The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day and Potluck.
[posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/19 – 0.4in. The sun’s been coming and going this afternoon. It’s partly cloudy right now. 52F, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI 10-42, UV3. Chance of rain 24% today and 79% tonight. Today (48/44) should be all clouds after the overnight showers are done. Mon. (50/47) Rain up to 2/5 in. Tue (63/47) Partly cloudy. Wed (53/41) small chance of showers. Thu-Sat (54/43) Clouds, then Sun/Mon back to showers. 1 firespot.
Friday night was one of those when we dragged home and nearly fell into bed. We looked for the Moon through the thick cloud all the way home, but only saw Her glow! I managed to get us hot bowls of soup, before crashing, but wow…. I was back up at midnight, set up a batch of pickled eggs that will be ready tomorrow…. I’m going to put that recipe below, since Ostara, after all. I meant to make hrudka, (egg cheese) I guess I ought to put that recipe here, too. 🙂 Tempus took the eggs to the shop to put in the fridge there before he headed out on the paper run. After that I worked on the pear mush. It just needs to be heated, now, and I started a tvarog (home cream cheese, cultured), which is in back on the table, since it hasn’t curdled, yet.
I sorted quarters into the folder that I got for awhile. I’m hoping to do one for each kiddo/family after I get some done for Tempus. Obviously, this is going to be a long project, but I’ve been saving quarters since 2001. At that point I quit for the night and took a book to bed. I was too tired for embroidery, even.
Tempus got in at 9am. He forgot until he pulled up that he was supposed to fill bottles from the spring this morning, and then he pulled up again and realized his keys were still at the shop with his phone. He was one tired (and frustrated) puppy!
I woke to the chirp of the alarm, but “chirp” was all it did. Tempus was lying there with the phone in his hand and somehow turned off the alarm after the first chirp. My giggling didn’t even wake him. 🙂 I got dressed, read the paper and then went back and rousted him. I was hoping to plant my lily of the valley and peonies this morning (My Babicka’s favorite flowers…) but the pots and supplies were all over. I guess one of the local cats was having fun… or maybe the catfight that went off at dawn did it. …. which reminds me….
…a friend posted this yesterday, Kendryth Filia Gerald – “So you know how, back in the day, there used to be dueling grounds? Like there was that one stretch of open area where, when push really came to shove, things could be “decided?” Well, apparently, the edge of ground around our back deck is designated Dueling Ground for the local raccoons, skunks, and opossums. And I am not sure who desecrated whose honor, but there is a hell of a fight going on right now… Which, I suppose, is appropriate, what with it being pre-dawn and all. You know, the whole Burr-Hamilton thing might have turned out totally differently if someone had turned the hose on them while yelling about having work in the morning…”
…and then another commented, Ellen Cameron – “You have such an . . . *interesting* . . . view of history.” 🙂
So the drive in was pretty. Sunlight was coming and going through the clouds. Someone posted a video of a rainbow that showed up just as we got to the shop. Not too many birds today, except for a passel of scoters along the riverbank right before the bad patch of pavement.
That “spiritually aware” person called again today, wanting an appointment. I turned her down. So she called again about an hour later whining that she didn’t remember whether her appointment was at 3:30 or 4pm…. I had to tell her that she didn’t make the appointment with me and she got all po’d again. At least this time she didn’t threaten to kill herself. I guess karma’s going to get me for not having more sympathy for people like that…
No one was in for Sewing Workshop. The shop was really quiet. I got the plants in the south window watered and then Tempus got to two up high where I can’t lift the bottle… That shoulder is *really* nailing me. I sifted out another set of books to work on, but decided I’d rather write a little. …and d-i-l posted another set of hike pictures.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is Nowruz, a secular middle eastern, central Asian festival of happiness and new beginnings. Various customs include fire, cleaning, visiting and other spring things. The UN declared today Happiness Day a few years back. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness
Hufflepuff Pride Day – For Harry Pottle fans this is the day to celebrate those who “just get it done”. Those who aren’t particularly impressive to others, but do things that are needed, and don’t judge others by their outward seeming. They’re trustworthy, loyal and hardworking. According to J.K. Rowling, Hufflepuff roughly corresponds to the element of earth.
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 email@example.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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 3/31 at 11:24pm. 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 3/24 at 10:37pm.
Speaking of spring, it begins today! (in the Northern Hemisphere; fall in the Southern Hemisphere). The equinox is at 8:33 a.m. PDT. This is when the center of the Sun’s disk crosses the equator — both Earth’s equator and, equivalently, the celestial equator — heading north for the season.
Spot Arcturus very low in the east-northeast after nightfall and higher in the east later in the evening. By modern measurements Arcturus is visual magnitude –0.05, making it the fourth-brightest nighttime star. It’s bested only by Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri (counting the combined light of Alpha Cen A and B; the pair appears single to the unaided eye). For northerners who can never see Canopus or Alpha Cen, Arcturus is bested by Sirius alone. However, Vega and Capella are very close on its heels.
If you have a clear eastern horizon and a trusty alarm clock, you might try to spot Mercury and Jupiter shortly before sunrise, when the two are 1.7° apart. Mercury will pass 1.3° directly south of Jupiter at 6 P.M. EDT this evening. This morning, brighter Jupiter (magnitude –2.0) sits northeast of Mercury (magnitude –0.7). But take care — the pair rises a mere 15 minutes or so before the Sun and will barely stand 3° above the horizon when dawn breaks. You’ll want to use that alarm to stop observing several minutes before the Sun will rise to avoid serious permanent damage to your eyes. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, just wait a few weeks — Mercury will dip out of sight, but Jupiter is becoming steadily easier to see as time goes by.
Venus is at its greatest elongation, 47° west of the Sun for the next couple days. It reaches greatest western elongation at 2 A.M. PDT. But it’s still not very high in the dawn. The reason? At this time of year, the ecliptic lies relatively low to the eastern dawn horizon for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. So that 47°-long line from the Sun to Venus lies at a low angle, not straighter up. The planet rises around 5 A.M. local time, roughly two hours before the Sun. Through a telescope, Venus’ magnitude –4.5 disk appears 50 percent lit and stretches 25″ across. To its lower right (south) is Mars. The Red Planet is a much dimmer magnitude 1.2, so you’ll want to seek it out well before sunrise.
Mars, vastly fainter at magnitude +1.2, continues to hang 4° or 5° to the lower right or right of Venus. Look for Mars early before dawn gets too bright. It currently shines with less than 1% of Venus’s light.
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 20 High 2:30 AM 8.1 7:19 AM Set 8:40 AM 97
~ 20 Low 8:55 AM 0.2 7:29 PM Rise 10:39 PM
~ 20 High 2:58 PM 7.3
~ 20 Low 8:57 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear is only temporary. Regrets last forever.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Everyone must row with the oars he has. — English proverb
~ Damn them for being the cheats they are. … votes for coalition members who have always been cheats, cheats, cheats and will always be cheats, cheats, cheats and will always defend cheats, cheats, cheats. – Paul Keating
~ Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum. – 133rd Psalm
~ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
~ A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. – Gandhi
There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Hrudka, Egg Cheese (traditional Ukrainian, Czech and Polish) – Kitchen Hrudka – simplified from Baba Raisa’s by Anja (original at https://madmimi.com/p/b673fb?fe=1&pact=156653-144697766-9925497113-9edf4c1e430b3c7bc224b581554bf7586aa71d97 ) Hrudka is “fresh” cheese, so make it just day or two before you plan to serve. Savory or sweet.
- Eggs, 12. Organic taste best
- Whole milk, 1 litre (1 quart)
- Salt, 1 tsp.
- Double boiler
- Wooden spoon (don’t use metal!)
- Cheese cloth
- Optional, if you like sweet: Vanilla, 1/2 tsp. Sugar, 1/2 cup
- Other optional is pinch of turmeric or saffron, for yellow cheese
- Colander in larger bowl
Here we go:
- Prepare colander lined with two layers damp cheese cloth or muslin.
- Beat eggs in top of double boiler.
- Pour one inch water in bottom of double boiler.
- Add milk to eggs and stir frequently over boiling water. Boiling water in bottom of double boiler should not touch top part.
- Use wooden spoon. If you are making sweet or yellow, this is time to stir in sugar, vanilla and/or saffron.
- Takes about 30 minutes of heat and stirring until curds separate, leaving only whey behind. Mixture first looks like good custard, then begins forming curds.
- Once it looks like thick scrambled eggs and no particles are in water, scoop cheese curds into cloth-lined colander.
- Drain for 10-15 minutes. (Reserve whey for bread)
- Gather cheesecloth at top. Squeeze from top down, to make round shape.
- Suspend it over bowl overnight in the fridge.
- Arrange on platter and slice. Garnish with parsley, eggs, cherry tomatoes, edible flowers!
Note – Fry leftover slices of Hrudka in butter, or put a pat on top and zap for 30 seconds (time depends on your nuker!).
Pickled eggs with beets & onion
- 1 Dozen Fresh eggs
- 1 large red onion
- 1 Dozen cloves garlic
- 1 Cans pickled beets
- 1 TBSP Caraway seed or fresh fennel (one or the other!)
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- ¼ cup salt
- 1/8 cup sugar
- Slice onions and sliver or press garlic. Put into a jar.
- Strain solids from beet pickle. Put the solids into the jar with the onion.
- Put the liquids into a jar with the spices, salt, sugar and vinegar. Shake well until the salt and sugar dissolve.
- Hard-boil eggs, shell and cool overnight, in a jar or box that is only filled 2/3 of the way up with the eggs.
- Sprinkle well with caraway or chopped fresh fennel
- Add onion/garlic/beets solids.
- Add enough water to fill to the top.
- Flip the jar several times, then put in fridge.
- Flip again every 8 hours or so.
- Ready to eat in 24 hours, but better after 48.
- Slice in ½’s or quarters to make a pretty serving.
BaconSwiss Quiche http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11. ( This is Anja’s fave quiche!)
- 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust in tin
- 12 slices bacon or 1/2 cup ham
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese or mozz, parmesan or cheddar
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper [ for Anja… horseradish!]
- Optional – up to 1 cup of chopped spinach, peas and carrots or corn
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Place bacon in a large skillet, and fry over medium-high heat until crisp.
- Drain on paper towels, then chop coarsely. Sprinkle bacon and cheese into pastry shell. (If using option vegetables, put on top of this.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
- Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Allow quiche to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.
Silliness – For The Kids Doctor Doctor
Doctor, Doctor I keep thinking there is two of me.
One at a time please