Beautiful sunshine again, although there are enough of the puffy white bits to strain it, occasionally. Great weather for the slug races this morning. 🙂 60F, wind at 11mph and gusting, AQI14, UV8. There’s up to about a 35% chance of 1/10 of an inch of rain next weekend.
I went out to tend plants and harvest some herbs. I had to weed the oregano of that odd plant that keeps cropping up in the pots that were at Jeanne’s. There are some dock plants coming up on their own back there. The raspberry and the strawberry out front are both setting fruit. …and I’m going to have to get in to the lavendar/swordfern. The darned thing has morning glories in it again!
My back’s been giving me trouble for a couple of days. It’s just one of the arthritis flares that happen on an irregular basis, but it’s been really unfunny this time. It’s been hard to keep it from showing. …which you really kinda have to do in retail…. nobody wants to shop with someone whimpering in the background… Me, neither! 🙂
Tempus pulled one of the nice rolling chairs out for me, so I’d have a spot saved for the parade. I got the camera ready, found my hat, filled my waterbottle and I was ready with an 1/2 hour to go, still. 🙂 I had asked Tempus to see if he could find some of the Pirate’s Treasure buckets to put on the rolling table. We’ve got a few out there, now!
I got to sit and watch the parade and then it got quiet again. Way quiet. I finally asked Tempus if I could go crash because of my short night. …and I didn’t have much I could work on for the time being, since the space I needed was occupied.
I felt better when I got up and got the birth sampler almost finished. I also spent time during the late afternoon and evening doing some counseling. I started getting the parade pictures sorted out, but only just started. 250 pix to go through….
Once we closed I got the apples set up (for apples with sweet cicely), worked on grinding some spices until the grinder broke (groan), set the dehydrator up with a massive bouquet of parsleys, and then made a batch of girdle cakes that Tempus and I ate all of! We didn’t really get supper, so even though it was past midnight, that was pretty tasty.
We’ve got the shop open. Tempus is in back, setting up a pumpernickel loaf. My apples look done, so there are just a few other things to get finished for the House potluck. The shop’s full of customers.
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains fromBritish Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
A rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday
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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 6/17 at 1:31am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/18 at 1:31pm.
Full “Honey Moon” officially arrives at 4:31 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning, but it looks completely illuminated all night. It appears low in the southeast as the Sun sets and climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Full Moon resides among the background stars of southeastern Ophiuchus, though residents in western North America will see it slide into western Sagittarius by daybreak. Don’t be surprised if your friends ask you what that bright object sitting next to the Moon is. You can impress them by answering Jupiter right away. The giant planet lies just 5° from Luna after sundown and a couple of degrees farther away by daybreak. Although the Moon detracts from the view of Jupiter tonight, return to the planet later this week for some stunning looks. It’s no coincidence the Moon shines near Jupiter, since it was at opposition just six days ago. “Full” and “at opposition” both mean “in the direction opposite the Sun” as seen from Earth. The gas giant reached opposition last week and remains near its best. Gleaming at magnitude –2.6, it is the night sky’s brightest celestial object with the exception of the Moon and Venus, which doesn’t rise until morning twilight is well underway. It also stays visible throughout the night among the background stars of southern Ophiuchus. >>>When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s disk spans 46″ and shows stunning cloud-top detail. Jupiter, however, is currently 1,670 times farther now, which is why it looks like a tiny dot compared to the Moon — even though it’s actually 40 times larger in diameter. Adding to the panorama are, to their right, fainter <<< Antares and other stars of upper Scorpius.
Mercury and Mars pass each other very low in evening twilight. Look for them in the west-northwest about 40 to 60 minutes after sunset. Bring binoculars. Mercury is by far the brighter of the two, fading from magnitude –0.1 to +0.4 this week. Mars is less than an eighth as bright at magnitude +1.8. On June 14th you’ll find Mars 2½° to Mercury’s upper left. They appear closest, a mere ½° apart or less, on the June 17th and 18th. After that, Mars moves away to Mercury’s lower right.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 16 Low 6:55 AM -1.4 5:31 AM Set 5:11 AM 97
~ 16 High 1:24 PM 6.3 9:03 PM Rise 8:37 PM
~ 16 Low 6:39 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is in the air. Breathe it in.
~ All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath – so what does that make today worth? – Og Mandino
~ Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. – Martial (I would add: Enjoy today. Love today. Find something to be happy about, TODAY!)
~ Closet space is like money. You use up as much as you have. – Ray Michel
~ Never argue with a stupid person because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience! – Mark Minton
Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men. – –Edgar Guest (1881–1959)
Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
- Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
- Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
- Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.
Sopapillas – www.weavings.co.uk – Another favourite and very simple dessert to make is the Mexican pastry, sopapillas. Dipped in honey, the light and airy texture defies explanation. Just try them!
- 2 cups (500ml) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons (9.86ml) baking powder
- 1 (4.93ml)teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) shortening
- 3/4 cup (187.50ml) water
- 2 cups (500ml) vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Using hands, mix in water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 pieces, and shape into round balls. Cover, and set aside.
- Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into thin circles. Cut each circle into triangles. Fry in hot oil, until golden brown, turning when dough puffs. Remove, and drain well on paper towels. Some people like to dust them with powdered sugar (called icing sugar in England). Delicious served with gently warmed honey but can also be eaten by dipping into chocolate or fruit sauce.
Solstice Herb Bread – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
- 3 C. flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 pkg. dry active yeast
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme
- 1 1/4 C. hot water
- 2 tbsp. Crisco
- Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Add herbs, water, and Crisco.
- Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth.
- Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk.
- Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
- Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands.
- Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again doubles in bulk.
- Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
- Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.
Q: Whats the difference between an elephant and a flea? A: A elephant can have fleas but fleas can’t have elephants.