The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Cyrano Writer.
Cloudy and chill, 43F, wind at 1-2mph and gusting, AQI39, UV2. Chance of rain 24% today and 99% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm Sunday. Today should be just cloudy, but this evening the rain will be back, maybe heavy, and not slacking off until lunchtime on Sunday. It’s likely to get heavy again overnight and not ease until late, but then we should have a couple of days of dry and maybe sunshine on Wednesday, but showers will be back after that.
Yesterday was very busy, but no so much on what I had planned. I was up really early… 6am… wow…. I talked to Tempus on the phone when I got up and then went sideways into a youtube video. I watched the 1957 Julie Andrews Cinderella. 🙂 Just after that ended Tempus got home and he went to bed right away.
I wrote for a couple of hours, taking a break to water plants. After that I started another one of those “between” projects. I’m going back and making sure that the pictures in these newsletter files are properly labeled. There are a lot of duplicates, too. and I need the space! It’s going to take awhile. I’m still in the first year!
I fielded some phone calls, checked up on a couple of clients, whomped though messages and then it was 12, time to wake Tempus… I had to check to make sure he was breathing, because he certainly wasn’t waking up! So, I finally got him up at quarter ’til 1 and I got the shop open. He had walked in and didn’t make it past the nap bed! We had several customers through, all just looking, and I was trying to rearrange stuff, as well. He finally got up around 2:30 and we had coffee.
He got out to the PO and I had several packages, one of which was my new molds for candies and thread waxers. There are some really pretty ones in this batch and one specifically for filled chocolates, that I’ve been itching to try.
I spent most of the afternoon working on inventory files until I got tired enough to start making mistakes. Tempus made us a delicious salad for supper and I was so sleepy by then that I only managed to eat about 1/3 of it. I was too tired to chew! It’s a great midnight snack, though. 🙂
He’s going to be heading out on the paper route within the hour. (left at 2:!5) I’m going to go back to bed, maybe to read a little, but we figured out what was happening with the cough. I have to sleep while the decongestant is still working, and while my allergy meds are 24 hour, but decongestant is only 12!
I just realize that I never got to the candle display! Today, besides that, I have more plant watering to do and I need to do some cooking. I have a recipe to try from that 16th century German cookbook. It’s a chicken pie. There’s a fun recipe right next to it for a chicken pie in a ground meat crust that sounds very keto. 🙂
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
Today’s Feast – February 20, 1942 – Two stories – (interesting, and cynical, take on this here: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp )
STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.
The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything: clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; that he couldn’t pass on a good name and a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.
To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.
The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had in fact destroyed five enemy aircraft.
This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.
His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
So What Do These Two Stories Have to Do with Each Other?
Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.
The rest of the story is in the book, Fateful Rendezvous: The story of Butch O’Hare. More here: http://www.mindconnection.com/library/factfile/ohare.htm More on Easy Eddie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._O%27Hare and on Butch O’Hare, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_O%27Hare
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. 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 2/25 at 12:17pm.
Mercury is stationary at 8 A.M. EST this morning. You can catch the smallest planet just a few hours earlier as Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter form a triangle in the early-morning sky for those willing to rise before the Sun. Saturn and Mercury rise together 4.4° apart around 5:40 A.M. local time in Capricornus, followed by Jupiter 7° east of Saturn about 22 minutes later. Mercury shines at magnitude 0.9, while Saturn is a slightly fainter 0.6. In two days, however, the planets will match in brightness exactly. Jupiter, although lower, is much brighter at magnitude –2, making it easier to spot in the brightening twilight. Keep an eye on the time and stop using optics a few minutes before sunrise in your location. Over the next few days, Mercury will continue moving east, flattening the triangle until it meets and then overtakes Jupiter early next month
Now spot Aldebaran below the Moon, as shown above.
After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast (with the Big Dipper as its brightest part), Leo the Lion in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? In one of the interesting coincidences known to devoted skywatchers, Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus crosses the south point on the horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Murzim the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south over your landscape. That’s probably sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Look straight down from Murzim then.
Mars (magnitude +0.8, under the Pleiades) continues to fade in the evening sky as it moves from Aries into Taurus. Look for it high in the west-southwest right after dark. Left of Mars shines Aldebaran, essentially the twin of Mars now in brightness as well as color. The gap between them shrinks this week from 18° to 15°. They’ll pass 7° apart in mid-March. (And by the way, Mars and March do have the same root. The month name comes from the Roman Martius, “the month of Mars.”) In a telescope Mars is a mere 6½ arcseconds wide.
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 Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18
Color – Indigo
Mercury Directs at 4:52pm
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 20 High 5:59 AM 7.0 7:08 AM Set 2:11 AM 49
~ 20 Low 1:32 PM 1.6 5:53 PM Rise 11:28 AM
~ 20 High 8:08 PM 5.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept hope, peace, joy, and love in all aspects of life.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is something about yourself that you dislike?
~ How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
~ There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the proof of our own unhappy experience, the teachings and the records of the past give proof enough for sane peoples. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ I is another. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Ye noble few! who here unbending stand
Beneath life’s pressure, yet bear up awhile,
And what your bounded view, which only saw
A little part, deem’d evil is no more:
The storms of Wintry time will quickly pass,
And one unbounded Spring encircle all. – –James Thomson (1700–48)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1 box lemon cake mix
- 1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup oil
- ¾ cup water
- 1 TB water
- 2 TBs melted butter
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan. Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water. Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve. Makes 10-12 servings
Gingered Kiwi Fruit – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 3 oz sugar
- 3 oz water
- ¼ cup crystallized ginger, minced
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 8 kiwi fuit, peeled and sliced
- 4 oranges, peeled and sliced
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water and ginger. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil until mixture reaches a light syrup consistency, about 3 mins. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly. In a dessert dish, gently stir fruit slices and ginger syrup until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
Glazed Apple Bites from http://recipes.swankivy.com/aplebite.html
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 Red Delicious apples, peeled and cut into half-inch slices
- Oil for frying
Combine honey, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in small saucepan. Heat over low flame until honey is dissolved; keep warm.
Mix egg whites, flour, and cornstarch in a small bowl to form batter. Cover apples with batter. Fry in oil over medium heat until golden brown.
Yield: 6 servings.
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook Use for: Ostara, Beltane, anytime
Silliness – Soap Thief – Q: What kind of person steals soap? A: A dirty crook