The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Gina Hartford Garth.
Some high cloud. 53F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI 31-32, UV8. Chance of rain 10% today and 13% tonight. There’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from noon to midnight today. Mostly sunny today, through Wed., Sat. and Mon.-Wed. Small chance of rain on Thurs./Fri. and cloudy. Sunday Sunny. Temps low-mid 60’s, and low 50’s. 5 fire spots. The smoke plume has shifted west and we’re in it. Only a little stripe along the eastern border of the state is clear.
Fires – New
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 1% – 353.1 acres
Fires – Older
- Bootleg/Log Fire – 84% – 413762 acres
- Jack Fire – 76% – 23002 acres
- Windfall Fire – 100 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 5% – 596.4 acres
- Gales Fire – 300 acres
- Bruler Fire – 65% – 195 acres
- Grandview 0558 Od Fire – 100% – 6032 acres
- Deep Creek 0685 Rn Fire – 85% – 1246 acres
- Johnson Ridge 0700 Rn Fire – 95% – 772 acres
- Cottonwood Creek Fire – 10% – 159 acres
- Elbow Creek Fire – 78% – 22960 acres
- Snake River Complex Fire – 87% – 109444 acres
Yesterday was crazy busy early on, and we even had people coming in the door as we were in process of closing! The first person in wanted to buy a spider plant, so I had to go find him one, and cut it loose. We didn’t even have the lights on… It was pretty steady from then on, but we had a couple in who were bound and determined to chat for a long while…almost two hours and there were people in and out during the whole time, about 20 of them, if I was counting right. I really didn’t get to say much to people, with the lady right at the counter and Tempus was nailed down over by the books.
I was trying to monitor Project Day on the computer at the same time and finally had to excuse myself for the 3pm chat. We had another dozen people through during that hour. Tempus had to interrupt me several times with questions, but that wasn’t too big of a problem.
Once chat was over things were slowing down. I had been working on stringing pouches during that time, finishing up a needlebook, earlier. Tempus dozed off and I let him sleep until 5:30 while I was working with the last customers. I took a few minutes to scrabble stuff together to go home and he did the same. I harvested sorrel and some thyme and putzed with the plants while he was working and then the last customers came in just as he was getting the flags, so we let them poke around for a bit, and then lights-out and locked doors once they left.
Tempus dropped me at home while he went to get water and I got the photos done that I hadn’t been able to get in the morning. After that, I went in and got some supper together. It was mostly a pot of vegetables, some from the garden, plus the last of my mu shu chicken from the other night, leeks, celery, an onion, fresh thyme from the pot at the shop and fresh marjoram from the pot at home, plus the sorrel. Finally I added frozen corn, peas, carrots and lima beans, and then some canned chicken. It was a little crunchier than I was happy with, but very tasty. While we were eating I watched the high cloud to the south west turn from white to gold to rose-gold and then grey and we closed up and went to bed.
I was back up at midnight and puttered, doing some clean-up, and then I made sure I had everything to come back tonight, then sat down and read until Tempus was ready to go. His phone rang almost as we got to the shop and he was out the door by 1/4 to 2. I have this to finish and then I’m going to have to process pictures.
Today I’ll be writing in the early part of the day, then I have to get back to that paperwork. Tempus is going to get packages from the PO, then do laundry. …or at least that’s the plan. The way *last* month went we’ll be lucky to get one of the bunch! 🙂 It’s our Friday, so we’re going to go home and *sleep*!
Today’s Feast is for William II Rufus, the 2nd Norman king of England, who may, in the tradition of sacrificial kingship (if it existed) have been shot and killed on this day. Well… he died, anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rufus He was hated, to put it mildly, and his body was left where it fell, after he had been shot by one of his own hunting party, which included his brother. The Rufus Stone (same article) has this wording, “Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100. King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis to take the king’s body to Winchester Cathedral on his cart, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that city.”
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles.The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation. They are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
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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 8/8 at 6:50am. 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 8/3 at 6:50pm.
Today is a great day to view Saturn, which reaches opposition at 2 A.M. EDT. If you’re up early, the ringed planet won’t set until nearly sunrise; if you’re an evening observer, it will rise again as the Sun sets tonight and climb to 15° in altitude by 10 P.M. local time. The planet, which glows near magnitude 0 all month, is in Capricornus the Sea Goat, nearly even in altitude with much dimmer magnitude 4 Theta (θ) Capricorni. Any telescope will show the gas giant’s 19″-wide disk and stunning ring system, which stretches 42″ across. Thanks to the planet’s roughly 18° tilt to our line of sight, its south polar region is visible. Cloud features are typically more difficult to make out on Saturn than on larger, closer Jupiter, but patient observers with steady seeing may be rewarded. While you’re zoomed in on the planet, look 36″ east to find magnitude 12 Enceladus, one of the planet’s moons. Between the planet and its moon tonight, however, just 27″ from the center of Saturn’s disk, is an interloper: a star with nearly the same magnitude 12 brightness as the moon.
With the advance of summer the Sagittarius Teapot, in the south after dark now, is tilting and pouring from its spout to the right. The Teapot will tilt farther and farther for the rest of the summer — or for much of the night if you stay out late.
Tonight, telescope users can watch Jupiter’s moon Europa slowly disappear into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow around 12:29 a.m. EDT. Following behind is Io, which will likewise disappear into Jupiter’s shadow around 2:19 a.m. EDT. (Subtract 1 hour from these to get CDT, and so on.)
Earlier in the night, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should cross Jupiter’s central meridian around 10:24 p.m. EDT. The spot should be visible almost as easily for about an hour before and after, in a good 4-inch telescope if the atmospheric seeing is sharp and steady. A light blue or green filter helps a bit. The Red Spot transits about every 9 hours 56 minutes. But not quite like clockwork! It drifts east or west in Jupiter’s atmosphere somewhat irregularly. A change often becomes detectable to visual transit timers over a span of some months. Our transit-time predictions are based on fairly recent observations, but don’t be surprised if the Red Spot has taken it into its head to move a few minutes off schedule.
Earth’s Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from our planet in its orbit, at 3:35 A.M. EDT. It will then sit 251,289 miles (404,410 kilometers) away.
Venus (bright at magnitude –3.9) shines low due west during twilight. It sets around twilight’s end.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19)Retrograde
Color – Grey
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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.
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
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 2 Low 3:06 AM 1.1 6:05 AM Rise 1:03 AM 38
~ 2 High 9:26 AM 4.6 8:40 PM Set 4:20 PM
~ 2 Low 2:22 PM 3.1
~ 2 High 8:36 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Slow down.
Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your interpretation of one of your recent dreams?
~ Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy that the phone is for you. – Fran Lebowitz
~ Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. – Mother Teresa
~ To inspire quite literally means to breathe in the spirit of something. – Hans Oskar Porr
~ Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James
Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway,
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyed at the setting of day. –Abba Gould Woolson (1838–1921)
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: How did the barber win the race? With a short cut..