Minus Tide at 10:17 AM of -1.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop re-starts Thursday 7/8 from 7-9pm.
It’s clear above, but misty at ground level. 56F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 43-55, UV9. Chance of rain 5% today and 13% tonight. We’re definitely into a summer weather pattern. The cloud line in the forecast looks like it’s from an oscilloscope! For the next while it’s going to be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-60’s. No rain in sight. Still keeping fingers crossed on fires. The 4 that have been going awhile are pretty much the same, but there’s a new one, the Finnegan fire, north and east of Warm Springs, almost in Grass Valley and up to 1000 acres.
Yesterday was a very tired day. We got open on time, but Tempus was so late we didn’t go home, first, which means no breakfast, just coffee. Tempus dozed for a bit on the sofa, but I managed to keep going, mostly by just putting my head into an embroidery project and slogging when we didn’t have customers. …and we got busy. The highway was rolling all day, no breaks… and we ended up with constant people in and out. *Way* more than usual for a Sunday…and most of them were from the Valley.
I don’t blame them. I was hearing from friends all day. 114F, 110, 112, 105, 119 (!!!! from a back porch in the sun). People were talking about flat cats hiding the basement, avoiding the usual blocks of sunshine on the rug. Another friend had to put frozen jugs of water in the chicken house to “swamp cooler” it, and apparently his hens were cuddling up to them. …panting dogs drooling on the kitchen floor…one had to go to the vet. Folks are planning to leave frozen bottles of water and gatorade in their mailboxes today, and others have ice chests of frozen water bottles in their driveways that say, “Take one *before* you need it!” and things of that sort. Gack…. nasty… The Valley has one more day of this, but Idaho and Montana have until the end of the week before it clears. It was actually up over 80F in the shop, late in the afternoon.
It feels much more normal tonight. I wouldn’t think that 5 degrees could make that much of a different, but the strong breeze around sunset blew out the “fug”, the stale-feeling air that made last night so miserable. It’s also 90% humidity, rather than 95 and there’s a little air movement.
Tempus went over to the laundromat around 4pm and was back by around 6:15. He offloaded while I was talking back and forth with the kids about where to eat. I had wondered how bad it was going to be in Newport. “Very, very bad!” was the answer. No place to sit down, so they finally decided on takeout and it took two hours to get that. Tempus and I waited in Lighthouse park for them, rather than get embroiled in the Newport mess. It got actually *cold* as the sun lowered and the wind came up!
\We finally sat down to eat around 9pm. I had a chowder bowl, they all had fried things, (like calamari, etc. ) and Tempus had a burger. 🙂 I have the bowl minus the eaten chowder in the fridge to get broiled with cheese tomorrow. (The chowed chowder?) I brought some candy goodies from the shop stock for their trip home. We had a good visit, just chitter-chattering about how things were going and some obligatory telling-of-baby-stories. 🙂 Then they headed out on their 3-hour trip home and we on our 30-minute one.
We got about 3 much-needed hours of sleep and then got up to head back to the shop. Cygnus is really almost right overhead. The movement is obvious night-to-night. The Moon was in the notch in the trees above where the road goes and crept over the edge just as we headed down-river. I think we saw the ISS going over…. very bright to the south, but by the zenith was hardly a moving dot. The Moon’s light on the Alsea was lovely and the fog isn’t quite as thick tonight.
Today we should be open at 1pm. Tempus has to make a run out to Alsea to get my plants from the Thyme Garden, and then to get packages from the PO in town. I’m going to try to get some plant watering done, and I have writing to do.
In the evening we’re hoping to close on time, go home, work on plants a little and then go splat!
Today’s feast is to Hemera, the Greek goddess/personification of Day, whose birth was celebrated around this time. Hemera is one of the primordial deities, being Uranus’ mother or grandmother. She is the child of Chaos or of Night & Darkness (depending on who you listen to) and sister of Aether, the personification of Light. Don’t forget that today is also the anniversary of Stewart Farrar’s birth!
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke
damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. The 2nd pic is blueberries in the garden on 7/2/14.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/9 at 6:17pm. 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 7/1 at 2:11pm .
Since yesterday, the Moon has shifted east and will pass 4° south of Jupiter at 3 P.M. EDT. Early this morning around 4:30 A.M. EDT, our satellite is still nearly 9° southwest of the solar system’s largest planet.
After nightfall, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down high in the northwest. Its bottom two stars, the Pointers, point lower right toward modest Polaris, the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. Examine the middle star of the Big Dipper’s handle, Mizar. Can you see its faint little companion Alcor nestled next to it? It’s just upper right of Mizar — pointing, as always, in the direction from Mizar to Vega.
Jupiter is located in Aquarius, nearly 12° directly below (south) of Sadalmelik, the Water-bearer’s 3rd-magnitude alpha star. At magnitude –2.6, the planet vastly outshines the constellation’s stars. All four Galilean moons sit to Jupiter’s west this morning; from east to west, you’ll see Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They’re easy to see even with a small telescope. The planet itself spans 45″ and, just two months from opposition, is an excellent telescope target. Look for bands of color and subtler features such as spots and swirls that move quickly as the planet rotates every 10 hours or so.
Jupiter and Saturn (in Aquarius and Capricornus, respectively) rise in late evening: first Saturn, then brighter Jupiter about an hour later. They shine at their highest and telescopic best in the south before dawn. Jupiter dominates at magnitude –2.6. Saturn, 20° to Jupiter’s west (right), is a more modest +0.4. They’ll reach their oppositions in August. Before dawn, look 20° below or lower left Jupiter for Fomalhaut. It forms a fairly good isosceles right triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is at the (almost) right angle.
Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28, Wyrd, the blank rune, possibility, destiny – Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JUNE 2021: SEE THE STARS MOVE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Retrograde
Color – Grey
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 28 High 3:14 AM 7.8 5:34 AM Set 9:54 AM 88
~ 28 Low 10:17 AM -1.4 9:05PM
~ 28 High 4:58 PM 6.7
~ 28 Low 10:31 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Negative thinking produces negative experiences.
~ Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? – Mae West
~ It is a kingly act to assist the fallen. – Mother Teresa
~ It occurred to Prometheus that it had been many thousands of years since men had met their dreams. – Walter Mosley, (from The Gift of Fire)
~ Man’s greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes – obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes. – Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French Writer
‘Tis June, and all the lowland swamps
Are rich with tufted reeds and ferns,
And filmy with the vaporous damps
That rise when twilight’s crimson burns. – George Arnold (1834–65)
An ancient Greek recipe for a cheesecake … sorta… Tetiromeni Plakountes (Fritelle de Rodi) – Timachida di Rhodes’s recipe for making Tetiromeni Plakountes confirms the existence and use of ricotta in the kitchen as early as 400 years before Artemidorus.
- Phyllo Paste (Placenta)
- Fry oil (suggest olive)
- 7/8 cup/200 g ground almonds (Crushed Phyllis Fruits)
- 8 ½ cups/about 1000 g (2 Mine) of ricotto goat’s milk cheese (ricotta)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon (Crushed cinnamon)
- 10 tablespoons Honey
- the zest of 1 lemon
- In a bowl, prepare a mixture with the ricotta, chopped almonds, honey, grated lemon zest and cinnamon.
- Cut from your phyllo paste that you have prepared very thin many small moons (a little under 3 inches or about 7 cm diam.) And in the center of each moon you will place a little of your mixture (1 tablespoon of filling).
- Now fold them in a half moon (in half), closing the edges well.
- Then beat the eggs and cover the half moons with them.
- Then, one after the other, gently pour them into the bubbling oil.
- When you see your Tetiromeni Plakountes well golden, remove them from the pot, drain and serve them to your guests still hot and covered with crushed cinnamon powder (cinnamon)
How to make your own Phyllo Paste (placenta)
- 4 ¼ cups / g. 500 (1 mine) of good flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup/100 g. (A cup of fresh water)
- ½ cup/100 g. Olive oil
- (2 tsp) Sea salt
- In a saucepan over low heat, heat the water with the oil and a part of the salt.
- Prepare the flour in a bowl with the other part of salt and pour over the warmed water and oil.
- After mixing everything well, make a very smooth dough without lumps of flour.
- Use your hands to form small balls that you will rest in a cool and clean place (for about half an hour).
- Now you will roll out your phyllo paste until they are very thin with the shape you need and more you like.
(Ancient Rome) Epityrum of green, black and varicoloured olives – is made like this:
Remove the kernels from green, black and/or varicoloured olives. Season them as follows: chop them up, add oil, vinegar, coriander, cumin, fennel, rue, mint. Put them in a jar, with olive oil on top. Let sit overnight. Ready to use. [Anja’s note: Epityrum is served on bread, flatbread or crackers. It’s even good with tortilla chips!]
(Late Roman Empire) Lazer sauce (Silphium) Stem / Root / Juice
- 2 cups fennel stem and frond
- ¼ cup water.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp Hing powder (asafetida)
- In food processor run fennel and water until you have a slurry. Add water if it doesn’t process well.
- In a saucepan large enough to hold the fennel juice, heat the oil fairly hot but well before smoking.
- Take it off the heat and stir in the Hing powder until the foam subsides, then pour in fennel slurry. (Do this with good ventilation or you’ll regret it….)
- Put the pan over moderate heat and simmer down until a little less than 1/2 the liquid remains. This can sit, since it takes only the occasional stir.
Silphium Chicken (6 regular servings, 12 feast)
- 10-12 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
- Lazer sauce (above)
- Place chicken in baking pan.
- Pour sauce over.
- Salt lightly
- Bake at 350F for about 1 hour, checking at 45 minutes to make sure chicken isn’t drying out. If it looks dry, add water, stir juices and baste well. Check temperature before taking out of the oven.
A bit of trivia for you. The Ancient Romans were so fond of Silphium, which was not just a tasty treat, but an aphrodisiac, that they ate it almost to extinction! The price kept going up and by late Empire times it could not be had for any price. They have found some growing in the wild, in the last decade, but 2000 years to recover? WOw!
Silliness – Mental Health Hotline
“Hello, and welcome to the Mental Health Hotline……”
If you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.
If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.
If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5, and 6.
If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want. Stay on the line so we can trace your call.
If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be transferred to the mother ship.
If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press. Remember, you are never alone!
If you are a manic-depressive it doesn’t matter which number you press, no one will answer.
If you are dyslexic, press 9696969696969696.
If you have a nervous disorder, please fidget with the pound key until a representative comes on the line.
If you have amnesia, press 8 and state your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number and your mother’s maiden name
If you have posttraumatic stress disorder, s-l-o-w-l-y and c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y press 0 0 0.
If you have bipolar disorder, please leave a message after the beep or before the beep or after the beep. Please wait for the beep.
If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9.
If you have low self-esteem, please hang up. All operators are too busy to talk to you.”
If you are menopausal, hang up, turn on the fan, lay down and cry. You won’t be crazy forever.
If you are blonde don’t press any buttons, you’ll just mess it up.