Daily Stuff 8-16-20 Campden Wonder

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Randy McKinnis. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:34 AM of -0.5 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

It’s clear at the moment, but we’re likely to see some clouds in the afternoon with a high around 68F in town. 57F, wind at 1mph, AQI48, UV7. 0% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. AFter today pretty much we’re looking at partly cloudy for the rest of the 10 days, with temps more like the mid-60’s. There’s a possibility of some fog on Tuesday adn Wednesday and of early morning rain Friday. That’s only a 30% yet, so don’t get your hopes up. 🙂

Yesterday started a little strangely. Tempus had fallen asleep in the car by the pharmacy waiting for them to open and then he opened the shop early since he decided to water out front before it got too hot and had people walk in the door as soon as he did. I’m sure he was open by 11:30.

I finally got myself put together and got to my desk around 1:30. It was already 75F in the shop and the computer weather said 88F! That was inland, though. By the water it stayed in the mid-60’s, so it didn’t get too bad here. I did a few small things, like getting the masks set out and into the inventory. We were busy, off and on, but when it really started getting too warm (for out here) everything stopped. That was around 4pm.

I had a taste for fish and chips, so Tempus went over to Vicki’s Big Wheel for those. He got a reuben burger and we both had chocolate shakes so we were quite well fed. I got a nap after supper, then worked on some braiding, then sewing. I coaxed Tempus into napping so he would get more than an hour or two of sleep, then worked on making a space for my cookery for today.

I was mostly concerned with the liqueurs, since the limoncello was ready for straining. …and then I discovered that no, it wasn’t… I had one more step…. after it was already straining. <sigh> So I put it all back and set up the roast. …and discovered it hadn’t thawed enough to fit in the crockpot. <sigh twice> I left it sitting, got the Kummel liqueur started and started back on some cover sheets for my Mab’s kits.

…since the internet was out again I couldn’t save anything of this newsletter. …and of course I forgot to ask Tempus to see if he could fix it again before he had to leave. I had to call him and then the messages didn’t go through. It was an hour before I got that sorted out.

Today is our “different day”. I’m going to be doing some cookery, hoping for not-too-hot weather. The worst of course is the roast, but I want to do a bunch of little pies/tarts and that gets warm. Most of the rest is microwave or cold. We’ll planning to be open at 1pm and probably stay open well into the evening.

Alsea Bay Bridge befpre sunrise on 8/7/20 by Randy McKinnis. Used with permission

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe strange case of William Harrison, the Campden Wonder –
On August 16, 1660, a 70-year-old rent collector (manager of Viscountess Campden’s estates at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/ ), William Harrison, disappeared from Chipping Campden, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEngland, and only his hat, comb and ‘collar band’, or scarf, were found. His servant, John Perry, confessed to his murder and implicated his mother Joan (who was thought to be a witch) and his brother Richard. All three were hanged, although a body was never recovered.
Fully two years later, the ‘murdered’ William Harrison returned to Chipping Campden, with a fantastic story, which he laid out in a sworn letter  http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/newgate/perry.htm to Sir Thomas Overbury, a magistrate of the county of Gloucester. Harrison wrote that he had been kidnapped by two armed horsemen, who stabbed him through the side and thigh with swords. They had taken him on a long journey through England to Deal, where they had put him on a ship. The ship was captured by Turkish pirates who sold the old man into slavery near Smyrna, Turkey … More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_Wonder and here: http://www.thecampdenwonder.com/index.html

motif plant red huckleberry Vaccinium_parvifolium_0325Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat),  to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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. 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 8/17 at 10:42am. 

This is the time of year when the rich Cygnus Milky Way crosses the zenith in the hour after nightfall is complete (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). The Milky Way now rises straight up from the southwest horizon, passed overhead, and runs straight down to the northeast. (September/October)

August is prime Milky Way time! After dark, the Milky Way extends up from low in the the south (where it runs between the tail of Scorpius and the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot), up and left across Aquila and through the big Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus now rising low in the north-northeast.

In early dawn Saturday morning, look east for Venus paired beautifully with the waning crescent Moon, as shown below. They’re only 3° or 4° apart for the Americas, shining in the dim feet of Gemini. Look for Castor and Pollux to their lower left. Orion is farther to their right or lower right.

Early in the dawn of Sunday the 16th, Pollux and Castor shine left of the waning crescent Moon, as shown above.

Uranus appears at its best – Uranus’ blue-green color shows up through amateur instruments, but you won’t see the clouds and rings the Keck Telescope reveals. – Lawrence Sromovsky (UW-Madison)/Keck Observatory

Uranus rises late on the 15th and is visible all morning on the 16th. An hour before sunrise, the planet is high in the southeast amid the stars of Aries the Ram. You should be able to spot its magnitude 5.8 glow easily with binoculars or a telescope. There are no other bright stars nearby, so look for a lone star that appears “flat” and somewhat gray-green. Its disk is just 4″ across. If you’re having trouble finding it, use a star chart to locate the bright stars Hamal in Aries (magnitude 2) and Menkar in Cetus (magnitude 2.5). Uranus lies roughly midway on a line connecting the two. Roughly 20° east-northeast of Uranus is the easily recognizable Pleiades star cluster, also listed as Messier 45. Even without binoculars or a scope, you can enjoy the view; if you do use optical aid, opt for a larger field of view to encompass as much of the cluster as possible, which covers 110′ on the sky. And just 12.5° southeast of the Pleiades is a looser cluster, the Hyades, covering 330′. The bright star Aldebaran stands out against their scattered glow.
Whenever bright Vega crosses nearest your zenith, as it does soon after dark now, you know that the <<<<<< Sagittarius Teapot is at its highest due south. Two hours later when Deneb crosses closest to the zenith, it’s the turn of little Delphinus >>>> and boat-shaped Capricornus down below to stand at their highest due south.
Mercury is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac August Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/
, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 

Sun in Leo
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 10:38pm.
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21)Retrograde
Color: Amber

Planting 8/15-16

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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).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Su  16      Low   5:34 AM    -0.5   6:21 AM    Rise  3:16 AM      13
16     High  12:09 PM     5.8   8:19 PM     Set  7:14 PM
16      Low   5:18 PM     2.9
16     High  11:08 PM     7.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear has two meanings – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Do you belong/have you belonged to a club or an organization?

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Quotes

~   The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead. – Dr. William Menninger
~   Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. – George S. Patton
~   If you choose not to decide, you still have made a Choice. – Neil Peart
~   Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends. – Proverb

Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun-burnt meads,
Wavers the butterfly;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery seeds,
And August passeth by. – Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)

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Magick – Recipes – Some “let’s not overheat the kitchen” recipes

Myron’s Crock Pot Meatloaf  By Diana Rattray Southern Food Expert SOUTHERN FOODhttp://southernfood.about.com/od/meatloafrecipes/r/bl107c10.htm?utm_content=7402090&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=ROD_food&utm_term=

This is a basic, great-tasting meatloaf from Myron, cooked in the slow cooker. This meatloaf uses only 6 ingredients, so it’s easy to prepare and fuss-free to cook in the crock pot.

Myron’s ingredient amounts are not specific. I add about 1/4 cup of ketchup to the meat mixture and spread about 1/4 cup over the top.

When I cook a meatloaf in the slow cooker, I add a rack or fashion one with some foil. And if your crock pot is round, foil “handles” are very convenient. See below the recipe for foil handle instructions.

Myron mentions a few variations below the recipe.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 480 minutes
  • Total Time: 485 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 slices bread, in small cubes
  • milk, about 1/4 cup (left out)
  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef, 85% or leaner
  • ketchup (about 1/2 cup), divided (used ½ can shroom soup)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (used caraway

PREPARATION

  1. In a large bowl beat the eggs — add bread cubes. Add the milk and blend well.
  2. Add the ground beef, about 1/4 cup of ketchup, chopped onion, salt, and pepper. Mix well with your hands.
  3. See below for how to make foil handles. Place the beef mixture in a slow cooker or Crock Pot. Shape to fit and flatten the top.
  4. Pour ketchup on top (enough to cover completely).
  5. C​cover and cook on low for 6 to 9 hours.

Myron’s Notes: I’ve also used crushed crackers instead of bread, and salsa instead of the ketchup. With only 1 lb. of meat, you’ll probably want to use just one egg.

Buon appetito!

How to Make Foil “Handles”

Take two sheets of foil, about 24 inches in length. Fold them a few times to make long wide strips. Place them in the slow cooker at right angles to each other, letting the ends hang over the edge of the slow cooker. Place the meatloaf in the center and fold the long ends over it. Cover and cook as directed. After cooking, you can lift the meatloaf out with the ends of the foil.

Mustard Dill Tortellini Salad Skewers (by Anja) – These are a make-ahead for summer suppers. It makes a nice light meal with little cleanup, a great party dish, and a good side for barbeque nights while you’re waiting for things to cook.

Ingredients for skewers

  • Refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in ½
  • Pear tomatoes (whole)
  • Snap peas or green beans, cut to 1 inch pieces
  • Olives (green or black)
  • Cocktail pickled onions
  • Pickled beets, cut to no more than 1 inch cubes
  • Party skewers

Dressing

  • 1 cup plain unsweetened greek yogurt (no sugar!!!)
  • 2 Tablepoon dill weed or 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
  • Dash of salt
  • Dribble of cider vinegar

Make it

  1. Cook the tortellini up to 24 hours ahead according to package directions.
  2. While still hot add about a tablespoon of olive oil and toss well.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  4. Mix dressing ingredients.
  5. It needs to be runny enough to drip, not “glop”, so add vinegar, a little at a time, until you like the texture. Refrigerate.
  6. Thread ingredients onto skewers with one tortellini for 2 vegetables. Change ‘em up!
  7. Line skewers up on a platter, cover and refrigerate.
  8. An hour before serving, get your dressing out and let it stand at room temp.
  9. Just before serving take off the cover and dribble the dressing over the skewers. Set what’s left off to the side in a bowl for dipping.

No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings (using a 9-ounce clear plastic cup for serving)

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 crackers)
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

For the filling

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1-ounce package sugar free cheesecake-flavored instant pudding mix (or 1/3 of a non-sugar free instant pudding may be used)
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12-ounce container frozen whipped topping, plus extra for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse the crackers into fine crumbs. Add the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar and pulse until combined.
  2. Spoon the crumbs into individual 9-ounce plastic cups (or other individual sized cups for serving). Place in the refrigerator to set while you are preparing the filling.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until light and creamy.
  4. Add the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and pudding mix and beat until completely mixed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix again until well combined.
  6. Change your stand mixture attachment to the wire whisk. On slow speed, fold in the tub of Cool Whip until well combined.
  7. Allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator for about an hour to firm up.
  8. Using a large pastry bag with a large tip, or a spoon, top the graham cracker crust in each cup with the pumpkin mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Garnish with additional whipped topping if desired.

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Silliness – Trouble with R’s

A young schoolboy was having a hard time pronouncing the letter ”R,” and all the other kids were, of course, teasing him about it. To help him out, the teacher gave him a sentence to practice at home: ”Robert gave Richard a rap in the ribs for roasting the rabbit so rare.” In class a few days later, the teacher asked the boy to recite the sentence out loud.
The boy nervously eyed his classmates–many of them already laughing at him–then replied, ”Bob gave Dick a poke in the side because the bunny wasn’t cooked enough.”

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