We got busy for a bit and then I was trying to collect up boxes so that Tempus could break them down. I sorted the pile of things up front that have been needing to be mended and put away, too.
Eventually he was back and we went back to getting things put away. I had a lady stop by who had planned on the Herbs Workshop but then saw the note yesterday that said it wasn’t happening. We talked over the projects that are going, so she could see what’s up. I worked on stripping plantain seed for awhile and then Tempus handed me some lunch.
I finished stripping the seeds by 2:30 and snacked on some grapes that were in with the grape leaves. Eventually I got started on the grape leaves. I had to snip them from the vines and put them in a bowl to be washed, before the pickling process. …and I sorted the fig branches out, too, and then crashed… I just couldn’t do *anything* for several hours. Eventually I managed to get back to work, but it was awfully late.
We had cabbage rolls that were frozen from last spring for supper. I made them the “modern” way, with tomatoes. There’s another meal’s worth left, too. I’m going to have to make those more often.
Next was doing the pickling for the grape leaves. I had 1/2 a bottle of pickle broth that I needed to heat and then I heated another quart of vinegar and salt. These are for wrapping cheeses and for doing my version of stuffed green peppers. I can’t eat the peppers, but use the same filling wrapped in grape leaves.
After that I started the milk heating. Tempus scrubbed one of the fig twigs for me and once the milk was up to 110F I chucked the pieces in. I covered it, so it would stay at an even temperature overnight. I pulled out a crockpot and started some squash in that, but only two of them fit, not the 3rd and the onion. Well, I’ll just layer it in the dish when they’re done, I guess.
..and I got up twice during the night to work on the squash and now I’m groggy and drooping over my coffee! The milk hasn’t curdled yet for some reason. I had people who were going to come in and watch this afternoon, but if it hasn’t curdled…..
So, today is laundry day, and Tempus is going to be out of the shop for part of it. It’s also our Project Day, so the cheese, the ink, the fig stuff and all are going to be worked on.
A photo from 10/12/16 by Ken Gagne of a pelican with his landing gear out.
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today is the birthday in 1797 of Ida Pfeiffer, world-traveler and author. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Pfeiffer She was one of the first of the “lady explorers” and published 7 books about her travels all over the world. She was quite a scandal in her day and didn’t actually begin her travels until her children were grown.
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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 10/24 at 9:45am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/16 at 11:02am.
The “star” near the Moon tonight is Saturn, 3,900 times farther away. Saturn stands 1.5° to the left of the waxing crescent Moon this evening. The two lie 20° above the southwestern horizon at the end of twilight and remain on view until after 10 p.m. local daylight time. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.5 this week, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. If you own a telescope, there’s no better target than Saturn. Even the smallest instrument shows Saturn’s 16″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 37″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight.
This being October, Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star after nightfall (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). And, accordingly, dim Capricornus has replaced Sagittarius as the most notable constellation low in the south. Capricornus currently hosts bright Mars in its middle.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in dim Libra) is very low in the west-southwest in mid-twilight and sets before twilight’s end. Can you still make out fainter Antares, magnitude +1.0, about 14° to Jupiter’s left? A bigger challenge: Can you detect fainter Delta (δ) Scorpii, currently magnitude +1.8 (it’s variable), about midway between the two? Binoculars help. See the illustration at the top of this page.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 14 High 5:11 AM 6.3 7:30 AM Rise 1:14 PM 22
~ 14 Low 10:39 AM 3.1 6:34 PM Set 10:35 PM
~ 14 High 4:26 PM 7.2
~ 14 Low 11:32 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mastery energizes my actions. I am empowered by the Truth of Spirit.
~ All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world. – John Hay
~ The quiet hour of prayer is one of the most favorable opportunities he has in which to speak to us seriously. In quietude and solitude before the face of God our souls can hear better than at any other time. – O. Hallesby
~ If you’ve never seen an elephant ski, then you’ve never been on acid. – Eddie Izzard (Definite Article)
~ Parents that can’t say no to their kids can’t prepare them for success either. – Steve Keating CSE
October’s the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down –
October is red
And golden and brown. – Anon.
Eldersprouts Samhain Crafts – Tissue Ghosts
You will need:
- tissues (the kind you blow your nose with)
- black felt tip pen
- white yarn
what to do:
- Take two tissues and scrunch them up into a ball
this will be the head.
- Take another tissue and put your other ball in the middle of the tissue.
- Pick up all four corners and pinch your ghost just below the head.
- Tie a piece of yarn around the neck, and draw eyes on with your pen.
- Hang up your ghost.
A Lollipop Witch
Materials include a flat lollypop, black and orange construction paper, black crepe paper, orange chenille stem, black dots made with paper punch for eyes, red, black, or orange yarn for hair, tacky glue.
- Cut face and hat from construction paper following pattern instructions.
- Cut crepe paper strip 10″ long and 4″ wide. (Cut a four inch strip from the package and cut it into ten inch sections.)
- Cut orange chenille stem in half. Use one piece for arms.
- Glue orange circles to lollypop (head) add eyes and draw a felt pen mouth if desired.
- Cut six 5″ pieces of yarn for the hair and glue to head.
- Shape half circle into cone to make witch hat. Trim if necessary, shape to fit head and glue back seam.
- Glue hat to head.
- Gather black crepe paper around lollypop stick.
Twist chenille stem tightly to hold it under the candy head about one inch from the top of the crepe paper, letting stem stick out on each side for arms. Fold crepe paper down from face to form neck ruffle on dress.
Bend chenille stem ends to form hands.
Add a toothpick and paper broom if desired.
Trick or Treat Bag
You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.
Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.
You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.
Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!
Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.
Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint!