Daily Stuff 4-24-21 Armenian Genocide

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Krasna Praha. 

It’s dripping and cool and very quiet in town. It was very dark at home. A low has walked up and over us and the whole weather map is green, and there’s more on the way. 46F, wind at 0-8mph and gusting, AQI 16-38, UV4. Chance of rain 92% today and 72% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 8am to 10pm. Today will be wet. Sunday probably will be. Monday…maybe some showers. The rest of the week is mostly cloudy with possible showers off and on. Wednesday looks like a maybe-mostly-dry day. Otherwise temps in the upper 50’s. Seasonal again, finally….

Yesterday was a “creaky” day. With a weather change/barometer drop my joints were being particularly nasty. Having had to sleep at the shop because of timing didn’t help. One night of sleeping in a good bed again and I’m a spoiled brat!

I had gotten quite a bit of marzipan done during the night, doughs, not finished product. My tins were supposed to have showed up by the end of the day. <sigh> Nope, unless they’re at the PO.

We opened pretty much on time. We were actually open before the lights got turned on because Tempus told me to just sit with all the moaning and groaning I was doing. The phone rang about about 12:15. Somewhere on Yelp it still says we open at 11….. How many places do I have to change that? …but the lady was ok with coming in later.

We had a few more shoppers during the day, one that needed some reassurance that the psychic phenomena that she was experiencing weren’t weird, and shouldn’t be scary. She got some grounding info (much needed) and we talked for quite awhile. Mary stopped by too, but we didn’t get much time to talk. Others were “just looking” and that slowed way down in the late afternoon.

Tempus got out to storage. We’re at the point of pulling out dishes and baking supplies and finding clothing that got put into strange places. He got back just in time to get to the bank and then went across the street to the China Restaurant to get us some supper: pot-stickers, sweet/sour chicken and green bean chicken. Yum!

By the time we were ready to head home I was exhausted and not particularly coherent. I ate my supper and crawled into bed and was out like a light, only marginally becoming conscious as Tempus was working on the step next to the bed. He also got the new cuphooks up so we can hang our coffee & soup cups.

He got waked up with news that the papers were running an hour late and I had discovered that none of the WiFi at home is accessible, so we came back to the shop with a load of dishes so I could get this out and do some more on the marzipan, instead of on the sewing, as I had planned. Raven posted the cutest video of Arthur and Sioned giggling at each other. 🙂 Wow, it’s 3:30 and he’s just heading out…..

Today we should be open at 1pm. It’s started raining, a nice, slow, soaking drizzle. Tempus is grumbling, of course. I have more headers to do during the day and some nice pieces of geode to get tagged and out, and marzipan…..

I have a feeling that Tempus is going to be spending time with getting dishes cleaned more than trying to fish things out of storage, with the rain. ….beautiful, *so*-*very*-*welcome* rain!

Spring in Prague in one of my favorite places. This is Novy Svet and a small square with a fountain and a small guest house where we hope to stay, some year. Photo by Krasna Praha. 

plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248

Today’s plant is GoldenrodSolidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

A mother sits by the wrapped bodies of her 5 children – Armenian genocide

Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this, but that picture above breaks my heart. No Mom should have to sit by the bodies of her children who were killed for nothing other than greed or pride.

The shop opens at 1pm. Spring 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 Virgo enters Libra at 9:06am.

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 4/26 at 8:32pm. 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 4/25 at 8:32am.

Can you catch Venus and perhaps Mercury yet? Scan with binoculars just above the west-northwest horizon starting about 15 minutes after sunset. Their visibility is exaggerated here.

This evening Arcturus shines about three fists left of the Moon. And look below the Moon by hardly more than half that distance, and perhaps a bit left, to find Spica, the leading light of Virgo.

Arch of Spring 2014 (ignore the planets)

The Arch of Spring. As night descends, look very high in the west for Pollux and Castor lined up almost horizontally (depending on your latitude). These two stars, the heads of the Gemini twins, form the top of the enormous Arch of Spring. To their lower left is Procyon, the left end of the Arch. Farther to their lower right is the other end, formed by Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae) and then brilliant Capella. This spring the Arch has an intruder: little Mars. It’s not quite halfway from Capella to Procyon and, for most of the week, a little below that line. The whole array sinks in the west through the evening.

The Northern Crown – Corona Borealis is a horseshoe-shaped constellation made up of seven stars. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Corona Borealis the Northern Crown is a small constellation tucked between Hercules, Serpens Caput, and Boötes. It represents the crown of the princess Ariadne, who helped Theseus defeat King Minos’ Minotaur. The constellation’s alpha star, 2nd-magnitude Alphecca, is also commonly referred to as Gemma. Within this small, unassuming constellation is a curious variable star: R Coronae Borealis. Located about 3.5° northeast of Alphecca, R Cor Bor is an unpredictable variable that usually appears around magnitude 6. But its brightness can vary wildly, even dipping as faint as magnitude 14 before brightening again. Astronomers aren’t entirely sure what causes these changes, but leading theories include an aging star undergoing flashes of helium burning or a merging binary white dwarf system. Either way, take a look tonight to see whether you can spot this strange star. Glenn Chaple’s June 2020 column includes a handy chart showing Corona Borealis and the brightness of its components for easy comparison with R Cor Bor.

Venus and Mercury are beginning their twilight emergence just above the west-northwest horizon, as shown avoe, but they’re still being very shy about it. Start looking for them there with binoculars about 15 minutes after sunset. The farther north you are the better. Reader Tony on northerly Vancouver Island (latitude about 48° N) called Venus “easy” in 16×50 binoculars on the 17th. On Sunday the 25th look for Mercury 1.2° to Venus’s upper right, as shown at the top of this page. Venus is magnitude –3.9, and Mercury is unusually bright at –1.6. Start looking as early as 15 minutes after sunset to catch their brief window of visibility between when the sky is too bright and the planets get too low and disappear into the atmospheric extinction. The exact best time after sunset will depend on your latitude (the farther north the better) and the clarity of the air. Both planets are a little higher and easier each evening, Mercury especially. By Friday the 30th, Mercury stands 4.5° above Venus. Venus will maintain its brightness, but Mercury by then will be down to magnitude –1.1.

Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

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

Sun in Taurus

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month
of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – White
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Sa  24      Low   5:15 AM     1.2   6:17 AM     Set  5:25 AM      84
~    24   High  11:07 AM     7.0   8:12 PM    Rise  5:22 PM
~    24     Low   5:26 PM     0.4
~    24   High  11:40 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day –Entertain your inner child….build a fort with blankets..get wet.


Journal Prompt –What does this quote say to you? – Every man is the architect of his own fortune. — Sallust



~   Character is plot. This is the best advice I ever got as a novelist. – Barbara Taylor Bradford
~   The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like, so when you think and feel what you want on the inside – the law will use people, circumstances and events to magnatize what you desire. – Rhonda Byrne
~   Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency. – Epicurus, Greek philosopher
~   A gentleman can live through anything. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer

Till April starts, and calls around
The sleeping fragrance from the ground,
And lightly o’er the living scene
Scatters his freshest, tenderest green.
Thomas Gray (1716 – ’71), English poet; ‘Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude


Beltane Magick – Recipes


3 cups real mashed potatoes
2 cups dry oats
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of Rosemary (optional)

Soak the oats in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and slightly swollen. Mix them with all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Knead until the mixture is like a thick dough. If it seems too thin or moist, add a teaspoon or two of flour. When it is thoroughly mixed, form small sections into round patties. Fry the patties in hot vegetable oil in a small skillet until lightly brown. Serve immediately.

Beltane Oat Cakes http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (to make them sweeter use up to one full cup)
  • 3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 1 egg
  •  cup mashed ripe fruit (banana, peaches, something soft)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon is a good combo or cardamom is nice by itself (approx. 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional).


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together.
  2. Make sure to smash any lumps.
  3. Cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender (or make do with a fork).
  4. Add egg and fruit, and nuts.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoon of dough onto greased cookie sheet (about 2-3 in apart).
  6. Bake at 350 deg F [175 deg C] for 15 min or until cookies look “dry”.

OATCAKES – IRISH http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html

6 ounces Oatmeal (preferably fine)
2 ounces Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
10 fluid ounces Warm water

Mix flour and salt together. Slowly add warm water. Roll out on a floured board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into triangles. Cook on a pan or griddle until golden on both sides. Dry out in a cool oven (300 degrees) until crisp. These cakes are eaten buttered, with a glass of milk, for supper, but are also terrific with wine and cheese.

OATCAKES SCOTS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html

1/2 cup Shortening
1 cup Oats or quick-cooking oats
1 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 – 3 Tablespoons Cold Water

Cut shortening into next four ingredients until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until it forms a stiff dough. Roll until 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 inch rounds or squares. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 until they just start to brown – 12 to 15 minutes. To griddle bake; bake on a hot griddle or frying-pan until the edges begin to curl. Turn over and cook the other side. Do not let the oatcakes brown; they should be a pale fawn colour. Put on a wire rack to cool. They are delicious served with cheese.


Silliness – Fixing Stupid

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