Daily Stuff 8-11-21 Puck Fair

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 9:17 AM of -0.8 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Mostly clear and 53F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 51-2, UV7. Chance of rain 5% today and 12% tonight. No rain in sight… Today’ high is is only forecast to be 65, now, so maybe I can bake….maybe…. The rest of the week is likely to be partly cloudy again/still with high’s mid-60’s. 16 firespots, although some are in the exact same location as yesterday’s. I wonder if they aren’t checking some of them? Btw, the count of firespots that I give is when the map covers the whole state. Some of those firespots represent a hundred or more satellite-seen hotspots! That Black Butte fire is growing way fast. Considering how much of that area has burned over the last several years that’s kinda a surprise. 30 fires… Urk… and we’re in the smoke plume.

Fires – New

  • Ike Butte Fire – 20% – 119.8 acres
  • Poole Cr. Fire – 20% – 1942.5 acres


  • Snake River Complex Fire – 90% – 109444 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 95% – 22960 acres
  • Wise Fire –  132 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 5% – 13143 acres
  • Mud Springs Fire – 96% – 517 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 98% – 413765 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire – 150 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 5% – 3943.8 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 1262 acres
  • 495 Fire – 358 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
  • Smith Fire – 250 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 314.4 acres
  • Jack Fire – 53% – 23386 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Inc 369 Fire – 152 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 4765.82 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 204 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 2% – 5612.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 1268 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Knoll Fire – 400 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 75% – 195 acres
  • Bean Creek 0766 Cs Fire – 138 acres
  • Janus Fire – 573 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 600 acres

Yesterday was rather frustrating. I slept hard on the nap bed and when Tempus got in around noon I had one heck of a time waking up. We got things together and headed home, stopping to see if we could find that fig tree that I’d been told about. It’s been cut down. <sigh>

So we got home and had some coffee. I thought I’d be awake enough to get some stuff done and Tempus could sleep, but I was still pretty groggy. No clue why. Just too much of a week? He went to bed, but it was too hot for me in the bedroom, so I read a little, did a chore, cloud-watched, did some sewing… lather, rinse, repeat… but didn’t end up with much, after all. It was just too warm for me and today is likely to be worse. <sigh>

I got a nap in the very late afternoon, after it had started to cool off, then woke and sat in my chair. I *thought* I was reading, but Tempus came out, ready to head into town before 8 and I was sitting there blinking at him, with the book on the floor. So we got stuff together and headed to the shop.

I discovered that the computer had re-set and my shelf fan has either quit or gotten unplugged with no one here…. I can’t get back there to check, so Tempus is going to have to look. …but I spent a couple of minutes and ordered a couple of inexpensive clip fans for him to pick up at Walmart. We need one for the bedroom, in any case, and one for here would be good, so I’m not knocking everything off the shelf.


So, I’ve caught up on mail and messages, written a little (the featured picture info has its own page, now, and I’m going to replace this pic with something else next year. Now I’m settling down to work on today’s newsletter.

Still-green huckleberries.

Today …oof… there’s far too much to get done, since nothing really got worked on yesterday, and Tempus needs to sleep and get caught up, so he’s not running on minus when our work-week starts. I’m most likely to get some cuphooks put up and maybe the paper towel holder, and work on plants. I want to get the sedum re-planted in larger pots, so that can be set out for sale. …and I need to remember the darned tray for the plants so they can be moved around! ….and sew a little, maybe the pantry cover, if I can work up the energy.

St John’s Wort seedpods

It’s going to be too hot to bake, although I want to hard-boil eggs tonight, after I get this out. Maybe I can get those set up for pickled eggs. ….maybe. I’m thinking that any baking is going to have to be much later in the week, now. It was bad enough today at home. Well, we’ll see what I get done.


Chesapeake Bay memories – Crabbing as a kid…. just a dip net, wearing a swimsuit, an oversized t-shirt and a hat, old, raggy, tenny-runners and towing either a bushel basket with a lid or our rowboat… wading through the Bay grass in shallow water and scooping up the crabs. I used to love the fried-in-butter softcrab sandwiches that were my reward from my grandmother for catching enough for supper. I’m drooling thinking about one….

“Who remembers the fun of crabbing with just a dipnet and a bushel basket, wading through Bay grass beds? Well, this summer, thanks to an explosion of Bay grasses, folks are getting to experience the fun of dipnet crabbing for the first time in ages! Today on Beautiful Swimmers, its all about masses of Bay grasses and the crabs that follow their comeback: http://bit.ly/1McTxLY ” – From Facebook on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum page this day in 2015.

There’s a beautiful article about trot-lining for blue crab on the Chesapeake Bay here:  http://beautifulswimmers.tumblr.com/post/93804764024/trotlining


Today’s Feast is the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Ireland. A goat gets crowned King Puck and set in a cage up high for the duration of the fair. The story I like about the origin of the fair was that a goat, running away from Cromwell’s army alerted the village that something was wrong. The fair dates to the 1600’s at least, even if it’s claimed to be ancient. The Puck Fair is in Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heart

Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heartlamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! When we’ve had a summer rain, they often re-bloom in late August or early September, sometimes lasting through into November. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 1:08pm.

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/22 at 5:02am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 6:50pm on 8/9. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/12 at 6:50pm.

A new lunation gets under way as the waxing crescent Moon returns to the evening sky. Venus is very obvious. Tiny, faint Mars, very low in bright twilight, will be a tough catch even with binoculars.

Mercury passes 1.2° north of Regulus in Leo the Lion at 2 P.M. EDT. By 20 minutes after sunset, they are very low on the horizon (roughly 2° high) and the sky will be too bright to spot them without binoculars. Dedicated observers may catch a glimpse before they disappear below the horizon. Much easier to view will be Venus and the Moon, which lie a bit higher in the west. Both are now in Virgo, with magnitude –4 Venus 11° high half an hour after sunset and sitting 8° west of the Moon. The Moon passed 4° north of the planet earlier this morning at 3 A.M. EDT, when both were hidden below the horizon. The thin waxing crescent Moon may show some earthshine, which occurs when sunlight reflecting off Earth illuminates the portion of our satellite in shadow.

Perseid meteors and stars – The photographer shot this unique image by combining several photos, leaving the stars in without affecting the look of the meteors. – Jeff Sullivan (Flickr)

The Perseid meteor shower should peak late tonight, and there’s no moonlight to interfere! Early in the evening the meteors will be rather few, because the shower’s radiant will still be low (in the northeast). But for that same reason, early-evening Perseids overhead will be unusually long as they graze sideways through the uppermost atmosphere. Later in the night the meteors will become more numerous (and shorter) as the radiant rises high and they plunge more directly downward. The best show will be from about 11 or midnight until the first light of dawn on the 12th; the later the better. Layer up warmly even if the day was hot; remember about radiational cooling under a clear open sky. A sleeping bag will serve for warmth and mosquito armor; use DEET where you remain exposed. Bring a reclining lawn chair to a dark, open spot where no local lights get in your eyes. Lie back, and gaze up into the stars. Be patient. As your eyes adapt to the dark, you may see a meteor every few minutes during the evening, and every minute or so on average as the morning hours advance. You’ll see fewer under light pollution, but the brightest ones will still shine through. The best direction to look is wherever your sky is darkest, usually overhead. For much more see Bob King’s Fine Show Expected from the Perseid Meteor Shower. And you can follow the International Meteor Organization’s activity graph of the shower so far. It’s based on visual meteor counts reported by observers around the globe, performed by carefully standardized methods to make them inter-comparable.

Saturn on July 25. North is up. This exquisite stacked-video image shows detail in the broad A Ring, as well as the thin Encke Gap just inside the outer edge of the outer B Ring. Agapios Elia of Nicosia, Cyprus, took video across 45 minutes on July 25, 2021, using a 9.25-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain scope. He de-rotated the globe in processing and stacking large numbers of the of best frames.

Saturn reached opposition on August 1st. Jupiter will do so on August 19th. So this month they’re at their closest, biggest, and brightest of the year. See “Saturnian Challenges” starting on page 52 of the July Sky & Telescope, also “Action at Jupiter” in the August issue, page 50, and “Dog Days with the Gas Giants” on page 40 of August.

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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
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 – Brown

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Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   11     High   2:34 AM     7.5   6:15 AM    Rise  9:36 AM      5
~    11      Low   9:17 AM    -0.8   8:27 PM     Set 10:27 PM
~    11     High   3:42 PM     7.0
~    11      Low   9:36 PM     1.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a powerful day!


Journal Prompt – Who is? – Who is the one relative that I miss the most?



~   Each day is a brand new day where I have the power to create and design what’s possible! – Hanns-Oskar Porr
~   Being preoccupied with problems smothers the gratitude for the good we have in our lives. – Phil Reinhardt
~   Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~   On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down. – Woody Allen

Drip, drip, the trees, for all the country round,
And richness rare distills from every bough;
The wind alone it is makes every sound,
Shaking down crystals on the leaves below. – –Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)


Magick – Cottage Witch Aesthetic


Silliness – #2 pencils

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