It’s raining. 52F, wind at 10, but gusting up into the 20’s. The AQI finally went down….to *9*. That’s rain for you! We got over an inch, yesterday. Supposedly only .02 inches since midnight, but we’ve had some driving rain from thunder cells… We’re supposed to get a break on Saturday and Sunday, but there are some interesting amounts of water to come down predicted!
Yesterday we did get up late. I don’t know what time Tempus woke, but I got up around 4 and then we got to work at the shop. There were some chores to finish, and then Tempus got going on the dishes that I made last night, doing the various cookery things.
I started organizing some stuff in the flour/grain shelves and then in the ritual cabinet, then came up front and set up newsletters for the week. We’re finally moving the rest of the sewing stuff that’s been in the way of the ritual cabinet to the back, so I had to sort that, too. The altar cloths were mixed with the costumes and the sewing projects and the fabric that’s ready for sewing projects. Quite a mess.
In the process I found some of the flour/grain organizers that had vanished. Apparently they had fallen to the floor and then gotten shoved back under all the hanging fabric stuff…. I’ve been saying, “Don’t we have any ….?” for at least a month….
We finally got going on cleaning out the fridge and setting up for what we’re taking with us today. We got to try the sugar-preserved strawberries that were made last summer and there’s a whole cup of syrup for use, even after I put the strawberries into a small jar. Those were just strawberries cut and layered with sugar. They taste amazing, although the texture is “a bit like a gummy bear” according to Tempus.
…and then we both dissolved into tears. Those were made from strawberries that Jeanne gave us the night before she was in the accident….
We finally got around to some supper. I had the last tuna casserole and Tempus had his mushroom tarts and we split the last of the cucumber salad. He fell asleep right away on the sofa. 🙂 I was talking to a friend online and not paying attention to the time. 🙂 Tempus headed out to the spring for water and got back about when I was starting the cabbage rolls.
…and then I was on Facebook for a few minutes, just before closing down the computer. Wow! I’m am going to jump all over people who say Facebook is worthless from now on! A friend in BC typed an almost gibberish post….then another… several people started asking questions and realized that the friend might be having a stroke and needed an ambulance. There must have been over 50 people brainstorming, from around the world (I kid you not!) on how to get her the medical attention that she needed. She’s also disabled and hard of hearing and a lot of other problems and alone. She’s now in the hospital, as of the last update waiting for a doctor, and by now, probably doing tests. Facebook may have saved a life, at least hours of distress. Yet another thing to be thankful for, today!
Once the turkey is done we’re heading out to Toledo with a whole pile of food for our feast that didn’t fit in Sash’s fridge!
May you have blessed Thanksgiving!
…and just because…. Alice’s Restaurant!
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Today in 2006 the first Pentacle was placed on a military grave in a state cemetery in Nevada, anticipating the approval.
Pentacle on United States soldiers’ tombstones (excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacle )
“After a ten year legal battle, the circled pentagram (referred to as a pentacle by applicants and the court case) was added to the list of 38 approved religious symbols to be placed on the tombstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 April 2007. The decision was made following ten applications from families of fallen soldiers who practiced Wicca. The government paid the families $225,000 to settle their pending lawsuits.” – Associated Press (23 April 2007). “Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers’ graves”. CNN.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007.
“Burial and Memorials: Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers”. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
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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 11/22 at 9:39pm. 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 11/25 at 9:39pm. 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 12/6 at 11:20pm.
Full Moon tonight (exact at 12:29 a.m. Friday morning EST). The Moon lights the eastern sky this evening, with the Pleiades faintly visible to its upper left and orange Aldebaran to its lower left as shown here.
The Full Moon lights up the Thanksgiving night sky from dusk to dawn. Earth’s only natural satellite officially reaches its Full phase at 12:39 a.m. EST tomorrow morning (9:39 p.m. PST this evening). You can find it rising in the east near sunset and peaking high in the south around midnight local time. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The Moon spends the night in eastern Taurus, some 10° south of the Pleiades star cluster.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is pretty easy to see in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — with a good finder chart, if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart.
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.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – (RWEESH)
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 Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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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
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 22 Low 5:14 AM 2.2 7:22 AM Set 6:28 AM 97
~ 22 High 11:12 AM 8.8 4:43 PM Rise 4:54 PM
~ 22 Low 6:05 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an uplifting day!
~ One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. – Booker T. Washington
~ A trial of being old is this: remembering which thing one has said into which young ears. – Yoda
~ People should be beautiful in every way–in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves. – Anton Chekhov
~ Meditation consists in undoing the results of the false working of imagination, or dropping the folds of the veil of personality, which has created a sense of unassailable separateness and irredeemable isolation. – Dharma
THE wild November comes at last
Beneath a veil of rain ;
The night-wind blows its folds aside,
Her face is full of pain.
The latest of her race, she takes
The autumn’s vacant throne :
She has but one short moon to live,
And she must live alone.
A barren realm of withered fields :
Bleak woods of fallen leaves :
The palest morns that ever dawned :
The dreariest of eves :
It is no wonder that she comes, Poor month ! with tears of pain :
For what can one so hopeless do
But weep, and weep again ! – RICHARD HENRY STODDARD
A reader asked for some more tips regarding taking your own family portraits.
May I suggest the following:
Even if you don’t have a digital camera, don’t be stingy with the number of shots you take. Professional photographers will use a whole roll of 24 or 36 on one subject. It’s really not that expensive, and you get the shot you want. Besides, you can send the ones that aren’t your favorites to friends and acquaintances in those frame-style Christmas cards that you can get at the dollar store. (Or make your own frames).
It’s a good idea to move your subject around; change the background, whatever, just in case there is something wrong that you aren’t noticing, like something stuck on the bottom of the baby’s shoe or something!
With babies and small children, keep snapping, even if they’re weeping or pouting or pulling one another’s hair! Some of my best shots have been of this spontaneous variety. The perfectly posed ones where everyone is smiling at the camera seem boring after that! (See attached photo of my niece. We had been bribing her with the lollypop she’s holding, but we couldn’t get it back from her at this point, so I just snapped away. Her mother and my parents–the baby’s grandparents–liked this one best of all!) This type of photo gets more precious with the passing years.
Also in this photo, notice that the oversized green ornament matches the background–grass. The green contrasts with the white outfit. The leopard skin makes you think of a green jungle. You get the idea. People don’t think of all these things when they look at the photo, but somehow they know the photo looks RIGHT.
Also notice that I got down on the baby’s level, which gives the photo more depth. The grass in front of her feet is in the foreground where it should be and the background is dark and somewhat out of focus.
Always step back and look at the background before you place the baby/dog/whoever in the setting. Sometimes there is an electric cord or plant that will look like it’s sticking up out of the person’s head or something. You will need to work really fast once you get your subject in place.
When creating your background, try to create layers so your photo will have depth. For example, in the photo that appeared on this site yesterday, I used a printed fabric, and then gathered the tulle and draped it like a curtain. You don’t have to buy new fabric, use what you have on hand, but even for a small baby you’ll need at least two yards of each kind. If you don’t want anything so fancy, maybe hang a piece of denim and attach a couple of raffia bows. Put the baby in little bib overalls with a bright red shirt and little hiking boots.
You can make your photos more meaningful if you place the baby’s favorite lovey or blankey or binkey (or the dog’s “mean kitty”toy) somewhere strategically in the portrait. Try to have your background match it. It will bring its own set of fond memories.
If you are sending the photo as a Christmas greeting, give your photo a title or caption or write a little rhyme about it. People just love that. For example, I dubbed the photo that was posted here yesterday as the “Snow Princess in the Desert” because she was holding a snowflake and she lives in Nevada.
Your great photos go to waste if you don’t display them prominently and appropriately. Regarding my niece’s photo, last year on her first Christmas, I had her sitting on white, star-studded tulle. I bought a large frame (for about $5) which was matted for an 8 x 10. I cut strips of the fabric and covered the mat with them, attaching it with glue stick. Her mother went wild over it!
Finally, keep the photo shoot in perspective and hang onto your sense of humor. In the years to come, you will be so glad you did.
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Twas The Night of Thanksgiving
But I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned-
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
The thought of a snack,
So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round,
’til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell,
As I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all-
Pass the cranberries, please”.
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey (or tofu) be plump,
May your potatoes ‘n gravy,
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off of your thighs.
Silliness – Calling 911
Shortly after the 911 emergency number became available, an elderly and quite ill lady appeared in a hospital emergency room, having driven herself to the hospital and barely managing to stagger in from the parking lot.
The horrified nurse said, “Why didn’t you call the 911 number and get an ambulance?”
The lady said, “My phone doesn’t have an eleven.”