Cloudy with occasional mizzle. 10% chance of rain today. 20% tonight. We might see some sun this afternoon. 43F, wind at 0-1 mph, AQI37, UV2. Showers or rain for the next 10 days, except for Monday and Tuesday when it should be sunny. Saturday is still looking like lots of rain and wind.
Yesterday we didn’t get up until way late. It was 1:30 before I was at my desk at the shop. After some paperwork I got to work on getting Pirate’s Treasure buckets set up (we’re out!) and getting the stuff for those properly organized.
We headed for Newport, 6-ish….closer to 6:30. We stopped at Ray’s first, and ended up with a rain check on a coupon item. <sigh> Next was Freddie’s for some stuff for the week, and *they* didn’t have any of the day old bread. <double sigh> I like those assortments, but until they’re staling they don’t put them together the same way. We went over to the newspaper office, but they weren’t quite ready, so we picked up a Tuesday special pizza at Papa Murphy’s and then went back.
It went very smoothly, since everything is still open, so the drop-offs and pickups are easier. It had started raining on us in Waldport, just enough to use the wipers, but nothing more, and flags in Newport were lazily flapping, not the frantic shimmer-look of a windy night. We were done and heading home, crossing the Yaquina Bay Bridge at 10:20.
I talked to Amor for awhile online. He’s finally graduated from the training that he was doing, so he’s going to have a little more time to talk again. I had sent him a couple of funny videos about dogs again. 🙂
Tempus and I are probably going to sleep in again today, and then we have to sort the rest of the feast stuff. Tempus also has to fix the shelves that those live on. I got started yesterday, then realized some of the things were missing, so Tempus went hunting for those, found most of them, and I’ll get on that as soon as I have some coffee.
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today was one of the feasts of Artemis in the Ancient World, although she is usually venerated on the 6th day of each month. Now, we usually think of her as the lady of the crescent moon, the Daughter face of the Goddess, but she is still the goddess of the hunt and of deer and the protector, both of girls and of women in childbirth. She had a chariot drawn by golden deer and several hunting dogs given her by Pan. She carries, not just a bow, but also a spear and net or a lyre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis
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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 2/23 at 7:32am. 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 2/15 at 2:17pm.
And under the feet of Orion hides Lepus the Hare. Like Canis Major, this is a constellation with a connect-the-dots that really looks like what it’s supposed to be. He’s a crouching bunny with his nose pointing lower right, his faint ears extending up toward Rigel (Orion’s western foot), and his body bunched to the left. His brightest two stars, 3rd-magnitude Beta and Alpha Leporis, form the front and back of his neck.
Ruddy Mars continues to grace the predawn sky this 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 1.3 against the backdrop of Sagittarius the Archer, having crossed the border from Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer just yesterday. Although the passage from Ophiuchus into Sagittarius is little more than a technical milestone, it does set up a series of pretty conjunctions with some of the Archer’s deep-sky gems next week. Unfortunately, a telescope doesn’t add much to our current view of the planet, revealing a bland disk that measures just 5″ across.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Sagittarius) is low in the southeast just before and during dawn, well to the lower left of Mars (by about 20°). Nothing else in the vicinity is nearly as bright.
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 Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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 12 High 2:46 AM 8.2 7:21 AM Set 9:37 AM 91
~ 12 Low 8:46 AM 1.3 5:40 PM Rise 10:14 PM
~ 12 High 2:37 PM 8.1
~ 12 Low 9:05 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, Spirituality is how you connect to yourself and the world, mentally, emotionally and physically. We do not get spirituality through religion or philosophy. It is simply the essence of being human.
~ Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;- thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. – Horace
~ Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. – John Lubbock
~ The greatest treasures of your life are associated with the people you love and who love you in return. – Brian Tracy
Deep down within the frozen brook
I hear a murmur faint and sweet,
And lo! The ice breaks as I look,
And living waters touch my feet. –Jane Goodwin Austin (1831–94)
Steamed Lobster Tails Recipe by:Nancy – https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/99742/steamed-lobster-tails/
“This basic recipe for steamed lobster tails is the best way to ensure perfect lobster every time.”
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 4 (6 ounce) lobster tails
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- Prep – 2 m
- 8 m – Ready In – 10 m
Pour about 1 inch of water in the bottom of a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the salt and place a steamer insert inside the pot so that it is just above the water level. Put the lobster tails on the rack and cover the pot. Cover and steam for 8 minutes. And don’t peek! Serve with melted butter.
Per Serving: 356 calories; 24.5 g fat; 0.9 g carbohydrates; 32.2 g protein; 223 mg cholesterol; 1987 mg sodium. Full nutrition
More lobster recipes – https://www.allrecipes.com/gallery/best-lobster-recipes-for-romantic-dinners/
Sexy Shrimp Scampi – Recipe by:TRAILINDAWG – “This simple but flavorful Scampi is sure to be a big hit.” – https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/136525/sexy-shrimp-scampi/
- 30 medium shrimp – peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Prep = 20 m
- Cook – 15 m
- Ready In – 45 m
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Toss the shrimp in a bowl with the olive oil, melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper; set aside for 10 minutes. Arrange the shrimp in a circular pattern in a round casserole dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts – Per Serving: 342 calories; 26.3 g fat; 1.2 g carbohydrates; 24.8 g protein; 259 mg cholesterol; 825 mg sodium. Full nutrition
Lover’s Beef Burgundy Filet – One must be very careful who this is prepared for. Like a magic love potion, it brings out the lover in ANYone. Through trial and error, I learned very quickly not to prepare this for a mere ‘casual date’ UNLESS you want that ‘casual date’ to become ‘more’….By ttinkerbel
- Prep: 40 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 6 hrs 40 mins
- Additional: 5 hrs 40 mins
- Servings: 8
- Nutrition Info
Ingredients – Original recipe yields 8 servings
- 4 cups Burgundy wine
- 1 ½ cups canola oil
- 1 ½ cups soy sauce
- 2 cups oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 8 (6 ounce) fillets filet mignon
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon Burgundy wine
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon minced green onions1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- In a medium saucepan, mix together Burgundy wine, canola oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic and oregano. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. Place in the refrigerator 1 hour, or until chilled.
- Place filet mignon filets in a 9×13 inch baking dish, and pour the chilled marinade over them. Cover tightly with foil, and refrigerate for a minimum of 5 hours.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1 teaspoon of Burgundy wine with a hand mixer. Mix in shallots, green onions and white pepper by hand; cover tightly, and refrigerate.
- Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
- Grill marinated filets to desired doneness, turning once. Place filets in a clean 9×13 inch baking dish. Dollop with the Burgundy butter mixture, and place in the preheated oven for a minute, or until butter is melted.
Tip – Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
Nutrition Facts – Per Serving: – 883 calories; 73.8 g total fat; 116 mg cholesterol; 3290 mg sodium. 8 g carbohydrates; 28.9 g protein; Full Nutrition