Daily Stuff 5-8-22 Helston Furry Day

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by spuntik_turista_cz.

 [posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 5/7 – 1.4in. The sun has been coming and going. For a rainy day it’s been pretty dry. 🙂 52F, wind at 1-8mph and gusting, AQI 13-49, UV5. Chance of rain 76% today and 50% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5pm. Forecast – Today(49/41) It could get pretty wet late in the night, but should be easing off before dawn and the afternoon could be nice. Tomorrow(51/41) Chance of AM showers. Tue(53/41) partly cloudy, Wed(53/45) clouds, Thu/Fri(57/48) rain & wind tapering off to a chance of showers, Sat-Mon(58/48) Clouds giving way to more blue, but dry….

Bee balm is coming up.

Friday night we were pretty tired. We had picked up fried rice and egg flower soup from the China Restaurant so we just ate and went to bed. I was up for a bit before Tempus headed out on the paper route and then went back to bed around 3. I managed a few stitches on my embroidery, but mostly was working on some paper patterns, although it was tough to convince my hands to work right. He got in around 9 and I was back up, reading, although we both went back to bed for awhile.

Peonies

My back is definitely better. It’s not back to normal, but the pain is subsiding. Thanks to the people who were sending energy! I’m functional, even if some of it is just-barely, and I squeak a lot when we hit bumps in the car. So, after a bunch of squeaking (I’ll be glad when the park grades the drive-way!) we headed in to town.

Lovely healthy lettuce! Salad, here I come!

Tempus dropped me off while he went over to Pacific Sourdough. I had asked for a “cheesecake or something special” for Mother’s Day, since we ‘re not going to try to go out to dinner. He did that and then came back and got us coffee.

Raspberry

I did some research and a little bit of writing this morning. I’ve gotten rather obsessed with paper architecture, for some reason. It’s something I’ve done a bunch of in a couple of stretches in my life, but I ran across some cool stuff on Pinterest and down the rabbit hole I went…. We did have some people in shopping, even a few sales. …but the weather had turned nice! So much for the forecast rain….

Raspberry setting fruit

Amor called (that’s our Air Force son, up in Fairbanks) and we talked for a bit. He’s having trouble with a neighbor who’s been hounding him, and his book binding project wasn’t working, so he needed some Mom-time.

Raspberry blossom

We have leftovers tonight and if I can get Tempus to set the heavier things up where I can just tilt to pour, maybe I can get somewhere on that potato salad, finally.

Today we’ll have whatever treat Tempus got and the boys have all been planning to call. It’s a
different day”, so I’ll probably be at my desk with some embroidery for most of the afternoon, but I also have writing to do. Well, we’ll see how it goes.

Photo “After the rain” Old Town Square Prague Credit at spuntik_turista_cz

plant pic geum

Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved AvensGeum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum

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Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0 and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry

Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. 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 Leo

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 5/15 at 9:15pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/8 at 5:21pm. 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 5/14 at 9:15am.

The First Quarter Moon – A half-lit Moon dominates the evening sky at midweek. Normally, Luna looks like a study in black and white, but this image reveals slight color enhancements that reveal differences in lunar surface mineralogy. – Ross Sackett

First Quarter Moon occurs at 5:21 P.M. PDT.

What is the oldest thing you have ever seen? For everybody in the world it’s at least the Sun and other objects of the solar system, age 4.6 billion years. Nearly everything on the Earth’s surface is much younger, even the oldest mountains and landforms. And to be technical about it, the material of the Sun’s surface changes almost from minute to minute as convection cells of hot gas rise, spread, and sink. But the bright regions of the face of the Moon, visible to the naked eye, average some 3.9 billion years old, while most of the Moon’s gray maria date from 3 to 3.5 billion years ago.  Some meteorites in museums and collections come from about 4.5 billion years back.

For most people, the next object from deeper in time is Arcturus, the brightest star very high toward the southeast these evenings. Most people have surely seen it whether they knew it or not, since it’s one of the brightest stars in the sky. It’s a Population II orange giant, age about 7 billion years. Amateur astronomers have globular clusters. Most of these are older still, at least in part. White dwarfs in the familiar glow of M4 in Scorpius have been dated at 12.7 ±0.7 billion years. So that probably applies to the rest of M4 too, or most of it. But individual super-old stars that you can observe? For that you want Bob King’s article In Search of Ancient Suns with its finder charts. Assigning dates to individual stars from the first eras after the Big Bang is still iffy; astronomers have to work from the near-absence of heavy elements in their spectra. But a 6th-magnitude star in Bootes and a 7th-magnitude star in Libra, both in binocular range, await you these May and June nights. They probably date from about 12½ billion and at least 13 billion years ago, respectively. These and a few others in the article will probably be the oldest things you have ever seen, or will. The Big Bang itself is firmly dated at 13.8 billion years, but good luck with that unless you have microwave eyes. One could pick nits. Pick a proton, any proton right in front of you, and it has almost certainly remained intact since the Big Bang’s first millionth of a second. What a variegated history it has seen! Too bad it can’t speak.

V Hydrae – To find the carbon star V Hydrae, look toward the center of the huge constellation Hydra. V Hydrae lies near that star pattern’s border with the constellation Crater. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

As our satellite grows brighter in the sky, let’s focus on the American Association of Variable Star Observers’ variable of the month for May: V Hydrae. This 10th-magnitude star also recently made the news when astronomers spotted cosmic “smoke rings” of blown-away gas surrounding it. By two hours after sunset, V Hydrae is 25° high above the southern horizon in the long constellation Hydra the Water Snake. It lies about 5° south of 3rd-magnitude Nu (ν) Hydrae, or you can use the nearby constellation of Crater to find it: V Hydrae is 3.5° southwest of 4th-magnitude Alkes (Alpha [α] Crateris). You’ll recognize the star once you’re centered on it by its unmistakable red color. That ruby hue arises because V Hydrae is a carbon star, whose atmosphere contains a high concentration of — you guessed it — carbon. These atoms join together or with other elements to form molecules that scatter blue light while allowing the longer wavelengths of red light to pass through, making these stars appear deep red. As you may have also guessed, V Hydrae is a variable star. It has both a 1.5-year period, over which its brightness changes by a factor of 11, and an 18-year period, during which even greater brightness changes occur. Although the shorter period is due to an intrinsic process occurring within the star, the longer one is likely associated with something outside the star, such as an obscuring disk of dust or debris that blocks its light from our point of view.

Venus and Jupiter, magnitudes –4.0 and –2.1 respectively, are the two bright “Morning Stars” shining low in the east as dawn brightens. Jupiter is the higher one. They’re pulling farther apart by 1° per day; you’ll find them separated by 6° on the morning of May 6th, widening to 13° by the 14th.

Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.

Sun in Taurus

Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of
of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Color – Gold
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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   8      Low  12:15 AM     3.8   5:57 AM     Set  2:46 AM      37
~     8     High   5:36 AM     6.0   8:29 PM    Rise 12:00 PM
~     8      Low   1:05 PM     0.7
~     8     High   8:10 PM     5.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Keep it cool.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him. — Franklin D.Roosevelt

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Quotes

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. – Sugar Ray Leonard
~   Everything happens for a reason; if you can’t find a reason for something, there’s a reason for that. – Chris Levi
~   Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. ~ Michelle Lovric
~   A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela

I think if you listen closely
In the sweet glad days of spring,
With the song of the brook, the breeze, and the birds,
You can hear the flowers sing. –Helen Isabel Moorhouse (b. 1876)

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Magick – Slow-cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe – Published: October 22, 2021Author: Elyse Ellis – This is a recipe we’ve had in our family for years and it’s always a crowd favorite. This dump and go slow cooker recipe turns out creamy, cheesy chicken every time. It’s the ultimate comfort food, especially served over pasta or mashed potatoes. Our mom made this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe all the time growing up, and no matter our ages – it was always a favorite! It’s an easy dump and go recipe that will make dinner time a breeze and leave your kids asking for seconds. If you love slow cooker recipes, be sure to check out our Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken recipe!

  • PREP TIME5 MINS
  • COOK TIME4 HRS
  • TOTAL TIME4 HRS 5 MINS
  • SERVES: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet zesty Italian dressing mix
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 16 ounces pasta  (we like rigatoni or bow tie pasta)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker and sprinkle Italian dressing mix over top. 
  2. Combine cream cheese and cream of chicken soup in a small bowl and whisk until smooth and spoon over chicken. 
  3. Cook on low 4-6 hours. 
  4. Once chicken is done, remove from the slow cooker and shred with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker and mix in with the rest of the sauce before serving.
  5. Serve chicken over cooked pasta. Garnish with chopped parsley and shredded parmesan cheese (optional).

Notes – This is a great recipe to make your own. Add in broccoli or bacon bits

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Small Mixing Bowl

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes – A super easy way to bake potatoes without heating up the kitchen. – 4 h 40 m4 servings254 cals

Ingredients

  • 4 baking potatoes, well scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste (Just use regular salt)
  • 4 sheets aluminum foil

Directions

  • Prep – 10 m
  • Cook – 4 h 30 m
  • Ready In – 4 h 40 m

Scrub potatoes well, Prick the potatoes with a fork several times, then rub potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and wrap tightly in foil. Place the potatoes into a slow cooker, cover, and cook on High for 4 1/2 to 5 hours, or on Low for 7 1/2 to 8 hours until tender.

[Mom’s notes]

  • If you scrub them hard and wrap them wet, no need for the olive oil.
  • You can do two at a time
  • Top with cheese, butter, sour cream, ham, bacon, corn, onion, spring onion, canned beans, canned chili…. Yeah, even butter and sugar)
  • Do a yam or sweet potato this same way, just make sure that it fits in the crockpot, or cut it into two pieces. ]

Slow Cooker Maple Bacon Beer Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • ½ lbs Great Northern beans
  • ½ lbs Navy beans
  • 4 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1 sweet white onion, chopped
  • 3 tbs molasses
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cups smoked porter beer
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder

Directions

  1. Add the beans to a large bowl. Cover with water, refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Drain. (alternately, you can add the beans to a pot of water, bring to a boil, allow to boil for 3 minutes, turn off heat and allow to soak for 1 hour. Drain).
  2. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium high heat, remove bacon from pan. Add the onions to the bacon grease, cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Chop the bacon.
  3. Add the bacon, onions, drained beans and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook for 8 hours on low, stirring once or twice during cooking.

SLOW COOKER CRANBERRY SAUCEThis slow cooker cranberry sauce could not be easier! Plus it’s super tasty and easy to customize with your desired kind and amount of sweetener.

  • PREP: 5 MINS
  • COOK: 3 HOURS 
  • TOTAL: 3 HOURS 5 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar (use your desired kind of sugar or sweetener, and add more/less to taste)
  • optional add-ins: a splash or bourbon or red wine, orange zest, a pinch of ground ginger, a pinch of cinnamon and cloves, some chopped walnuts, or a splash of vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients to the bowl of a slow cooker and stir to combine.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours, or until the cranberries have popped open and the sauce is bubbly.  Taste and stir in any extra sweetener or add-ins if desired.  Serve warm.  (Heads up that the sauce will thicken considerably as it cools.)

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Silliness – Shorties – Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

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