Daily Stuff 8-16-21 Aretha Franklin

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Randy McKinnis.

Cloudy and 62F, wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI 37-65, UV7. Chance of rain 19% today and 39% tonight. That looks like some possible rain tonight! …we’re still talking about 0.02 inches or less, though. 😦 The rest of the 10-day forecast is for partly cloudy, highs in the low 60’s, more wind as the week goes on, but more of a breeze than wind. The whole state is under the worst part of the smoke plume except for a few square miles around Langlois. 11 firespots, at least 1/2 of them are repeats. It looks like the three largest fires are at full containment! Or so it was announced. The fire and smoke map doesn’t reflect that. The Black Butte fire is still growing, too. No new ones, though and some of the smaller ones are not on the map anymore. Down to 25?


  • Snake River Complex Fire – 90% – 109444 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
  • Wise Fire – 132 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 30% – 18325 acres
  • Patton Meadow Fire – 18% – 5406 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 18% – 6230 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 100% – 413717 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
  • Ike Butte Fire – 23% – 118 acres
  • Poole Cr. Fire – 23% – 3641 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 15% – 7766.5 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 5006 acres
  • 495 Fire – 1236 acres
  • Smith Fire – 250 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Jack Fire – 54% – 23647.6 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 12280.16 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 1440 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 7% – 9253.15 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 80% – 195 acres
  • Janus Fire – 3331 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 3427.2 acres

Yesterday was a little frustrating. I didn’t get quite enough sleep, which always makes me cranky and things were moving *very* slowly because Tempus is having back issues. We got going on the cooking and the online stuff at the same time, after getting some coffee.

We had one family come in during the day to shop. Sandra, someone who was in the classes awhile back. Her daughter is *huge* since the last time we saw her! …and 3 more singletons over the rest of the day.

By 3, Tempus was working on bread. We decided on a light bohemian rye with lots of caraway. I got the soup thawed, the cabbage/onion dish made, and we decided on brussels sprouts instead of carrots. By 4 Tempus had headed home to get the things we forgot, including the table protector for under the tri-pot and the shortbread. I was still putting things together. He got back around 5 and we put things together. By 6 I had started frying the mortar chickens and Tempus was out cold in the sofa. …and then he woke himself up and started typing again.

By 8pm we were putting things away and I was staggering. Everything was delicious, but once I ate I wanted to go right to bed. …and it took until 9:30 because we were moving so slowly. I was back up at midnight, sorting out things to bring to the shop and getting laundry ready for tomorrow.

It’s overcast and 64, right now. It was 65 when we left the shop to head home…. It’s very still. It’s not a bit foggy, unlike the last several nights. Lights were obvious across the Bay and leaving trails on the still water. Tempus is offloading the car and will be heading into Newport soon. I’m going to get this out, then do a little paperwork, then head for the nap bed with the Sunday paper. …He headed out just after 2 and I’m *really* sleepy. Fighting to get this done….

Today we’re back to our usual. We’ll be open at 1pm. Along with the usual Monday writing, I’m working on OCPPG, which is going to be mostly virtual from the look of things. That means computer work and researching Zoom and a bunch of stuff like that. I’ve gotten offers of 4 more classes, though. Tempus is going to go do laundry, too, we hope.

Alsea Bay Bridge befpre sunrise on 8/7/20 by Randy McKinnis. Used with permission

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklinwise


The strange case of William Harrison, the Campden Wonder –
On August 16, 1660, a 70-year-old rent collector (manager of Viscountess Campden’s estates at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/ ), William Harrison, disappeared from Chipping Campden, England, and only his hat, comb and ‘collar band’, or scarf, were found. His servant, John Perry, confessed to his murder and implicated his mother Joan (who was thought to be a witch) and his brother Richard. All three were hanged, although a body was never recovered.
Fully two years later, the ‘murdered’ William Harrison returned to Chipping Campden, with a fantastic story, which he laid out in a sworn letter  http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/newgate/perry.htm to Sir Thomas Overbury, a magistrate of the county of Gloucester. Harrison wrote that he had been kidnapped by two armed horsemen, who stabbed him through the side and thigh with swords. They had taken him on a long journey through England to Deal, where they had put him on a ship. The ship was captured by Turkish pirates who sold the old man into slavery near Smyrna, Turkey … More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_Wonder and here: http://www.thecampdenwonder.com/index.html

motif plant red huckleberry Vaccinium_parvifolium_0325

Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat),  to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Sagittarius

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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/20 at 5:02pmPDT.

Right after first quarter the Moon shines near Antares, then high over the Cat’s Eyes.

Now the Moon shines upper left of Antares, as shown above (for North America). Regarding the Moon in your scope, have you ever made a study of lunar craters’ central peaks? Explore them and the physics behind them with Chuck Wood’s “Hills in the Middle” in the August Sky & Telescope, page 52.

Early this morning, Jupiter’s moons will put on a special show. Mutual events in which one moon or its shadow block another are only possible when we’re viewing the giant planet at just the right angle — as we are now. Observers in the central and western portions of the U.S. should look this morning with a telescope near the border of Aquarius and Capricornus to find bright Jupiter (magnitude –2.9) still in Aquarius, about 1.5° west of magnitude 4.2 Iota (ι) Aquarii. The planet sits in a rich starfield, with Io 1.5° to Jupiter’s east and Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa (from east to west) about 3.5′ to the west. Ganymede’s large shadow falls across Europa between 5:03 A.M. and 5:35 A.M. CDT, followed by a 10-minute-long occultation as Ganymede itself blocks Europa from 5:43 A.M. to 5:53 A.M. CDT. By then, it’s twilight in the Midwest, so observers in Mountain and Pacific time zones will get the best view in the darkest sky. Note that Callisto is only 13″ east of the pair.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) are high in the southeast to south in the pre-dawn hours.

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 – Silver

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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
M   16      Low   1:39 AM     0.3   6:21 AM     Set 12:13 AM      51
~    16     High   7:56 AM     5.0   8:19 PM    Rise  3:51 PM
~    16      Low   1:03 PM     2.6
~    16     High   7:27 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Know your worth, name your price. J.D.W


Journal Prompt – What if? – What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?



~ Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons: It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. – Walt Whitman (1819–92)~   Society is now one polished horde , Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored. – Lord Byron
~   If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
~   Everything is clearer when you’re in love. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter

One cannot eat breakfast all day,
Nor is it the act of a sinner,
When breakfast is taken away,
To turn his attention to dinner;
And it’s not in the range of belief,
To look upon him as a glutton,
Who, when he is tired of beef,
Determines to tackle the mutton. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.


Magick – Recipes

Mortar Chickens, try 2 – Meister Hans 1460 cookbook

  • Chicken breast, cooked and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • medium pinch Saffron
  • 1 tsp Horseradish or pepper
  • 1 tsp Aniseed
  • Fat or oil (used bacon fat)


  1. Muddle the egg.
  2. Sprinkle ground saffron onto egg and let sit for a few (best overnight!) for the saffron to “color”.
  3. Mix egg and spices.
  4. Using a food processor (or a small knife and then a mortar) chop the chicken to mush.
  5. Add egg mix and process until well mixed.
  6. Chill mix if you’re going to try to roll this out.
  7. Divide into 6 sections for patties or 12-15 for “nuggets”.
  8. Roll into balls and smash flat, about 1/2 inch at most.
  9. Heat oil/grease. You need at thin layer and will have to add fat between patties.
  10. Drop patties/nuggets onto oil. Not at a high temp, or they’ll burn to the pan very fast. I used “3” on my dial of 3-8.
  11. Loosen from pan within a minute. At about 3 minutes it will be browning on the bottom and can be carefully flipped to the other side. These are *very* tender and will tend to fall apart if you handle them like a burger!
  12. Fry until done (check inside temp with thermometer…. 165F-180)
  13. Serve each on ½ a roll and garnish with spring onion rings.

Recipe #62 Von mörser hüner die mach also – Of mortar chickens, make them thus

Take a roasted chicken, dismember it small and take the sheer meat of it. And take a thin batter of eggs and of pepper, anise, pepper and saffron and pound it all together in a mortar. Fry it in a little fat, those are mortar chickens.

Loren’s basic bread loaf recipe for a 2 pound breadmaker

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup plain sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt (approx or less)
  • 2 1/2 tspn yeast
  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat (or less to taste)
  • 4 Cups Unbleached cheap white flour

Mix it all together until it resembles bread dough, let it rise a couple times, somewhere warm, like in an oven at 125, until it looks like something that should be cooked, then scorch it at 350 degrees for about half an hour until it appears edible. Modify these directions as needed to make it work.

[Anja’s translation: He uses a bread maker on dough cycle, so dump stuff into the bucket and turn the thing on. Check it after about 10 minutes (this depends on your breadmaker, during the 2nd mixing…..) to make sure the flour is all “in”. When the cycle ends, shape it and let rise in a 125 oven for 15-30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. ]


  • Seed bread – Add ½ cup of “seeds”, usually a mixture of millet, flax and sunflower for us, but your milage may vary.
  • Italian Seasoning Bread – Add one packet of 4 seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix, plus 1 TBSP minced garlic.
  • Olive/Caper – Add 1 can of olives, drained, ½ that of capers – bread comes out flat.
  • Sesame – Add ½ cup of sesame seeds. Brush with butter and sprinkle with seeds
  • Rye/Caraway – Replace 2 cups of the white flour with rye and add 1 1/2TBSP caraway seed. This dough usually takes additional water. Check after the first “rumpus” of the bread maker (on mine, after 10 minutes)

Pickled eggs with beets & onion for 50 (feast servings, ½ egg per) Canned Beet Method – This is a good one to bring to a large potluck, or if you have teens around. These keep for a week, at least, and if you don’t open them often, two. You can also “re-fill” by adding more eggs, but for each dozen, add at least 1/4 cup of vinegar.


  • Pickle broth (Gallon recipe)
  • 2 Dozen Fresh eggs
  • 4 white or yellow medium onions
  • 2 Dozen cloves garlic
  • 2 Cans pickled beets
  • Caraway seed or fresh fennel (one or the other!)
  • 2 or 3 quart jars.


  1. Slice onions and sliver or press garlic.
  2. Add to pickle broth with the sugar and simmer until cooked, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Strain solids. Reserve liquid. Let stand until cool. (overnight in fridge)
  4. Hard-boil eggs, shell and cool overnight.
  5. Use two single quart containers and put a dozen eggs in each one. (YMMV, that’s why you should have 3 jars.
  6. Sprinkle well with caraway or chopped fresh fennel
  7. Put ½ the onion/garlic solids in each
  8. Tuck the beets into the jars. 
  9. Add enough of the pickle broth to cover and let stand overnight. Taste the broth and add more spices to taste. Keep in the fridge.
  10. Shake each day for 3 days, then eat. These should be eaten within two weeks.

Note – If you like it hot add a touch of prepared horseradish to each container. 1/8 teaspoon each. Don’t add more unless it’s still “too tame” 24 hours later!


Silliness – Punny Thought – Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

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