Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Rain and blowy. Ok, this looks more like winter. It’s still pretty warm, and band after band of rain is walking ashore. 55F, wind at 16 mph and gusting (quite a bit higher on the “headlands”, and up towards the crests of ridges). It’s gusting well into the 30’s upon occasion! AQI31, UV1. It’s supposed to keep going like this with more serious rain overnight, but after tomorrow’s lunchtime it ought to quit, clear off, and give us several sunny days.
Yesterday we were cooking right up until opening time. Tempus was starting bread while I was sorting vegetables and cleaning up the table. We kept on going with cooking once we were open. He worked on the bread and washing the vegetables. Goodness! Those leeks were *really* muddy!
…and ya know, I should have been suspicious of a recipe that said that one large leek was one serving of soup…. 5, 2″ (not what I would call large) leeks filled 3, 1/2 gallon boxes with chopped leek…. and my hands *really* were hurting.
We had a fun day of food and cooking and eating and closed up around 9pm. While Tempus took James back to Newport I was finding lids and things and manage to trip and land on the concrete floor flat. I seem to have just wrenched and bruised myself, since everything from ribs up landed on the rug, but I was doing a lot of squawking for awhile.
Once he was back, Tempus and I finished getting things put away, then he decided to try a recipe for hot buttered rum, which I consumed my share of quite blissfully. Amor called while we were sipping. He’s back in Alaska and looking forward to picking Puka (his chihuahua) up in the morning!
…and I slept very soundly for a good chunk of the night. …but it’s taken me a long while to get going this morning, limping and complaining (not loudly). I’m *very* stiff and sore, but I don’t appear to have broken anything.
Tempus got the shop open on time, while I was in back, griping. I have a lot of photo processing and writing to do today, so I can
sit. We might even get a chunk of the inventory done, with any luck.
..and with all the cookery yesterday today’s Silliness made me groan…and before you think I’m laughing at you? Two of those are the ones that I’m guilty off, in part. I’ll leave you to guess. 🙂
…and I think the wind’s picking up. Tempus just found the readings sign at right angles and I can hear it rocking. That thing is *heavy*!
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Feast of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars, ancient Persia – Approximately on this day was a festival in honour of the Persian and Armenian goddess Ardvi Sura (‘undefiled, immaculate, or mighty, blameless’), one of the names of Anahita, known as the Mother of the Stars, goddess of heavenly waters; Iranian version of Astarte/Ishtar. In the Christian tradition she is a cognate of Mary, Stella Maris. (Stella Maris means “Star of the Sea” i.e. the planet Venus.) I’ve often wondered if her name is the origin of the Wiccan Star Goddess. More and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aredvi_Sura_Anahita
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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 11/26 at 7:06am. 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 11/19 at 1:11pm.
Uranus reached opposition and peak visibility three weeks ago, and it remains a tempting target all this week. The outer planet appears in the eastern sky after darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 10 p.m. local time. The magnitude 5.7 world lies in southeastern Aries the Ram, near that constellation’s border with Pisces the Fish and Cetus the Whale. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, use binoculars to locate it initially. The closest guide star is magnitude 4.4 Xi1 (ξ1) Ceti, which lies 3.8° to the south-southeast. A telescope reveals the planet’s 3.7″-diameter, blue-green disk.
Vega is the brightest star in the west right after dark in November. Its little constellation Lyra extends to its left, pointing in the direction of Altair, the brightest star in the southwest. Three of Lyra’s leading stars, after Vega, are interesting doubles. Barely above Vega is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the famous Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, upper left of Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair.
Mercury should become visible low in the dawn by about November 22nd, as it emerges out from behind the Sun and also rapidly brightens to magnitude 0. Around that date, look for it above the east-southeast horizon about 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise. Binoculars help. Don’t be confused by Mars and/or Spica, 10° and 18° to Mercury’s upper right, respectively, or bright Arcturus, 32° to Mercury’s upper left on that date.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for November –https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-november-2019
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 18 High 5:05 AM 6.5 7:16 AM Set 12:52 PM 72
~ 18 Low 10:17 AM 3.7 4:46 PM Rise 10:38 PM
~ 18 High 3:51 PM 7.3
~ 18 Low 11:09 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
~ Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. – Epicetus, Greek philosopher
~ An amazing invention – but who would ever want to use one? (made a call from Washington to Pennsylvania with Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, patented on 7 March 1876) – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~ Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. – Rumi
~ Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
And the prayer, which my mouth is too full to express,
Swells my heart that thy shadow may never be less,
That the days of thy lot may be lengthened below,
And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow,
And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky
Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie! – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
This is the time of year to think about this next craft.
Wheel of the Year Candle – You will need candlewax from each Sabbat candle you use througout the year, a candle mold, and a new wick. This takes a whole year to make. You have to save some of the wax from the candles you used on each Sabbat and keep them in a special place for the whole year. As each Sabbat passes, add the next piece of wax. Since you used them for the Sabbat rituals, they have more power. Once the wheel of the year has made a complete cycle, melt the wax from the eight Sabbats together. Pour the melted wax into a candle mold, or cut a plastic cup in half; add a wick to the bottom of the cup and pour in the wax. Place it in the freezer to harden quickly. Keep it in your sacred space to bring a wonderful coming year. You could also do this with wax from the 13 Full Moons in a year. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Turkey Pumpkin – Turn a pumpkin into a turkey. This idea can be used with any size pumpkin, from mini to large. Young children will need help piercing the pumpkin skin to attach the decorations.
- Crayons, markers, paint, or colored pencils
- Thick craft glue, rubber cement or hot glue
- Toothpicks, or skewers, or popsicle sticks
- Card stock or thin cardboard or construction paper
- You will need to cut out tail feathers and wing feathers that are the right size for your pumpkin — which will be the body. Use colored construction paper or color your own on card stock. Cut as many as you wish. Your turkey can have a huge feathery tail and wings OR you can use only 5 feathers to create the effect you want!
- You also need to cut out a turkey head and neck — think of a circle head attached to a long narrow triangle neck. You can do it, I’m sure! Attach your head/neck piece to a popsicle stick with glue. Be sure to leave about an inch of stick to poke into the pumpkin. Draw on a beak, a neck wattle and a face. When it’s all dry and done press the stick into the pumpkin where you want it. IF it is too difficult, someone who is old enough can use a knife to make slits for the sticks.
- Glue the feathers to sticks in the same manner to create wings and the tail.
- If you want to try to glue feathers directly to the pumpkin, it will work with some kinds of glue — perhaps you can use thumbtacks to help. Rubber cement is good for this because if you paste some onto the pumpkin and some onto the feather then let them almost dry before you put them together, they stick VERY firmly!
Paper Cup Gobblers – (These will make parents crazy, but kids love them)
Use a yellow paper cup – not the small size but coffee size or larger.
With the cup upside down – use colored paper or construction paper to make a beak and the red thingy on its head.
Use black marker or wiggly eyes.
Then take kite string, or other natural fiber string (not nylon or twine) cut about 16″ depending on the size of your cup. Tape it inside on the center of the bottom of the cup so when you hold up your gobbler the cup is upside down and the string is hanging down around 8-10″ or so.
Now, wet the string slightly and wet your fingers – pull your fingers down the string and your gobbler will gobble.
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Silliness – BUTTERBALL TURKEY TALK-LINE
Over the years, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line staff have had their share of memorable calls — inquiries that stand out from the crowd because they’re heartwarming or amusing. We asked some of the veteran staff members to tell us their favorites plus, we rounded up a bunch of our own personal favorites from the Talk-Line archives. It’s hard to beat the call from a trucker who planned to cook his Thanksgiving turkey on the engine of his truck (“Will it cook faster if I drive faster?”), but some of these come pretty close. Warning: do not attempt to adjust your screen — these are real incidents, true stories – from the front lines!
* Home alone, a Kentucky woman was in the doghouse when she called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. While preparing the turkey, her Chihuahua jumped into the bird’s body cavity and couldn’t get out. She tried pulling the dog and shaking the bird, but nothing worked. She and the dog became more and more distraught. After calming the woman down, the Talk-Line home economist suggested carefully cutting the opening in the cavity of the turkey wider. It worked and Fido was freed!
* Birdie, eagle and turkey? Roasting a turkey doesn’t have to interfere with the daily routine, so said a retired Floridian. He called “Turkey Central” for turkey grilling tips while waiting to tee off from the 14th hole.
* Taking turkey preparation an extra step, a Virginian wondered, “How do you thaw a fresh turkey?” The Talk-Line staffer explained that fresh turkeys aren’t frozen and don’t need to be thawed.
* Don’t wait until the last minute! On Thanksgiving Day, a Georgian woman took the “Be prepared” motto to heart. She had just agreed to host Thanksgiving Dinner and called the Talk-Line a year ahead of time for turkey tips.
* A Southern woman called the White House to comment, “On Thanksgiving Day, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is more important than the President. He can take the day off, but the Talk- Line staff can’t.” (The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is open Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Standard Time.)
* Thanksgiving Dinner on the run. A woman called 1-800-323-4848 to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, “I don’t know, it’s still running around outside.”
* Tofu turkey? No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. A restaurant owner in California wanted to know how to roast a turkey for a vegetarian menu.
* White meat, anyone? A West Coast woman took turkey preparation to extremes by scrubbing her bird with bleach. Afterward, she called the Talk-Line to find out how to clean off the bleach. To her dismay, she was advised to dispose of the turkey.
* A young girl called on behalf of her mother who needed roasting advice. To provide approximate roasting times, the home economist asked what size the turkey was. Without asking her mother the little girl paused, then replied, “Medium.”
* A novice turkey-cooking chef wanted to know if the yellow netting and wrapper around the turkey should be removed before roasting. Envisioning a melted plastic turkey blob, the home economist responded, “Yes,” then offered complete roasting directions.