Daily Stuff 5-31-18 International Children’s Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:43 AM of -1.0 feet.

It’s 62F and mostly overcast, but the clouds are white and puffy and where the sky shows, it’s very blue. There’s a nice breeze, too! …but the computer weather seems to be down for some reason, so I’m not sure of more than that. Ah, the site is back 56, it says… hmmm… Mostly cloudy at 6000 feet. Wind at 10, some gusts higher. …and again, no rain in the forecast.

I had a nice quiet day on Wednesday, a good break from the week. We slept late, got a good breakfast/lunch, then got chores finished, separating shop laundry and cheese cloth from home dishtowels and such and then going on to the weekly pick-up-put-away that everyone has to do.

Tempus ran out and did a couple of errands and when he got back, we went out to do some yardwork. I dug 250 of the hawkweed! There’s more yet to do, since I was looping around the far edge and not doing the middle. Tempus moved the plants and cut the grass and as soon as the hawkweed in my plant corner is yanked, that can all go back and the hops can go there, too. I planned to do that this morning and got sidetracked.

After that was all done we  took the cabbage rolls upstairs and got ’em baked while we chatted with Jeanne. She got a share and then we all ate and went to sleep. Yeah, it was that late. …and then I woke in the middle of the night and tossed and turned and didn’t get back to sleep for several hours.

So, I got left home this morning, slept until 1pm, devoured a pint of amazingly ripe strawberries and then called Tempus to come get me. 🙂 Turning into a pattern, isn’t it? <sigh> I did get some pictures yesterday and this morning, which are what’s in here.

But I’m here and the light has gone away while I was writing. We’re completely clouded over. …and not…and again… and not… 🙂

Goodness, it’s past 3pm! Well, I’ll hurry a little I have some books to work on, so things to sort and I need to get out the labeler, now that I have tape for it. …and cardstock, so I’d better print some business cards! …and there’s a paper run tonight.

Youth-can-know-how-age-thinks-feels-old-men-guiltybest of friends

Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day

plant motif flower Dogviolet6Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola 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.

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 6/13 at 12:43pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/6 at 11:32am.

The Northern Lights – Pixabay
The waning gibbous Moon rises around the end of twilight. Once it’s up you’ll find Saturn glowing to its right (for North America). Companions? Nope, Saturn is 3,400 times farther away! Look for the planet about 2° to the right of our 94-percent-lit satellite. Saturn won’t reach its peak until opposition in late June, but it appears nearly as nice now (though better on nights when the Moon is not so close). The planet shines at magnitude 0.2 among the background stars of northern Sagittarius, a region that remains on display from late evening until dawn. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s dramatic ring system spans 41″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, just above the Sagittarius Teapot)>>>  rises in the southeast soon after the end of twilight. It stands highest in the south around 3 a.m., about 26° to the right of brighter Mars.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Runic Half-month of / Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 2:27am.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – White

Planting 5/31-6/2

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  31     High   1:42 AM     7.7   5:35 AM     Set  7:24 AM      98
~    31      Low   8:43 AM    -1.0   8:53 PM    Rise 10:49 PM
~    31     High   3:16 PM     6.3
~    31      Low   8:36 PM     2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Negative thinking produces negative experiences.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Recall a time when a parent, grandparent, or other important adult in your life took you to a major event in sports, music or theatre. Write a narrative describing this experience.

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Quotes

~  Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves. – William Shakespeare
~  Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. – W.B. Yeats
~  Paying attention to details is one of the most effective ways to prevent unexpected problems. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant. – Helen Keller

When mortals are alive, they worry about death. When they’re full, they worry about hunger. Theirs is the Great Uncertainty. But sages don’t consider the past. And they don’t worry about the future. Nor do they cling to the present. And from moment to moment they follow the Way. – Bodhidharma

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Litha Magick – Recipes

Strawberry rhubarb punch – From Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2006

  • Rhubarb – enough to make 3 cups chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 oz can frozen lemonade
  • 2 cans water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • quart of lemon/lime soda
  • Garnish – strawberries and lemon verbena
  1. Chop rhubarb
  2. Simmer rhubarb in water until tender
  3. Add a lemonade, water and sugar.
  4. Strain and chill.
    Just before serving, add soda.
  5. Garnish with strawberries and lemon verbena.

Note – Goes well with Solstice cookies

Rose Petal Ice Cream

  • 14 oz. whole milk
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh rose petals (rugosa roses or deep red tea roses)
  • 2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  1. In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
  2. Remove from heat, add flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
  3. While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
  4. Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
  5. Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
  6. Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
  7. Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
  8. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
  9. Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine.

Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the roses and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.

Strawberry-Carrot Tea Bread  From: herbalmuse – Delicious Living Magazine – Serves 16 – Strawberries add natural sweetness; if you use frozen berries, drain all liquid before adding to batter.

Tea Bread

  • 1/2 cup canola oil (Ajja’s note – with all the weirdness surrounding canola, I’d use butter!)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar or sucanat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Strawberry Glaze

  • 1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar or sucanat with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
    4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

My version Tea Bread

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

Strawberry Glaze

  • 1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
    4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

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Silliness – These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now Published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
ATTORNEY: Voodoo?
WITNESS: We do.
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s twenty, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid.

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honour, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition
notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral.

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

And the best for last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law!

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