We’re definitely under at WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, at this point. It starts at midnight and ends at 7pm Saturday. Going to be a quiet weekend from the looks of it. Also there’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS from 4am on Sat to 4pm on Sun. 36F, wind at 1mph, AQI 48, UV1. Rain is due to start this evening, but aroudn 8-9am could turn to snow. We’re due for thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and then the serious chance of snow in the evening. This being the coast, if we get any, enjoy it quickly! 🙂
Yesterday was pretty quiet. We only had 3 folks in all day and of those, all wanted to talk, one bought something. I’m not sure what all Tempus was doing, other than dishes, but I wrote, napped and worked on feast stuff, eventually handing him a shopping list that he got before he started the route and dropped off part-way through.
That was quiet and nice. Some wind-caught papers had to be rescued, but otherwise we just rolled on through. I got two glimpses of Jupiter and one of Venus, but the clouds thickened back up and they vanished.
Tempus dropped me back at the shop and I worked on the cheese while he did the upper Waldport drops. He was done by 7:30 and I had another of the butters done by then, but the cheese was still cooking.
Today is going to be a sleepy day for both of us. We’ll be open on time, but we’ll have to take turns napping, I’m afraid….and I have more cookery to do….
Today’s plant is Western RedCedar, Thuja 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
Eliaphas Levi was born on this day in 1810. He used a type of magic that wasn’t fanatical and rather eclectic, which made his writings pretty popular. He was a Rosicrucian and a huge influence on the Golden Dawn and OTO, therefore on Wicca. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliphas_Levi “Magic is the divinity of man achieved in union with faith…” I like that….
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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 2/19 at 6:47am. 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 1:04am on 2/6. Diana’s Bow – On 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 2/9 at 1:04am.
The waxing crescent Moon shines in the west-southwest at nightfall. Above it by about two fists at arm’s length is Mars, diminished far into the distance since its grand display last summer.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is sinking very low in the west-southwest right after dark.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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 8 High 2:47 AM 7.1 7:26 AM Rise 9:30 AM 7
~ 8 Low 8:37 AM 2.4 5:35 PM Set 9:28 PM
~ 8 High 2:18 PM 7.2
~ 8 Low 8:52 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As You develop an inner Sense of Love and Romance, the right Person will be attracted to You like a Magnet.
~ It’s never so bad that it can’t get good. – Alan Cohen
~ … for the benefit of the blockheads opposite … – Paul Keating
~ A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ We all know a variety of ways to make a living. What’s even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune. – Jim Rohn
On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill. – Christina Rossetti (1830–94)
Cape Cod Cranberry Scones – From: ak399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Carole A. Resnick), Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/07/91
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
- 2 tsp grated orange peel
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; cut in butter with pastry blended or two knives. Stir in cranberries, orange peel and sugar; stir in buttermilk just until ingredients are moistened.
- Working on floured surface, shape dough into two 8-inch circles, 1/2-inch thick. Cut each circle into eight wedges and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
Savory Cheese Scones
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups Grated cheddar cheese
- 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup Butter
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 2 Eggs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients, stir in cheeses and toss well. Cut in butter. Combine eggs and milk, add to flour mixture and gently knead to form a stiff dough. Cut dough ball into halves and pat each half into an 8″ diameter, 1/2″ thick circle. Cut into wedges, place wedges on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 17 minutes, until lightly browned.
Herb Scones from Kate’s (Vegan) Cookery Site
This is one I made up, based on a standard scone recipe. The nutritional yeast helps to make them cheesy-tasting without adding fat, and the combination of herbs is nicely-balanced to add a good, savoury flavour without being too dominating. Finely-chopped spring onion (green onion) might be a good addition to these, but I haven’t tested that yet; it might be good with the nutritional yeast doubled to make the scones even cheesier. I use my own celery salt in these – grind together equal volumes of celery seed and table salt. These are good hot with soya margarine, or cold with soup or stew. Eat them soon after they come out of the oven, or freeze them, as they go stale fast.
- 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
- 2 tsp dried chives
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 6 Tbsp (3/8 cup) nutritional yeast flakes
- a pinch of celery salt (or ordinary salt)
- 40g (1 1/2 oz) soya margarine
- about 125ml (4 1/2 fl oz) soya milk
- Sift the flour into a bowl (this incorporates air). Add the herbs, salt and nutritional yeast, and mix well. Add the margarine in small blobs and mix again.
- Rubbing-in: pick up the flour-coated blobs of margarine in your fingertips, hold your hands above the bowl, and rub the margarine into the flour with your fingertips, dropping the results into the bowl as you do so. Keep doing this until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Add most of the milk and mix, first with a wooden spoon and then your hands. Add more milk if needed to form a soft non-sticky dough (be careful as it’s a lot easier to add more milk than take some away…). Don’t handle the dough too roughly, but don’t be scared of it, either.
- Roll out the dough to about 2cm (3/4 inch) thick. Either cut into circles with a cutter, reroll the scraps and repeat, or slice into square or triangles. Either way, place on a baking try and cook in a pre-heated oven at Gas 8 (230C, 450F) for about 10 minutes until risen and golden.
Cardamon and Pine Nut Scones – From: email@example.com (Deva)
- 1 1/2 c flour
- 1/2 c oat flour
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp (to taste) ground cardamom
- 1/4 c pine nuts, ground
- 4 tbs butter
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 c cream (as needed)
- Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
- Add the pine nuts and the butter and cut into the flour mixture.
- Stir in the eggs and add just enough cream to make a stiff dough.
- Put the dough on a floured board and pat it out into a circle about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
- Cut into wedges and place wedges on a cookie sheet at least one inch apart.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or till nicely browned.
- Sprinkle with additional cardamom and serve with plum jam.
Note: You may increase the amount of cardamom or substitute coriander for a stronger flavor. You can also leave out the pine nuts and add a small amount of additional butter.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: “When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible.