Daily Stuff 8-22-19 Denis Papin

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by NewsLincolnCounty.

Bright sunshine this morning. I have a reflection from someone’s bumper stabbing me in the eye through the crack in the sign planter! 67F, wind at 7mph and gusting, AQI33, UV7. …and after yesterday’s rain, it’s dry out to the middle of September.

I took it really easy yesterday. Tempus and I are getting worn down by the pace of summer.

Most of the day was small chores, lots of them computer housekeeping. Tempus did another batch of the stuff from the weekend, but there’s more, still.

It was lovely to see the rain!

Then in the evening I cooked the last of the meat and got the weiner schnitzel right. The coating stayed in place! Tempus and I were both stuffed. Afterwards I finally got to the cabbage/sauerkraut and there’s another batch going. Right now it’s sitting on the work table. I managed to pound it well enough to not have to add any brine.

Today we opened a little late. Both of us were dragging and I’m short on sleep because of an asthma attack for some reason. So I have to go on with sorting extra headers. Some have to get dumped because they’re too old, but then I need to get some more printed.

Paper run tonight, so Tempus has to get out the door, just a bit after closing time.

Eclipse Totality over the Yaquina Bay Bridge from 8/21/17. I believe this one was from NewsLincolnCounty.

220px-Papin's_digesterToday’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devices that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf MapleAcer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

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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 8/30 at 3:37am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/23 at 7:56am. 

Take advantage of these moonless late evenings to use your scope to pick out the asteroids Eunomia (now magnitude 8.4), Laetitia (9.4), and Psyche (9.8) just north of the Capricornus >>> star pattern — using the article and chart in the August Sky & Telescope, page 48.

The Big Dipper – The Big Dipper sets behind a windmill located in Show Low, Arizona. This week, observers can catch the bright asterism climbing higher in the evening sky. The Dipper is the most conspicuous part of the constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear. – John Vermette

The constellations Ursa Major the Great Bear and Cassiopeia the Queen lie on opposite sides of the North Celestial Pole, so they appear to pivot around the North Star (Polaris) throughout the course of the night and the year. In late August and early September, these two constellations appear equally high as darkness falls. You can find Ursa Major and its prominent asterism, the Big Dipper, about 30° above the northwestern horizon. Cassiopeia’s familiar W-shape, which currently lies on its side, appears the same height above the northeastern horizon. As the night progresses, Cassiopeia climbs above Polaris while the Big Dipper swings below.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is well up in the southeast by 11 p.m. and highest in the south by about 2 a.m. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for August – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-august-2019
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Taurus
Saturn (9/18), Pluto (10/3) and Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12), Uranus (1/10/20)Retrograde
Color: Turquoise

Planting 8/21-22

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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  22     High   5:32 AM     5.4   6:27 AM     Set  1:24 PM      68
~    22      Low  11:19 AM     2.0   8:10 PM    Rise 11:47 PM
~    22     High   5:43 PM     6.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The wildflowers of happiness are often found in the woods of difficulty.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – If you could travel through time, what period in the past or the future would you like to visit? Explain your choice.



~   A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~   Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. – Ram Dass
~   Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety. – Rene Daumal
~   Without some goal and some effort to reach it no man can live. – Feodor Dostoyevsky

Beside the country road with truant grace
Wild carrot lifts its circles of white lace.
From vines whose interwoven branches drape
The old stone walls, come pungent scents of grape. – Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929)


Mabon Magick – Crafts

DIY FALL WHEAT SHEAF WREATH – http://julieblanner.com/diy-fall-wheat-sheave-wreath/#_a5y_p=2417680

I’m finally getting there-decorating our home for my favorite season, Fall.  It also happens to be the busiest time of the year for me-wedding season!  I gravitate toward natural wreaths.  They’re beautiful, simple and can surprisingly be used year after year with care.  Over the weekend, we traveled outside of the city to the pumpkin patch.  Of course Kansas, is covered in wheat.  I wanted to integrate it’s beauty and simplicity in our home. I wanted to create a wheat sheaf wreath, similar to a centerpiece I saw on Martha StewartWeddings a few years ago.

Gather your wheat bunch {found at a craft or home store} with a rubber band to hold the stems in place.

  1. One layer at a time, cut to desired length with scissors.
  2. Twist your stems to give a nice round, full, effect.  Trim any loose stems.
  3. Using a wreath hanger, determine your desired height.
  4. Secure by your rubber band, or if necessary, by using twine/string.
  5. Add your ribbon & you have a beautiful wheat sheaf wreath!  I chose to coordinate mine with my mums…I think it will go beautiful with the green jarrahdale pumpkins I picked at the patch over the weekend.
  6. Wouldn’t this make a beautiful entrance to a Fall wedding?
  7. To adapt this for a centerpiece, finish by trimming the bottom of the stems evenly.

Time: 10 minutes

Anja’s Note – Using the same directions, but cutting bundles where the stems are cut to 4 inches long you can bind wheat to a wreath frame 2-5 stems at a time, overlapping, and make an actual wreath for the door or to lie flat on a table for a centerpiece. The latter goes well with prosperity pumpkins or pumpkin candles.

Julie Blanner is the voice behind the stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


Silliness – Street Name?

“I’d like the number for Jennifer Smith in Richmond, Virginia,” the young man said to the 411 operator.
“There are multiple listings for Jennifer Smith in Richmond, Virginia,” the operator said. “Do you have a street name?”
The young man hesitated a moment, “Well, uh, most people call me Bubba.”

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