Featured photo by Photos by Mike. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Minus Tide at 7:44 AM of -1.3 feet. House Capuchin’s Project Day and monthly Potluck will be going all day.
It was raining earlier, so everything is wet, but it’s just cloudy, now and there are spots where the pavement is dry. 56F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI27, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We ought to start seeing some sun around 9am, and it’s supposed to clear off completely in the afternoon. That’s pretty much the forecast through next Sunday! The pollen count is really high, though.
Yesterday I had slept really well from 6am on. I was awake at noon, long enough to get put together, but went in the back for somethng, sat down on the nap bed and I was out again. Tempus got me coffee. I fell back asleep. I sat at my desk with more coffee and a breakfast muffin. I went to sleep. I spent a couple of hours doing that, wheezing (my asthma had kicked up) and trying to keep going.
It was worth it. We probably had about 25 people through before 6pm, and some decent sales. Even sold one of the beginner blackwork kits. I kept overheating. Argh… I’m tempted to get one of those personal AC units…. One couple was from Eugene, one from Salem, there was a family from Brookings, too, and a guy who lives not too far from Arthur and Raven and actually knows Arthur from the Union.
It got foggier and foggier and Tempus and I were getting really tired, so we gave up on the beach picnic and I got a couple of things cooked for tomorrow. I brought the table in at around 8, because it was raining, but we actually had someone shopping at 8:30!
The carrots had been cooking for hours, but I needed to add butter and nutmeg. I peeled garlic for garlic-infused cheese, then chopped it, cut the cheese and packed it (takes two weeks!), chopped leeks and olives for Pompeian leeks, cut up chicken for “hummingbird tongues” (they’re cut up chicken in sweet/sour sauce), cut up pears for a spiced pear compote. Oi…. my hands were hurting. …and I still had to do chicken and pork for a medieval pie. The leeks and the cheese and the pears all went into the fridge and the hummingbird tongues were cooked and put by. I started the chicken for the medieval pie and then I went and sat. Tempus ended up finishing it.
So we both got naps and I got back to work when I got up. Tempus headed out just past two. The carrots were done so those got fridged. Pickled mushrooms were another that I needed to get done, and I really had to improvise, since I didn’t realize I needed them and some of the ingredients were awol. After that I set up apples to cook overnight and then decided to get this out before it got any later.
Today we’ll have the shop open, but for me it’s mostly going to be a cooking day. It’s mostly pies, but I’m going to need to do a lot of pie dough to get finished. Brie tart, meat pies, chicken pies both sweet and savory, berry and pear pies… that’s a lot… I’m not sure that the people that were going to be here for real will make it. Mom ended up in the hospital last night, but she’s up in Anchorage, so…. Not sure.
It’s also the “different day”, so we’ll have some of the other project out, too.
National Indigenous Peoples Day (wikipedia) (French: Journée nationale des peuples autochtones) is a day recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated as National Aboriginal Day in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on 21 June. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons, including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Indigenous peoples and communities traditionally celebrate their heritage. It was renamed from National Aboriginal Day in 2017. …
National Indigenous Peoples Day is now the first of a series of Celebrate Canada days, followed by the National Holiday of Quebec on 24 June, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on 27 June, and concluding with Canada Day on 1 July. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Indigenous_Peoples_Day
Today’s plant is Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shapeprotects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
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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 7/4 at 9:44pm. 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 on 6/22 at 11:02am.
After dark look southeast, fairly low, for orange Antares, “the Betelgeuse of summer.” Both are 1st-magnitude “red” supergiants. Around and to the upper right of Antares are the other, whiter stars of upper Scorpius forming its distinctive shape. The rest of the Scorpion curls down toward the horizon.
And right after dark, spot Arcturus way up high toward the south. Three fists below it is Spica. A fist and a half to Spica’s lower right, four-star Corvus, the springtime Crow, is heading down and away as spring draws to a close.
New Moon (exact at 2:41 a.m. on this date EDT). IOW this was 11:41PM last Night! Annular eclipse of the Sun for parts of east-central Africa, the southern Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, northern India, mainland China, Taiwan, and the Pacific. Partial eclipse of the Sun for nearly all of southeastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Map and details. Timetables for your location. Greatest eclipse will occur near the India-China border, with a 38-second duration and 99 percent coverage. Annular eclipses take place when the Moon completely covers the Sun (as with a total solar eclipse); but sometimes, either the Moon is too close to Earth or Earth is too close to the Sun for the Sun and Moon’s apparent sizes to match up. When that happens, a thin ring of sunlight remains visible even at greatest eclipse.
Mercury is lost in the sunset.
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.
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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
Su 21 High 12:32 AM 7.9 5:32 AM Rise 5:50 AM 0
~ 21 Low 7:44 AM -1.3 9:04 PM Set 9:50 PM
~ 21 High 2:20 PM 6.1
~ 21 Low 7:26 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Imagine…Think…Act…Believe
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – In the future, you might be able to take pills instead of eating meals. Explain why you would like or dislike taking these pills. For example, which foods would you like to take in pill form and which foods would you not like to take in pill form?
~ He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made. – Henry B. Wilson
~ As important as it is to think big, nothing happens until you think small. – Scott Dinsmore (So, what’s your next step?)
~ Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, f…rom which we all arise, and to which we all return. – David Fontana
~ Whatever activity you do, do it slowly, with the attention it deserves. Do not rush to end it. Be relaxed in everything and bring your full attention to it. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Paula is digging and shaping the loam of a salvia,
Scarlet Chinese talker of summer.
Two petals of crabapple blossom blow fallen in Paula’s hair
And fluff of white from a cottonwood. – Carl Sandburg (1878–1902
Bright Memories Litha Parfait from Hearth & Home Witchery
1 (2 3/4 ounce) package vanilla custard powder (no bake)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk
1 (21 ounce) can pineapple pie filling
2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
In sauce pan prepare custard according to the package directions using the milk. Remove from heat. Gradually stir cheese into hot mixture, mixing well. Stir in vanilla. Chill custard mixture and pie filling separately until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spoon alternate layers of mixture and pie filling into parfait or juice glasses. Top with some type of berries if desired.
Honey-Lavender Biscotti from Hearth & Home Witchery
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Lightly grease three baking sheets (lining the baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup much easier). In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs to a light lemon color; stir in honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lavender blossoms. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in until the dough is just combines. To shape the dough into a log, lightly sprinkle flour on the work surface, on top of the dough, and on your hands. Use just enough flour to form the logs and to prevent sticking; you don’t want the logs to be covered with flour. Divide dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, pat and shape each piece into a loaf approximately 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4-inch high. Place two rolls onto each prepared baking sheet with 3 to 4 inches of space between them. Bake 25 minutes or until dough pops back up when lightly pressed with a finger. (After dough has baked 10 minutes, reverse cookie sheets from front to back and move from the top rack to the bottom one. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes). You can’t judge the cooking by the color. The biscotti shouldn’t change color during the second baking, so poke them to tell if they’re done. They should feel dry and offer some resistance. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 275 degrees F. Using a long serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn the slices over, onto their sides; return slices, on baking sheets, to oven. Bake another 15 minutes. NOTE: Do not crowd the biscotti slices on the baking sheet for their second baking as they need the hot air to circulate to enable them to crisp up evenly. Remember biscotti will continue to crisp up, as they cool, so do not be tempted to over bake. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks. Store biscotti in an airtight container. They will keep well for a few weeks. Yields about 54 biscotti.
This is one of my favorite pies. Since blueberries and rhubarb are not is season at the same time one or the other fruit will have to be frozen. It’s awesome with vanilla ice cream.
Sun’s Up Cobbler – from Hearth & Home witchery
1-lb 14oz can (3 1/2 cups) halved peaches
3 slices slightly dry bread (toast on light)
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Drain peaches, reserving 1 cup syrup. In a pan, combine cornstarch and salt and slowly blend in reserved syrup. Over med-high heat, cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2minutes. Add lemon juice, butter or margarine and peaches. Heat JUST to bubbling. Pour into 10x6x11/2 inch baking dish.
Cut bread lengthwise into 1 inch strips. Dip into 1/4 cup melted butter, then into mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until toasty. Serve with cream (optional) Makes 6 servings.
Green Garden Goddess Dip Recipe from Hearth and Home Witchery
1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
8 oz. spinach, triple washed, patted dry, and de-stemmed
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 cup loose parsley, washed well
1/4 cup chives, sliced
1 T. freshly chopped dill
1 T. lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. hot sauce, of choice
1 – 8 oz. container plain vegan soy yogurt
In a non-stick skillet, saute the green onion and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes to soften. Add the spinach and continue to saute until the spinach just wilts. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside to cool completely. Transfer the spinach mixture to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, except the vegan yogurt, and process for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Add the vegan yogurt and process well to combine. Taste and add additional salt, hot sauce, or lime juice, to taste. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve as an appetizer with raw vegetables, bread slices, crackers, or chips, or use as a condiment on sandwiches, cooked vegetables, or grains. Yield: 2 Cups
Silliness – Messing with the Mafia
A Mafia Godfather, accompanied by his attorney, walks into a room to meet with his former accountant.
The Godfather asks the accountant, “Where is the 3 million bucks you embezzled from me?” The accountant does not answer.
The Godfather asks again, “Where is the 3 million bucks you embezzled from me?”
The attorney interrupts, “Sir, the man is a deaf mute and cannot understand you, but I can interpret for you.”
The Godfather says, “Well ask him where my darn money is!” The attorney, using sign language, asks the accountant where the 3 million dollars is.
The accountant signs back, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
The attorney interprets to the Godfather, “He doesn’t know what you are talking about.”
The Godfather pulls out a 9 millimeter pistol, puts it to the temple of the accountant, cocks the trigger and says, “Ask him again where my darn money is!”
The attorney signs to the accountant, “He wants to know where it is!”
The accountant signs back, “Okay, okay, okay! The money is hidden in a brown suitcase behind the shed in my backyard!”
The Godfather says, “Well….what did he say?”
The attorney interprets to the Godfather, “He says…buzz off…..that you don’t have the guts to pull the trigger.”