It’s still hot in the shop! It’s over 75F in here and we have both doors standing wide open. Bright sunshine outside. 59F, wind at 5mph and gusting (could get breezy, later), AQI15, UV5, pollen count is still high (it’s all over the car windows!) It looks like over the next 10 days it’s going to get cloudier until by Tuesday there’s a measurable chance of rain again, and then on through the rest of the 10 days.
Yesterday was too hot….just too hot. I had fun watching this, though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8akvxDJQVc
I ended up pretty much collapsing as the shop temp climbed even with the doors shut. I melt when it goes over 80F and at about that point Tempus chased me into the back with the good fan and I crashed. We didn’t have anyone in after 2pm and even the highway was quiet. I read and embroidered and even snoozed for a little. Tempus says it went over 90 outside.
During the afternoon Tempus turned a bunch of the plants so that they weren’t getting sun only on the one side. I have to go over them now and trim dead leaves and such. He broke a couple of bits off of the jade plant, so those are going to get potted.
Eventually, it started to cool down, and once the outside temp went below 80 we opened the doors, but it was still 80F in the shop at 10pm, long after Tempus had headed for Newport. I started trying to work on pickles, but I would do one round and come back up front with the fans and the open door. …lather, rinse, repeat…. I was antsy about having the door open that late. It’s quiet in Waldport at night. I wanted the temp in the shop to come down, first.
Even by 11pm it hadn’t, but I closed up at that point, since I needed to keep working in back. Eventually I made myself a chicken salad, since I was still too hot to heat anything up. Tempus didn’t call and didn’t call, but he did post on Facebook. He was on the regular route at 12:45.
By 2:30 the temp was finally dropping in the shop, meaning that it had finally dropped below 75F. Just after Tempus called that he was done with Seal Rock the internet went down and I couldn’t get it to come back up before he got to the shop. He picked me up around 4. Saturn and Jupiter were bright to the south above the Teapot and to the left of the Scorpion. It was starting to get light as we finished Old Town and he took off out rt 34.
I had to re-start the computer to get the internet working. No clue what happened. The other computers came back online without a re-start. Tempus got back at about 6:45. I didn’t sleep well. I was too hot.
We’ve managed to get the shop open. Tempus is dragging and I’m not too much better, but we’ll wake up after some coffee and breakfast.
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
Did you even know that there is a Confederate Memorial Day? Unless you’re from the South, probably not… “Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.” From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_Memorial_Day It’s the original celebration that Memorial Day weekend at the end of May started from.
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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. 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 5/11 at 6:12pm.
The Moon, nearly first quarter, appears as a fat crescent this evening as it crosses the Beehive star cluster (M44) in Cancer the Crab for much of North America. Observers in the eastern half of North America have the chance to see dozens of stars disappear behind the Moon’s advancing dark limb, with most of the action occurring between 10 and 11 p.m. EDT. A telescope allows viewers to watch individual occultations while binoculars nicely capture the overall scene. “Many faint occultations will be visible telescopically on the Moon’s dark limb”, writes David Dunham: “Occultations of 6th to 9th-magnitude stars in rapid succession will occur as the 39% sunlit Moon passes over M44, visible in part from most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains with northeastern areas favored. A Moonview and information about computing local predictions is on the newly updated IOTA occultation campaigns page.” (The Universal Time date is May 11th.)
Uranus is hidden deep in the glow of dawn.
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
F 10 High 4:25 AM 7.4 5:55 AM Set 1:32 AM 25
~ 10 Low 11:42 AM -0.6 8:31 PM Rise 10:59 AM
~ 10 High 6:34 PM 6.1
~ 10 Low 11:52 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Affirmation: All-encompassing love fills me and my environment.
~ There’s another queer old customer,” said Waterloo, “comes over, as punctual as the almanack … at 11 o’clock on the 10th of October.” – Charles Dickens, Reprinted Pieces
~ Jazz is my adventure. I’m after new chords, new ways of syncopating, new figures, new runs. How to use notes differently. That’s it. Just using notes differently. – Thelonius Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, born on October 10, 1920
~ I have come to the conclusion that executions solve nothing, and are only an antiquated relic of a primitive desire for revenge which takes the easy way and hands over the responsibility for revenge to other people. – Albert Pierrepoint (1905 – 1992), Britain’s most famous executioner of modern times; autobiography Executioner: Pierrepoint. World Day Against the Death Penalty
~ I think the first reason that we should love our enemies, and I think this is at the very center of Jesus’ thinking, is this: that hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. – Dr Martin Luther King, October 14, 1964. Excerpted from ‘Loving Your Enemies’, a sermon delivered on November 17, 1957 at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, USA
When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant ’em you’re willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any. – Old planting rhyme
Engraved Oil Lamp – http://members.aol.com/redselchie/Page16.html%20/%20Crafts#Crafts
- electric engraver
- safety glasses
- wine bottle
- oil lamp adapter
- gold paste
- fast food napkins
- Determine the design you wish to engrave; practice using the engraver on spare bottles. Be sure to wear your saftey glasses!
- Freehand engrave the design onto the bottle – don’t worry if it’s not perfect – it’s not supposed to be – and the imperfections give it character!
- wash the bottle, rinsing off the dust
- using the gold paste and the napkin, rub the paste into the engraving, removing any excess with the napkin or by scraping off with a utility knife
- Fill with oil lamp fuel and insert adapter
A Holey Stone Oil Lamp – From Facebook 11/2/16
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Oh, now that’s a cool idea! Thanks!
Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom I like it because rocks with holes in them have so many other uses such as pendulums. I love tools that can multitask.
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Can I swipe your pic and idea and add it to tomorrow’s newsletter?
Michael Merrifield-Forsstrom Sure. I don’t think it was my idea. The early cave painters used rocks with shallow bowls in them as oil lamps and they made wicks from moss. A lot of their oil lamps have been found at the entrances to their caves.
Stone Lamps… DONSMAPS.COM
MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Well, yeah….. button lamps and stone lamps and betty lamps and all have been around a long while.
DoItYourself Olive Oil Lamp – Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:33 – http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1926/443/Do-It-Yourself_Olive_Oil_Lamp.html
An olive oil lamp is a surprisingly safe and simple lamp that you can do-it-yourself. It produces light, as much as, or more than, an ordinary candle, and is an alternative to kerosene-style oil lamps. The concept of burning oil from vegetables (olive oil) in the home rather than petroleum based kerosene seems more appealing, less toxic, and safer.
The Romans and other ancients regularly burned olive oil in their lamps, so, the concept is sound. Pure olive oil will not produce smoke, while other types of vegetable oils may produce some residual smoke while burning.
For those who are curious, the cost of burning olive oil in this lamp will depend on wick size (flame size and corresponding oil consumption), while my own experiment consumed 2 ounces (1/8 cup) of olive oil in 5 hours. This calculates out to about 10-cents per hour depending on how cheap you can find pure olive oil. An ordinary Votive candle may cost about 3 to 5-cents per hour to burn, although probably not as bright as the oil lamp.
Instructions how to make your own olive oil lamp
You will need an ordinary metal coat hanger (these are made of steel), a wick (ordinary candle wicks are good), a canning jar (these are heat treated and can withstand the hot temperature), and needle-nose pliers.
The wick shown in this photo is a typical kerosene lamp wick. Using a scissors, I cut the wick in half (length wise) so it wouldn’t be as fat as what is shown in the photo.
Grip the pliers firmly to the metal wire of the coat hanger and twist back and forth until the wire snaps.
Using the needle-nose pliers, grip the end of the wire and then wrap the wire around the pliers about five times around. Do this somewhat loosely so as to make it easier to slide the wind off of the pliers afterward.
Use a screwdriver to assist in pushing the wound wire off of the pliers.
The wound wire will serve to hold the wick.
Form (bend) the wire while using your pliers to shape such that the wound portion of the wick holder will sit in the middle of the jar with a support loop slightly smaller than the diameter of the jar mouth, as shown in the photo. Bend the rest of the wire up the edge of the jar so you can form a handle later.
Bend back the top portion of the wick holder. This will allow the wick to point somewhat upwards when we insert it later.
Form a hook to hang over the edge of the jar as shown.
Pry apart one of the upper winds so that the wick will slip through as shown.
Once the wick is through the wire, pinch the wire enough so the wick is secure and won’t fall through. Not too tight though.
Trim excess wick. Too much wick and the flame will smoke. Too little wick and the flame will be small.
Fill the jar with pure olive oil to a level part way up the wick holder. Pour the oil over the top of the wick to speed up the soak.
After the wick is full absorbed, light the wick. You will notice that olive oil is not nearly as readily flammable as petroleum fuels and will take longer to light. This very fact assures that if the mixture is spilled, the oil will not ignite. [Anja’s note – You can also pour 1/2 oil and 1/2 water into your jar. The don’t mix and the oil will burn just fine, but if it tips over the water will put out the flame.]
Insert the flaming wick assembly back into the jar.
Enjoy the lovely soft flame of your olive oil lamp! Pretty neat, yes?