Daily Stuff 9-7-21 Grace Darling

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:35 AM of -0.7 feet. 9/8 Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:10 AM of -0.4 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No newsletter tomorrow, 9/8, so some of the info today is doubled.

Clear and 51F, winds are calm enough to hear the ocean again, AQI 20-31, UV6. Chance of rain 14% today and 52% tonight. Todya and Wednesday are looking at partly cloudy day, some chance of rain overnight (less Wednesday) Thursday should be cloudy and the rest of the 10-day forecast is to gradually clear up, with a tiny chance of rain each night. The smoke plume has backed off the coast and upper Valley and thinned a bit, so the only place with chewy air is Bend. 5 firespots.

Large fires

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 35% – 49173.45 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 56% – 17087 acres
  • Smith Fire – 10077 acres
  • Jack Fire – 55% – 23990 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 35% –  41228 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire –  20% – 26031.15 acres
  • Gales Fire –  13596 acres
  • Janus Fire – 7% – 16627.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 7% – 16724 acres


  • Krumbo Fire – 102 acres
  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres

At or near containment

  • Black Butte Fire – 95% – 22445 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 100% – 9754 acres

Yesterday was quiet for a Labor Day. We did have people in. Unusually, most of them were late in the day. Go figure! It sounds like some other businesses had the same. Maybe everyone celebrated last weekend?

I wrote hard for most of the day when I wasn’t working with customers. It still took until 5:30 before I was done and we didn’t head out until well past 7. It was already getting dark. I harvested a little lettuce, some strawberries and a raspberry or two and a couple of nasturtiums for salad and went in. I got stuff started and then just collapsed. Tempus finished putting dinner together. …and we turned in.

I was up, twice, and reading for awhile. Every little thing was startling me after having a nightmare early on in the evening. <sigh> I hope I don’t continue that tonight! Tempus is going to be late getting in. We’re hoping for the elusive car parts….

So, today, we go home and sleep. I’m not coming back into town this evening, which is why some stuff is doubled, below. Next newsletter will be Thursday’s. I have to water the garden, do some sewing and some cookery over the next couple of days, and get caught up enough for another week, plus see if I can get a little farther on the to-do list over the next two days. Now that we’re past Labor Day it’ll be slowing down somewhat, but business doesn’t go flat until the rain starts.

Broken mug garden

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Today’s Feast is in honor of Grace Darling‘s daring deed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Darling

‘Twas on the Longstone Lighthouse, there dwelt and English maid;
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne’er afraid;
One morning just at daybreak, a storm-tossed wreck she spied;
And tho’ to try seemed madness, “I’ll save the crew!’ she cried.
And she pull’d away, o’er the rolling sea,
Over the waters blue –
‘Help! Help!’ she could hear the cry of the shipwreck’d crew –
But Grace had an English heart,
And the raging storm she brav’d –
She pull’d away, mid the dashing spray,
And the crew she saved! – Song about Grace Darling, British heroine of the September 7, 1838 disaster


Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 8:20pm.

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 9/20 at 4:55pm. 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 5:52am on 9/8


Perseus Double Cluster Delights
NGC 869 and NGC 884 are two young star clusters in the constellation Perseus. These targets are easy to capture with binoculars or a small telescope; from dark sites, you may be able to spot them unaided.
Ewan Hobbs (Flickr)

By 10 p.m. two of the best-known deep-sky objects, the Double Cluster in Perseus and the Great Andromeda Galaxy M31, are in high view in the east. Did you know they’re only 22° apart? They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude but to the naked eye they look rather different from each other, the more so the darker your sky. See for yourself; they’re plotted on the all-sky constellation map in the center of the September Sky & Telescope, which should be all the map you need to identify their locations. They’re below Cassiopeia and farther to Cassiopeia’s right, respectively. Sky too bright? Use binoculars! The two clusters of the Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884) are at very similar distances about 7,600 light-years away. M31, at 2.5 million light-years, is about 330 times as far.

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – The rubber duck-shaped Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko travels through crowded Taurus this month. You’ll need a larger telescope and a dark observing site to spot its glow.

This week’s dark, moonless skies mean it’s time to enjoy some of the solar system’s fainter sights, including Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, whose dim, 13th-magnitude glow requires a 10-inch scope or more. The rubber duck-shaped comet is currently speeding through western Taurus and is high in the sky early this morning in the hours before sunrise. This is one of the few comets that has been visited with a spacecraft — seven years ago last month, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission arrived at 67P, studying the comet in great detail for two years. You’ll find 67P 6° due north of Omicron (ο) Tauri and 10.5° southwest of the stunning Pleiades star cluster (M45), which in itself is an easy and rewarding target for those with binoculars or small telescopes. This group of young stars is roughly 100 million years old and visible to the naked eye as a tiny dipper-shaped pattern some 14° northwest of bright Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull. Keen-eyed observers or experienced astrophotographers may be able to bring out some of the nebulosity surrounding these stars. Although researchers previously thought this was material left over from the cluster’s formation, we now know it’s actually a local dust cloud the Pleiades are passing through and has nothing to do with the stars themselves. They’re simply lighting the material up as they fly through it. For those who prefer late-night observing, 67P will rise late tonight just before 10:30 P.M. and can be observed overnight.


Reentering the evening sky to start a new lunation, the thin Moon hangs upper right of Mercury, then upper right of Venus, low in the west-southwestern twilight. Little Spica switches position with respect to them from the 8th to the 9th. (The Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size.)

Early in twilight use the low, thin Moon to guide you down toward Mercury, as shown above. They’ll be about 5° apart. Binoculars help. The Moon passes 7° north of Mercury at 4 P.M. EDT. By 20 minutes after sunset, our 5-percent-lit satellite is 5° north-northeast of the planet, which itself hangs just 5° above the western horizon in Virgo. If you can catch the innermost planet with a telescope before it sets, you’ll see that it’s 6″ in diameter and 65 percent lit.

A thin crescent – The Moon appears as just a sliver in the sky on the evening of September 8. Only its eastern limb is lit. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Focus in on the Moon with your scope to enjoy the sight of sunrise over the lunar east. With such a small portion of Luna lit, features close to the eastern limb (which is west in our sky) will stand out in stark contrast, particularly where the terminator — the line that divides light and dark — lies. You may also be able to spot the unlit portion of the Moon glowing faintly with earthshine, which is reflected sunlight bouncing off Earth’s surface.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) gets high in the east after midnight.

Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR SEPTEMBER 2021: PEGASUS & MEASURING THE SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky

Sun in Virgo

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Black
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Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   7     High  12:57 AM     7.9   6:47 AM    Rise  7:20 AM      0
~     7      Low   7:35 AM    -0.7   7:41 PM     Set  8:30 PM
~     7     High   1:52 PM     7.3
~     7      Low   7:48 PM     1.1

W    8     High   1:41 AM     7.8   6:48 AM    Rise  8:34 AM      0
~     8      Low   8:10 AM    -0.4   7:39 PM     Set  8:53 PM
~     8     High   2:23 PM     7.6
~     8      Low   8:31 PM     0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is when you are away, knowing you belong back there. Love is looking to one another. Love always standing by your side no matter what.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – We haven’t failed. We now know a thousand things that won’t work, so we are much closer to finding what will. — Thomas Edison



~   The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~   The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. – Guy Finley
~   Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard. – Edgar Allan Poe
~   As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)

Off to school
We go together
In September’s
Sunny weather. – Anon.


Mabon Magick – Recipes

CORN PUDDING – SERVES 6 TO 8 – From Arcamax recipes

2 ½      cups corn (3 ears depending on cob size or 1 16-oz bag of frozen corn
¼         cup white sugar
½         Tsp salt
2          Tbsp flour
2          Tbsp breadcrumbs
1/3       Tsp baking powder
1          cup milk
4          Large eggs
1          cup shredded cheddar cheese

1.         Spray a 9- by 13-inch pan with olive oil spray or lightly grease it.
2.         Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Do this with a spoon or spatula so you don’t smash up the corn.
3.         Pour the batter in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and a knife inserted in the corn pudding should come out clean. If the knife does not cone out clean, bake it a bit more.
Tip:  For the creamiest taste, serve it immediately. It still tastes great served a bit later or even reheated the next day.

EASY BAKED SQUASH – This works for any kind of “keeper” squash, the kind with a hard rind: butternut, acorn, even mini-pumpkins!

            Squash – It takes an amount about the size of a fist per serving. 1 mini-pumpkin is one serving.
            Aluminum foil
            Sugar (optional) I use raw sugar because it’s pretty and adds a light molasses flavor

1.         Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2.         Wrap squash in aluminum foil.
3.         Put on a pie pan or cookie sheet in case of leaks.
4.         Bake for at least 1 hour, or until package feels soft, when pushed on. Some large butternuts will take up to 2 ½ hours!
5.         Let sit on counter or other heat-proof surface until you can touch it. (10-15 minutes)
6.         Peel back foil, and use fork to punch a circle around it about ¼ of the way down the sides.
7.         Pull off the skin at that point. Discard seeds and strings. Scoop out the flesh.
Put a pat of butter on each serving and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Tip:  Mini-pumpkins can usually be served still in their skin with the top pulled off, the seeds and strings discarded, butter/sugar put inside and the top, with the stem, put back.

Harvest Salad – by Anja

Go through your garden, (or go to the farmer’s market!) and harvest various greens: lettuce, cabbage, beet leaves, basil, parsley, green beans, spinach, turnip, carrot and parsnip tops, any green herbs that are growing, then go check your yard for dandelion leaves, and plantain. When you have ½ a bowl full, nab things like one ripe tomato, an ear of corn, one pepper, one squash, a cucumber or any other fresh vegetables you might have. Thank the garden spirits for giving you these lovely things!

When you have a little bit of everything, take things in and wash them, roll up leaves and chop them fine. Scrub peel and dice the vegetables and toss it all together in a bowl. Take ½ a cup of yogurt and some shredded cheese and mix it up then toss that on top, followed by some chopped bacon or ham or chicken and mix well.

Eat with good bread and butter, a glass of good wine and a joyful heart.

Make sure you take a little bowlful and a piece of bread and a little glass of wine out for the spirits and thank them again for your harvest.


Silliness – Doctor, Doctor

Doctor, Doctor! I’ve had tummy ache since I ate three crabs yesterday. Did they smell bad when you took them out of their shells? What do you mean “took them out of their shells!”

Doctor, Doctor, everyone keeps ignoring me. Next please!

Doctor, Doctor, some days I feel like a tee-pee and other days I feel like a wig-wam. You’re too tents.

Doctor, Doctor I keep thinking I’m a dog. Sit on the couch and we will talk about it. But I’m not allowed up on the couch!

Doctor, Doctor! – I’ve a split personality! Well, you’d better both sit down then!

Doctor, Doctor I keep thinking I’m a nit! Will you get out of my hair!”

Doctor: You seem to be in excellent health. Your pulse is as regular as clockwork. Patient: That’s because you’ve got your hand on my watch!

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