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It’s getting a little easier to wake up on time, but if I miss any sleep during the night I’m toast. I got up, checked mail, and got myself together for the day. I was at my desk when the phone rang. It ended up being a consult on what to use instead of the Moldavite he was requesting. So folks, real Moldavite is almost impossible to come by. The bed is mined out, so everything out there that’s less expensive is fake (although some is tektites and some fulghurites, which have similar properties) and the rest of it is recycled, so goodness knows what it is. Lots of people still have it in their shops and just don’t know.
So Tempus and I got the shop open. The air smelled wonderful after the rain, I was glad to be cool, finally. We sat down to the “different” tasks. Loren worked on a bone needle, filed another lotus seed and sanded our big wooden nibbles tray. I was doing emery strawberries and a little rocking chair frame pincushion, plus mending a cushion and other small tasks. He worked on a bone needle and then sanding our big “nibbles” tray that we use for potlucks. The grain had picked up in a few spots (probably from standing liquid) and the finish was flaking in others, so he’s getting it down to where it will be finished with just wood butter.
Rain bucketed down for a few minutes, late in the afternoon, right about as we were working on supper. I had some of the soup that I made earlier in the week and Tempus had his beet and pickles and bread. I got a nap and then embroidered. I’m finishing a cup insert for Sioned. Tempus finished a fid. I sorted laundry and he headed out at around 1:30.
The news on the virus situation in our county went really sour, yesterday. I’m not sure what the official numbers are, but it’s huge with the outbreak at Pacific Seafood, and those folks were out and about in the county. Apparently a bunch of them acted up at Taco Bell in Newport, where Sash is, throwing things around and making messes in the dining room. He ended up taking a soda in the face from one them, so they’ve been banned at the “Bell”. <gleep> Not something we need on top of how unhappy everyone is at the moment. Not only that, but the dreaded “spike” from Memorial weekend tripled or quadrupled the numbers of other cases…. So… now what? Should we hunker down again and wait for *this* mess to go by? Close down again? Another two weeks? We’re actually thinking about it and will make a decision today. In a week we’ve gone from under a dozen cases to well over 100, might even be over 125… luckily, few extra have landed in the hospital, but that could change in minutes…. Oof. I hate being a scaredy cat, but I really am, with this one…. especially since so many think it’s a scam, not real, just a cold…. I’m appalled…
So *that* doesn’t make for restful sleep. I did my due diligence. I posted that silly pic of me with mask and tiara with the wording. “You protect me. I protect you. Not so difficult to understand… Please wear a mask for all of us high-risk people!” …and I’m getting “masks don’t work”… if that’s so, why are the places where they were really used well having an easier time dealing with this pandemic? <snarl> Why should I have to be worried about getting sick because other people are too special to be inconvenienced?
Today we’ll still be open 1-5pm. We have plant watering to take care of and some stocking to finish up before the weekend.
I’m still trying to get that gift exchange package out, which means some sewing, too.
Btw, the poem in today’s Quotes section was one of Grandma’s favorites. Even in her last year as her memory was really eroding, she could quote it. One of the others that she quotes often was, “The fog creeps in on little cat feet.” Good memories.
Today ‘s feast is that of Bona Mens in the old Roman Empire. Mens is the personification of the “good mind” and had a temple on the Capitoline Hill. It’s long gone and there were apparently no records made of what it looked like. There’s a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens
Today’s Plant is the local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shades of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums (dolphins) after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
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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 6/20 at 11:02pm. 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 6/12 at 11:24pm
The Big Dipper has swung around to hang straight down by its handle high in the northwest these evenings. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega, which is now the brightest star in the east.
Today is the 395th anniversary of the birth of Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Cassini. You most likely know the name either from the Cassini Division that separates Saturn’s A and B rings or from the NASA mission that spent over a decade exploring Saturn and its extensive system of moons. Cassini’s planetary science claim to fame is threefold: He measured the scale of the solar system, discovered four moons of Saturn, and identified the large gap in Saturn’s rings. Early morning is the best time to get a look at the ringed planet, which rises around 11:30 P.M. local time. By 3 to 4 A.M., it’s higher in the sky for easy viewing. You can find magnitude 0.4 Saturn in the south, just 5° northeast of brilliant magnitude –2.6 Jupiter. A bright, 92-percent-lit Moon hangs nearby. Farther southwest is the familiar Teapot asterism of Sagittarius. The disk of Saturn appears 18″ wide, while its rings stretch roughly 41″ across. Although the background sky will be bright thanks to the Moon, you may still be able to spot the dark Cassini Division, which appears as a thin gap but actually spans an average of nearly 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers), although its width varies.
The Moon passes 2° south of Jupiter at 1 P.M. EDT today. Nine hours later, the Moon passes 3° south of Saturn at 10 P.M. EDT. But both events take place when the planets aren’t visible.
Venus is out of sight deep in the glare of sunrise. It went through inferior conjunction on June 3rd.
Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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”…
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 8 High 2:17 AM 8.3 5:32 AM Set 8:13 AM 95
~ 8 Low 9:25 AM -1.7 8:59 PM
~ 8 High 4:06 PM 6.5
~ 8 Low 9:22 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ask for an easier life; ask to be a stronger person.
~ Experience is a good school but the fees are high. – Heinrich Heine
~ The key to success isn’t much good until one discovers the right lock to insert it in. – Tehyi Hsieh, Chinese educator, writer and diplomat
~ Measure your self by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depressions. – Robert Johnson
~ Straighten up your room first, then the world. – Jeff Jordan
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day? – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
Another favourite and very simple dessert to make is the Mexican pastry, sopapillas. Dipped in honey, the light and airy texture defies explanation. Just try them!
- 2 cups (500ml) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons (9.86ml) baking powder
- 1 (4.93ml)teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons (30ml) shortening
- 3/4 cup (187.50ml) water
- 2 cups (500ml) vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Using hands, mix in water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 pieces, and shape into round balls. Cover, and set aside.
- Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into thin circles. Cut each circle into triangles. Fry in hot oil, until golden brown, turning when dough puffs. Remove, and drain well on paper towels. Some people like to dust them with powdered sugar (called icing sugar in England). Delicious served with gently warmed honey but can also be eaten by dipping into chocolate or fruit sauce.
MORNING SUNSHINE MUFFINS – Makes 12 muffins.
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. double-acting baking powder.
½ tsp. salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup chopped dates
2 tbsp. marigold petals, chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- In a separate bowl beat eggs.
- Mix in butter, milk, dates and marigold petals.
- Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing just enough to evenly moisten.
- Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins, filling halfway.
- Bake for 15 to 20 min., or until tops are lightly browned.
- Delicious served with marigold butter.
Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
- Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
- Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
- Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.
…and here’s an extra, that’s from some of my historical research
Tart de Bry, 14th Century, England (Tarte de queijo doce, Século XIV, Inglaterra). – Tart de Bry. Take a crust ynche depe in a trap. Take yolkes of ayren rawe & chese ruayn & medle it & þe yolkes togyder. Do þerto powdour gynger, sugur, safroun, and salt. Do it in a trap; bake it & serue it forth.
Bibliography: Black, Maggie – A Taste of History, 10.000 years of Food in Britain, 1993, English Heritage, pag. 134-135. Original Recipe from The Forme of Cury in http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/foc/
- 150 g of flour (5.29109 oz)
- 65 g of lard(2.29281)
- 1 serving of saffron (lg pinch) & water
- 350 gr of Brie cheese(12.3459)
- 4 egg yolks
- 50 g of sugar(1.7637)
- Good pinch of ginger
- Good pinch of salt
- Line the flan form with the shortcrust pastry, made with 150 g of flour and 65 g of lard.
- Soak the saffron in water until the liquid turns golden.
- Beat 350 gr of Brie cheese until creamy and smooth.
- In a separate bowl, beat 4 egg yolks and 50 g of sugar, then add the cheese, a good pinch of ginger, salt and the saffron water.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Cook at 190º, for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Serve cold or hot on the same day.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why are mountains so funny? Because they are hill-areas (Hilarous)