Clear and quiet. 51F, winds are calm, AQI36, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Today ought to be nice and sunny with some possible beach fog rolling after suppertime. Highs in the mid-60’s all week and sunshine for most of it. Temps look to be climbing at the beginning of next week.
Yesterday was long and a bit sleepy. We were up on time and got open on time and got coffee….at which point everything slowed to a crawl. I had very little brain and couldn’t hear worth spit. Tempus was so tired that he sat most of the day. I got a long nap around suppertime.
We did have people in, shopping, but they were more like a usual summer Sunday than we’ve had. I spent a lot of time working on photos, spent a little time on my doll and some on plants. Tempus got us few and did quite a bit of vacuuming. The windowsills really needed it. We closed around 9pm.
I spent the evening writing while Tempus slept, after I got the photos finished. That’s why this is a little short…. and set up a soup to cook overnight as he was getting ready to head out, then crawled in with my embroidery and fell asleep after that, I hope. 🙂 Don’t know yet, since this is being written before that. 🙂
Today Tempus has a bunch of errands to run, early. I’m hoping to finish clearing the work table from last night’s soup and then sew. I realized that with all the quilt patches I can probably re-create my blue summer dress that started to tear apart early in May. I have my gathering foot so the skirt shouldn’t be all that difficult. I just need to find a solid for the top. I’m a-gonna sew it without the front buttons, too, since those were a pain. I have to get the romper done, first, though. Once I actually put scissors to the pattern, it ought to go quickly.
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn, may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants. Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/25 at 10:58 am.
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 dusk turns into night, look left of the Moon for the near-vertical row of stars marking the head of Scorpius. Antares and its two outrigger stars shine a little farther left. And see tomorrow’s entry about the telescopic double stars awaiting you here.
The brightest star high in the southeast these evenings, high to the upper left of Jupiter and Saturn, is Altair. Look for little orange Tarazed above it by a finger-width at arm’s length. Altair is only 17 light-years away. Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae) is a red giant about 400 light-years in the background.
Hardly more than a fist-width to Altair’s left is delicate Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping left: toward the east.
Slightly less far above or upper left of Altair, look for smaller, fainter Sagitta, the Arrow. It too points east.
Pegasus the Winged Horse is rising in the east after sunset, climbing higher in the sky as evening proceeds. This large constellation is home to the globular cluster M15 (NGC 7078), sometimes called the Great Pegasus Cluster. M15 is located just over 4° northwest of magnitude 2.4 Enif, the brightest star in Pegasus despite its designation of Epsilon (ε) Pegasi. You’ll find Enif west of the Great Square of Pegasus, roughly 20° west of Markab. Enif, which means “the nose” in Arabic, is typically drawn as the flying horse’s mouth or muzzle. M15 itself is magnitude 6 and spans 12.3′. It lies about 33,600 light-years away and is one of our galaxy’s oldest globular clusters. M15 will look noticeably fuzzy in binoculars, especially compared to the 6th-magnitude star located just to its west. This dense globular cluster is also the first globular discovered to contain a planetary nebula, which is the shell of gas blown out by a dying star and subsequently lit up by that star as it fades. The nebula, Pease 1, is challenging to spot even with a large (15 inches or greater) telescope and requires dark skies and patience to pick out from the busy background of the packed cluster. If you’re an experienced observer or photographer looking for a challenge, push the magnification to 300x or greater and look about 1′ northeast of the cluster’s core for the tiny, bubblelike nebula.
Mars rises in the east less than an hour after the end of twilight. It emerges bright (magnitude –1.6) and strongly orange like a far-off bonfire. Where will it come up? Watch the horizon far below the Great Square of Pegasus. Mars climbs higher all through the night. By the beginning of dawn Mars shines grandly high and bright in the south, now a high-blown firespark. It’s near the dim Knot of Pisces. In a telescope this week Mars grows from 17½ to 18½ arcseconds in apparent diameter. That’s already bigger than it appears at many oppositions, but we’re still approaching Mars as Earth speeds along our faster orbit around the Sun. When we catch up to and pass Mars at opposition in early October, it will appear 22.6 arcseconds wide and will shine at a Jupiter-bright magnitude –2.6. Mars is still gibbous, 90% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap, possible clouds especially near the limb, and subtler dark surface markings.
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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).
M 24 High 5:11 AM 6.3 6:31 AM Rise 1:18 PM 28
~ 24 Low 11:06 AM 1.2 8:06 PM Set 11:29 PM
~ 24 High 5:26 PM 7.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you go outside today, look up in the sky (not at the sun) and contemplate its infinite spaciousness for a minute or two.
~ The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. – Jonas Salk
~ There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free. – Walter Cronkite
~ Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
~ It’s time to free the leg. – One person, speaking for many, on going jeans-free while WFH.
The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep;
And evening’s breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream. – P. B. Shelley (1792–1822)
Potato-Leek soup – Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes.
- 4 cup sliced leeks
- 3 cup sliced potatoes
- 6 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3Tbsp Sherry
- Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes.
- Liquefy in a blender.
- Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly.
Adapted from ~Lily Gardner-Butts
Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
- 1/2 c. wild rice
- 2 tbsp. margarine
- 1 c. minced leek (white part only)
- 1/3 c. minced celery
- 1 tsp. minced ginger root
- 1 c. diced mushrooms
- 4 c. chicken broth
- Salt & Pepper
Cook rice; drain. Meanwhile, heat margarine or butter in medium saucepan. Add leek, celery and ginger and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until they get a bit soft and then add broth. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Add rice and season soup to taste with salt and pepper.
4 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
6-8 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper, optional
2 cans or 1 pint green beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can baby peas, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 quart V-8 juice
1 lb. diced ham or beef stew meat
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cover with lid and cook on high for 6-7 hours.
Recipe taken from “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving” by Penny E. Stone, published by Champion Press. “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving” is available for $12.00 from Parents & Teens at: https://www.wmsecure.com/%7Ehistoryg/specialbookorder.html
Fresh Mushroom Soup
- 1 lb. fresh mushrooms
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 2 c. water
- 2 c. nonfat dry milk
- 1 tsp. onion flakes
- 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1 tbsp. sherry
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Slice caps and stems of mushrooms in thick pieces.
- Heat oil in a heavy saucepan and saute the mushrooms quickly until just crisp tender.
- Combine all other ingredients in blender and mix until thick and foamy.
- Add mushrooms and blend again at lowest speed for 4 or 5 seconds or until mushrooms are chopped into fine pieces but not pulverized.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly, stirring with a wire whisk to keep from burning.
Yield: about 1 1/4 quarts. 1 cup = approximately 180 calories.
Silliness – Escaping the Fire
A Brunette, a Redhead, and a Blonde escape a burning building by climbing to the roof. Firemen are on the street below, holding a blanket for them to jump in.
The firemen yell to the Brunette,
“Jump! Jump! It’s your only chance to survive!”
The Brunette jumps and SWISH! The firemen yank the blanket away… the Brunette slams into the sidewalk like a tomato.
“C’mon! Jump! You gotta jump!’ say the firemen to the Redhead.
“Oh…..no! You’re gonna pull the blanket away!” says the Redhead.
“No! It’s Brunettes we can’t stand! We’re OK with Redheads!”
“OK” says the Redhead, and she jumps. SWISH!
The firemen yank the blanket away, and the lady is flattened on the pavement like a pancake.
Finally, the Blonde steps to the edge of the roof. Again, the firemen yell,
“Jump! You have to jump!”
“Oh no! You’re gonna pull the blanket away!” says the Blonde.
“No! Really! You have to jump! We won’t pull the blanket away!”
“Not until you put the blanket down and back away!” yelled the Blonde.