Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:39 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’re planning to stay closed until 2/11. Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, email@example.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Krasna Praha.
Overcast, but everything is still wet. It got pretty windy during the day, but that’s down to nothing here in town. Newport airport is a different story! 48F, wind at 0-16 mph and gusting, AQI 20-36, UV2. Chance of rain 91% today and 96% tonight. Same as yesterday, GALE WARNING until 7am, SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY 7am to 6pm. The rain looks to be mostly north of us, but it’s due to start up again around 2:30am. We shouldn’t get over 2 1/2 inches during this storm. This ought to ease off on Wednesday, and Wed and Thursday should be just showers. The chance of rain is there but low for the rest of the forecast, so we could see some sun starting late Friday.
Yesterday was kinda fun, once I was up and moving. I didn’t get enough sleep, so that part wasn’t nice, but I managed to get in on a Equality and Diversity discussion that was interesting. I let that play while I was working on sorting out some more stock.
Once Tempus was up, but before he headed into Newport for some shopping, he trotted over to the PO and picked up more stuff. A lot of this was little doodads and goodies that are materials to make things, but there were some pendants and 3 wax furnaces to go with the sealing wax kits.
There was also a doll that had been advertised as Waldorf-style. Well, real Waldorf-style would have been playable for Sioned. This has some buttons and laces and eyes that aren’t for someone that young and the hair would have to be braided up tightly. I don’t have her clothes, yet, either, just the one outfit that she has on. Hmm… that sounds like some more sewing… Oh, goodness… matching Sioned and baby outfits. Uh-oh….
I got my little loom, too, although I haven’t tried to set that up. I’ll work on that today. If worst comes to worst and the frame is too flimsy for my use, I’ll still have the heald wire and reeds to work with on a different frame. That’s the one part that’s missing of both of my hand-looms.
I worked on all that while he was gone, and he had also picked up the marrowbones along with the groceries. Those are for today. He also got the stuff for Elizabethan Naughty Cake, which is something I hadn’t heard of until this year. I’ve made two batches so far and I want more. 🙂
In the morning before the mail I had been working on more of the photo files, and got back into that later. I’m within a few shakes of being done with 2016. I had a meeting a 3pm. It was good to see familiar faces and it turns out that the camera that Tempus found works on googlemeet at least.
After that I got some soup and then and slept for quite awhile. 6 hours, I think. I got some more food when I got up, a roll and some cheese, vegetable juice and a handful of Cheezits. 🙂 Tempus got me a cup of chai when he got up around midnight.
Right now I’m writing while he’s getting fed. He had to head out at 2 or so. Once this is set up I’ll be working on photos again.
Today I have marrowbones to cook and naughty cake to make, plus setting up my loom and getting photos. Now that I have a working camera, I might be able to do video chats on facebook, that’s going to get a trial this afternoon.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Feast day of Hekate (Hecate), ancient Greece – “In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Feast of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three manifestations, Luna in the Heavens (the moon), Diana the Huntress on earth, and Diana Lucifera in Hades, the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was called Diana Lucifera which means the Bringer of Light. The name Lucifera was also applied to the morning star Venus. The Christians gave the name negative connotations in their systematic attempts to discredit the Roman gods. The Greeks knew Diana as Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, and daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born under Mount Cynthus in Delos and hence was also called Cynthia and Delia. She was the goddess of hunting, carried a bow and quiver like her brother, and was especially fond of music and dance. Diana was never conquered by love, and submitted to no man, hence she was the goddess of a ‘chaste’ moon and, except for her family, tolerated only female companions. Her priestesses were all chaste.” From the Roman Calendar (broken link) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_%28mythology%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate and here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan31.html
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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 2/10 at 11:06pm. 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 2/4 at 9:37am.
Mars finishes out the month of January high in the southwestern sky as darkness falls. You’ll find it in the constellation Aries, shining brightly at magnitude 0.4 — far brighter than Hamal, Aries’ magnitude 2 alpha star. Mars is currently about 1.2 astronomical units (or AU, where 1 AU is the average Earth-Sun distance) from Earth and appears 8″ wide in the sky. By the end of next month, it will have retreated to nearly 1.5 AU away, losing 2″ of width in the process.
About 6° to Mars’ southwest is Uranus. Glowing at magnitude 5.8, it’s just barely at the edge of naked-eye visibility under dark skies, but easy to identify with binoculars or any small scope. Because it’s farther from Earth than Mars, Uranus appears to move much more slowly than the Red Planet against the background stars and will remain roughly in the same spot in Aries long after Mars has moved into neighboring Taurus later next month.
High in the east this evening, the asteroid 18 Melpomene, magnitude 9.4, creeps along only about 0.1° from 4th-magnitude Alpha Cancri, which itself is less than 2° from the open cluster M67. To identify the asteroid you can use the chart in the February Sky & Telescope, page 49, but that may require close-up work with a magnifying glass and a pencil point. Easier will be a zoomable astro-software chart showing Melpomene’s real-time position among fainter stars at a much larger scale. And about 1° southwest of Melpomene, such a chart should also identify the 10.0-magnitude asteroid 60 Echo. Both are very near opposition tonight. Hint: Indoors beforehand, review how to use a chart with a telescope (whether a paper chart or on a screen) if you haven’t yet mastered the tricks.
Venus is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise. Expect it back in the evening twilight come late spring.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JANUARY 2021: THE BRIGHTEST SKY OF THE YEAR – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-january-brightest-sky
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Yellow
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 31 High 2:31 AM 7.5 7:35 AM Set 9:36 AM 95
~ 31 Low 8:09 AM 2.4 5:25 PM Rise 9:01 PM
~ 31 High 1:53 PM 8.2
~ 31 Low 8:39 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – Look at yourself in the mirror and describe what you see.
~ To know that every moment — regardless of how it comes wrapped — is a gift greater than you can give yourself, is to be well on your way to a life without fear. – Guy Finley
~ If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment of knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin
~ You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself. – Napoleon Hill
~ … the brain-damaged Honourable Member for Bruce made his first parliamentary contribution since being elected, by calling a quorum to silence me for three minutes. – Paul Keating on Ken Aldred
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
Maiden Wakes Muffins – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 2 cups flour
- 2 Carrots, grated
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 green apple, peeled, cored, grated
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Soak raisins in hot water, in a covered bowl, for 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl, mix flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in carrots, raisins, apple, and almonds. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, and vanilla until well blended. Stir egg mixture in to the flour mixture until just wet. Grease muffin pan with a little butter or use cupcake/muffin cups. Divide the batter into the cups and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 8 servings.
Blessed Bride’s Cake – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup nut meats, chopped (walnuts, pecans, filberts)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Mix all the ingredients together until they are wet. Do not over mix.
- Pour into a greased and floured 9″x9″x2″ square baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of cake comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before serving.
Bacon and Leeks: Bacon is one of those foods that’s so good people like to wrap other foods in it. However, if you’re a purist and appreciate your bacon simple, this is a great recipe to whip up at Imbolc. The fiery taste of onions and garlic is offset by the smokiness of the bacon. Enjoy this heaped onto some nice warm Braided Bread. – Ravens magic broom
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 pound of bacon
- 3 fresh leeks, chopped
- 1 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
Fry the bacon and drain off excess fat. Remove from pan, and then chop into small pieces. Return to pan, and add garlic, leeks and onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When onions are opaque, remove from heat and serve scooped onto warm, soft bread.
**Note: If you’re a vegetarian, try this with strips of sliced zucchini or hash-brown style potatoes in place of the bacon. It’s still delicious!
Make your own Butter: Imbolc is a Sabbat that often focuses on dairy — after all, the very word Imbolc is derived from Oimelc, or “ewe’s milk.” This is a great time of year to make foods that come from a dairy source, and few are more representative of dairy than butter. Homemade butter is great because it’s got a fuller flavor – mostly because you make with pure cream instead of diluting it with oils and water like commercially produced butter. Although back in the old days, people used to spend hours at a churn, you can put together your own batch of fresh butter with just a little bit of effort. – Ravens magic broom
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Heavy whipping cream
- Glass jar with a lid that seals tightly
- Allow the whipping cream to sit at room temperature overnight to let it ripen. Don’t leave it out more than 24 hours, or it will spoil.
- Pour the whipping cream into the jar. Tighten the lid so it’s sealed – I like to use a Mason jar for this, but you can use any kind you like. Shake the jar for about twenty to thirty minutes. If you have more than one kid, let them take turns so no one gets bored.
- Check the jar periodically — if the contents are getting too thick for you to shake easily, open the jar and use a fork to stir things up a little. Eventually, the cream will start to form yellow clumps. These clumps are your butter, which means you’re done.
- If you’re not going to eat all your butter immediately, keep it in the jar, refrigerated. It will last about a week before it begins to spoil.
- You can add flavor (and help prevent early spoilage) by adding a bit of salt to your butter. If you like, add herbs or honey. Experiment a little, to see what sorts of flavors you enjoy best. Also, if you allow your butter to chill after mixing it, you can shape it into blocks for easy cutting and spreading.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why was the mushroom happy? Answer: Because he was a fungi.