The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Cayla Ripley. Sewing workshop 3pm.
Foggy and 64F, wind at 3-9mph and gusting, AQI 12-62, UV7. Pollen has finally dropped to “low”. Chance of rain 16% tonight. Smoke light…. the sky looks odd and the light has a funny color. More about that tonight. The forecast is for more clouds and lower temps at this end, fewer and higher at the other.
I’m very sorry about the newsletter coming out so late. Between my back complaining about having the sleep on the nap bed and just sheer exhaustion from it being summer and broken sleep I figured that having me awake and capable of some work at the shop might be worth it! I *did* get a good night’s sleep and I have managed to straighten out most of the problems with my back and I whomped through harvest and photos this morning before I came in, and I’m awake enough that the coffee wasn’t completely necessary. …so I think it *was* worth it!
Yesterday we got less than 2 hours sleep at home, and barely made it to the shop on time. We got open, got coffee and sat…. Tempus dozed off so when people started coming in, (and they did, normal summer numbers) I was effectively by myself. He got going around 3pm and went to run errands in Newport, but fell asleep before doing the shopping in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Yeah, he’s tired…. So it was 9pm before he got back.
Things tapered off, as they do in the late afternoon and I got a little writing done and then got the display of altar cloths, pillowcases and misc. cloth items re-set. I finally closed up around 7pm and sat… and sat.
Sash called when he had a long break at work. He’s gotten the manager position and is happy about that. It was good to hear from him. He’s been so busy that it’s been awhile.
We got the groceries put away and headed home, since I had put out the notice that this was going to be late. We ate supper after having put the rest of groceries away, (at 10pm!) and crawled into bed. I was up at midnight, yawning and reading and getting some more water into me. Tempus headed out around 1:30 for the paper route and got back home around 9am.
His alarm went off at noon. I got up, got a wash, got dressed and drank some more water for awhile. He did finally get up, but it was one of those mornings where he forgot this, I mislaid that, “Oh, did you turn off the….?” <sigh> …and it was 1pm when we left the park! So the shop didn’t open until 1:10.
We didn’t have anyone standing at the door, and there hasn’t been anyone in, yet, even at 3:30, now. That’s odd for a Saturday, and the two people for Sewing haven’t shown. I don’t have the day wrong, do I? ….no, checked the front of the paper and it’s Saturday, all right.
I have more plant price tags to do, now that I’ve gotten them properly set. …and we just went from “’nuffin’s” to crazy and back again…. making this another 1/2 hour later… …and another 1/2 hour. They all showed up together? Ok, fire info… no, I’ll just do the weather and put the fires off until tonight. So, Tempus is moving things so we can get the reading desk open again and I’m dealing with customers. We’re probably going to try to close near 6 so we can get fed and put Tempus to bed…..
Today’s Feast is from the Ferry Fair in South Queensferry area of Edinburgh, Scotland. The Burry Man walks through and around the town for one day right around this time. No one’s really sure where the custom originated, but it may be a scapegoat custom, as in some places it is done when harvests or fish runs are poor. The Burry Man wears a costume of local plants, mostly burs, which stick together and are prickly and uncomfortable. It takes around 11,000 burs to cover him up! He’s usually exhausted at the end of the day because the outfit is so heavy and hot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burryman
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/15 at 8:20am.
The brightest star high in the southeast these evenings is Altair, with little orange Tarazed above it by a finger-width at arm’s length. A little more than a fist-width to Altair’s left is delicate Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping left.
Above Altair, slightly less far, is smaller, fainter Sagitta, the Arrow. It too is pointing leftward.
Look to the southern sky this evening to explore the central regions of our Milky Way, whose core falls near the Teapot’s spout in Sagittarius. The waxing Moon is nearby in Libra, potentially washing out the Milky Way’s disk even from slightly darker locations, but there’s still plenty to be seen here, as this is a region rich with star clusters. Several sit in the domain of Scorpius, who lies west of Sagittarius in the sky. Two are M6 and M7, which sit just above the stinger at the end of the Scorpion’s tail. First find magnitude 1.6 Shaula (Lambda [λ] Scorpii); just to this star’s lower right (southwest) is magnitude 2.7 Lesath (Upsilon [υ] Scorpii). Together, these two stars make up the tail’s stinger. They are sometimes called the Cat’s Eyes. Draw a line from Lesath to Shaula, then continue that line about 4.5° in the same direction. You’ll run smack dab into M7, an open cluster also known as Ptolemy’s Cluster. With a visual magnitude of about 3, it should be visible to the naked eye under dark skies. If not, binoculars or any size telescope will bring it out. This cluster sports roughly 80 stars brighter than magnitude 10 within about 1.3° of the sky. These stars are all young suns recently born within the last 220 million years or so. Next, it’s a short journey to M6, which lies a little less than 4° north-northwest of M7. Like its neighbor, M6 is a young open cluster that’s just a little fainter at magnitude 4. It is sometimes called the Butterfly Cluster, as its stars resemble a butterfly with its wings outspread. This cluster is even younger — around 100 million years — and its brightest star, HD 160371 (also called BM Scorpii), is a variable whose magnitude ranges from 5.5 at its brightest to 7 at its dimmest. This star is easy to pick out from its blue-hued brethren, as it is distinctly orange in color.
Mercury and Mars are very deep in the sunset. You might have a chance for Mercury. About 15 or 20 minutes after sunset, look for it with binoculars or a wide-field scope just above your west horizon about 20° (two fists at arm’s length) lower right of Venus. Mercury dims from magnitude –0.8 to –0.4 this week, so earlier in the week is better. Much-fainter Mars is in Mercury’s vicinity, passing it by a mere 0.1° at their conjunction on the 18th (as seen in twilight for the Americas). But since Mars is only magnitude 1.8, you probably have zero chance. Prove me wrong?
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 – Grey
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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
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
Sa 14 High 5:15 AM 5.9 6:19 AM Rise 1:17 PM 29
~ 14 Low 11:13 AM 1.2 8:22 PM Set 11:41 PM
~ 14 High 5:38 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Prejudice melts in the face of compassion.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – Should the American Government financially support Olympic teams?
~ Do your own useful work without regard to the honor or admiration your efforts might win from others. There is no such thing as vicarious merit. – Epictetus
~ As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you’ll want to be doing something else. – First Law of Living
~ I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. – Edgar Allan Poe
~ Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends. – Irish Proverb
Spinner of the silken snare,
Fell Arachne in your lair,
Tell me, if your powers can tell,
How you do your work so well!
Weaving on in light and dark,
Segment and concentric arc,
Lace-like, gossamer designs,
Strict to geometric lines. – Henry Sylvester Cornell (1831–86)
Magick – Summer fun
Citrus and Herb Bath – Herban Corner
3 or 4 chamomile tea bags
3 or 4 fresh oranges, sliced
Equal parts lavender and lemon rind
Place in a muslin bag or a square of muslin tied tightly with string. Add to warm bath as the tub and filling and while bathing.
Blow Bubbles – Beltane is the perfect time to blow bubbles! Here’s two recipes so you don’t have to worry about buying it!
- 1/3 cup dish soap or baby shampoo
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp sugar
- food coloring
- Combine ingredients and pour into an unbreakable bottle.
- To blow bubbles, experiment using plastic staws, pipe cleaners formed into loops, strawberry baskets from grocery stores, spoons with holes in them and other items you think of.
- 1/2 cup Joy or Dawn dish Detergent
- 5 cups water; distilled is best
- 2 tablespoons Glycerin
Mix the dish detergent with the water. (Measure carefully, it makes a big difference. Stir. Add the glycerine (you can usually get this in a drug store), this makes more durable bubbles. You can bend a wire coat hanger into a circle and wind a string around it. Depending on how big you make your circle, you get great big bubbles. The string helps in getting the liquid to stay on the circle. You can also use straws and string-Tie a 2 1/2 foot length of string through 2 straws and unleash square bubbles. The trick is to dip your string and straw thing into the solution, then wave it through the air. Break the bubble off by flipping the apparatus up a bit. Plain straws make good bubble pipes. Also try using the plastic strawberry baskets, they make lots of little bubbles. It is fun to experiment with all different bubble makers. Big-time bubble making is a bit like fishing. You’ll have much better luck in cool wet weather. Early evenings, nighttime and early mornings are often good. Just after a rain is ideal. Don’t throw any leftovers away either. The longer your solution sits, the better it gets.
Fun and Simple Soap Making Recipes:
~ including salt scrubs, luscious lotions, and lots more ~ Products available from brambleberry soap company. https://www.brambleberry.com/ – Nothing’s more fun than sharing and swapping a good recipe. Here are a few of our favorites for making everything from skin nurturing soaps and scrubs, to solid perfume and more.
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
Mix almond oil, Vitamin E and fragrance or essential oil together in a glass bowl. Add the brown sugar and mix in well. Divvy up into jars and have a great time using it!
Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
(1) Melt 8 oz. of White/Opaque Melt and Pour soap base
(2) Melt 8 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base
(3) Optional: Grind up 1/2 oz. of Oatmeal in coffee grinder for a smoother,
lighter exfoliation. Also, the smaller the particle, the easier to suspend in the soap.
(4) Combine the two bases
(5) Add your Fragrance Oil – approximately 1/2 oz. (Oatmeal, Milk and Honey is a good one!) and stir in well
(6) Optional: Add colorant
(7) Add the oatmeal and stir. Wait 20 or 30 seconds – is the oatmeal sinking to the bottom of your bowl/Pyrex or is it staying suspended. If it is staying suspended, skip to step 8
(8) If the oatmeal is sinking, this simply means that your base is not thick enough to support the oatmeal. Either cover the bowl/Pyrex with saran wrap and wait for the base to cool, or stir the melted base until it is becomes thick enough to suspend the oatmeal.
(9) Pour your oatmeal soap into molds
(10) Spritz with alcohol to finish the soap and break up any bubbles on the top of the soap
(11) Wait 2 to 3 hours (or even better, overnight!) to pop the soap out of the molds. Wrap with saran wrap and you’re done!
Old Fashioned Beauty Bath
Makes an invigorating bath!
One pound Barley
One pound Bran
One pound Oatmeal
One pound Brown Rice
One-half pound Bay Leaves
One-half pound dried Lavender Flowers
Boil all of these ingredients in four quarts of rainwater for sixty minutes, then strain the mixture. Use 2 quarts of the liquid for each tub of bathwater. An extra rinse after this herbal bath is unnecessary and would deprive you of some of its benefits. Follow it with a vigorous towel drying.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a clear glass bottle. Use 1/2 cup of the mixture per bath – soak for 20 minutes. Tie a ribbon and a sprig of dried flowers to the jar for a ready gift!
Ginger Cinammon-Salt Body Scrub by “AJ”
This body scrub has the fresh, invigorating scents of both ginger and cinnamon!
Mix all ingredients together, then gently rub over your damp skin (except your face) to slough off dry skin. Rinse with warm water.
Breakfast for your Skin – (Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub)
Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground Oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure Honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation) Oil of choice – I use Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond.
1/4 tsp. Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely. Though this smells great on it’s own.
Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you’re done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely. Spoon mixture in.
Brown Sugar and Lemon Scrub
A touch of lemon makes this scrub so refreshing! – Recipe submitted by Josephine Santos.
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Salt
1 tablespoon of Kalamansi or Lemon
1 tablespoon of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
1 tablespoon of Honey
Mix brown sugar and salt, then add kalamansi or lemon juice, virgin coconut oil and honey, mix well.
Aunt Katie’s Body Scrub
Pour honey into medium sized bowl, then add sugar and stir to combine. Add the salt in increments, to adjust the consistency to your liking. (I prefer a consistency not unlike crytallized honey). When all ingredients combine, add oils and stir well. This recipe is particularly long keeping as the lack of water discourages bacteria.
Gardener’s Soap Recipe
Melt base and scent. Stir in cornmeal, pumice and clay continually until it gets to a point where it will stay suspended in the soap. By this time, the soap will be quite thick and cool. Pour into molds.
Honey Bee CP Soap
At trace, add fragrance and 1 Tablespoon of honey. Do not insulate your soap as the honey may cause your soap to superheat.
Easy Shea Butter CP Soap
Easy Lip Balm Recipe – using Lanolin
1 oz. Olive Oil
.3 oz. of Lanolin
.4 oz. of Shea Butter
.4 oz. of Beeswax
Flavor Oil and Stevia for taste.
Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the lanolin oil and shea nutter up until it is fully liquid. Add the olive oil to the melted lanolin oil and shea butter. Combine the beeswax and all the oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and pour into containers.
Skin Firming Gel – using CroThix
CroThix has a secondary use as a skin firming agent. (Its primary use is as a thickening agent in liquid soaps, and shampoos.) Here is an easy gel that you can make that is good for all skin types, using jojoba makes a non-comedogenic cream that won’t clog your pores. (CroThix may be purchased at Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies)
This makes (4) four ounce containers of gel-crème.
Heat the water and Glycerin to 170 degrees and set aside. Heat the Emulsifying Wax until melted and add to the CroThix and Jojoba. Stir. Add the water and glycerin to the Emulsifying Wax, CroThix and Jojoba. Mix until the creme is 105 degrees (or less). Add your fragrance and preservative and package in jars or an easily squeezable package. Apply under make up for a more smooth application or as a night creme.
Easy Lotion Bars
This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any fragrance or essential oil that your heart desires and not have a chocolate over-smell.
Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in another container. Add together, mix well, stir in FO/EO and pour into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours. The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less ‘divets’ you’ll get in the bar (that sunken spot at the top of the bar).
Mix with water until the mask has a consistency that you like. Apply to body or face and wait for clay to dry fully. Take off with a warm water washcloth. If all over body, jump in the shower to get off more quickly than a washcloth.
Cookie Cutter Soaps by T.J. Currey
Here’s what you need:
scraps or bars of soap
small metal cookie cutters
small see-thru bags, netting, or tulle for wrapping
1. Slice a bar of soap into thin (1/8 to 1/4 inch) layers.
2. Position small metal cookie cutters and punch out designs.
3. Carefully push soap out and arrange on a pretty dish in the bathroom. You can take different colored soaps and make a pretty bag of them tied with a ribbon on top.
Note: May want to wear kitchen gloves while punching out soaps – the metal cookie cutters are sharp.
Floating Bath Soak by Camille Pratt
Melt cocoa butter in double boiler, remove from heat. Mix creamed coconut, almond oil, honey and oatmeal, blend well. Add mixture to melted cocoa butter, blend well. Add Tangerine Essential Oil (or your favorite EO!), blend in. Pour mixture into ice cube trays, chill until firm. Toss one into tub of running water and enjoy!
Note: Use caution upon exiting tub, it may be a bit slippery. But, oh, what a soak!
Add melted melt and pour to the goatsmilk base; stir in fragrance oil and ground calendula. Pour into wide mouth jars; wait 24 hours to harden. Soap will get slightly hard but not hard enough to pour into individual molds.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: What did Iron Man say to Spider-man? Stop bugging me.