ll Never Hear In A Western Movie
“I reckon I’ll have me a half-caf double latte with a twist. IN A DIRTY MUG!”
“Gentlemen, rather than get caught up in mindless reaction, let’s draw upon our feminine selves for a more intuitive solution.”
“Can we postpone this duel till 12:05? I gotta use the little boys room.”
“Let’s see… hardtack and pemmican… that’s three grams of fat, seven grams of protein, and two starches.”
“You ‘n’ Slim round up them strays, and I’ll tell Cookie to get started on the gazpacho and the fondue.”
“That’s him! That’s the yella-bellied varmint who shot my therapist!”
“He was a strong man, a good marshal, and I reckon he had a keen eye for interior decoration.”
“Hey, Buck, do these chaps make my butt look big?”
“It’s like I keep tellin’ ya, Earl: men is from Tombstone, women is from Dodge.”