Daily Stuff 1-26-22 Vaclav Havel

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tues.//Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 6:30pm] Enjoy the sun while we have it! Rain gauge at noon on 1/25 – Dry, Clear, 52F, wind at 0-15mph and gusting, AQI 8-38, UV1. Chance of rain 4% today and tonight. Today and Thursday, clear, 56F/37F. Friday mostly sunny 55/38. Saturday, clouding up 51/45. Sunday, rain (most of an inch from Sat.-Wed.) 49/42, Mon-Wed, showers, tapering off. 48/42. Thurs. partly cloudy. 7 firespots.

Fleabane blossom!

We had mac and cheese for supper on Monday, with some of the leftover frumenty that I finally polished off as a midnight snack. We were both really tired by the time we finished eating. I had to wake Tempus for the paper run and then he got the phone call before he headed out the door.

New growth on the heirloom rose.

I sat down with the next set of bookmark pieces and set up to work on them. I got a couple done, then took one and my pattern book with me to bed and alternately read and worked on embroidery until I got sleepy again.

Tempus got the bank deposit in on the way home and then slept until a bit after 2. I had been up for awhile, putting clean dishes away, sorting out laundry and working on the bookmark ends. I’ve gotten 8 or so done, but working with the vise is ripping up the skin on my fingers and I don’t know why. It’s not sharp or anything. I had to stop and use some cream on them to make the burning stop. I also sat in the full sunshine in the window and just enjoyed it for a couple of hours in between chores.

I kept going on that while Tempus stripped and re-made the bed. He turned the mattress and added the toe warmer, too…. which we’re hoping will work and make a difference. ….then we finished gathering laundry and headed for the shop.

The sunshine was rather golden today, making the colors rich, unlike the pale blue sky that has a touch of pink to the color. Just to the east of the property (house and outbuildings) on the river side of the highway and just east of Eckman, there’s a seasonal pond where Canada geese have been hanging out. I got a good look at it today, since there were no geese blocking the view. 🙂 There was an egret in the outflow from Eckman. Tempus’ comment, “It’s a good thinghe’s there and not on the other side.”
“Well, he’d be an in-gret!” (ingrate… <sigh>)

We got coffee and I started in on mail, figuring to be at this for a couple of hours while Tempus did laundry. He was back in about 15 minutes since the laundromat is now closed on Tuesdays! So I got my 2nd cup of coffee and kept going.

Once this is out, we’re going to head home and get supper. He has the bulk route tonight, so he has to head out early, and I’ll keep going on the bookmarks…maybe do some cookery… maybe…. Today we have more chores to do again, and I need to be at the shop for a 7pm meeting.


A gull fly-by in Yachats by Ken Gagne on 1/23/19

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Today’s Plant is the Linden Treetilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood.  It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes.– Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus – Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.

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Today’s feast is the anniversary of the day in 1993 that Vaclav Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic. How many playwrights, even dissident playwrights, become president? How many countries would *pick* a playwright as president? Maybe the country whose anthem is this:

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Kde domov můj, kde domov můj?
Voda hučí po lučinách,
bory šumí po skalinách,
v sadě skví se jara květ,
zemský ráj to na pohled!
A to je ta krásná země,
země česká domov můj,
země česká domov můj!

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Where is my home, where is my home?
Water roars across the meadows,
Pinewoods rustle among crags,
The garden is glorious with spring blossom,
Paradise on earth it is to see.
And this is that beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home,
The Czech land, my home!

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No war, no battles, no glorious gore…. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaclav_Havel and on the republic here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic and the anthem here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_national_anthem A youtube of the anthem  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPTwOZWnm6E and another with some lovely sights  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn87PI9K99M Or even better still for today…. The version from Havel’s state funeral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1fBSyXI5U Can you tell that I love my ancestral home? :-)

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 11:34pm

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 1/31 at 9:46pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/27 at 9:46am.

Mars and the Milky Way – Astrophotographers take note: The Red Planet is tracking through a rich field near our galaxy’s center rife with targets late this month. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Through the end of January, 1st-magnitude Mars is skimming through a particularly rich Milky Way region of Sagittarius. Check out the chart above — you won’t want to miss a single meetup! By this morning, the Red Planet is less than a Moon’s width from the northeastern edge of the breathtaking Lagoon Nebula (M8) — a stunning sight you can enjoy through binoculars or any telescope. The Lagoon is a bright (6th magnitude) star-forming region stretching some 90′ by 40′. Although the Lagoon will appear as a soft gray glow to your eyes, photographs will bring out its deep red color, which results from its abundant hydrogen gas.

The Lagoon and Trifid nebulae – Arguably the finest deep-sky objects in Sagittarius are the Lagoon Nebula (M8, at bottom) and the Trifid Nebula (M20, at top). Ruddy Mars passes between these two standouts this week. – James R. Dire

Just 1° to the planet’s northwest is the equally beautiful Trifid Nebula (M20). It’s much dimmer — magnitude 9 — and smaller as well, covering 28′ (a little less than the width of the Full Moon). The Trifid is a combination emission and reflection nebula, with dark dust lanes running through it that give it its unique name. According to Astronomy columnist Phil Harrington, you’ll want binoculars with at least 50x to see those dark lanes. Although it is small and not as stunning visually, the Trifid shows up spectacularly in images — so astrophotographers, you’ll definitely want to capture this scene.

After dark, face east and look very high. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Though they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.

Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Aquarius) still shines brightly in the southwest at dusk, lower every week.

Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in Aquarius

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Venus (1/29), Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Yellow
Planting 1/25&6
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
W   26     High   6:17 AM     8.1   7:41 AM    Rise  2:01 AM      47
~    26      Low   1:35 PM     1.1   5:17 PM     Set 12:00 PM
~    26     High   7:49 PM     5.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Applaud others with abandon……forget to toot your own horn.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s your motto? How would you like to be remembered?



~   Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
~   We have to earn our wings every day. – Frank Borman
~   A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying. – John Burroughs
~   I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement. – Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator, born on August 13, 1926; speaking in 1959

Winter is good—his Hoar Delights
Italic flavor yield—
To Intellects inebriate
With Summer, or the World.  – –Emily Dickinson (1830–86)


Imbolc Magick – Crafts

Potpourri for Candlemas
45 drops myrrh oil
1 cup of oak
2 cups dried heather flowers
2 cups dried wisteria
1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
cup dried basil
cup dried and chopped bay leaves

1. mix all ingredients in large jar or other lidded container.
2. shake often until it has cured to your taste.

Candle Treat Rolls – These can be used as decoration for your celebration and then given to each celebrant afterwards for a nice little treat. Be sure to make as many candles as there are celebrants since you want everyone to get one of the decorations when all is done!

Materials Needed:

  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Construction Paper (in the colors you want for your candles)
  • Tissue Paper (yellow and orange)
  • String
  • Tape (or glue)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Spoon
  • Treats (candy, nuts, raisins, or other yummy things)


Egg Carton Fire Starters – Reuse all those old candle ends in this practical, convenient fire project suitable for outdoor fires, only. (Don’t burn wax in an indoor fireplace, it can cause chimney fires!)

You will need:
paraffin wax or beeswax (old candle stubs work great for this)
the bottom halves of cardboard egg cartons
sawdust, pine needles, scraps of cotton material, dry pinecones, or
shredded paper
a pot

  1. Stuff each cardboard egg holder with sawdust or other flammable material.
  2. Melt the wax in double boiler, over low to medium heat.
  3. When the wax is melted, carefully pour the wax into each depression in the egg cartons. Make sure the wax does not overflow.
  4. Stir gently with a bamboo skewer or other small stick to make sure that the wax reaches through the other combustibles.
  5. Let cool.
  6. After the wax has cooled down, use scissors to cut the fire starters apart from each other, leaving the hardened wax inside its cardboard shell.
  7. To use, set one or two fire starters in your fireplace, surround with kindling and larger wood, and light. The fire starters will keep burning long enough to light even the most stubborn logs.

Tips – You can used powdered resins along with the other combustibles to give a lovely scent to the flames or line each cup with plucked off “petals” from cones. A wick can be inserted so that the fire can be started with a lighter. Make a bed of crumpled paper to set this on and continue as above.


Silliness – Werewolf balloon

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