The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
[posting at 6pm] Beautiful sunshine and a sky of soft blue with a good breeze! 63F, wind at 2-18mph and gusting, AQI 18-34, UV8. Chance of rain 10% today and 9% tonight. Forecast – Today(70/51) sunny. Tomorrow(65/54) mostly sunny. Mon/Tue(64/54) partly cloudy. Wed(65/54) possible AM showers. Thu(66/54) partly cloudy. Fri/Sat(66/54) mostly sunny. Sun(66/54) partly cloudy.
Windigo Fire – 978 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 300 acres
Fly Creek 0487 Cs Fire – 274 acres
Miller Road Fire – 11,186 acres
Griffin Fire – 850 acres
Beech Creek Fire – 254 acres
The smoke plume from the CA fires is across most of southern ORegon. The fires around Crater Lake are starting to trail their own, too.
Thursday evening we were pretty tired by the time we headed home. We ate the last of the kohlrabi and potatoes and turned in. Tempus was gone (on the bulk route) by the time I woke. I didn’t wake when he left! I did a little food prep, getting some things into the freezer. I need to label them still, because I forgot due to sleepiness. I puttered and got a few more small chores done. I need to spend time re-organizing the pantry shelf, since Tempus disemboweled it to put the dolly underneath and it’s quite top-heavy.
I didn’t sleep well. I was dealing with some odd aches and pains that didn’t seem to have any origin in damage or pinched nerves or anything. I’ve been ok mostly, today, just tired. Tempus was also a little short on sleep, and he overslept in the morning. While I was awake, I wasn’t paying attention, so we were a little late at the shop…. 1:05….
The river was that awesome blue that it gets when the sky is cloudless. Not quite the blue of the ocean, it has a hint of green and brown. The bay, of course, has the mudflats and some of those are quite green, this time of year when the water levels are lower.
The donut people were waiting out front for us. …oops… but I got her paid and we got our donuts. IF you haven’t tried Sweet Serenity donuts, they’re *awesome*! They’re a little spendy, but the flavor is marvelous. Real, homemade donuts! So we had those with our coffee…
We were fairly busy up until around 4pm. Not a constant flow, but several groups. I had been ploughing through e-mails today, trying to catch up from our weekend. Tempus got bread going and later was running around on errands. We got some more of the grandbaby stuff, so we’ll be all set when they visit on the 21st.
…and then I got to argue with the computer about whether it was going to load my photos…. It won. I’ll try again after this is out. I think I’m going to have to re-start.
So as soon as the bread’s done I’m hoping to head home. I have to make something for supper, probably a casserole, and I’m hoping to get Tempus to re-make the bed while I’m getting that. My new keyboard seems to be charged up, so that’s going to be my evening “stuff. …Tempus just handed me a sandwich. Yum!
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is BYOP, but I’m probably going to be working on a small bag with an elastic strap for the tablet/keyboard cords.
Today’s Feast is Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the day the US dropped a nuclear bomb on this city. Sadako did not live to finish her 1000 cranes, but ever since, people fold them for her intent for life and peace. May we each fold 1000 cranes in our intentions, not for our own blessing, but that of our people and our world.
The Peace Memorial with strings of cranes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks. Those are “goth” rather than witchy, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Summer 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 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,
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 8/11 at 6:36pm. 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 8/10 at 6:36am.
Now the waxing Moon shines in the head of Scorpius sitting between the claws of the scorpion in the south this evening, so let’s look north instead for darker skies. Look for orange Antares just to its left and Delta Scorpii just to its right (during evening for the longitudes of the Americas).
Bright Vega in Lyra sits high in the north this evening, shining at magnitude 0. This star will someday sit above Earth’s North Celestial Pole, as our planet wobbles slowly on its axis and shifts from pointing at Polaris to Vega. But Vega is not our main target tonight — instead, we’re looking for what Astronomy columnist Phil Harrington calls “one of summer’s premiere carbon stars:” T Lyrae. Sometimes referred to as the Jewel in the Harp, this 8th-magnitude luminary shows off its deep red color as a result of the ample carbon in its atmosphere, which scatters blue and green light but lets red wavelengths shine through to reach us. To see T Lyrae, you’ll want larger binoculars or a small telescope. It sits just 2° southwest of Vega, amid a scattering of faint white stars. Harrington recommends aiming first at Vega, then shifting your view so that Vega sits in the northeast corner of your field of view. Then look across the starfield until you see T Lyrae’s crimson glow pop out.
Neptune, magnitude 7.9 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, is high in the south before the first light of dawn, west of Jupiter.
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23_, Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – Blue
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 6 Low 1:57 AM 0.7 6:09 AM Set 12:23 AM 53
~ 6 High 8:10 AM 4.7 8:35 PM Rise 3:56 PM
~ 6 Low 1:09 PM 2.7
~ 6 High 7:38 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Treat each day as a new journey.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think people say to each other when you’re not around?
~ To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine
~ The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it. – Joan Rivers
~ No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
~ Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy
And from the hot field’s farthest edge
The cricket’s soft refrain
With mellow accent tells the tale
That August’s here again. – Helen Maria Winslow (1851–1938)
Magick – Crafts – Now that apples are starting to show up in the markets….
Scented Apple Wreath – You will need: juice of 9 lemons , 2 tsp salt, 8 to 10 large firm apples (Rome Reds or Ida Reds are preferred, or use any firm apple), Ground spices: 6 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cloves, 2 tsp orrisroot powder (Note: Spices will not only add a pleasant aroma but also will act as a natural food preservative), 8″-10″ heart shaped wire frame that can be open or closed by unhooking two ends (or 8″-10″ length of heavy gauge wire), 1 1/4 yd of 1″ wide blue and white checked ribbon, floral wire, sharp knife, mortar and pestle or small bowl and spoon, small kitchen sieve or tea strainer, pastry brush, broiler pan or wire screen, pliers, scissors. Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into a medium-sized bowl, add salt and blend well. Peel and slice apples horizontally into 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick circles. Core apple slices as needed. Soak slices in the lemon juice mixture for 6 minutes, turning once. Make sure slices are covered completely. Remove slices from bowl and place on paper towels. Pat dry with more paper towels to absorb excess liquid. Combine the ground spices and blend well, using a mortar and pestle or small bowl and spoon. Using a small kitchen sieve or tea strainer, dust apple slices with the spice mixture. With a pastry brush, gently remove excess spice mixture. Turn apples slices over and repeat the procedure. Place apple slices in a single layer on a broiler pan or wire screen. Dry in conventional oven at 150 – 200 degrees F for six hours or until evenly dried. If using a microwave oven, dry apple slices for 4 – 6 minutes at low to medium heat. Let slices cool. If not dried thoroughly, return slices to oven. Apple slices will be pliable. Straighten both ends of the heart-shaped wire frame with a pair of pliers. Fold apple slices into halves, then into quarters and “thread” them onto wire frame. When frame is completely covered with slices, use pliers to bend both ends back into “hooks” so they can be reconnected. Using checked ribbon, make a large bow with a loop for hanging. Attach a bow to wreath with thin floral wire.
Fall Craft for Kids: Stuffed Paper Apples (for all photos and step-by-stepdirections go here: https://buggyandbuddy.com/stuffed-paper-apples/ _- I’m always looking for a quick and easy craft for kids, and these stuffed paper apples are one of my favorites for fall! They combine many different types of techniques from sponge painting to lacing, and are easily adaptable to just about any age.
This paper bag craft is perfect for fall and provides all kind of fine motor practice! Children will use apple shapes cut from grocery bags and decorate them with sponge painting. They then get to stuff them and lace them shut forming a stuffed paper apple.
This lacing project would be a great addition to any fall unit or apple unit in the classroom and would make a festive decoration at home for fall!
Materials for Stuffed Paper Apples
- Brown paper bag (or any paper you’d like to use)
- Manila File Folders or sturdy paper to make a tracer
- Paint (We used BioColor Paint because of its versatility, and I love that it has no odor.)
- Old newspaper or crinkle cut paper for stuffing
- Stapler or hole punch with yarn
- Brown and green construction paper
- Glue (We used glue dots, but you could also use any liquid glue.)
How to Make Stuffed Paper Apples for Fall
1. Cut up an old paper shopping bag so it’s flat.
2. Make an apple tracer by drawing a large apple on an old manila file folder or other sturdy paper and cut it out. (Make sure it’s symmetrical. This will make it much easier when assembling the apple.)
3. Help your child trace two apples (for the front and back) on the brown paper bag. Cut out the apples.
4. Now it’s time to paint! Place your paint and sponges on the table. (Lucy decided on the colors red, green, and yellow). Put your cut-out apples onto some newspaper or other paper you don’t mind getting paint on.
5. Sponge paint the apples. We had fun trying out different color combinations! Lucy’s favorite apple was the one she painted all three colors.
6. Set the apples aside to dry.
7. Once the apples are dry, it’s time to stuff them! First, you’ll want to take the front and back of your apple and secure them together, leaving a little hole to stuff. You can secure them by either stapling around the apple’s edge or punching holes and having your child lace around the apple’s sides.
8. Stuff your apple through the little hole you left. (We used leftover crinkle cut paper we had from gift wrapping, but you could also use torn up newspaper.)
9. Once you’re done stuffing your apple, close the hole either by stapling it or finishing the lacing around the edge.
10. Cut out a brown stem and green leaf from your construction paper and glue them to your apple. You’re finished!
I love how these apples were a team effort. We all did the painting, Lucy and I laced the apples, and Theo was the stuffer! We have our finished paper apples displayed near our nature table and fall books, but you could also attach some yarn to the top to hang them around your house to decorate for fall!
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – mumphreys (MUM freez) – n. (a useless sniglet) Those strange extra digits you find on push-button phones.