…and yes, I started trying to get this out at 8am and it’s past 4 and nowhere near done!
Dark clouds have been alternating with sunshine, but I think the sun might be here to stay…. which turned out not to be, but even though it’s overcast, it’s still bright. 46F, wind at 3mph, AQI7, UV4. We’ve gotten nearly 1/4 inch of rain since midnight, after the same, yesterday. There’s more rain due tomorrow, but we could have a dry Saturday and Sunday.
Yesterday was almost an endurance test for me. I was up at about 5am because one of my legs cramped, so I went and got waffles at 6 from the continental breakfast. I asked for a 10am wake-up call because I was mostly packed and went back to bed, after. When I got back up I washed, changed and packed everything else and by 10:50 I was out of the room heading for the lobby through light snow. One of the cleaners helped me with the suitcases.
I handed in my key and sat where the light was good, sewing another bag for myself, which helped a lot on the trip since I put all the snack foods in it. It meant that I was only pulling out one bag instead of fluffing through everything in my stuffed carry-on.
The snow picked up before Arthur got there and we drove through a couple of places that he wanted me to see, (like the I-90 tunnel) in a lot of snow that wasn’t sticking. We stopped where he works, so he could show off baby pix, and pick up some equipment for a class that he was taking later in the day. Kimberly and Billy were with Raven for her afternoon appointments, but Arthur had been there for the morning one, verdict, “Sioned is disgustingly healthy!” …and I got told afterwards that she picked up 4 ounces between morning and the late afternoon weighing! 🙂
Btw, I got it wrong, Sioned’s birthweight was 6lb 15 ounces, not 3 ounces.
We got to the station and I got my tickets, then he helped me to the gate. We said our goodbyes and he headed off to class. I got some pix of the station (I’m going to put up a picture page for this past week, look for it!) and then chatted with some fellow passengers.
The redcaps got the “gimp squad” to our seats….all in the same car and it was a business class car, not a coach, and right next to the bistro car, which was nice. We also had a couple of folks travelling with toddlers and some other less obviously gimps in the car.
I worked on my embroidery a little, in between watching the scenery. It’s kinda cool to rock along next to I-5 and realize that you’re going a bit faster than the cars. 🙂 Eventually, I went and got a sandwich and a hard cider, ate and then starting dozing. I dozed off and on from Olympia to Kelso, but there wasn’t much to see, other than close-up, between snow/rain and low cloud. After Kelso I alternated my cheese books with embroidery and watching outside as things started to look more and more familiar.
Portland was fun to watch. I lived there for so long. That’s a side of the city that I wasn’t as familiar with, and we left the station over the Steel Bridge as a Max with over it on an upper level! There’s some interesting architecture over there, in apartment building and business blocks. By then it was past sunset and gradually getting darker.
The toddler that was travelling to Oregon City with her grandmother was up and fussy. She had slept from Tacoma onward…. but wasn’t happy with waking up. Her grandmother got her interested in getting her boots and raincoat on (with little Matroshkas on it!) and packing away her toys and books. I talked with her (the toddler) for a bit, telling her about my new grandbaby. 🙂
By the time we were done in Oregon City it was dark. I got a snack from the bistro and settled back down, finishing my book and then just working on embroidery, finally packing everything away about 20 minutes from Albany.
The attendants helped me off, since the station was closed for the night. The lift didn’t want to work for some reason. We were 20 minutes late rolling in and Tempus had been driving back and forth in the parking lot when the train stopped, so he parked up close and appeared out of the shadows behind the station as they were getting me down. I needed to lift because I was really achy by that time.
We had a good drive home, even through the really thick fog, talking the whole way about my week. I told him about the funny with me getting back off the bus that he saw me get on as we started (Albany to Portland leg). I got down the first two steps and then couldn’t negotiate the drop to the third. I turned around, said, “The hell with dignity” and crawled down backwards, to applause from the other passengers!
Once we were home, we got stuff pulled in, got a late supper and went to bed. I woke around 7:30 and worked for awhile, but then got sleepy and went back to bed. Tempus let me sleep until 2pm, and in between trying to catch up and taking the time to write this, it’s after 5pm!
We have the paper route tonight. I’m still trying to catch up the newsletters from Saturday and Sunday and will get that picture page up as soon as I can.
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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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 3/20 at 6:43pm 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 8:04pm on 3/7. 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 3/10 at 8:04pm.
Astro is back, yay!!!!
After dark, Capella shines brightly high in the northwest. Between it and Polaris, 43° to its lower right due north, is a very dull region of sky — in fact blank for those of us with significant light pollution. This is the enormous celestial terrain of Camelopardalis, the Giraffe. Even if you can’t see any of its rather indecipherable star pattern, now you know the whereabouts of another constellation.
Betcha don’t know about the yellow-eyed flying bat in Leo Minor near Lynx. Its wingspan extends nearly across your binocular field of view. Discover this asterism upper right of Leo’s Sickle these evenings with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the March Sky & Telescope, page 43. As he notes there, “It only flies right-side up when Pollux and Procyon are crossing the meridian,” as they are now.
With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred yesterday morning, only 2 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. Using binoculars, search about 5° above the western horizon 30 minutes after sunset. (If you scan 9° to the Moon’s right, you also might pick up the glow from 2nd-magnitude Mercury.) You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine” — sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes.
Asteroid 4 Vesta is in conjunction with the Sun at 5 p.m. EST. Like Neptune, this member of the main asteroid belt remains lost in our star’s glare.
Mercury descends this week in evening twilight while also fading rapidly from magnitude 0.0 to 2.0. Look for it low in the west in mid-twilight, the earlier in the week the better. On what date can you last detect it? Bring binoculars!
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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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
Th 7 High 1:06 AM 7.2 6:43 AM Rise 7:35 AM 0
~ 7 Low 7:02 AM 1.7 6:12 PM Set 7:22 PM
~ 7 High 12:52 PM 7.6
~ 7 Low 7:21 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
~ It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. – Thomas Robert Gaines
~ At Samhain go to a beech tree and cut a small chip – if it’s dry, winter will be warm. – Traditional
~ Upon the honeyed middle of the night. – John Keats; ‘The Eve of St Agnes’, vi
~ It’s the best job in picture business because when you’re a director, you’re God. And you know that’s the best job in town. – Burt Lancaster
March borrowit from April
Three days, and they were ill:
The first was frost, the second was snaw,
The third was cauld as ever’t could blaw. –Scottish saying
Ostara Magick – Lore
Easter Eggs (I’ve lost the original link for this. If anyone knows where it comes from, please say!)
In ancient times the return of the birds meant an important protein source had returned. The ability to find eggs in the fields and forest often meant the difference between health and hunger in the lean days before the harvest.
The festival of the Thesmophoria—sometimes called the Eleusinian Mysteries—lasted between three and ten days. Each day of the festival had a different name and included specific rituals.
A highlight of the festival was a procession from Athens to Eleusis which was led by a crowd of children known as ephebi. The ephebi assisted in carrying the hiera (sacred objects) including an egg (Easter eggs), and in pulling a statue of Dionysus as a boy (Iacchos). The children also assisted in the ceremonial cleansing of the initiates (candidates of the mystery religion) in the sea.
Upon arriving at Eleusis the women organized the first day of the celebration (anodos) by building temporary shelters and electing the leaders of the camp. On the second day (nesteia) they initiated the Greater Mysteries which, according to myth, produced the cult’s magical requests (a fertile harvest). Such mysteries included a parody of the abduction and rape of Persephone, and the positioning of the female devotees upon the ground weeping (in the role of Demeter for her daughter), and fasting for the return of Persephone (the return of spring). The setting upon the ground and fasting was also intended to mystically transfer the “energies” of the women into the ground, and thus into the fall seeds. Not surprisingly, the festival was held during the time of the fall planting, so as to nearly guarantee a positive response to the cult’s magic.
On the fifth day of the festival the participants drank a special grain mixture called kykeon (a symbol of Persephone) and ate Easter (Ostara) eggs in an attempt to assimilate the spirit of the goddess. The idea was to produce an incarnated blessing of fertility, both of the crops and of children.
Instructions for an Ostara Egg Hunt
*Make natural egg dyes from herbs.
*Color hard boiled eggs and add symbols for the Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection, and protection.
*Consecrate the eggs – “In the name of the Goddess of Spring, (name); and the ever-returning God of the Sun, (name); By the powers of the four elements — earth, air, fire, and water; I do consecrate these eggs of Ostara..
Point the athame at the eggs, make the sign of the pentagram, and see the energy flow through the blade into the eggs, and say: “New life lies within as new life shall enter the soil. Let those who seek this life find it and consume it, for all life feeds on life.”
*The eggs may be hidden and an Ostara Egg Hunt commences.
Silliness – Answering Machine Message 218
Hi, this is Ed. I’m secretly replacing Faisal and Bob with dark sparkling Folger’s Crystals. Leave your name, number, and a brief message and they’ll call you back when they’re nice and percolated. See if you can tell the difference.