It’s overcast and there are huge puddles all over and the rain is pouring down, though it wasn’t 5 minutes ago. 48F, wind at 1mph, AQI10, UV2. We’ve gotten over 2/5 of an inch of rain since midnight after not a lot yesterday. We should get a bit of a break on Sunday, but otherwise, plan on “wet”. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS through 7pm Friday and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through 4pm on Saturday.
Yesterday started so *very* late and both of us were slow to get moving… I was squeaking a lot because my back was acting up and so were Tempus’ knees, not quite as badly as when the weather system rolled in, but badly enough.
Eventually we had a meal… if it’s after dark, how can you call it, “lunch”?… more of the chowder that I made the other day. Tempus added some canned corn to it. My computer glommed up and froze while I was eating. I was talking to Leslie when it did and it was 1/2 an hour before I got it run through the updates that were waiting and back up and running!
Eventually I got back to my cookery. I printed out some of my recipes. I started with jam, then went on to one of the more complicated butters, then did a simpler one. Eventually the table was clear enough to finally make the dragon eggs. …although all I got done was the mix and the stuffing for the chicken. Tempus and I both ran out of oomph….
We’ll be open in a few minutes. I woke to a birthday card on my keyboard and I’ve been busy answering birthday greetings and one of my boys called already to wish me a happy birthday! We’re probably going to close on time tonight. I’m not sure whether we’re going out to dinner or to the vows renewal at the Little Log Church, but we’re doing something.
One of the best CSA’s in our area is through Gathering Together Farm. Tempus and I are talking about signing up this year. They do a weekly pickup for our area in Newport on Wednesdays for 21 weeks over the summer, from June into October. They have *beautiful* produce! This is the signup. https://www.gatheringtogetherfarm.com/csa-registration and the website is here: https://www.gatheringtogetherfarm.com/csa
Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
Today’s Feast, Juno Februata, may be a mangled re-telling of the Lupercalia Feast that we’re going to talk about tomorrow. This goddess was of the home, hearth and married women and has a name that may be a borrowed word from another language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Februa Some interesting stuff about Juno’s tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_Ruminalis and
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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 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 2/17 at 7:54pm.
One of the sky’s most familiar constellations rules January’s sky from dusk until after midnight local time. Orion the Hunter appears conspicuous in the southeast as darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 8 p.m. It then stands about halfway to the zenith from mid-northern latitudes. The waxing gibbous Moon stands above Orion this evening, while the night sky’s brightest star, Sirius, trails about an hour behind the Hunter.
Uranus (visible in binoculars at magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is passing close by Mars this week. They’ll be less than 1° apart from February ~ 11th through 13th; see those dates above Here’s a finder chart (without Mars).
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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
Th 14 Low 12:33 AM 3.4 7:18 AM Set 2:52 AM 59
~ 14 High 6:57 AM 7.7 5:44 PM Rise 12:32 PM
~ 14 Low 2:23 PM 0.8
~ 14 High 8:55 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I know that freedom leads to the highest good for all.
~ A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. ~Anon~
~ You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. – Colette (1873 – 1954), in New York World-Telegram and Sun, 1961
~ When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. – Prince Otto von Bismarck
~ Your body is your temple: Care for it! Do not engage in useless activity.Listen to the Goddess. Help thyself. You create your own reality. – (Order of Scathach Warrior’s Admonition)
St. Valentine’s Day
The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
But cold from the North The wind blows forth
That blows my love to me.
The stars in the South are gold
Like lamps between sky and sea;
The flowers that the forests hold.
Like stars between tree and tree;
But little and white Is the pale moon’s light
That lights my love to me.
In the South the orange grove
Makes dusk by the dusky sea,
White palaces wrought for love
Gleam white between tree and tree,
But under bare boughs
Is the little house
Warm-lit for my love and me. – Edith Nesbit, 1858 – 1924
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.