Daily Stuff 8-22-21 Denis Papin

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:23 AM of -1.3 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

Tammy Cassford‎ Photography – Full 4th July Moon – 7/4/20, Used with permission.

The Moon is glorious! I hope y’all got out to see Her. She’s setting just at sunrise this morning, about 1 1/2 hours after Full, and Jupiter hanging above.

I don’t know what they’re talking about on the computer with, “mostly cloudy”? There are some wisps up there, but that’s all, with fog over the water. It also says, “52f”, but the thermometer on the phone company says 45F! Winds are calm with an occasional 2mph gust, AQI 11-37, UV7. Chance of rain 7% today and 8% tonight. Still the same forecast of partly cloudy highs in the low 60’s, except that next Sunday might get into the upper 60’s. We’re under the light smoke plume which accounts for the silvery bright sky. The whole state is covered with smoke and it gets thicker that farther east you go. Only 4 firespots, all of those close to existing fires. No new fires and the total is down to 26, I think. Don’t think I missed any. I have a number of friends on the firelines and they say they’re making progress. They know so because they’re getting to eat, bathe and sleep!


  • Snake River Complex Fire – 100% – 109444 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 76% – 22179 acres
  • Patton Meadow Fire – 45% – 8123 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 45% – 8947 acres
  • Bootleg Fire – 100% – 413717 acres
  • Little Applegate Fire – 150 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 300 acres
  • Poole Cr. Fire – 23% – 3641 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 25% – 20373.5 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 11517 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 00 acres
  • Smith Fire – 250 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Jack Fire Fire – 51% – 23763 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire –  226.9 acres
  • Inc 369 Fire – 152 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 3% – 20785 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 1440 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 10% – 15169.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 13294 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Knoll Fire- 100% – 544 acres
  • Janus Fire – 6168 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 6264.2 acres

Yesterday was a long ouching day, which made both Tempus and me quite cranky. More work got done on the car. We’re still minus a part or three…. That made Tempus late getting back so we didn’t get home again. Oof… but we got up around noon and got coffee and he had found a cherry pie on special. That was a good start.

We weren’t all that busy when we first opened, but within an hour we got swamped. I sold one of the jade plants in the middle of that, but we had families, couples, gaggles and friends for a couple of hours. No one came in for Sewing, so after a bit I asked Tempus if I could get a nap, did, and then got back to work, mostly doing herb headers, but also making a plum jam of the plums that were starting to go and getting photos of that and the pickles. I spent quite a bit of time making sure that the plants in the windows got watered, but I need to do more.

He started getting stuff together for the plant trellis, but wasn’t ready to go at 6, or at 7, even. It was almost 8pm before we headed home, and he forgot to stop at the grocery, so after watering the plants I went to bed. He got part of the trellis up, the uprights, but not the stringers between, so I *still can’t start training my beans and some of them are starting to blossom. We managed to bring clean stuff home to put away, and the altar cloth box, although I have to figure out what I’ve done with the other rolls of bias tape. I only have the grey, for some reason.

I was back up at midnight and did my Full Moon stuff. I had to wake him at a bit after 1, when I realized he must not have his phone, since I didn’t hear the alarm. When I got outside I looked up at the very bright sky, too bright to see anything but Cygnus, Cassiopeia and one star of Lyra, and then I came around the end of the house and my mouth fell open.

Jupiter was a bright jewel in a slate-blue sky above black, black, black evergreens with the Moon shining through a gap! I stood and stared for several minutes while Tempus got stuff into the car and then marveled all the way into town at the reflections on the glassy river and the silver of the little creeks/ponds/marsh pools on the river side of 34. When we crossed Eckman and Lint Slough I looked the other direction at the Moon track. …and then when I got out of the car at the shop I gazed at the 3-hours-to-Full Moon and Jupiter and Saturn off to their west. Just beautiful!

Them’s the pickles… 🙂

I’ve been writing since we got here. Tempus did some puttering….dishes I think… and headed out at about 2:30. Sunday mornings are always a bit late, so I don’t know whether we’re going to get home or not, but he’s planning on taking the time to find a spot to watch Moonset, since it’s just at sunrise. I’m going to read a bit before going back to sleep, I think

Gold cherry tomatoes

Today is our “different day”. I have photos to finish up and folks to talk to online and links to get into the other newsletter. Tempus has to get the stringers ready. I’m hoping to get a little sewing or embroidery time in. He’s hoping to make bread, too. …and if we can get home a little earlier, I’ll have a trellis! What I’m thinking is that he should go home and get that done after we’re open and then bring back the watering jugs that I forgot to say anything about…. then I can use those to get the window plants set for several days. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the 6 big succulent starts.

A storm is coming. – Photo by Josh Orkin on 8/20/20 Used with permission


Today’s feast is in honor of the anniversary of the Hugenot refugee Denis Papin, the inventor of the piston steam digester, one of the devices that made the piston steam engine possible. He was also one of the first to use a steam engine to power paddles to move a boat, so he’s also one of the forerunners of the paddlewheel ships. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Papin and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_engine

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199

Today’s Plant is Big-leaf MapleAcer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:43am.

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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/23 at 5:02pm PDT. 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 9/6 at 5:52pm.

Full Sturgeon Moon Over Cornell, Ithaca NY

The Moon again forms a big curving arc with Jupiter and Saturn, but now they’re to the Moon’s right. The arc spans three fists at arm’s length. The Moon passes 4° south of Jupiter at 1 A.M. EDT. At that time, the two are some 35° high in the southern sky, impossible to miss. Jupiter, which appears directly above the Moon, is magnitude –2.9 — still visible even in the bright wash of moonlight nearby. Both straddle the border between Capricornus (to the west) and Aquarius (to the east). The star visible at a point west of a line drawn between them is Deneb Algedi, also known as Delta (δ) Capricorni. Look about 17.5° to the Moon’s lower left (southeast) to spot the star Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish.

If you’re able to zoom in on Jupiter with a telescope, you might spot its four Galilean moons, arranged with two on either side of the planet: Europa (farthest) and Ganymede sit nestled close to each other to the east, while Io and Callisto (much farther out) lie to the west. If you track the moons into the morning twilight, you’ll see them growing closer to the planet, as if pulled inward by strings. Their relative positions, however, don’t change.

August Full “Sturgeon” Moon, peeking through the cloud cover over our fishing fleet. This was taken Sunday evening at Port Dock 5 in Newport. (C) Walter Duvall. Used with permission.

Full Moon occurs in early morning twilight, for us at 5:02 A.M. PDT. The August Full Moon is traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon. But this Full Moon is also a Blue Moon, as it is the third Full Moon in a season containing four total Full Moons. (Note that this is a different definition, first used in 1528 according to NASA, than the more popular — and much more recently coined — term, which refers to two Full Moons in a single month.)

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 early-morning 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

Sun in Leo enters Virgo at 2:35pm

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), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Orange
Planting 8/22-4

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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
Su  22     High  12:28 AM     8.3   6:28 AM     Set  6:23 AM      99
~    22      Low   7:23 AM    -1.3   8:09 PM    Rise  8:52 PM
~    22     High   1:48 PM     6.9
~    22      Low   7:25 PM     1.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Road to Success: It’s not straight, there are: curves called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called family flats called jobs. If you have a spare it’s called determination, an engine is called perserverance, insurance called faith and you’ll make it to a place called “SUCCESS”.


Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe what you hear when you hear nothing.



~   Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. – Elizabeth Gaskell
~   Looking foolish does the spirit good. – John Updike
~   A wise man can sometimes learn from a fool – as soon as it can be determined which is which. – Author unknown
~   Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools. – George Chapman

Look! the round-cheeked moon floats high,
In the glowing August sky,
Quenching all her neighbor stars,
Save the steady flame of Mars.
White as silver shines the sea,
Far-off sails like phantoms be,
Gliding o’er that lake of light,
Vanishing in nether night.
Heavy hangs the tasseled corn,
Sighing for the cordial morn;
But the marshy-meadows bare,
Love this spectral-lighted air,
Drink the dews and lift their song,
Chirp of crickets all night long;
Earth and sea enchanted lie
‘Neath that moon-usurped sky. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Mushroom and Barley soup

  • 1/4 lb. coarse barley
  • 1/8 lb. dried mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 qts. beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pt. sour cream
  1. Wash mushrooms thoroughly.  Let soak 1 hour in cold water to cover.
  2. Add rinsed barley. 
  3. Pour on 1 1/2 quarts water.  Salt to taste. 
  4. Bring to boil, then simmer briskly until barley is soft.  (Takes up to an hour, sometimes!)
  5. Remove soup from heat
  6. Remove mushrooms, cut in fine pieces, replace in soup.
  7. Allow mixture to cool to well below boiling (if you have a thermometer it needs to be down to below 150o
  8. Stir in sour cream gradually and serve hot.

Cream of Carrot Soup
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large onion, preferably Spanish or Vidalia chopped
12 carrots, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 Tbs minced fresh ginger
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
additional rosemary sprigs, for garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy pot over low heat.
  2. Add the onion and let it cook slowly, covered, until it is soft but not browned, about 30
  3. Add the carrots and potato, chicken stock, ginger, and rosemary. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes longer.
  4. Mash with potato masher, or if you prefer a smoother texture, puree in a food processor.
  5. Stir in the cream.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish with rosemary if desired.
    Serves  6

From Cooking With Herbs, GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html

 Mushroom Soup

  • 3 (1/4 oz.) pkgs. dried mushrooms (total of 3/4 oz.)
  • 10 c. beef consomme or beef bouillon
  • 5 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
  • 6 med. sized onions
  • 3 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 c. fresh lima beans (or 1-2 cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 3/4 c. sherry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garlic croutons

  Soak the dried mushrooms in 3/4 cup of water for 5 minutes.  Bring to a boil the mushrooms, consomme, cornmeal, coarsely chopped onion, parsley, basil and garlic cloves which have been peeled and finely minced.  Add the lima beans and continue to simmer for 10-20 minutes, stirring from time to time and making sure the lima beans do not start to get too soft.  Adjust for seasoning.  Stir in the sherry and reheat.  Serve steaming hot with garlic croutons.


  • 3 slices of bread
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tbsp. margarine

  Trim the crusts from the bread and cut the slices into cubes.  Heat the margarine, stir in the crushed garlic, saute for a minute or two, and then add the bread cubes.  Saute to a golden brown, stirring constantly.

Mushroom Egg Drop Soup

  • 1 (11 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 can water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 sm. can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • White pepper to taste

  Wash and cut scallion into 1/8 inch pieces.  Beat the egg thoroughly.  Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 2 tablespoons cold water.  Heat 1 can of chicken broth and 1 can of water in a saucepan until it boils.  Add salt and stir a few times.  Add cornstarch slowly until mixture thickens gradually.  Add mushrooms and then scallions and mix a few times.  Gently stir in beaten egg.  Turn off heat immediately.  Serve.  Let each person add white pepper to taste.  4 servings.


Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question – What do you call a gang of fake musicians? Answer – A sym-phony!

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