Daily Stuff 2-20-22 Butch O’Hare

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja. [workshop]

 [posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/19 – Trace, Cloudy and 47F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 12-41, UV2. Chance of rain 65% today and 73% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 3pm Monday. It’s been raining overnight by the time this shows up in the newsfeed and it’s likely to rain or shower all day (45/39). Monday (43/31), ditto, although it should dry up late in the evening and we’ll be watching for ice. Total accumulation up to 3/4 inch. Get your tender plants in or covered! Tues (41/24) sunny and bloody well *cold*! Wed (41/31) not quite so bad, but sheesh! Thurs (45/35) mostly cloudy and Fri (48/38) we’re back to showers and the weekend should warm a little (50-54/42) but stay wet. 1 fire, 4 firespots.

We didn’t even eat supper Friday evening. Tempus was making rolls, fed us each one out of the first batch, but the 2nd didn’t cool enough to bag until 8pm. We drove home and fell into bed! I got up around midnight and made a soup from a box of broth, an onion and some dehydrated squash, mushrooms, tomatoes and leeks, and canned chicken and black-eyed peas. It was pretty tasty. We each had a bowl before Tempus headed out on the paper route, then I stirred in some minute rice, bottled it and put it into the fridge. I was sleepy again, so I took a book and embroidery to be with me and was asleep by 2:30. Tempus got in around 9am, so he got at least a few more hours….

So, on Saturday, I was up at 10:30 am. I put away clean dishes, then sat down with my book and darned if I didn’t drop off again! I woke, rather startled, when Tempus’ alarm went off at noon. I dished out pudding for the both of us, then went in back to wake him.

After I had my pudding, while he was still blinking, I went out with scissors to weed out some of the hawkweed and other things that are coming up in the buckets. At that size, if you cut the root just below ground level, they give up. I’m going to have to weed the strip between my buckets and the next place over, because at the tail end of summer, when everyone stopped mowing, the weeds went to seed and now I’m dealing with them.

We were late to the shop. Tempus was moving *very* slowly and he to keep going back in after things that were forgotten. No one was standing at the door at least, but we’ll pulled into the lot at 1:15. We were pretty busy between 2 and 4…. 20 people or so and a few sales. I ran across a piece as I was saving a file that I had forgotten about, so I finished it and put it up. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/about/anjas-writings-and-musings/fireflies/

Sewing was just me and it was wrapped around customers. I was working on one of the bookmarks. I also made sure that Tempus saw the bookmarks that are ready for him to finish.

At that point I started on this, but I was reading some news in between bits. I’m hoping to go home closer to closing time today. Both of us really need a decent supper and sleep! …and if I get home early enough I can harvest a few greens for the soup and some for salad and sandwiches for tomorrow. I dunno if the lettuce will survive the cold, so I might as well snag it now.

Today is our “different day”. I’m going to be working online with people and trying to get the last of the pages from the feast finished and up. It’s supposed to be a potluck, but I don’t have a main dish planned. Lots of nibbles, though! Yes, the shop will be open at 1pm.

2/5/22 – Signs of Spring – Jonquils and rosemary blooms, photo by Anja

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Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

Today’s Feast – February 20, 1942 – Two stories – (interesting, and cynical, take on this here: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp )

STORY NUMBER ONE

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.

The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything: clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; that he couldn’t pass on a good name and a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.

To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay.

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STORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.

The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had in fact destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.

His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.

So What Do These Two Stories Have to Do with Each Other?

Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.

The rest of the story is in the book, Fateful Rendezvous: The story of Butch O’Hare.  More here:  http://www.mindconnection.com/library/factfile/ohare.htm More on Easy Eddie here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._O%27Hare and on Butch O’Hare, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_O%27Hare

Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra

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 3/2 at 9:35am. 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  at  2/23 at 2:32pm.

Comet 19P/Borrelly – Comet Borrelly tracks from Pisces into Aries as February progresses, passing the 9th-magnitude face-on spiral galaxy M74 along the way. The position of Uranus is shown on Feb. 15. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Comet 19P/Borrelly, currently observed around magnitude 9.5 and slowly fading, appears to pass close to Uranus in the night sky today. Both are sinking in the west this evening after sunset, situated in the southern portion of Aries. Although the Ram covers 441 square degrees on the sky, its three brightest stars are all clumped together in the northwestern portion of its real estate. These are Hamal (magnitude 2), Sheratan (magnitude 2.6), and Mesarthim (magnitude 3.9). Tonight, Borrelly sits 6° east-southeast of the last and faintest of the three, while Uranus is another 5° southeast of Borrelly. The planet’s dim magnitude 5.8 glow is just bright enough to pick up with the unaided eye under excellent conditions; binoculars or a telescope will easily show its 3″-wide disk, while binoculars’ wide field of view should also net you the planet and comet together. Uranus now sits just 0.5° from the 6th-magnitude star 29 Arietis; the planet will move slightly northeast in the coming days, ending the month 43′ from this star.

Sirius blazes high in the south on the meridian by about 8 or 9 p.m. now. Using binoculars or a scope at low power, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it when on the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s or finderscope’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of gray haze, very faintly speckled if your sky is good and dark? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Its total magnitude adds up to 5.0. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away — and being so near, it shines some 400 times brighter than the entire cluster.

Mercury, Venus, and Mars continue to shine in early dawn, as shown at the top of this page. They’re low in the southeast, forming a triangle that lengthens slightly through the week. Brightest is Venus, dazzling at magnitude –4.8. In a telescope it’s a thick crescent; its globe has grown to about one-third sunlit. And Venus is shrinking into the distance, as always when it’s waxing. Mars is only about one three-hundredth as bright, at magnitude +1.3. Look for it 6° to Venus’s lower right. Mercury is much farther to Venus’s lower left. Their separation increases from 17° to 20° this week. Mercury remains magnitude 0.0.

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness..

Sun in Pisces

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of
Nuin/Nion  Ash  Feb 18Mar 17
Color – Amber
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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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  20     High   2:46 AM     7.8   7:08 AM     Set  9:13 AM      90
~    20      Low   8:59 AM     1.4   5:52 PM    Rise 10:36 PM
~    20      High   2:48 PM     7.1
~    20       Low   9:00 PM     1.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it.

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Journal Prompt – What if? – If you were five years older you would…

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Quotes

~   Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. – Confucius
~   I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~   I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~   Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. – Benjamin Franklin

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes – Emily Dickinson (1830–86)

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Ostara Magick – Recipes

Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
  4. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended. 
  5. Stir in 3 cups of the coconut. 
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle. 
  7. Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
  8. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  9. Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut. 
  10. Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch. 
  12. Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute. 
  13. Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon. 
  14. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation. 
  15. Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.

Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  •  1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup water

Glaze:

  • 1 TB water
  • 2 TBs melted butter
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Grease a 9 x13 baking pan.  Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water.  Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth.  Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve.  Makes 10-12 servings

Pashka – Russian “cheese cake”

2 1/2 Lbs. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Almonds or Pecans
3/4 Cup Chopped Peaches
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherries or Dried Cherries
1 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Evaporated Milk or Cream
2 Eggs

  1. Mix all ingredients except the cottage cheese in a large pan over low heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding. 
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. 
  3. Mix in the cottage cheese and beat well for about 3 minutes. 
  4. Place in a cake pan and chill over night. 
  5. Decorate the cake with candied eggs, flowers, chocolates, or other spring delicacies. 

Note – Keep refrigerated.

Ice Milk http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.htmlThis was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Ingredients:

1 cup 2% milk
2 cups half-n-half
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Pour 1 cup 2% milk into a large bowl.  Add 3/4 cup sugar and whisk until dissolved.  Whisk in 2 cups half-n-half.  Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and whisk thoroughly.

Turn ice cream machine ON.  Pour milk mixture into ice cream machine and freeze for 25 minutes.

Notes: 

I discovered this excellent ice milk recipe by accident: I needed to make vanilla ice cream, and thought I had some cream and whole milk left.  I didn’t, so I used what I had.  The result tastes like the best ice milk bar or ice milk sandwich filling.  If you like a lighter frozen dessert than heavy ice cream, try this.

This is also excellent with coconut flakes sprinkled over it.


This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 10/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

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Silliness – Hair Cut

Boss: You got your hair cut on company time.
Susie: It grew on company time.
Boss: Not all that hair.
Susie: I didn’t get it all cut.

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