This crazy weather! We keep getting “winter weather warnings” and nothing comes of it! This morning it’s gloomy and cold. 42F, wind at 1mph, AQI19, UV2. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through 10pm Monday and a Gale Watch for tomorrow. The rain is supposed to start back up by 5pm and it’ll be heavy. 2/5 of an inch between then and midnight?
Yesterday we had to cancel Herbs because of the weather. The shop was open on time, though. Tempus worked in back. I worked up front. I eventually started cutting and peeling veg for pickles and got one set for pickles and one for stew, later.
Tempus went over to Subway to get us lunch with the last of the holiday gift cards. We’re running out of space in the fridge. We don’t have the pickle fridge available this year. …but Sash is going to let us put some stuff in his fridge Saturday evening after we’re done cooking and prep. Solves that problem.
No one trusted the weather yesterday. We went from brilliant sunshine to hail pellets to rain to cloud and back all afternoon. I sewed for several hours, but by myself and not a single person came in.
I’ve already started a mushroom pickle that’s simmering away in back. I’ve got a couple of butters to make and then to set up the “Dragon Eggs” (meatballs) for the feast, among other things. The shop’s open and it ought to smell pretty good! 🙂
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Scholastica Day Riot – Here’s a weirdie for you. 1355 CE A riot that broke out over the quality of drinks in a tavern between two students from Oxford University and the tavern-keeper. It turned into a full-scale mess that ended with 30 locals and 63 students dead and the Mayor and Councillors of the town were still paying the penance 470 years later by marching through town bareheaded on the anniversary of the riot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Scholastica_Day_riot
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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. 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 2/12 at 2:56pm.
As twilight turns into night, the thick crescent Moon shines in the west-southwest. Spot little orange Mars to its right. Mars is actually twice as big as the Moon, but it’s currently 620 times farther away.
Mars continues to shine brightly on February evenings. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the southwestern sky as darkness falls. The world glows at magnitude 1.0 against the much dimmer stars of Pisces the Fish. Tonight, Mars sits 6° to the right of the waxing crescent Moon. A telescope reveals the planet’s 6″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface details.
Brilliant Venus continues its eastward march across the star-studded backdrop of Sagittarius. Both this morning and tomorrow morning, open star cluster M25 lies 2° north of the inner world and globular cluster M22 resides 3° south of the planet. All three objects fit nicely in the field of 7×50 binoculars.
Mercury is still deep in the sunset. But next week it’ll emerge into a fine evening apparition.
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
Su 10 High 3:49 AM 7.2 7:23 AM Rise 10:19 AM 20
~ 10 Low 10:06 AM 2.2 5:38 PM Set 11:32 PM
~ 10 High 3:48 PM 6.3
~ 10 Low 9:57 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Blessed is she who has learned to laugh at herself, for she shall never cease to be entertained.
~ If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa
~ Politics makes me sick. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ Just remember. We’re all in this alone. – Lily Tomlin
~ Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
Jeepers, creepers, did you hear those spring peepers? –The 1991 Old Farmer’s Almanac
Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Food coloring markers**
**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.
- Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
- Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
- Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
- Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
- Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
- Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
- Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
- Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
- Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Sweet Gift Ideas
- Bundle them up in a decorative paper cone and present them with another simple homemade holiday craft.
- Sprinkle them on the table for a dinner gathering with friends or at a romantic place setting, party of two.
- Make bell-shaped candies and package them up in a decorative jar for a unique and thoughtful wedding present.
- For a non-edible approach, use our salt dough recipe and make ornaments or package adornments.
- Write guests’ names on them and use them as place cards.
Silliness – For The Kids… Magic
Q – If a wizard was knocked out by Dracula in a fight what would he be? A – Out for the count!
Q – What kinds of wizards have their eyes closest together? A – The smallest ones!
Q – Why do wizards clean their teeth three times a day? A – To prevent bat breath!
Q – What happened to the wizard who ran away with the circus? A – The police made him bring it back again!
Q – Why do witches only ride their brooms after dark? A – That’s the time to go to sweep!
Q – What happened when the wizard met the witch? A – It was love at first fright!
Q – When is it unlucky to see a black cat? A – When you’re a mouse!
Q – How do you keep a wizard in suspense? A – I’ll tell you tomorrow…!