No Herbs Outdoors today.
It’s still fairly dark, but there’s a rusty streak of cloud near the horizon. The bamboo chime is clonking. …Tempus just got the feeder out. …The rusty streak is now peach-colored. …Juncos and sparrows on the feeder. I stood at the other desk and watched a couple that were closer as they watched me. It’s pretty windy. The computer is saying gusts up to 25 or so, but it’s already over 50F on the porch thermometer.
After I got the newsletter out yesterday I started back in on some of the inventorying of stuff. Another ornament chest is done and I have one drawer left on yet another. Stray ornaments that have been accumulating in my study are gradually vanishing. The shop inventory file is ready to go for tomorrow and the for sale ornament file is sorted so that I can find everything and count as we put ‘em away.
Tempus refilled the feeders and then got all his tools together and went up on the roof next door. There are a lot of shingles that looked…wrong. It turns out that the stapled-down shingles weren’t holding well in spots, so he got out the glue and went over the whole roof. I guess it’s tar, not glue, but….
I did get outside yesterday. It was actually fairly warm, just enough for a hoodie. I spent almost the entire time weeding, harvesting a few bits, but mostly pulling up roots of grass and horsetail. I harvested a few radishes as I was cleaning up that space…all the small ones that are between those that I want to leave to grow a bit larger. Next I worked my way around the chamomile, getting the grass roots out from between the plants and cultivating a bit around it, so there’s more space for it to spread out to, harvesting the pieces that broke off. I still reek of chamomile, even after washing well. I tried to de-grass the sage plant. That’s turning in to a strange bonsai-looking thing. I think I’m going to have to put down some paper mulch around it because I couldn’t get the grass out, entirely. After that I turned around and got the grass out of the hebe and lavender that are right on the retaining wall. I should have worked on the rosemary, but my back started to complain, so I got up to stretch. I looked at the pale moon ½-way up the blue sky a while, then watched Tempus as he worked, then turned around the watch the sun over the house roof. There was a 22 degree halo and the beginnings of a circumzenithal arc at the top. I went around to the Sweet William, then on to the ornamental yarrow, finding a lot of volunteer cinquefoil. I’m going to have to move the stakes because the plants have spread out, so. I was going to dig up the garlic and replant because the grass in that area is just too thick, but I was running out of light and energy, so I collected up my tools and went inside. Tempus got the greenhouse tent back up just as it got dark. It had collapsed in the last storm.
Here’s the sunlight. It’s strained by the thin cloud, but still there. There’s a hummingbird at that feeder.
Wine Workshop was just checking on the progress on the wines. Nothing needed to be done, so we talked over our dinner salad, then watched another episode of Through the Wormhole, this one about what happened before the Big Bang, then discussed that, then I got back online for a bit, doing some counseling, chatting with friends and making plans for the next week or so.
The Wicca 101 group on Facebook is a good place to connect with others that have been in the classes and to get questions answered. I’m so annoyed at being added to a million-and-one groups that I won’t add you unless you ask or I ask you and you say ok. Several people got added yesterday, that hadn’t actually known about the group.
Tempus is starting a bread loaf. I’m going to try to get outside to work on that garlic and Tempus is going to check our roof for loose shingles and then we’ll settle in to our various projects. I need to work in the living room and get some of that cleaned up. I need to finish that last drawer of this ornament chest and start the next and I have a feeling that in between actually cleaning in the living room I’m going to be getting CD’s into the file. I have some shortbread cookies to make and some ingredient containers to label and sort and some overflow utensils and dishes to pack up and put by.
There’s no Herbs Outdoors today. It’ll likely be raining by that time.
I’m watching a Stellar Jay on the feeder. The sunlight comes and goes and when the jays aren’t there, every port in the feeder has at least one sparrow or junco. There’s a hummingbird perched on that feeder glowing green in the sunlight. If the jays are flying sapphires, this one is an emerald.
The shop is closed through Wednesday. We’ll go back to Winter Hours as of Thursday, 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday.
Love & Light,
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FIRST METEOR SHOWER OF 2012: The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Wednesday morning, Jan. 4th, when Earth passes through a narrow stream of debris from a comet thought to have broken apart some 500 years ago. The shower is expected to be strong (as many as 100 meteors per hour), but elusive, with a peak that lasts no longer than a couple of hours. The shower's radiant near Polaris favors observers in the northern hemisphere. Images, live audio from a meteor radar, and more information are available on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.
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Waxing Gibbous Moon sets just before 4am. Magicks: 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.
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.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines near the Pleiades tonight.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot crosses the planet's central meridian around 7:08 p.m. EST.
Earth is at perihelion, its closest to the Sun for the year (just one part in 30 closer than at aphelion in July).
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 - Jan 20 Beith - (BEH),
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 - 1/22
Runic half-month of Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Taurus
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