It’s clear. 53F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI35, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re likely to add some cloud in the next couple of hours which will persist into the early afternoon. At that point everything ought to clear and we could see some wind for a few hours, but it will stay clear into tomorrow night. We’re definitely looking at wind on Sunday and then at the far end of the 10-day, some likely overnight rain. Otherwise it ought to be dry and nice.
Tempus had to run some errands (bank and PO, mostly) and then had some stuff to get into the cases. I checked in stuff while he was working on the displays. I’ve got his b-day present. 🙂 Now, I just have to decide if I’m going to wait until the end of September to give it to him…
Tempus got the new scrying crystals out and the spoons, plus put away some books that had wandered away from the shelves. A couple of friends dropped by to chat. It’s still hard for me to hear, but I’m trying…. We got a bunch of new smudges put up, but he had to bag the lavendar. I actually managed to stay at my desk for most of the day, but by 5 I was fading. That’s about when I got lunch and crawled into the nap bed with it.
Tempus said we had quite a lot of people in right up to 9pm! I slept for awhile, caught up on mail, and then started working on cookery. …well, I tried. I got the tvarog done and crashed…. <sigh>
Today we’ll be open at 1 and probably stay open until dark again.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Tan Hill Inn, the Sheep Show that happens there around this time of year and other harvest festivals, including celebrations revolving around coal mining. The inn dates to the 17th century and has been refurbished recently. “Tan Hill” refers to “Tinne”, the Celtic tree month of Holly, which ends right around now, not oak trees or leather-making, or even tin mining. It’s Britain’s highest inn at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level up in the top of the Yorkshire Dales. The hill seems to have been used back into pre-history as a sacred site of some sort. Here’s the Inn website. http://www.tanhillinn.co.uk/ Here’s some history: http://www.tanhillinn.com/history-of-tan-hill-innarkengarthdaleswaledaleyorkshire-dales-places-to-visitvisitor-attraction-yorkshire-dales/10/ (You can click on the pix to make ‘em bigger….)
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. I’ve heard people call salal and evergreen huckleberry by the name. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and aiding memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property.
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 8/18 at 7:42pm. 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 8/11 at 9:45am.
Mars and the waning gibbous Moon rise together around 11 p.m. or so daylight saving time, separated by only 2° or 3° for North America. By midnight they’re quite the spectacle shining low in the east. Dawn finds them very high in the south, now as little as 1° apart depending on where you are.
Jupiter and Saturn continue to dominate the southern sky these evenings, like a wide pair of unequal eyes. How early in twilight can you see them both? And how much darker does it have to get for the Sagittarius Teapot to emerge into view to Jupiter’s right?
Bright Vega passes closest to overhead around 10 or 11 p.m. this week, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. How closely it misses your zenith depends on how far north or south you are. It passes right through your zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north (Washington DC, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe). How closely can you judge this just by looking?
Deneb crosses its closest to the zenith almost exactly two hours after Vega. Deneb passes exactly overhead at latitude 45° north: Portland, Minneapolis, Montreal, southern France, northern Italy.
For a few hours after sunset, Scorpius the Scorpion is visible in the southern sky. It should be easy to pick out his golden magnitude 1 heart, Antares, so named because it is easy to mistake the bright star for Mars. The star’s apparent brightness, even at its distance of 550 light-years, means it’s extremely luminous — about 10,000 times brighter than the Sun. With a mass at least 10 times that of the Sun, it will someday explode in a supernova, certainly visible from Earth.
If you have binoculars or a small telescope, shift your gaze less than 1.5° west of the star to find M4 (NGC 6121), a magnitude 5.4 globular cluster just over 26′ across. A group of more than 100,000 old stars, M4 often appears as a faint, wispy ball like a puff of cotton. Larger binoculars or telescopes should pick out some of the cluster’s outer stars, although the center, packed with so many glowing suns, may still appear nebulous.
Main belt asteroid 7 Iris is headed toward a hairpin turn next week against the background stars of Sagittarius. It’s located less than 1.5° southwest of M23 (NGC 6494), a young open star cluster discovered in 1764. The best time to find the faint magnitude 9.8 point of light is between sunset and moonrise; wait until the sky is as dark as possible, which will aid in your search. Over the next several days, try returning to this region with your telescope to photograph or sketch Iris’ position each night. You should see the asteroid track westward day by day, approaching a magnitude 9.5 star that marks its turnaround point. It will swing around the star next Saturday, quickly starting to move east again after that.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.7 and +0.2, respectively) are a little past opposition. They loom in the southeast in twilight and pass highest in the south around midnight daylight-saving time. Jupiter is brightest; Saturn is 8° to its lower left or left. Farther to Jupiter’s right is the Sagittarius Teapot. High to the planets’ upper left, the brightest star is Altair. 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 August Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Sa 8 High 3:51 AM 6.4 6:12 AM Set 11:11 AM 84
~ 8 Low 10:20 AM 0.5 8:31 PM Rise 11:13 PM
~ 8 High 4:45 PM 6.6
~ 8 Low 10:56 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
~ The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. – John C Maxwell
~ The soul of a man is immortal and imperishable. – Plato
~ We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. – Schopenhauer
~ Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. – St. Francis of Assisi
A day of torpor in the sullen heat
Of Summer’s passion: In the sluggish stream
The panting cattle lave their lazy feet,
With drowsy eyes, and dream. – James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)
Savory Mini Cheese Balls Recipe by Kraft – http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/savory-mini-cheese-balls-182909.aspx – Use PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese to make 3 delicious cheese balls – perfect for entertaining.
What You Need
- 1-1/2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.)
- 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seed
- 1 tsp. poppy seed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans
- Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces; roll each into a ball.
- Combine sesame seed, poppy seed and half the garlic in small bowl. Mix herbs and remaining garlic in separate small bowl. Combine cranberries and nuts in third bowl.
- Roll 2 cheese balls in sesame seed mixture, 2 cheese balls in herb mixture and remaining cheese balls in nut mixture
[Anja’s note – I actually did these where I cut each package into 8 pieces. Those make a one-bite micro-cheese ball]
Watermelon Daiquiri Freezer Pops – Slices of watermelon are soaked in rum-laced daiquiri mix and then frozen on sticks for a boozy, frosty summertime treat! By Cheeky Kitchen – Updated June 30, 2014 – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/watermelon-daiquiri-freezer-pops/a71769be-74e9-4fe4-89db-d77acc260561
- Prep60 MIN
- Total2 HR 0 MIN
- 8 watermelon wedges, about 1” thick
- 1 shot rum
- ½ cup daiquiri mixer
- 8 freezer-pop sticks
- Combine rum and daiquiri mix in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add watermelon wedges. Close bag and gently move it back and forth to ensure all the watermelon is soaked in liquid. Place bag in fridge for 30-60 minutes.
- Remove watermelon from bag. Using a small, sharp knife, carefully slice a small slit in the rind of each watermelon – cut just barely through the green part to give the stick a starting point. Then slide a stick into the slit in the rind, and push it about an inch or so into the watermelon, just far enough so the stick is firm and securely holds the watermelon wedge upright.
- Place the watermelon wedges on a small, parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour. Serve and enjoy!
- Make this recipe kid-friendly by leaving out the rum.
- Serve these yummy pops with a sprinkling of salt for extra flavor!
- The sticks are sold as “craft sticks” at craft and big box stores.
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke’s Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!
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Roxannes Magic Bean Stew – http://ruhlman.com/2014/06/dont-eat-healthyour-carb-confusion/ – WE are HEALTHY if our FOOD is NUTRITIOUS.
- 1 cup white beans (Get them from Rancho Gordo if it’s in the budget— he sources the most nutritious beans, and they’ll cook in less time.)
- 1 quart/liter water
- 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 onion, chopped
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Combine all but the salt and pepper in a pot and put in a 200˚F oven for 6 to 8 hours, or cook on low in a slow cooker for the same time. (Add a bay leaf if you have one, and you might want to hand-crush the tomatoes when you add them.) Taste and season with an appropriate amount of salt and pepper.
- Serve to those you care about.
Feeds 4 to 6 lucky people.
Sam’s Meatball UFOs – (unidentified foodly object)
- Pickle relish
- Cheddar cheese
- Hamburger buns
- Precooked meatballs
- Mix together condiments.
- Grate cheese.
- Mix into condiments.
- Split meatballs in ½.
- Mix meatballs in with the condiments.
- Open buns and add 3 half meatballs to each with sauce.
- Can be heated in the nuker or eaten cold.
You have to make sure that you properly identify these by transportation type. These are *not* meatball subs, they are meatball UFOs. Subs would be soggier, I think. <grin>
Silliness – The Meaning of Service
At one time in my life, I thought I had a handle on the meaning of the word “service.”
“It’s the act of doing things for other people.” Then I heard these terms which reference the word service:
Internal Revenue Service
City & County Public Service
Then I became confused about the word “service.” This is not what I thought “service” meant.
So today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to “service” a few of his cows. Suddenly, it all came into perspective. Now I understand what all those “service” agencies are all about.
I hope you now are as enlightened as I am.