I got some foodly things started in the late afternoon, while Tempus was out greasing bearings on the car. We’re going to have to replace them, soon. I made kuba, which is a Czech mushroom, barley and onion dish and I put one of the casseroles in to bake, as well. Tempus called me outside as it was getting dark to see the 1/4 Moon.
Amy stopped by to chat just as we were setting up to have supper. After we ate I went in back and curled up for a nap, while Tempus worked on dishes. The barley was done by the time I woke up and Tempus was in Newport, waiting for papers. He took a run over to Walmart to nab a snack for the route.
I got going on documentation for my KA&S entry, alternating with newsletter file filling and meant to do a pickle broth for some things that I’m going to need for the weekend and got sidetracked. <sigh>
We had a good paper run. I got picked up at 3:45 and we finished just after 7… almost…. we dropped a paper where they were stopped, so had to go fetch it to deliver the last paper, which mean that it was 7:20 when we were actually done and back.
It was beautifully clear all night. Orion and the Pleiades were what I watched while we were doing the Bayshore drops and then we came around the corner by the Alsi Resort and there was Venus, already high and *so* bright! That planet does *not* look real! It was really close to Spica. Tomorrow it’ll be closer. I watched it all the way out 34 and back. By the time we were done with the drops along Crestline, it was really getting light and the only star left was Sirius. I could see Venus, though, right up until after 7am, but while we ran over to Bayshore it vanished. The sun was up as we came back over the bridge. It had been a yellow sunrise. The clouds only “pinked” about 10 minutes before the sun was up and the contrails were golden, except for one up higher that was ice blue. I call that a lemon meringue sunrise. 🙂
Today we’re planning to open on time, but it’s going to be interesting, as Fridays are. We’ll take turns napping, I guess, and then we have to go into Newport in the evening to do some food shopping, for the potluck and thanksgiving.
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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 11/22 at 9:39pm. 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 11/21 at 9:39am.
From very high in the south this evening, the right side of the Great Square of Pegasus points down toward the Moon.
Asteroid 3 Juno puts on a grand performance this week. Although it reaches opposition tomorrow evening, it appears just as bright tonight. Glowing at magnitude 7.4 — easy to spot with binoculars under a reasonably dark sky and a cinch to locate through a telescope — it appears brighter than it has since October 1983. You can find Juno floating among the relatively faint background stars of northern Eridanus the River. This evening, it lies 0.4° south-southwest of the magnitude 4.7 star 32 Eridani.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) is getting low in the southwest in late twilight, some 50° to the lower right of brighter Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-november-2018
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27.
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before ~~and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 16 Low 12:35 AM 1.4 7:14 AM Rise 2:05 PM 51
~ 16 High 7:29 AM 6.5 4:48 PM
~ 16 Low 1:36 PM 3.4
~ 16 High 6:52 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A soul becomes great through acting on its dreams.
~ Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ Thou strange piece of wild nature! – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ An orphan’s curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man’s eye! – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A SUNSET IN NOVEMBER
It came at last, I know not how it came,
A clouded fire showed smoldering in the west,
Faded and seemed extinguished. Overhead
The massy clouds, like giants out of dreams
Uneasily awaking, rolled apart,
Closed, wavered, opened, with a sudden gleam
Of silvery edges . and then all was changed.
Upsprang the breeze, the waves, the branches sprang ;
The brown leaves quivered and went by like birds ;
The smoldering clouds about the western hills
Upblown rose huddling, and let me see the sun
Red, rayless, half-consumed beyond the earth
Slow drawing backward ; while around his place
And over him increasing, the new light
Burnt red, intense and glowing, here and there
Veiled with a restless vapor that arose
Confused and formless, like a fiery smoke.
Lower he sank ; o’erhead the parted clouds
Lightened and thinned, and stretching them in flight,
Flushed and grew crimson ; while beyond the lake
Joyous with gold and purple, and beyond
The feathery outlines of the purpling hills,
The open west ‘neath mingling green and blue
Was one transparent river of bright gold
That northward slowly paling many a mile,
Round crimson islands and past rosy shores,
Streamed silent, waveless, to where side by side
A nestling cluster of round little clouds
Bloomed opalescent in clear amber air. – ROBERT KELLEY WEEKS.
Keep your Thanksgiving Celebration SAFE! Keep HOT foods HOT; COLD foods COLD!
Turkey Thawing Methods
Refrigerator thawing is recommended. However, if you are short on time and need a quicker method for thawing, submerge the turkey in cold water. Thawing turkey at room temperature allows bacterial growth and is not recommended.
Thaw breast side up in its unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. (NO KIDDING. I have a 40 pound turkey so I started last week!)
Cold Water Thawing:
Thaw breast side down in its unopened wrapper in cold water to cover.
Change the water every 30 minutes to keep surface cold. Estimate minimum thawing time to be 30 minutes per pound for whole turkey.
Within two hours after roasting, remove stuffing from turkey and carve the meat off the bones, then store in refrigerator or freezer.
Wrap turkey slices and stuffing separately, refrigerate and use within three days.
Use refrigerated gravy within three days.
Freeze leftovers if you plan to store them for a longer period of time. Wrap in heavy foil, freezer wrap or place in freezer container; for optimum taste, use stuffing within one month and turkey within two months.
Check out the turkey place: www.butterball.com They have “HOW TO” videos on how to handle that turkey.
Cranberry Blue Cheese Ball – Step aside, boring cheese balls! This pecan, cranberry, blue cheese beauty is coated in toasted bread crumbs and parsley for a fun twist on the traditional nut-covered cheese ball. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/cranberry-blue-cheese-ball/8a443e38-96d4-49ba-af42-53498405c086
- Prep Time30 min
- Total Time2 hr 30 min
- 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
- 1 package (5 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
- ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 2 teaspoons butter
- ½ cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- Assorted crackers, if desired
- In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, honey, red pepper and salt with electric mixer on low speed 1 to 2 minutes or until mixed and fluffy. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm enough to shape into a ball.
- Just before shaping, melt butter in 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown; transfer to medium bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in parsley.
- Shape cheese mixture into 1 large ball. Roll in toasted bread crumb mixture; place on serving plate. Serve with crackers.
Thanksgiving Turkey Fruit and Yogurt Dip – Keep the kids happy with this sweet and fruity Thanksgiving snack while you finish making the big holiday feast. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/thanksgiving-turkey-fruit-and-yogurt-dip/b3d8673d-4d3f-49ab-8218-3f9693bba0ac
- Prep Time10 min
- Total Time10 min
- Servings 4
- 1 container (5.3 oz) Yoplait® Greek yogurt (any flavor)
- 1 medium pear
- 1 medium red apple, cut into thin slices
- 1 medium green apple, cut into thin slices
- 2 chocolate chips
- 2 tiny pretzel sticks
- Remove cover from yogurt.
- On large serving platter, place yogurt cup.
- Cut pear in half lengthwise through stem.
- Cut 1 slice lengthwise about 1/2-inch thick for body of turkey.
- Thinly slice remaining pear for feathers.
- Cut shapes out of small apple slice to make turkey’s beak and wattle.
- Arrange pear and apple slices around yogurt cup for feathers.
- Place pear slice on top of yogurt cup.
- Garnish with apple pieces for beak and wattle, chocolate chips for eyes and pretzel sticks for legs.
Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.
Tip – For a more decorative display, spoon the yogurt from the container into a small bowl.
GRAHAM CRACKER TURKEYS – A “good for you” treat for the kids to help make.
1/4 cup unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 sliced banana
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup graham flour *
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Turkey shaped cookie cutter
* Graham Flour is a kind of flour, just like the more common wheat flour. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, try calling health food stores.
- Combine apple juice, oil, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in a blender.
- In a large bowl, mix together graham flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add apple juice mixture to flour mixture and stir thoroughly.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out with turkey shaped cookie cutter.
- Use a fork to poke holes for eyes and feathers.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.
Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 28. The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.