Right now there’s bright and silvery, but thin, sunshine out there. 44F, wind at 3mph, AQI7, UV2, 1/3 of an inch of rain. There are some showers out at sea that could still come ashore, but it’s likely to stay more dry than not for a bit…. Into Friday, although the sunshine is fading again. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through 10pm tomorrow.
Our next interesting scheduling bobble is that we have a grandbaby due very soon, on March 3rd to be exact, although babies never are. 🙂 I’m supposed to head up on the train to Seattle to stay with the kids at some point in the not-too-distant, iow. That’s going to play merry hob with times that we’re open and what’s going to be available as far as workshops and classes. If Sioned waits long enough, we’ll finish the 101 course and not start 102 until she’s arrived and I’m home again. If she picks an odd time, the shop might be closed most of one day so that Tempus can drive me to Albany or pick me back up there.
Yesterday was just a quiet day, a relief after the frantic activity of the weekend and the intense, planned schedule of the week before. I napped a couple of times, worked on pictures, wrote a lot, and over the course of the afternoon and evening set up the “leftover stew” that needed to be made. The chicken carcass (the “dragon”) made me laugh when I stewed it to finish getting the meat off. The edible glitter that we used floats and it looked silly in the crockpot. 🙂
Tempus was cleaning up and putting things away, off and on during the day. He helped me find the pieces that I needed to get the stew set up and took off for Newport to start his paper route at around 8:30 or so. He said it was awfully wet, and far too cold for his liking out there, even though it was actually 45F. I guess it’s the damp cold that gets him.
I was groggy and fading after he did the long loop where he’s out of cell range, so I went to take a nap and slept straight through until 9am! …and then went back to bed and slept until 1:30. I wore myself out over last weekend.
Today there’s laundry to do and I’m still writing up the feast stuff. I’m hoping to sit with some embroidery today, as well, but that depends on whether my hands actually recover enough.
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacificaandcalifornica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
Today’s Feast – February 20, 1942 – Two stories – (interesting take on this here: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp
“STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.
The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything: clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; that he couldn’t pass on a good name and a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.
To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.
The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had in fact destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.
His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
So What Do These Two Stories Have to Do with Each Other?
Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.
The rest of the story is in the book, Fateful Rendezvous: The story of Butch O’Hare. More here: http://www.mindconnection.com/library/factfile/ohare.htm More on Easy Eddie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._O%27Hare and on Butch O’Hare, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_O%27Hare
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 on 2/20 at 7:54pm. 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 3/6 at 8:04am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/26 at 3:28am.
After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations rise upright in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are <<< Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast (with the Big Dipper its brightest part), <<< Leo the Lion in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.
You can use Mars as a guide to find Uranus through binoculars early this week. The two planets were in conjunction with each other a week ago and have started to separate, but they remain relatively close. This evening, Uranus lies 5° southwest of Mars. Don’t confuse magnitude 5.8 Uranus with a similarly bright star 0.5° to its northeast. The blue-green color of the planet should give it away.
Uranus (visible in binoculars at magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is a few degrees below Mars. Finder chart (without Mars).
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.******
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 20 High 1:03 AM 8.0 7:08 AM Set 8:05 AM 99
~ 20 Low 6:49 AM 1.4 5:52 PM Rise 7:31 PM
~ 20 High 12:43 PM 9.2
~ 20 Low 7:24 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to stay up nights to succeed; you have to stay awake days.
~ A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective. – Andre Gide
~ It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles. – Niccolo Machiavelli
~ Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ Young Wilde has opened his eyes, “Why,” he said, “the United States is not a country, it is a world!” – The Ohio State Journal, February 18, 1882. On January 18, 1882, Wilde visited American poet Walt Whitman.
Dragon scales and lizard skin
Eye of newt and parrot’s chin;
Stir it backwards, stir it forward
Pour in milk, to make a custard;
Don’t forget the lettuce leaves,
(For fiber and for health we weave);
Bananas, Apples and pinch of Sin
Don’t forget to put those in;
Froggie toes and maple syrup,
Jelly beans and a big fat turnip;
Don’t forget your favorite chants
For good luck and for happenstance;
This is my favorite recipe,
That my Aunt Hagatha gave to me. © July 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Maple Glazed Salmon – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (even better if you use the REAL maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound salmon
In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
Preheat oven to 400* Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
Dilly Egg Salad – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ (recipes can be doubled and make all 4 sauces)
- 8 eggs
- 2 TB mayo
- 2 TB Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dill weed
- ½ tsp paprika (optional)
- 1/3 cup red onion, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Place eggs in a large saucepan, cover in cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10-12 mins, remove from heat. Run eggs under cold water until cool. Peel and Chop.
- Place eggs and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Serve on on a bed of lettuce with sides of dipping sauce as below and pumpernickel bread ….
- Makes 4 servings.
Dipping sauces – Make 2 of the ones below
- Mix 2 TB mayo and 2 TB Dijon mustard together. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
- Take ¼ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries and whirl in a blender with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and top with chopped fresh mint leaves or lemon balm
- In a food processor mix ¼ cup of unsweetened plain yogurt with 1 inch of peeled cucumber and ¼ tsp wasabi powder.
- Not exactly a sauce, but make honey butter by whipping 1 Tbsp honey with ¼ cup butter and top with dill, tarragon or cilantro.
BaconSwiss Quiche http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11. ( This is Anja’s fave quiche!)
- 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust in tin
- 12 slices bacon
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper [ for Anja… horseradish!]
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Place bacon in a large skillet, and fry over medium-high heat until crisp.
- Drain on paper towels, then chop coarsely. Sprinkle bacon and cheese into pastry shell.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
- Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Allow quiche to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.
Tarragon-Scented Asparagus Vichyssoise Delicious Living Magazine — The sweet aroma of tarragon complements the taste of fresh spring asparagus exceptionally well in this light, refreshing soup.
1 1/2 pounds asparagus
1 large leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 pound red potatoes, peeled and diced
6 cups light vegetable stock or water
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- Rinse the asparagus. Gently bend each spear just above the woody bottom section to break off. Discard bottom. Chop the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Set aside 18 tips to use as a garnish.
- In a large saucepan, combine asparagus and remaining ingredients except 2 tablespoons of the tarragon. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat slightly and continue to cook until the potatoes and asparagus are very tender, about 18 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and remove the lid so that the asparagus doesn’t discolor during cooling.
- When cool, strain the soup, reserving the liquid. Purée the vegetable mixture in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, then whisk in the reserved cooking liquid. Stir the remaining tarragon into the soup. Chill thoroughly, then taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve chilled and garnished with the remaining asparagus spears.
Silliness – Eat the watermelons
The farmer thinks of ways to discourage this profit-eating situation. So he puts up a sign that reads: “WARNING! ONE OF THESE WATERMELONS CONTAINS CYANIDE!”
He smiled smugly as he watched the kids run off the next night without eating any of his melons.
The farmer returns to the watermelon patch a week later to discover that none of the watermelons have been eaten, but finds another sign that reads: “NOW THERE ARE TWO!”