Daily Stuff 10-24-21 United Nations Day

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Anja. House Capuchin Project Day both online and in person from 1-5pm.

(Published at 6pm) The sun is actually out at the moment! It’s been “spitty” rather than raining much. 54F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 25-52, UV3. Chance of rain 97% today and 78% tonight. Next rain in the very late evening. STORM WARNING 7pm Sun. through 8am Mon. COASTAL FLOOD WARNING 8pm Sun to 5am Tue. HIGH WIND WARNING 3pm Sun through 1am Mon. Rain and wind though Tuesday. Possible thunderstorms today. Showers Wed-Fri, then dry for a few days. Two firespots and more fires gone from the map.

Large Fires

  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 acres
  • Janus Fire – 80% – 24797.8 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 86% – 24894 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
  • Jack Fire – 90% – 24165 acres

Friday evening, instead of eating at home we went to the Salty Dog for supper. I had a taste for a Malibu Burger and chowder. Tempus tried their Mexican Burger for the first time. Both were delicious and vey filling. We went home afterwards and got some good sleep in.

I was up a bit before Tempus was and pulled out a book, since my hands were arguing. It’s the weather change. Lots of joints complaining. I eventually got my hands working and managed a little sewing. There’s only a little bit left on that project, but after the third time I ended up catching something until the sewing needle, and that third time was some skin, I decided that I’d better stop. I was able to do a little embroidery, but only a little. Happens every year when the weather changes. <sigh>

(a couple of cute grandbaby pix)

I was up and down as usual, but got enough sleep for once, and then I ended up with nightmares with the last sleep cycle… oi…. Tempus got in late, as he’s been doing, but he did get a nap, at least. We collected up dishes and headed for the shop.

We weren’t all that busy, yesterday, but we did have people in, shopping. One was a healer from Portland who saw our card up on the bulletin board where she’s staying. Loryea was another person who came in. She brought me some broken crystals for the little bottles.

I was working on the rings again. I need some new ring trays. The brass rings are discoloring the white tray. I’m going to have to invest in a new one. Tempus was running around catching up on chores. I spent a little while in back trying to find some of the sewing projects that need to get finished.

Today is our “different day”. I’ll be mostly working on photos and embroidery. I’m hoping Tempus is going to do some more bone needles. We’ll be open from 1-6PM, but probably close up on time, rather than hanging around later.

Here are links to some drone footage of Thor’s Well and some other awesome places around here. …but…. leave it to the drones! Sneaker waves grab and roll you and are so full of sand, that even good swimmers have found themselves in serious trouble from the weight! We lost several people to the waves over the last few summers. Stay safe!

Photo by Anja from 10/19/20 So very pink! …and with a Moon. 

Today’s plant is Thyme, Thymus vulgaris – One of the herbs of the Anglo-Saxon 9 herbs charm called Fille. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. It is a common component of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence. (recipes in Magick section!) It keeps its scent and flavor even when dried, so has become a kitchen staple. Originating in the area around the Mediterranean it was spread across Europe by citizen of the Roman empire who used it for incense and medicine as well as in the kitchen. Thymol, the main active component of the essential oil of thyme, is used for treating toe fungus and also appears in hand sanitizers and Listerine.

Feminine, Venus, Water – Use in sachets to promote sleep, in incense for psychic energy, courage, healing, purification, for magickal cleansing baths, a renewing of one’s personal energy, warding off of negative energy. Wear in a green amulet for good health. Or in the hair to attact sex partners and in a purple or pink amulet to be able to see the Fae.

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October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day


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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/28 at 1:05pm .

Every October, the Moon commits its monthly meetup with the Pleiades and Aldebaran while waning gibbous. The nerve.

The Moon reaches apogee — the farthest point from Earth in its not-quite-circular orbit — at 11:28 A.M. EDT. At that time, it will sit 252,038 miles (405,616 km) away.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

This is also the time of year when W-shaped Cassiopeia stands on end (its fainter end) high in the north-northeast in early evening — and when, between Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper, the dim Little Dipper extends leftward from Polaris.

The International Space Station above vineyards in Portugal – The ISS reflects light from the Sun, appearing as a slow-moving bright point against the background stars. – Miguel Claro

The International Space Station, or ISS, zips around the planet about once every 90 minutes at an altitude of 250 miles (400 km). This orbit is ever-changing, so it doesn’t always pass over the same place twice every time, but you can easily determine if and when the ISS is visible from your location. When you do see it, the glow comes from sunlight reflecting off the station’s exterior as it orbits high overhead, even if you can’t see the Sun from your location. (It’s the same reason artificial satellites are visible in the night sky.) It generally takes a few minutes for the ISS to cross the sky from a given location, and this morning, those in the midwestern U.S. can catch it beginning just before 6:15 A.M. (All times in CDT.) The station will pop into visibility in Aries and move up toward the North Celestial Pole near Polaris, then sink back to the horizon in Boötes and disappear just before 6:20 A.M. It will reach a height 48° above the horizon in the north-northwest around 6:16:30 A.M., blazing a bright magnitude –3.4. You can find out more, including whether it’s visible from your specific location, at heavens-above.com. This is actually the second of two passes the ISS will make this morning; it is briefly visible for about two minutes starting just before 4:42 A.M., but crosses only a very small region of the sky, from Leo to Coma Berenices, and is a much fainter magnitude –0.3.

Caricature of the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817) standing in front of a chart of astronomical objects. 

In the late 1700s, Charles Messier created his famous catalog to identify objects that he didn’t want to mistake for comets. Thus, most of the entries in his list are small and appear fuzzy at low power. Messier is best known for publishing an astronomical catalogue consisting of nebulae and star clusters that came to be known as the 110 ‘Messier objects’. This catalogue helped astronomical observers, in particular comet hunters such as himself, distinguish between permanent and transient visually diffuse objects in the sky. The crater Messier on the Moon and the asteroid 7359 Messier were named in his honour.

Mars remains out of sight behind the glare of the Sun.

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

Sun in Libra enters Scorpio at 9:51pm

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 – GOld
Harvest 10/23&4

©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Su  24     High   3:46 AM     6.4   7:44 AM     Set 11:50 AM      91
~    24      Low   9:05 AM     3.2   6:17 PM    Rise  8:36 PM
~    24     High   2:49 PM     7.6
~    24      Low   9:56 PM     0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.

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Journal Prompt – What if? – What if everyone lived under water? Where would people live? What games would children play? What would school be like?

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Quotes

~   This wallpaper is killing me; one of us has got to go. – Oscar Wilde, Irish author and dramatist, said to be his dying words
 ~   Let this, my discipline, stand you in good stead of sorer strokes, never to tempt too far a Prince’s patience. – Queen Elizabeth I; to Parliament
~   We have the best government that money can buy. – Mark Twain
~   It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

On All Saints’ Day the tops of the branches are bent;
In the mouth of the mischievous, disturbance is congenial:
Where there is no natural gift there will be no learning. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)

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Samhain Magick – Recipes

Baked stuffed Pumpkin ©2009 M. Bartlett

  • Holiday – Samhain
  • Main Dish – Meat/Starch/Veg
  • 8-12 servings

            This recipe developed from the need to feed the kids before they went Trick-or-Treating and stuffed themselves on candy. A full kid *might* eat just as much candy, but usually they’re more moderate. I wanted something seasonal, that was filling, had the necessary nutrients and didn’t take tending while costumes and makeup were being argued over. Believe me, with 6 kids those costumes took a lot of time! I would start this just after feeding the toddlers lunch and getting them down for naps.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large pumpkin 10”-12” diameter (don’t overdo it!!!!!!!!)
  • 2 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix (varies by size of pumpkin!!!!!)
  • 3 cups Water (check box)
  • 1 stick Butter (check box)
  • 1 small onion (or a generous shake of dried onion flakes)
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
  • ½ bunch of celery
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • 2 cans sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms (don’t use fresh unless you’re sure people love them)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)

Method

  1. Cut top from pumpkin at an angle so that it won’t fall in even when cooked.
  2. Scoop out “guts” and seeds and discard (or save seeds for toasting.)
  3. In a large microwavable pot or bowl put water and butter. Add spice mix from stuffing (if not included with the crumbs).
  4. Chop onions, chicken and celery and add to mixture.
  5. Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
  6. Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, olives and stir.
  7. Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between, until nearly boiling.
  8. Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
  9. Pile stuffing mix into the center of the pumpkin, pushing down and into the corners.
  10. Put the “lid” back on.
  11. Wrap the pumpkin in foil and set on a baking tray large enough to catch any dripping.
  12. Cover and bake at 350 for about two hours. Pumpkin is done when the sides push inward with finger pressure. It gets pretty soft.
  13. Serve hot. Will “stand” if properly wrapped (I use a blanket!!!) for up to 3 hours and still be hot. Store leftovers, covered in fridge. Can be reheated in the microwave by servings.

Festival Fruited Ribs – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 3 pounds beef/pork ribs
  • 2 tbs. shortening
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup red Burgundy
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-11oz package mixed dried fruit
  • 3 tbs. all purpose flour 

Meaty side down, place in shallow roasting pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add onion, carrot, garlic, and burgundy. Cover and reduce heat to 350 degrees, bake for another hour. Meanwhile, pour 1 1/2 cups of hot water over the fruit in a non-metal bowl. Let it stand for the hour. Drain the fruit, reserving the liquid. Place the fruit over the meat. Cover and bake for another 45 minutes. Remove meat and fruit to a platter. Skim fat from pan juices. Add reserved liquid to juices. Blend flour and 1/3 cup cold water in a sauce pan, stir in pan juice mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Pour over ribs and serve hot.

Makes 6 servings. 

**If you’re going to have a bonfire, don’t forget to throw the bones into the fire for healthy livestock and prosperity. The livestock may not be yours’, but nobody wants to eat tainted meat……

From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!

Avesha’s Belt-Bustin’ Shepherd’s Pie (can be made ahead)

[Ed.-This recipe makes a pie that will serve 6. If group size is unknown, don’t hesitate to make two or three of ’em; leftovers will freeze.] 

  • Two 12-oz. packages veggie “ground beef” crumbles
  • 1 med. red onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut up
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup butter (or vegan margarine)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (optional–see below)
  • Paprika (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350^F.
  2. Boil potatoes in enough salted water to cover. 
  3. Meanwhile, saute onion in a large skillet with 1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil until translucent.
  4. Add “beef” and herbs, and cook till heated through.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.
  6. Transfer mixture to a non-greased baking dish, a deep 10″ casserole or a 9″x13″ pan; if this is a non-metal dish, the pie can be nuked quickly between ritual and dinner. 
  7. Spread each type of corn in a layer over the “beef”. Do the same with peas and set aside. 
  8. Pour off water from potatoes. Add garlic, chives, remaining butter, salt & pepper and mash to your favorite consistency. Spread the mashed potatoes over pie and sprinkle with paprika. 
  9. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet (pie will bubble over.) Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and the juices from the “beef” and veggies are bubbling around the edges. 
  10. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes and serve or refrigerate. Reheats fine, and can be frozen. Serves 6.

Source: adapted by Rain from a recipe by Avesha on www.vegweb.com <http://www.vegweb.com/>

Maso s brambory (recipe ©M. Bartlett 2009) (also called Brambory a klobasa) Compare with Colcannon!

  • Ethnic – Czech
  • Holiday – Samhain or Imbolc
  • Main Dish – Potato & meat
  • Serves 8 (or so)

            Babicka loved this dish. She often made dishes out of season that she explained by when they were usually served, rejoicing in the easy availability of “things I have a taste for!” This is a “meat harvest (option 2)” or “end of winter” (option 1) dish.

  • 8 large potatoes (don’t try to shortcut with potato flakes, bleah!)
  • Water
  • 1 pound of “made” sausage (opt 1) or 1 lb. of hamburger or 1 lb. of stew beef or meat scraps (opt. 2)
  • 1/2 cup butter (Not Margarine!!!!!!)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 very large onion or two medium (I prefer red for the contrast)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • Butter dish with butter & Saltshaker for serving
  • Chopping Knife & board, large boiling pot, fry pan & spatula, colander, potato masher & bowl, stirring spoon, large casserole or crock pot (optional)
  1. Peel and hack potatoes for boiling
  2. Put the potatoes in the boiling pot with enough water to cover.
  3. Cook on medium heat until soft.
  4. Finely chop onion while they are boiling.
  5. Slice sausage or mince meat if necessary.
  6. Cook meat in fry pan and drain. Set aside.
  7. At this point wait until the potatoes are cooked, then drain the potatoes through the colander.
  8. Mash the potatoes in the bowl.
  9. Put butter in the bottom of the boiling pot and swirl to coat as it melts.
  10. Add the mashed potatoes and the rest of the ingredients to the pot.
  11. Cook over low heat while blending them together.
  12. Turn the heat to medium and keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. OR coat casserole or crockpot with reserved grease and add potato mixture. Turn crockpot to medium and heat at least 1 hour, or put casserole in over @ 350 for 1 hour.
  13. Serve with butter & salt on the side.

Note 1 – I actually remember this dish being served during butchering time. When I was very young and the “uncles” were in their 40’s and 50’s, my family would butcher a beef and several hogs in the late fall. Most of the scraps went into “chop meat” (we call it hamburger, but they did it with chopping knives, not a grinder), that was cooked immediately and frozen, or became sausage or went into dishes that were served during the 3 days of work. Freezers were very new, then, and my up-to-date (and proud of it!) aunts each had a large chest-style freezer to pack the winter’s meat into.

Note 2 – In late winter potatoes dug the previous fall begin to sprout or rot. Frozen meats are also reaching the end of their shelf life without an electric freezer. This dish and the various winter stews are the last remnants of a time before electric appliances made it possible to keep foods much longer and they had to be cooked before we lost them and went hungry.

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Silliness – Ten Dollar Gift – Elizabeth was surprised to receive ten dollars from her Aunt for her birthday. The Aunt asked how she was going to spend it.
“I’m taking it to Sunday School and giving it to God.” the little girl replied. “He’ll be just as surprised as I was at not getting a dollar like usual.”

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