Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick.
We definitely have the rain and the wind today. Winter weather is officially here… High surf advisory, Small craft warning. 55F, wind at 16mph and gusting (wow, is it gusting!), and there isn’t a single close-by place that’s recording more than 0.01 inches of rain. Now, *that*’s ridiculous, with the way it’s been comign down! I guess I need to work out a rain gauge. AQI40, UV3. There are a couple of spikes of rain tomorrow, and then again over Friday night, with plenty of wind associated, but otherwise, the chance and forecast amounts are dropping. …I asked on one of the local Facebook groups and someone who has a rain gauge up in Missouri Bend went over an inch early this afternoon.
We had almost everything ready to go yesterday morning, but still had to get it into the car. …and we got sidetracked into comedy videos. <groan> I got a couple of totes of things that needed washing put together. …and moved them until my back started screaming, and then I let Tempus finish up. …and then ran around in circles trying to find the ingredients for my cookies, and my cookie sheets, which never appeared. Hmm… Did they stay at Sash’s, the way the drawer did last week?
…and no, they didn’t. <sigh> Now, where’d they go? …but I have the drawer back. 🙂 We didn’t get to Sash’s until well past 2pm, despite how hard we tried. I did several loads of dishes and two of laundry. Tempus went out to the store and got some stuff to go on with. Sash and I sat and talked and he played a game and I watched star trek.
By the time Tempus got back it was too late to do the cookies, so we packed up and
headed home. I got dropped at the shop at around 8:30, and he ran around and got ready for the paper run and then took off for Newport. I sat down and sorted plastic and tupperware and canning jars. I *think* I’m nearing the bottom on that.
…and the papers ran late…. We had time to have done the cookies after all! Tempus got them around midnight and started bagging. He made it to Walmart just in time to do that big drop just before they
completely closed up for the night around 1am, and that’s just employees, they actually close at midnight, but they let him in and then he went back to the office and more bagging. He was finally got started on the regular route at 3:30! I certainly hope they sort out whatever has gone wrong the last two Tuesdays. I spent the night working on my Simpling class background, finishing going through one of the books, making a list of the herbs and remedies.
I got picked up at nearly 7:30am. Wow…. It was drippy and the wind was picking up as we did Bayshore. Judging by the thrashing trees in Bayview, we got through the windiest part of the route just in time. It was broad daylight and went very red-sky as the sun was coming up (judging by the time, we could *not* see it!) We finished right around 9am and went to the Salty
Dawg for breakfast just as the rain started really coming down. The view across the Bay there is really pretty cool in the rain. …and there were fishers taking boats out despite the weather… Obsessed much? 🙂
Obviously we slept late. Tempus is still down and it’s going on 6pm. We mostly need to sort out the stuff from yesterday and get things picked up. We’ll have to get the mail tomorrow morning, and I’m hoping to make something tasty for supper and then do the scalded milk cheese that I intended to do last night before getting caught up in the Simpling stuff.
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we got there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. In 2013 there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. Last year’s winner was Dr Sanjaya Rajaram who has developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
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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 10/27 at 8:39pm. 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 10/21 at 5:39am.
Now, as evening grows late, look for the Pleiades to the Moon’s upper left and twinkly Aldebaran to the Moon’s lower left, as shown.
Uranus reaches opposition in just two weeks, and it is already a tempting evening target. The ice giant world rises during twilight and climbs 30° above the eastern horizon by 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lurks among the background stars of southern Aries. Use binoculars to find the planet 2.7° south of the similarly bright star 19 Arietis. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″. To learn more about viewing Uranus and its outer solar system cousin, Neptune, see “Observe the ice giants” in October’s Astronomy.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in the feet of Ophiuchus) is the white dot low in the southwest as twilight fades. To Jupiter’s lower right by 11° or 12°, can you still spot Antares, one sixteenth as bright? Jupiter is nearly on the far side of the Sun from us, appearing only 35 arcseconds wide in a telescope and very smushy in the low-altitude seeing.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-october-2019
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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Celtic Tree Month of Gort / Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 16 High 2:46 AM 6.8 7:33 AM Set 10:14 AM 96
~ 16 Low 8:28 AM 2.1 6:31 PM Rise 8:22 PM
~ 16 High 2:22 PM 7.8
~ 16 Low 9:10 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Cats are smarter than dogs. You will NEVER get eight cats to pull sled through snow.” – Jeff Valdez
Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – What country—other than your own—do you most admire? Write the reasons for your choice. (Alternatively, write something about the first storm of the winter….)
~ A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself. – GB Shaw
~ When you’re lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is tabooed by anxiety, / I concede you may use any language you choose to indulge in without impropriety. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~ The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak. – Rumi
~ Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare
On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
American Traditional Pumpkin Pie – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups pumpkin mush*
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 12oz can evaporated milk
- 1 pie shell
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl combine sugars and eggs. Add in the pumpkin mush, the spices, salt, and evaporated milk. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 50 minutes, or until pie sets.
Makes 6-8 servings.
*Pumpkin mush: cut a medium pumpkin in half. Prick the skin several times with a fork, and place on a cookie sheet, cut-side up. Bake for 50 minutes or until very soft when poked with a fork. Let the pumpkin cool, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Scoop out the pumpkin meat, and throw away the skin. Mash the pumpkin meat with a potato masher or puree in a blender/food processor. Makes about 4 cups.
Pumpkin Cookies –from Auramooth’s Wiccan Page
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup cooked pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. walnuts
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Cream butter and sugar together, then add egg and blend well.
- Blend in pumpkin and vanilla.
- Blend together dry ingredients: flour, powder, soda, salt and spices, and add to pumpkin mixture.
- Stir in nuts and chips, and drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes, cool and eat!
From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!
Old-fashioned Raisin Pie (can be made ahead)
- 2 c. raisins
- 2 c. water
- 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp . salt
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1 unbaked double pie crust
Preheat oven to 425^F. Combine raisins and water and boil for 5 minute. Meanwhile, blend sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add to raisin liquid and cook, stirring, until clear. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and butter. Cool slightly and turn into pastry-lined pan. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges of top and bottom crust together by pressing down with tines of a fork; this makes a nice ridged appearance. For Samhain or other Pagan events, cut a triple moon in the crust; for non-Pagan ones, just make a small round hole in the center.
Bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serves 8, so make two. 🙂
Source: My mom, who got it from hers.
Thought Seed Crackers – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 box family-favorite crackers
- melted Onion or garlic powder
- Caraway, celery, poppy, and sesame seeds
Brush the crackers lightly with butter/margarine. Sprinkle lightly with onion or garlic powder and ever so sparingly with dillweed. Top with combination seed mix. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until crisp and hot.
Silliness – Classic Bumper Stickers – – Sex on television can’t hurt you unless you fall off.