Daily Stuff 3-28-21 Zlaty Amos

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:25 PM of -0.1 feet. Switching to morning, tomorrow! The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Partly cloudy. Those started rolling in very late in the afternoon. It was a pretty sunset 42F, winds are calm, AQI 38-39 , UV4. Chance of rain 99% today and 19% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 9am on Monday. After today (and the chance of rain peaks around 4pm) it should stay dry right into next weekend! At that, at least so far, the chance of rain *then* stays at less than 50%! Temps ought to be middling, during the week 50’s, at least, although we might make it to 60 on Wednesday. We’ll still be partly to mostly cloudy all week, but that usually means we see some sun later in the day. It’s a good week for moving!

Yesterday was very busy. We had a *lot* of customers in for this time of year. Spring Break level crowds, pretty much. I spent most of the day between customers working on headers. The crystals area is still a wreck despite me nagging Tempus to get it done. That’s frustrating.

Jhirmali’s Gourmet dropped off a carrot cake that I had ordered with no walnuts. It’s delicious, dense, moist and flavorful! Definitely worth the money. No, they’re not cheap. You can find them on Facebook as: Jhirmali’s Gourmet Desserts.

There’s a set of quartz points ready to hang and I have a basket of carefully ordered sets of headers and stones, ready to cut. With any luck I’ll be done with these today. Wait, no…. <sigh> It’s our “different day” and I had planned to work on marzipans and photos, but….

Tempus is going to spend the day at the tiny home park. Ours is getting moved in and hooked up today! He’s going to get it and the spot paid for, bring the paperwork back for signing, and then he’s going to spend time trotting the staged stuff over there. He *might* get as far as picking up the plants that have been living at a friend’s for several years now. That would be good. So what I get done depends on when he does what and how many customers we have.

Tomorrow will be a storage rummage and start taking those things out that we’re planning to have in our tiny home. We have a set of steps being built so I can get in and out, so we won’t actually move until I can manage that, but we’re getting closer!

So, those crystals should get finished on Monday and, yes, we’ll be open at 1pm today and stay open normal hours. Tempus is heading out on the paper route at about 2am and I’m going to keep doing some crystal headers for bit. Maybe I can get the printing part done.

Collected on Facebook, the last of the snow in March of 2019.


Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus

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Zlaty Amos, the Czech Teachers Day, is held annually on the birthday of John Amos Comenius, a famous educator of the middle ages. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” (or the “teachers of the year” as we would say in the US) take place yearly on March 28, and yes, they really wear crowns! See more here (website in Czech, but there are pictures) :http://www.zlatyamos.cz/ and on Comenius here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amos_Comenius

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 Libra

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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/29 at 11:48pm. 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 or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/11 at 7:31pm.

The Full Moon rises – The Full Moon looks huge as it rises behind a house in Serralunga d’Alba, Italy. Pictures of the Moon often show such discordant sizes because even as a photographer moves farther from an earthly foreground object, the distance to the Moon remains essentially unchanged. – Stefano De Rosa

Full Moon (exactly full at 2:48 p.m. EDT). Spica is now about one fist below it come evening. Arcturus is more than twice that far to the Moon’s left.  March’s Full Moon is also known as the Worm Moon. Although our bright satellite will dominate the sky, a pair of binoculars will net you something new and exciting: A nova going off in Cassiopeia the Queen.

New nova – Look for Nova Cas 2021 after dark by finding the W of Cassiopeia, then using Schedar and Caph as pointer stars. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

8th-magnitude Nova in Cassiopeia. Nova Cassiopeiae 2021, now also known as V1405 Cassiopeiae, has faded a trace to about magnitude 8.1 as of March 26th, after it was discovered at 9.6 on March 18th and quickly peaked around 7.7. For finder charts and more info, see Bright Nova Erupts in Cassiopeia. Moonlight will give you trouble with binoculars, even large ones, but the moonlight will be gone from the early-evening sky starting on the 30th. To get a light curve with the most up-to-date brightness measurements, go to aavso.org and in “Pick a Star”, enter “V1405 Cas” and choose “Plot a light curve”. There, visual observers’ estimates are the open black circles, and photoelectric V magnitudes are the green squares. (You can see calendar dates instead of Julian Days using “Preferences”.) And where’s Cassiopeia itself? Catch it sinking in the north-northwest right after the end of twilight. Look early before it gets too low.

The new nova, cataloged as PNV J23244760+6111140, V1405 Cas, or Nova Cas 2021, was discovered March 18 by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Nakamura. It was already brightening quickly and, by March 19, was spotted at magnitude 7.7 — bright enough to easily find in binoculars. To locate it, follow a line from 2nd magnitude Schedar (Alpha Cassiopeiae) through first magnitude star Caph (Beta [β] Cassiopeiae). That line points right to the nova’s location, about 5.9° northwest of Caph. Or, if you have a telescope with a “go-to” function, you can slew directly to the nova’s coordinates: Right Ascension: 23h 24m 47.60s, Declination: +61° 11′ 14.0″ As an added bonus, the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) is nearby, just 30′ west-northwest of the nova. If you’re an astroimager, it’s a pairing you won’t want to miss. Astronomers believe this is a classical nova, which occurs when a white dwarf sucks matter off a companion star. Eventually, that material builds up on the surface of the white dwarf, causing a brief, bright thermonuclear reaction that we see on Earth as a nova. Unlike a supernova, this process doesn’t destroy the white dwarf, so classical novae can repeat.

Jupiter and Saturn have been slowly emerging into dawn view for the last month. Look for them low in the southeast about 50 or 40 minutes before your local sunrise time. Saturn is the higher of the two, but it’s much dimmer at magnitude +0.8. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.1 (not counting the atmospheric extinction for something so low). Find Jupiter some 12° to Saturn’s lower left, roughly a fist at arm’s length.

 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 Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month 
of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Color – Amber
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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
Su  28     High   1:00 AM     7.8   7:04 AM     Set  7:27 AM      98
~    28      Low   7:07 AM     0.7   7:39 PM    Rise  7:52 PM
~    28     High   1:05 PM     8.1
~    28      Low   7:25 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is good, be grateful for all of life’s blessings. Great or small. Light a candle of gratitude today. Blessed Be!


 Journal Prompt – Wiki If you had to move to another state, which one would you choose?



~   Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain
~   Apply the way of Knighthood to all things. Therein lies its beauty. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~   He can who thinks he can and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. – Picasso

After the winter rain,
Sing, robin! Sing, swallow!
Grasses are in the lane,
Buds and flowers will follow. – –Ina Coolbrith (1841–1928)


Magick – Recipes – Witches Cupboard – Yummy Recipes By J.M. Hales, 2012

The Basics

My Special Mix

3 tsp. of the following

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • Seasoning Salt

Marinade: Pork or Chicken

  • Orange Juice (¼ to ½ cup)
  • 1 tbsp. of the MIX
  • 3 tsp. Worstershire Sauce

Marinade: Beef or Steaks

  • 1 tbsp. any flavor bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp. worstershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. MIX

Simple Gravy

  • Liquids in Pan
  • ¼ cup flour in measuring cup
  • 2/3 cup of water whisk until no lumps
  • Slowly add to hot liquids, stir until thick

Yummy Fry Sauce – Equal parts miracle whip or mayo, ketchup, mustard and bbq sauce

Yummy Garlic Spread

  • ½ cup of butter
  • 2 tsp. of fresh garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • Spread on to bread, place in oven on broil and wait for color to turn golden brown

Yummy Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 3 to 4 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Add as much or as little honey to get the consistency you want the more honey the sweeter it gets, the less honey the more bite it has.

Simple Salad with Delicious Dressing

  • Spinach leaves
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries (halved and seeded)
  • Feta or Goat Cheese


  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. organic sugar
  • Add strawberry syrup to equal ½ cup

Perfect Pancakes and Fruit Toppings:

  1. Pour pancake mix into measuring cup (1-1 ½ cups)
  2. Add 2 cups of water
  3. 1 tsp. organic sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. Whisk ingredients together until mixed (mix will bubble)
  6. Pour onto griddle (wait for most bubbles to pop on surface, flip over and wait for pancake to puff up slightly)

Fruit topping:

  1. Place approx. 5-6 cut strawberries or whatever fruit you like
  2. Add very little water, 3 tsp. organic sugar… Simmer until soft.

Now We’re Cooking

Ginger Chicken

  • 1 lb. skinless boneless chicken
  • Marinade with the chicken recipe
  • Ginger cookies
  • 1tsp flour
  • While oven is preheating to 350*, crush up ginger cookies until fine
  • Coat chicken with ginger cookie/flour mix until well coated
  • Place in greased baking dish
  • Add the marinade
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until chicken reaches proper temperature
  • Side Dish: Potato with a veggie of your choice

Awesome Hamburgers:

  • 1 lb. Hamburger Meat
  • 1 tbsp. MIX
  • Add in either: bbq sauce or teriyaki sauce
  • Cook in frying pan until cooked all the way through or Grill
  • Place on toasted bun with favorite condiment.
  • Side Dish: French Fries or Baked Beans

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies – Heat Oven to 350*

Mix together:

  • One egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Place on baking sheet in balls, flatten with fork
  • Bake 9-11 minutes

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Heat Oven to 375*

  1. Cream:  2 eggs, ¾ cup sugar, ¾ brown sugar, 1tsp. vanilla, 1 cup butter
  2. In separate bowl: Combine 2 ¼ cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. Add Dry ingredients to wet, add chocolate chips.
  4. Mix well
  5. Place on baking sheet 2 inches a part in balls
  6. Bake for approx. 9-12 minutes
  7. Serve with a cold glass of milk

(source cited: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/Original-NESTL%C3%89-TOLL-HOUSE-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/detail.aspx)

Awesome Baked Beans – Heat oven to 350*

  • 1 can of your favorite baked beans
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp. bbq sauce
  • 3 slices cut up bacon
  • Mix together
  • Place in baking dish
  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes

The Best Mac N Cheese or Au Gratin Potatoes:

Follow directions for cooked pasta (make 2 cups)

  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1tsp. salt and pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 3-4 tbsp. flour and 3 tbsp. butter
  • Place in baking dish
  • Bake in oven at 350* for 30 minutes
  • To make au gratin potatoes (same recipe except slice up 4-5 potatoes)
  • Side Dish: Veggie of your choice


  • 1 lb. hamburger meat
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • MIX
  • 1 pkg noodles of your choice
  • Sauté Hamburger Meat with onion until brown (drain meat)
  • In another pot add: tomato sauce, MIX, 2tsp. of oregano, basil, thyme
  • When sauce is thoroughly heated add meat and sauce together serve over noodles
  • Side Dish: Garlic Bread

Famous Garbage Bowl:

  • Follow directions for mashed potatoes or make them from scratch.
  • 5 potatoes cut up/ boil until soft/ mash with milk and butter until the right consistency)
  • 1 lb. of chicken (diced) or hamburger meat or pork
  • 2 tbsp. worstershire sauce and MIX
  • 1 can of corn
  • Cook meat until done
  • Place in several bowls: Mashed Potatoes, Meat of your choice, corn and top with grated cheese

Fried Tuna Patties:

  1. Heat Oil in frying pan

In a large bowl:

  • 1 pkg Ritz or saltine crackers
  • MIX
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large can or 2 small cans of tuna
  • Mix together make into small patties half dollar size
  • Fry in oil until golden brown on both sides
  • Top with tartar sauce or fry sauce
  • Side Dish: Veggie of your choice

Sheppard’s Pie – Heat oven to 350* Bake for 25- 30 Minutes

  • 1 lb. hamburger meat
  • MIX
  • Tomato Soup
  • Mashed Potatoes (instant or homemade)
  • 1 can green beans

Place in baking dish: cooked meat, green beans, tomato soup, top with mashed potatoes, sprinkle with grated cheese

Grown up Mac N Cheese Heat Oven at 350*

  • 2 cups cooked noodles
  • Shredded Sharp and Pepper jack Cheese
  • ¼ chopped red onion
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 can French’s fried onions
  • Mix mac n cheese together
  • Place in baking dish
  • Sprinkle Onions on top
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes
  • Side Dish: Veggie of your choice

Easy Grilled Cheese with tomato soup:

  • Slices of Bread
  • Slices of Cheese
  • Spread either butter or mayo on bread
  • Brown the bread/ melt cheese
  • Serve with a nice hot bowl of tomato soup

Black Bean Salsa:

On the Stovetop

  • 1 can of black beans
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • Sour cream to top
  • Shredded cheese

Cook bean on stove until slightly boiling

  1. Remove from heat
  2. Add in salsa
  3. Top with Sour Cream and Cheese
  4. Omit the sour cream and cheese
  5. Serve Black beans over chicken with rice

Chutney for Steak or Pork:

  • Strawberry Sauce (or fruit diced)
  • Chopped Onion
  • Green Chili Sauce
  • Simmer, drizzle on steak or pork
  • Side Dish: Veggie and Potato

Homemade Sloppy Joes

  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup bbq
  • 1 lb. hamburger meat
  • MIX
  • In large skillet brown hamburger meat (drain) add sauce, mix together
  • Spoon on to toasted hamburger buns
  • Side Dish: French Fries

Tomato/Cucumber Salad

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cucumber
  • Dice both place in bowl
  • Mix together:
  • Equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a few dashes salt, pepper and sugar
  • Pour on veggies and mix together
  • Great Side Dish

Peanut Butter and Fluff Sandwich:

  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fluff (canned marshmallow jet puff)
  • Spread one of each on slices of bread
  • Makes an awesome and yummy sandwich and not as sweet as jelly

Easy Chicken Enchiladas – Heat Oven to 350*

  • 1 lb. chicken (diced or sliced)
  • 1 can salsa
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheese
  • In a skillet, cook chicken until done. Add ½ cup salsa and some shredded cheese (stir until melted)
  • In a baking dish place tortillas one at a time, spoon in chicken mix, roll up and repeat until the chicken mix is gone. Top with the rest of salsa and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes until cheese is melted
  • Side Dish: Rice and Beans

Tator-tot Casserole – Heat oven to 350*

  • 1 pkg tator tots
  • ½ lb. ground meat (browned and drained)
  • Diced Tomato
  • Diced Avocado
  • Shredded Cheese
  • In a baking dish: layer the tator tots, then hamburger meat and some shredded cheese bake for 20 minutes until tator tots are done
  • Top with tomatoes and avocado add remaining shredded cheese

Really Good Sweet Treat:

  1. Several Sliced Strawberries
  2. Sprinkle with organic sugar ( until desired sweetness)
  3. Or top with chocolate syrup and whipped cream

Sources Cited:

: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/Original-NESTL%C3%89-TOLL-HOUSE-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/detail.aspx)
I really do hope that you enjoy my recipes that I’ve just made up as I go. I do know that my husband and kids really enjoy these and I hope that they become part of your family tradition as well.
J.M. Hales 2012
Please feel free to email me anytime if you’d like more recipes


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