Daily Stuff 7-4-18 Independence Day

Hi, folks!

It’s solidly overcast at the moment. 56F and wind at 5. We have a 60% chance of precipitation today? …a 60% chance of 0.0 inches of precipitation…. hmmmm…

Tempus ran back and forth yesterday morning, finding things that had been left at home, getting the grill out of the shed, some cherry tomatoes from the store, etc. Rays was doing free hotdogs, so we each had a dawg, some chips and a pop from them!

I worked on processing some of the foodstuffs so they could be put by, and then started on more things for tonight, like cutting up the watermelon for folks to eat and then cutting up the rind to put into the brine for the pickle. I also cut up a lime to put in the pitcher for some iced lime-water for starters for the day, hoping to do iced tea, later.

We started smelling barbeque by 1pm, and woodfires, and some huge pickup parked out in front of the shop and gifted us with lots of exhaust. …but we really weren’t all that busy…. Hmmm.

…and then we got busy. Several friends stopped by including Susan, our Mayor. We had a lot of browsers, some of whom bought stuff. One of them was a lady whose next stop was a South Seas cruise! …wow…. …and then we went berserk…. Tempus was out front starting the coals and the shop filled up with customers and he had to go pick up the pincushions…

…and then it got really quiet again. I was awfully glad to sit down. When he got back I sat at my desk …and found that a good friend lost his mom just minutes before. This has been quite a week….

So we set up for the potluck, cooked and ate some “dawgs” and waited for folks to show up. Which no one did until 8-ish. I got a nap and when I woke Tempus made us each a blue cheese burger and then we put stuff away. There weren’t even that many people wandering town or even much traffic on the highway.

Rayna and her hubs got there around 8pm and ate with us. She made pinwheels again. Tempus had to head out for the paper route at about 8:45, but they stayed through the fireworks and then headed out. I sat down at my desk for a few, then pulled most of the stuff in and then waited some more. At 11:45 Taco Loco closed up, so I did, too. …and crashed in my desk chair.

I got enough energy together to get the meat strained out of the crockpot and the vegetables into it. …not that we had very many except for onions…. and a few tomatoes. Well, mostly I was interested in getting the meat cooked and making broth, so more veg can be added, later.

He picked me up at 2:50 and we headed into Bayshore. We had a good run last night, finishing just after 5am, but we got home to discover that we were locked out of the upper part of the house…. freezer….washer/dryer… shower…. Oof…. So we gotta figure out what’s up with that.

We got some sleep, but we’re here and starting to get open at 1pm. It’s going to take a little while, since the celebration stuff all had to be pulled in and not put away last night. …and it’s going to take longer than it should because we already have a customer in the shop! Oi!

Happy Independence Day!

220px-Fourth_of_July_CakeToday’s feast is Independence Day in the USA. The Declaration of Independence was passed on July 2 and officially signed on August 2 (although a number of signers may have put their “John Hancocks” on the paper on July 4), but this is the date that it was made public. This morning I’ve been listening on NPR to people reading the Declaration from the Washington Mall. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Sambucus_caerulea_7997Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org

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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 7/12 at 7:48pm. 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 7/6 at 12:51am. 

Saturn’s rings fall into shadow in this 2009 image taken by Cassini. – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute – Tonight, users of large telescopes in the Americas can watch for Saturn and especially its rings occulting a 10th-magnitude star from about midnight to 3 a.m. EDT (dusk to midnight PDT). The star is likely to show rapid fadings and dimmings as it passes behind the rings due to their filamentary fine-scale structure — if it’s not totally swamped by their light! Extremely steady atmospheric seeing will be crucial to the star’s visibility. See the June Sky & Telescope, page 50.
No holiday better epitomizes summer in the United States than Independence Day. And the season’s namesake asterism — the Summer Triangle — will be on prominent display as fireworks ring out across the land. The trio’s brightest member, Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, stands nearly overhead in late evening. The asterism’s second-brightest star, Altair in Aquila the Eagle, then lies about halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith. Deneb, the luminary of Cygnus the Swan, marks the Summer Triangle’s third corner. Although it is this asterism’s dimmest star, it’s the brightest point of light in the northeastern sky.
Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Leo) shines brightly in the west during twilight. Find Regulus ever closer to Venus’s left or upper left. They close from 11° apart on June 29th to 3½° apart on July 6th. In a telescope Venus is a gibbous disk 16 arcseconds tall and 70% sunlit.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 9:50pm
Chiron Retrograde 9:46pm (12/8)
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24) Retrograde
Color – Yellow

Planting 7/3-4

©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
W    4     High   4:36 AM     6.0   5:38 AM    Rise 12:23 AM      74
~     4      Low  11:22 AM     0.3   9:04 PM     Set 11:49 AM
~     4     High   6:07 PM     6.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count your age with friends, not with years.


Journal Prompt – Favorites – Describe a favorite letter you have received.



~  You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~  You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright
~  Your body is truly the only temple that you need. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Abundance never imposes itself on someone who doesn’t allow it. – unknown

A moon-flooded prairie; a straying
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! – –James N. Matthews (1852–1910)


Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Cawl Cynhaeaf

In Wales, harvest celebrations were not for the weak-stomached. An 18thc account describes a feast of ‘the contents of a brewing pan of beef and mutton, with arage and potatoes and pottage, and pudding of wheaten flour, about twenty gallons of light ale and over twenty gallons of beer.’ After this, the guests were expected to drink more beer and dance to the music of the fiddle. Well, harvesting was very hard work, but for our more sedentary modern lifestyle, here is a low-fat version:

Cawl Cynhaeaf – Harvest Broth
2 1/2lbs. Welsh neck of lamb
1/2lb peas
1/2lb broad beans
1 medium carrot
1 onion
1 small turnip
1 small cauliflower
5 sprigs of parsley
1 qt. water
salt and pepper

Remove as much fat as possible from the meat. Place the meat in a large saucepan and cover with the water.Bring to the boil and skim any fat from the surface of the liquid. Shell the peas and beans. Peel and dice the carrot, onion and turnip. Add the vegetables,
except the cauliflower, to the meat. Season. Cover the saucepan and simmer slowly for 3 hours. 30 minutes before serving the broth, cut the cauliflower into sprigs and add to the saucepan. Serve hot decorated with sprigs of parsley. From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.

Soda Bread


  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 7/8 pint buttermilk


Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins. Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes). Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes. For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.

Yield: 2 loaves – Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh

Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad

Serves 4

  • 8ears of white corn
  • 2quarts cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
  • 1medium red onion
  • 1quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
  • 1handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
  • salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
  • Wasbi powder or horseradish, even ginger)
  1. Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
  2. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
  3. Chop the red onion into a large dice.
  4. If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
  5. Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
  6. Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and pepper.
  7. That’s it. Enjoy!


Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – You would rather get more dots per inch than miles per gallon.


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