Daily Stuff 10-20-21 HUAC

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett.

Overcast and 53F, it was raining a bit ago and is supposed to start up again in a couple of hours. There’s a huge green blodge right below us on the map and an even bigger one right off the coast. Wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 31-32, UV1. Chance of rain 79% today and 19% tonight. There’s a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for wind up to 40mph into this afternoon, a GALE WARNING until 11am, a GALE WATCH for Thursday and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY for both. Ok, here comes winter…. Rain and wind ought to be heaviest in the morning and start slacking off around lunchtime. We should have a break until around 11am on Thursday and then the rest of the 10-day is all rain and showers, about 6-7 inches worth over the next week! That’s a good thing with the number of firespots on the map. 29? Wow! It looks like Big Hamlin has dropped off the map and a couple of the big fires have made a bunch of progress in a couple of days. We’re down to just 8 fires on the map.

Large Fires

  • Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 77% – 28840 acres
  • Janus Fire – 80% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 82% – 24894 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
  • Jack Fire – 90% – 24165 acres


Monday was a slog. Both of us were really tired from the short sleep all week. We kept on going, although both of us dozed off at various points. At just about the point where I was about to give up, Amor called and we talked for about 1 1/2 hours. I know at one point I pointed out that I was tired enough that I was babbling, but he thought it was worthwhile. 🙂


We didn’t have anyone in that I remember, except for a couple of quick peek-throughs while someone was at the salon. I tried to get some more watering done, but I used everything up. Well, those plants need water soon!

We had leftovers for supper and went to bed pretty quickly after we got home. I was up for awhile around 11pm, but crawled back in because Tempus is nice and warm. 🙂 He took off for the paper route and I got up and read for awhile, then did a little sewing and then went back to bed. The bedroom got horribly damp late in the night. When I got up the *windows* were dripping. Tempus has the dehumidifier set up now. Hopefully that won’t happen again. …and he changed out the propane because the tank was empty before he went to bed.

Chowder, starting from whey – potatoes, carrots, onion, small amounts of shallot, marjoram, radish, carrot greens, lots of celery, caraway

I started some cooking, yesterday, the main part being a chowder with the whey that I had to thaw out for the dishes on Sunday, with a couple of onions and some carrots. I went out and harvested a lot of vegetables and a few herbs, but I needed to plant the shallots and a few onion ends, too. I was tired enough to lifting some of the heavy pots and the gallon jug made for some slopping liquids. Mostly it went on the floor, but one rather spectacular splash when I was trying to add whey to the pot of potatoes missed the pot and put out the burner! Interesting smell. Ew…..

Radish, some of them are just stubs and tough, but tasty, so those are on the left.

So I ended up nibbling all day, rather than eating a meal. The roasted garlic butter and smoked gouda paste were a constant temptation. I had a bowl of some lovely green beans and another of the beet greens with cheese. I think there’s one more harvest of the beans, but they need a bit more growing time. I didn’t get the tiny carrots cooked. I’ll get those today, I think. I had a piece of the lamb roll and 1/2 a potato as the cooking was going on and even a piece or three of the root vegetables.

Carrot Greens

Tempus finally woke and put up a string of lights outside, so we can see when were heading for town in the 1-2am time frame. The solar lights worked just fine during the summer, but they’re not doing so well, now with the lower light levels. After that he got the dehumidifier and then had a sandwich with some of the garlic butter and the last of the ham.

Shallots, peeled on Saturday.

At that point we headed into town in the last of the twilight. Before he headed out he worked on some dishes. I’ve been writing and working on photos. I also got some new content up on Sioned’s page. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/calendar/psychic-fair-information/grandbaby-trip-2-28-to-3-6-19/grandbabys-third-year/

Today is going to be more of the same, I think. We’re going to sleep in, at least some, and since the Farmer’s Market was rained out this week again, we’ll just head straight home. Once I’m back awake I’ll be doing some more cooking, probably the pear sweet that I started on Saturday (when the oven went out) and then forgotten cookies. I have some garden work to do. I’m thinking about pulling the horseradish and then getting that prepped. I need to thaw the ham chunk in the home freezer, add some of that to the soup and then get the rest ready to add to make potted ham, especially if I get some fresh horseradish root. Well, we’ll see….

A picture that our son Arthur took on 10/19/15 of the San Diego sunset. Wow!


In 1947 on this date the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was formed. Often called “the McCarthy era”, most liberals saw it (and still see it) as a witch-hunt. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee

Sweet WoodruffGalium odoratum is also called: sweetscented bedstraw, Master of the Woods and wild baby’s breath. The sweet smell persists when dried which makes it great for potpourri. It is also used as a flavoring agent in wines, beers, soft drinks and syrups and even in green gummy bears! The traditional witchy use is in May Wine along with strawberries, but you have to be careful not to steep it too long because coumarin (the odiferous agent) can give people headaches. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Carry to attract money, bring victory for athletes and warriors. In a pouch of leather it guard against harm. cordiality, eternal life, rejoicing. Wiki article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galium_odoratum

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus

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. 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 10/21 at 7:57pm. 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 11/4 at 2:15pm.

This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi and is shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl

Full Moon (exactly so at 7:57 a.m. PDT). The Moon rises in the east about 20 minutes after sunset for the mid-latitudes of North America. Right after dark, look three fists above the Moon for Alpheratz, the 2nd-magnitude head of Andromeda and the leftmost corner of the Great Square of Pegasus.

October’s Full Moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon. And it’s the perfect time to return to the crater Aristoteles in the lunar north, which we visited last week. Observing the Full Moon with a telescope can be a bit eye-watering, but pop in a filter or bump up your magnification to cut down on the amount of light traveling through your scope and into your eye. Do note that even then, your night vision will suffer, so if you plan to do any other observing, you might want to get it in before you swing your gaze to the Moon. Once you’ve got Aristoteles and its neighbor Exodus in your sights, compare them to the image above, taken at a different Sun angle, to see how a few days can completely change the look of the lunar surface. Now, the Sun is high overhead, and Aristoteles looks like an oval of light-colored material near circular Exodus. Any small secondary craters visible around Aristoteles last week are now gone, washed out of view until the Sun starts to set from the opposite direction.

3-5-19 Jupiter’s volcanically active moon, Io, poses in front of the giant planet while it casts a shadow on the jovian cloud tops. On the morning of March 25, the shadows of both Ganymede and Europa cross Jupiter’s disk. – John Spencer (Lowell Observatory)/NASA

It’s a busy evening at Jupiter. At 8:41 p.m. EDT the tiny black shadow of Io starts crossing Jupiter’s face, entering on the east limb, followed by Io itself about an hour later. The shadow leaves Jupiter’s western limb at 10:58 p.m. EDT, followed by Io an hour after that. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 10:37 p.m. EDT. Features on Jupiter remain closer to the central meridian than the limb for 50 minutes before and after they transit.

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 –2.6. Saturn, to its right or lower right, is a twentieth as bright at mag +0.6. In twilight they shine equally high. As the evening progresses watch them tilt as they move to the right, with Saturn becoming the lower one. Saturn sets around midnight or 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 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
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – White
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
W   20     High   1:00 AM     7.1   7:39 AM     Set  7:35 AM      99
~    20      Low   6:58 AM     1.3   6:23 PM    Rise  6:44 PM
~    20     High  12:59 PM     8.0
~    20      Low   7:33 PM     0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the things that made you sad.


Journal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel when you do something wrong?



~   The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. – Nietzsche
~   Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
~   The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
~   Few are bold in old age that are cowardly in childhood. – Volsunga Saga, c.18

Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done! – Thomas Constable (1812–81)


Samhain Magick – Recipes

Spirited Cheese Stuffed Apples – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 3oz package softened cream cheese
  • 4 medium apples
  • 1 1/3oz Apple Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine 
  • Beat together both cheeses and the wine, with an electric or rotary mixer, until smooth.
  • Core the apples and hollow out, leaving apple shells about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Fill the apples with the cheese mixture and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • Cut apples into 8 wedges.

Or (Anja’s recipe) use 1 oz of shredded cheddar cheese and about ¼ cup of the apple bits and 1 tbsp of dark rum

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms– Arcamax – serves 6-8

16 – 20 large fresh mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

  1. Combine cream cheese, garlic, green onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper and mix well.
  2. Fill each mushroom and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.
    The Skinny: Use low fat cream cheese.

Witch’s Flying Mix – By Linda Rupp @herby – From: a Halloween book.
1 box caramel corn, or 1 box toffee corn, 1 box Vanilla popcorn, Kettle Corn or a mixture. Or, 1 bag microwave popcorn – popped, or stove cooked.
Add as much candy corn, marshmallows, & black & orange Jelly Beans as desired. Jelly Belly’s small jelly beans are the best.

Serves: 8 or more

 Prep: 15 Min


  • 1 c popped corn or craker jack’s
  • 1/2 c candy corn and or mini pumpkins
  • 1/2 c black and orange jelly beans
  • 1/2 can(s) mini marshmallows (opt.)


Mix all together, and serve in a colorful bowl.
This makes a small amount. Adjust to suit your tastes.


Silliness – Two Sticks – We know a guy who was so bad his music teacher gave him two sticks and he became a drummer, but then he lost one and so became a conductor.

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