The sky is nearly white, but the sun is shining. 59, 2, 13, 6, grass pollen high. We’re still looking at rain starting Tuesday, but the chance Monday night is climbing.
Yesterday started in a bit of a scramble. Tempus and I were both just so tired, and it made everything take longer than it should. We made mushroom catsup in the Herbs Workshop and bagged herbs, and Tempus took off to run errands in Newport, and that took longer because he fell asleep waiting for the Oceana parking lot to clear out. 🙂
I was *really* busy! We had people in and out constantly during the afternoon, folks from Portland, folks shopping for Mother’s Day, one lady who is out here with the symphony doing concerts this weekend (and next) with whom I sat and talked music for an hour in between helping customers. Sewing was just me, but I got some more licks in on the birth sampler.
Tempus was still not back by 5pm and I was staggering by that point. I did manage to get the catsup hung up to drip. Tempus pulled in a few minutes after that. We got foods put away and then I went in back to nap. He stayed up front and dealt with a few more customers and then finally closed around 9pm.
I was up in the middle of the night, working on newsletter pieces. After that I did some music research.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. The shop will be open on time and I’m going to get my catsup solids into the dehydrator. Depending on how much energy I have I’ll be doing a cheese in the middle of the afternoon. Might be a scalded milk cheese, but I might try mozzarella again if I have the energy.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the adiantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
The International Council of Nurses has been celebrating this day since 1965 in honor of nurses everywhere, but particularly since this is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, probably the most well-known of nurses and the founder of modern nursing practice. Each year the group picks a theme for the celebrations. Many of the celebrations also feature new nurses reciting the Nightingale pledge:
Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge;
To adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession;
To co-operate faithfully with the other members of the nursing team and to carry out faithfully and to the best of my ability the instructions of the physician or the nurse who may be assigned to supervise my work;
I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.
I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.
And I pledge myself to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing;
May my life be devoted to service and to the high ideals of the nursing profession. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Nurses_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale
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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. 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 5/17 at 2:11am.
Although the Eta Aquariid meteor shower reached its peak last week (on May 6), several stragglers should be visible during the predawn hours for the next couple of nights. Watch in the hour or two after the Moon sets and before twilight starts to paint the sky. An observer at a dark site can expect to see up to 10 meteors per hour, with those living close to the equator and in the Southern Hemisphere having the best views. Eta Aquariid meteors derive from debris ejected by Comet 1P/Halley during its many trips around the Sun. When Earth crosses this debris stream, our planet’s atmosphere incinerates the tiny dust particles and we see the streaks of light called meteors, or “shooting stars.”
Saturn grows more conspicuous in the morning sky with each passing week. The ringed planet rises by 12:30 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 25° high in the south-southeast as twilight begins. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.4 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. A telescope shows the gas giant’s 18″-diameter disk and a spectacular ring system that spans 40″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
As night descends, look west for Pollux and Castor lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). These heads of the Gemini twins form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. Farther to their lower right is the other end, formed by Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae) and then brilliant Capella.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 12 Low 1:13 AM 3.1 5:52 AM Set 2:57 AM 47
~ 12 High 6:47 AM 6.5 8:33 PM Rise 1:22 PM
~ 12 Low 1:49 PM 0.0
~ 12 High 8:38 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I pay attention to my gut feelings.
~ Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true. – Leonard Cohen
~ George Washington was so taken with the character of Cato the younger in Joseph Addison’s 1713 play Cato that he made the Roman republican his role model. He went to see Cato numerous times from early manhood into maturity and even had it performed for his troops at Valley Forge despite a congressional resolution that plays were inimical to republican virtue. Washington included lines from the play in his private correspondence and even in his farewell address. – Jim Stockdale; Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, Hoover Press, 1995, p. 75
~ Ability is sexless. – Christabel Pankhurst, English feminism activist, born on September 22, 1880
~ We have a great objective – the light on the hill – which we aim to reach by working the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand. – Ben Chifley, Australian prime minister, born on September 22, 1885
The new grass brightens by the trodden way,
The woods wave welcome to the sweet spring day,
And the sea is growing summer blue. –Elizabeth A. Allen (1832–1911)
Burek – A TRUE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU TO REMEMBER, TRADITIONAL PIE WITH GOOD OLD TASTE – Sonja | August 12, 2018 – http://www.sonjasrecipes.com/true-experience-remember-traditional-pie-good-old-taste/
Want to experience an old feeling that will bring back the good ol’ days. Delicious Pie called ”Burek ” a true experience that will make you remember the days when your grandma made it, I will teach how to make it on my way!
- 500 gr.Phyllo dough /17.6 oz
- 500 gr. Minced meat /17.6 oz
- 2 onions
- Salt, pepper
- Mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking powder, a little water and a little bit of cooking oil.
First of all we chop the onions, and we cook it in a pan with a little bit cooking oil, then we add the minced meat to cook alongside with the onion. We add the salt and pepper cook it a bit more and put the pan on the side to cool down.
We take two crusts sprinkle them with a mixture of oil, water and baking powder and we add the filling with the minced meat, after that we roll the crusts in a snail like form, we do this with all crusts.
Then we bake them in a preheated oven in 180 degrees Celsius (356 Fahrenheit).
I will tell you one secret, after baking the burek take some molten butter and cover the burek with a thin layer so the crust is much softer and tastier.
Fake Chinese Soup – This is one I do on a regular basis, now. I make it into a supper dish by hard-poaching a couple of eggs in the broth once the solids are cooked. I just ladle the solids into the soup bowls, poach the eggs and then put an egg in each bowl and pour on the hot broth. – 10 minute chicken soup with ginger bok choy (FODMAP friendly, gluten free) – POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 UPDATED ON APRIL 2, 2017
On most Fridays I work from home. Some days there seems to be so much happening that I barely have time to make lunch. This is one of my Friday 10 minute meal – it is delicious and recharges me on cold winter days. No recipe required.
I boil some water in the kettle while I thinly slice 2 chicken tight fillets, wash & slice some bok choy, and slice up some ginger; Then I heat up a little cooking oil in a pot, pan fry the ginger slightly, then fill the pot up with 2 cups of water and the chicken pieces; bring the water to boil, add the bok choy, bring it to boil again; check if the chicken is cooked through; and lunch is served with a pinch of salt and pepper. If you like, you can add a dash of oyster sauce.
So simple and heart warming – the ginger brings out so much flavor. Serves 2.
When He Lined A Pan With Bacon, I Started Drooling. Then He Flipped It Over And I Lost My Mind. By Maggie Watson Boredom Therapy Staff
Some people say that the bacon craze is over, that all the recipes have been discovered and devoured, and that we should move on to something new. I say those people are quitters. There is no end to bacon’s greatness. It is the truth and the life, and when the sun has gone out and the Earth it but a cold husk, it will be all that remains. Distant civilizations will find our bacon and wonder what a great people we must have been.
- First, take a regular saute pan and line it with cooking spray. This is so your layer of cooking parchment paper won’t stick to the pan.
- Here comes the fun part. Lay your strips of bacon down, radiating outward from the center of the pan. They should overlap a little bit at the edges.
- Once that’s done, start cutting up some potatoes into healthy sized discs.
- Lay them flat and overlapping in the pan.
- Periodically pause to season the potatoes with salt and pepper…
- …And to add some grated cheddar cheese.
- When you’re finished with the insides, fold the strips of bacon over the top.
- Put a small lid or similar object over the top to hold the bacon in place and keep it from curling back. Then put the whole thing on a tray to catch that yummy bacon grease.
- Cook your creation for about two and a half hours at 350 degrees. When it’s done, take it out and flip it on to a plate.
- It’s a bacon pie!
Silliness – For The Kids…
Q: Which day of the week do chickens hate most? A: Fry-day!
Q: What do you call the outside of a hand gren-egg? A: The bombshell!
Q: What happens when you drop a hand gren-egg? A: It eggs-plodes!
Q: Why did the chick disappoint his mother? A: He wasn’t what he was cracked up to be!
Q: Is chicken soup good for your health? A: Not if you’re the chicken!
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the other side!
Q: What do chicken families do on Saturday afternoon? A: They go on peck-nics!