Mostly cloudy with a good chance of sunburn during the day. Where’d that come from? 55F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI37, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. FOr the next several days it’s likely to be cloudy early, then fog after sunrise, then partly to mostly sunny for the rest of the day. The forecast for rain on Monday has changed to fog, too. Today’s going to be the kind of day when people burn mid-day, because there’s more cloud, so you don’t feel quite as hot. Be careful!
Yesterday I managed a couple of hours before opening at the computer, but had to retreat once we were open. Part of what’s going on is that my left ear is completely blocked and I can’t hear. I’m useless on the phone or talking with customers. It doesn’t help how weak I am, either, or how when I get to coughing I can’t stop…. ….so I’m staying in back while we’re open.
He fixed it when he got back. I think he re-opened for awhile after he got back, but I had gone to sleep.
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 along Crestline. 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, attracts Puck in a playful mood, 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.
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 8/3 at 8:59am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/1 at 8:59pm.
Sailing the sky – Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) floats amidst a waterlike pattern of noctilucent clouds above Wales in mid-July. This week is an excellent time to spot both the naked-eye comet and these unusual clouds. – Jamie CooperComet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) continues to delight as an evening comet. An hour after sunset, it’s roughly 30° high in the northwest. You can find it by drawing a line between the two rightmost stars in the Big Dipper’s cup — Dubhe (at the top) and Merak (bottom) — and continuing the line south another 15° from Merak to spot the comet. Magnitude 3 Al Kaphrah is nearby, about 3° north-northeast of NEOWISE. The comet is just a bit fainter than magnitude 2 and you’ll likely need binoculars or a small telescope to see it. But with optical aid, you should also spot the comet’s tail, which stands out best in photographs. NEOWISE recently passed Earth on July 23, when it was just 64.1 million miles (103.2 million kilometers) from our planet. As it continues to pull away from the Sun and Earth’s orbit, it will continue to dim, although observers can expect to enjoy this binocular object for at least the rest of the month.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines just over the Sagittarius Teapot this evening, as shown below. Covering the Moon with your finger will make the Teapot stars easier to see, unless your evening sky is too bright with summer haze.
Step outside an hour before sunrise this morning to view Venus and Mercury, preceding the Sun in the eastern sky. At that time, Venus is 24° high, while Mercury is just 3° above the horizon. The two will gain altitude with time but the sky will continue to brighten as well. Although its phase is increasing, magnitude –4.6 Venus is receding from Earth. This morning, it appears 43 percent lit, but its disk is only 27″ across. It’s located about between the bright stars Aldebaran in Taurus and Betelgeuse in Orion, just northeast of a line between the two. It’s nearly level with magnitude 3 Alheka, Taurus’ zeta star.
Mercury, at magnitude –0.7, is 68 percent lit and 6″ wide. It’s located in Gemini the Twins, whose bright stars Castor and Pollux glow nearby. Pollux is just 7° northeast of the planet. See how long you can follow the planets and stars into the brightening dawn.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.7 and +0.1, respectively) were recently at opposition: Jupiter on the night of July 13th, Saturn on the 20th. They loom in the southeast in twilight and pass highest in the south around midnight daylight-saving time. Jupiter is brightest; Saturn is 7° to its lower left or left. Farther to Jupiter’s right is the Sagittarius Teapot. Keep up with the telescopic interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find all the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, in the Celestial Calendar section of the current month’s Sky & Telescope.
Old Farmer’s Almanac July Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
F 31 Low 5:05 AM -0.9 6:03 AM Set 2:51 AM 83
~ 31 High 11:41 AM 5.7 8:42 PM Rise 6:55 PM
~ 31 Low 4:43 PM 2.8
~ 31 High 10:41 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a grace-filled day!
~ You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Hanns – Oskar Porr
~ To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine
~ The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it. – Joan Rivers
~ No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
Dog Days bright and clear, indicate a happy year;
But when accompanied by rain, for better times our hopes are in vain. – proverb
Lammas Curds – Crowdie – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
In the Scottish Highlands, when the cattle were brought down to the strath, (valley) from their summer pastures on the hills, mothers gave their children and all others returned from the sheilings a small cheese of curds made from that day’s milk, for luck and good-will. More curds and butter were specially prepared for the high feast later that day. The Lammas cheese was probably a kind of crowdie. Caraway seeds can be added to the recipe below to give it the authentic flavoring.
Put two pints (40 fl.oz.) of freshly sour or thick milk into a pan and place on a slow heat and watch until it curdles. Do not allow the milk to simmer or boil otherwise the curds will harden. When the curd sets let it cool before you attempt draining the whey.
Line a colander with a clean muslin cloth and transfer the curds into it and leave until most of the whey has drained before squeezing the last of the whey out by hand. Mix the crowdie with a little salt until it has a smooth texture. Now blend the crowdie with a little cream and place the mixture in a dish and allow to rest in a refrigerator.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
Good Morning Deviled Eggs – Traditional deviled eggs are made even more special with the addition of sausage and cheese. (Recipe modified from http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/3830/good-morning-deviled-eggs?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_content=wallpost_6.30.13_1&utm_campaign=recipe
15 min.prep time
15 min.total time
5 Eggs, hard-cooked, peeled
1/4 cup precooked sausage crumbles, finely chopped
2 (3/4-ounce) slices American cheese, finely chopped
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
American Cheesefinely chopped, if desired
Sliced green onions, if desired
* Cut eggs in half
* Place yolks in bowl
* Add all remaining eggs ingredients; mix well.
* Fill egg whites with yolk mixture.
* Cover; refrigerate until serving time or up to 24 hours.
* Top with American and green onions before serving, if desired.
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Gnudi: Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings – Gnudi means, well, “nude” – because these are nude ravioli, the filling without the outer pasta covering. They are delicious served with tomato sauce, as in this recipe, or with melted butter and sage. – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/gnudi-spinach-and-ricott_n_1061492.html – Andrea Wyner, Provided by: Taste Editors – Recipe courtesy of Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking by Pamela Sheldon Johns/Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/gnudi-spinach-and-ricott_n_1061492.html
- 25 mins total
- 10 mins prep
- 3/4 cup steamed spinach, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated pecorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- In a large bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta, pecorino, and egg yolks. Stir to blend. Stir in the nutmeg and salt to taste, then gently stir in the flour, mixing just enough to pull the mixture together.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat the tomato sauce and spread a thin layer of it over the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
- Using two tablespoons, shape and compact the ricotta mixture into ovals and drop them directly into the boiling water in batches, so as not to crowd the pot. They will float to the top when done, after 3 to 4 minutes.
- Using a wire skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer the gnudi to the casserole dish. Keep warm in a low oven. Repeat to cook all the remaining gnudi. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the gnudi and serve at once.
Pulled Pork Sliders – Kate Mathis – Provided by: Taste Editors fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-pork-sliders_n_1061216.html
1 hr 30 mins total
These delicious sliders are good to make when you want to serve something a bit more substantial then appetizers for a party. You’ll need time for the pork to marinate in a dry rubovernight is bestand time for slow cooking, so plan ahead. For the barbecue sauce, you can make your own, or use your favorite commercial brand. Many barbecue lovers feel that beer goes best with barbecue, but slightly chilled rioja or Barbera taste might fine with pulled pork, too.
Recipe from Wine Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman/Chronicle Books, 2011.
- 1 pork roast (3 to 4 lb), preferably pork shoulder or Boston butt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- DRY RUB:
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- freshly ground pepper
- BARBECUE SAUCE:
- 1 tbsp corn oil
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- dash of hot-pepper sauce
- 16 slider rolls or 8 hamburger rolls, split
- Pat the pork dry and brush with the olive oil.
- To make the dry rub, in a small bowl, stir together the paprika, salt, sugars, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and black pepper to taste. Rub the dry rub all over the pork, wrap in plastic wrap, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F/150°C/gas 2. Put the pork on a rack in a large roasting pan/tray and roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 170°F/80°C, about 6 hours.
- To make the barbecue sauce: Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the ketchup/tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar/demerara sugar, chili powder, mustard, and hot-pepper sauce and stir to mix well. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the flavors blend, 20 to 25 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
- Remove the pork roast from the oven and transfer to a cutting board or large platter. Tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. “Pull” the pork apart with 2 forks to form shreds and transfer to a large bowl. Add the sauce to the shredded pork.
- To serve, spoon the pulled pork onto the bottom halves of the slider or hamburger rolls, dividing it evenly. Replace the tops of the buns; if using regular hamburger rolls, cut each sandwich in half. Serve at once.
Silliness – What Will You Do For Golf?
Four married guys go golfing on Sunday. During the 3rd hole the following conversation ensued:
First Guy: “Man, you have no idea what I had to do to be able to come out golfing this weekend. I had to promise my wife that I will paint every room in the house next weekend.”
Second Guy: “That’s nothing, I had to promise my wife that I will build her a new deck for the pool.”
Third Guy: “Man, you both have it easy! I had to promise my wife that I will remodel the kitchen for her.”
They continue to play the hole when they realized that the fourth guy has not said a word. So they ask him. “You haven’t said anything about what you had to do to be able to come golfing this weekend. What’s the deal?”
Fourth Guy: “I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just say that the foundation for the new house is being poured next Tuesday.”