It’s quite overcast, although there are bits of blue sky off and on. No shadows…. OK, make me a liar, weather….. The sun just came out. 🙂 65F, wind at 4mph, gusting to 8, AQI26, UV4. It looks like that chance of rain over night has dropped below 40% and there’s not nearly as much water involved. Might get some wind tomorrow, though.
Yesterday was a kinda tired day. I ended up doing several readings which meant that by the end of the day I was dragging. I did get my writing done, but it took until past 8pm. …and then I still had to finish up with mail and such. There were photos to be re-done, too, and after I did a new one of the tray of nibbles (the one from Sunday was too blurry for use) I set up two sets of tidbits, since the plates were going to need to be washed anyway, for a snack for each of us.
There was a weirdie in the early afternoon. Sirens went screaming past, a couple of sets. It turns out that a couple of guys had been building a sand castle and then decided to see how deep a hole they could dig. Unfortunately, the dug deeply enough that the outgoing tide let the sand around them put pressure on the sides of the hole without the “sticky” that wet sand has, and at about 12:45 the side walls collapsed in on them, trapping them above the waist. They had to be dug out before the tide came back, because they were below water level and would have drowned. Thank goodness they weren’t alone, because there would have been Darwin awards contenders for certain….
Tempus went out to the post office, knowing there were deliveries. We got some small bits of stock in, among some other goodies. I now have book rings for the Mab’s Creations stuff again, both 2″ and 3″, for $1 and $2 each. More things are due in today and we have tarot decks on the way, finally.
Today we got up late and even once we were running around the shop had a bunch of things to do before starting this. Tempus took the car over to the shop. We’ve got new tires! I wanted to finish up and embroidery that I got mostly done last night and now Tempus has gone back to work on dishes. There were extra after the craziness of the potluck cooking and yesterday’s photos.
After he’s got that we’re going to set up “care packages” for the two people who couldn’t make it to the potluck, to be dropped off tomorrow when we go out to Sash’s. We have to get all the laundry together and the stuff for the baking that I’m planning. I want to try another seedcake recipe, and these should freeze well. We also have to go pick up some picture frames from a local person. Once the new printer is hooked up I need to run cards and some posters and write
…and paper run tonight….
Today is the Feast of In-Gathering in England. It is also known as Harvest-Home, Kirn-Supper or Mell-Supper. This is one of many feasts going on at this time of the year all across Europe and the US that celebrate the gathered harvest. The picture is a Polish Feast with a name that also translates as “Harvest Home”. The original link to this broke, but here is a Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_festival
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer (which it’s doing this year!). I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
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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 9/28 at 11:26am. 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 9/23 at 11:26pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/26 at 11:26pm.
In the west, off to left of the Big Dipper, bright Arcturus, the “Spring Star,” shines a little lower at nightfall each week. From Arcturus, the narrow kite-shaped pattern of Bootes extends 24° to the upper right.
Jupiter continues to dominate the evening sky from its perch in southern Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. The giant planet shines at magnitude –2.1 and stands some 20° above the southwestern horizon as twilight fades to darkness. When viewed through a telescope, the planet shows a 36″-diameter disk with striking details in its dynamic atmosphere. You also should see four bright points of light arrayed around the planet: the Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is well up in the east by 10 or 11 p.m. daylight saving time and highest in the south around 2 or 3 a.m.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for September – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-september-2019
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 24 Low 3:25 AM 0.2 7:06 AM Rise 1:43 AM 32
~ 24 High 10:07 AM 6.0 7:10 PM Set 5:13 PM
~ 24 Low 3:31 PM 3.1
~ 24 High 9:19 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Clean House Is A Sign Of A Misspent Life
~ If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your path. – Buddhist saying
~ After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
~ If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
September – Helen Hunt Jackson (This was Grandma’s favorite poem)
The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.
But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.
‘T is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget. – Helen Hunt Jackson
Onion pie – Makes 8 in a mini-pie maker
- 1 1/2 pounds onions
- 1 1/2 stick butter (1/4 pound)
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 prepared pie crust (1 box)
- 3/4 cups cream
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 egg
- 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground caraway
- Optional: grated gruyere or parmesan cheese
- Slice onions finely. Caramelize in the butter. (I prefer to put them into a crockpot overnight with 1/4 cup water and the butter.) Let cool.
- Fry bacon slices until crisp. Drain and set aside to cool, then crumble
- Mix cream, egg, salt, nutmeg and caraway.
- Use mini pie cutter to make 8 crusts (set aside dough scraps to re-roll)
- Prep mini pie maker with 4 crusts.
- In each place about 1/2 cup of onions. Gather to center and press down lightly.
- Put an 1/8 of the custard mix in each (about an 1/8 cup). Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
- Close lid and cook for 10 minutes.
- Raise lid and sprinkle with cheese if desired.
- Cook 2 more minutes or until custard is set (and at least 165f), crusts are brown and edges of the filling are turning golden.
- Serve hot or cold.
- 1 pound pork
- 1/8 cup minced fennel
- 1 tsp horseradish
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp clove
- 1/4 tsp mace
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Bottle red wine (use enough to float them in the pan)
- Mix all together and form into fingers or patties.
- Swim them in the wine in a saucepan and cook until done.
- Juice can be thickened with flour for a sauce.
- 1 large onion
- 1/2 a small head of cabbage.
- About a cup to 1.5 cups of ham chopped fine (I used the “rind” from a ham and ran in through a grinder)
- 1/2 Tbsp of ground caraway.
- Salt, if needed
- Slice onion and chop cabbage to a small and fairly uniform size.
- Chop ham.
- Add just enough water to be visible (not quite covering) and turn to medium until it boils.
- Add caraway and stir.
- Turn it down to a simmer and cook until fairly soft.
- Taste and add salt, if necessary.
- You can serve with the liquid, or drain and add a pat of butter.
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