First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:19 PM of -0.6 feet. Minus tides for this cycle are starting today. They’ll be before sunset the first two days and then for several days after will be in deeper and deepter twilight. With winter weather, not a lot of us will be out on the beaches, but be careful if you are, please!
It’s 56F and damp, but not wet. I managed to get to the garden this morning. It’s overcast and foggy in spots, like up into the BackBay. We got well over 1/4 inch of rain yesterday, but none today, so far. The wind is at 4mph with gusts getting into the teens, in spots.
After the workshop time I was still working on some things that have been sitting on the shelves and not getting worked on since last spring and we need the room! We also cleared a couple of the “parking lots”, getting rid of trash, sorting useful from not, finding laundry and plastic bags and dealing with all that. I even started a tray of seeds and have more of those to do today.
We headed home around 9:30 both of us really tired. Tempus may have been ill, too. He seemed to be running a temp last night, kinda the way I did a couple of weeks ago. He crashed hard last night, but is feeling ok this morning. I didn’t sleep well, though, so I’m a little groggy this morning.
We were up a bit early, so I spent a little while cleaning up the path to the apartment when has been getting overgrown in a couple of spots and has a lot of wood and needles down on it. We still need to get out there with a broom. I did get to the upper garden, too, and nipped a few bits to try to make some starts.
So we’re open and I’m going to head into the back to try making some dumplings as soon as this is out and I’ve had my cereal. We have more to do on books today and a couple of other “move this” tasks.
Waves crashing into Tillamook Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast – by Jim Scott (This is the lighthouse that needed a major repair after the ocean picked up a 2-ton rock and dropped it through that tower that you see on top, taking out the light’s Fresnel lens and mangling the stairway and tower underpinnings.)
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean –Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
The Festival of the Lênaia to Dionysus was held in ancient Greece beginning on approximately this date. The Lênaia, which was held at the coldest time of year, was for Dionysus Lênaios, celebrating his birth from Zeus’s thigh and his emergence from the Underworld. It was a festival with a dramatic competition but one of the lesser festivals of Athens and Ionia in ancient Greece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenaia (picture is the present-day remains of the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Athens)
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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 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.
The Moon visits the Pleiades and the Hyades as it crosses Taurus after first quarter.
As soon as it’s fully dark, spot the big, equilateral Winter Triangle high in the southeast under the Moon. Sirius is its brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm’s length. To the left of their midpoint is Procyon. And, standing directly above Procyon now (depending on your latitude) is 3rd-magnitude Gomeisa, or Beta Canis Minoris, the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor.
Mercury is lost in the sunrise.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 28 Low 2:58 AM 3.2 7:39 AM Set 4:50 AM 80
~ 28 High 9:04 AM 8.8 5:20 PM Rise 2:32 PM
~ 28 Low 4:19 PM -0.6
~ 28 High 10:49 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By attending to my heart’s needs, I live a fulfilled life
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Imagine that you had to go to a deserted island for a week. In addition to food, shelter, and other necessities that will be provided, you are allowed to take three personal items. What would they be? Explain the reasons for your choices.
~ What we see depends mainly on what we look for. – John Lubbock
~ When nothing is sure, everything is possible. – Margaret Drabble
~ Why do cats stare when you’re pouring milk? – http://www.milkmatters.co.uk/cats Follow Bertrum Thumbcat: http://twitter.com/bertrumthumbcat
~ You get your visions through whatever gate you’re granted. – Ken Kesey.
They made love. Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new. When it was made, they lay in each other’s arms, holding love, asleep. – UK LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven
Golden Cream Soup – This is a deliciously creamy soup that uses traditional milk & honey, and the keeper winter squashes that are going to go bad if they don’t get used, soon. You can make it savory or slightly sweet as you prefer. …and it sounds like a difficult recipe, but it’s not. You just have to be careful with it. – 4-6 servings
- 1 cup squash (acorn or other orange-fleshed squash…even pumpkin)
- 2 tablespoons butter
Water (amount varies and may not be needed)
- OR (skip to 6)
- 1 cup of any leftover cooked squash, drained of liquid
- OR (skip to 7)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
- 3 1/2 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
- Washed rosemary sprigs (about 6) optional
- grated nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of raw sugar, honey or maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste, (plus 2 optional saffron threads)
- cutting board and knife, stirring/mixing/measuring things, baking dish, potato masher or stout fork, small frypan, medium heavy-bottomed pot
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Peel and cut squash into 1-2 inch cubes.
- Put into covered baking dish
- Sprinkle with salt and place cut up butter
- Bake for about an hour, checking and stirring every 15 minutes. If it begins to scorch, add a bit of water, ¼ cup at a time.
- Mash well, adding water if needed. Measure 1 cup and set aside (anything more can be served immediately or saved for later as a good side dish).
- Put the 2nd amount of butter into a small frypan and melt over medium heat.
- Measure milk into something with a pour spout and set it nearby.
- Turn to low and sprinkle flour in carefully, mixing a bit at a time. Do not let this brown!
- Continue cooking, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes. If it begins to brown, carefully add milk by tablespoons from the pouring container to lower the temperature, but you’re cooking the flour, so don’t get it too low.
- Pour the cooked flour mixture, the cup of squash and the rest of the milk into the large pot and mix well.
- Turn the heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
- Immediately lower the heat to medium low (2 on my stove) and simmer while stirring, until it begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat
- Add cream and stir well, then stir in savory or sweet spices as you prefer and serve.
- Maybe be reheated in the microwave by the serving.
- Serve in heavy mugs. Float a washed rosemary sprig on top of each serving for a great presentation!
San Juan Pueblo Steak
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 pounds round steak, cut 1” thick
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, chili powder and salt. Using the edge of a plate, kitchen hammer or rolling pin, pound steak and flour mixture.
- In a heavy skillet, heat oil and sauté garlic and onions for 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add the steak to the skillet and brown on both sides. Add the tomato sauce, water and garlic and onions. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 ½ hours.
Cindy’s Denver Lasagna
- 8 ounces of tiny egg noodles
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4-5 green onions, sliced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium jar of spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; add spaghetti sauce and let simmer. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and then add green onions.
- Cook noodles, then drain and place in the bottom of an 8 X 8” pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over noodles. Pour meat mixture over cream cheese layer and then cover top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes.
Silliness – Think About It – Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all?”