Daily Stuff 4-6-21 Tartan Day

Hi, folks!

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

Clear and chilly! 35F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 11-40 , UV5, moderate pollen. Chance of rain 5% today and 13% tonight. There’s about a 75% chance of showers centered around midnight Wed/THurs and again Fri/Sat, although only a 50% chance. Otherwise it’s likely to be at least partly sunny right through the 10-day. Temps will be in the upper 40’s/low50’s into the weekend, but Sunday starts a warming trend that could hit 60 next Wednesday! Perfect moving weather!

Upside down with “crust”, still in the cheesecloth

Yesterday started really busy. We never had more than two groups in at once, but there were at least 30 people through before 3pm. It eased off after that, but it bodes well for tourists this summer. Tempus ran around as we were opening picking stuff up off the floor. We made a mess with shifting packing material the night before. He pulled a box out from in front of the door that UPS dropped off and that’s the shells that are going into a new display of shells with correspondences. Yeah, I’m excited to get back to work on that one!

Flipping onto the plate

My soup was done before we opened. Tempus got it boxed and put away while I was working with customers. I didn’t get any until evening because we were that busy! We got coffee, at least, but my egg and ham breakfast didn’t get eaten until 3pm. …and my lunch, a chicken and cream cheese sandwich was at 6pm! 🙂 Supper was the soup, at pushing midnight, and I had a slice of the hrudka at 2am! Pictures are the last stages of the hrudka, which is an egg&milk cheese.


We had been pulling things out for home during/between customers. By closing time Tempus had a carload, so he took it out there and worked on the bump-out supports that still weren’t right. He offloaded, put stuff away and came home. I got a nap, then wrote and did pictures for awhile and by then he was back.

My slice. Yum!

He slept for several hours at home (old place) while I wrote some more and after a little flurry of pulling things out for one more set of pictures, he took off on the paper route a little early. Tonight he’s doing his route and 1/2 of his boss’s, since his boss had to go out of town. After this goes out I have so more writing and then I’m heading for bed.


Today is all about moving once we’re awake. Tempus is heading up to storage and I’m going to be pulling out more of the things for our tiny home. He needs to hit the post office, too, since we ordered a couple of things for our home and we should also have more stock waiting. We’re hoping for at least two trips of moving stuff and that *might* get us almost ready to start sleeping there, and then he has the bulk route during the evening. It’s going to be a long day.

Fascinating Utne article about the Carolina Parakeet, and the birds’ time, place and associations with people. I remember specimens of these birds in old, tiny displays in small shops on the Eastern Shore of Maryland when I was young, which probably are long-gone, as well, replaced by shiny new tourist attractions.  https://www.utne.com/environment/forever-gone-carolina-parakeet-zm0z19szhoe

Sunny wave at Table Rock – 4/5/18 by Ken Gagne

plant huckleberry Vaccinium_ovatum_3

Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry

July 1, 1982, was proclaimed Tartan Day in New York City, a one-time celebration of the 200th anniversary of the repeal of the Act of Proscription of August 12, 1747, the law forbidding Scots to wear tartan. It has become an annual event celebrating Scottish Heritage since the late 80’s in Canada and the US.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Day What does it have to do with April 6? That is the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. That’s the Scottish version of the Declaration of Independence

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 Aquarius

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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 4/7 at 10:30am.

. . .And on April 6th and 7th, the waning Moon poses under the giant planets.

Capella with HL Stellarium

The bright star high in the west-northwest during and after dusk is Capella. Its pale-yellow color matches that of the Sun, meaning they’re both about the same temperature. But otherwise Capella is very different. It consists of two yellow-giant stars orbiting each other every 104 days. Moreover, for telescope users, it’s accompanied by a distant, tight pair of red dwarfs: Capella H and L, magnitudes 10 and 13. Article and finder charts.

The Moon joins Jupiter and Saturn – Giant planets Jupiter and Saturn rise before the Sun this month. On April 6, a waning crescent Moon joins the pair in Capricornus. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The Moon passes 4° south of magnitude 0.6 Saturn at 1 A.M. PDT. It then continues on, headed for a similar rendezvous with Jupiter tomorrow morning. If you’re up early to admire the pairing, also take some time to turn your gaze south, where Scorpius is fully visible above the horizon. One of the constellations that most resembles its namesake, the Scorpion’s long, curved tail sits closer to the ground, while his claws are highest in the sky. His heart is marked by Antares, a red supergiant star shining at magnitude 1. This “rival of Mars” is often mistaken for the Red Planet, thanks to its brightness and color, although Mars itself is not visible this morning (it is currently an evening object). Like Betelgeuse, Antares is an elderly star with enough mass to someday explode as a supernova that would be quite visible — and quite brilliant — from Earth.

Jupiter and Saturn have been emerging into dawn view for the last month. Look for them low in the southeast about 60 to 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 (those values don’t count the atmospheric extinction for objects at low altitudes). Find Jupiter some 12° to Saturn’s lower left: roughly a fist at arm’s length.

Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

NIGHT SKY FOR APRIL 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-april

Sun in Taurus

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month 
of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Color – Maroon
Harvest 4/5-7
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Tu   6       Low   3:04 AM     3.4   6:47 AM    Rise  4:52 AM      35
~     6     High   8:44 AM     6.9   7:50 PM     Set  2:16 PM
~     6       Low   3:53 PM     0.3
~     6     High  10:37 PM     6.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.


 Journal Prompt – Wiki – What do you really like about where you live?



~   I celebrate Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invite everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we have an enormous feast, and then I kill them and take their land. – Author ~   unknown
~   I don’t search. I find. – Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist, born on October 25, 1881
~   I have had more experience in the world than most of you, and I have seen a great deal of the vanity and wickedness of it … I have great reason to be thankful that my lot has been so much better than most slaves have had. – Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published black poet, born on October 17, 1711; ‘An Address to the Negroes in the State of New York’
~   Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them [without violating their rights]. – Robert Nozick, born on November 16, 1938 – January 23, American libertarian philosopher; from Anarchy, State, and Utopia, 1974

April is here!
Blithest season of all the year,
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play. – Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)


Beltane Magick – Crafts

Wooden Maypole for tabletop or altar use – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html [Anja’s edit]

Items needed:

  • Flat piece of wood 3×3-6×6 square, round or whatever.
  • 3/8 inch dowel 15 inches long
  • Head Bead or regular wooden bead with ½’ hole (to accommodate the ribbon)
  • Glue and/or Glue Gun
  • Red and White 1/8” ribbon or yellow/red/blue/green
  • Fraychek
  • 8 tiny flowers
  • 8 people figures (optional)
  • Beltane symbols (nuts, flowers, or small apples for decoration for the base of the pole)
  • Tiny wreath for top of pole


  1. Drill hole into the flat wood base to insert dowel.
  2. Cut ribbon to 18 inch lengths, then cut each tip on a diagonal so it doesn’t fray.
  3. Seal with Fraychek if you have it.
  4. Stack one end of each ribbon on the top of the dowel, one after the other, gluing as you go and changing direction with each, so that they are evenly distributed.
  5. Seal knob onto pole with glue, on top of the ribbons.
  6. Add flower on end of each ribbon.
  7. Glue an x of ribbon under the wreath, then glue the center of the x to the top of the dowel, to suspend the wreath horizontally.
  8. Glue flower into the hand of each people figure, if you’re using them. ½ should be facing deosil and half widdershins.
  9. Glue decorative items to base.


Silliness – You’re A Teacher If…

You believe the staff room should be equipped with a Valium salt lick.
You find humor in other people’s stupidity. You want to slap the next person who says “Must be nice to work 8 to 3:20 and have summers free.”
You believe chocolate is a food group.
You can tell if it’s a full moon without ever looking outside.
You believe “Shallow gene pool” should have its own box in the report card.
You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says “Boy, the kids sure are mellow today.”
When out in public you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know to correct their behavior.
You have no life between August to June.
You think people should be required to get a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.
You wonder how some parents ever MANAGED to reproduce.
You believe in aerial Prozac spraying.
You believe no one should be permitted to reproduce without having taught in an elementary setting for the last 10 years.
You’ve ever had your profession slammed by someone who would “Never DREAM” of doing your job.
You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
You know you are in for a major project when a parent says: “I have a great idea I’d like to discuss. I think it would be such fun.”
You want to choke a person when they say “Oh, you must have such FUN everyday. This must be like playtime for you.”
Meeting a child’s parent instantly answers the question “Why is this kid like this?”

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