It’s 34F in Tidewater, but everywhere else is ranging from 44-48F. 45F here. The wind is at 2mph with gusts up to 9, which is the case for most of the non-headland spots. It’s been raining/showering/hailing. Iow, the weather said, “Hold my beer!” We’ve gotten 0.55 inches of rain today and yesterday was nearly an inch, so things are soggy and puddles are everywhere. It’s not likely to do more the occasionally slow down until sometime later tomorrow, either.
Yesterday was fun for me, ending up with some really good food! We had some customers in, but it was raining so much that a lot of visitors headed home early. We had one set that were going to have to head home to Portland on a doughnut spare tire!
I made dumplings with dill sauce, candied carrots and we had pork roast from before and potted cheese and good bread and garlic butter. We didn’t have anything sweet to end with, but it didn’t matter! I managed to get some embroidery in, too, in between other things.
It started to rain/snow/hail not long after we got into the car this morning. Once we got to the shop there was obvious snow mixed in. You could actually see the flakes. That quickly went to hail and we sat in the car for a few minutes hoping it would calm down. It didn’t, so I’m damp and uncomfortable. I’ve got the heat turned up on my feet and I’m thinking about tracking down my sweater.
We have some clean-up to do, but we were talking before we came in about seeing whether we can get things sorted out in back so that I can get the flour organized and start the next section of shelves back there. I’m hoping so because having a place to put canning jars as they empty will help a lot!
We have class tonight, so we’ll be here late. Or at least that’s what we’re expecting at the moment. Things do change….
I’ve been meaning to tell you all about a fun thing that’s been going on over the last couple of weeks. We may have the world’s politest (or maybe just the most well-trained) spider in the bathroom. For some reason she’s taken up residence on the wall side of the toilet tank, right at the back of the seat. When you touch the step (the john is on a platform), tap on it, step on it, she scuttles back under the tank. If she ventures out and you lift the lid (it comes nowhere near her) she does the same thing. Just the right bit of absence if you’re an arachnophobe! Neither Tempus nor I are, so she’s just a fun friend.
Ken said of this photo, yesterday evening, “It was raining pretty hard as I was leaving the 1st Baptist Church in Waldport and I noticed “Blue” was standing by the overflow from Eckman Lake that was flowing into the Alsea River and catching fish as they swam by.”
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make it “official”. There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
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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 4/29 at 5:58pm. 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 6:57am on 4/17.
The waxing crescent Moon joins up with Venus, then Aldebaran, in the western twilight.
Vega, the bright “Summer Star,” rises in the northeast shortly after dark these evenings, depending on your latitude. Exactly where should you watch for it? Spot the Big Dipper very high in the northeast. Look at Mizar at the bend of its handle. If you can see Mizar’s tiny, close companion Alcor (binoculars make it easy), follow a line from Mizar through Alcor all the way down to the horizon. That’s where Vega will be.
Look west after the last vestiges of twilight fade away and you’ll witness the beginning of the winter sky’s decline. By 10 p.m. local daylight time, the lower tier of bright winter stars and constellations barely clears the horizon. From mid-northern latitudes, <<< Sirius in Canis Major, Aldebaran >>> in Taurus, and the three belt stars of <<< Orion the Hunter all stand about 10° high. (Ten degrees is the approximate width of your closed fist when held at arm’s length.) Still, a higher tier of winter stars remains prominent. Look for <<< Capella in Auriga, >>> Castor and Pollux in Gemini, and Procyon in Canis Minor to keep the cold season on our minds — and in the sky — for several weeks to come.
Mercury remains hidden in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for April 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_april2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 16 High 1:14 AM 8.0 6:30 AM Rise 7:18 AM 0
~ 16 Low 7:44 AM -0.2 8:02 PM Set 8:58 PM
~ 16 High 1:52 PM 7.3
~ 16 Low 7:47 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I have the strength and knowledge to make every day one that counts.
~ Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment. – Booker T. Washington
~ Suffering is a sure sign of immobility and stagnation. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. – William James
There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)
BRIGHTON Beach Couscous – serves 6 to 8 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- 2 medium sized onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 20 g Brighton Beach Sewered Seaweed (aka Dried Arame)
- 3/4 lb Mushrooms
- 2 medium sized carrots
- 3 tsp Vecon or similar vegetable stock
- 2 tsp Mirin
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Sea Salt
- 750 g Couscous
- Lots of Water
- Chop the onions and mince the garlic and fry in the sesame oil.
- Soak the arame for about 15 minutes in boiling hot water and then add to the onion and garlic *without* the water used for soaking.
- Add the finely chopped mushrooms and the grated carrots.
- Mix the stock in some boiling hot water and add to the dish.
- At the same time add the leftover water from soaking the arame.
- Add the mirin and salt and pepper to taste.
- It is probably best to have it slightly on the salty side as the saltiness will disappear when the couscous is added.
- Simmer the mixture covered for about 20 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl add the couscous and the mixture together and any extra water required to cover.
- Leave for five minutes.
- Grease a large baking tray and line with baking parchment.
- Add the mixture to the baking tray and place in the oven covered with foil.
- Bake for about twenty minutes.
- Remove the foil and if the bake is still too wet continue for another five to ten minutes.
- The top should be slightly browned, grill if necessary.
We were originally going to add sesame seeds to this but forgot to as we were making it. Sesame seeds might be a good idea and would be especially useful if you wanted a dish without any added salt. You can also use a dried seaweed blend instead of salt.
Chocolate Mint Tea Delight – 1 serving – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 3/4 c Mint-flavored herb tea
- 2 tb Chocolate syrup
- 1/4 c Heavy cream, whipped
- Sweetened chocolate powder
- Pour the tea into a cup.
- Stir the chocolate syrup into the tea.
- Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate powder
Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook
- small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons 30% calorie-reduced margarine
- 3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
- 1 carton (12 oz.) lowfat cottage cheese
- 1 carton (8oz.) light sour cream
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
- Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.