Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick.
The sunshine’s been lovely, but it heated up the shop. Now, with the doors open, my toes are cold. I guess I’m never satisfied. 🙂 The sky is pale and “mostly cloudy”, but it’s not even straining the sunshine, except when the beach fog come rolling past. 60F, wind at 4mph and gusting higher, AQI41, UV8, pollen still high. There’s a 20% chance of no accumulated precipitation tonight… <snicker>
Yesterday’s newsletter came out so late that there’s almost nothing to put in here! We’re barely awake, even nearing 3pm. Tonight is paper night, so we’ll be up very late again. I’m hoping to sew tonight, but I have bamboo to finish, first. I’m really hoping to pull things out and re-set the fridge this afternoon, but enough of the weekend’s things need to get done before that… well, we’ll see.
I got hugged almost to pieces, repeatedly, by the two people that all the hoorah was for, so I guess it was worth it. 🙂 The largesse/prezzie drawers are mostly empty, so now I have an excuse to craft again, which *definitely* is worth it! 🙂
4:30 – …and I keep thinking I’ve gotten this out and I still haven’t! I’m still a crispy critter from the weekend, I guess…
…and now it’s 5:45! Tempus has been working on the car…. Muffler problems again.
Ok, finally done! Sheesh!
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
Today is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 6/3 at 3:02am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/29 at 3:02pm.
The dwarf planet Ceres reaches opposition, magnitude 7.0 and peak visibility today. The largest member of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, Ceres lies on the border between Scorpius and Ophiuchus. It’s high in the south by midnight: in Ophiuchus 9° north of Antares. This region appears 20° above the southeastern horizon at the end of evening twilight and more than 30° high in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. You’ll need binoculars or a telescope to spy its 7th-magnitude glow. Use magnitude 4.3 Chi (χ) Ophiuchi as a guide. Tonight, Ceres lies 1.2° northwest of this star. See the article and finder chart in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Mars (magnitude +1.7) is low in the west during and shortly after dusk, near the feet of Gemini. Look for it far below or lower right of Castor and Pollux. Don’t confuse Mars with similarly faint Gamma Geminorum (Alhena) off to its left, much brighter Procyon farther to the left, and bright Capella about equally far to Mars’s right.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for May https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-may-2019
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
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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
Tu 28 Low 3:15 AM 2.4 5:37 AM Rise 3:09 AM 39
~ 28 High 8:40 AM 5.2 8:50 PM Set 2:49 PM
~ 28 Low 3:00 PM 1.3
~ 28 High 9:33 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some marriages are made in heaven, but they ALL have to be maintained on earth…
~ Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative. – WS Gilbert; from The Mikado
~ ‘Lawsuit mania’ … a continual craving to go to law against others, while considering themselves the injured party. – Cesare Lombroso, Italian criminologist, born on November 18, 1835; from The Man of Genius (1891), Pt III, ch. 3
~ …We did not conceive it possible that even Mr. Lincoln would produce a paper so slipshod, so loose-joined, so puerile, not alone in literary construction, but in its ideas, its sentiments, its grasp. He has outdone himself. He has literally come out of the little end of his own horn. By the side of it, mediocrity is superb. – The Chicago Times on Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’, which he delivered on November 19, 1863
~ Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character. – Clarence Shepherd Day, Jr; attributed
Here the Maypole rears its crest,
With the rose and hawthorn drest;
In the midst, like the young queen
Flower-crowned, of the rural green,
Is a bright-checked girl, her eye
Blue, like April’s morning sky.
Farewell, cities ! who could bear
All their smoke and all their care,
All their pomp, when wooed away
By the azure hours of May?
Give me woodbine-scented bowers,
Blue wreaths of the violet flowers,
Clear sky, fresh air, sweet birds, and trees,
Sights and sounds, and scenes like these.- L. E. L.
LAVENDER ICE CREAM –
- 14 oz. whole milk
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh lavender flowers and leaves
- 2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove from heat, add the lavender flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
- While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
- Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
- Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
- Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
- Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
- Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine.
Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the lavender and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.
MIDSUMMER CAKE – Makes 1 cake, approx 10 pieces – <email@example.com>
This keeps well, even if you transport it on a rocking boat to its destination. It tastes of both orange and chocolate and is excellent with strawberries.
3 dl all-purpose white flour
1/2 dl cocoa powder
4 tbs sugar
150 g butter or margarine
1 – 2 tbs water
grated peel from 1 orange
1 dl freshly squeezed orange juice
1 dl sugar
2 dl creme fraiche or sour cream
1/2 – 1 liter split strawberries
lightly whipped cream
- Heat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Mix flour, cocoa powder, and sugar, preferably in a food processor.
- Finely part the butter in there. (whip?)
- Add water and quickly work to a dough.
- Press it out in a dish with removable edge, approx 26 cm / good 10″ in diameter.
- Put the dish in the fridge.
Mix orange peel, juice, sugar, creme fraiche or sour cream, and eggs.
Pre-bake the pie crust for 12 – 15 minutes in the middle of the oven.
- Pour in the filling and continue baking in the lower part of the oven for about 30 minutes, until the filling has set.
- Let cool.
Decorate with split strawberries. Serve with whipped cream and lots of strawberries, even if there are already strawberries on the cake. One can never get enough of them, right?
Mom McCoy’s Lemon Chess Pie – Gordon Ireland – (Makes one nine inch pie)
1 unbaked pie shell
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon corn meal
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup real lemon juice
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Place unbaked pie shell in a deep-dish pie pan.
- Mix the sugar, flour, cornstarch and cornmeal, throughly
- Then add eggs, milk, butter, lemon juice, and lemon peel.
- Beat until smooth.
- Pour mixture into the pie shell and bake for about 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Silliness – Transportation in Heaven
And it came to pass that an angel came up to three newly-dead men and said – “You are all to be allocated a method for transportation around heaven. You will be judged on your past deeds, and will have your transport chosen accordingly.”
The angel looked at the first guy, Dave, and said- “You, Dave, were a bad man in life. You cheated on your wife four times! For this, you will drive around Heaven in an old beat-up Dodge.”
The angel next looked at the second guy, Jon, and said- “You were not as sinful, but you still cheated on your wife twice. For this, you will forever travel around heaven in a Toyota station wagon.”
The angel finally looked at our hero, Sam, and said- “You, Sam, have set a fine example. You did not have sex until after marriage, and you never cheated on your wife. For this, you will forever travel through heaven in a Ferrari.”
A short time later, Jon and Dave pulled up in their cars next to Sam’s Ferrari. There he is, sitting on the bonnet, his head in his hands, crying.
“What’s wrong, Sam?” they asked. “You got the Ferrari! You’re set forever! Why so down?”
Sam looked up, ever so slowly opened his mouth, and said, “I just saw my wife go by on a skateboard.”