It feels like forever since I wrote anything, but I have been off on my travels again this time a road trip through California. I saw oodles of friends and received much hospitality.
I worked on a 4H presentation on jams and jellies.
The garden looks swell. I spent the weekend with my community, first we hosted a bbq for local leadership on Saturday, then on Sunday we worked on helping buildout the new local space. Well that's about it for me for now, I have a bunch of the alphabet to catch up on too, but not tonight.
I missed last weeks posts as I was visiting the Emerald City, literally. I was traveling to Heru Behutet for the OTO. They were celebrating their 20th anniversary. Kansas was a blast, hanging out with siblings is always good. We feasted verily at the local body and ate at some local places. Being a vegetarian I skipped the group BBQ and headed over with some like minded folks to Korma Surta which was an instant hit. Then home the next day just in time for a week of work! I even fell asleep in yoga on Wednesday!
I researched articles for our MFP newsletter and came up with some food safety words of "wisdom"...
Please remember to wash your hands, surfaces and utensils in between preparing
meets and salads. Also, when taking foods off the
grill, do not put cooked food items back on the same plate that held raw food,
unless it has been washed with hot water and soap first.
Stay Cool: Always carefully marinate food in the refrigerator.
Please do not “recycle” sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or poultry on
cooked food. Reserve part of the unused marinade to use as a sauce. Finally,
keep your coolers out of the direct sunlight.
Saturday found me wrapped up in a beading workshop by Judith Walker. Here I am at the beginning of it...
As you can see I am using a "paperclip loom" which saves a munch of work with loose ends. And here's the finished weave.
Now all I need to do is add the hardware and I will have a bracelet.
Then Last night I paid a visit to Golden Lotus where we attended an installation for the the incoming master. While there we recived the great news that the body had not only found an external space, but, that it will be moving within a mile and a half of our doorstep! I am delighted to say the least!
“The Ancients were familiar with
the plant, which is mentioned in early Greek literature, and fully recognized
its poisonous nature. The juice of hemlock was frequently administered to
criminals, and this was the fatal poison which Socrates was condemned to drink.
The old Roman name of Conium was Cicuta, which prevails in the mediaeval
Latin literature, but was applied about 1541 by Gesner and others to another
umbelliferous plant, Cicuta virosa, the Water Hemlock, which does not grow in Greece and
southern Europe. To avoid the confusion arising from the same name for these
quite dissimilar plants, Linnaeus, in 1737, restored the classical Greek name
and called the Hemlock (Conium maculatum), the generic name being derived from the Greek
meaning to whirl about, because the plant, when eaten, causes vertigo and
death. The specific name is the Latin word, meaning 'spotted,' and refers to
the stem-markings. According to an old English legend, these purple streaks on
the stem represent the brand put on Cain's brow after he had committed murder.
Hemlock was used in Anglo-Saxon
medicine, and is mentioned as early as the tenth century. The name Hemlock is
derived from the Anglo-Saxon words hem (border, shore) and leác (leek or plant). Another
authority derives the British name 'hemlock' from the Anglo-Saxon word healm (straw), from which the word
'haulm' is derived.
The use of Hemlock in modern medicine is due chiefly to
the recommendation of Storch, of Vienna, since when (1760) the plant has been
much employed, though it has lost some of its reputation owing to the uncertain
action of the preparations made from it.”
I have a plant growing in my yard courtesy of an old
friend who was moving out of state.
“HERMES was the great Olympian God of animal husbandry,
roads, travel, hospitality, heralds, diplomacy, trade, thievery, language,
writing, persuasion, cunning wiles, athletic contests, gymnasiums, astronomy,
and astrology. He was also the personal agent and herald of Zeus, the king of the gods. Hermes was depicted as either a handsome and
athletic, beardless youth, or as an older bearded man. His attributes included
the herald's wand or kerykeion (Latin caduceus), winged boots, and sometimes a winged travellers cap and
“The theology of Thelema postulates all manifested existence
arising from the interaction of two cosmic principles: the infinitely extended,
all-pervading Space-Time Continuum; and the atomic, individually expressed
Principle of Life and Wisdom. The interplay of these Principles gives rise to
the Principle of Consciousness which governs existence. In the Book of the Law,
the divine Principles are personified by a trinity of ancient Egyptian Divinities:
Nuit, the Goddess of Infinite Space; Hadit, the Winged Serpent of Light; and
Ra-Hoor-Khuit (Horus), the Solar, Hawk-Headed Lord of the Cosmos.”
This week has flown, but I feel like I have little or nothing to show for it, save for perhaps some space. Speaking of space we did manage to donate some plants to next weeks Green Scene...
We sent a rasin tree, pomegranates, dragon fruit pineapples, grapes, figs and an ice-cream bean to the sale. It's a fund raiser for our club and we spend the year growing stuff for the show and making sure it's big enough to send off.
We had a visitor to the garden...
He's an alligator lizard and very cute.
I did make a batch of the "spice of life".
This is a home made blend that I add to my morning shake.
Looks like we will be eating artichoke for dinner one night this week.
We seem to be getting green gages this year.
Speaking of which or Red Barron bloomed this tear and I meant to post, so better late than never...
Gemini is a double sign, it is also the
third sign of the zodiac and ruled by the planet Mercury and the element of Air.
People born during this sign (May 21st - Jun 21st) tend
to enjoy communicating verbally, however this can be taken to extremes in the
form of gossip. They can’t help it, they love to share information, they generally
don’t mean any harm by it, its’ just their way.
A “glamour” is a method of charming a
persons perceptions. This can be used for a variety of purposes, both positive
and negative. It is no different than wearing make up or getting a new haircut
for a job interview in intent, but methods vary widely.
Ganymede was the cupbearer of the Greek
Goods on Mount Olympus.
Originally a Trojan Prince he was carried of
to heaven by Zeus’s eagle to be His lover. Ganymede features in Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis.
Finger of God) is formed when two
planets make a sextile aspect and a third planet is opposite their mid-point.
That third planet must make angles of 150 degrees with the other two (that
is called a quincunx). If you drew
lines on the chart connecting the planets, you would get a Y-shaped formation
that seems to point to one part of the horoscope.”
Jamie Partridge says…
“A Yod does
represent a special task or mission in life that the person feels compelled to
Depending on the planets and houses involved this mission may
manifest in a multitude of ways.
Foxglove or digitalis is a poison that affects the heart and can
be deadly. Foxglove is a traditional ingredient in flying ointments along with
monkshood, datura, water hemlock, belladonna, etc.
There are a variety of recipes available from a variety of
sources, I would caution that in the case of any of these ingredients, less is
The Fool (tarot)
This is the first card in major arcana of the tarot.
It symbolizes the first step on a journey, a new beginning.
There are those who would say that the Fool “knows” everything, but understands