It’s been raining off and on and now the fog is coming up because it’s warm. 63F, wind at 2-9 mph and gusting, AQI24, UV7. 40% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. The fog is supposed to stick around until mid-morning and then we’re back to showers… only 40% chance, though, and once that starts to clear in the evening we’ll be going on to sunny weather, with some (maybe) clouds for the rest of the forecast!
I had something really strange happen last night. I had been window shopping on a website site the night before around suppertime, then closed out the window. Then, not long after I got the newsletter published, I was trying to get an article to open and here pops up a window that says, “Thank you for your order!” Whut? So I spent several hours trying to undo that, hardly slept, finally called the bank…. Urf…. So then I had to go over to the bank, sign a bunch of paperwork, get a new card…. then that means I have to go the Paypal, etc. and enter the new card. Gah! So… maybe 2 hours of sleep, total….
…and I collapsed when we got back and slept until 3:30. Well, I did get to the shop after that, and I had a class on medieval embroidery. Or I tried to. Something was wrong with the feed and I couldn’t see the pictures, so I gave up after about 15 minutes. Online classes are great as long as things work….
I caught up on mail and messages and then looked around. Tempus made me a delicious hot sandwich from the pork mix I did last night. I had a handful of strawberries for dessert. The alpines are actually starting to bear. Tempus found me some banker boxes for the fabrics. I filled two and there are more bags, yet.
At 4pm there was a little sun still struggling to get through the cloud. By 6pm the mist was getting aggressive and the parking lot was getting damp. Tempus was out cold on the sofa. By 6:30 everything was wet and the eaves were dripping. I suddenly realized that the rolling table was out there with hats. I had been getting pictures for various of the newsletters. I woke Tempus and he went out and grabbed things and closed the car windows (oops). …the car tires started hissing on the highway and the air started to smell really good.
I went to water plants and Tempus had only 1/2 filled my watering bottles for the south windows and the north have been scanted for months. So he got those done for me. I hunted up coupons for the shopping list while he scrubbed my pastry board and then he headed out. I got some more water on the plants and then headed in back to work on the table. I did some sewing and a few photos, then caught a quick nap.
Tempus called while he was shopping and then went back to his paper route. I looked up some stuff, did a little writing and went back to sewing. …and back and forth… I was almost too tired to work on things, too tired to concentrate, but too awake to sleep. I finally pulled out a book and put that into the rotation, and that helped a bit. I also spent a few minutes getting stuff that needs to be washed all into one place for Tempus to nab in the morning. …and then I pulled out a drawing project, those mini-embroidery motifs that I was working on last winter. Those at least don’t take much brain. …and then I ran out of even that much…. at only 1am. So I’m going to get this out and go to bed!
Today I have the rest of the watering and I want to get the table clean enough to “herb” and then sew. I have most of the quilt blocks away, so I can get the last and then decide if I want to do up the pillowcases or leave those and just start some patchwork fabric. Oh, I need to get the bubble suit done and those baby books finished and then I can go on to more fun stuff! I might even get my other dress finished before summer is actually over. 🙂
Today is the Roman Feast of Consualia, the feast of Consus, god of harvests and underground grain stores. Consus’ altar was underground and kept buried for all by two days of the year, just like the seeds that he represents. He didn’t have any special priesthood, so sacrifices were performed on that day by priests of other gods. Games and races were held in his honor. It’s also a special day to honor horses and even tractors, those animals and machines that help us get in the grain harvest. In ancient Rome, horses were pampered on this day, given special foods, manes and tails braided up and hung with garlands before being paraded around and made much of. It sounds kinda like a State Fair! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
It’s also Bartle-tide, an odd commemoration of a thief or a giant and no one’s sure which! Some think it’s in honor of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a turf-cut figure, or the giant is in honor of the feast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Witton
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus.A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1stnations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
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. 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.
Spot the thin crescent Moon low in the west in twilight. Look to its left by about 16° for Spica twinkling into view. Spica, usually considered a star of spring, is heading down and out for the year. Much closer to the Moon (for the Americas) is fainter Gamma Virginis, shown on the plot above. They’re just a degree or two apart as seen at the times of dusk for North America.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit to our planet, at 6:57 A.M. EDT. At that time, it will sit just 225,876 miles (363,512 kilometers) from Earth.
Tonight, telescopic observers will want to zoom in on Jupiter, which lies in the southwest in the constellation Sagittarius. At 10:59 P.M. EDT, the planet’s largest moon, Ganymede, begins to transit its disk. Keep watching into the early morning of the 22nd and you’ll see the much smaller Io follow its bigger brother onto the planet’s face at 1:11 A.M. EDT. And just after 2 A.M. EDT, several events occur in quick succession: Io’s shadow appears on Jupiter’s disk at 2:03 A.M., Ganymede leaves the planet’s disk at 2:19 A.M., and Ganymede’s shadow finally appears on the disk at 2:31 A.M. (all times EDT). It takes so little time for Io’s shadow to appear and so much time for Ganymede’s to get with the program because Io orbits much closer to Jupiter than Ganymede.
For an added bonus or while you’re waiting for the next event in the sequence to occur, swing your scope about 8.3° east to enjoy a stunning view of Saturn. The ringed planet glows at magnitude 0.3, compared with Jupiter’s much brighter –2.6. Although at 18″ the disk of Saturn appears much smaller than Jupiter (which spans 47″), the rings should cover about 41″ — nearly the same size as the closer gas giant. Saturn’s largest and brightest moon, Titan, should be visible in your telescope just under 3′ east-southeast of the planet.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is very high in the southeast by then. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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).
F 21 High 2:21 AM 8.1 6:27 AM Rise 9:29 AM 3
~ 21 Low 8:57 AM -1.1 8:11 PM Set 10:03 PM
~ 21 High 3:17 PM 7.6
~ 21 Low 9:19 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression that lasts…..
~ You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. –Timber Hawkeye, speaker and author of Buddhist Boot Camp
~ Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. – Paul McCartney
~ Kissing has started again. – France’s culture minister, because TV and movie shoots are back on – and actors are smooching on set.
~ I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it. – Jimmy Kimmel on hosting the Emmys. And the award for Best Optimist goes to…
Many swarms of wild bees descended on our fields:
Stately stood the wheatstalk with head bent high:
Big of heart we laboured at storing mighty yields,
Wool and corn, and clusters to make men cry! – George Meredith (1828–1909)
Silliness – To help you smile – I finally finished writing a book on penguins! In hindsight it would have been easier to do it on paper….