Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:55 AM of -0.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Cloudy, 47F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 2-35, UV3. Chance of rain 46% today and 51% tonight. The chance of rain is highest this morning, tomorrow morning, on Sunday and then later next week. Friday, Saturday and Monday ought to be dry. Down to 9 firespots. At least they’ve had time to check some of them.
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 65% – 70110.05 acres
- Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
- Jack Fire – 83% – 24165 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 74% – 50409 acres
- Chaos Fire – 77% – 28840 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 75% – 30928.6 acres
- Gales Fire – 75% – 29356.25 acres
- Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 50% – 24894 acres
- 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 45% – 7230 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9432 acres
At or nearing containment
- Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 97% – 4864 acres
- Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres
Yesterday I woke at about the time Tempus pulled in at the shop. He sat for a bit, sorting things, so I was ready at about the same time that he was and we headed home and fell into bed. I slept until 2 and he slept until about 5:30, although I woke him at one point to start the oven, then chased him back to sleep. We don’t leave the pilot light going and I can’t contort myself to reach it.
I checked on the garden after the sortof frost we had. It stayed cold, but un-frosted in the park last night, since the trees overshadow just enough to keep it away if there’s an question. The peas are actually taller!
I sat and listened to the rain during the afternoon while I was working. I baked a chocolate cake and pork chops and boiled up some potatoes, among other things. When Tempus woke he got us coffee and we had the chops, the eggplant casserole that I did yesterday and he had a potato. I had crumpets earlier, so skipped the potato. We have enough chop left to add to something tonight. Those were *huge* chops!
I had a meeting at 7pm, and I was a bit late, but it was on paper marbling, which I’ve done quite a lot of. I got a chance to hang out with some friends and chat for a bit, then I opened the packages that we had picked up on the way home. There was a hand pie cutter set and a book that I’ve been waiting for. I took the book and curled up with it and finished it at about 11:30.
Tempus had headed out at about 8:30 for the bulk route and by now I hope he’s done and dozing, at least. It’s not as cold tonight as last (brrrr!) so he ought to be comfortable enough. I have this to finish and then I’m going to go crawl back into the nap bed. I don’t know whether I’ll sleep, but I can sleep at home.
We have a couple of errands to run, bank and farmer’s market (hoping to pick up some good vegetables and then we’ll head home. I’m hoping to take the mixer and a couple of odd recipes to try to bake at home in the good oven. We have some chores to finish and more of the garden “switch” to accomplish as things are winding down. although I need my garden tent and my little garden shed, which are still up in storage.
I have a *ton* of garlics to plant, too. I picked up a whole bagful at the farmer’s market and there are a whacking lot of small ones. I think people must have broken a lot of the bulbs and just taken the larger pieces. One of the things I want to make is some roasted garlic for garlic butter, but the little pieces are just too small, so …. plant…. maybe I have a bulb or three that’s old enough in the garden?
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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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 10/20 at 7:57am. 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 10/18 at 7:57pm.
With the season turning chill, Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star of early darkness (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). Accordingly, Capricornus has replaced Sagittarius as the zodiacal constellation low in the south. This year, of course, Capricornus is overwhelmed by its two bright guests: Jupiter and Saturn.
You’ll already want to focus on Capricornus tonight, where there’s a show going on around brilliant Jupiter in the constellation’s northeast region. If you’re able to catch the gas giant early enough, you’ll see it start out the night with all four moons: Callisto to the east and Io, Europa, and Ganymede to the west. Io disappears behind the planet’s western limb around 8:18 P.M. EDT, scooting behind the planet to reappear about three hours later. But first, something strange happens. Look at Callisto, roughly 1′ from Jupiter’s eastern limb. Around 11:11 P.M. EDT, it begins to disappear, despite its apparent distance from the planet. That’s because it’s fallen into Jupiter’s long shadow, which stretches out far behind it. Even weirder, Io pops back into view at 11:43 — much closer to the planet (25″ east of the limb) than Callisto was when it disappeared! These effects are due to the geometry of the Jupiter system from our point of view. Keep watching if you’re able, because Europa is now closing in from the west. The icy moon will slip behind Jupiter’s limb at 12:40 A.M. EDT on October 13 for those in the Eastern time zone.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 9:49 p.m. EDT.
The Moon is growing more prominent in the sky, but that doesn’t mean all deep-sky observing must end. Perseus the Hero is home to several distant objects, including in the famous Double Cluster. Cataloged as both NGC 869 and NGC 884 and h and Chi (χ) Persei, these two open clusters sit just under 30′ apart. Together, they cover about twice the size of the Full Moon on the sky. You’ll find this pair in northwestern Perseus, about 4.5° northwest of Miram (Eta [η] Persei). They’re relatively high in the northeast all evening and best viewed under low power. Both are roughly 4th magnitude and generally visible under dark skies as gray smudges. They’ll easily pop out in binoculars or a telescope, or even your finder scope. Their proximity is more than just a chance alignment, too — they’re actually close together in space as well, both about 7,600 light-years away. They were likely born from the same massive cloud of dust and gas, and are roughly 13 million years old.
Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine in the south during evening, 15° apart on opposite sides of Capricornus. Jupiter is the eye-grabber at magnitude –2.7. Saturn, to its right, is a twentieth as bright at mag +0.5. In late twilight they shine equally high in the south-southeast. As evening progresses watch them tilt as they move to the right, with Saturn becoming the lower one. Saturn sets around 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, followed by Jupiter about an hour later. After dark look 23° (two fists at arm’s length) lower left of Jupiter for 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut. Here’s a beginner’s telescopic guide to Jupiter.
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 Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
NIGHT SKY FOR OCTOBER 2021 – BRIGHT PLANETS AND METEOR SHOWERS – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR OCTOBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS, THEN AND NOW – STARGAZING FOR THE OCTOBER NIGHT SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-october-constellations-then-and-now
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Mercury 10/18, Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Topaz
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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
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
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
W 13 Low 12:55 AM -0.1 7:30 AM Rise 3:49 PM 45
~ 13 High 7:52 AM 6.1 6:35 PM
~ 13 Low 1:00 PM 3.7
~ 13 High 6:46 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – But when I add to my consciousness the joy of simply being myself, everything else becomes beautiful beyond all comprehension.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Some of us are like wheelbarrows — only useful when pushed and very easily upset. — Jack Herbert
~ I don’t like being told what to do. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~ I can hold a note as long as the Chase National Bank. – Ethel Merman
~ Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for your old age. – Christopher Morely
~ Celebrate summer–sun-drenched days and starlit nights. – Gooseberry Patch
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still. – Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
Samhain Magick – Recipes
These pumpkin pickles are a nice change from the usual sweet pumpkin treats. They make a great pairing with a cheese plate and add color to any autumn meal.
PHOTO CREDIT: HandmadePictures/Shutterstock
- 4 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 10 whole cloves
- Steam pumpkin until barely tender, about 10 minutes (don’t let the pumpkin touch the boiling water or it will get mushy). Drain thoroughly and set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add pumpkin, return to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and leave the pumpkin in the syrup; refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Heat mixture to simmering and cook 5 minutes. Remove spices and pack pumpkin into sterilized jars. Fill with syrup. Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Makes about 3 pints.
YIELD: SOURCE – Old Farmer’s Almanac
Candied Squash Rings – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
Cut 2 acorn squashes crosswise in 1 inch slices. Discard seeds and ends. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Combine 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soft butter, spread over squash. Bake, uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally.
Makes 6 servings.
Carefree Corn n Cabbage Combo – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
In a 1 qt glass casserole dish, combine 1- 10oz package frozen whole kernel corn, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 tbs. chopped onion, and 2 tbs. water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes more. Drain in a collander. In the same casserole dish combine 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese, 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper. Stir in drained vegetables. Microwave, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave, uncovered for 3 minutes more. Stir and serve heated.
Makes 6 servings.
Colcannon by Edain McCoy
Potatoes, harvested from August to October, were a part of the feast in Ireland where they were made into a Samhain dish known as colcannon. Colcannon is a mashed potato, cabbage, and onion dish still served in Ireland on All Saint’s Day. It was an old Irish tradition to hide in it a ring for a bride, a button for a bachelor, a thimble for a spinster, and a coin for wealth, or any other item which local custom decreed in keeping with the idea of the New Year as a time for divination. If you make colcannon with these little objects inside, please exercise caution against choking.
- 4 cups Mashed Potatoes
- 2-1/2 cups Cabbage, cooked and chopped fine
- 1/2 cup Butter
- (avoid corn oil margarines as they will not add the needed body and flavor)
- 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk or Cream
- 3/4 cup Onion, chopped very fine and sauteedbr
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
Saute onions (traditionalists saute in lard or grease, but butter is acceptable). Boil the potatoes and mash them (do not use artificial potato flakes). In a large pan place all of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook over low heat while blending them together. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped cabbage. The mixture will take on a pale green cast. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. Lastly drop in the thimble, button, ring, and coin. Stir well and serve.
(The above “Colcannon” recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 38, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)
Silliness – Working Man Blues – I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I …couldn’t live on my net income.