Daily Stuff 9-12-18 Meng Jiangnu

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by @girlinwaterphotography.

At 7:20am it’s 59F and the wind at 3mph. There are towering cumulus clouds in the east and roads are damp, but there wasn’t very much rain and the chance of more today has vanished. Tomorrow morning, though, they’re still talking about showers.

Yesterday we got to the shop so very late that it really was evening before I started setting up the newsletters for this coming week. Tempus was pushing to get the car offloaded before the paper run, since the bulk drops eat all the space in the car. I was sorting and putting away for awhile, too.

Eventually he headed out and started. I was still working on newsletters and kept on, although I was pretty sleepy. Every time I started nodding I would get up and sort out and put away a few things and then sit down again. Amor got hold of me during the evening and we had a good chat.

Tempus was really moving, getting ahead of the times we’ve been getting over the last couple of weeks with car problems and late papers, but then first the Bayview loop and then Seal Rock slowed way down for some reason. He picked me up after 5 and we were done at 7:15. It turned out that he had stopped to get some laundry done in between legs of the trip. The elk on Beaver Creek road slowed him down, too.

I don’t know that I’m up for breakfast this morning, but we might do that before we head for bed. We have some more packing to do and then we’ll be back at the shop for awhile in the evening. I have to start getting ready for the weekend!

Featured photo by Jamie Marie @girlinwaterphotography.

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Today is the feast of Meng Jiangnu (Pumpkin Girl), China. It is a tragic story of a loving couple whose lives were destroyed by war and the torture that war brings on the common people. There is more information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Jiangnu  More information can be found here about the Great Wall of China:  http://www.warriortours.com/cityguides/beijing/great_wall/  and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China

pic plant tree Thuja_plicataToday’s plant is Western Red CedarThuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata

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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 9/24 at 7:52pm. 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 11:01pm on 9/10. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/13 at 11:01pm. 

Watch the waxing Moon step eastward above Venus, Jupiter, and Antares.
The wide W pattern of Cassiopeia is tilting steeply up in the northeast these evenings. Look below the W’s bottom segment, by a little farther than the segment’s length, for an enhanced little patch of the Milky Way’s glow if you have a dark enough sky. Binoculars will show it to be the Perseus Double Cluster — even through a fair amount of light pollution.

Venus is shrouded in a visual-light obscuring haze thanks to a runaway greenhouse effect. Fortunately, NASA’s Magellan mission, launched in 1989, has mapped 98 percent of the venusian surface using cloud-penetrating radar. – NASA

Venus dominates the twilight sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.7 among the background stars of southern Virgo. The planet stands 8° high 30 minutes after sundown and sets shortly after 8:30 p.m. local daylight time. A telescope reveals Venus’ disk, which spans 35″ and appears about one-third lit. This evening, you also can find the waxing crescent Moon hanging 9° above the planet.
Mars, between Capricornus and Sagittarius, fades from magnitude –1.9 to –1.7 this week, still brighter than Sirius. Mars shines at its highest in the south for the two hours after dark.In a telescope it shrinks from 20 to 18½ arcseconds wide this week . The dust in the Martian atmosphere continues to settle, allowing better views of surface markings. For a Mars map that shows which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 

Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 11:15am.
Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color – Topaz

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   12     High   2:47 AM     7.8   6:52 AM    Rise 10:12 AM      5
~    12      Low   9:01 AM     0.1   7:32 PM     Set  9:34 PM
~    12     High   3:10 PM     8.1
~    12      Low   9:34 PM     0.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love has the quality of informing almost everything- even one’s work. ~ Sylvia Ashton-Warner


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a joke you played on someone?



~  Each one of them is Jesus in disguise. – Mother Teresa
~  Fellow Australians, it is my melancholy duty to inform you officially that in consequence of the persistence of Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her, and that, as a result, Australia is also at war. – Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies, radio broadcast, September 2, 1939
~  It is not my design to drink or sleep, but my design is to make what haste I can to be gone. – Oliver Cromwell’s last words, September 3, 1658
~  I’m not a religious person, but I prayed every day at sea. You see, long ago, I made a deal with God. When I’m at sea, he looks after me; when I’m on land, I give him a plug on the telly or in a book. So far it’s worked. – Chay Blyth, Atlantic rower whose journey with Capt. John Ridgway was completed on September 3, 1966

Now westlin winds and slaught’ring guns
Bring Autumn’s pleasant weather;
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Amang the blooming heather:
Now waving grain, wide o’er the plain,
Delights the weary farmer:
And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night,
To muse upon my charmer. – Robert Burns (1759–96)


Mabon Magick – Recipes

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 Tbsps. raw sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda

  1. Lightly butter heavy baking sheet or line with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In heavy 2- to 3-quart saucepan, gently stir together sugar, water and corn syrup.
  3. Using wet pastry brush, wash down sides of pan.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook, undisturbed, occasionally washing down sides of pan, until sugar starts to color around edges.
  6. Gently swirl pan to even out color and stir frequently to prevent scorching.
  7. At first hint of amber color, remove pan from heat.
  8. Stir in seeds and butter.
  9. Wait a few seconds for most of butter to melt, then stir in baking soda; it will foam up.
  10. Stir again and quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
  11. Using wooden spatula, spread and flatten mixture as much as possible.
  12. Let cool until edges can be handled, but mixture is still warm enough to be pliable.
  13.  Stretch or pull it out so that nuts are no more than 1 layer deep and you can see through candy in spots.
  14. Let cool completely, then break into large shards.
  15. May store in airtight container, layered with waxed paper, up to 2 weeks.

Makes 1 1/2 pounds.

Variations: Instead of seeds, use 2 cups (about 7 ounces) unsalted roasted cashews, toasted and skinned hazelnuts, fresh pecan pieces or halves, lightly toasted walnuts or unsalted dry-roasted peanuts.

Double Baked Caramel Pears – Just as tasty as they sound – From, “California Sizzles…Easy and Distinctive Recipes for a Vibrant Lifestyle,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

3 large ripe firm Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and split lengthwise
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
13 square caramels
1 teaspoon dark rum
Cooking juices from pears
Vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 to 2 teaspoons rose water

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In an 8-inch square baking pan, arrange pears, cut side down with tops pointing toward center.  Set aside.
2.  Combine brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons rum, lemon juice and butter in microwaveable dish.  Heat on high in microwave until butter is melted, about 30 seconds.  Brush mixture over pears.
3.  Bake, uncovered, until pears are just tender, 20-25 minutes, brushing with pan juices 2 times during baking.  Reserve pan juices.  (Pears can be baked 1 day ahead, covered and refrigerated; let come to room temperature before reheating.)
4.  Melt caramels with 1 teaspoon rum and pan juices in deep microwaveable dish on medium (50 percent power) in microwave for 1 – 1-1/2 minutes, stirring twice.  Watch carefully to avoid scorching.  Stir until smooth.
5.  Cut pear halves lengthwise into quarters.  Pour sauce evenly over pears. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees until heated through, about 12 minutes. Spoon caramel sauce over pears once during reheating.
6.  To serve, arrange 3 pear quarters in individual dessert dishes.  Top with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Spoon caramel sauce over ice cream.

Copyright 1999 by The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Visit The Junior League of Pasadena website (http://www.jrleaguepasadena.org/pasadena/index.jsp) to purchase copies of California Sizzles and other fine cookbooks, or call their cookbook hotline at (626) 796-0162.

Hot Cinnamon Pudding Cake


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • Topping
  • 2 cup Brown sugar
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ c water


  1. Mix cake ingredients together and pour into a greased 13 x 9″ baking pan.
  2. Combine topping ingredients in a saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Pour over cake batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 12. Good with ice cream or cool whip.

Adapted from Dana 2002

Tip: You can use nutmeg instead of cinnamon or 1 tsp ground ginger instead. Grate nutmeg on top or use candied ginger, too.

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
From MOONCRAFTS online newsletter vol. 36


Silliness – Necessary Information for the 40-and-older crowd

– If you’re too open-minded, your brains will fall out.
– Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
– Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
– If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
– Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
– For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
– If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
– Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
– Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
– Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
– Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
– There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
– Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
– Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
– It ain’t the jeans that make your butt look fat.

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