Yesterday started slowly. I got the newsletter out, then Tempus set up the hardboiled eggs and started the dishes from the fillings. He also set up a dough. I fell asleep. 😦 So when I woke I had my 2nd cup of coffee and started with making lists for the feast for those with allergies.
…and got into the schedule and we are way behind on a few things. Tempus did not find the breadmakers in the pile at the shop, either, so he needed to head for storage right when I needed him to take a batch of stuff to the pickle fridge….
I got the babovka put together and then worked on the eggs. I couldn’t find my veg peeler, though, so I had to wait on the beets. Didn’t have a pot for them, either. I dunno if it actually took an hour to pick two crab, but it certainly felt like it, but that meat landed in the freezer as soon as I was done.
By then Tempus was back with no breadmakers, still. He knows where he put them, but they don’t seem to be there, so either they got moved in the last chaos or he’s remembering, but he pretty much disemboweled storage and nada.
We went home with the babovky and some stuff for the pickle fridge. I was supposed to do the baking, but Tempus stayed upstairs until well after 1am. I got a nap, sewed for a bit and then read. When he finally got downstairs he’d forgotten the pickle fridge stuff, so had that yet to do.
I didn’t sleep all that well last night and overslept the alarm, so Tempus left me to it. That’s why this is so late coming out. He’s hard at work moving things at the moment. I emptied a large box last night and it’s all having to go into the back.
More cooking/baking today! …and then class this evening.
A warmly dressed fairy getting ready for spring! This is how they coax ‘em out of the ground ya know…. 🙂
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Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today was one of the feasts of Artemis in the Ancient World, although she is usually venerated on the 6th day of each month. Now, we usually think of her as the lady of the crescent moon, the Daughter face of the Goddess, but she is still the goddess of the hunt and of deer and the protector, both of girls and of women in childbirth. She had a chariot drawn by golden deer and several hunting dogs given her by Pan. She carries, not just a bow, but also a spear and net or a lyre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/14 at 1:05am.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot remains prominent and colorful in this January 26th image. Interesting stuff is happening in the turbulent wake to its following (celestial east) side; south here is up. Blue festoons mark the bright Equatorial Zone. Christopher Go in the Philippines took this image before dawn using a 14-inch scope and video stacking.
How well do you know the many lesser telescopic sights around Orion‘s Belt, Sword, and Club? Explore them during this dark-of-the-Moon week using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, charts, and photos in the February Sky & Telescope, page 54.
Mercury is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
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.
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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
M 12 Low 4:08 AM 3.5 7:20 AM Rise 5:23 AM 14
~ 12 High 9:56 AM 7.7 5:41 PM Set 2:56 PM
~ 12 Low 5:04 PM 0.3
~ 12 High 11:34 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Standing in the middle of the road is dangerous. You will get knocked down by the traffic from both ways.
~ Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching. – Satchel Paige
~ Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called Present. – Kung Fu Panda
~ You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. – James D. Miles
~ You cannot stand up and claim your power and not permit yourself to be tested. – Kerr Cuhulain
Our ancestors are the worldly essences: water, salt, and acid. They live within us, and yet, at the same time, they are always leaving us. And then, time after time, they come seeking us out again. Through the plants they remind us of a state of timelessness, where human heritage is just a breath of wind on a lake’s surface. Human history is also plant history. – Schenk
Valentines Heart Cookies
- Icing (fluffy buttercream or commercial work best)
- Batch of 3” sugar, shortbread, butter or lebkuchen cookies (see note)
- Red shoestring licorice
- Optional – Red hots, valentine nonpareils, silver ball decors, conversation hearts or red decorators sugar
Tools – icing spatula, scissors, small spoon, bowl to contain decors when they run away
- Ice face of cookie.
- Cut two pieces of licorice about 3 ½ inches long.
- Place them on the cookie in a heart shape.
- If you’re going to use the other decorations, conversation hearts can be pressed into the center of the heart, (3 make a good display) or you can use the spoon to pour sugar or other candies into one “lobe” of the heart, or even to fill the entire center.
Note – The important part of this is that the cookies be at least 3” across, else the licorice will tend to spring loose.
Valentine Brownies – Serves 16
1 1/4 cup unsifted flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz milk chocolate bar, broken into chunks
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 – Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan with foil – set aside.
2. In bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar – cut in butter until crumbly. Press on bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk , cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Mix in chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread over prepared crust.
4. Bake 20 min. or until set. Let cool. Use foil to lift out pan. For hearts, cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter or, cut into bars.
5. Decorate with icing. Store covered.
Silliness – Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone’s relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.
However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird’s beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.
MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.
The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly concluded the cause: when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.
The conclusion was that while all the lookout crows could say “Cah,” none could say “Truck.”.