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Rain. Lotsa water falling down. The weather map is solid green from Reedsport to well north of Lincoln City. 45F, wind at 4-10mph and gusting, AQI 28-43, UV1. Chance of rain 99% today and 85% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm. Today and tomorrow – wet. Tuesday – showers. Wednesday might be just cloudy, but then the heavy rain will be back on Thursday and Friday could even see thunderstorms. …and the rest of the forecast is wet…
Yesterday was an odd day. I ended up not going to sleep until 6:30am and then waking when Tempus got in at 9, staying up until 11:30, then sleeping until 2pm. Tempus made coffee. From that point until 9pm I was constantly cooking. I made pasties and pies, bacon and leeks, set up nibbles and all kinds of other bits and pieces.
I ate all day long, really just one nibble after another, but by the time we were ready to eat I was so full, I didn’t want any more! Well, you have to taste, don’t you?
I dropped in on the event in between bouts of cooking, and left the audio going when I was working. There were some interesting classes during the afternoon and the evening bardic was really good.
…and I crashed at 9pm and didn’t wake until midnight. By then Tempus had put everything away, cleaning the fridge in the process, from the look of things… of course *finding* what he’s put away might be an issue… 🙂 …and he gave me a couple of cards, and some kisses, since it was already past might. He’s such a Sweetie.
Today, well, it’s my birthday. If it’s not raining too hard, I might ask Tempus to take me to one of the parks to watch the ocean for a bit. I need to do a lot of photos and a bit of writing, which I might put off until Monday. Cooking is one thing I won’t have to do. I might not have to cook for most of this week! Right now Tempus is waiting for the notice to head up to Newport. As late as they’ve been for the last couple of nights it could be any time between now and 4….
…. I went back to bed for a few hours…. when I woke, he had headed out. It’s going to be another late night for him.
Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
Today’s Feast, Juno Februata, may be a mangled re-telling of the Lupercalia Feast that we’re going to talk about tomorrow. This goddess was of the home, hearth and married women and has a name that may be a borrowed word from another language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Februa Some interesting stuff about Juno’s tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_Ruminalis and more about figs in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus
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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 2/27 at 12:17am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/15 at 11:06pm.
The Heart and Soul Nebulae — IC 1805 and Westerhout 5, respectively — are large, stunning emission nebulae of hydrogen gas in Cassiopeia the Queen, who sits high in the north at sunset tonight. Unfortunately, this pair is dim and difficult to see unless imaged by a camera. More experienced astrophotographers may want to aim for this pair tonight as a Valentine’s Day treat. But for casual observers, there’s still a tempting target in this region: the small open star cluster Melotte 15. This magnitude 6.6 cluster sits more than 7,000 light-years away, nestled in the center of the Heart. It’s also a much better visual target than the surrounding emission nebula. You can find it by looking 5° east-southeast of Segin (Epsilon [ε] Cassiopeiae). Melotte 15 is roughly 1.5 million years old and contains several bright, white-hot stars roughly 50 times the mass of our Sun; it also houses many smaller members only a fraction of our star’s mass — unsurprising, since the universe preferentially forms small stars.
Have you ever closely compared the colors of Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, and Mars? This winter you have a good chance to do so! Can you detect any difference in their colors at all? Betelgeuse is the top-left corner of Orion’s bright pattern, high in the south in early evening. Aldebaran is two fists at arm’s length to the right of Betelgeuse. Mars is now the same distance lower right of Aldebaran. I can’t see any color difference between the two stars. Yet Aldebaran, spectral type K5 III, is often called an “orange” giant, while Betelgeuse, spectral type M1-M2 Ia, is usually called a “red” supergiant. Their temperatures are indeed slightly different: 3,900 and 3,600 Kelvin, respectively. Mars, meanwhile, looks to me looks very slightly more yellowish than either star. A complication: Betelgeuse is brighter than the other two, and to the human eye, the colors of bright objects appear, falsely, to be desaturated: tending paler (whiter) than they really are. You can get a slightly better read on the colors of bright stars by defocusing them a bit to spread their light over a larger area of your retina.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in western Aries) is roughly 15° below Mars in early evening. In binoculars Uranus is a little pinpoint “star.” But with an apparent diameter of 3.5 arcseconds, it’s a tiny, fuzzy ball at high power in even a fairly smallish telescope with sharp optics — during spells of good seeing. Finder chart (without Mars).
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 – ggold
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 14 High 2:20 AM 7.5 7:17 AM Rise 9:04 AM 4
~ 14 Low 8:13 AM 2.0 5:44 PM Set 9:00 PM
~ 14 High 1:58 PM 7.6
~ 14 Low 8:31 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are beautiful.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – Who is your favorite relative? Least favorite?
~ “Listen, three eyes,” he said, “don’t you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal”. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa
~ I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too. – Queen Elizabeth I; Tilbury speech, August 8, 1588, to her troops on the approach of the Spanish Armada
~ You don’t have time to be timid in this life. You should not waste any part of this gift that the Gods have given you. You aren’t here to repeat the mistakes that you made in past lives. You are here to improve your lot in life. – Kerr Cuhulain
Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. – –William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Magick – Have an Old-Fashioned Valentine-Making Party – written by Anja 2014
We don’t usually make our own Valentines anymore, which is kinda sad. I have some good memories of getting covered with paste and glitter and giving my family sticky hugs that kinda spread the wealth, but they loved and cherished those silly little messy things that I made. I have some that my kids made for me, ditto. …and any excuse for a party, right?
Drinkables – Red punch, pomegranate juice in lemon-lime soda is wonderful, especially of you can float some raspberry sherbert in it, or frozen strawberries. For low-sugar use clear glasses with water. Put a lemon wheel in and then and float frozen strawberries or raspberries on top. I ‘spose red ginger ale or some other red soda would work if you’re pressed for time.
Foods – Well, cookies and cupcakes are kinda expected and maybe some chocolates. Strawberries and whipped cream? Scones and cherry jam? If you feel adventurous you might try something that we call the Bartlett Bowl. It’s a can of mandarin oranges, whole roasted hazelnuts, chocolate chips and shredded coconut all mixed together. Just before serving, pour in the juice from the mandarins. This one has the traditional “love” correspondences, too.
Crafts stuff – Minimums are glue/gluesticks, red & white construction paper and scissors. Next step would be heart-shaped doilies, glitter, sequins, yarn, pompoms, macaroni. Macaroni? Yup, my favorites are bows and making scalloped edges out of elbow macaroni. How about traditional Valentine’s candies, like Red-Hots and Conversation Hearts? Next step after that would be stickers, googlie eyes, red silk flowers that can be taken apart and then you can go on from there! The more “stuff” that you throw on the table, the more creative the valentines will be.
Get envelopes/boxes – Ya gotta have these to present the creations…and trust me, kids do 3D! Adults tend to do the flatter pieces…. The PO has flat rate boxes for mailing that are free…unless you do have to drop ‘em into the mail.
You know how to do this! Eat some candies, pick up the scissors and the glitter and play!
Put the craft stuff and the food/drink in two separate rooms, or at least on two separate tables.
Put something washable on the table you’ll be doing the crafts part on. Old sheets are great.
If you’re doing this with kids under the age of 7 or 8, either put them & supplies on an old shower curtain on the floor, or put the table on top of washable sheets/old towels, so you don’t end up with more of a mess than you can help.
Silliness – Science and Math are funny – The Chemistry jokes you tell tend to be a little salty because they get the best reaction!