The roads have been glisteny all night, but I never did see any actual rain. 51F, wind at 6-11mph and gusting, AQI45, UV5. 90% chance of rain today and 100% tonight. Right now, it’s just cloudy, although there are lots of showers on the map off to the east of us. We could get 1 1/2 inches of rain over the next couple of days, but it ought to start drying out Monday evening and the chance of even showers over the rest of the forecast is pretty low.
Yesterday Tempus got in before 8, and I got up not long after that, since I thought it was Saturday and I have a class at 10am. <sigh> Well, I got some work done, anyway. …and then I started dragging. Well, I need my coffee when I get up. I tried eating something and it just made me sleepier. So I crawled back in and the next I knew it was 6:30!
As soon as I was actually awake and moving we went over and started on the next section of the shop clean-up. Tempus was fastening the new book and display shelves together. I worked on moving the stuff from my easy chair and came within inches of an horrible surprise as a whole box of (loose) glass small vases went over and landed on my feet, not on the concrete. I had no idea that stuff was balanced like that! Plus a whole box of papers that need to be sorted out scattered across the floor. <ugh> So I sorted papers and filled my trash can to overflowing. That all got disarranged (or is that “deranged”) when the small dresser and doll cabinet got moved.
We ate the last of that potroast/stew for supper, so I started a new soup. I had a cabbage to use up. A lot of cussing came out of Tempus because he needed to fish a ham broth out of the freezer for me and couldn’t find one. We finally used a chicken broth, the cabbage, some onions and 1/2 a dozen potatoes. Once that was in the pot and simmering I got a break.
I ended up talking to Amor for several hours on the phone. He’s kinda lonely, even being in the military and his schedule means he’s up during the time Tempus is out on the paper route. After we got off the phone. I got the eggs poached for the soup, then fridged it. I made myself a poached egg sandwich and then went back to writing.
Whoa! I didn’t realize until just now that this hadn’t gone out! Apologies! I got tangled up in trying to get things sorted for my classes today.
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Zlaty Amos, the Czech Teachers Day, is held annually on the birthday of John Amos Comenius, a famous educator of the middle ages. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” (or the “teachers of the year” as we would say in the US) take place yearly on March 28, and yes, they really wear crowns! See more here (website in Czech, but there are pictures) :http://www.zlatyamos.cz/ and on Comenius here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amos_Comenius
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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 4/7 at 7:35pm. 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 3/28 at 2:28pm. 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 4/1 at 3:21am.
The waxing crescent Moon shines some 8° left of Venus in twilight. As night deepens, you’ll find them forming a triangle with the fingertip-sized Pleiades over them, as shown above.
This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (the Little Dipper’s handle-end) during late evening. By that time the much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it, “dumping water” into it. The dippers do the reverse water dump in the fall.
Neptune is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 High 3:17 AM 7.4 7:03 AM Rise 9:19 AM 10
~ 28 Low 10:00 AM 0.6 7:39 PM
~ 28 High 4:12 PM 6.2
~ 28 Low 9:47 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day –I am free to express myself.
~ There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. – Douglas Macarthur
~ A different world cannot be built by indifferent people. – Peter Marshall
~ Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best. – David O. McKay
~ To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams
There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)
- 1/2 oz. Amaretto
- 1/2 oz. Irish Cream (Bailey’s)
- 1/2 oz. Creme de Cacao, dark
- 1/2 oz. Kahlua
- 1/2 oz. Rum, overproof/151 proof
- 1/2 oz. (Crown Royal) Whiskey, blended
- 1/2 oz. Bourbon (Wild Turkey)
- Fill with Cream
Mixing Instructions – Fill glass with ice, add all ingredients and fill the rest of the glass with cream!
The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your own tasty additions! Really, it is hard to add the “wrong” ingredient here, think favorite fruits, spice and liquors. Chill and enjoy! If you would like to turn things up a notch, then check out our Best Party Sangria topped with fresh or frozen raspberries.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 750 ml bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
- 1 Lemon cut into wedges
- 1 Orange cut into wedges
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Shot brandy
- 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda
Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.
Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, diced peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi slices, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda or fresh squeezed lime juice.
Bourbon Vanilla, and Chocolate Milk Shakes – AVERAGE RATING: Contributed by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
ABOUT THE BOURBON, VANILLA, AND CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKES COCKTAIL – You’ll never look at ice cream the same way again.
INGREDIENTS IN THE BOURBON, VANILLA, AND CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKES COCKTAIL
- 3 cups Premium vanilla ice cream, plus more if needed
- 12 oz Whole milk
- 3 or 4 Ice cubes
- 2 oz Good-quality bourbon
- 6 tbsp Simple Chocolate Syrup,* divided
HOW TO MAKE THE BOURBON, VANILLA, AND CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKES COCKTAIL
Place 4 heavy pint glasses in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes. Add the ice cream, milk, ice cubes, bourbon and 4 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup to a powerful blender. Blend until smooth. (A good milk shake should be eaten with a spoon—so if the mixture seems too thin, add another .25 to .5 cup ice cream and blend again.) Divide evenly among the prepared glasses and top each with .5 tablespoon of the remaining chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.
*Simple Chocolate Syrup
- .25 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder (such as Valrhona)
- .5 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- .25 teaspoon salt
Whisk together the cocoa powder and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat until fully dissolved. Whisk in the sugar and increase the heat to medium-high. Boil the mixture for about 3 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt. Let cool to room temperature and store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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