Daily Stuff 3-24-21 Brittania

Hi, folks!

 The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It’s mostly clouded over. 40F, wind at 2-4 mph and gusting, AQI 4-36, UV4. Chance of rain 98% today and 72% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from noon through the night. We’re due for some rain today. The chance starts to climb around 7am and peaks around noon, gradually trailing off. Don’t plan on emptying a storage unit today or tomorrow! Friday and Saturday ought to be good, though. Sunday afternoon looks like it could get wet, easing off into the evening and through Monday, but from then on we’re looking a partly sunny and dry for awhile!

Yesterday went really fast again. We were up at the normal time, although even after I had a cup of coffee I was wavering. Tempus said that he had things to do, so he sent me back to bed. When I got up again, I had coffee and breakfast and he was still working on car stuff.

I got my mail and messages sorted and got myself put together and he was ready just about then. We drove out to the park. It’s a touch shabby, but that’s not a problem, and it does mean that things that we want to do probably won’t bother anyone. (Like a greenhouse, a small one.) Having my plants there won’t be a problem, the guy across from our spot has a set of shelves full of plants built up to the roof of his trailer! We have some questions about how we’re going to be set up in the space, since there doesn’t seem to be enough room for the steps.

There’s a nice pad and a graveled area on the other side, so we’ll have room for our little garden shed and maybe even the old utility trailer. ….and plants…. maybe my picnic table? I’m getting excited!

After we had a good look around we went out to the spring and then up to storage. We dug around, making sure of where things were. Some we didn’t find, but those units are pretty full. I did find out what the problem is with the garden shed. It’s toward the back of the unit and several large pieces of furniture are between the door and it. It’s going to take a partial unload of the unit, so that’s going to have to wait until more essential pieces have been shifted and there’s a little more space. Some of the pieces are intended to go to our tiny home, anyway, so it won’t be all that long.

We bought back some baskets and a box of things that I’ve been missing, including my winter scarf, a couple of sewing projects and a bag of stuff that was in the category of, “Why did we save this?” The shop trash can is rather full…..

I spent an hour or so on stock once we were back at the shop and we had a really good dinner of leftovers from Sunday, once Tempus made a large batch of biscuits. Tempus headed off to do the bulk route around 9pm and I slept for several hours… well, I was pretty tired! The time change is doing its usual number on my sleep time.

I got my head together enough to order some supplies, since I haven’t had any gold leaf for years. Just 5 sheets, but I’m going to have to try it on the marzipan, since I’ve only ever done lebkuchen cookies with it. I just watched a SpaceX liftoff at about 1:30. I’m going to spend a little while more working on the class tonight and then try going back to sleep. …and I just talked to Tempus. He’s right now getting the papers, but they’re not thick, so he might be home a little early, the way he was yesterday, when he walked in at 6:45!

Today we’re both going to spend time on setting up a time to move the trailer and other “next step” things. I’m probably going to be working on some of the “staging” of small stuff that’s going to be moved and making a list of things to hunt for in storage. I have some writing to do, because my marzipan class is in 10 days. I’m still not sure what photos I’m going to need, and I’m going to have to make several batches of marzipan (big problem, right? 🙂 ) to get some of the pieces that I want for the class.

A picture from 3/3/15 by Ken Gagne of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

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Dandelions, Taraxacum are today’s plant. The new leaves are a yummy addition to spring salads. The dried and ground roots make a coffee substitute and the flowers make an excellent wine. In our area don’t mistake hawkweed or cat’s paw for them, both are very not-good-for-the-tummy. True dandelions have no fur on the leaves which are deeply “toothed”, hence the name dant-de-lion, tooth of the lion. – Masculine, Jupiter Air, Hecate– Blow the seed head and the seeds left are the years left in your life.Blow the seed head 3 times and the number of seeds left are the hour. To send a message blow the seed head in the direction of the person and visualize your message. Bury a dried root by the corner of your house to bring favorable winds. Dried flower/leaves are used for energy, calling spirits  and health. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion

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Komoeditsi – Suhii (March) 24 – This day is a very ancient Pagan holiday. This day we honor the great Bear God (Meveshii Bog) and make sacrifices to the Great God of Honey. (Komoed: “Bear” in Old Russian )

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Today’s Feast is in honor of Brittania, the personification of the British Isles. She wasn’t worshiped as a goddess as far as anyone can prove, but she has become one over time, much as Marianne of France, or our personification of Liberty.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittania

 The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo

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. 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 3/26 at 11:48.

And now the waxing gibbous Moon works its way across Leo, on its way to full on the 28th.

The bright gibbous Moon shines upper right of Leo’s Sickle asterism in early evening, as shown above. By 10 or 11 p.m. the Moon shines directly to the right pf Leo.

This month marks 240 years since William Herschel’s official discovery of Uranus. Tonight, you can try finding the magnitude 6 ice giant for yourself once full darkness falls. Look west to locate the Pleiades (M45), then drop down about 21.5° to spot the planet. Because it is low on the horizon and a bright, waxing Moon is in the sky, its barely naked-eye brightness might be overwhelmed — instead, use binoculars or a small scope to see it. Uranus’ disk currently spans 3″ and will appear as a “flat” gray star through your eyepiece. It sets a few hours after sunset, so look earlier rather than later for the best views.

Usually Algol matches the brightness of Gamma (γ) Andromedae to its west (to the right here; north is up). But at mid-eclipse Algol is about halfway in brightness between (ε) and faint Kappa (κ).

Algol shines at its minimum brightness in early evening, while it’s still fairly high in the northwestern sky, for the Mountain and Pacific time zones of North America. Its mid-eclipse is predicted for 7:55 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. In another month Algol will be essentially gone for the season.

If you miss Uranus, Mars is still nearby, now located 12° east of the Pleiades and 7.3° north-northeast of Aldebaran.

Mercury has sunk out of sight into the glow of sunrise.

 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

Sun in Aries

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 – Turquoise
Planting – 3/16-18
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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
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


 Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
W   24      Low   3:50 AM     3.6   7:11 AM     Set  5:27 AM      71
~    24     High   9:30 AM     6.9   7:34 PM    Rise  2:46 PM
~    24      Low   4:42 PM     0.3
~    24    High  11:19 PM     6.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take lots of naps.


 Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao-Tze



~   He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up. – Paul Keating
~   Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
~   A bore is simply a nonentity who resents his humble lot in life, and seeks satisfaction for his wounded ego by forcing himself on his betters. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~   How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low success. – Lewis Morris

There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)


Magick – Recipes – I thought since the recipes from this past weekend were so good that I’d post them here. The pear recipe was posted this past weekend.

Mortraeas (correspondences for chicken are prosperity, eggs are springtime, bacon is “good management” and wine is for joy.)

MMMK 04 Mortraeas – My Modern Medieval Kitchen – My Modern Medieval Kitchen making a modern version of mortræas/mortraeas, meat cooked in wine.

  • 3 slice bacon
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • One slice stale bread or ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • Cup of wine or more to cover.
  • Cinnamon


  1. Grind chicken and bacon in a mortar. OR chop fine. OR use a food processor.
  2. Shred bread.
  3. Begin cooking meat, add a bit of oil or water to the pan to prevent scorching.
  4. Add wine & bread crumbs. Stir to mix.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
  7. Whisk the eggs with a couple of tablespoons of wine. Add to meat mixture and stir well. Turn off heat.
  8. Keep stirring until eggs are cooked through and mixture thickens.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon

Zerfahrens of chickens (correspondences for chicken are prosperity, eggs are springtime, bacon is “good management” and broth goes by the correspondences of the vegetables in it, which in this case are fertility, psychic power, stability and protection.)

  • 2 sm chicken breast
  • 1 slice bacon plus two TBSP bacon fat or three slices bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • Chicken broth


  1. Chop the bacon (food processor)
  2. Cook until starting to turn color.
  3. Thaw and chop up the chicken breast. I used a food processor.
  4. Two eggs went in with the chicken to be chopped
  5. Add broth to bacon. Stir
  6. Add chiken/egg mix and a bit of salt and dill weed.
  7. Stir very well.
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. Either simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or crockpot on high for at least an hour.


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6.  Zerfahrens of chickens.  Take the breast from the young hens/ cut it away from the bone/ and chop small together with calf fat/ chop into it eggs with the yellow and white/ put it in a clean fish ketter/ with a good hen broth/ that is not over salted/ and stir well over the coals/ that it does not scorch/ when it has come to a boil/ then let gently boil/ about a quarter of an hour/ so it becomes good and well tasting.

Lentils with ham bits (correspondences – prosperity, protection, and protection against negativity)

  • 1 lb lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 6 cups water
  • Tablespoon caraway seed
  • 1 cup ham rind
  • 1 whole medium onion
  • Salt to taste (I added a palmful)
  1. Put rinsed lentils into small crockpot with water.
    1. Peel onion, take off root and tip and put in with lentils.
    2. Add caraway.
    3. Finely chop ham rind and add
    4. Cover and start on high. 4:30.
    5. Turned to low at 6:30. Done at 7pm.

This is a very basic lentil recipe. My most common addition is a pound of baby carrots or frozen coined carrots, but you can add almost any vegetable or meat.

The water can be (should be!) replaced with broth for extra flavor. You can use anything you have, but this really tasty one that we’re eating this week, was made with the leftover cooking liquid from a beef roast that was cooked in burgundy. I’ve found a few little bits of beef in with the lentils, so I’m guessing that I just threw the above ingredients into the same crockpot that the beef was done in, after figure out there was about the right amount of liquid. Saves washing up. Two meals for the washing of one!


Silliness – For The Kids – Wizards – What do you get if you cross a river with an inflatable wizard? To the other side!


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