Daily Stuff 5-31-21 Memorial Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 11:34 AM of -1.0 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by OCD Photography.

Somebody walked off with the rain gauge! <sigh> I hadn’t seen it in awhile, but Tempus says he didn’t move it and I know I didn’t. It’s clear with twinkling stars. 48F, winds are calm, AQI 16-37, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 12% tonight. Partly cloudy through Friday with a high of 64 today and the rest about 60F. Saturday and SUnday have a small chance of being showery and then we’re back to partly cloudy. 4 firespots plus there’s a new named fire, SYCAN RIVER, that started up this afternoon near the Sprague River.

Well, don’t I feel smart? I put Memorial Day in last week! One of my calendars has it on the 24th and one has it today, but today is the right date….

Yesterday went by in a bit of a blur. We had a few customers, not as many as you’d expect on a holiday, though. Everyone who came in was out here for the weekend. Portland, Idaho, Corvallis, Bend…..

I spent a lot of the day online and developing pictures and writing when I wasn’t working with customers. I did one more batch of crystals, too, and Tempus got those put away. Late in the afternoon I got a nap, which was a good thing because with one thing and another we didn’t leave the shop until 8:30.

…and then Tempus had forgotten his keys, so I worked on plants until he got back with those. I got a bunch of things weeded, planted some vegetable ends, and took a few more pix, then shifted supplies around and finally sat and watched the sunset and waited. Once he was back we had supper and went splat.

I was back up around 12:30 and got things together, then sewed up a small pouch before Tempus was ready to head out. The phone rang when we were on the way into town, at 1:45, which is awfully early. Arthur posted some videos of his new firepit and Sioned’s reaction to it. 🙂 We finally managed to bring the golden oregano bowl back to the shop. That’s the one that I transplanted ferns and bittercress out of last week. Tempus was on the road again by 2am, after he got that bowl back into place, so that should mean an early time to get home.

I have photos to do, and some more writing and then I probably going to take my embroidery and a book and curl up on the nap bed. We should be open by 1pm and I’m hoping Tempus will get the mail and then go up to storage. I managed to put my to do list somewhere, but I think I have most of the stuff on the one in the computer.

I’m hoping that at the end of next week I’ll be starting to do readings again, since by then my shot should have kicked in. I need to clean up the signage, change it out for the current circumstances, and I may need to buy another chair, since we took my reading desk chair home. I’ll also need to clean up a lot of the plant tools, since they’re all over my reading desk!

Heceta Head Light from 5/26/18 by OCD Photography

Specifically for today. Thank you for your sacrifice! “Angel Flight” is the call sign for a airplane with a full casket on board. >>>>


Taps (everyone knows the melody, but there are words….)

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. – Major General Daniel Butterfield


best of friends

Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day

plant motif flower Dogviolet6

Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:  http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

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 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 5/10 at 3:53am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/2 at 12:24am.

Constellations seem to twist around fast when they pass your zenith — if you’re comparing them to the direction “down.” Just a week and a half ago, the Big Dipper floated horizontally in late twilight an hour after sunset (as seen from around 40° N latitude). Now it’s angled diagonally at that time. In just another week and a half it will be hanging straight down by its handle!

Zero-magnitude Vega dominates the east-northeast as evening advances. Look for its constellation Lyra hanging down from it: a small, almost-equilateral triangle with Vega as its top corner, and from the triangle’s bottom corner, a larger parallelogram hanging to the lower right. The bottom two stars of the parallelogram, Beta and Gamma Lyrae, are the two brightest stars of the pattern after Vega. The one farthest from Vega is Gamma. Most of the time the pair are almost indistinguishable in brightness: Gamma is visual magnitude 3.25, and Beta is 3.4. But Beta is a famous eclipsing variable, one of the first discovered. Look up at the pair often enough, and sooner or later you will catch Beta very obviously dimmer than Gamma, near its minimum brightness of mag 4.3. More often you’re likely to catch it somewhere in between, when the brightness difference between them is clearly apparent but not so striking.

By about 2 A.M. local time, the Moon and Saturn sit 5.5° apart in Capricornus the Sea Goat. The magnitude 0.4 ringed planet is less than 1° from 4th-magnitude Theta (θ) Capricorni. Zoom in on Saturn with a telescope to see its breathtaking ring system, which stretches about 40′ across and will grow to 42′ by the end of the month. The planet’s largest and brightest moon, magnitude 8.6 Titan, sits northwest of the planet this morning, west of a magnitude 7.4 field star. The closer to sunrise you can view Saturn and its moons, the better — this gives them time to climb higher in the sky. However, the brightening twilight will put a stop to the best viewing conditions, and you should always stop using any telescope or binoculars at least several minutes before the Sun is set to peek over the horizon.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was crossing the planet’s central meridian on May 21st when Christopher Go took this stacked-video image centered on 21:09 UT (when the System II central-meridian longitude was 358°). South is up. Lower right of the spot are two of Jupiter’s satellites: dark gray Ganymede and smaller, bright orange Io with its darker polar regions. The black circle lower left of the Red Spot is Io’s shadow. Contrast is enhanced. A dark line now nearly encircles the Red Spot Hollow. It looks like a continuation of the two narrow dark bands at left; the whole thing has taken on the “snake head” pattern we’ve seen before. The Red Spot is the snake’s enormous eye. His nose points right (toward celestial east; following). Don’t get too excited; Jupiter shows nowhere near this level of detail visually, especially from latitudes higher than Go’s near-equatorial 10° N. For those of us less ideally placed, Jupiter remains fairly low in poor telescopic seeing even as dawn begins.

Jupiter sits 18° east of Saturn, just over the border in Aquarius the Water-bearer. We’ll return tomorrow morning to take in the giant planet as the Moon skims to its south.

Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..

NIGHT SKY FOR May 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – White
Harvest 5/30&31
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


The very old hawthorn at Saint-Mars-sur-la-Futaie, France, planted in the 3rd century!

Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M   31      High   4:24 AM     7.4   5:35 AM    Rise  1:28 AM      75
~    31      Low  11:34 AM    -1.0   8:53 PM     Set 11:01 AM
~    31      High   6:25 PM     6.4
~    31      Low  11:57 PM     3.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Place your faith in the Divine power within you; not in your outer abilities.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – If you were the principal of your school, what would you do to make the school better?



~   A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour. – Irish Proverb
~   A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. – (Proverbs 17:22).
~   We wish nothing more, but we will accept nothing less. Masters in our own house we must be, but our house is the whole of Canada. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~   Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. –Mark Twain

Memorial Day Prayer

Our country has been blessed with great bounty. For this, we are thankful.

Our service members are imbued with bravery and a willingness to serve. For this, we are thankful.

This nation has been blessed with an indomitable spirit and determination to remain free. For this, we are thankful.

Let us always be grateful for the sacrifices that have been made to keep the U.S.A. the land of the free. May it always remain so. So Mote it Be!


Litha Magick – Recipes

Sunny Solstice Peach Pie

You will need:
1 pie crust (unbaked)
4 cups slice peaches fresh
2 tsp. unbleached flour
1/4 cup peach preserves, with no added sugar in them.
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg
dash of sea salt

Preheat oven to 400. In the unbaked crust of your choice arrange the peach slices in overlapping circles. Sprinkle the peaches with the flour Combine the peace preserves, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dash of sea salt in saucepan and heat until hot while stirring. Pour this glaze over the peaches and bake for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to 375 and continue baking for an additional 30-35 minutes. May be served warm, at room temp or cold the decision is yours.

Lemon Chess Pie  Edain McCoy

Pie shell, but don’t bake it yet
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cornmeal
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
Second pie shell for covering
Orange slices for garnish at serving time

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Put the pie shell in a deep-dish pan. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add in the eggs, milk, butter, juice, and lemon peel. Beat until smooth. (You might need an electric mixer, but possibly not.) Pour into the pie shell and bake about 40 minutes until golden brown. Make sure that if you decide to use a
second pie shell over the top, you seal it well around the edges (crimping the sides if desired!) and that you cut steam holes in the top layer so it doesn’t explode! Top with orange slices for an added solar touch.

BlueBarb Pie – This is one of my favorite pies. Since blueberries and rhubarb are not is season at the same time one or the other fruit will have to be frozen. It’s awesome with vanilla ice cream.

9 inch  double pie crust
¼ tsp. salt
1 c sugar
¼ c flour
2 c fresh rhubarb or frozen
2 c blueberries
1 TB butter

Mix salt, sugar and flour. Add fruit and stir well. Heat over to 450. Pour filling into bottom crust and dot with butter. Add top crust and seal, cut vent holes. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower temp to 400 and bake until crust is brown and filling bubbly; about 30 minutes.


Silliness – Signs Your Cat May Be Planning To Kill You

-Seems mighty chummy with the dog all of a sudden.

-Unexplained calls to F. Lee Bailey’s 900 number on your bill.

-He actually *does* have your tongue.

-You find a stash of “Feline of Fortune” magazines behind the couch.

-Cyanide paw prints all over the house.

-You wake up to find a bird’s head in your bed.

-Droppings in litter box spell out “REDRUM.”

-You catch him with a new mohawk, looking in the mirror saying, “Mew looking at me? Mew looking at me punk?”

-Takes attentive notes every time “Itchy and Scratchy” are on.

-Has taken a sudden interest in the wood chipper.

-Instead of dead birds, leaves cartons of Marlboros on your doorstep.

-Ball of yarn playfully tied into a hangman’s noose.

-You find a piece of paper labeled “MY WIL” which says “LEEVAWL 2 KAT.”

-Now sharpens claws on your car’s brake lines.Welcome to Jokes4U – The Best Humor On The Net

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