Minus Tide at 5:22 PM of -0.9 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open on 2/11, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s mostly cloudy and what little wind there is has teeth…. 38F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI 8-38, UV1. Chance of rain 3% today and 5% tonight. SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT – …COLDEST TEMPERATURES THIS WINTER LIKELY AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE LATER THIS WEEK INTO NEXT WEEKEND… (follow link for more info). Despite the statement, the purple for snow/ice has vanished out of the forecast. That’s a relief! Today and tomorrow should be dry, if chilly. Wednesday night the rain is supposed to roll in, but after the middle of Thursday the chance is running more like 60-75% for the next several days and it will gradually warm.
Yesterday …well, “yesterday” starts at 3pm on Sunday. 🙂
When 3pm and “go time” rolled around I was still fighting with both WordPress and Facebook about whether the newsletter was going to get published and scheduled. Tempus ran back and forth with things, getting them into the car and I finally managed to beat the computer stuff into submission and get myself out the door.
We went to the Alsi resort. Seems silly to not go any farther, but we needed some pampering. We got what they call their, “mini jacuzzi suite”. Not really anything “mini” about it. For two people it was huge! It has a king bed on one side in front of a mirrored wall that’s a little disconcerting, at first, and a sofa/table/coffee maker counter/nuker/fridge side. I was out of my clothes and filling the jacuzzi before Tempus had brought everything in. 🙂 The jacuzzi actually fits two people and I think I spent a total of 6 hours, soaking. My joints didn’t hurt at all for the first time since the November anniversary trip! We had figured on going over to the Salty Dawg for supper and ended up not bothering. After my first stint in the jacuzzi I fell asleep and when I woke it was kinda late to try.
So we had sandwiches then and later and Cheezits and some other junk food. 🙂 For us “pampering” includes junk food. 🙂 We got another stint in the jacuzzi, just chatting about random stuff, including the interesting acoustics of the room. You can hear stuff in the hall from the bathroom that’s next to the door, loud stuff by the table, but not really anything else….and the room doesn’t echo, even if it’s acoustically “bright”. That was fun, with me whistling at the mirrors and ceiling and floors to test them. So Tempus got dried off and dressed and headed out on the paper run. I stayed in the water for awhile longer, dried off and got into bed and read until I got sleepy.
I woke around 7am from a “bang” from upstairs. Someone dropped a bag, I guess… unless maybe it was an anvil? 🙂 I turned on the TV and watched news for a bit before I switch over the the Nat Geo channel, a show called “Food Factory”. Tempus didn’t even laugh at me when he walked in and they were making catsup potato chips. I read some more while he spent time in the tub, and then pulled out my embroidery over by the table, since it was a sunny morning and the light by the window there was enough to see by. It hadn’t been with just the lamps.
We checked out at 10:30 and went straight to the shop. I had a lot of stuff to catch up on. My problem child from the other day is still kicking at least. That was almost the first thing I needed to find out and I caught up on messages and mail, then wrote for a bit. Eventually I was starting to get dozy and Tempus told me to curl up on the nap bed. I woke for awhile around suppertime and got something to eat, then went back to sleep only waking past 11pm. I’ve been writing since I got a snack.
Tempus headed out at 2:15 after getting the trash out and getting some photos done that I needed. I have a bit more writing to do and then I’m heading to bed.
Today needs to be a plant watering day. I have some tending to do, too, dry leaves and the like. I have to put together a shopping list for tonight, and get the last set of display cloths ready for laundering.
This is a wonderful rendition of an excerpt from one of my favorite pieces of music, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the 4th movement. It’s a universal shout of joy and acceptance, a “Yes!” that you can’t mistake, from a man who had lost his hearing when music was his whole life. I weep with joy, just listening to it. …and to turn it into a flashmob? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo
Today is the feast of Apollo, the god of the sun and inspiration and the patron of the muses. He’s a rather distant god, brother of Artemis and a killer, rather than a hunter, supposedly for good reasons, but since he was the one that slew the Great Snake at Delphi and took over the shrine and its Pythonesses, I’m not sure I actually like him. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo He was Christianized into St. Vincent, but today’s saint is St. Apollonia of Alexandria who jumped into the fire on her own, after they pulled out all her teeth. Thus she is the patron saint of dentists….. There’s a marvelous little chapel in Prague in the Loreta where she has an altar that has a pair of cherubs on one side, one of whom has a pained expression on his face and hands over his mouth and the other is triumphantly holding up a pair of pliers and a bloody tooth! Roman narcissus, Narcissus romanus, is the plant that belongs both to the god and the saint, a double-ruffled narcissus.
Today’s plant is the double-ruffled Narcissus, also Called: Asphodel, Daffy Down Lily, Goose Leek, and Lent Lily. It is a member of the hardy, spring-flowering bulbs. Close relatives (actually part of the family…) are jonquils and daffodils, with which it is often confused. These are native to Europe but all over in gardens and landscapes. Some of the plants in the family have medicinal uses, but the bulb is quite poisonous. Don’t experiment! – Apollo, Air, Feminine, Ostara – Helps promote polarity and harmony. Calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace. Along with jonquils it is one of the best of the fertility charms. More on the genus, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(plant)
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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 ornegativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/10 at 11:06pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/9 at 11:06am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 11:06am on2/11
After it’s good and dark, look due east for twinkly Regulus, not very high. Extending upper left from it is the Sickle of Leo, a backward question mark, outlining the Lion’s forequarters. “Leo announces spring,” goes an old saying. Actually, Leo showing up after dark announces the cold, clammy, messy back half of winter. Come spring, Leo will already be high.
Algol should be at minimum light for a couple hours centered on 9:35 p.m. EST.
The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe is slated to enter Mars orbit this morning around 10:30 A.M. EST. Launched from Japan last July, Hope aims to study Mars’ climate and atmosphere. The Red Planet is already high in the southern sky at sunset, glowing at magnitude 0.6 amid the stars of Aries the Ram. Despite this favorable sky position, it’s currently 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) from Earth, a little more than the average Earth-Sun distance. Its disk spans a relatively small 7″, so details are difficult to make out. That challenge is heightened by the fact that the relatively featureless martian deserts are currently on display overnight. Fortunately, that will change later in the month, as the dark Sinus Lacus and Sinus Meridiani rotate into view.
10.5° southwest of Mars is Uranus. At magnitude 5.8 it’s an easy binocular target, especially with no bright Moon to wash out the sky. Its 4″-wide disk will likely appear as a blue-gray spot with a “flatter” appearance than any nearby background stars.
Asteroid 2 Pallas is in conjunction with the Sun at 3 P.M. EST.
Mars (magnitude +0.5, in Aries) shines pale yellow-orange high in the southwest right after dark. It sets in the west-northwest around 1 a.m. Mars is only 8 or 7 arcseconds wide now, but at least a telescope will show its gibbous shape. At Mars itself, on the other hand, February is a busy month for arriving spacecraft. The United Emirates’ Hope craft will take up high-altitude orbit on February 9th to study the planet’s atmosphere. China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter, lander and rover will arrive less than a day later. The largest and most ambitious mission is NASA’s Perseverance rover, which will land on the 18th to, among other things, collect samples for future return to Earth and launch a miniature reconnaissance helicopter. Why are the three missions bunched together? Because the minimum-energy transfer orbit to get a craft from Earth to Mars becomes available only when the two planets line up a particular way with respect to each other every 2.14 years. Dedicated Mars observers will recognize this as the synodic period of Mars with respect to Earth — the same as the average time from one opposition to the next. All three missions launched last July.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – White
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
Tu 9 Low 4:18 AM 3.5 7:24 AM Rise 6:28 AM 10
~ 9 High 10:10 AM 8.7 5:37 PM Set 3:20 PM
~ 9 Low 5:22 PM -0.9
~ 9 High 11:59 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never regret something that made you smile.
Journal Prompt – Memories – Explain what you have done in your life to deserve a medal.
~ Lord Bacon was the greatest genius that England, or perhaps any country, ever produced. – Alexander Pope , 1741
~ A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ Let reason rule the man and he dares not trespass against his fellow creatures, but will do as he would be done unto, For Reason tells him is thy neighbour hungry and naked today, do thou feed and clothe him, it may be thy case tomorrow and then he will be ready to help thee. – Gerrard Winstanley
~ Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothes the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Magick – Recipes
Microwave Lemon Curd
- 2 XL eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup butter
- pinch of lemon zest (if desired)
- 1/2 gallon microwave bowl or pyrex cup (It will boil over with anything smaller!)
- 3 1 cup, wide-mouth canning jars and lids
- Break eggs into bowl and whisk.
- Add sugar and whisk until combined.
- Melt butter, add to bowl and whisk until combined.
- Add lemon juice and zest and whisk until combined.
- Scrape down the sides and makes sure everything is combined.
- Cook in microwave on full power for one minute. Pull out, whisk and repeat.
- At the 4th repetition use the thermometer after whisking. You’re aiming for 185F.
- Repeat until it reaches that temp.
- Set on heatproof surface and whisk again. Let it sit while you line up the canning jars.
- Pour into canning jars, leaving 1/2-1/4 inch headspace. If you scrape out your bowl they should be filled, exactly.
- Put seals on, then rings, loosely.
- When cool, tighten down and refrigerate.
Carrot Pudding, 17th Century, England (adapted from queensmeal.blogspot.com) Divided by 4
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 cup frozen carrots.
- 2 eggs
- ¼ stick butter
- 1 TBSP white wine
- 1/4 cup? 1/2 cup? milk
- 1 TBSP sugar
- Grated nutmeg
- Thaw carrots.
- Put breadcrumbs in food processor. Add carrots (drained, if necessary).
- Process until both are “crumbs”.
- Add eggs and process.
- Melt butter, add and process.
- Add milk and sugar and process.
- Put into a casserole dish that can be covered and bake at 350 until it reads over 165 in the center and is no longer liquid. (1 hour for the 4x.)
Parsnip Salad – For 2 to 3 persons
- preparation in advance – 10 minutes
- preparation – 10 minutes.
- A couple of handfuls of spring greens and/or lettcue
- salt, black pepper
- 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- ½ Tbsp coriander seeds, dry-roasted and crushed
- 2 Tbsp flour
Prepare in advance…
- Prepare the parsnips like carrots, and cut into thin slices. Leave the very thin ends for soup. Drain, let cool, and pat them dry.
- Wash and clean the salad greens.
Prepare at meal-time.
- Sprinkle the slices of parsnip with salt and flour and toss them so all slices are covered.
- Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the slices on both sides to a golden brown. Keep warm until serving time. (We used one of the crocks in the tripot on low.)
- Toss the lettuce with vinegar, salt and pepper, and half of the crushed coriander seeds.
Arrange the salad in individual bowls.
Arrange the fried slices of parsnip on the lettuce. Sprinkle the remaining coriander seeds over the salad.
As an alternative arrange the sallad on individual plates.
The original recipe
The original text of the recipe, taken from Gheeraert Vorselman, Eenen nyeuwen coock boeck (edition Cockx-Indestege recipe I.17, p.109, see bibliography).
Solaet van pastinaken. Neemt pastinaken ende siet se wel, ende ghiet dat water uut; dan neemt versch water ende siet se in dat water weder met lactouwen; dan doet se in een schotel ende doet er op sout, azijn, corianden ende peperpoeder. Men mach se ooc frijten in boter oft oly na dat se eens ghesoden is ende binnen het hert uut ghedaen ende in die bloemen ghewentelt.
Sallad of parsnips. Take parsnips and boil them well, and pour off the water. Then take fresh waterand boil them in this water with lettuce. Then put them in a dish, and add salt, vinegar, coriander and ground pepper. You can also fry them in butter or oil once they have been cooked and core has been removed, and [the slices] have been covered with flour.
Silliness – Hunting Flies
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“Hunting Flies,” he responded.
“Oh!, Killed any?” she asked.
“Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,” he replied.
Intrigued, she asked. “How can you tell?”
He responded, “3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone.”
(Yes, there is such a thing as justifiable homicide….”