Rain has been drumming on the solarium roof all night to the point where we’ve had 1 1/4 inches since midnight, and that after 2/3 of an inch yesterday! There’s little wind in town, except up at the golf course and right down on the beaches. 47F and it looks like this will continue for several days, yet.
After the tsunami flap during the night both Tempus and I were tired and kept napping off and on during the day. We finally got moving around 4pm, did some chores and headed for the shop. I started with newsletter things and Tempus was working in back. By 7, the main daily info was in. I’ll just have to fill in the bottom sections of each before I put them out.
He headed for home to get some of Jeanne’s things out of her car, then into Newport and called me about 9:30 to say he was heading for the store. By then I was working on the cookbook, alternating with sewing. I needed to find a couple more recipes, but I’m really making progress.
Today we’re getting up late (I’m going back to bed after posting this) and then we have home chores. Jeanne is home and a number of things are going to have to get put away where they belong. We have laundry to finish and I’m hoping to get the things moved in the sunroom. Some plants are ready to go back outside.
R.i.P Ursula LeGuin, died yesterday, aged 88. I got to talk with her a couple of times at Writer’s Guild meetings, way back when. Fascinating person, wonderful author….
A new explanation for bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed!
Feast day of St Francis de Sales – Francis, Count of Sales, left a life of riches for poverty and became a preacher. Francis died in 1622, aged 55. Francis of Sales was beatified in 1661 by Pope Alexander VII, who then canonized him in 1665. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_de_Sales With Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, called the Salesian Sisters. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Visitation_of_Holy_Mary I went on a retreat at their convent in Georgetown. picture is Francis de Sales and Jane Frances de Chantal, medal 1867
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
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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. 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 1/29 at 5:27pm.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 5:20 p.m. EST). The Moon shines next to the dim Head of Cetus; look for Alpha Ceti (Menkar), magnitude 2.5 and tinted orange, about 10° to the Moon’s left soon after dark (for North America).
A similar distance below the Moon, and a bit left, is Mira, Omicron Ceti, the prototype red long-period variable star. Mira is at its peak brightness this week, about magnitude 3.5. See Bob King’s article Mira Makes January Nights “Wonderful”, with sky chart.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is getting low in the west-southwest right after dark. Use our Uranus and Neptune finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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
W 24 High 5:22 AM 7.6 7:43 AM Set 12:11 AM 38
~ 24 Low 12:01 PM 2.1 5:15 PM Rise 11:41 AM
~ 24 High 5:44 PM 5.8
~ 24 Low 11:35 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of freedom, from which my empowering actions spring.
~ Thoughts to Live By – If you have to keep wondering where you stand with someone, it might be time to stop standing and start walking. – Tobi Wareham
~ To an honest man, it is an honor to have remembered his duty. – Titus Maccius Plautus
~ To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. – Bertrand Russell
~ Turn off your mind relax and float downstream – John Lennon
The Maenads – Ursula K. Le Guin
Somewhere I read
that when they finally staggered off the mountain
into some strange town, past drunk,
hoarse, half naked, blear-eyed,
blood dried under broken nails
and across young thighs,
but still jeering and joking, still trying
to dance, lurching and yelling, but falling
dead asleep by the market stalls,
sprawled helpless, flat out, then
would come and stand nightlong in the agora
as ewes and cows in the night fields,
guarding, watching them
as their mothers
watched over them.
And no man
that fierce decorum. – From Finding My Elegy by Ursula K. Le Guin. Copyright © 2012 by Ursula K. Leguin. Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Orange Poppy Seed Scones – From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jamie Wernitznig)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cups poppyseed
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- large egg
- 1 tsp orange peel
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix all dry ingredients together. Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal.
- Beat the egg slightly into the orange juice; add liquid mixture to dry mix and gently shape dough into a ball.
- Cut the ball in half, and pat each half out on a floured surface into a circle about 1/2 inch thick, and 8 inches around. Cut into wedges and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Herb Scones – from Kate’s (Vegan) Cookery Site
This is one I made up, based on a standard scone recipe. The nutritional yeast helps to make them cheesy-tasting without adding fat, and the combination of herbs is nicely-balanced to add a good, savoury flavour without being too dominating. Finely-chopped spring onion (green onion) might be a good addition to these, but I haven’t tested that yet; it might be good with the nutritional yeast doubled to make the scones even cheesier. I use my own celery salt in these – grind together equal volumes of celery seed and table salt. These are good hot with soya margarine, or cold with soup or stew. Eat them soon after they come out of the oven, or freeze them, as they go stale fast.
- 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
- 2 tsp dried chives
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 6 Tbsp (3/8 cup) nutritional yeast flakes
- a pinch of celery salt (or ordinary salt)
- 40g (1 1/2 oz) soya margarine
- about 125ml (4 1/2 fl oz) soya milk
- Sift the flour into a bowl (this incorporates air). Add the herbs, salt and nutritional yeast, and mix well. Add the margarine in small blobs and mix again.
- Rubbing-in: pick up the flour-coated blobs of margarine in your fingertips, hold your hands above the bowl, and rub the margarine into the flour with your fingertips, dropping the results into the bowl as you do so. Keep doing this until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Add most of the milk and mix, first with a wooden spoon and then your hands. Add more milk if needed to form a soft non-sticky dough (be careful as it’s a lot easier to add more milk than take some away…). Don’t handle the dough too roughly, but don’t be scared of it, either.
- Roll out the dough to about 2cm (3/4 inch) thick. Either cut into circles with a cutter, reroll the scraps and repeat, or slice into square or triangles. Either way, place on a baking try and cook in a pre-heated oven at Gas 8 (230C, 450F) for about 10 minutes until risen and golden.
Cardamon and Pine Nut Scones – From: email@example.com (Deva)
- 1 1/2 c flour
- 1/2 c oat flour
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp (to taste) ground cardamom
- 1/4 c pine nuts, ground
- 4 tbs butter
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 c cream (as needed)
- Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
- Add the pine nuts and the butter and cut into the flour mixture.
- Stir in the eggs and add just enough cream to make a stiff dough.
- Put the dough on a floured board and pat it out into a circle about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
- Cut into wedges and place wedges on a cookie sheet at least one inch apart.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or till nicely browned.
- Sprinkle with additional cardamom and serve with plum jam.
Note: You may increase the amount of cardamom or substitute coriander for a stronger flavor. You can also leave out the pine nuts and add a small amount of additional butter.
Silliness – Think About It – Is there another word for synonym?