The weather definitely changed overnight. It’s *pouring*! Tempus came in and commented, “Ew?” 51F, wind at 7mph, gusting into the teens, AQI 35, UV2. We’ve gotten most of 1/2 an inch of rain since midnight and it’s still pouring down. We’re past the main bulk of it. The wind is dying down at least and it should fade off into showers tonight. The next big spate of rain should be late Sunday into Monday and no, it does *not* look like snow! Anything is possible, but at least here in Waldport, unlikely.
Yesterday I got started kinda late, but I started on newsletters for the week. Around dusk I went outside and worked on plants for a bit, then went and got Tempus a Taco Loco for a treat. 🙂 He liked it, but it was more than he could eat.
I went in back to snooze and didn’t wake until after he had left to do some shopping in Newport before the papers. By 10 he was bagging papers, but it was a double-bag night because of the rain. He started the regular route at about 1:15.
I put the cheese on the heat to slowly warm and by midnight it was curdling. …by 1:30 it was in the mold and ricotta was started. It worked just beautifully with the not-sappy-at-all twigs! I sorted some canning jars and then some pickles, so I could do those after the cheese was done.
I poached myself some eggs in the whey and had those with a slice of cheese for a snack. The ricotta finally got done around 4am…. It really didn’t want to drip out! I finally went and curled up in back, because I was really sleepy.
He didn’t get in until 7:45, so he sat down on the sofa, dozed off and didn’t bother to wake me. I’m still working on coffee and 12:30. Wow! It’s *really* wet outside! …although it’s getting lighter, not so gloomy and when I first looked out the windows.
I’ve already unmolded the cheese and it looks (and tastes) pretty good, if a lot salty. I have pickles to set up today and Tempus has errands in Newport. This evening is the Imbolc Sabbat Open Circle, so the shop will “close” at 5pm and we’ll be setting up to get ready.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Imbolc is the Greater Sabbat and Cross-Quarter Day for this time of year. Although some people place in on 2/2 (Groundhog Day) or 2/4 (when the Sun is at 15 degrees Aquarius) it is the feast of St. Bridget, who is a thinly disguised Christian version of the older goddess of fire, inspiration, crops and wells. More here: http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc , and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#Imbolc and some more crafts, etc. here: http://voices.yahoo.com/free-printable-pagan-imbolc-activities-wiccan-sabbat-11972375.html
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 2/4 at 1:04pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/3 at 1:04am.
As soon as it’s fully dark, spot the bright, equilateral Winter Triangle in the southeast. Sirius is its brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm’s length. To the left of their midpoint is Procyon. And, standing 4° above Procyon is 3rd-magnitude Gomeisa, Beta Canis Minoris, the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor.
A pair of fine binocular objects are on display during evenings this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.
Venus (magnitude –4.3) and Jupiter(magnitude –1.9) rise above the east-southeast horizon well before the first glimmer of dawn. They dominate the southeast by the time dawn begins to brighten. Every morning now they’re drawing farther apart. On January 26th you’ll find Jupiter 4° to Venus’s right. By February 1st they’re separated by 9°. About 8° or 9° to the right of Jupiter, look for twinkly orange Antares. At magnitude +1.0 it’s not nearly as eye-catching. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and slightly gibbous. Jupiter appears half again as large, but its surface brightness is some 50 times dimmer than Venus’s due mostly to Jupiter’s 7-times-greater distance from the illuminating Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 1 Low 3:55 AM 3.6 7:35 AM Rise 5:29 AM 14
~ 1 High 9:49 AM 8.1 5:25 PM Set 2:45 PM
~ 1 Low 5:01 PM 0.1
~ 1 High 11:37 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ask for an easier life; ask to be a stronger person.
~ People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
~ Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Adams
~ A man’s language is an index of his mind. – Eileen Andrews
~ What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also. – Caesar
On Candlemas day,
The good goose begins to lay. – proverb
For the Love of Waterlily: a Bath Fizzy Tutorial (from SoapQueen) http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/bath-fizzies/for-the-love-of-waterlily-a-bath-fizzy-tutorial/
Love is in the air and we couldn’t be happier. February is one of my favorite times of the year because Valentine’s Day lands in the middle of it and there are always so many fun projects that you can do for it. Still on the lookout for more Valentine’s projects? Check out this V-Day mashup for more inspiration. http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/valentines-day-mashup/
1 cup Citric Acid
2 cups Baking Soda
4 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons Deodorized Cocoa Butter, melted
9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil
Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant
Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant
Simple Heart Mold
ONE: Measure out the Citric Acid, Baking Soda and Kaolin Clay into a large bowl.NOTE: Citric Acid and even Baking Soda can tickle your nose, so if you’re sensitive you might want to wear a mask for this project.
TWO: Place a mesh colander over a second large bowl. Sift the clumpy ingredients through the mesh colander. Set the empty bowl aside (but keep it handy, we’ll be using it again soon!).
THREE: Add the Epsom Salt to the powders and mix well.
FOUR: Melt and add the Deodorized Cocoa Butter. Mix in well, making sure there are no clumps. TIP: Using the fine edge of a cheese grater to shave off enough Cocoa Butter for this project will make melting a snap!
FIVE: Add 9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil and mix until there are no more clumps.
SIX: Grab the empty bowl from earlier and split the mixture into two about-equal parts (you can totally eyeball it!). Color one half with 5-10 drops of Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant, and the other half with 5-10 drops of Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant. Mix the colorants in until there are no more clumps. NOTE: What you see is what you get with Bath Bomb colorants, so if you’d like a brighter color, add more LaBomb colorant until you’re happy. Keep in mind, though, that the more colorant you use, the more likely the colorant will color the bathwater when the fizzy is used. My son happens to love it when that happens! Click here to read more about LaBomb colorant usage rates to get that perfect color.
SEVEN: Spray each of the bowls of fizzy mix with Witch Hazel and mix until the moisture is just enough to allow the fizzy mix to clump when you squeeze a fistful of it.
EIGHT: Get your Simple Heart Mold and two bowls of fizzy mix arranged in an easily accessible way. Grab a handful of each color, one in each hand, and drop the mix into the heart mold a little bit at a time, alternating colors. After each hand is empty, press the mix until the mold. Repeat until each cavity is full.
NINE: Once each cavity is full, this mix will allow you to unmold them very quickly! Grab a plate or other flat object, and place face-down on top of the mold. Flip the plate and the mold together, and slowly lift the mold from the plate. Reuse the mold until all of your fizzy mix is used up. Try not to move the bath bombs for a while – the reason they are able to unmold so quickly is because they are quite soft. I was able to make 9 bath bombs with this recipe!
TEN: Allow the bath bombs to sit overnight and harden. Use right away as an indulgent treat, or wrap ‘em up for your favorite Valentine!
Silliness – Answering Machine Message # 203
Despite the best efforts of the telephone company, you really DID reach 555-1234. But that didn’t help much, did it? You still have to talk to a machine.