The sky is a lumpy, mottled grey and white with a few bits of blue peeking through. 47F and no wind. We should be done with rain until Wednesday, now, although showers are still possible. We actually got 2/5 of an inch, yesterday!
There was a life flight practice drill at the old high school site…. sirens and chopper, etc. Startled a lot of people, me included, even though I had seen the notice about it. I ended up taking a nap, waiting for Tempus to get some things sorted out in back, so I could work back there. Never did get that far, so I worked on the cookbook from the feast, trying to whomp it into a final shape.
Tempus made brats, veg, and mashed potatoes for supper. I made progress on the cookbook, but ran out of functional brain cells before it was done. Part of that was a reading that I did in the early evening.
The fellow from the knife shop stopped in to chat about business on his way back from Taco Loco. We eventually headed home 9:30-ish. I fell into bed and slept for several hours and then was up, writing, for several before I went back to sleep.
We were out in the sunroom re-potting a few plants before coming in this morning. Cold fingers! I have cookery to do, since today is the House Capuchin potluck. It’s all stuff I was supposed to do yesterday, but we should have enough time to get it done. Tempus is probably going to run home to bake a couple of things from the freezer.
Pic from 3/14/17 by Ken Gagne – Talon wading in the Yachats River, hunting a tidbit.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum, isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. –Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Today in Ancient Greece began the Urban Dionysia, the festival of the great tragedies in Athens, particularly during the 5th century BCE, although the festival continued will into the time of the Roman Empire. For 5 days, Satyr plays ended each day’s presentation of a 3-part tragedy (..think the Lord of the Rings movie, followed by a Bugs Bunny cartoon, all in one day…) and there was a competition for dithyrambs (ecstatic poetry that was sung and danced to) and short comedies, along with processions and sacrifices. There was another festival in summer, which featured comedies. Theater was sacred to Dionysus and theaters were considered to be temples. Inspiration came from the god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia#City_Dionysia
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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 3/31 at 5:37am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 6:12pm on 3/18. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/20 at 6:12pm.
On Sunday evening the 18th, catch the short viewing window for the Moon-Venus-Mercury lineup after twilight dims and before they set. As twilight fades, look low due west for Venus with the super-thin Moon 3° or 4° to its left, as shown above. A similar distance upper right of the Moon, look for Mercury, much fainter at magnitude +0.4. Find Mercury and Venus low in evening twilight, due west. Venus shines at magnitude –4, while little Mercury fades rapidly from magnitude 0 to +2 this week. Look for Mercury upper right of Venus early in the week, right of it by about March 19th or 20th (depending on your latitude), and lower right of it toward week’s end. They remain about 4° apart through the 22nd.
By nightfall, the Big Dipper is high in the northeast and beginning to tip left. Look well to its left for Polaris and the dim Little Dipper. Other than Polaris, all you may see of the Little Dipper through light pollution is the two stars forming the outer edge of its bowl: Kochab (similar to Polaris in brightness) and below it, fainter Pherkad. Find these two “Guardians of the Pole” to Polaris’s lower right by about a fist and a half at arm’s length. Now is the time of year when the Guardians line up exactly vertically at the end of twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_march2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14.
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 18 High 1:57 AM 7.6 7:23 AM Rise 8:19 AM 0
~ 18 Low 8:04 AM 1.0 7:26 PM Set 8:55 PM
~ 18 High 2:01 PM 7.7
~ 18 Low 8:18 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t just talk the walk, walk it
~ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard Feynman
~ Low the mocker’s fame lies. – Guðmundur Jónsson
~ Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him. – German Proverb
~ Man is the only creature that has to pay for living on planet earth. All other creatures get their food directly from nature and the ecosystems they are part of. – “Tzu de Nim”: via Miriam Baxt
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins. – Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
Most conventional egg dyes on the market are made with potentially harmful coloring agents, such as FD&C Red 40 and FD&C Yellow 6, and ingredients derived from petroleum. But colorful dyes that are safer for the environment and your family’s health can be made simply and cheaply with plant-based ingredients like pomegranate and spinach. Check out “Color Me Organic” for tips on having a greener Easter. © The Green Guide, 2008
Color Me Organic by Emily Main and P.W. McRandle
Easter eggs can be dyed using either a hot method or a cold method. If you choose the hot method, hard-boiling the eggs prior to dyeing them isn’t necessary; they’re “cooked” as they’re boiled in the dye. The cold method is safer for younger children who want to be part of the process; in this case, eggs should be hard-boiled first. In either situation, never plan on eating the eggs if they will be un-refrigerated for more than two hours.Easter is coming and you’ve got your free-farmed or organic eggs—so why not dye the shells naturally, too? There are a number of vegetable- and fruit-based dyes that offer a broad range of beautiful colors and are better for you and the environment than artificial colors.
Before dyeing your eggs, wash them with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils that might prevent the dye from sticking to the shell (this is also a good sanitary measure, should you decide to make an Egg Tree; see below).
Making Natural Dyes
- 1 tablespoon of a spice or 4 cups of a chopped fruit or vegetable (see list below; adding more of these ingredients will give the dye a darker hue)
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (to help the dye adhere to the eggs)
Combine the ingredients in a pot, and bring them to a boil, then reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. The longer you allow the ingredients to simmer, the darker the color will become. If you choose to dye the eggs using the hot method, you can add raw eggs to the mixture while it’s being prepared. If using the cold method, remove the dye from the heat, allow it to cool, then run it through a strainer. Dip your hardboiled eggs in the dye for at least 15 minutes—longer if you want a darker color. When finished, you can rub the eggs with vegetable oil to give them a soft sheen.
For a little variation, you can have kids decorate the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Or, wrap a rubber band around the egg to create contrast, either on a white egg, to prevent coloring, or on a dry, dyed egg, where it will give you a stripe of the original color if it’s redipped in another.
Older kids who can handle delicate egg shells might be interested in making an Easter Egg Tree, a tradition native to Germany and Austria.
Start by puncturing both ends of a raw egg with a pin. Work the pin a bit to make two small holes, and then blow out the egg’s contents into a bowl. Because of salmonella risks, it’s best if the adults handle this step, but to avoid it completely, you can purchase an egg blowing tool, sold at craft stores, or you can try Martha Stewart’s trick of using a rubber ear syringe from your local pharmacy to remove the contents. Once the shell is empty, dye it per the procedures above.
For your tree, use branches collected from your yard or an obliging roadside, and place them in a pot or vase filled with sand or pebbles. Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around half of a broken toothpick, and insert the toothpick into one of the holes you created initially. Then tie the other end of the twine or ribbon around one of your branches, and you can admire your eggs indefinitely.
Natural Egg Dyes
The following materials will give a range of intensities and surface textures to create a unique Easter egg basket or tree. Measurements where given are approximate; play with additional spices, vegetables and fruits for different results. Canned vegetables will work in place of fresh or frozen, but their colors will be paler. Also, herbal and black teas will give you varying shades of greens, reds and browns.
- Pink/red: Pomegranate juice, red onion skins, beets or the juice from pickled beets, pickled red cabbage juice, chopped rhubarb stalks, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, red grape juice
- Orange: Yellow onion skins, paprika
- Dark orange: Chili powder
- Yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin, ground turmeric
- Green: Spinach
- Greenish yellow: Yellow Delicious apple peels
- Blue: Red cabbage, canned blueberries or blueberry juice, blackberries, purple grape juice
- Lavender: Small quantity of purple grape juice, violet blossoms plus two teaspoons of lemon juice, small quantity of red onion skins
- Brown/tan: Dill seeds, black walnut shells, strong or instant coffee, tea
Free Farmed and/or Organic Eggs
- Pete and Gerry’s (www.peteandgerrys.com)
- Phil’s Fresh Eggs (www.philsfresheggs.com)
- Gemperle Farms
- Also try out eggs produced by Food Alliance farmers (www.foodalliance.org – see Where to Buy)
- Image courtesy of Mary Jane’s Farm (www.maryjanesfarm.com)