There are some clouds up there, mostly a thin haze that’s blotting out the stars. 46F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI37, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It’s likely to stay cloudy today, with only a little sunshine, but getting into the low 60’s for temps. Through Friday it’s supposed to get warmer and sunnier, but Saturday will likely be back to rain. That big swirl over the Aleutians is pulling warmer air up and over, but bringing a lot of cloud with it.
Yesterday I tried to get up at 10, I really tried. I actually sat at my computer for most of 1/2 an hour trying to get going… nope… went back to bed. I had a bad night because of asthma and I was just too short on sleep. I tried again at noon. This time I made it. The first class I wanted to be in was cancelled, then the 1pm turned out to be a swizz, mostly because there was so much ambient noise from all the mikes that were on and background stuff that I couldn’t make head or tail of the speaker. After I had the details of her costume set in my mind, I logged out. The next class I had the time wrong. It was a sewing fur one, but I missed it. Vinegar pickling had some interesting stuff, but I never did find the next one in time to get into the class. The instructor apologised and sent a link, but that was frustrating. I did get to the bardic in the evening.
I had been working on the angelica all afternoon and got it into the dehydrator around 4pm. I made the cherry stuff at that point and that was lunch. It was really tasty!
It’s a recipe from a newly-translated medieval Transylvanian cookbook. It’s not something that resembles standard american food unless you’re thinking “bread pudding” and this has no eggs. I’m going to put it with the Litha recipes, I think, because it’s fairly easy and just very tasty. What you do is soak sour cherries in wine, honey and spices overnight, then cut up bread and fry in butter. I divided that into two bowls, heated the cherry mix and poured that over, topping it with the tiny fennel candies. Yum! It was a substantial meal.
I got a nap after that, having been working on various small things for stock in between the things listed above. I worked on pictures too, during the bardic, and then wrote for awhile. There are some new pix in the Sioned album. Eventually we had supper (pork roast, compost and cole slaw) and I took a book and embroidery to bed, only to get up to pull the angelica out of the dehydrator.
Tempus headed out around 1:55. At least it’s been dry today. I was watching a stork, brooding. No the stork is brooding chicks. I’m not brooding 🙂 – https://www.ipcamlive.com/5ca7589bb4c42?fbclid=IwAR0nDdfX5l41d_9skhz7DQ_WriJa9jSvPfiKQbsjjRku-U_39_NurfPPxdE There are a number of chicks in there, at least 4. This is in the Czech Republic, so 9 hours ahead.
Today is our “different day” so we’re going to be working on some historical crafts, although I also need to water plants indoors, and Tempus outdoors and we need to keep going on getting ready to open on Thursday. I have a batch of Pirate’s Treasure buckets to bag and *what* happened to the signs for those?
I’m also thinking about making a mushroom and potato soup for lunch. It’s still too warm for cherry soup. 🙂
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind our old house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – 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’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be a combination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus
The shop is closed for the duration, but hoping to open on 5/28. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.
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 6/5 at 12:12pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:39pm on 5/23. 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 5/26 at 10:39pm.
Observers with larger scopes might want to use this time to search out the distant dwarf planet Pluto this morning. Rising higher with each hour after midnight, you’ll find the magnitude 14.7 world just 2.1° west of bright Jupiter, which is nearly magnitude –2.6. Farther east lies Saturn; the ringed world is roughly magnitude 0.5. You’ll need clear, calm air to spot Pluto in your eyepiece, although photographic equipment should still pick it up under less-than-ideal conditions. Consider coming back to the same field several days in a row to try your luck.
Now the thicker crescent Moon hangs upper left of Mercury and Venus. It aims its sunlit edge almost straight at them, as shown above. The Moon passes 3° south of Mercury at 7 A.M. EDT; our satellite then passes 0.6° north of asteroid Vesta at 11 A.M. EDT. Both events, however, are hidden by daylight.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.1, – 2.5, and +0.4, respectively) shine in the southeast to south before and during early dawn. Jupiter, the brightest, is on the right. Saturn glows pale yellow 4° to Jupiter’s left. They both rise now around midnight daylight-saving time, depending on your location. They straddle the border of Sagittarius and Capricornus. Mars, in dim Aquarius, is far (35° to 40°) to the left of Saturn as dawn begins. It has been slowly brightening and enlarging. In a telescope Mars is now 9 arcseconds wide: a little gibbous disk. Mars is on its way to an excellent opposition in early October, when it will reach an apparent diameter of 22.6 arcseconds.
Old Farmer’s Almanac May Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”…
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 24 High 1:33 AM 7.8 5:40 AM Rise 7:07 AM 1
~ 24 Low 8:40 AM -1.1 8:47 PM Set 11:01 PM
~ 24 High 3:15 PM 6.2
~ 24 Low 8:24 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Entertain your inner child….build a fort with blankets..get wet.
~ My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. – Edwin Land
~ Risk anything! Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. – Katherine Mansfield accompanying a picture of a hang-glider over what looks like the Oregon Coast!)
~ I can’t control the winds, I know this. But I can set my sails, and I can set my own course. – Lacey Lin McKay
~ Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. – Bill Meyer
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields. – Moina Michael (1869–1944)
Transylvanian Cherries in Wine dish – Anja’s Version
- 1 can of sour cherries
- 1/2 cup white wine
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup honey
- Loaf of white bread
- Sugar to taste
- Take a can of cherries and strain(reserve juice).
- Put the wine, honey and cinnamon in a quart canning jar and heat enough to dissolve the honey into the wine.
- Add the strained cherries and put into the fridge, overnight, or at least 4 hours….
- Cut your bread into bite-sized cubes.
- Melt butter in a medium (high-sided) frying pan and fry the cubes in it.
- When they’re crispied divide into bowls.
- Warm the cherry stuff in the nuker (1.5 minutes)
- Add sugar once they’re in bowls, if necessary. (ours didn’t)
- Garnish with sweet cicely, fennel fronds or 100’s of 1000’s.
Baba’s Cherry Pie and Anja’s Nuker Jam – This is a recipe that takes some preparation, but think of delicious cherry pie, hot from the oven, when snow is on the ground! If it’s cherry season and you want a pie (or jam) start from after the ingredients list.
When pie cherries are in season (these are the sour kind, not the big sweet cherries) wash and pit them. Pack in 2 ½ cup Tupperware or Gladware freezer boxes: 2 cups of cherries, 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, 1 TBSP of minute tapioca crushed in the blender, mortar, or with the back of a spoon. Put in the freezer.
Take 1 box of filling and add 1 TBSP of minute tapioca. Put in the microwave, zapping for one minute at a time, stirring well each time once it’s thawed. Eventually you will see the tapioca vanish and then the sauce will thicken. This usually takes about 8-10 zaps. Makes two cups of cherry jam. Keep in fridge.
- 1 box of cherry pie filling, frozen (or same ingredients fresh)
- Top and bottom crust for an 8 inch pie
- 4-5 pats of butter (1 TBSP each)
- Extra butter for top crust (optional)
- Extra freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
- Set box of frozen pie filling on the counter at least two hours ahead of when it’s needed or zap in nuker until stirrable and mostly thawed.
- Roll out pie crusts and line 8 inch glass pie dish with one crust. Roll the other up until needed.
- Set oven to pre-heat at 350F.
- Plop the pie filling into the shell, pat it down and smooth it out.
- Top with butter pats.
- Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.
- Gently roll top crust on and center.
- Trim off extra with a knife.
- Crimp edges with fingers, fork or crimper.
- Poke 8-12 holes in the crust with a sharp small knife.
- Brush with melted butter, if desired.
- Set pie on baking sheet.
- Shield edges of pie with strips of tin foil or a pie shield.
- Bake until crust is golden brown. Depending on your oven this is between ½ hour and 50 minutes, or until internal temperature is 175F.
- Let stand at least 15 minutes before trying to cut. Pie will be sloppy if served warm, but delicious!
Cherry Soup – Notes: Recipe courtesy of Chef Garrett Brown, Verve Wine Bar in Seattle. It has not been tested by NPR.
- 1/2 pound bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream
- dash of salt
- honey to taste
Directions: Blend and serve in chilled soup bowls. Top each with quenelle of lime sorbet and mint sprig.
This soup can be served either as a cool first course on a hot day or as a final dessert by adjusting the ingredients, garnish and honey content. Try it with minced shallot, less honey and topping each soup with a pinch of pulled pork for a delicious appetizer. Double the honey and the sour cream contents, and top with coconut ice cream for a dessert soup.
Anja’s Cherry Soup
- 2 cups pitted sour pie cherries (or 1 can, drained)
- 2 1/2 cups of water (or use the juice, thinned with water to make 2 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg (more if you like it)
Put all into a mixing bowl and stir well. You can run this in a blender or food processor, if you wish.
Set into fridge or freezer to cool. If the top freezes this will be more like a slushie, great on a hot day!
Right before serving gently mix in 1 cup of heavy or whipping cream.
Serve cold topped with more nutmeg or toasted coconut flakes. Small sprigs of fennel make a nice contrast to the red of the soup.
Silliness – Long Wait
The ninety-five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members. “How are you feeling?” the visitor asked.
“Oh,” said the lady, “I’m just worried sick!”
“What are you worried about, dear?” her friend asked. “You look like you’re in good health. They are taking care of you, aren’t they?”
“Yes, they are taking very good care of me.”
“Are you in any pain?” she asked.
“No, I have never had a pain in my life.”
“Well, what are you worried about?” her friend asked again.
The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and slowly explained her major worry. “Every close friend I have must be in heaven, and they have to be wondering what happened to me!