Minus Tide at 6:00 AM of -1.5 feet.
It’s only 7am so 55F isn’t an outlandish temp. It’s actually quite cloudy and cool, but the clouds are fog the collected as dawn started and have been rising since the sun started over the horizon. The wind is at 2mph at the moment, but that’s supposed to change this afternoon, going up to possibly 30 mph!
Yesterday we started slowly, getting ourselves fed, catching up on mail and some basic chores, after that we got sidetracked. Tempus was going to go get the lawnmower going and the watering taken care of, but we ended up fielding phone calls. Someone turned off the answering machine upstairs, and then we had to make sure the information was all passed on, properly.
We’re still hurting from Jeanne’s loss. It’s good to have something to do, but we’re very frustrated by the lack of information coming back to us. Tempus got some things out of the garage freezer, but we still can’t get at the place where we live….
The sky was very clear and blue, all the way to the horizon over the ocean, but there were small cumulus clouds over the Coast Range and a couple of people were reporting thunderstorms over in the Valley.
We got to the shop 4:30-ish and I started in on newsletter set-up for the week. Tempus tried to go pay our rent and still no answer from the property management company. As the lady in charge was very ill a couple of weeks ago, that’s ominous…
…and then at about 6:30, just after the sun was full-on hitting the windows, it started to come and go. Sure ’nuff there were small low clouds scudding across the sky… It looked like beach fog that had lifted. At 9pm those clouds were few and far between and pink. Tempus headed out about then, having set a bunch of stuff up for me to work on.
…and I did, but it was hot enough in the shop, that I kept having to stop to rest, way more often than usual. He did his ride-along with the guy who’s been doing the new part of the route and then started bagging, getting on the road just before midnight.
I was so overheated the I found it hard to do anything at all. I did finally get the roast into the crockpot at 1am and just before 2 got an experimental batch of maple candy finished (which didn’t work). I was supposed to do up some carrots, but I just didn’t have the energy.
Tempus picked me up around 3:30. Mars was incredibly bright and orange. I was exclaiming over it just walking out into the parking lot.
Jupiter was almost too low to see and dawn started while we were still in Bayshore. It was interesting to see clearly some things along 34 that we almost never see, but probably will be until the days really begin to shorten (more below) Jupiter was already setting and once we were in the upper part of Waldport was actually saw the very old Moom quite clearly. At 5am we were still seeing Her and Mars, but then as we did the drops along 101 south of Waldport the fog covered everything. We finished at 5:45 and stopped back at the shop.
I re-cooked the not-set candy…. we’ll see if I managed it this time. The roast was done, so that got boxed up and into the fridge and then we came home. Tempus is already asleep! I figured I’d better get this out, because later is going to be time-squinchy.
We’re supposed to go to the Tymberhavene potluck tonight, down in Coos Bay. We’ll see how that works out. I might still be able to do the carrots in the microwave and then just get everything re-heated once we’re down there. That’s always assuming that nothing else goes sideways…
Today’s Feast is the Kronia, held in honor of Chronos and Rhea, the oldest of the god/dess creator pairs in ancient Greece. It was a topsy-turvy festival where owners waited on their slaves and everyone let the class distinctions go for a day in honor of the Golden Age. More on the festival here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronia and on Chronos here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronos
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some yesterday afternoon around 4pm and here at nearly 9am, having washed my hands several times, I can still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to small a sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 7/11 at 7:48am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:48pm on 7/12.
070918 Astro Dawn Aldebaran – Aldebaran is just emerging from the glow of sunrise when the waning crescent Moon occults it, or passes close by it (depending on where you are) on the morning of July 10th. Warning: The Moon in these scenes is, for clarity, always drawn three times its actual apparent size.
Binoculars will show the roughly heart-shaped ring of faint stars around and including Sadr (Gamma Cygni), the Heart of Cygnus, the Swan, and the center of the Northern Cross. Explore this area with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the July Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies 9° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.4. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with your naked eye.) Mercury lies 26° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition. Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is still about magnitude 5.9 in southern Ophiuchus about 10° west of Saturn. Article and finder charts: Vesta Gets Close and Bright.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 11 Low 6:00 AM -1.5 5:43 AM Rise 4:19 AM 7
11 High 12:29 PM 6.2 9:01 PM Set 7:46 PM
11 Low 5:43 PM 2.3
11 High 11:41 PM 8.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose Joy in your Spirit.
~ My life is my message. – Mamatha Gandhi
~ Never be haphazard about anything. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. – Erma Bombeck
~ Night’s deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
Balmily, balmily, summer wind,
Sigh through the mountain passes;
Over the sleep of the beautiful deep
Over the woods green masses
Ripple the grain of valley and plain,
And the reeds and the river grasses. – Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
We are SUCH do-it-yourselfers! Here are all our ‘tiny’ garden ideas in one place!
This easy printable LIST of DIY fairy and miniature garden ideas was compiled with the help of many creative people at Flea Market Gardening. Ideas, materials to watch for and tools to use. Thanks to all who contributed! See the before and after of my first four fairy gardens! ~ Sue
Miniature supplies for small gardens
Plants for miniature gardens
Sedum, tiny scale succulents
Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’
Oregano ‘Aureum Gold,’ lime green
Polka-dot Plant, pink and green
White star creeper
Violas, the tiny ones
Any small Bonsai tree
Ideas for Fairy Garden miniatures
Sculpey clay to make mushrooms or anything!
Twig furniture, ladders or arbors
Acorns, dried leaves and flowers
Popsicle stick fences, wired
Sign on a smooth stone with sharpie
Arbor of hardware cloth
Toadstools made from sticks and acorn caps
Small birdhouses covered in stones or sticks
Pine cone scale roofs
Mini terracotta pots
Wooden drawer knobs, painted red with white dots
Add a fairy door to the base of a tree
Make an arbor from willow branches Trim it and wire it into a “U” shape
For boys, make a dinosaur, animal or gnome garden.
With a broken ceramic pot, make a patio for your miniature garden.
Make a gazing ball with a marble glued on a golf tee!
Cut up small twigs and branches and stack them together in a small ‘wood’ pile. They will be ready for making a campfire.
Turn a bird house into a fairy home. Cut a door where the hole is, Add moss to the roof and gravel ‘stones’ to the walls.
Create little ‘crops’ made from bits of Sedum and lined up like cabbages.
An arch made of a scrap of hardware cloth (wire screening) and painted white
A tiny trellis also made of the wire screening
Tiny wooden birdhouses from scrap wood
Pebbles with inspirational words
Small ceramic mushrooms
Use sheets of tiny glass tiles to make walkways.
Paint rounded upholstery tacks red with tiny white dots for ‘toadstools.’
Copper wire tuteur (In front of the blue chair)
Tire swing from a toy car hung from a branch
Pebble plastered house
Our best glue – GEII Silicone for Exterior in clear, also called Momentive perform. or E6000 – MOMENTIVE PERFORM MATERIAL GE500 2.8OZ Clear Wind/DR Caulk
Materials to watch for
Flat marbles or ‘gems’ for ‘water’ or stepping stones
Golf tees and marbles for tiny gazing balls
Small sticks and pine needles for a broom
Wire, steel or copper, shepherd’s hooks or joining twigs
Popsicle sticks for fences or furniture
Stones for paths
Clay for bricks
Willow sticks for chairs and arbors
Balsam wood for doors, benches and tables
Christmas decor for houses, vehicles and fairies
Tiny gravel for patios
Larger gravel for stone walls or tiny house facades
Moss, lichen for bushes and trees
Especially for a Beach theme
Handmade chairs from Popsicle sticks
Wooden bead beach ball
Flip-flops from buttons
Tiny terry cloth towel
Popsicle stick fencing
Beach glass ‘water’
Small dracena reflexa (houseplant)
Tiny sago palm
Four easy miniature gardens! If I can …you can! ~~ Sue
Silliness – Hospital Fun
Peter called his doctor’s office for an appointment.
“I’m sorry,” said the receptionist, “we can’t fit you in for at least two weeks.”
Peter said, “But I could be dead by then!”
Receptionist replied, “No problem. If your wife lets us know, we’ll cancel the appointment. “