Daily Stuff 8-20-18 Malaria

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Grand Central Pizza.

The salmon must be running. I noticed 6 boats below the bridge yesterday and 8 above. Today, and it’s a Monday, not a weekend, there are a total of 17! It’s overcast at 600 feet. Hopefully we’ll get a little sun later, but we didn’t, yesterday. 57F wind at 2, AQI at 72.

Air Quality Alert issued August 19 at 8:16PM PDT by NWS Portland

…AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT WEDNESDAY… The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has continued an Air Quality Advisory, which remains in effect until noon PDT Wednesday for much of northwest Oregon including Portland, the Oregon North Coast and much of the Willamette Valley. Conditions are expected to worsen this evening and smoke is expected to last through Wednesday.
In Oregon, the advisory covers the following counties; Benton, Clatsop, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill. Lane County is not currently under the advisory, but conditions there could worsen in the next few days depending on weather and wildfire conditions. Check http://www.lrapa.org/ for the latest advisories in Lane county.
Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly. Residents can view current air quality conditions at DEQ`s Air Quality Index https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map. The index is also available on smart phones. Simply search for OregonAir in your app store. The Oregon Smoke Blog also has an air quality map that includes temporary monitors close to specific fires, daily smoke forecasts for specific areas, and other resources. Visit the Oregon Smoke Blog for more information: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
The color-coded Air Quality Index ranks air quality as follows: Green is good. Yellow is moderate, which is unhealthy for extremely sensitive groups. Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions. Red is unhealthy for everyone. Purple is very unhealthy for all groups. Maroon is hazardous.
People can take the following precautions: – Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area and avoid the places with highest concentrations. – Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions. – If you have heart disease, asthma or other respiratory ailments, or are over 65, you have a higher risk of illness from wildfire smoke. – Small children and pregnant women are also at increased risk. These residents are encouraged to stay indoors. – People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their healthcare providers.
Oregon`s monitoring network does not capture air quality conditions in all communities so it is important for residents to gauge air quality conditions where they live and take appropriate actions to protect themselves. Contact: DEQ: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-600-6119, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us

Wicca 101 went well. We finished Lesson 4 and are 1/2 way or so through Lesson 5. My throat was getting scratchy by 1pm even with taking a break so I could work on the chicken dish in the middle.

By 2pm the AQI was up to 78 and I was starting to have some problems with it ….. mostly wanting to scratch the inside of my lungs….which isn’t a good idea! …and it hit 88 by 9pm.

I worked with some customers for awhile and then curled up and got a nap. While I was snoozing, a friend of Kaylee stopped by, telling Tempus that Kaylee had told them to stop here if there were coming to the coast!

When I got up Tempus went in back and pulled out the serving utensils and dishes for the other things from the potluck and we worked on a couple of projects once those were set up. By 5pm we were the only ones here, so we went ahead and ate. It was all tasty. The chicken turned out well, a little odd-tasting, but not bad. The merlot I used was a little too sour. I’m going to try this one again, I know.

After we ate, I planted the cut ends of the vegetables that I used in one of the buckets. I re-grow those, mostly for greens. I left a spot for the bok choy that I haven’t used yet, but it was mostly carrots,  turnips and one celery.

We got the foods put away and we probably won’t have to cook this week, unless we want to.

Tempus finally ran a batch of things up to storage, so that we had a bit less clutter in the shop and then we headed home and dropped into be around 10:30. I was up for an hour or so during the night, but I think we finally caught up on sleep!

Tempus has some errands to run today, so I think I’m going to work on filling in the files for the newsletter.

The beautiful Alsea Bay Bridge at night. Photo (C) Grand Central Pizza on Facebook. Looks like the photo is from the shoreline below the Alsi Resort.


fesat 0820 Malariafesat Ross 0820 Aug 1897Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the parasite that causes malaria in 1898. Sir Ronald Rose was knighted and received a Nobel prize for his work. The page is a facsimile of the notebook sheet on which he recorded seeing “pigmented bodies” in the guts of the mosquitoes that he later figured out were the malaria parasites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ross  See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malarial_parasite

luffaToday’s plant, Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa

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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 8/26 at 4:56am. 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 8/24 at 7:56pm. 

The Moon passes Saturn and Mars as it waxes toward full.  – Saturn is the “star” left of the Moon this evening, as shown below right.
Asteroid hunters have a great opportunity to spot Vesta this week as it crosses one of the emptiest zones near the Milky Way’s heart. The minor planet resides in southern Ophiuchus, a few degrees northeast of the 3rd-magnitude star Theta (q) Ophiuchi. But the constellation provides an even better guide star tonight and tomorrow night. Vesta skims less than 10′ south of 5th-magnitude 51 Oph, and you can see it move relative to this star during a two-hour observing session.

This mosaic of the minor planet 4 Vesta was created by combining the best images captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. – NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

Mercury is deep in the glow of sunrise.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for August 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-august-2018
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll 
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that gives order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 9pm.
Mars (8/27), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color – Silver

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   20      Low   3:13 AM     0.7   6:25 AM     Set  1:20 AM      64
~    20     High   9:44 AM     5.2   8:13 PM    Rise  4:35 PM
~    20      Low   2:55 PM     3.1
~    20     High   8:56 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can never overestimate the power of your love. It is a fire that, once lit, may burn forever.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – What do you like to do when it is really hot outside?



~  Audiences always sound like they’re glad to see me, and I’m damned glad to see them. If they want you, you want to do it. – Claudette Colbert
~  You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. – Robin Williams
~  O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? Where, indeed? Many a badly stung survivor, faced with the aftermath of some relative’s funeral, has ruefully conceded that the victory has been won hands down by the funeral establishment … – Jessica Mitford; in An Uncommon Scold, by Abby Adams, 1989
~  Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking. – HL Mencken

Ah in the thunder air
how still the trees are!
And the lime-tree, lovely and tall, every leaf silent
hardly looses even a last breath of perfume. – D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Dragon Bread
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup fine ground oatmeal
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped
hazel nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Mix the ingredients together and bake in a 375-degree oven for twenty-five minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool for five minutes before serving warm. By: Lily Gardner-Butts

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup walnuts (optional)
powdered sugar
Beat eggs. Add honey and oil and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Stir in
carrots and nuts if used. Grease and flour a 9 inch by 13 inch pan.
Pour batter into pan and smooth it out. Bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes.
(This recipe can be made into cupcakes using the paper cupcake liners.)
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool.

Just before serving, sprinkle liberally with sifted powdered sugar.

YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes


1 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1cup raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • one teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  • one teaspoon cloves
  • one teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts of your choice
  •  butter or cream.
  1. Mix sugar, raisins, water and lard in a medium glass cook pot.
  2. Bring to a simmering boil for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. After cooling completely, beat in egg.
  4. Into a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
  5. Pour cooled mixture in a little at a time.
  6. Beat for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour into greased cake pan
  8. Top with nuts.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes,

Serve with butter or cream. This can be baked in mini-loaf pans to make cutting up and serving easy.


Silliness – Don’t feed the birds! (specifically pigeons….) 

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