Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 6:49 AM of -2.0 feet.
The sky is quite clear. 59F. Wind at 9mph, but it’s likely to go much higher later in the day. There are a couple of spots where it’s already blowing at close to 20mph. I wonder what the marine layer is going to do today?
Yesterday we worked pretty hard, doing chores. We’re preparing to move where we live, since it’s obvious that we’re going to have to, so we’re shifting things around, boxing things up that we can, making stacks of things that can be transported from one set of shelves to another, putting miscellaneous stuff all together to be boxed up when we can get some boxes…that sort of chore. We also got the plants watered all around the property, so they might survive neglect. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do more of that. It’s become pretty obvious that the folks in charge of Jeanne’s property aren’t planning to be any kind of reasonable about things.
We headed for the shop at around 2:30, so that Tempus could go pay our rent. We were worried about the person who has been running the property management company, because she’s been quite ill, but her son, who is gradually taking over for her, assures us that she’s ok. I got the cookery done and ready to go and then we headed for Coos Bay at 4:10.
We talked the whole way down about various things. A lot of it was planning for moving and how to get the shop cleaned up. We watched the clouds of the marine layer the whole way down. At one point we were rolling down a sunny stretch of straight highway at 55mph, chasing, but not catching up to, cloud shadows!
The meeting was fun. We shared projects around and talked about what kinds of research we were doing. We also teased the stuffings out one of the guys whose research project is into medicinal treatments for STD’s in 14th century Wales. 🙂 …and he laughed right along with everyone else! I got the one set of pouches delivered, too. We had a good meal. One of the soups was Renaissance Italian and was more sweet than savory but really tasty.
We had a good drive back watching the sunset…well, the eastern side of it, since the West was swallowed in the marine layer…. stopped in Florence for gas… wondered why Heceta Head light wasn’t shining…. and got home to learn that the phone had been
turned off. I’m not sure this isn’t harassment, since I know the bill was paid into August.
So we’re at the shop, trying to get things put away and cleaned up before folks come in. There are boxes to go to storage, plants that have to get re-potted today, more stuff that needs to be picked up and gotten out of the way and cleanup from the cookery!
Today’s Feast is Naadam. This is a traditional sports event in Mongolia that is mostly contests in wrestling, horse-racing and archery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naadam
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupines (the “sweet lupines”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
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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. 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. 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 7/27 at 1:20pm. 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 7:48am on 7/14.
Thursday, July 12
New Moon (exact at 10:48 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). New Moon occurs at 10:48 p.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare. At least, that’s what it will do for more than 99 percent of Earth’s population. But if you find yourself between southeastern Australia and Antarctica, you can watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun and cause a partial solar eclipse. From Hobart, Tasmania, the eclipse lasts from 2h52m to 3h56m UT, and the Moon blocks 10 percent of the Sun’s diameter at maximum. Remember that when viewing the Sun during a partial eclipse, you need to protect your eyes with a safe solar filter.
Today marks the peak of Pluto’s 2018 appearance. The distant world reaches opposition, which means it lies opposite the Sun in our sky and remains visible all night. It glows dimly at 14th magnitude, however, so you’ll need an 8-inch or larger telescope with good optics to spot it visually. Pluto currently lies in northeastern Sagittarius, some 0.2° west of the 6th-magnitude star 50 Sagittarii.
Three doubles at the top of Scorpius. The head of Scorpius — the nearly vertical row of three stars upper right of Antares — stands highest in the south right after dark, about two fists at arm’s length to the left of bright Jupiter. The top star of the row is Beta (ß) Scorpii or Graffias, a fine double star for telescopes. Just 1° below or lower left of it (a fingertip at arm’s length) is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1and Omega2 Scorpii, not quite vertical. Binoculars show their slight color difference. Upper left of of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii (Jabbah), another fine telescopic double. Or rather triple. High power in good seeing reveals that Nu’s brighter component is itself a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds.
Mars is the “star” planet of the summer! It’s now a dramatic, Jupiter-bright magnitude –2.4, rising in Capricornus in late twilight. Mars is highest in the south, in best telescopic view, in the two hours hour before the first light of dawn. It’s 22 arcseconds in diameter, on its way to 24.3 arcseconds around its closest approach on the night of July 30-31. But Mars is in the throes of a great dust storm! Dust has enveloped the globe, obscuring most dark surface features and reducing contrast for the rest. “The planet is unrecognisable,” wrote imager Damian Peachon June 26th. The dust is expected to remain in the atmosphere and hide most of the surface right through opposition and well after. See our article Big Dust Storm Blows up on Mars, updated several times. Can you identify any of the usual markings as seen in your scope? You’ll want a Mars map that shows which features are facing Earth at your time and date, such as our Mars Profiler online.
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
Th 12 Low 6:49 AM -2.0 5:44 AM Rise 5:18 AM 2
12 High 1:19 PM 6.6 9:00 PM Set 8:48 PM
12 Low 6:37 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
~ No sensible man ever imputes inconsistency to another for changing his mind. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
~ Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi
~ Patience is passion tamed, – Lyman Abbott
~ Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. – Malcolm Gladwell
this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow. –e e cummings (1894–1962)
- 1 yellow squash (peeled)
- 1 zucchini (peeled)
- 1 Carrot (peeled)
- 3 Serrano chiles
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 Clove garlic
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 tablespoon marjoram
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 2 Tomatillos
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tomato
- 1 Salt
- Finely dice all
- Mix in large bowl
- Let sit for an hour before serving
SAUTEED BABY ZUCCHINI WITH SQUASH BLOSSOMS AND LEMON BASIL – Remember squash blossoms are extremely perishable; it’s best to use them the day you buy them. – Makes 6 servings.
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 pound baby zucchini, halved lengthwise, each half cut lengthwise into
- 3 wedges
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh lemon basil or regular basil Fleur de sel (fine French sea salt)
- 18 zucchini squash blossoms, (Available at farmers’ markets and some specialty foods stores.)
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add zucchini; sauté until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Season with fleur de sel. Transfer to plate.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add squash blossoms and cook until barely wilted and still bright orange, about 2 seconds per side. Arrange atop zucchini and serve.
Market tip: Buy a small pot of lemon basil at a nursery if it’s not available at farmers’ markets.
Spinach Pie Quesadilla – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spinach-pie-quesadilla_n_1061290.html
Provided by: Taste Editors – 35 mins total
I have my superhuman early-morning powers to thank for the simplicity and deliciousness of this Spinach Pie Quesadilla. I also have to give credit to eggs, though. Eggs allow me to feed myself even when there’s not much else in the fridge, and I always keep them handythen, in the East Village apartment, and now, in the dream-to-reality Brooklyn one. In the two egg recipes that follow this one, I add eggs to pasta and to a mix of vegetables, and as with the quesadilla, they transform these simple staples into a satisfying meal. Of course eggs this good can and should feed more than one, if it’s an hour removed enough from breakfast that friends might actually want to join in.
Recipe from In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine/William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2011.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 small onion, finely diced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Pinch each of thyme, oregano, and cayenne
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 small wrap or flour tortilla, 8-inch in diameter
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, divided
- In a small nonstick pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and scallions and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cooking a minute or two more until soft. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the spices.
- Mix in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl and cool slightly. Use a wooden spoon to press out some of the liquid from the cooked spinach and drain.
- In another small bowl, whisk together the egg white, yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of feta. Add to the cooled spinach and mix until combined.
- Wipe out the pan, then brush it with about ¼ – ½ teaspoon olive oil or cooking spray.
- Over low heat, put the wrap or tortilla in the pan and sprinkle the remaining feta over one side of the wrap and get it to soften slightly. Turn the heat to medium and pour the egg-spinach mixture over the same half of the wrap, fold the other half over and cook on one side until the egg begins to firm up, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve immediately.
Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – Al Gore strikes you as an “intriguing” fellow.