Daily Stuff 11-25-21 Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed for the holiday! Hope you have a good one! We’ll open on Friday as usual at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Johanna Sparrow.

[posting at 2am] Plan on heading home early tonight! Don’t get caught by the rain, if you’re full of turkey! It’s supposed to start showering around 7pm. Right now it’s partly cloudy and 44F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 12-27, UV1. Chance of rain 15% today and 99% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for sneaker waves through Friday evening. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1pt today through 10pm on Friday. Dry today, but evening and then early morning Friday showers…. The rest of Friday should be dry, but Saturday we’re looking at 1/3 of an inch of rain. Showers Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. Likely dry on Monday and Thursday. Temps mid – upper 50’s until they drop to the low 50’s next Thursday. Low temps over the next few days around 50, and then dropping steadily. 8 firespots, but only the two contained fires…

Monday evening was stressful. With the internet out all day, I had a lot of writing to do and just not the energy to get it all done before we headed home. That meant coming back into town in time to do the newsletter and have Tempus take off for Newport, plus it was going to be a double newsletter so that I would have time to do some holiday cooking Tuesday night….. by the time I was done it was pushing 7am and I still had another newsletter to do!

Well…. no, didn’t happen the way I had hoped. I slept for awhile until Tempus got back, then we went home and slept, first having discussed what we were doing with baking and turkey and all. He went out mid-afternoon, after we both woke, to refill propane and shop at Ray’s for a pie and some eggs. When he got back we had coffee and some supper/breakfast, then came in to the shop.

I started writing, but it took until 4am to get last week’s House Capuchin newsletter out because I had so many stories that I was trying to put up in the “About Us” section…. I was doing more of that last night, too. Tempus snoozed in the car since the bulk route papers weren’t ready (they’re supposed to be by 8pm) and he had to start the Oregonian route long before the News-Times was ready. He managed to get everything delivered by 8, though, and came back to the shop. He said I didn’t want to wake up, so he just crawled into the nap bed.

I woke with a start and a squawk some time later, since sleeping for more than a couple of hours there makes my shoulders hurt once I start moving. We sleepily put ourselves together, headed home and went back to bed. I got up around 4pm and read in my easy chair until Tempus got up. He made coffee and we discussed what had to be done in the evening.

The papers were going to be way earlier than usual, so we headed for the shop around 6, I think. I know it was dark. The river was lovely and an non-describable color, but soft and dim with dark hills on the opposite bank. The far side of the bay was gemmed with house lights and some folks are getting holiday decorations up. There’s one mermaid or fairy that we keep missing, but Tempus got a glimpse tonight.

I’ve been writing since we got here. We didn’t get any supper, but Tempus made a pb&j for himself and I had Spaghettios. It looks like Sash is coming for Thanksgiving dinner after all and to spend the afternoon, so we’re going to have to pick up a little when we do get home. I’m not sure when that’s going to be, but maybe 5 or 6am? That would be nice…..

[At 1am] The turkey is going, has been since 10pm. I always start it too early, but we’re going to have to go easy on the electricity at home, since the roaster draws a lot and I need to use the tripot, soooooo …. turkey was too big for the oven! This one’s complicated. I have veg sides to do, and stuffing, and candied yams, since Tempus has been craving those, and we have some leftovers for Sash to try, lots of pickles and things of that sort, even garlic butter, and mince pie! Oi, I need some sleep! I’m getting awfully tired. Oi! The power bar keeps flipping out and the turkey is only just starting to cook! Ack! Call Tempus…. he’s 1/2-way through the route, says to bypass the power bar…. Ok…. and it’s holding…. Urk, not what I needed….

More pages are up in the About Us section. Grandma’s Album has one, Anja’s writings has one or two…. two and one that was modified, I think…. and there’s a new section, Memories of my Babička, that has five stories, some of which we transferred over. I think there are 20 stories yet to go….

Once this is out I’m going to keep going on stories, because I have to keep checking the turkey. Tempus should be done by 5am, it looks like. Hopefully the turkey will be done, too! We need some sleep, but need to spend a couple of minutes picking up at home, so there’s room to put Sash! …and food on the table. He’s planning on coming in at about 2pm.

By 8:30 we need to be back at the shop and Tempus has to get on his way north for the bulk route, as usual on Thursdays, but this hasn’t happened before this year. They either do it early or put it off until Friday, so people can have a holiday. Hmm… well…. Hoping y’all have a good one! We’re going to eat ourselves into a coma, I think. 🙂

Seafoam caught in bushes – Photo by Johanna Sparrow, taken on 11/17/20 and used with permission

Seafoam caught in bushes – Photo by Johanna Sparrow, taken on 11/17/20 and used with permission


Feast day of St John of the Cross – (Starry stapelia, Stapelia radiata, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.) This is also the guy that wrote the book, “The Dark Night of the Soul”. He was a poet and a reformer and ended up imprisoned and tortured by fellow monks!

Stapelia – By Gilbert8888, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=589450

is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapelia  this is one weird plant. It gets counted as “witchy” because it’s so strange, but there aren’t any magical uses that I know of.

Stapelia – By Gilbert8888, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=589450

Stapelia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Carrion flowers – Kingdom: Plantae, Clade: Tracheophytes, Clade: Angiosperms, Clade: Eudicots, Clade: Asterids, Order: Gentianales, Family: Apocynaceae, Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae, Tribe: Ceropegieae, Genus: Stapelia L., Type species Stapelia hirsute L.

Stapelia is a genus of low-growing, spineless, stem succulent plants, predominantly from South Africa with a few from other parts of Africa. Several Asian and Latin American species were formerly included but they have all now been transferred to other genera. The flowers of certain species, most notably Stapelia gigantea, can reach 41 cm (16 inches) in diameter when fully open. Most Stapelia flowers are visibly hairy and generate the odour of rotten flesh when they bloom.

Description – The hairy, oddly textured and coloured appearance of many Stapelia flowers has been claimed to resemble that of rotting meat, and this, coupled with their odour, has earned the most commonly grown members of the genus Stapelia the common name of carrion flowers. A notable exception is the sweetly scented Stapelia flavopurpurea. Such odours serve to attract various specialist pollinators including, in the case of carrion-scented blooms, blow flies of the dipteran family Calliphoridae. They frequently lay eggs around the coronae of Stapelia flowers, convinced by the plants’ deception.

Cultivation – A handful of species are commonly cultivated as pot plants and are even used as rockery plants in countries where the climate permits. Stapelia are good container plants and can grow well under full sun and light to moderate watering. They should be planted in well-drained compost as the stems are prone to rotting if kept moist for long.

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 Leo

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 12/3 at 11:43pm. 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 11/27 at 4:28am.

Turkey time – The Orion Nebula (M42) is a famous, oft-observed target. Some might say it even looks like a turkey. What do you think? – Kevin Gill (Flickr)

Last year, the popular Astronomy Picture of the Day website reimagined the famous Orion Nebula (M42) as the Great Turkey Nebula in honor of Thanksgiving. Although there is no giant turkey in the sky (only on your table, for those who celebrate), the Orion Nebula remains one of the autumn sky’s best sights, and it’s worth taking a peek after you’ve finished your coffee and pumpkin pie. Orion’s Belt just is clearing the horizon around 7:30 P.M. local time these days. Wait at least an hour or two, then step outside to find its three stars: Mintaka, Alnilam, and Alnitak (from west to east). The Orion Nebula itself lies in the sword asterism and sits a little less than 4° south of Alnitak. It’s bright enough (magnitude 4) to see with the naked eye, but really pops with binoculars or a telescope. This vast star-forming nursery spans about 85′ by 60′ and is located about 1,000 light-years from Earth. If you zoom in on its center, you’ll spot the Trapezium cluster, comprising several young, hot, massive stars. The four brightest stars are easy to see in a small scope. These stars are so hot and bright that their radiant light is clearing away the gas and dust of the nebula that birthed them. Take some time to digest this stunning deep-sky wonder — and consider whether you think it’s turkey-shaped or not.

When the waning Moon goes through last-quarter phase, it’s passing through Leo high in early dawn.

As dawn begins on Friday morning the 26th, the waning Moon shines at the Sickle of Leo, as shown above.

This is one of Ken’s favorite photos and it got used in a calendar a few years back!

Does the Sun already seem to be setting about as early as it ever will? You’re right! We’re still almost a month from the winter solstice — but the Sun sets its earliest each year around December 7th, if you’re near latitude 40° north. And already the Sun sets within only about 3 minutes of that time. A surprising result of this: The Sun actually sets a trace earlier on Thanksgiving than on Christmas — even though Christmas is around solstice time! But in celestial mechanics, every seeming abnormality is balanced out by an equal abnormality somewhere else. This earliest-sunset offset from the solstice date is balanced out by the opposite happening at sunrise: The Sun doesn’t come up its latest until January 4th. Blame the tilt of Earth’s axis and the eccentricity of Earth’s orbit.

Neptune (magnitude 7.9, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is already high in the southeast at nightfall.

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 Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

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

Sun in Sagittarius

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
 Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – White
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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
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M

Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.

Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.

The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Th  25     High   4:59 AM     6.2   7:26 AM     Set 12:40 PM      76
~    25      Low   9:58 AM     4.1   4:41 PM    Rise 10:06 PM
~    25     High   3:20 PM     6.8
~    25      Low  10:46 PM     0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ever become so busy, that you fail to realize how happy you are. …and be grateful on this day of Thanks-giving!


Journal Prompt – Expository – What state or country what was your father raised in?



~   A lifetime without love is of no account.  Love is the water of life. Drink it down with heart and soul. – Rumi
~   It’s no use having a good memory unless you have something good to remember. – Unknown
~   When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old. – Mark Twain
~   With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. – Anon

Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway –
Thanksgiving comes again! – –Unknown


Thanksgiving Magick – Twas The Night of Thanksgiving

But I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned-
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.

Tossing and turning,
with anticipation,
The thought of a snack,
Became infatuation.

So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round,
’til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell,
As I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all-
Pass the cranberries, please”.

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey (or tofu) be plump,

May your potatoes ‘n gravy,
Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off of your thighs. 


Silliness – Evolution of the turkey

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