Bright sunshine and wind today! 59F, wind at 11 with gusts up to 20. We’re under a Small Craft Advisory for Winds today. The wind could actually hit 25-30mph, not just the gusts.
Yesterday started in a fog… me, not the weather, which cleared right up just after I got the newsletter out! I ended up checking in tarot decks, since those showed up yesterday. After that I set up newsletters for the week. I normally do those on Tuesday, but I was pretty busy with the books.
…and we moved the used fiction section and expanded the used Magick and Collectors sections. …and started getting the new decks into the case. Then more books…. It’s amazing how many there were in all the corners and other spots!
We didn’t have a lot of customers in, but one guy who is a fellow SCAdian was in and we talked for about 45 minutes before he had to head out. He’s from San Diego, but will be back in the winter. …and then Courtney, who was in the Herbs Workshop for awhile, came in with sis and boyfriend! They’re planning on starting in the workshop again.
Tempus started the bulk drops at about 10pm. I was writing blog posts. He was bagging at 11:30, half an hour earlier than on Tuesday. I got a set of plants potted up, ready to water and then had a snack and set up some cheese for when we’re in the car. …and got into it with some idealistic kid about how awful Zsusanna Budapest is. <sigh> She *was* someone fantastic. It’s a shame she spoiled it.
I got picked up just before 4am. We had a good run, no issues and were done at about 6. Mars was lovely all night and we got to watch a perfect dawn and drove him with the new sun on our faces as we crossed the bridge.
So, we’re tired… 4 1/2 hours of sleep isn’t enough. Tempus has to run errands in Newport this afternoon and I’ll man the fort, but we’re likely to close right on time tonight, so we can go home and sleep.
A heron at Sandy Point Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
In 1969 on this day the first moon landing was made. “”Contact light!” Three seconds later, Eagle landed and Armstrong said “Shutdown.” Aldrin immediately said “Okay, engine stop. ACA – out of detent.” Armstrong acknowledged “Out of detent. Auto” and Aldrin continued “Mode control – both auto. Descent engine command override off. Engine arm – off. 413 is in.” Charles Duke, acting as CAPCOM during the landing phase, acknowledged their landing by saying “We copy you down, Eagle.” Armstrong acknowledged Aldrin’s completion of the post landing checklist with “Engine arm is off.” before responding to Duke with the words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Armstrong’s change of call sign from “Eagle” to “Tranquility Base” confirmed that landing was complete and successful, and Duke mispronounced his reply as he expressed the relief at Mission Control: “Roger, Twan– Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
Today’s plant is Red Huckleberry, Vaccinium parvifolium, which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
Perun’s Day – Cherven (July) 20 – This is the holiday on which the Great God of Thunder, Perun, is celebrated. On this day human sacrifices (the slaying of a man or woman for God), were made on 12th of Cherven (July). At that time, a bull was also sacrificed and people feasted on the animal. The King and the Volvhs organized a spectacular fete with plays and much merry-making. “In the year 6491, the old men would make the decision; ‘Cast lots on a boy and a girl. Destiny will decide who will be sacrificed.’ There was a Varagian Christian who had a son. The lot [for sacrifice] fell on his son.” (From Povest Vremeniih Let [The Tale of Years Past])
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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 7/27 at 1:20pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 7/27 at 1:20pm.
As the Moon passes through first quarter, it hangs with Spica and then Jupiter. The waxing gibbous Moon shines over Jupiter this evening. Left of Jupiter by just 2° is the wide binocular double star Alpha Librae, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.1. The Moon is 1.3 light-seconds distant from us, Jupiter is 44 light-minutes in its background, and the two stars of Alpha Librae are 77 light-years behind them.
This mosaic shows the surfaces of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons images, as seen by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. NASA/JPL/DLR
The Moon’s eastward motion carries it near magnitude –2.2 Jupiter tonight. Our satellite, which now sports a noticeable gibbous phase, stands 4° above the planet as twilight fades to darkness. If you point a telescope at Jupiter, you’ll see spectacular cloud-top detail on a flattened disk that spans 39″ across the equator. You’ll also see the gas giant’s four biggest and brightest moons.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south-southeast in late twilight and higher in the south by 11 or midnight. It’s 32° upper right of much brighter Mars.
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 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
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
F 20 Low 1:36 AM 1.1 5:51 AM Set 1:06 AM 49
~ 20 High 7:25 AM 5.3 8:54 PM Rise 2:44 PM
~ 20 Low 1:18 PM 1.4
~ 20 High 7:49 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every time you get the urge to move, get up and move!
~ You create the limitations in your life, and it is in your power to imagine broad horizons. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You usually don’t find your inner reserves until circumstances force you to seek them. Only then do we find out what the limits of our powers really are. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I give thanks for the abundance and prosperity in my life.
~ The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. – Paramahansa Yogananda
How many songs, O summer wind,
How many songs you know
Of fair, sweet things in your wanderings,
As over the earth you go. – Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
Cherry Tomato Clafoutis – http://food52.com/recipes/344-cherry-tomato-clafoutis
Author Notes: I was inspired by some really gorgeous, dark red cherry tomatoes in the Greenmarkets the other day. They reminded me of, well, cherries, which led me t (…more)- Meredith Shanley – Serves 4 for lunch
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup cream
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 12-14 cherry tomatoes
- 2ounces goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 350, liberally butter a ceramic or glass baking dish (preferably round or oval)
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Add salt, pepper, and flour, whisk until just combined.
- Place tomatoes into buttered baking dish, spread evenly. Pour custard mixture over top.
- Dot with goat cheese. Bake in oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes.
- Serve warm with chopped fresh herbs/salad on top
Lammas Curds – Crowdie – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
In the Scottish Highlands, when the cattle were brought down to the strath, (valley) from their summer pastures on the hills, mothers gave their children and all others returned from the sheilings a small cheese of curds made from that day’s milk, for luck and good-will. More curds and butter were specially prepared for the high feast later that day. The Lammas cheese was probably a kind of crowdie. Caraway seeds can be added to the recipe below to give it the authentic flavoring.
Put two pints (40 fl.oz.) of freshly sour or thick milk into a pan and place on a slow heat and watch until it curdles. Do not allow the milk to simmer or boil otherwise the curds will harden. When the curd sets let it cool before you attempt draining the whey.
Line a colander with a clean muslin cloth and transfer the curds into it and leave until most of the whey has drained before squeezing the last of the whey out by hand. Mix the crowdie with a little salt until it has a smooth texture. Now blend the crowdie with a little cream and place the mixture in a dish and allow to rest in a refrigerator.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
Pulled Pork Sliders – Kate Mathis – Provided by: Taste Editors from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-pork-sliders_n_1061216.html
1 hr 30 mins total
These delicious sliders are good to make when you want to serve something a bit more substantial then appetizers for a party. You’ll need time for the pork to marinate in a dry rub—overnight is best—and time for slow cooking, so plan ahead. For the barbecue sauce, you can make your own, or use your favorite commercial brand. Many barbecue lovers feel that beer goes best with barbecue, but slightly chilled rioja or Barbera taste might fine with pulled pork, too.
Recipe from Wine Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman/Chronicle Books, 2011.
- 1 pork roast (3 to 4 lb), preferably pork shoulder or Boston butt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- DRY RUB:
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- freshly ground pepper
- BARBECUE SAUCE:
- 1 tbsp corn oil
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- dash of hot-pepper sauce
- 16 slider rolls or 8 hamburger rolls, split
- Pat the pork dry and brush with the olive oil.
- To make the dry rub, in a small bowl, stir together the paprika, salt, sugars, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and black pepper to taste. Rub the dry rub all over the pork, wrap in plastic wrap, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F/150°C/gas 2. Put the pork on a rack in a large roasting pan/tray and roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 170°F/80°C, about 6 hours.
- To make the barbecue sauce: Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the ketchup/tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar/demerara sugar, chili powder, mustard, and hot-pepper sauce and stir to mix well. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the flavors blend, 20 to 25 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
- Remove the pork roast from the oven and transfer to a cutting board or large platter. Tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. “Pull” the pork apart with 2 forks to form shreds and transfer to a large bowl. Add the sauce to the shredded pork.
- To serve, spoon the pulled pork onto the bottom halves of the slider or hamburger rolls, dividing it evenly. Replace the tops of the buns; if using regular hamburger rolls, cut each sandwich in half. Serve at once.
Silliness – For The Kids…
Father: What did the teacher think of your idea?
Son: She took it like a lamb
Teacher: Really?, what did she say?