It’s cloudy and likely to mostly stay that way, today. 56F, wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI26, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and 70% tonight. If we get rain (60% chance) it ought to start 9pm or so and keep going through tomorrow afternoon, with it only being rain (rather than showers) for just a few hours. After that it should start to clear with fog on Saturday in the early part of the day and then more sun than cloud for the rest of the week. Highs still in the low to mid-60’s.
No, we weren’t tired. Ha! We didn’t actually get up until 4pm, yesterday. Tempus had gotten in just before 9am, slowed by fog and a co-worker who likes to talk. I was awake around 2:30pm, but turned on the light to read and braid. Tempus curled up and put his head under my elbow, so he was shaded from the light. <awwwwwww> When we woke we got coffee but it took a long while to actually get something more to eat. I think he dozed off in his chair…. …and after we had supper I fell asleep, and then when I got up *he* fell asleep. Well, we didn’t get a lot done, obviously. I know he’s been short on sleep and I’m still dealing with the fatigue from being sick. <sigh> Well, today’s another day.
Today we have all the stuff to do that didn’t happen, yesterday. I did manage to get the newsletter frames done, at least and make a sandwich mix of some of the pork. (which is really good with my microgreens and fresh tomatoes!) I need to figure out a way to put the fabric away, so it’s not in the middle of the aisle, and to sort out the clean plasticware again. Today we *have* to water. I have drooping plants. We’re figuring on being open on time and staying open until dark.
Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the parasite that causes malaria in 1898. Sir Ronald Rose was knighted and received a Nobel prize for his work. The page is a facsimile of the notebook sheet on which he recorded seeing “pigmented bodies” in the guts of the mosquitoes that he later figured out were the malaria parasites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Ross See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malarial_parasite
Today’s plant, Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
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 9/1 at 10:22pm. 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 at 7:42 am on 8/20. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/23 at 7:42am.
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.
As summer progresses and Arcturus moves down the western sky, the kite figure of Bootes that sprouts from Arcturus tilts to the right. The kite is narrow, slightly bent with its top leaning right, and 23° long: about two fists at arm’s length. Arcturus is its bottom point where the stubby tail is tied on. Off to the Kite’s right in the northwest, the Big Dipper slants diagonally.
Take continuing advantage of the dark evening skies this week by aiming at a lesser-known but familiar-shaped nebula: The North America Nebula. Also cataloged as NGC 7000, the North America Nebula is about 3° east of the bright star Deneb, which marks the tail of Cygnus the Swan and is one of the three stars that make up the Summer Triangle. This emission nebula is best seen through 7×50 binoculars or a modest telescope, and appears somewhat dim because of its larger surface area. Nonetheless, give yourself some time to study it and look for “landmarks” to trace out its shape. Easiest to make out is southern portion of the United States’ East Coast: Look particularly for the jut of Florida and the curve carved out by the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re a budding astrophotographer, this nebula is an ideal target on which to focus your efforts. You don’t even need a telescope to snap a portrait, and wide-field shots will show other nearby deep-sky objects, including the Pelican Nebula — an HII region associated with the North America Nebula — and the young open cluster NGC 6991.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is well up in the east by midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, nearly 20° to the celestial east of Mars.
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.
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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).
Th 20 High 1:32 AM 8.3 6:26 AM Rise 8:11 AM 0
~ 20 Low 8:18 AM -1.4 8:12 PM Set 9:36 PM
~ 20 High 2:39 PM 7.3
~ 20 Low 8:29 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you have a heart use for someone to love…emotions are the soul of the heart…without it you are like a tree without fruit…..live your life….
~ You have to train your mind as much as your body. – Venus Williams
~ Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland
~ When you grow up, people stop asking you what your favourite dinosaur is. They don’t even care. – Rosie Made A Thing
~ There is no room…for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who ordered the removal of portraits of House speakers who served in the Confederacy.
The big doors of the country barn stand open and ready,
The dried grass of the harvest-time loads the slow-drawn wagon,
The clear light plays on the brown gray and green intertinged,
The armfuls are pack’d to the sagging mow. – Walt Whitman (1819–92)
- 3 Large Potatoes (peeled and Cubed)
- 1 lb frozen Corn
- 2 Large Onion (Cubed)
- 1 lb Bacon
- 2 Cup Milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp caraway seed
- Place potatoes and onions in a medium soup pot.
- Boil in enough water to cover the tops of the cubed vegetables by an inch or two.
- Drain off excess water.
- In another pan, fry the bacon strips until curled and then drain off excess oil/fat.
- Add bacon to the potatoes and onions along with additional ingredients.
- Simmer over medium heat stirring frequently. Avoid boiling
- Continue to heat until chowder is thoroughly heated.
Simple Beef broth
- 2 quarts water
- ½ pound of beef – you can use beef cubes, pot roast, steak or even hamburger (lean), check the “going out of code” shelf at the grocery, or ask at the meat counter.
- 1 small onion chopped, or 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded vegetables (carrots and celery are most common, but you can use anything, just shred, chop, or even puree it down fine)
- ut all ingredients into a large pot.
- Stir well.
- Turn on high until the pot starts to bubble. Watch the pot and stir often or it will scorch!
- As soon as it boils, turn it down to medium low and let simmer along until the amount is reduced to nearly 1 ½ quarts. You don’t have to watch this stage, just check it about every ½ hour or so and stir well.
- Strain the broth through a colander and let stand in the fridge until any grease cools on top. (you can chop up the meat and veg and use in other recipes)
- To use, “pop” the grease off the top and discard. You have achieved broth!
German Winter Mushroom Soup
- 2 qts. water
- 1 lb. fresh mushrooms (dried may be used)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 lg. onion
- Sauerkraut juice or vinegar to taste
- Roux — browned butter sauce
- Chopped noodle dough (1 c. or more if desired)
- Soak mushrooms in salt water 20 minutes.
- Clean, slice and cook, with large onion 20 minutes.
- Drain and rinse.
- Add mushrooms to 2 quarts water, season to taste.
- Bring to a boil.
- Pour about 1 cup boiling mushroom water to the roux.
- Stir to make a smooth paste, return to the boiling mushrooms.
- Add chopped noodle dough to the boiling mushrooms, cook until the dough is tender. Add sauerkraut juice to taste.
- 1/2 stick margarine or butter (brown)
- 3 tbsp. flour
- Brown all ingredients, remove from flame.
- Add boiling mushroom water, stir for a smooth paste.
- Return to mushrooms.
CHOPPED NOODLE DOUGH:
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 egg
- Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough.
- Chop to make fine crumbs.
- Add to the boiling mushroom soup.
French Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
- Pinch white pepper
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 2 c. rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef broth
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 c. half and half
- 2 tbsp. dry vermouth
- In a 3 quart pan over moderately high heat, melt butter.
- Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms brown lightly and most of their liquid is gone.
- Sprinkle with flour, salt, savory, and pepper.
- Add tomato paste.
- Stir mushrooms to coat with added ingredients.
- Remove from heat and gradually blend in beef broth.
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Puree mushroom mixture in blender or food processor until smooth, mixing in lemon juice at end.
- Return to cooking pan, blend in half and half and stir often over medium heat until steaming. Do not boil.
- Taste and add salt if needed.
- Add vermouth and serve at once.
Makes about 5 cups, 4 servings.
Silliness – Two Doctors
Over a round of golf, two doctors were talking shop.
“I operated on Mr. Lee the other day,” said the surgeon.
“What for?” asked his colleague.
“What did he have?”
“Oh… About $17,000.”