The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Kameron Stevens. Sewing Workshop 3pm.
(from 6pm on Friday) It’s been raining and pretty hard all day from what I can tell. 57F, wind at 0-8mph and gusting, AQI 20-26, UV2. Chance of rain 11% today and 46% tonight. FLOOD WARNING through Saturday morning. I’ll say! Look at this photo from Otis!
The rain should slack off tonight (Friday night) and be absent until early Sunday morning. Sunday should be only showers, but Monday we’re due for both rain and wind! After that through Friday. After that we’re supposed to be dry through Friday but chilly with highs around 50F. Saturday showers again. 15 firespots.
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 86% – 50563.15 acres
- Janus Fire – 87% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 95% – 24894 acres
At or nearing containment
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70109.85 acres
- Jack Fire – 98% – 24165 acres
Yesterday I figured out what we causing the sudden asthma problem. We have a sudden mold problem…. roof leaks. Eventually those will get fixed…. maybe… so I slept on the nap bed, but that meant I was hurting all day.
We didn’t have any shoppers in. I whomped through the cut headers and got that sorted, but I’m waiting on Tempus. He was exhausted yesterday, so didn’t do anything except to get the dishwasher fixed. That’s *not* a complaint! Periodically it must have a tube that blocks or something and it doesn’t drain and sits there beeping, which is did last night. He got it unblocked and drained and then restarted the load and it ran just fine.
I think my computer did something similar. Tempus had to put the button for a re-start and then it ran just fine. He has a magic touch! 🙂 I did a bunch of computer housekeeping and putzed, trying to get something else finished. Oh well. I’m working really hard to get this out so I can sleep at home. Maybe I can get something done today, if I do!
Today we open at 1pm and Sewing is at 3pm. I’m hoping to work on bookmarks and Tempus has promised to help with getting the rings in place if I can find my materials.
Drone footage from 11/11/20 – by Kameron Stevens – Drone footage from my DJI Mavic Mini while staying at The Adobe Resort in Yachats, Oregon. Music by Vens Adams – Beautiful Landscape
Borage, Borago Officinalis, is also called Starflower. It is an annual that will self-seed in the right climates, although it is native to the Mediterranean. The leaves, stems and flowers are edible, and borage seed oil is made from the seeds. Flowers are made into tea as well as candied and used as decorations. The leaves are cooked in stews and as fillings in ravioli, or as a cooked leaf vegetable. It is useful for gut complaints (like diarrhea) and for asthma. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – One of the 9 Herbs. Tea enhances psychic Powers, Make and carry a sachet of dried stuff to enhance courage, or make a tea of this and pour it into the bath or use in incense to feel happiness and joy in face of stress or crisis.
Lamentations of Isis, ancient Egypt(Nov 13 – 14) –Today: ‘Dismemberment of Osiris’. Isis and Osiris are archetypes bearing a similarity to other divine dualities such as Ishtar and Tammuz ( Damuzi), Venus and Adonis, Mary and Jesus Christ. The tears of Isis, as she lamented Osiris, were said to cause the periodic rising of the Nile; June 18 is another such event, The Egyptian story is believed to have influenced Christianity. See also the Festival of Isia, October 28. Related bits here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djed and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephthys
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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 11/19 at 12:57am. 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 11/17 at 3:57pm.
Look very high above the Moon for the Great Square of Pegasus. When you face south, the Square is level like a box by about 7 p.m. It’s somewhat larger than your fist at arm’s length. Its stars are 2nd and 3rd magnitude. A sky landmark to remember: The west (right-hand) side of the Great Square points far down almost to 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut. The east side of the Square points down toward Beta Ceti – not as directly, and not as far.
Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and the Moon, blaze during and after twilight a little less far apart every week. Venus is low in the southwest; Jupiter is high in the south. Saturn glows less than halfway from Jupiter to Venus. Watch this line of three shorten for the next month. Some 28.5° east of the Moon bright Jupiter is a blazing beacon in the evening sky at magnitude –2.4.
For observers in the eastern and midwestern U.S., catching Jupiter shortly after sunset will show only three moons: Ganymede to the east and Europa, then Callisto, to the west. But wait a while, and Io will appear off the planet’s eastern limb, having traveled behind Jupiter’s disk and through its dark shadow to reappear at 7:22 P.M. EST.
Saturn, a much fainter magnitude 0.6, sits nearly 16° farther east of Jupiter.
The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 2 P.M. EST. You can catch the pair this evening after sunset as they hang in the southeast, sharing the eastern portion of Aquarius. Now some 4.8° apart, Neptune sits north-northwest of our satellite, which is quickly approaching Full. Through binoculars or a telescope, Neptune’s blue-gray, 2″-wide disk is visible, glowing at magnitude 7.7. You can find it 3° east of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii; if you keep watching over the course of the month, you’ll see the distance between the planet and star slightly shrink as Neptune approaches its stationary point, reaching it December 1st.
Vega is the brightest star high in the west on November evenings. Its little constellation Lyra extends to its left, pointing as always to Altair, which is currently the brightest star in the southwest. Three of Lyra’s stars near Vega are interesting doubles. Barely above Vega is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should, during good seeing, resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta is also a double star for binoculars. It’s much closer and tougher, but is plainly resolved in a small telescope. And Delta Lyrae, upper left of Zeta by a similar distance, is a much wider and easier binocular pair. Its stars are reddish orange and blue.
Mercury, magnitude –1.0, is on the way out, dropping lower into the sunrise glow every morning. Have a last try for Mercury — and a very early try for Mars nearby — using binoculars on the morning of the 13th. Start from Spica higher above, as shown at the top of this page. To find Spica? It’s about three fists at arm’s length lower right of brighter Arcturus.
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR NOVEMBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS IN THE WATER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-november-constellations-water
NIGHT SKY FOR NOVEMBER 2021 – NOVEMBER’S GUIDE TO BRIGHT PLANETS – https://www.almanac.com/content/night-sky-november
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Blue
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.’” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 13 Low 1:40 AM 0.8 7:10 AM Set 1:08 AM 63
~ 13 High 8:25 AM 7.2 4:51 PM Rise 2:52 PM
~ 13 Low 2:37 PM 2.5
~ 13 High 8:11 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a Good day!
Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Japanese Zen masters teach people to look for beauty in everyday things. Look around to find an ordinary object, and then look closely to find something beautiful in it. Explain what it is and why you think you never saw how beautiful it was before.
~ It is always disillusioning to weigh your fish and measure your golf drives. Smart men estimate them. – Havilah Babcock (“My Health is Better in November,” 1947),
~ A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. – Dave Barry
~ The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re alive. – O.A. Battista
~ Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. – Erma Bombeck
Autumn leaves float quietly down
And form a carpet on the ground.
But when those leaves are stepped upon,
Listen for the crackling sound. – Anon.
Magick – Lore
THE WILD TURKEY: HISTORY OF AN ALL-AMERICAN BIRD – ALL ABOUT WILD TURKEYS – Nov 20, 2017 – https://www.almanac.com/blog/home-health/birds/wild-turkey-history-all-american-bird
At Thanksgiving, we think of the American Wild Turkey which has graced many a plate since the early settlers arrived in the early 1600s. The Wild Turkey needs no introduction so perhaps a brief history about our native bird is in order.
BRIEF HISTORY OF WILD TURKEYS
In the early 1800’s, Alexander Wilson provided so much information on the natural history of the turkey in his encyclopedic American Ornithology that John James Audubon was unable to truly improve on the knowledge of the species in his later book, Birds of America.
Benjamin Franklin—commenting on the design of the national seal—disparages the bald eagle, writing that the eagle was “a bird of bad moral character.” When the idea of the turkey is raised, he expresses preference, stating that “the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”
The first description of the turkey was written by Oviedo in 1525 in his General and Natural History of the Indies. The turkey was sent from Mexico to Spain early in the 16th century. It was then introduced to England around 1530. From there they spread to France, Germany and Italy. Europeans spread them to their colonies in Asia, Africa and Oceania. It returned to North America with the English colonists who arrived in Jamestown in 1607 and Plymouth in 1620.
In 1541, Archbishop Cranmer ordered that large fowl such as cranes, swans and turkeys “should be but one in a dish”. The turkey became a common dish at all festivals in England during the 1500s. They were the usual fare at Christmas Dinner.
Audubon once had a pet turkey in Henderson, Kentucky that he caught at the age of 2 days old. It became the favorite of the village and followed anyone who called it. At age 2 years it flew off and did not return. A while later, Audubon’s ordered his dog to chase a large gobbler he saw during a walk of 5 miles. The turkey paid no attention to the dog and Audubon realized it was his favorite pet, being unafraid of the dog.
Turkeys were numerous in Massachusetts in oak and chestnut forests. Between 1711-1717, they sold at market for 1 shilling 4 pence, but by 1820 the birds had greatly declined and the price had increased 10 fold. The last turkey was killed in Massachusetts in 1821.
They have made a great recovery and today the turkey is the only bird in the Western Hemisphere to achieve worldwide attention through domestication. Domestic turkeys are a multi-billion dollar market in the United States.
Here are a few interesting facts about turkeys:
- Young turkey birds are called poults and an adolescent is called a jake.
- When a turkey is excited the turkey can change the color of his head to red, pink, white or blue.
- A turkey can run as fast as 25 mile per hour.
- As soon as 24 hours after hatching a young poult is up and running around in search of food.
- You will find that wild turkeys sleep in trees.
Hope you learned something to talk about at the Thanksgiving table.
For more wild turkey facts, see our Turkey Trivia page.
ABOUT THIS BLOG – Tom Warren has had an interest in birds since the age of 3, when he lived across from the President of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, who showed Tom how to care for injured birds. Later, a neighboring grandmother taught him the songs of warblers and thrushes, and in the eighth grade, his Middle School biology teacher took his class on birding excursions every weekend. Tom has guided bird walks and owl prowls for conservation groups, and has also participated in annual Christmas Bird Counts and the Hawk Watch on Pack Monadnock Mountain. Throughout the years, he has spent time at Pt. Pelee in Ontario observing the spring migration and has traveled to a variety of other migration areas. Tom is also committed to protecting birds and their habitat as a Trustee for both Massachusetts and New Hampshire Audubon, and the Harris Nature Center.
Silliness – REJECTED DR. SEUSS BOOKS
1. The Cat in the Blender
2. Herbert the Pervert Likes Sherbert
3. Fox in Detox
4. Who Shat in the Hat
5. Horton Hires a Ho
6. The Flesh-Eating Lorax
7. How the Grinch Stole Columbus Day
8. Your Colon Can Moo-Can You
9. Zippy The Rabid Gerbil
10. One Bitch Two Bitch Dead Bitch Blue Bitch
11. Marvin K. Mooney, Get the F*** Out!
12. Yentil the Lentil
13. My Pocket Rocket Needs a Socket
14. Aunts in my Pants
15. The Grinch’s Ten Inches