Very foggy, but then, it’s early, barely 8am. 57F. Wind at 2mph. Overcast at 300 feet (which is fog….) We should have some sun in the afternoon, the way we did yesterday. …and that chance of rain has moved over to Mon/Tues next week, from the weekend….
We were at the shop for a couple of hours before we actually opened yesterday, shifting things out of the aisles and moving a few more plants. We were open at 11am and busy almost right away. I got into the back and started on herb things, first the harvested stuff and then some of the stuff that’s been drying for a week or more.
It was humid enough to make me feel sticky and Tempus hadn’t opened the back door, so I came up front to work for awhile. I found some patterns for things like an insulated casserole tote, and another for a crockpot cozy. Since we take foods to events all the time those sounded interesting. …and then I found some tree ornament patterns. 🙂
Around 3pm, since no one was in for Sewing, I lay down for a nap. When I got up, I was freezing. Not because it was any colder, it’s just that I’d been asleep. …and then I couldn’t find my sweater. I had worn it home one night because I was chilly and I was lamenting, “I know I put it into my basket. Where is it?” when I realized it was hanging up, where it was supposed to be. 🙂
Then I stitched a little, read a little, snoozed a little and so did Tempus. Around 6pm he headed into the back to work on some supper. I finished organizing the astronomical info for the newsletters.
The African Traders showed up just as we were starting supper. We have some cool necklaces, some nice *big* earrings, more of the little pouches and some fun cloth bead necklaces and one really pretty warm wrap. Maybe I can get some pictures today.
We finally got supper after I got the rest of the stuff into the soup. I had some more computer work and Tempus was putzing in back. He managed to badly bruise his hand somehow. He thinks maybe he hit the faucet too hard, trying to get it to turn off.
We had a customer come in at past 11pm. He had lived here when I first opened the shop up in Seal Rock, but had moved away over the last decade and is planning on moving back with his family.
Tempus is getting coffee before heading after the Job Corps youngsters. We’ll have class, then get them back to the campus before starting Project Day.
A Ken Gagne photo of an Alsea Bay Sandpiper from 7/27/16.
Today’s Feast is actually for the 28th, but it’s the Silent Protest of 1917. 10K or up to 15K black people marched to protest lynchings and the E. St. Louis riots in silence. It was organized by the NAACP and churches and was a *really* effective statement. Women and children wore white and men wore black. This is the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Yesterday’s Google Doodle was on this. Wiki article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Parade and another good article here: http://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2017/07/listening-silent-parade-1917-forgotten-civil-rights-march.html
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflower.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/29 at 1:20am. 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 8/11 at 2:58am. 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 8/4 at11:18am.
Although Mars appeared slightly larger during its opposition in August 2003, Mars in 2018 will still be stunning sight, especially when compared to its worst opposition, which will take place in March 2832. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly All eyes are on Mars this week. The Red Planet has finally reached its long-awaited opposition, and will remain a spectacular sight for naked-eye and telescopic observers alike. By Richard Talcott
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest at nightfall. From its midpoint, look three fists at arm’s length to the right to find Polaris (not very bright) glimmering due north as always. Polaris is the handle-end of the Little Dipper. The only other parts of the Little Dipper that are even modestly bright are the two stars forming the outer end of its bowl. On August evenings you’ll find them to Polaris’s upper left (by about a fist and a half at arm’s length). They’re called the Guardians of the Pole, since they circle endlessly around Polaris throughout the night and throughout the year. The Big Dipper’s familiar shape appears halfway up the northwestern sky as darkness falls. One of the summer sky’s finest binocular double stars marks the bend of the Dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
During the peak of the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower on July 30, observers can witness up to 25 meteors per hour appearing to come from the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer, though a concurrent Full Moon may lessen the view.
Venus (magnitude –4.3) shines brightly in the west during twilight, a little lower every week. It sets around the end of twilight. In a telescope Venus is gibbous, 21 arcseconds tall and 57% sunlit.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
©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
Su 29 High 1:38 AM 7.4 6:00 AM Set 7:41 AM 99
~ 29 Low 8:32 AM -0.8 8:45 PM Rise 9:59 PM
~ 29 High 3:00 PM 6.4
~ 29 Low 8:33 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Time can be my friend or my enemy.
~ Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened. – Dr Seuss
~ The element of fire is about transformation. Be the fire that changes everything that it touches. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. – Sophia Gibson
~ He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall. – Robert Louis Stevenson(1850–94)
Lughnasadh Magick – Make a Rain Barrel – For many Pagans, an important aspect of the spiritual journey is reverence and respect for the earth and all its resources. Part of this respect for the planet often includes conservation of the resources we use regularly.
By the time Lammas, or Lughnasadh, rolls around, summer is in full swing. Many areas are forced into water rationing, some face drought every year, and the crops in our gardens are beginning to look a bit brown and parched. By making a rain barrel, you can gather rain all year long, and then use it during the dry season to water your garden, wash your car, or even bathe your dog. This works best if your house has a downspout running out of a gutter, but you can still make a rain barrel if you don’t have a spout—it will just take longer to fill the barrel.
Rain barrels are available commercially from many home improvement stores. However, they typically cost between $150 to $200. Here’s how to make a rain barrel of your own for just the cost of supplies – and if you’re thrifty, you can do it for less than $20.
Gather Your Supplies
To make a rain barrel, you’ll need the following:
- A plastic, food grade 50-gallon barrel. You can usually find these in the classified ads.
- 3/4″ C-PVC fittings – basically, you’ll need a piece to run down out of the barrel, a 90-degree elbow, a length of straight pipe about 6″ long, and t-connector with a spigot on top*
- Clear PVC glue
- 1 3/4″ brass hose fitting
Connect Your Fittings
The top of your barrel, which should have at least one removable cap, is actually going to be the bottom. That means that after you put it together, you’re going to flip it over, so think of the barrel as being upside down while you’re working.
Attach all your fittings together so that you have a drop of about two inches out of the bottom (which is really the top), a 90-degree turn, and then a straight length of pipe that comes out beyond the rim of the barrel.
Be sure to use PVC glue so that everything stays together permanently.
Invert The Barrel
Connect the top threaded piece of pipe into the removable cap – it should have a threaded center so you can screw in a piece of 3/4″ pipe with no trouble at all.
Flip the barrel over so that the pipe is now coming out at the bottom, as shown. You’ll need to place your barrel on an elevated stand, because gravity is your friend – the water has to be able to flow downwards to get out of the barrel. You can use cinder blocks, or even build a table out of scrap lumber. Be sure that whatever you use is sturdy – a full 50-gallon barrel can weigh 400 pounds!
Make a Hole for Your Water Source
If you’re using a downspout gutter as your water source, this part is really easy. Simply cut a hole in the top of the barrel (which used to be the bottom) large enough for you to insert your house’s rain spout through.
If you don’t have a downspout, and you want to simply catch rain in the barrel, you can still do this. Cut away the top of the barrel using a saw. Place a section of sturdy screen over the top of the opening, and then staple in place. You may wish to cut a frame out of the top piece that you cut off, and place that over the screen to keep it in place. The screen will keep bugs and leaves from getting into your water, but still allow rain to collect.
Ideally, the downspout is the best collection method, because all the rain that runs down your roof will end up in your barrel.
The Finishing Touches
Finally, drill a small hole near the top of the barrel. This will be in case of overflow – it will prevent excess water from sloshing out the back of the barrel where the downspout is, which is right by your house wall.
Attach a brass hose fitting at the end of the PVC pipe. When you’re ready to use water out of the barrel, simply attach your hose, turn the spigot, and start spraying.
If you don’t like the idea of a plain barrel sitting in your yard, you can decorate it with designs and fun symbols.
Note: Some people create multiple barrels, and then connect them all together using fittings beneath the stands. This method works well if you have a lot of space. Most people can get by with one or two barrels.
Silliness – Male Translations for Women
These translations are for all of you wonderful women out there, so that you will know what we really mean when we say…
“IT’S A GUY THING”
Translated: “There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.”
“CAN I HELP WITH DINNER?”
Translated: “Why isn’t it already on the table?”
“UH HUH,” “SURE, HONEY,” OR “YES, DEAR”
Translated: Absolutely nothing. It’s a conditioned response.
“IT WOULD TAKE TOO LONG TO EXPLAIN”
Translated: “I have no idea how it works.”
“TAKE A BREAK, HONEY. YOU’RE WORKING TOO HARD.”
Translated: “I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.”
“THAT’S INTERESTING, DEAR.”
Translated: “Are you still talking?”
“YOU KNOW HOW BAD MY MEMORY IS.”
Translated: “I remember the theme song to ‘F Troop,’ the address of the first girl I ever kissed and the vehicle identification numbers of every car I’ve ever owned… but I forgot your birthday.”
“OH, DON’T FUSS, I JUST CUT MYSELF. IT’S NO BIG DEAL.”
Translated: “I have actually severed a limb but will bleed to death before I admit that I’m hurt.”
“HEY, I’VE GOT MY REASONS FOR WHAT I’M DOING.”
Translated: “And I sure hope I think of some pretty soon.”
“I CAN’T FIND IT.”
Translated: “It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I’m completely clueless.”
“WHAT DID I DO THIS TIME?”
Translated: “What did you catch me at?”
“I’M NOT LOST. I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE.”
Translated: “No one will ever see us alive again.”
“WE SHARE THE HOUSEWORK.”
Translated: “I make the messes; she cleans them up.”