Moved to Oregon from Balto, MD, '83, to the coast in '99. Love gardens, the outdoors and the ocean, and write about it in a daily newsletter. Shared!
By: CoastalAnja , 4:26 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
I’m loving the sunshine this morning. It’s been so wet that I can *really* appreciate dry. We’re starting to get customers coming in complaining about the weather, saying things like, “It’s June. Why is it raining?” The answer (and at least once, not out of *my* mouth!) was, “It’s Oregon!”
There’s a new picture, one of those “motivational” ones, that I’ve been giggling over since I first saw it. At first all you see is a guy water-skiing, then if you look more closely you can see that the guy who is minding his tow rope is in the back of a *pick-up* and then you see the lines on the water-covered road! The caption is something like, “It’s summer!” and then below that in little type it says, “In Oregon….”
Tempus is in here watching one of the finches and commenting on his red feathers. It’s mostly been chickadees and sparrows and this finch this morning. …and I typed, “chickens” instead of “chickadees” the first time and whined about, “There are *no* chickens on this porch!” making Tempus splutter with laughter. He’s been in here making awful puns, bringing me “puns with my coffee”.
It’s in the low 50’s outside, with just a light breeze. The sunshine is making the next door roof steam.
…and yes, if you hadn’t twigged to it by now, I’m talking about weather, birds, flowers, sunshine hitting different places in my study, gardens…. as a way of honoring the Turning of the Wheel. The seasonal changes are one of the better ways of keeping track. …speaking of which, we’re close enough to Solstice that the day length is only changing by 49 seconds….
Even though it was pouring rain by the time we left for the shop I harvested a basketful of roses. It was so wet that my hoodie didn’t dry until late afternoon and the roses just got left on the class table overnight, since even after shaking off they were still damp.
After doing paperwork yesterday I settled in to jewelry-making, doing some repairs on small stuff (mostly my own, but a couple as a favor for a friend) and then finishing the jet & amber with a pentacle that I was working on the day before. I got earrings made for those and then worked on organizing and tidying the bead area, hoping to find my silver spacer beads.
I did find them, but only after knocking one of the organizers onto the floor. The back of my office chair seems to have “popped” and is leaning back farther than it used to and that’s bad in that small space. The organizer is on the “grumple table” in the office area and as I swung the chair to reach for something, there was a crash and I didn’t quite turn the air blue, but it was definitely heading that direction. Thankfully, only the top part popped open, but that’s how I found the spacers, since I had put them into that organizer for some reason. I also found some beads that I had intended for a bracelet.
So I got the lapis and moonstone necklace started, but had to stop when my hands started complaining, so I went back to organizing beads in between talking to customers and friends. The crash reminded me that I had a bunch of beads in the bottom drawer of that organizer that just needed to get put away so that I can find and use them, so that ended up being most of the rest of the day.
Tempus got his errands done and got back around 5pm and we came home at just a little after closing time and made pizza with several cheeses, fresh mushrooms and onion and olives. Oh, that was good! We have some for lunch today and even with my breakfast still in front of me I’m looking forward to it!
Herbs Workshop is going to be on making chive blossom oil, although I’ll have to chase Tempus over to the store for some good olive oil before I start. As always there are dried herbs to process and fresh ones to get sorted out.
Rock Tumblers won’t entail opening any, although if someone comes in, we’ll do a class on the Moh’s Hardness scale with hands-on looking up some of the crystals and labeling then.
Sewing workshop at 3pm. We’re going to be talking about beanbags. …and Tempus picked up my machine. It got fixed. Apparently when the needle broke, it wedged things and all the shaking and rattling of taking it to the shop dislodged the broken bit and nothing actually broke but the needle. The tech did the maintenance that it needed, so I’m ready to roll on sewing again.
I’ll be by myself at the shop today, so the workshops may be more hands-on than usual.
The shop opens at 10am today. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. 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!
Love & Light,
Ancient Light’s website – www.ancientlight.info – You *can* order from here! …or e-mail…or call on the phone… or Facebook….etc…..
Tempus does Outdoor Power Equipment repair & sharpenings - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magycke-Mower-Small -Engine-Service/132610430115634
Café Press Products from Ancient Light - http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight Everything from T-shirts to pillows to coffee mugs to journals with witchy or just fun designs! The newest designs are here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/8866346 These are the Your Personal Satyr designs. …plus we have a new set just for Pan-Pagan with this year’s logo.
Spoonflower Fabrics - http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/coastalanja The newest designs are in the Anja’s Spring Garden collection (think daffodils in the snow and violets…). We have designs for sale in the Bugs ‘n Slugs Collection, the Garden Collection and Mushroom Collection and two Pagan Collections are coming soon.
Our Circle’s site! - http://www.ancientlight.info/circle/ Add things by e-mailing me here. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moon is waning gibbous (Disseminating Moon). 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.
Binocular observers are often told to recognize a globular cluster as "a fuzzy star." How fuzzy? You can make the comparison very directly between the globular cluster M5 and the star 5 Serpentis just southeast of it. The star is magnitude 5.1; the cluster is 5.7 in total. See Gary Seronik's Binocular Highlight finder chart and article in the June Sky & Telescope, page 44.
Venus, having crossed the Sun from east to west during its transit on June 5th, is now very deep in the brightest glow of dawn. Don't confuse Venus with Jupiter, which is less low in the dawn and somewhat to the right. The two planets are 14° apart on the morning of June 9th and 9° apart by June 16th. Use binoculars as daylight brightens; look just above the east-northeast horizon. Jupiter and Venus are on their way up for a grand showing high in the morning sky this summer. Jupiter is coming into view deep in the glow of sunrise.
Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Duir Oak - Jun 10 - Jul 7 –
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 - 7/10
Runic Half-month of Odal 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
Runic half-month of Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aquarius enter Pisces at 12:22pm
Neptune, Venus, Saturn, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
6/9 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6/10 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
6/11 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 5-6
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
6/13 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (weather permitting)
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
6/14 - 5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
6/30 – Saturday, 10am-6pm – Kat Cunningham
6/30 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon - Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing (discussion follows)
7/1 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Jun. 09, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:31 AM PDT, 8:59 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 4:55 AM PDT, 9:36 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:07 AM PDT, 10:24 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:06 AM PDT, 11:25 PM PDT
Moon, 12:15 AM PDT, 11:34 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 41m
Length of Day, 15h 28m
Tomorrow will be 0m 46s longer.
Waning Gibbous, 68% of the Moon is Illuminated
Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Duir Oak - Jun 10 - Jul 7 - The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word "robust"). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir - Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month - Eadha - White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 9 High 4:28 AM 6.9 5:32 AM Rise 12:16 AM 75
9 Low 11:13 AM -0.6 9:00 PM Set 11:35 AM
9 High 5:53 PM 6.9
9 Low 11:53 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A successful marriage isn't finding the right person - it's being the right person.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell
What's worse than being blind? Is to have sight but no vision. - Helen Keller
Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is. - Will Rogers
You are full if you are in tune with the universe. If you are not in tune with the universe, then your are empty. And out of that emptiness comes greed - greed is to fill it, with money, houses, furniture, with friends, lovers, with anything. – Osho
St. Valentine's Day
The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
But cold from the North The wind blows forth
That blows my love to me.
The stars in the South are gold
Like lamps between sky and sea;
The flowers that the forests hold.
Like stars between tree and tree;
But little and white Is the pale moon's light
That lights my love to me.
In the South the orange grove
Makes dusk by the dusky sea,
White palaces wrought for love
Gleam white between tree and tree,
But under bare boughs
Is the little house
Warm-lit for my love and me. - Edith Nesbit, 1858 - 1924
Magick – Litha
Herbed Vegetables -
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 parsnip, chunked
1 red onion, quartered
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1) Fill a 13x9x2 baking dish with the chopped vegetables.
2) Combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over top.
3) Cover pan with foil and bake at 425F for 30 minutes.
4) Remove foil and stir.
Bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad - Rain Redknife - Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
1) Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important--don't omit!
2) Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
3) Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
4) Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
5) When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
6) Toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
7) Add oil in a stream while whisking.
8) Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note - Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE – Gordon Ireland - (Serves 6-8)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 small chopped tomato
1/2-cup bacon bits
2 cups prepared croutons
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
1) Grate cheeses
2) Preheat oven to 350 F.
3) Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
4) Place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 X 13 baking pan
5) Bake for 30 minutes.
Lemony Summer Squash - Rain Redknife - Source: _Light & Easy Diabetic Cuisine_ by Betty Marks (by permission)
1 lb Summer squash,
1 Tbsp walnut oil, or other oil of your choice
1 clove Garlic
1 tsp Dried rosemary, crumbled
2 Tbsp Fresh lemon [or lime!] juice
1) Slice squash into 1/4" rounds
2) Mince garlic.
3) Crumble rosemary.
4) Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium.
5) Cook garlic 1 minute.
6) Add squash and cook, stirring gently, until tender, about 4 minutes.
7) Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.
Note - Also delicious cold
6/6 – A friend is having cancer surgery today and asking for help.
6/4 – Neighbor harassing and stalking. The law isn’t helping. Putting up wardings and could use some energy to get them to go up and stay up!
6/2/12 – Student in 101 class, had flu, collapsed, ended up in hospital, now has a lung filling up with fluid…. Help!
5/29/12 – Car accident. Painful, not serious, but ow!
5/19/12 – Dealing with a persistent ex, a mistake from the git-go, stressed and feeling under attack constantly. Help!
5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “I am still very sick and have been for a month now - really need help kicking this on the spiritual plane - depression makes you sick and I am having a hard time climbing out of this hole. I now have bronchitis as well as the ongoing infection - see Dr again on Monday - This is probably the only request for help/healing I have ever made - but I just can't seem to kick this on my own. Whatever you think will help - I feel like I am dying a very slow and painful death.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help. Update 5/17 Sunshine helps!
Silliness – GCF: The Wedding Dress
Groom-to-be to his fiancee: "$6,800 for a dress that's only going to be worn ONCE? What's up with THAT?!"
"Who says it's only going to be worn once?"
"Oh? You're planning to get married again? Gee, thanks."
"That's not what I meant."
"You know you can't wear white the second time, anyway."
"No, but I do hope to have a daughter. She'll wear it on her wedding day. And she'll have a daughter who will wear it on her wedding day. And her daughter will wear it on her wedding day. It will become a family heirloom."
"I'll bet your mother never bought such an extravagant dress."
"Oh yeah? Well, she did too, smarty!"
"Then why don't you wear hers?"
"Who wants to get married in THAT old thing?"
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Moved to Oregon from Balto, MD, '83, to the coast in '99. Love gardens, the outdoors and the ocean, and write about it in a daily newsletter. Shared!