Daily Stuff 6-16-18 Bloomsday

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 9:28 AM of -2.2 feet. Beachcombers!

It’s overcast and a little clammy. ….literally, because there are a whole stack of people out on the sandflats with shovels and buckets! 🙂 It’s coming up on full ebb tide and most of the bay is sand. 56F and the wind at 9mph although it’s supposed to get quite windy, later, so we’re tying our sunshade down for all we’re worth.

I was so draggy yesterday, and Tempus was worse. I don’t know how he got up and got the shop open, but he went home mid-afternoon and I told him to get a nap. He didn’t. So both of us dragged our way through the rest of the day and it made us snappish with each other.

At least we weren’t with customers! We had a lot of folks in shopping. …and the town sounded quite busy all day.

I spent quite a chunk of the afternoon working on the stew for the weekend. I also set up some carrot and celery sticks and an asparagus pickle and eventually, pickled eggs.

The D&D group was at the shop for several hours of the evening. We were cooking all through that and cleaning afterwards. …and our last customer came in right around 9pm. …and they posted BEachcombers’ coronation pix not long after that. The girls are cute!

The lady who came down from Seattle for the weekend was in Albany around 9:30 and called to let us know.

I stopped down to talk to Lisa, who is running Beachcomber’s. Her office is just a couple of doors over from our shop. The pretty crescent of the Moon was swinging off Venus, both very bright near the sunset glow, but by the time they came out to look they were both gone! Oi…. so she grabbed the sunshade that we’re using tomorrow and brought it over, so we didn’t have to bother them in the morning. Of course, it wasn’t whole. No fabric….. more below.

Callie got to the shop around 11pm, just as I was starting to worry about her. We talked until 2:30! Yikes… when we were already short on sleep. So trotted home, slept for 4 and we’re back. Coffee is brewing and the stew smells marvelous. Everyone’s out front setting up and I gotta get to it. Happy Beachcombers!

Amazing clouds from 6/14/16, by Ken Gagne

farewelltospring plant flowerToday’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) plant flower farewell to springis a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains fromBritish Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)

feast 0616 BloomsdayDavyByrnesA rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday

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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 6/27 at 9:53pm. 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 6/18 at 12:43am. 

The thickening waxing crescent Moon now adds to the interest in the western twilight. . . Look low in the west as twilight fades for Venus and the thin waxing crescent Moon, as shown here. They’re about 8° apart at the times of twilight for North America. Higher to their upper left, look for much fainter Regulus as twilight fades further.
The waxing crescent Moon stands 8° to the upper left of Venus this evening. The two appear prominent within a half-hour after sunset. But if you wait for the sky to grow dark and use binoculars to enjoy the scene, you should notice the superb Beehive star cluster (M44) midway between the planet and the Moon.
Mars on June 5th, when it was 16.1 arcseconds wide and showing a bright dust storm. Damian Peachtook this series of images using the 1-meter Chilescope remotely in poor seeing. North is up here, which means Mars is rotating to the right. The second image was taken 3 hours 20 minutes after the first, and the third 30 minutes after the second. Big, dark Syrtis Major rotates away from the central meridian to the sunset terminator near the preceding limb, while the Sinus Sabaeus – Sinus Meridiani complex comes around to take its place front and center. The bright area just left of Sinus Meridiani is a new dust storm obscuring a large area of Oxia Palus and Margaritifer Sinus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, just above the Sagittarius Teapot) rises in the southeast in twilight. It stands highest in the south around 2 a.m., about 30° to the right of much brighter Mars.
Uranus is barely emerging from the glow of dawn.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is up in the east-southeast before the beginning of dawn. Finder chart.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
 Runic half-month of Daguz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. 

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 12:21am.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30) Retrograde
Color – Brown

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  16     High   2:24 AM     8.6   5:31 AM    Rise  8:50 AM      5
~    16      Low   9:28 AM    -2.2   9:03 PM     Set 11:52 PM
~    16     High   4:05 PM     7.0
~    16      Low   9:31 PM     2.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Act it and you’ll get it.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the best idea you have ever had?



~  Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within. – Brad Pitt
~  Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. – E. Nightingale
~  Teach your tongue to say ‘I do not know,’ and you shall progress. – Maimonides
~  The head only knows what lies nearest the heart. – Norse Adage

A bird in the boughs sang “June,”
And “June” hummed a bee
In a bacchic glee
As he tumbled over and over
Drunk with the honey-dew. – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)


Litha Magick – Cold Soups for Summer

Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup – Makes 2 servings, may be doubled, for more servings, use the doubled recipe and save in a large mason jar in the fridge.


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or fresh mint sprigs


  1. In a food processor or blender, place the strawberries, sour cream, heavy cream, orange juice, and honey; whirl until smooth.
  2. Stir in mint.
  3. Taste for sweetness; if necessary, add more honey.
  4. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  5. To serve, put into cold soup bowls and top with strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or mint sprigs..

Recipe courtesy of Monica Resinger, editor of Creative Home and Gardening. For more recipes and information, visit Monica at http://www.geocities.com/plantldy.geo  © 2001, Monica Resinger, adapted by Anja 2009

Cold Tomato Soup – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html

  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 C. Herb blend, basil, chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, chervil, thyme
  • 1/2 C. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 C. cold water
  • 1 sweet Spanish onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 C. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  1. Put chopped tomatoes, pepper, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
  2. Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and cold water.
  3. Add onion, cucumber, and paprika.
  4. Chill in refrigerator for about 5 hours.
  5. Serve over ice cubes in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or watercress.

Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup – Rain Redknife


  • 2 small or one x-large ripe avocado
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded
  • 1 cup vegetable broth–I use Swanson’s canned
  • 1 cup half-and-half, Silk or evaporated skim milk
  • 2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 small sprig fresh basil or tarragon
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  1. Mint sprigs
  2. Peel and cut up avocado and cucumbers.
  3. In a food processor or blender, place the avocado, cucumbers, broth, half-and-half, herb and lime juice.
  4. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  5. Season to taste.
    Refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
  6. If soup gets too thick, add more milk or broth.
  7. Sprinkle each cup with green onions and tomatoes before serving, and/or garnish with mint sprigs.

Cherry Soup


  • 1/2 pound bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream
  • dash of salt
  • honey to taste

Directions: Blend and serve in chilled soup bowls. Top each with quenelle of lime sorbet and mint sprig.

Notes: Recipe courtesy of Chef Garrett Brown, Verve Wine Bar in Seattle. It has not been tested by NPR.

This soup can be served either as a cool first course on a hot day or as a final dessert by adjusting the ingredients, garnish and honey content. Try it with minced shallot, less honey and topping each soup with a pinch of pulled pork for a delicious appetizer. Double the honey and the sour cream contents, and top with coconut ice cream for a dessert soup.


Silliness – Escaped

Three convicts escape from prison. They make it to a nearby town but are confronted by a policeman.
“Hey, aren’t you those three escaped convicts?”, asked the policeman.
Thinking on his feet the first convict looked around him and said “no, I’m Mark, Mark Spencer.”
“The second followed his lead and said “My names is William, W H Smith.”
The third said “My name is Ken… Ken Tuckyfriedchicken!”

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