Daily Stuff 7-28-21 Ólavsøka

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:27 AM of 10:27 AM feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

53F, mostly clear and winds are calm. AQI 20-32, UV8. Chance of rain 6% today and 12% tonight. Mostly cloudy with one sunnier day on Monday. Highs in the mid-60’s, lows in the low 50’s with one cooler day on Saturday. The smoke plume is only just enough to redden the sunset. The cirrus clouds looked a bit pinkish well before sunset, but I wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t been looking! The smoke is covering almost all of the US and Canada, now. 4 firespots.

Fires

  • Log Fire – 16337 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 53% – 413400 acres
  • Jack Fire – 60% – 22074 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 53% – 195 acres
  • Grandview 0558 Od Fire – 100% – 6032 acres
  • Rattlesnake Fire – 65% – 479 acres
  • 0630 Rn Fire – 125 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 43% – 22901 acres
  • Snake River Complex Fire – 87% – 108794 acres

Trimmed and re-potted geranium

Yesterday we rested. We didn’t get home until later than I’d hoped, closer to 10 than 8:30, but there’s nothing wrong with the car that we didn’t know about and the part has been ordered. So we went home and slept. Even with the fan going the bedroom got too warm for me, so I spent another hour asleep in my chair. We didn’t really get moving until well past 3pm.

The Gigantor succulent, with repotted babies and geraniums, etc.

We talked and had coffee and lemon roll for breakfast, did some small chores and then Tempus started on dishes while I went out to work on plants. I spent a couple of hours, mostly repotting starts and making new ones. I still have a bit to do, but I got the worst of it completed and I’m going to put some pictures in here from it. I did some weeding, but only a small amount was needed, and some harvesting of peas and tomatoes which made a nice appetizer for supper. I didn’t find the radishes until later. 🙂 We ended up with potpies, talked while they were cooking and got ourselves together after eating, to head back to the shop.

Tomatoes!

It’s bulk route night, so Tempus headed out around 9:30 to do that and then the subscriber route. I spent a good hour talking on the phone to Sash about his work, our car, his roomie, our shop and then a lot about videogames. 🙂

Today we’ll probably sleep in again. We’re still pretty tired. We’re hoping to get a little done at home, then hit the farmer’s market in town, since it’s afternoon hours (4-7pm!) and I have a class at 7pm (online). After that we have some stuff to clean up at the shop and then we need to nap before Tempus heads out on the paper route again.

Little free library box in Vancouver, WA – Photo by Geri Hoekzema

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Today’s Feast is Ólavsøka, a big midsummer festival in the Faroe Islands. Parliament opens on this day. The name is St. Olaf’s Wake, after the death of St. Olaf in 1030CE, but the parliament predates that. There’s a concert and boat races, football and a bunch of other stuff going on…and it actually starts the night of the 28th…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lavs%C3%B8ka

plant pic miners lettuce

Today’s plant is Candy FlowerClaytonia siberica, (also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 2:58am.

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 8/8 at 6:50am. 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 7/31 at 6:16am.

Southern Delta Aquariid meteors – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The long, drawn-out Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower should peak sometime around this date, though the light of the waning gibbous Moon will interfere late tonight.

And speaking of long, drawn-out meteor showers, the Perseids have already begun. For now you’ll only see the very occasional Perseid during the course of your observing sessions, but their numbers are gradually growing. The shower is due to peak on the night of August 11-12 under near-perfect moonless conditions. See the August Sky & Telescope, page 48.

Visible above the horizon by sunset this evening is the constellation Virgo the Maiden. This month, she plays host to asteroid 4 Vesta, which tonight sits less than 1° southeast of M61, a spiral galaxy in the southern region of the massive Virgo Cluster. Vesta is two magnitudes brighter at magnitude 7.4, while M61 glows a fainter magnitude 9.7. Then again, although Vesta is a mere 326 miles (525 km) across, it lies just 240 million miles (389 million km) away. M61 is roughly 100,000 light-years across, but sits some 60 million light-years distant.

Vesta will be easy to spot with a telescope even under suburban skies, while M61 may take a bit more searching. You’ll likely be able to find the pair with binoculars from a darker site, although the Moon’s light creates natural light pollution that will up the challenge. Make sure to start searching as soon as it gets dark, as Virgo is already setting once the Sun disappears and your view will be gone shortly before midnight. Vesta will continue southeast through Virgo, skimming close to NGC 4457 — a lenticular galaxy also in the Virgo Cluster — at the end of the month.

Mars is disappearing from sight deep in the sunset, lower right of Venus.

Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992. Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JULY 2021: THE SUMMER TRIANGLE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/
Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19)Retrograde
Color – Yellow
Planting 7/26&7
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.

Holm Oak

Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
W   28      High   3:48 AM     6.9   5:59 AM     Set 11:03 AM      84
~    28      Low  10:27 AM    -0.3   8:46 PM    Rise 11:34 PM
~    28      High   4:57 PM     6.9
~    28      Low  11:00 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is short. Do stuff that matters.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue. – Unknown

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Quotes

~   Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments. – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), anti-war, anti-imperialist American humorist and novelist
~   The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart. – Dorothy Day
~   The most dangerous moment comes with victory. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~   There are men – now in power in this country – who do not respect dissent, who cannot cope with turmoil, and who believe that the people of America are ready to support repression as long as it is done with a quiet voice and a business suit. – John Lindsay, former Mayor of New York City, born on November 24, 1921

See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d,
And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade. – –Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)

Blackberries – School for the Seasons 8/13/05
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Although I’m the Queen of Holidays, my good intentions always outrun my abilities. I’m sorry to report I did not go blackberry-picking on Lammas, as I intended, except in the most casual way during a walk along the lake, but that’s OK because my daughter took over the holiday tradition and showed up on Lughnasad Eve with three containers full of freshly-picked, still warm blackberries, which we’ve enjoyed in the past weeks in a variety of ways including in pancakes, topping yogurt, and (my favorite) with Hagen Daaz Light Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Last night my daughter took the last of the remaining blackberries (which were beginning to ferment even though kept in the refrigerator) and distilled them down into a delicious syrup, with a faint flavor of wine, spiced with black pepper and cloves.

May you allow yourself the spontaneity of lazy days of summer,
Waverly Fitzgerald

Lemon blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

  1. Beat egg until fluffy
  2. Beat in remaining ingredients except blueberries just until smooth.
  3. Stir in blueberries.
  4. Grease heated griddle.
  5. For each pancake, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter from a large spoon or from pitcher onto hot griddle.
  6. Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around edges.
  7. Turn and cook other side until golden brown.

Classic English Egg Custard Tart Recipe adapted – Written by Elaine Lemm – Adapted by Anja on 7/19/20

  • Yield: Makes 16 mini pies

Ingredients

  • 3 commercial pie crusts
  • 4 eggs (muddled)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon whole nutmeg, freshly grated

Steps to Make It

  1. Roll and cut mini-crusts.
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs and egg yolks lightly with the sugar.
  3. Warm the cream 1 minute at a time in the nuker for 3 minutes, then pour the beaten eggs into the cream, stirring constantly. Be careful not to overheat the cream, or it will curdle the eggs.
  4. Heat the mixture, 1 minute at a time in the nuker for another 3 minutes.
  5. Add the vanilla extract if you are using it and mix well.
  6. Heat up pie maker.
  7. Put in crusts.
  8. Pour the egg and cream mixture into each crust, 1/3 cup per. Sprinkle with the grated nutmeg making a generous, even layer.
  9. Close lid and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check at 15. When the crust is done, it’s done, but you can also use a thermometer to measure up to 190F.
  10. Serve slightly warm or leave to go cold but not fridge cold—store in an airtight tin but never the fridge.

Blaeberry Jam – Bilberries – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm

Bilberries, ( fraocháin, blaeberries, blueberries, whortleberries,) the first wild fruits, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children, so it was very important to gather and share them with the community. In early Ireland, bilberries were sent as tribute to the High King, according to the medieval Book of Rights:

On the calends of August to the king
Were brought from each respective district,
… the heath-fruit of Brigh-Leithe;

Quantities were eaten on the way up to the Lughnasadh hill of assembly, but the ones that managed to make it down might be made into jam or “fraughan cakes” or simply mashed with cream. A special treat was bilberry wine, which was most enjoyed by lovers, and had the reputation for hastening on the wedding! As was typical in a more neighborly society, some were set aside for those who could not make the climb. And some were also left behind on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old, almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Ireland.

Here’s a recipe for traditional blaeberry jam that comes from Scotland. Wild blaeberries (vaccinium myrtillus) are much smaller and tarter than the commercial blueberry, but the rhubarb in this recipe adds sharpness and texture.

  • 2 lb blueberries
  • 1/2 lb rhubarb
  • 2 lb preserving sugar
  • (Makes 3lb.)

Wash, trim and roughly chop the rhubarb, put it into a pan and cook gently until it starts to soften. Stir in the sugar and when it has dissolved add the blaeberries and bring the jam to the boil. Boil it rapidly for up to 20 minutes to setting point. Cool slightly then pour into clean warm jars, cover, label and store.
(Test for setting point: test the jam by placing a spoonful on a plate, letting it cool and then pushing the surface with your finger: if it wrinkles the jam is ready)

From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.

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Silliness – Seals

Last night as we were driving up the seawall I exclaimed over seeing a seal swimming up the bay. Tempus said, “Seals are important to marine ecology, you know….”
I fell for it and asked, “Why?”
He said, “Well, if they went extinct, the water would all leak out!”
<sigh> I’ve been falling for those for over a quarter century….  ( This is from 4/21/12)

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