The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Anja.
It’s cloudy and the street is still wet. 54F, wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI 10-39, UV2. Chance of rain 20 % today and 0% tonight. There a tiny chance of some rain in the next few hours, but after that it ought to clear quite well. It should stay clear and dry for a couple of day, which means cold at night, but on Friday, showers are likely and then we’re sticking with a chance of rain from 11/1 on.
Yesterday I couldn’t sleep, even though I hadn’t slept enough during the night and I got up around 10am. Tempus was already up and cleaning out the rental, figuring that he was turning it in. Nope. Still no car. He was back and rumpusing around the shop by 2:30, having gotten a little shopping done. He missed Estella who was getting a tire repaired.
My microgreens showed up and I ate quite a lot with a piece of cheese and a few pickles. I’m awfully glad that I got those made. I was working on headers and getting some new stock set out, mostly crystals that I had fished out of the drawers. Tempus set out to make some bread which was finished by suppertime. He chased me off to nap in the late afternoon because I was getting nowhere and kept dozing off. Thankfully, I managed to stay awake when we had customers.
Tempus said that he had a stack of people come in around 6pm that bought. Otherwise he was napping, sitting up. We’re both pretty tired. Once I was back up we had supper and closed up. Afterwards, he went to bed and I wrote.
I talked to both Sash and Amor for a little tonight. Sash is having marvelous fun with his marble runs. Amor is talking about growing “crystals”. You know, the kind that “grow” on the paper christmas trees?
Today I hope I’ll be more awake. I want to get some photos done for the kit I’m working on. I have a bunch of plant tending to do and I’m hoping to start making some headway on the compounding station, but there’s still too much in the way.
Here are links to some drone footage of Thor’s Well and some other awesome places around here. …but…. leave it to the drones! Sneaker waves grab and roll you and are so full of sand, that even good swimmers have found themselves in serious trouble from the weight! We lost several people to the waves over the last few summers. Stay safe!
- Thor’s Well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSmwakm0OF0
- Thor’s Well and Diamond Lake – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EJ2r6cRoI&t=240
- 11 minutes – Thor’s Well and the Spouting Horn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j4-c2ZjQLY
Today’s plant is Thyme, Thymus vulgaris – One of the herbs of the Anglo-Saxon 9 herbs charm called Fille. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. It is a common component of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence. (recipes in Magick section!) It keeps its scent and flavor even when dried, so has become a kitchen staple. Originating in the area around the Mediterranean it was spread across Europe by citizen of the Roman empire who used it for incense and medicine as well as in the kitchen. Thymol, the main active component of the essential oil of thyme, is used for treating toe fungus and also appears in hand sanitizers and Listerine.
Feminine, Venus, Water – Use in sachets to promote sleep, in incense for psychic energy, courage, healing, purification, for magickal cleansing baths, a renewing of one’s personal energy, warding off of negative energy. Wear in a green amulet for good health. Or in the hair to attact sex partners and in a purple or pink amulet to be able to see the Fae.
October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day
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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 10/31 at 7:49am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/31 at 7:49am
The Moon, a day and a half past first quarter now, shines in Capricornus. It forms the top of a very wide, flat, almost isosceles triangle with Fomalhaut, about two fists to the Moon’s left and a little lower, and Saturn, about two fists to the Moon’s right and a little lower. (Brighter Jupiter shines a bit beyond Saturn).
Fomalhaut and Saturn balance at the same height around 9 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending on your location.
Although the Orionid meteor shower peaked a few days ago, you may still catch stray shower meteors early this morning after the Moon has set. The shower’s radiant is in Orion the Hunter, who rises before midnight and climbs higher in the sky as the hours tick toward sunrise.
Beside him are Gemini the Twins, whose brightest stars Castor and Pollux are easy to spot. As the constellation rises, white-hued Pollux is closer to the ground, while golden Castor sits to its upper left. By around 12:45 A.M. local time, Sirius has cleared the horizon. This blue-white star is the brightest in the Northern Hemisphere sky, although largely owing to its distance — a mere 8.6 light-years away.
Compare Sirius, whose magnitude is –1.45, with Rigel, Orion’s magnitude 0.18 left knee (on the right side of the constellation), which is more than 800 light-years away. Those magnitudes are the stars’ apparent magnitudes, which simply compare how bright they appear in the sky. But when scientists consider their absolute magnitudes, which compare how bright these stars would appear if placed at the same distance, Rigel would far outshine Sirius as the brighter star.
Mercury is hidden in the glare the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Mercury (11/3), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Grey
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 24 Low 1:40 AM 0.4 7:44 AM Set 12:27 AM 52
~ 24 High 8:38 AM 6.4 6:16 PM Rise 3:52 PM
~ 24 Low 2:13 PM 3.6
~ 24 High 7:43 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Failures are divided into two classes. Those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought.’
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Explain what you like and dislike about your name.
~ Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton, Founder – Hilton Hotels
~ A person asked: “The permanent -what is it?” Joshu said: “That which is impermanent.” The person asked: “Why is the permanent impermanent?” Joshu said: “Life! Life!”
~ You wouldn’t place a sword in the hands of an untrained amateur and expect them to prevail against a seasoned swordsman. You need to master what you’ve got in order to use it effectively. – KC
~ By entitlement behavior, I mean the apparent belief of too many political figures – make that too many male political figures – that the ordinary rules of acceptable conduct do not apply to them. – Ruth Marcus
“Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day,
“Come o’er the meadows with me and play:
Put on your dresses of red and gold –
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.” – Anon.
Samhain Magick – Recipes (I’ll do more spice mixes after the Sabbat, great gifts!)
1/4 cup dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried and ground bay leaf (or 2 whole dried bay leaves)
Optional: 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
Herbes de Provence Recipe Traditional
7 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
7 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried savory
Optional: 2 tablespoons dried, crushed lavender
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary
Fines herbes – Traditionally this is used fresh, but I’ve had some luck with making ice cubes of clear, de-greased chicken broth poured over the herbs
Compare with Colcannon!
Maso s brambory (recipe ©M. Bartlett 2009) (also called Brambory a klobasa)
Ethnic – Czech
Holiday – Samhain or Imbolc
Main Dish – Potato & meat
Serves 8 (or so)
Babicka loved this dish. She often made dishes out of season that she explained by when they were usually served, rejoicing in the easy availability of “things I have a taste for!” This is a “meat harvest (option 2)” or “end of winter” (option 1) dish.
- 8 large potatoes (don’t try to shortcut with potato flakes, bleah!)
- 1 pound of “made” sausage (opt 1) or 1 lb. of hamburger or 1 lb. of stew beef or meat scraps (opt. 2)
- 1/2 cup butter (Not Margarine!!!!!!)
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 very large onion or two medium (I prefer red for the contrast)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon caraway seed
- Butter dish with butter & Saltshaker for serving
- Chopping Knife & board, large boiling pot, fry pan & spatula, colander, potato masher & bowl, stirring spoon, large casserole or crock pot (optional)
- Peel and hack potatoes for boiling
- Put the potatoes in the boiling pot with enough water to cover.
- Cook on medium heat until soft.
- Finely chop onion while they are boiling.
- Slice sausage or mince meat if necessary.
- Cook meat in fry pan and drain. Set aside.
- At this point wait until the potatoes are cooked, then drain the potatoes through the colander.
- Mash the potatoes in the bowl.
- Put butter in the bottom of the boiling pot and swirl to coat as it melts.
- Add the mashed potatoes and the rest of the ingredients to the pot.
- Cook over low heat while blending them together.
- Turn the heat to medium and keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. OR coat casserole or crockpot with reserved grease and add potato mixture. Turn crockpot to medium and heat at least 1 hour, or put casserole in over @ 350 for 1 hour.
- Serve with butter & salt on the side.
Note 1 – I actually remember this dish being served during butchering time. When I was very young and the “uncles” were in their 40’s and 50’s, my family would butcher a beef and several hogs in the late fall. Most of the scraps went into “chop meat” (we call it hamburger, but they did it with chopping knives, not a grinder), that was cooked immediately and frozen, or became sausage or went into dishes that were served during the 3 days of work. Freezers were very new, then, and my up-to-date (and proud of it!) aunts each had a large chest-style freezer to pack the winter’s meat into.
Note 2 – In late winter potatoes dug the previous fall begin to sprout or rot. Frozen meats are also reaching the end of their shelf life without an electric freezer. This dish and the various winter stews are the last remnants of a time before electric appliances made it possible to keep foods much longer and they had to be cooked before we lost them and went hungry.
Pumpkin Soup – –from Auramooth’s Wiccan Page
4 pounds of peeled pumpkin, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 apples, chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon nutmeg or 3 t. curry powder
1 t. salt
2 cups water
2 1/2 cups milk
freshly ground pepper
- Place pumpkin, apples, onion, stock, nutmeg and salt in the water in a heavy saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Cover and simmer 40 minutes until pumpkin is tender.
- Puree in a blender or processor.
- Return to pan and add milk and pepper.
- Garnish with cilantro if curry is used.
Baked stuffed Pumpkin ©2009 M. Bartlett
Holiday – Samhain
Main Dish – Meat/Starch/Veg
This recipe developed from the need to feed the kids before then went Trick-or-Treating and stuffed themselves on candy. A full kid *might* eat just as much candy, but usually they’re more moderate. I wanted something seasonal, that was filling, had the necessary nutrients and didn’t take tending while costumes and makeup were being argued over. Believe me, with 6 kids those costumes took a lot of time! I would start this just after feeding the toddlers lunch and getting them down for naps.
- 1 medium to large pumpkin 10”-12” diameter (don’t overdo it!!!!!!!!)
- 2 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix (varies by size of pumpkin!!!!!)
- 3 cups Water (check box)
- 1 stick Butter (check box)
- 1 small onion (or a generous shake of dried onion flakes)
- 1 bunch green onions
- 2 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
- ½ bunch of celery
- 1 small can sliced olives
- 2 cans sliced water chestnuts
- 1 small can sliced mushrooms (don’t use fresh unless you’re sure people love them)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)
- Cut top from pumpkin at an angle so that it won’t fall in even when cooked.
- Scoop out “guts” and seeds and discard (or save seeds for toasting.)
- In a large microwavable pot or bowl put water and butter. Add spice mix from stuffing (if not included with the crumbs).
- Chop onions, chicken and celery and add to mixture.
- Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
- Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, olives and stir.
- Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between, until nearly boiling.
- Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
- Pile stuffing mix into the center of the pumpkin, pushing down and into the corners.
- Put the “lid” back on.
- Wrap the pumpkin in foil and set on a baking tray large enough to catch any dripping.
- Cover and bake at 350 for about two hours. Pumpkin is done when the sides push inward with finger pressure. It gets pretty soft.
- Serve hot. Will “stand” if properly wrapped (I use a blanket!!!) for up to 3 hours and still be hot. Store leftovers, covered in fridge. Can be reheated in the microwave by servings.
Silliness – To Help You Smile – A cop pulled me over and said, “Papers?” I said, “Scissors – I win!” and drove off.