Why in the bleep is WordPress making itself harder and harder to use? Not only is the type size nearly too small to see (I find myself leaning across my desk and peering at the screen, instead of sitting back in the right posture) but today, the pictures are messed up. I can no longer re-size them! This is getting ridiculous and no, they haven’t fixed the paste function. It looks like I’m going to not be able to use the pictures in the text until I can figure this out. I know that they are nice. <sigh>
Yesterday’s weather was a wait-5-minutes kind of thing. Sun, rain, hail, wind, calm…. Right now things are wet. 44F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 33-43 , UV4. Chance of rain 79% today and 23% tonight. There’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5pm. Today’s chance of rain peaks mid-morning. It might dry out a bit in the afternoon and into Monday, but Monday night into Tuesday there’s another spate on the way of 2/5 of an inch. Tuesday should be mostly dry, maybe a little sun and Wednesday ought to be dry. Thursday is predicted to be wet, another 1/2 an inch, but then Friday and Saturday should be dry. This would be awesome Spring Break weather! <sigh> Next year….
Yes, we came far too close to losing a couple of kayakers in the Bay night before last. Fire Rescue had to go fish them out with the zodiac. They didn’t check with locals and just headed out, then kept getting knocked down by the wind. She finally ended up on the mud flats, but couldn’t get back to shore. He kept going under. Thank goodness for our Rescue Responders!
Yesterday I was up for a bit in the morning and caught up on mail and messages before heading back to bed. We went right to the shop when we woke around noon, but it took a bit to get coffee and we ran later than I had hoped, since Tmepus was set on getting dishes done before I started. Well, Sash ran late, too. At just about the time I got my 2nd cup and was thinking about getting the cookery started, I got a message that he was going to meet a friend for lunch, so would head our way around 3pm. That took the pressure off.
I cut and scooped out pears (I’ll put the recipe in Magick) mixed up the filling and when the eggs showed up (I asked a local to drop some off at the shop, same lady that I got the lamb from a couple of months back…) I finished the filling (beeeee-you-teee-full orange yolks!) filled the pears, wrapped in foil, and got Tempus to get them baking.
Sash got there just a few minutes after we put them into the oven. I had set up a nibbles tray of pickles and other goodies and we noshed, coffeed and talked. His life is “interesting”, these days. He’s doing manager stuff, over protest, and we discussed handling that, taxes, and clergy stuff, among other things, including bad puns. 🙂
When the pears were done, we spent awhile setting up some goodies for him to take with him, including two of the pears, and he headed out.
Tempus and I sat down with ours and ate. They’re *really* good! It’s definitely an unusual dish to modern tastes, since we don’t often do red meats that are sweet, but the fill is spicy, the pears are aromatic and the combination is delicious!
I worked on photos after that until a bit after 6pm, then headed in back for a nap. I woke in time to get some supper and head home and Tempus and I both went to bed. He’ll be up around 2 for the paper run. I have my embroidery and a book and I’ll head that way when this goes out.
Today in the late morning I’m part of judging an online embroidery competition. I’ll be done before we open at 1. I’m going to do the crockpot version of the pears, to get timing there. They’re already set up. I have to work more on the inventory files. I’m getting them cleaned up and hoping to actually finish a full inventory over the next couple of months, at least to catch up! …and no, the pricing gun didn’t show up, so I can’t work on that, but I have more headers to work on, and once Tempus has re-set the crystals we have to inventory the backstock. If you want to come in to look at the new shungite and other crystals we have them spread over the coffee table and you’re welcome to take a peek!
Tonight we’re going to do our Ostara Ritual. I miss you all!
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is Nowruz, a secular middle eastern, central Asian festival of happiness and new beginnings. Various customs include fire, cleaning, visiting and other spring things. The UN declared today Happiness Day a few years back. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness
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 3/28 at 11:48am. 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 3/17 at 2:21pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/21 at 7:40am.
Earth crosses the March equinox point on its orbit at 5:37 a.m. EDT on this date. This when the Sun crosses the equator (both Earth’s equator and, equivalently, the celestial equator), heading north. Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, fall in the Southern Hemisphere. And no, eggs don’t balance today any better than they usually do, in case someone tries to tell you that.
Mars (magnitude +1.1, in Taurus) shines very high in the west after dark. Mars is a very close twin of Aldebaran to its left or lower left, in brightness and almost in color. Which to you looks just a trace redder? They’ll appear closest together (a wide 7°) for several nights centered on March 20th and 21st. In a telescope Mars is just under 6 arcseconds wide: a bright blob tiny and disappointing.
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Color – Coral
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 20 High 5:06 AM 6.9 7:18 AM Set 2:02 AM 32
~ 20 Low 12:27 PM 1.2 7:29 PM Rise 11:00 AM
~ 20 High 7:04 PM 5.2
~ 20 Low 11:49 PM 3.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God/dess, My Spirit Guides, The One, The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts and feelings of needing to be “right.”
~ A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. – Martin L. King, Jr.
~ I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Friendship is Love without his wings. – Lord Byron
~ I am easily satisfied with the very best. – Winston Churchill
All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring! – –Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
Ostara Magick – Recipes for Ostara (and a bonus)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Mix the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add about 1/2 cup water and mix well, adding a bit more water if needed to make a stiff dough. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into squares, strips or circles. Deep fry in very hot oil until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags or paper towels. Drizzle honey in a very thin stream over bread and serve immediately. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.
Honey and Orange Tea Loaf (Scottish) http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
6 oz. self rising flour
6 oz. honey
1 oz. margarine
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking powder
6 Tbsp. milk
1 large orange, with rind grated off
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and line a 2 lb. loaf tin. Cream the margarine and honey together in a bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add the egg and beat vigorously. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture. Sprinkle in orange rind and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, glaze with honey and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced and buttered.
Queens Biscuits (Biscotti Di Regina) – http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 lb. sesame seeds
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Sift together in a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas. Add shortening and stir in eggs and milk. Make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly together. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1 1/2″ in length. Flatten rolls slightly, and roll in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheets about 3″ apart. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes 6 dozen cookies.
Mittelniederdeutsches Kochbuch Filled Pears
- 6 pears (they do not have to be ripe)
- 1-1½ cups of cooked mixed lamb and pork meat
- 8-10 dates
- Handful raisins and crasins
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp mixed cardamom and nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- 1 Hack upper 1/3 off pears.
- Dig out dark stem bit on short end.
- Cut out a cone from the larger end that includes the entire core.
- Hollow out more, still in the cone shape.
- Extra bits of pear and what can be cut off the cores go into the microwave for 5 minutes and then get fork mashed.
- Throw the rest of the ingredients on top and zap for 3 minutes to make sure any fats are melted.
- Mix well.
- Pack pear “cups” tightly with filling and set tops on.
- Pin in place if you have to.
- Wrap tightly in foil.
- Place in a pie pan (yes, they leak juice, even with the foil) and bake at 350F until soft to the touch or fork tender, about an hour and half to two hours. (two hours for us).
- Serve hot, with honey on the side for those who like it very sweet.
Note – Pears can also be baked in a crockpot on low for (time will be filled in tomorrow….)
Note 2 – This is a good bit more pear than fill. I think when I do these again, I’m going to try it with pears 1/2ved longways and completely scooped out to see how that changes things.
Translation – Volker Bach – 3/15/21
95 Item if you would make pears, take them and cut the pears off above (cut off the tops). Cut out the core and throw it away. And pound the other with fat meat. And take (add) egg yolk and spices and salt. Fill that back into the pears. And set them in the embers and let them roast.