Daily Stuff 10-1-21 October begins

Hi, folks!

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

Partly cloudy and 50F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 10-36, UV4. Chance of rain 7% today and 9% tonight. It should clear up and stay that way until evening, although we’re looking at some wind in the afternoon. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 11pm Friday. The rest of the week should stay partly cloudy with possible showers on Tuesday and Friday, but the temps are starting to drop. Highs around 60 for a few days and then upper 50’s, which the lows are going to be in the upper 40’s. 4 firespots and no smoke plume. Almost all the air monitors are green.

Large fires

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 85% – 91795 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 58% – 70110.05 acres
  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Jack Fire – 80% – 24165 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 68% – 50426 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 59% – 28850 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 55% – 30928.6 acres
  • Gales Fire – 51% – 29356.25 acres
  • Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 20% – 24894 acres


  • 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 42% – 7235 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 55% – 9429 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Big Meadow Fire – 100% – 2643 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 88% – 4869 acres


Yesterday went awfully fast. I was very sleepy despite a good night’s sleep, but I had been working hard all afternoon and evening, so I guess it makes some kind of sense…. oh, let me back up and talk about Wednesday!

Beet greens

Tempus picked me up at a decent time and we stopped at the Farmer’s Market before heading home. He brought everything in and I sorted it all out and then we turned in for some sleep. Once I was up I started in on the vegetables. Of course I ate too many figs…. I paid for that today….. but I also had blueberries and lingonberries, plus tomatoes. I went out and harvested a lemongrass, replanting the shoots and then the base of the plant. I tied up one bundle for tea and set it by for suppertime.

Pickling kale

Tempus got up about then and got us coffee and then headed back to the shop for some things that got forgotten. It took him way longer than I expected, but he had gotten the forms he needed to work on and curled up with them in his chair.

Chopping kale

I got some starts into pots out in the garden and then came in and started on other things. I got a soup together, piece by piece over several hours, first carrots, then some of the leaves of what I was processing, then a couple of chicken pieces that were starting to thaw, so I wouldn’t break the crock, then a few more bits of kale, then more chicken, a few tender carrot leaves, then tomatoes (the ones from last week that were getting too soft) then some dill seed, the celery that had frozen in the fridge, an onion and so on. The celery took a long time to thaw, being a solid ice lump, but I finally got it into the soup and the liquid from that went into the stems box, below.


After I got the first couple of layers into the soup I stopped for a minute to get a lemongrass chicken dish together and ready for the oven, which entailed quite a bit of chopping. Lemongrass is *way* tougher than I knew! …and I set some up for tea, which turns out to be quite tasty!

Carrots and tender greens

After than that I was processing vegetables, separating leaves from stems and chopping both. I started with the beets, both red and orange, saving the crowns for re-planting. I bagged the roots, and set the crowns aside and then tender inner leaves went into the soup. The stems went (chopped) into one box and the leaves into a bag. Then kale. I pickled the leaves, stems went into the box and the bits into the soup. Then an onion “stopper” slice on top of the pickle and the rest of the onion into the soup. Next were carrots. The tops were too tough and rather bitter, so only the tender center bits got saved … and into the soup… 🙂 Kohlrabis were next up. Stems and leaves were treated the same, but the bulbs were peel and cut up with potatoes and boiled with a handful of the greens. Those were part of supper with a pat of butter on top.


The lemongrass chicken turned out well. Pretty much all I did was soy sauce on chicken breast and cover with lemongrass bits. I had it sitting on a bed of my leftover mu shu to sop up juices. There’s another meal of that, yet, combined with the kohlrabi/potato dish. We also had the lemongrass tea and Tempus liked all of it. There were still leek tops to get into the greens, but they were too muddy, so got saved out to be washed at the shop, which still hasn’t happened….and I was too wiped after all that to bake. The stem box went into the home freezer.

Yellow beets, stems and leaves

Tempus headed to the shop, early, as soon as he had finished eating, so he could e-mail the forms he had been working on and then catch a nap before the paper route. I did some little stuff, mostly getting filling ready for some of the little scissor bobs that I’ve been embroidering and moving a few projects.

lemongrass chicken

He got in at a decent hour and we slept until it was nearly time to head to the shop. We scrambled things together, including most of what I had been working on, dishes and the soup. We rolled into the lot at 12:59! Tempus got the various foods put away and the soup plugged back in and then the dishes started.


…but when I sat down at my desk I saw a message from Poni, and got a sinking feeling…. yeah, my friend that had brain cancer Crossed the Bridge Wednesday evening. I spent awhile in tears, and then another while in tears but letting it come through as a poem that is partly for this friend and partly for others that I’ve lost over the years. That kinda put paid to my day, although Tempus said it was rather busy.

Market vegetables – red and yellow beets, red and white kohlrabi, leeks, carrots, purple kale, eggplant, onion

I was mostly ready for Herbs, although Amor called just as I was about to do the last few bits and then he had to talk to Papa (birthday wishes) so we started with incense resins and source for those and woods and a bit about the development of agriculture and how and why it differed, Eurasia vs. Americas…. Tempus eventually got the work table cleaned up, and we went in back and talked nuts and marzipan since I had all that out. The Pirate marzipan is a hit. 🙂 Yes, I’ll add the recipe at some point.

Today we should be open at 1pm. I think Tempus is going to try (29?) to get the tires on, but we’ll see. I have to water plants today. I really must not forget!

…and here is the poem.

There’s an empty wheelchair in the hall, folded and with the cushion discarded on the floor.
The hospital bed is stripped
Equipment unplugged, ready to be hauled away.
A walker has slid to the floor in the corner.
Papers and clothes are all in boxes.
A cat toy ball, smashed by a careless back step, is under the bed.
The cats have gone home with friends.

I went to send a card, but I knew
That you wouldn’t see it in time.
I hope you got my message, anyway.

Look around.
Is this a life?
No, the life has been set free.

I saw you this morning, before I woke,
You were swinging with a smile
On a board hung from a tree limb.
Wearing a gown that you never would  have done.

Walk among the stars, now.
Dance with the winds.
Sparkle on the waters.
The earth doesn’t tie you down anymore.
Your fire burns in far more dimensions than when you were “alive”.

I will see you again, when my time here is done.
We won’t even need recorders to make music.

Hoarfrost in the Czech Republic (picture from Facebook) Studio Fotografii, Tomasz Gmerek

Today’s Feast is that October begins! Samhain and pumpkins and (urgh) pumpkin spice lattes, but pie! …and apples and nuts and H’ween candy and…. The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October

amor iris

Today’s plant is Oregon IrisIris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax  More on Iris in general here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo

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 10/6 at 4:05am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/1 at 4:05pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on10/4 at 4:05pm.


Vega is the brightest star just west of the zenith after dark. Face west and look to Vega’s right by 14° (nearly a fist and a half at arm’s length) for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. The rest of Draco’s fainter, lozenge-shaped head is a little farther behind. Draco always eyes Vega as they wheel around the sky. The main stars of Vega’s own constellation, Lyra — faint by comparison — extend to its left (by 7°).

Before and during early dawn Saturday morning October 2nd, look below the crescent Moon by about a fist at arm’s length for Regulus, forefoot of Leo already making his early-apparition appearance.

Asteroid (40) Harmonia reaches opposition at 3 P.M. EDT. This space rock spans about 66 miles (107 km) across and was discovered in 1856. It circles the Sun, along with its main-belt brethren, between Mars and Jupiter and takes about 3.4 years to complete a single orbit.

Constellation of Cetus. Menkar is near the top left.

Today, you’ll find it in Cetus the Whale. Because it’s at opposition, Harmonia will rise around sunset and set around sunrise, so you can opt to view it either in the morning or the evening. The crescent Moon won’t interfere. Harmonia glows softly at magnitude 9.5 — well within the range of binoculars or a small scope. As the constellation is rising, you’ll find Harmonia about 8.8° directly above (northwest of) 3rd-magnitude Eta (η) Ceti and 7.7° to the left (northeast) of 3rd magnitude Iota Ceti. Zoom in on the asteroid, and you’ll see it’s only about 0.1° from a slightly brighter (magnitude 7) field star, HIP 3385.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR October 2021 has not been posted online, yet.

Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Mercury 10/18, Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Pink
Harvest 10/1&2

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Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
F    1      Low   3:30 AM     0.9   7:15 AM    Rise  1:23 AM      33
~     1    High  10:21 AM     5.8   6:56 PM     Set  5:09 PM
~     1      Low   3:44 PM     3.5
~     1     High   9:16 PM     6.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I work for enjoyment and satisfaction – not just to earn a living.


Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite thing to do outdoors? Why?



~   Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire. – Robert Brault
~   It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable. – Bear Bryant
~   To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille, French playwright
~   I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means. – Clarence Darrow, on the existence of God

Take the fruit I give you, says the bending tree;
Nothing but a burden is it all to me.
Lighten ye my branches, let them toss in air.
Only leave me freedom, next year’s load to bear. – Lucy Larcom (1824–93)


Samhain Magick – Correspondences.

Symbolism: Third Harvest, wisdom of the Crone, death of the God, reflection on our place in the Wheel of the Year, New Year, reincarnation, the dark mysteries, Rebirth after Death.
Foods: beef, pork and other meat dishes, cakes for the dead (soul cakes), pumpkin dishes cranberry/pumpkin muffins and breads, squash, beets, turnips

Drinks: Mead, apple cider, mulled cider, mulled wines, ale, herbal teas

Herbs: Angelica, burdock, catnip, pennyroyal, rosemary, rue, sunflower, sage, thyme, wild ginseng, tarragon, mugwort. Oak, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn, Dittany of Crete, Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Sage, Wormwood, Gourds, Allspice, Catnip

Fruits – Apples, pomegranates, acorns, hazel and other nuts

Flowers: Calendula, chrysanthemum, cosmos, marigold.
Trees: Acacia, apple, cypress, hazel, hemlock, yew
Incenses and oils: Bay, cedar, clove, copal, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, heather, mugwort, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, sage, sandalwood, vetiver, wormwood.
Colors: Black, brown, orange, red, Golden Yellow. Altar candles should be black, orange, white, silver and/or gold.

Stones: Amber, beryl, bloodstone, carnelian, clear quartz, diamond, garnet, gold, granite, hematite, jasper, jet, marble, obsidian, opal, pyrite, rose sapphire, ruby, sandstone, smoky quartz, steel, tourmaline, turquoise. all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.

Animals: Stag, jackal, cat, bat, ram, scorpion, heron, crow, robin, crow, black dogs.
Mythical creatures: Goblins, harpies, Phooka, Goblin, Medusa, Beansidhe, Fylgiar, Peryton, Erlkonig

Symbols – Jack-o’-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon Jack-O-Lanterns, Altar decorations might include small jack-o-lanterns, foods from the harvest, and photographs of your loved ones who have departed from this world.

Some appropriate God/desses: Star Goddess, Winter Queen(Anna) and Winter King (Anu), all Death, Underworld, and aged Gods; all Crone and Underworld Goddesses; Am-Heh (Egyptian), Anubis (Egyptian), Arawn (Welsh), Cernunnos (Celtic), Dis (Roman), Hades (Greek), Heimdahl (Norse), Herne (English), The Horned God (European), Kronos (Greek), Loki (Norse), Nefertum (Egyptian), Odin (Norse), Osiris (Egyptian), Pluto (Greco-Roman); Arachne (Greek), Aradia (Italian), Badb (Irish), Cerridwen (Welsh), Elli (Teutonic), Ereshkigal (Assyro-Babylonian), Eris (Greek), The Fates/Moerae (Greek), Fortuna (Roman), Freya/Frigg (Norse), Hecate (Greek), Hel (Teutonic), Inanna (Sumerian), Ishtar (Babylonian), Macha (Irish), Mari (Basque), Morrigan (Celtic), Nephthys (Egyptian), Nicneven (Scottish), Persephone (Greek), Psyche (Greek), Proserpina (Roman), Rhiannon (Welsh) Lilith, The Morrigan/Morrigu
Decorations: Autumn leaves, fall flowers, pomegranates, apples, pumpkins

Traditional activities: Common Ritual practice calls for each Wiccan to write down his/her weaknesses on a piece of paper or parchment and toss it into the Cauldron fire divination, drying winter herbs, feasting and partying to defy the coming darkness (bob for apples, roast nuts, pop popcorn), Witches’ Ball. Spirit Contact, Meditation,

Spell/ritual work: astral projection, past life recall, Remembrances, Dumb Supper, Dark Moon mysteries, mirror spells, scrying, protection, inner work, clearing obstacles, transition, culmination, transformation. Releasing bad habits and toxic relationships, illness, failure and poverty; everything you do not want to carry into the New Year.


Silliness – Definition of a fisherman – A jerk at one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other!

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