51F and cloudy. There’s not a lot of wind, either. There’s only one place by the water where’s it’s over 5mph, even. It’s amazing how similar these weather reports are this winter from one day to the next. It looks like we might get a little rain over the weekend, though.
We started late yesterday, catching up on sleep, and then things just took longer than they ought. Tempus had to run out and re-deliver a paper (which probably had been nabbed out of a neighboring box by mistake). He spent awhile talking about things, then got nabbed by another neighbor who was out cutting the grass on his yard tractor, so it took him awhile to get back.
I was out with my basket cutting regrown tops from parsnips, onions, turnips and celery, planting a few more vegetable ends, harvesting basil, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary and a few carrot and radish tops.
Once Tempus was back we got the laundry taken care of and headed for the shop. He made supper first (some delcious burgers) because we’d only had bagels earlier. After that he cleaned up a little and I started in, with some help from him.
First I made pea flour, because we need that for the breads. Tempus headed home to bake a batch of his rolls. I kept on with the hacky-choppy. I had made oat flour on Monday which went into an oat and greens pottage made with onion, leek and the herbs from the garden above and a beef broth that I had made a frozen awhile back.
Once he was back he washed up the beet greens and stems after I hacked the bulbs loose. I realized that I hadn’t stirred the oat pottage and it’s likely to be a tad lumpy since I left it too long, but that’s not a major problem. I added water and some more onion after tasting it and let it cook a bit more. That was done and boxed up just after midnight.
Next was borscht. Tempus scrubbed beet greens and stems while I cut up cabbage and onion and then peeled and cut up beets and then the stems (which make a nice crunch in the soup). The chicken tried to cook this entire time. Granted it started partly frozen, but it never boiled! It was finally cooked, and I pulled the pieces and fridged them and added the broth to the crockpot of borscht vegetables and turned that on, and it’s still cooking.
Today is going to be more cookery, mostly pastry fillings at this point, but I need to start a couple of cheeses. Tempus is going in without me after I get this out, so that we’re open on time. I just didn’t get enough sleep last night. I’m going to get a couple more hours and then he’ll come back for me.
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Eliaphas Levi was born on this day in 1810. He used a type of magic that wasn’t fanatical and rather eclectic, which made his writings pretty popular. He was a Rosicrucian and a huge influence on the Golden Dawn and OTO, therefore on Wicca. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliphas_Levi “Magic is the divinity of man achieved in union with faith…” I like that….
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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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am.
Look south as dawn begins to brighten to catch the waning Moon stepping past Jupiter and Mars over Scorpius — a constellation usually associated with summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist arm’s length.) Before and during dawn on Friday morning the 9th, the Moon shines near Mars and Antares as shown here. Far to their upper right is brighter Jupiter.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is sinking very low in the west-southwest 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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©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
Th 8 Low 12:00 AM 2.8 7:26 AM Rise 1:50 AM 48
~ 8 High 6:25 AM 7.5 5:36 PM Set 12:04 PM
~ 8 Low 1:34 PM 1.5
~ 8 High 7:47 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”
~ Many travels, many fortunes. – Egil’s Saga, c.38
~ Men often act knowingly against their interest. – David Hume
~ Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. – Anatole France
~ Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. – Helen Keller
St. Valentine’s Day
The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
But cold from the North The wind blows forth
That blows my love to me.
The stars in the South are gold
Like lamps between sky and sea;
The flowers that the forests hold.
Like stars between tree and tree;
But little and white Is the pale moon’s light
That lights my love to me.
In the South the orange grove
Makes dusk by the dusky sea,
White palaces wrought for love
Gleam white between tree and tree,
But under bare boughs
Is the little house
Warm-lit for my love and me. – Edith Nesbit, 1858 – 1924
Homemade Conversation Hearts – January 4, 2012 – Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Food coloring markers**
*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.
**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.
- Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
- Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
- Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
- Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
- Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
- Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
- Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
- Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
- Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Sweet Gift Ideas
- Bundle them up in a decorative paper cone and present them with another simple homemade holiday craft.
- Sprinkle them on the table for a dinner gathering with friends or at a romantic place setting, party of two.
- Make bell-shaped candies and package them up in a decorative jar for a unique and thoughtful wedding present.
- For a non-edible approach, use our salt dough recipe and make ornaments or package adornments.
- Write guests’ names on them and use them as place cards.
Silliness – You Know You Work for the Government If…
– When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.
– You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.
– Your biggest loss from a system crash is you lose your best jokes.
– Your supervisor doesn’t have the ability to do your job.
– You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.
– It no longer amazes you that computer security is more important than having computers.
– Your office computer was just upgraded to a 200 MHz Pentium this year.
– Computer specialists know less about computers than your teenager.
– Lunch is like another scheduled meeting, only shorter.
– You and your coequals always consume the free food left over from VIP meetings.
– It’s dark when you drive to and from work.
– You’re forced to park your car a mile from the office because of all the commanders, customers, designated contractor, VIP’s, employees of the month/quarter/year and visitor, parking spaces by the main entrance.