Daily Stuff 10-14-21 Ida Pfeiffer

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs Workshop 7pm.

Cloudy and 52F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI 7-51, UV1. Chance of rain 36% today and 16% tonight. 

Today should pretty much be just cloudy, maybe some “spitty” at points. Fri/Sat, Mon/Tues should be partly cloudy, with showers Sunday and then from Wednesday on. 12 firespots, lots of them in the Coast Range. Several fires fell off the map. Are they out or just missed?

Large fires

  • 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 – 60% – 24894 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres

pine cone

Yesterday was a little different. We didn’t get home until about 9:30 because we had so many things to find to take home after Tempus got back from the paper run. Once we were home, I got things put away and we went to sleep, although I woke at about 1:30, surprised that Tempus was still there, since he had set his alarm for noon. Turns out that it doesn’t go off on our weekends. <sigh>


It turned out to be ok, because Loryea called him right after that asking if he could come a little later. He got us coffee and we talked for a few, then he lighted the oven and headed out. I set up the garlics to be roasted and went to put them into the oven and discovered it had gone out. I said a few choice words at that point.

Yarrow, knocked down

So I spent the afternoon setting up the baking. I did some savory handpies that Tempus and I have tried and like, and another batch of sweet handpies from a pear filling that we made awhile back and froze. I chopped up the pork remnants from the day before, adding that plus some canned mushrooms and onion to the dregs of the savory hand-pie filling and put that by for supper. I did a bunch more prep-and-put-away, as well.

Mushrooms on a stump

Tempus got in at 6:30 or so. He had been cleaning an oven and doing some other odd jobs for Loryea after running some errands. I got him fed and chased him off to bed after he got the oven going again and I settled down to bake things. It takes awhile for the oven to actually heat up, so the first batch took 55 minutes, then 2nd was 50, the third 40 and the last one scorched on the bottom at 40!… but they’re done. I tried a savory and a sweet and when Tempus got up, he got a savory, as well. I’m short on sleep, though….

On the way to the spa

It was drippy as we headed back into town with a whole tote of dirty dishes that Tempus is working on right now. He got the garlics into the oven here and I’m going to tend those because he’s going to be heading out on the paper run shortly.


Today we’ll be open at 1pm. No clue whether we’ll get home in the morning. I have headers to do and some plant tending. Tempus needs to work back in his “shop corner”. I also need to start shifting things in the office space so I can start working on the books that need to be checked in, now that it’s a little quieter. Herbs Workshop tonight will be on incense again, more bagging, but also making a batch or two of ones that we’re short on.

A photo from 10/12/16 by Ken Gagne of a pelican with his landing gear out.

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree Month

Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. –Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus


Today is the birthday in 1797 of Ida Pfeiffer, world-traveler and author. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Pfeiffer She was one of the first of the “lady explorers” and published 7 books about her travels all over the world. She was quite a scandal in her day and didn’t actually begin her travels until her children were grown.

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall 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 Aquarius

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.

The gibbous Moon passes under Jupiter and Saturn as it waxes toward full. Down below, how early in twilight can you pick up autumnal Fomalhaut twinkling into view?

The Moon shines under Jupiter and Saturn, nearly equidistant from them as seen from the Americas in early evening; see the scene above. It’s as if the Moon is swinging in a hammock that’s tied to Jupiter and Saturn at its ends. Much fainter in the background is the hammock shape of Capricornus, larger than the bright one and askew to it. The Moon passes 4° south of Saturn at 3 A.M. EDT. Both are below the horizon at that time, so catch them instead this evening after sunset, now 9.5° apart. Our waxing satellite lies east of the ringed planet and southwest of Jupiter, which it will pass close by tomorrow morning. Capricornus’ leftmost corner is the bright star Deneb Algedi, which glows at magnitude 2.9 and currently sits 2° southeast of bright Jupiter. The word deneb means “tail” in Arabic, which is why it is also associated with the bright stars that mark the tails of Cygnus the Swan and Cetus the Whale. Deneb Algedi’s brightness varies regularly because it is in an eclipsing binary system. Every 24.55 hours, its companion star passes in front of it from our point of view, dimming Deneb Algedi by 0.2 magnitude. Sharp-eyed observers can tell the difference between its brightest and dimmest phases, particularly by comparing it to nearby stars. But Deneb Algedi is also intrinsically variable, changing its own brightness over time as it pulses. It is classified as a Delta Scuti variable, after the hallmark example in Scutum the Shield.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) climbs high in the east by 11.

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 – Purple
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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 maake 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
Th  14      Low   2:08 AM     0.1   7:31 AM     Set 12:42 AM   57
~    14     High   9:05 AM     6.3   6:33 PM     Rise  4:27 PM
~    14      Low   2:31 PM     3.5
~    14     High   8:09 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you think eating junk food affects you?



~   Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing. – George Perera
~   When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. – Sufi aphorism
~   Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying…’I will try again tomorrow.’ – Mary Anne Radmacher
~   I’ve continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant.  I’ve learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright. – Anthony Robbins

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October. – Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93)


Samhain Magick – Crafts

Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain

You will need:

  • lined paper
  • laminating paper
  • crayons
  • Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
  • scissors & a single hole punch
  • a pencil

What to do:

  1. Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
  2. Cut out those shapes with scissors.
  3. Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
  4. Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
  5. Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.


You will need: a round piece of craft foam, pins, fall items such as gourds, mini pumpkins, apples, autumn leaves, pine cones, 2 orange candles, candle holders. Place the items on the craft foam in whatever design you desire and attach with pins. Leave room for two orange candles in their holders. Place in the center of the feast table, light candles, and enjoy!


Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pumpkin.html


  • Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
  • Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
  • Black and orange candles
  • Black treat bowl
  • Candy corn

Directions – All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.

Ritual use – Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.


Silliness – 19 Things Not To Say To A Cop

1. I can’t reach my license unless you hold my beer.
2. Sorry, I didn’t realize that my radar detector wasn’t on.
3. Aren’t you the guy from the village people?
4. Hey you must have been going 125mph just to keep up with me.
5. I thought you had to be in good physical condition to be a cop.
6. Bad cop! No donut!
7. You’re gonna check the trunk, aren’t you?
8. I was going to be a cop, really, but I decided to finish high school.
9. I pay your salary.
10. That’s terrific, the last guy only gave me a warning also.
11. Is that a 9mm? It’s nothing compared to this .44 magnum!
12. What do you mean, have I been drinking? You’re a trained specialist.
13. Do you know why you pulled me over? Good, at least one of us does.
14. That gut doesn’t inspire too much confidence, bet I can outrun you.
15. Didn’t I see you get your butt kicked on Cops?
16. Is it true people become cops because they are too dumb to work at McDonalds?
17. I was trying to keep up with traffic.
18. Yes, I know there are no other cars around-that’s how they are far ahead of me.
19. Well, when I reached down to pick up my bag of crack, my gun fell off my lap and got lodged between the brake pedal and gas pedal, forcing me to speed out of control.

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