Overcast and windy with rain coming ashore, right now. We just beat it. I just dumped the rain gauge and there was 3 inches in it! GALE WARNING from 7am-1pm today. 100% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. 51F, wind at 3-15mph and gusting, AQI40, UV1. We could get another 1/2 inch today, but that should be winding down in the early evening, only to start up by lunchtime tomorrow. There’s more due on Saturday, but Monday actually looks dry. Showers for the rest…
…and about 2 minutes after I hit “publish” on yesterday’s newsletter it was pouring again. 🙂 The roof was dripping steadily for several hours in the morning. Tempus went around dumping buckets and trays…. I spent a bit sorting canning jars into the right boxes.
The ceiling guy finally got here around 9:45. OF course, since it’s raining, there was nothing he could do about the roof. Otoh, if he had showed up when we said something over the summer or last fall, we wouldn’t have the problem, now…. He says they’re rot in the roof and 3 inches of standing water. <sigh>
I was still really tired, so I got a nap, then did paperwork for awhile, then got the laundry together. Eventually, I made lasagna, using up the 12th Night cheeses, then started on the bieroks. By then Tempus was out doing laundry. Iow, a busy chore day.
He got back and headed out within a few minutes. By then I had the bieroks all formed, but hadn’t started baking. He helped me get ingredients and the lasagnas put away and took off. I had a couple of hours of baking ahead of me. <gleep> …and I kept at it and made bread crumbs of the dough that didn’t work right. ….and ate too many of the bieroks. They’re tasty! I finally got those done and bagged at around 11pm.
I slept from then until a bit after 3 and Tempus picked me up at 4:15. It was quiet and dark, lumpy clouds above in layers thick enough to obscure any stars and lit from below, by the ambient light from town. It was windy in Bayshore, but Tempus didn’t have to fetch too many papers. Bayshore/Bayview was finished by 5:15 and the last drop was at 6:11.
Today we’re going to sleep late and maybe do some shopping. Tempus didn’t have enough time last night to get the things I need to make some of the foods I need to do this week. Tonight I have an online get-together with the cooks for the feast.
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. –Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Today is the Roman Feast of Concordia, the day of “getting along”. Not so much peace as “Pax”, but being able to work together for the good of all, agreement, often translated as “Harmony” …. It’s amazing how many feasts dedicated to peace and peaceful pursuits the Romans had when we think of them as a warlike people. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/8 at 11:33pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/29 at 1:42am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/1 at 5:42pm.
The Gemini twins lie on their sides on January evenings, left of Orion. Their head stars, Castor and Pollux, are farthest from Orion, one over the other. Castor is the top one. The Castor figure’s feet are just left of Orion’s very dim Club. Far below that spot shines Procyon.
Ruddy Mars grows more prominent before dawn with each passing week. The Red Planet now rises before 4 a.m. local time and climbs 20° above the southeastern horizon an hour before sunrise. Mars glows at magnitude 1.4 against the backdrop of Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer, less than 10° east-northeast of its ancient rival, the 1st-magnitude star Antares in neighboring Scorpius. Unfortunately, a telescope doesn’t add much to our view of the planet, revealing a bland disk only 5″ across.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 4:27 p.m. EST. It then lies 251,899 miles (405,393 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Sagittarius) is very low in the glow of sunrise. About 40 or 30 minutes before sunup, scan for it just above the southeast horizon. Nothing else in the vicinity is nearly as bright (airplanes excluded).
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Old Farmer’s Almanac February Sky Map! https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 29 High 3:30 AM 7.1 7:38 AM Rise 10:16 AM 13
~ 29 Low 9:23 AM 2.7 5:21 PM Set 10:17 PM
~ 29 High 2:58 PM 6.9
~ 29 Low 9:33 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember harm none by thought, word, or deed. . – Galen Gillotte
~ It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
~ Every calling is great when greatly pursued. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ The time has come to tell the truth. Again. There is no love without justice… If we remain unable to imagine a world where love can be recognized as a unifying principle that can lead us to seek and use power wisely, then we will remain wedded to a culture of domination that requires us to choose power over love. – Bell Hooks
~ I am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
Keep warm by inner fires, and rest in peace.
Sleep on content, as sleeps the patient rose.
Walk boldly on the white untrodden snows,
The winter is the winter’s own release. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
Egg Carton Fire Starters – Reuse all those old candle ends in this practical, convenient fire project suitable for outdoor fires, only. (Don’t burn wax in an indoor fireplace, it can cause chimney fires!)
You will need:
paraffin wax or beeswax (old candle stubs work great for this)
the bottom halves of cardboard egg cartons
sawdust, pine needles, scraps of cotton material, dry pinecones, or
- Stuff each cardboard egg holder with sawdust or other flammable material.
- Melt the wax in double boiler, over low to medium heat.
- When the wax is melted, carefully pour the wax into each depression in the egg cartons. Make sure the wax does not overflow.
- Stir gently with a bamboo skewer or other small stick to make sure that the wax reaches through the other combustibles.
- Let cool.
- After the wax has cooled down, use scissors to cut the fire starters apart from each other, leaving the hardened wax inside its cardboard shell.
- To use, set one or two fire starters in your fireplace, surround with kindling and larger wood, and light. The fire starters will keep burning long enough to light even the most stubborn logs.
Tips – You can used powdered resins along with the other combustibles to give a lovely scent to the flames or line each cup with plucked off “petals” from cones. A wick can be inserted so that the fire can be started with a lighter. Make a bed of crumpled paper to set this on and continue as above.
Candle Hat – One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation.
- Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim.
- Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters.
- Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers.
- The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. (Could also be said as, “The candle wicks meet at the center, their bases on the plate rim.)
- Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle.
- Bend candles from their base to stand upright.
- Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter.
- Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes.
- Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.
Candle Treat Rolls
- Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
- Construction Paper (in the colors you want for your candles)
- Tissue Paper (yellow and orange)
- Tape (or glue)
- Treats (candy, nuts, raisins, or other yummy things)
- Take your toilet paper roll and lay it down on your construction paper. Use a ruler to draw a line on the paper for the width of the paper roll as shown in the sample to your left. Use your scissors to cut along the line that you drew.
- Lay the Paper Roll down on the edge of the construction paper. Tape one of the ends of the construction paper to the Paper Roll, then carefully roll the Paper Roll until you get to the end of the construction paper.
- When the construction paper is all the way around the Paper Roll, put a piece of tape to hold the paper together. You can also glue the paper down instead of using tape. If you do this, put a rubber band around the Paper Roll, and allow time for this step to dry.
- Cut two squares of tissue… one of the yellow color and one of the orange tissue paper. Use a nice sized square here so your candle flame is nice and large. Also remember when making this part of the candle, most of the tissue will be inside of the paper roll… so be generous with its size.
- Lay the tissue down, one piece on top of the other. If you angle it like the sample here to your left, both colors of the tissue will show nicely in your finished project.
- Use a spoon to gently push the tissue into the Paper Roll. Don’t push too hard or the tissue may rip. Once the tissue is in the Paper Roll… add your treats.
- Once your treats have been added… tie off the end. The illustration shows green string… but that is only so you can see where to add the tie.
- With your fingers… work up the tissue to form a tip to make it look like a candle flame.
Silliness – Stop Redundancy
The Committee for the Reduction of Redundancy and the Antiproliferation of Repetition has decided not to meet until they have their first meeting and thus will not be meeting until the first time.
Their Pre-meeting Statement wanted to make this clear before they had their first meeting, so that it would not be confusing.
So their first meeting will actually be their first meeting and they will not have a meeting before the first meeting.
This should avoid having people show up for their first meeting before it is held, since to do so would be confusing to those who did so and this is what they want to avoid by reducing the confusion and lessening the repetition.