Daily Stuff 7-4-21 Happy Independence Day!

Hi, folks!

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.

Overcast and 59 F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting, AQI 40-49, UV9. Chance of rain 12% today and tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 2pm this afternoon to 2am. The forecast is the same we’ve been seeing; partly cloudy, mid-60’s, with one small difference. There’s a chance of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday that’s increasing. There’s a light smoke plume covering the entire state east of the Coast Range. The same 11 fires are going, plus 2 new ones and one new firespot. The good news is that the Wrentham fire is 100% contained.

Yesterday started off very strange. Tempus was late getting back, but I just figured it was Saturday and maybe he had to put a big insert together for Sunday or something. I had a niggle when I got up, but just discounted it…. well, Tempus walked in quite late, having gotten out of a cop car. When he was going around the first curve going into Ona Beach, the steering pulled to the right. He got the wheel almost onto the pavement and something happened. He said, “rolled…flipped… end over applecart”. So the car is totaled.

He’s fine… well, sorta… he got a knock on his head which left a lump, but no concussion. I’ve been checking him all day. He’s got a set of bruises across his thighs from the steering wheel and is wrenched and bruised, but not enough that he started noticing until this evening.

Mayor Greg Holland

…but the car… so he can’t run the paper route tonight, or tomorrow night. We don’t have a spare car. Monday he can go into Newport to talk to the guy we got the last car from and to pick up our property from the wreck…. hopefully, he’ll find the lens from his glasses… yeah, forgot to mention that, so he’s without those, too. …but he can’t bring stuff home on the bus…

The crowd – east

We were quite busy during the day. The parade was great and I took a bunch of pictures and spent several hours editing them. Album will show up here: https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-cFa. I’m having trouble getting them onto a page…. wordpress issues….. I got a nap during a lull and Tempus did, later. We had people in almost up to fireworks time! Most of them were just browsing, though. A few sales… that helps…. One lady was really serious about some of the shells, but she wanted to buy the whole bag that I had put the more expensive shells into, that she must have pulled out of one of the boxes because it wasn’t anywhere near the displays. I finally quoted her the price that I would want for them and she decided it was too much.

The crowd – west

I woke Tempus at 9:30 and we got ourselves put together and went down to the seawall. I had a good view, even if I was behind a tree, because I was sitting down. It was a lovely display, one after another with a set at the beginning, and one at the midpoint and then a marvelous grand finale. <smiling> If we had to miss last year, this makes up for it, a bit. We came back to the shop and opened back up, but no one came in. We closed up awhile before midnight and we’ll curl up on the lap bed.


So, obviously we didn’t get home last night. I’m going to be stiff and sore from that. Tempus from the accident. Photos were supposed to get taken this morning that haven’t been. No clean shop clothes, although I do have a couple of things to change into if I get too bad. It’s just they’re a bit shabby.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. It’s supposed to be our “different day”, but I have no idea what might get accomplished, if anything. Yes, I’m writing this before midnight and I’ll put it out as soon as I’m done.

A heron at Sandy Point Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Photo by Jennifer Casey Photography

Happy Independence Day!


Today’s feast is Independence Day in the USA. The Declaration of Independence was passed on July 2 and officially signed on August 2 (although a number of signers may have put their “John Hancocks” on the paper on July 4), but this is the date that it was made public. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

An article that I wrote about patriotic songs: https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-cpy

….and something that I wrote, a year ago yesterday with the pic that sparked it.

We liberals love this country. We love “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We love, “Freedom and Justice for all!” We also love the people that make up this country. We prefer to allow dissent, but stupid ignorance and deliberate misinformation start sounding like the rooster on top of the manure pile screaming that he’s king of the world, and yeah, you’re supporting the brat kicking the seat.


Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus

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 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 7/5 at 6:17am.

Star colors are mostly subtle, and different people have an easier or harder time seeing them. To me, the tints of bright stars show a little better on a late-twilight sky background than in a fully dark sky. For instance, the two brightest stars of summer are Vega, now high in the east in late twilight, and Arcturus, even higher in the southwest. Vega is white with just a touch of icy blue. Arcturus is a yellow-orange giant. Do their colors stand out a little better for you in late twilight than in dark night? Binoculars, of course, always make star colors much easier.

Saturn on July 9th, 2020 as imaged by Christopher Go. South is up. The ring tilt has lessened enough that a bit of the globe now peeks up from behind the rings’ south edge. On the globe, a small white storm at latitude 63° north has been brought out by boosting the image’s contrast and color contrast, and by edge enhancement. This processing has added artifacts around sharp edges in the rings.

Saturn slides past the magnitude 14 galaxy IC 1339 this morning. You’ll want to catch them shortly after midnight, when the pair is high above the southern horizon. A medium-sized telescope will net you the best views, although snapping a photo will be hard. Brighter Saturn (magnitude 0.3) will saturate short exposures, which won’t catch the dimmer galaxy at all. Instead, just enjoy visually observing the event. You may also notice Saturn’s moon Iapetus at its greatest western elongation, sitting 9′ due west of Saturn at around magnitude 10.

Uranus appears at its best – Uranus’ blue-green color shows up through amateur instruments, but you won’t see the clouds and rings the Keck Telescope reveals. – Lawrence Sromovsky (UW-Madison)/Keck Observatory

The Moon passes 2° south of Uranus at 11 A.M. EDT. About two hours before sunrise, our satellite sits 4.5° southwest of the dim planet, whose magnitude 5.8 glow should be easy to see in binoculars. If you’re having trouble spotting it, you can use Omicron (ο) Arietis, whose magnitude (5.8) currently matches the planet’s. Uranus sits 16′ northeast of this star.

The MESSENGER spacecraft captured these views of the solar system’s innermost planet as it orbited between 2011 and 2015. – NASA

Mercury reaches greatest western elongation (22°) at 1 P.M. PEDT. If you’re already up early to enjoy the Moon and Uranus, you can also find this small planet in the morning sky. Mercury rises about 80 minutes before sunrise and is a relatively dim magnitude 0.5. To improve your chances of finding it, use brighter Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull, as a signpost: This star rises 30 minutes earlier and sits 11.5° due west of the planet.

Mercury glimmers very low in the east-northeast as dawn grows bright. Mercury remains low all week but brightens from magnitude +0.8 to 0.0. Binoculars or a wide-field telescope will help. Don’t confuse Mercury with faster-twinkling Aldebaran increasingly far to its upper right; see the illustration in yesterday’s newsletter.

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 – Orange
Planting 7/3-5
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Su   4      Low   3:52 AM     1.0   5:38 AM    Rise  2:11 AM      32
~     4     High   9:55 AM     4.7   9:04 PM     Set  4:25 PM
~     4      Low   3:11 PM     2.5
~     4     High   9:28 PM     7.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent-free in your head.


Journal Prompt – What? – What color makes you think of happiness?



~   The minute you start fiddling around outside the idea of monogamy, nothing satisfies anymore. – Richard Burton; on adultery, 1963
~   The paramount question of the day is not political, is not religious, but is economic. The crying-out demand of today is for a circle of principles that shall forever make it impossible for one man to control another by controlling the means of his existence. – Voltairine de Cleyre; The Economic Tendency of Freethought (1890)
~   The public is always right. – Cecil B DeMille, Hollywood film director and producer, born on August 12, 1881
~   There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those. – Mother Teresa
~   Thus far, women have been the mere echoes of men. Our laws and constitutions, our creeds and codes, and the customs of social life are all of masculine origin. The true woman is as yet a dream of the future. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears can hear the bird when all is still. –Theodore Roethke (1908–63)


Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

The Lammas Bannock – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm

In Scotland, the first fruits were celebrated by the making of a ‘bonnach lunastain’ or Lunasdál bannock, or cake. In later times, the bannock was dedicated to Mary, whose feastday, La Feill Moire, falls on August 15th, two days later than the date of Lammas according to the old reckoning. A beautiful ceremony, which, no doubt, had pagan origins, attended the cutting of the grain (usually oats or bere.) In the early morning, the whole family, dressed in their best, went out to the fields to gather the grain for the ‘Moilean Moire,’ the ‘fatling of Mary.’ They laid the ears on a sunny rock to dry, husked them by hand, winnowed them in a fan, ground them in a quern, kneaded them on a sheepskin, and formed them into a bannock. A fire was kindled of rowan or another sacred wood to toast the bannock, then it was divided amongst the family, who sang a beautiful paean to Mother Mary while they circled the fire in a sunwise direction.

Here is a modern recipe you can try:

Pitcaithly Bannock

  • 8 oz flour
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 oz caster sugar
  • 1oz chopped almonds
  • 1oz mixed candied peel

Set oven to 325F/Gas 3. Grease a baking sheet. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered. – From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.

Apple Bread


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups sliced apples
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well with an electric mixer or blender.
  2. Put into 2 greased floured pans.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
  4. Good for freezing.

Soda Bread


  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 7/8 pint buttermilk


Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins. Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes). Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes. For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.

Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh


Silliness – Fabric Scissors

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