Featured photo by Ken Gagne. (Internal photos from Sunday’s potluck)
Lovely and clear! but it was cold last night, might be colder tonight! We did see frost when on the paper route. 54F, wind at 4mph, AQI31, UV1. It should be nice and clear for a couple of days, but clouds are rolling in on Saturday and on Sunday it looks like winter weather for awhile, 50% rain all the way down….
Yesterday was *really* productive and busy and… tiring…. We got our maple syrup (that I’m using for candy for the holidays), finished loading the car and headed for Newport. We got the keys from Sash (he was still at work), then picked up a couple of pizzas at Papa Murphy’s. Sash had forgotten to remind Tempus to make a copy of his apartment keys, so that didn’t happen, but we got to Sasha’s and started right in loading dish and clothes washers, offloading the car and installing the bookshelf that we picked up for him Monday night. During the afternoon we did 4 loads of dishes, 3 of laundry and loaded the bookshelf besides giving him a hand with cleanup. Sash had had a friend couch-surfing on him, who had left a dreadful mess. We offered to help a little.
So Tempus picked him up from work and they went grocery-shopping for a few minutes then came back to Sash’s to hot pizza. We sat and ate and then loaded the car and headed for home. I went splat within minutes after the offloading and put-away was done. Tempus headed for Newport and I slept for almost 5 hours! By the time I was conscious again, he had gotten papers, bagged, done the bulk drops and then started the regular route and finished South Beach and Makai!
I was still pretty tired, so I vegged instead of finishing clean-up in back I watched
some youtubes. One was on Bob Fosse and I *never* get tired of watching him dance! Another, narrated by Ray Bolger, was on the heyday of MGM studio’s big musical dance numbers. The last one was quite long and all about the prince of the Windsor family who had epilepsy and died just after the end of WWI. Quite a sad little story.
When Tempus picked me up the stars were
out and brilliant, despite the waning crescent Moon. Orion was amazing! At that time of the night, the Dog Star (Sirius), Orion and the Pleiades are almost the same height from the horizon and the Moon was directly overhead. There was a tinge of the coming light on the horizon and Mars was visible, but Venus not up yet.
By the time we were done with Bayshore and Bayview the eastern sky was getting brighter, but it was still the Moon illuminating the fog wreathing the heights and up in Alsea Heights it *was* really foggy! We came down and crossed the bridge into Waldport and it was just as foggy up Crestline. When we got glimpses of town it made it look enchanting and mysterious.
By then it was actually twilight and we watched the eastern sky begin to yellow on the last of the drops. When we were climbing Norwood Heights there was an *amazing* stand of amanitas right by the road. It was took dark to get any photos, but I want to try to go up there tomorrow to photograph….assuming that no one has run them over, anyway. Yes, they’re that close to the road and right at a curve….
So we got home around 7 and went to sleep and we’ve had enough things to finish by 6pm that despite getting up around 3 (still groggy….Catching up?)
I’m only just finishing up here. I’ve been packing care packages and I’m still working on comfits…. We are going to be putting things away tonight after finishing the leftover pizza. We always buy two large for 3 people, so we each have 2 pieces hot and Tempus and I have a couple of pizza slice keepers that hold two. Sash gets the extra. 🙂 So we get two meals out of it. The 2nd batch usually brings a smile. 🙂
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
Praetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29
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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 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 11/21 at 7:06pm.
Orion clears the eastern horizon by about 8 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. High above Orion shines orange Aldebaran. Above Aldebaran is the little Pleiades cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. Far left of Aldebaran and the Pleiades shines bright Capella.
If you’re game for a quick evening challenge, try to spot Neptune through binoculars. The distant planet lies halfway to the zenith in the southern sky around 7 p.m. local time and doesn’t set until after midnight. The magnitude 7.9 world appears against the backdrop of Aquarius, 1.5° west-southwest of the 4th-magnitude star Phi (φ) Aquarii. You’ll need binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.3″.
Mars (magnitude +1.8, in Virgo) is low in the east-southeast in early dawn, well to the upper right of difficult or impossible Mercury. Upper right of Mars, by 5° to 9°, is brighter Spica, magnitude +1.0. Arcturus, brighter, twinkles about 30° to their upper left.
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
W 20 Low 12:11 AM 0.4 7:19 AM Set 2:02 PM 51
~ 20 High 7:05 AM 7.0 4:45 PM
~ 20 Low 1:00 PM 3.2
~ 20 High 6:30 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I honestly face both the light and the shadow within me to harmonize all aspects of my spirit.
~ Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ Like all New York hotel lady cashiers she had red hair and had been disappointed in her first husband. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body. – Seneca
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway –
Thanksgiving comes again! – –Unknown
- Serves: A Crowd!
- Prep Time: 10 Min
- Cook Time: 4 Hr
- 2 – 32 oz frozen meatballs (homestyle – not italian style)
- 2 can(s) cranberry sauce (jellied)
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp prepared mustard
- 6 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- In a saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, the brown sugar, the mustard, and the apple cider vinegar. Cook and stir over medium heat until the cranberry sauce is melted.
- Put the frozen meatballs in a six quart crockpot and pour the cranberry glaze over the meatballs. Cook on high 4-6 hours or until hot. Serve hot and enjoy!
- Tonna’s Note – I made these yummy meatballs for my daughter’s bridal shower. They are quick, easy, and delicious!
- Comments from the Test Kitchen – These meatballs will be a hit at any gathering! The cranberry glaze is super easy to prepare…a just the right amount of sweet.
Pasties (pronounced PAH – stees) – Baked Goods – Pasties – Lunch – Hot – Medieval Recipe
Winter food in the colder parts of Europe was filling and hearty. A lot of starches were used as a base. Oatmeal with butter and milk, root vegetable stews, porridges of barley or rice, frumenty and breads were common, combined with cheese, nuts, dried fish, meat or fruit. After the industrial revolution of the Middle Ages, as flour mills became more common, pasties became a staple food, especially for workers, who would use these as hand-warmers on the way to the day’s work and then a cold lunch.
Pasties are a baked biscuit-type dough baked around a meat, fish or vegetable filling, often combined with different spices or cooked grains. Often the previous night’s supper was thickened by sitting on the fire overnight with some added grains.
These are a great way to use up leftovers and those scraps of things left over from other recipes as you’re preparing for company or a party. I’ve made these as a take-home lunch for those who have long drives at the end of a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. They’re wonderful hot, but good cold, too!
Any pie dough can be used and you don’t have to be nice with it. You’re not looking for a tender crust! If you’ve over-worked a pie dough, set it aside and make another for your pie, then add an egg and form the messed up dough for pasties!
The traditional dough uses eggs for strength.
Traditional Pastie Wrap – You need:
- 1 pound of flour
- ½ pound butter
- 3 eggs
- Hot water
- Egg for glaze
- Sesame seeds or other “garnish”
- Pastry blender, bowls, flour shaker, bread board and rolling pin, small plate and sharp small knife
- Let butter stand at room temperature for about an hour.
- Using the pastry blender, “cut” butter into flour in a mixing bowl.
- Cut in the eggs.
- Cut in hot water 1 tsp at a time until you have a tough, non-crumbly dough.
- Dump out onto floured bread board and knead just until smooth.
- Roll out the dough to ¼ inch. Use enough flour to keep from sticking!
- Cut it into six-inch circles (use a small plate for a template! Use a 3 to 3 ½ inch glass for a cutter if doing these for a party appetizer.)
- Collect scraps and roll out again.
- Roll a 3rd time and set the scraps aside for crispels or cinnamon snails. (More working will make the dough too brittle.)
- Place the filling in the center of the circles, and fold them over to make a half moon shape. Pinch edge with fingers to seal. If they don’t want to stick use a little water or egg as “glue”.
- Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
- Cook at 350 degrees until they are golden, usually 15-20 minutes.
Baba’s Snickerdoodles – Dessert – Cookie – kid do-able, VERY! (Amor & Arthur made these at age 3!) – These are NOT snickerdoodles by the usual definition. Those are a cinnamon cookie. I think Babička just liked the name and not having an English word for these, grabbed one she remembered.
- You need:
- Graham Crackers
- Peanut butter (chunky is best, but creamy works)
- Chocolate Chips (or pourable chocolate syrup, Hershey’s Special Dark® is delicious!)
- Fancy Christmas sprinkles or raw sugar crystals (optional, see note)
- Tray or big plate, spoon or dinner knife
- Break the crackers along the lines and line up on the tray.
- Pick up the crackers one at a time and smear each with peanut butter from end to end.
- When you put them down push them as close together as possible.
- Sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips.
- Sprinkle evenly with sprinkles or sugar
Once kids have done these a couple of times with parents’ help, even three-year-olds can make these, once the ingredients are set out. Of course, half the ingredients end up OUTSIDE of the kids when you do this and most of the rest on the inside, rather than on the tray, but that’s most of the fun! (Put a big bath towel on the floor for them to stand on to minimize clean-up)
By the way, we’ve varied these by holiday by using orange and brown M&M’s on Thanksgiving, conversation hearts on Valentine’s Day, candy corn on Halloween, and on one memorable St. Patrick’s Day, with little sugar shamrocks!
Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A: Pilgrims!
Q: What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus? A: Lots of drumsticks for Thanksgiving dinner.