It’s been a wild one tonight! It’s smokey and windy and warm. 71F, wind at 12-24mph and gusting, AQI184, UV5. 0% chance of rain today and tonight. The humidity is down in the 20’s! We’re still under that RED FLAG WARNING and now they’ve added a HEAT ADVISORY through Tuesday night. Which doesn’t make sense because the worst heat is supposed to be on Wednesday, now…. Well, the good news is that there’s a good chance of rain next Monday and Tuesday. We just need to survive for a couple of days…
I slept really hard Sunday night. I was still groggy once I woke, and I had slept through all of the classes that I had thought to take. That wasn’t a biggie, but it was hard to get conscious enough to deal properly with customers. I kept forgetting things and one lady had to come back for her card because we *both* forgot it. Luckily it made her laugh.
Well, obviously I didn’t open early, but we were steadily busy for several hours and then, right about 4 o’clock, it dropped off to nothing. We had just 2 customers after that point. Around 6pm, Tempus got us some food from the China restaurant. We got the family dinner of sweet/sour chicken, garden vegetable chicken, egg flour soup and pork fried rice with an appetizer of egg roll and BBQ pork. I think we *maybe* ate half and I was really overstuffed. Granted, I was hungry, no lunch and ate “short” on breakfast, but I shouldn’t have shoveled it in, like that.
So I got a nap. I was noticing a smokey smell when I dropped off. …and when I woke… it was a wild night. Mostly at night in the summer there’s no wind….We were getting gusts into the 30’s. You couldn’t see across the street from the smoke. Power was flickering here and out in lots of places. Trees were down across 34 in a number of places. There was a fire up east of Alsea. …and then a live powerline went down up for rt 34 and people started getting evacuated as the fire climbed the hill! By 2, they had it knocked down, but not out and people were waiting for a call to go back. Cable was out in places and internet in others.
Sam got his call just after two, but it was to tell him that the papers were going to be delayed. I had already waked him up. We had some egg flower soup as a snack. I had been watering the plants in the south window earlier. Wow, they were dry. I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer and I’m going to have to get the North window done today. He closed everything up tight and turned on the furnace fan so’s to use the filter…and we waited. …and then Amor called and we chatted for a bit while he was on the way in to work.
By 4, the fire just out of town was down to one large tree that they were letting burn itself out. …but still no papers. I had made a chicken salad base, earlier, so Tempus got the mayo into it and we had another snack. By 5, still no papers. He finally got a call at 5:15. No papers, still. Going to deliver Tuesday & Wednesday together!
The Feast of Honor for Lada and Lela – Ruen (September) 8
This day Lada and Lela are honored because of the work in the fields has come to a close. A celebration is held with dancing and song. This marks the passing of Summer and its attendant warmth.
Today honors Lada and Leyla, two goddesses of Slavic Reconstruction Myth, who don’t appear to have any historical precedent. Lada is a mother/harvest goddess married/twin to Lado, a solar god of joy. Leyla is her daughter who shows up in the stories of the spring rabbit who didn’t know any better and laid colored eggs as a gift, whose image is on the moon.
“Vid” is the short form of the name “Svatovit”, a Slavic sky god.
Lado! Vid slept in a meadow. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Fair elf-maids were waking him. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Stand up young Vid! Lado is beautiful!
Lado! your house is on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your mother is dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Then answers young Vid, Lado is beautiful!
Lado! You are lying, fair elf-maids; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my mother dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my house on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! …but my lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
This song, devoted to Lado, was sung by Serb girls around the Drava river. In springtime they would gather in front of churches and sing it standing in circles as late as 1885 (this is not to say that actual belief in Lado remained). Collected by Nikola Begovic. Source Wikipedia
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow, widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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 9/17 at 4am. 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 9/10 at 2:26am PDT.
Several small, unassuming constellations are nestled between Cygnus and Aquila, high in the south this evening. One of them is Vulpecula the Fox, home of M27 (NGC 6853), better known as the Dumbbell Nebula. Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, it is the first planetary nebula ever identified. The Dumbbell is named for its elongated, bi-lobed appearance when viewing it through binoculars or a telescope. Photos reveal a more circular shape, although its dumbbell-like structure remains. This delicate object is one of the last stages in the life of a Sun-like star, as it puffs off its outer layers, lighting them up for a brief period of tens of thousands of years. M27 spans 8′ by 5.7′. Its magnitude 7.3 glow is challenging but possible for binoculars, and within easier reach of a small scope. The nearest bright guidepost is the magnitude 3.1 double star Albireo in Cygnus, which lies a little less than 8.5° northwest of the nebula. Magnitude 3.5 Gamma (γ) Sagittae is a little closer — M27 is 3.2° due north of this star. The best time to look for the Dumbbell tonight is the hours between astronomical twilight and moonrise, when the sky is darkest.
Most variable stars for amateur telescopes take days to weeks to change brightness noticeably. But the fastest eclipsing binary stars can change visibly within 10 minutes. A selection of such fast eclipsers, with finder charts, await you and your scope in Bob King’s new article Take a Roller Coaster Ride on a Fast Eclipsing Binary. Years ago, I would spend hours through a quiet night carefully noting the changing magnitude of some such faint star for the AAVSO’s Eclipsing Binary Section. I was using a homemade 6-inch reflector on my parents’ lawn with just my eye and an AAVSO comparison-star chart, having planned things out with a list of eclipse predictions. The purpose was, and is, to track any slight drifts in the times of mid-eclipse from the predicted times, indicating tiny changes in the stars’ orbital period across months or years. Such changes can reveal mass exchanges, either steady or sudden; the influence of an unseen, third orbiting companion; changes intrinsic to one of the stars, or other effects. Nowadays amateurs do this with greater precision and reliability using electronic imaging. But for me, that visual program was really what turned me into a serious amateur astronomer.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.5 and +0.3, respectively) shine in the south in early evening. Jupiter is the brightest. Saturn remains 8° to its left. They turn perfectly horizontal during twilight. Lower right of Jupiter after dark is the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot. The brightest star of the Teapot’s handle (the top one) is Sigma Sagittarii or Nunki, magnitude 2.0. It’s a hot blue-white star, 4.5 times the Sun’s diameter, 3300 times as luminous, and 230 light-years away. Follow 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 September Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Old Farmer’s Almanac September Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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/ Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 High 5:06 AM 5.6 6:48 AM Set 1:06 PM 74
~ 8 Low 10:42 AM 2.5 7:39 PM Rise 10:52 PM
~ 8 High 4:52 PM 6.7
~ 8 Low 11:52 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius.
~ The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none. – François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer, born on September 4, 1768; from Le génie du Christianisme (1802)
~ The pie is an English institution, which, planted on American soil, forthwith ran rampant and burst forth into an untold variety of genera and species. Not merely the old mince pie, but a thousand strictly American seedlings from that main stock, evinced the power of American housewives to adapt old institutions to new uses. – Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 – ’96), American author. Pies are a popular part of the customs of America’s Thanksgiving commemoration.
~ The work we are going about is this, to dig up George Hill and the waste ground thereabouts and to sow corn, and to eat our bread together by the sweat of our brows … that we may work in righteousness, and lay the foundation of making the earth a common treasury for all, both rich and poor. – Gerrard Winstanley; The True Leveller’s Standard Advanced, April 20, 1649
~ There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. – John Andrew Holmes
Off to school
We go together
Sunny weather. – Anon.
Mushroom Soup and Brie
- 1 1/2 lbs. fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 4 oz. butter
- 1 med. onion
- 1 minced shallot (if available)
Saute above ingredients. Stir in:
- 1/4 c. flour
- 3 c. beef or chicken broth
- 1 c. port (or dry wine)
Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cook 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups cream (or half and half). Ladle into bowls. Cover with slices of brie and run under broiler. Serve with crusty French bread
Fried green tomatoes – Rain Redknife
People make a big mystery of these, but the best recipe is still the simple one my mom learned from her mom in East Tennessee: no herbs, no garlic, no truffle oil or other foofy yuppie stuff, and absolutely NO “dietarily correct” efforts to make ’em over into health food. They aren’t. They shouldn’t be. Get over it. 🙂
- Take green (unripe) tomatoes that are still firm but are starting to “give” a little to a gentle squeeze. Slice about 3/8″ thick, and set aside.
- In a soup bowl or other flat container, season a half-cup or so of plain (not self-rising!) flour to taste with salt and pepper. Add a handful of plain white cornmeal if desired. In another bowl, place half a cup of milk .
- Heat 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil very hot but not smoking in a large nonstick or very well seasoned cast-iron skillet.
- Dip slices in milk, and shake off excess gently. Then dip in flour mixture on both sides. Leave a good coating, but tap off any real excess; this coating should be thin and crisp, not thick and bready!
- Place a few slices at a time in skillet, and fry about one minute per side, turning _gently_ so coating stays on. Then turn heat down to medium and fry till golden brown on both sides, turning only once more (They go pretty quickly, so watch.) Don’t do too many at once, and do let the oil get hot again between batches.
- Drain briefly on paper towels, and eat ’em hot if possible. If not, re-warm briefly in the oven under the broiler, NOT in the microwave.
CORN PUDDING – SERVES 6 TO 8 – From Arcamax recipes
2 ½ cups corn (3 ears depending on cob size or 1 16-oz bag of frozen corn
¼ cup white sugar
½ Tsp salt
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
1/3 Tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
4 Large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Spray a 9- by 13-inch pan with olive oil spray or lightly grease it.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Do this with a spoon or spatula so you don’t smash up the corn.
3. Pour the batter in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and a knife inserted in the corn pudding should come out clean. If the knife does not cone out clean, bake it a bit more.
Tip: For the creamiest taste, serve it immediately. It still tastes great served a bit later or even reheated the next day.
PASTA, SPICY TOMATO-VODKA SAUCE & MEATBALLS – Anja’s VERSION
Serves 4 (double works, but you need a LARGE frying pan!)
1 pound pasta Rotini
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp minced Jar garlic
1 28-oz can chopped tomatoes, plain
1/4 cup vodka
2 tsp Italian seasoning
16 oz precooked meatballs
¼ cup heavy cream
1 pint cherry tomatoes
½ cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp jar basil
Can black olives
Tip: Leftovers can be re-heated in the nuker, but before you refrigerate, stir the pasta into the sauce and package in single servings.
1. Following the directions on the package, cook your pasta while the sauce is cooking and drain.
2. Start a large sauté pan on Medium High with the olive oil and garlic.
3. Heat this until it starts to sizzle.
4. As soon as it’s sizzling, add the tomatoes, vodka and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
5. Add the meatballs.
6. Turn the heat down to Medium until the meatballs are thawed and everything is hot, about 15 minutes.
7. Turn heat to Low. Add the cream, the pint of cherry tomatoes and olives, and when this starts to steam, the Parmesan. Stir thoroughly, then cover with a loose lid or foil.
8. Let simmer until the pasta is done and drained and dumped into a large serving bowl.
9. Stir in the basil at the last second, then pour over pasta and serve.
Silliness – Frying Eggs
The wife was busy frying eggs, when her husband came home. He walked into the kitchen and immediately started yelling.
“Careful…CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! WE NEED MORE BUTTER! THEY ARE GOING TO STICK! CAREFUL! CAREFUL!!! TURN THEM! HURRY UP!!! ARE YOU CRAZY!!! USE MORE SALT!!! THE SALT!!!!”
The wife was very upset, “What is wrong with you? Why are you yelling like this? Do you think I don’t know how to fry an egg?”
The husband calmly replied, “I wanted to show you what it feels like for me when I am driving with you sitting next to me.”