Daily Stuff 6-16-20 Bloomsday

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is closed today but open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

It was pouring, earlier, so everything is wet. We’re likely to get more in the morning, but after that things should be drying out. 53F, wind at 1-5 mph and gusting, AQI38, UV8. 80% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. After this morning it looks like temps ought to climb to the mid-60’s and we’ll be seeing some sun, although some days will be cloudier than others.

Yesterday we only opened for a few minutes in the middle of the afternoon and that was because we were expecting the FedEx driver and a lady walked in practically on Tempus’ heels. He’d been out running around, trying to get the car stuff sorted out. I was dealing with a migraine, not dreadful, just annoying, but I had boxes to pack.

The one was done and ready to go really quickly. The other one…well, I had to pull everything out, photo, wrap and pack… and then we needed peanuts to keep everything from shifting any worse than it had to. …and then a weight, and then to print the labels. …and so that one didn’t go out until today. <sigh>

Then I had writing to do and Tempus kept trying to tell me things while I was working. See why I write so much at night? 🙂 The sun came out and that helped a little, but it didn’t help the headache…. So I curled up in back and embroidered and read and was *very* cranky to my poor husband. …he went out and worked some more on the car, and then came in and got the extra canned goods shelf put together.

Came in just in time, it seemed. We had a couple of drownpours that were coming down so hard that you could hear it drumming on the roof! Tempus ran in and out between showers getting the trash out, because he doesn’t usually get back early enough in the morning to do it.

So today we have a lot of cleaning to do, but I’m not sure how far we’re going to get. I’ve still got the headache, but if it gets no worse I’ll be able to do some. Mostly we’re still trying to get the back aisle actually done so it will stay and get the Sanity Savers section opened back up.

Amazing clouds from 6/15/16, by Ken Gagne

farewelltospring plant flowerToday’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) plant flower farewell to springis a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains fromBritish Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)

feast 0616 BloomsdayDavyByrnesA rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday

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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/16 at 2:43pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/19 at 2:43pm. 

The doubles

After dark, Vega dominates the eastern sky. Barely lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the famous Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much closer and tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope.  And Delta Lyrae, below Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair.
Uranus stands about 10° high in the east at 4:30 A.M. local time. The magnitude 5.9 planet has a disk just 3″ across and hangs 10° left of the Moon. This morning, our satellite is a beautiful 22-percent-lit crescent in the northeastern portion of the constellation Pisces. Nearby bright stars include magnitude 2 Hamal in Aries and magnitude 2.5 Menkar in Cetus. Uranus appears roughly halfway on a line between these two bright stars. Farther east is the famous Pleiades, whose dipper shape should still be relatively easy to find in the brightening sky. Later tonight, the Moon will pass 4° south of Uranus at 10 P.M. EDT.

PanSTARRS’ path – By mid-June, Comet PanSTARRS has passed out of the Big Dipper’s bowl to flirt with some stunning deep-sky objects. First is M109 on the 16th; stay tuned later in the month to see the comet float past M106 and NGC 4449. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

For those who prefer evening observing, Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2) is less than 1° from the barred spiral galaxy M109 (NGC 3992) tonight. Located in Ursa Major near the cup of the Big Dipper, both are visible all night from the northern U.S. All observers will want to catch the pair earlier rather than later, however, when the Great Bear is higher in the sky. The comet and its extragalactic companion are near Phecda (Gamma [γ] Ursae Majoris), the star that marks the lower left corner of the Dipper’s cup. Look 40″ east of the star to find M109, then about 40″ southwest of the galaxy to find the roughly magnitude 9 comet.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes – 2.6, and +0.3, respectively) rise in late evening, around 11 p.m. or so: Jupiter first, then dimmer Saturn following about 20 minutes behind. They’re 5° apart. Farther to Jupiter’s right, look for the Sagittarius Teapot resting upright. The two giant planets shine at their highest and telescopic best in the hour or so before the beginning of dawn. They straddle the border of Sagittarius and Capricornus. Keep up with the telescopic interplay of Jupiter’s moons and their shadows, and the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, with the June Sky & Telescope, page 50.

Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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.

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 2:3am
Venus (6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4) Retrograde
Color: WHite

Planting 6/16-18

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Tu  16      Low   4:27 AM     1.1   5:31 AM    Rise  3:06 AM      27
~    16     High  10:22 AM     4.9   9:03 PM     Set  4:36 PM
~    16      Low   3:54 PM     2.2
~    16     High  10:08 PM     7.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do what is right, not what is easy.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. — Ralph Waldo Emerson



~   The most delightful surprise in life is to suddenly recognize your own worth. – Maxwell Maltz
~  There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – General Colin Powell
~  How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment on that which seems. – Robert Southey
~  A good laugh is sunshine in a house. – William Makepeace Thackeray

I Meant to Do My Work Today

I meant to do my work today—
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand—
So what could I do but laugh and go? Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)


Litha Magick – Recipes

BUTTERMILK SCONES – <isis_snow_tiger@yahoo.com>
3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter.
  • Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs.
  • Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind.
  • Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Gather the dough into a ball and press so it holds together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead lightly 12 times.
  • Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.


  • In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend.
  • Brush the dough with the glaze.
  • Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces.
  • Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned.
  • Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter.

Baklava From Cookie Recipe.com – Makes 2 dozen. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html

This Near Eastern pastry is made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling usually of honey and ground nuts. If you like honey, you’ll probably like Baklava.

  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound of phyllo dough
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cloves, whole
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of the butter into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
  4. Layer 3 sheets of the phyllo dough in the pan. Trim dough to fit.
  5. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans over the phyllo dough.
  6. Layer 3 more sheets of dough and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pecans.
  7. Continue dough – pecan layers until pan is 3/4 full.
  8. With a sharp knife, score phyllo dough to form diamonds.
  9. Press a clove at each end of the diamonds.
  10. Pour remaining butter over the dough.
  11. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until dough is golden brown.
  12. While dough is baking, combine the sugar, water and cinnamon stick in medium saucepan.
  13. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  14. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  15. Add the honey and simmer for 2 minutes longer.
  16. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick.
  17. Pour honey mixture over hot baklava.
  18. Let cool on wire racks.
  19. Cut into diamonds.

Rhubarb Pie


  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups of diced rhubarb
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup flour


Mix ingredients, dot with butter and bake in a pie shell in a hot oven, 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes or until bubbly and brown.

Notes: Recipe by Jim Crawford of New Morning Farm. It has not been tested by NPR.


Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why was the cookie sad? Answer: Because his dad was a wafer so long (away for so long)

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