I’ve been wondering about the dry weather. “RED FLAG WARNING for portions of Douglas, Linn, Lane, and Benton counties. This is due to near record heat, relative humidity 20-25%, breezy conditions NE up to 25 mph gust, and low fuel moisture. Perfect ingredients for wildfires. Please be careful.”
Ye gods… it’s only May…. Well, today is completely overcast. It’s still bright, but with a silvery look. 55F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI17, UV5, and the pollen is down to “moderate”. Tomorrow could get hot (to nearly 80F?) and windy if the clouds vanish and then it looks like the rain could be back starting on Tuesday. Still only 50% chance, but we do need some more…
I got a shopping list together while Tempus was picking up stuff at the pharmacy and paying the shop rent, and then I went off on a side-trip that included enough laughter to make me cough up gunk from the bottom of my lungs. It’s a series of twitter posts about “Humans are Weird” (Humans vs. Aliens) and it’s hysterically funny. The series about “Rear Admiral Stabby the Cleaning Robot” and how he captured a bunch of aliens trying to take over a ship was especially funny, but I kept right on laughing at the whole batch of things. I posted it over on my personal wall on Facebook, if you want to track it down.
I was still reading those when he headed out for the shopping trip and then to start the paper route, but it was only the giggles that kept me going. I got horrendously sleepy. I’ve gotta think that the Metformin is doing some of this because I’m only getting sleepy like this after meals when I take the pills.
…and I went across the street and got some fried rice, because I got to thinking that the China Restaurant is dealing with cash flow shortages, too, and I was right. It’s everyone in town…. but May should be better. We’re starting to see sales pick up. So, after talking to Tempus who was most of the way done with the shopping I went in back for a nap.
…and the papers were running late. He didn’t get underway until around 1. I did a bunch of mending, although I couldn’t find the pile that I’ve been accumulating, so I started on the pile of little green pouches and kicked that another increment down the road.
After that was pickling broth and I spent an hour peeling garlic. <sigh> Frustrating…. but by 5:15 that was done and cooling and I was waiting to be picked up. I was awfully tired, by then, but no helping it. I got dropped back off at 7 and spent the time until Tempus got back at nearly 9am, putting away foods from the shopping trip.
We only got up past 4pm. We’re still coffeeing and then breakfast and then we have the Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny ritual tonight! I’ll be doing more cookery after that and we have some clean-up to work on.
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0 and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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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 5/18 at 2:11pm. 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 5/9 at 2:54am
The crescent Moon this evening shines in the feet of Gemini, far below Pollux and Castor. While twilight is still fading, look for Betelgeuse twinkling a similar distance below the Moon.
<<< Arcturus is the brightest star high in the east these evenings. Spica shines lower right of it by about three fists at arm’s length. To the right or lower right of Spica, by half that distance, is the distinctive four-
star constellation of Corvus>>> , the Crow of Spring.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape rides high in the north on May evenings. The spring sky’s finest binocular double star marks the bend of the Dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Mars (magnitude +1.7, in Taurus) is getting low in the west during and after dusk. This week it’s passing between the horn-tips of Taurus, Beta and Zeta Tauri. Find this array far lower left of bright Capella, and farther lower right of Pollux and Castor. The thin crescent Moon joins them on May 7th. Don’t confuse Mars with brighter orange Betelgeuse about 17° to its left or lower left.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 8 High 2:49 AM 8.0 5:57 AM Rise 8:56 AM 9
~ 8 Low 9:57 AM -1.1 8:29 PM
~ 8 High 4:34 PM 6.3
~ 8 Low 9:47 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will wear bright colors and think of myself as part of Your rainbow.
~ Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Tact consists in knowing how far we may go too far. – Jean Cocteau, French writer, who died on October 11, 1963
~ Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death. – Eleanor Roosevelt, US writer and civil rights campaigner, born on October 11, 1884
~ Thus in a royal swoop unanimously perceived as sudden, unexpected, astounding and unheard of, the knights of a religious order which had come to symbolise in its white mantle and red cross the essence of medieval knighthood, which was said to possess 9,000 manors scattered throughout Europe, and which, owing to their efficiency and capillary structure, facilitated payments and tax collection, managed the royal treasuries of England and France, found themselves quite literally thrown from a position of wealth and power into stinking dungeons. – Edward Burman, on the raid on the French Templars in 1307; Supremely Abominable Crimes, 1994
When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten,
Fresh violets open every day,
To some new bird each hour we listen. –Lucy Larcom (1826–93)
Pineapple Mansion Cake By: Jordan Sward, RecipeLion Original Recipe
Pineapple Mansion Cake – This image courtesy of recipelion.com
One taste of this pineapple icebox cake and you simply won’t believe how easy it was to make! Pineapple Mansion Cake is a heavenly layered dessert recipe with Cool Whip, vanilla pudding, crushed pineapple, graham crackers and more. This stack of creamy deliciousness takes mere minutes to assemble, so it’s a perfect last-minute no bake dessert recipe. Simply whip together the filling, pipe it between layers of graham crackers, and refrigerate. Top with nuts and maraschino cherries if desired.
Preparation Time: 15 min
Chilling Time: 8 hr
- 1 (16-ounce) carton Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 package (3.4-ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 24 whole graham crackers
- walnuts and maraschino cherries for garnish, if desired
- In a large bowl, mix Cool Whip, sour cream and pudding mix until well blended. Fold in pineapple. Spoon into a Ziploc bag and cut off the corner of the bag for piping.
- On a large serving plate or dish, arrange 4 graham crackers in a rectangle. Pipe about 1 cup of the pudding mixture onto the crackers and top with 4 more crackers. Repeat layers five times. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Remove from refrigerator and let sit for about 15 minutes to soften. Garnish with nuts and cherries, if desired.
Pecan Pie Cobbler
- 1 Box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
- 2 1/2 cups light corn syrup
- 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 6 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
- Butter-flavor cooking spray
- 2 cups pecan halves
- Vanilla ice cream, if desired
- Heat oven to 425°F.
- Grease 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with shortening or cooking spray.
- Remove 1 pie crust from pouch; unroll on work surface.
- Roll into 13×9-inch rectangle.
- Place crust in dish; trim edges to fit.
- In large bowl, stir corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs with wire whisk.
- Stir in chopped pecans.
- Spoon half of filling into crust-lined dish.
- Remove second pie crust from pouch; unroll on work surface.
- Roll into 13×9-inch rectangle.
- Place crust over filling; trim edges to fit.
- Spray crust with butter-flavor cooking spray.
- Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until browned.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
- Carefully spoon remaining filling over baked pastry; arrange pecan halves on top in decorative fashion.
- Bake 30 minutes longer or until set.
- Cool 20 minutes on cooling rack.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Hill Country Peach Cobbler – adapted from The Pastry Queen, by Rebecca Rather
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbs baking powder
- pinch salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 cups sliced fresh peaches
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Melt the butter in a small saute pan set over medium-high heat until it bubbles and turns a nutty-brown color. Watch it carefully to prevent it from burning.
- Pour the butter into an 8-inch square baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Pour the mixture over the butter, but do not stir.
- Arrange the peaches evenly on top of the batter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and then the brown sugar.
- Bake the cobbler for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Miraculously, the batter will migrate from the bottom of the pan to the top to cover the peach slices. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, or at room temperature.
Silliness – Lost Ball
A man walked into an emergency room with two black eyes and a five iron wrapped tightly around his throat. Naturally, the doctor asked him what had happened. “Well, it’s like this,” explained the man, “I was having a quiet round of golf with my wife when she sliced her ball into a pasture of cows.
“Well, we went to look for it, and while I was rooting around, I noticed one of the cows had something protruding from its rear end. Sure enough, when I lifted its tail, there was my wife’s golf ball.”
“And?” pried the doctor.
“Well, that’s when I made my mistake. I lifted the cow’s tail and yelled to the misses, ‘This one here looks like yours’.”