Forecast and Faery Finder
By Janice Scott-Reeder and the Bitwit
According to Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac, today’s color is brown and the incense is Bay Laurel. Today is the fourth quarter waning Moon in Capricorn and the Norwegian Twentieth Day.
Deck: Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea.
Today’s Tarot Card is Death: transformation. This card seldom signifies physical death unless the other cards around it show illness or accident. However, even physical death is just a transformation. Something ends and out of its ashes comes something new.
Deck: Healing with the Fairies.
The Faeries say:
Today is too busy to take the time to look inside yourself but maybe that is exactly what you should do so you can figure out how you got so over extended. Hey, there is the line at store, the line at the red light and always the bathroom break for this introspection. There is time.
Today’s Cat Comfort Card is:
Fat Cat: “Be generous; share your abundance with others.”
Deck: The Fairies’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica MacBeth
Today’s Faery Finder is on the lookout for:
G. Hobyah is scurrying around. He is a hobgoblin. He is the thing under the bed and in the closet. He is the shadow that scares you and the branch scraping the side of the house. He is all your fears. He is also a really little fellow, just like all your fears really are. Turn on the light, put some cookies out and invite him to sit beside the fire with you and talk things over.
Today’s Lo Shu Number is 6 and the Element is Water. The Snake finds conflict today but the Rooster has ease. Today is an auspicious day for starting construction and births.
Today’s Message from the Universe is: “Humility is now in my heart, opening the door to wisdom, true power and peace.
I now allow the love, peace and simplicity of my Soul to shine through.” Annie Marquier creating a world of peace one thought at a time.
COMMENTARIES BY JANICE SCOTT-REEDER
If you have suffered plant damage from the week of freezing temperatures, do not cut your plants back unless you are dealing with orchids. Because they are highly susceptible to fungus infection, you need to get the mushy black areas off quickly, disinfect and keep them warm and semidry. Other plants actually cut off the hurt areas themselves and you have no idea what is still living and what is dead by looking, yet. Leaves will fall of their accord and you can easily rake them up. Branches may sprout new growth as soon as it gets warm. Now, if they sprout new growth and we have another of these freeze spells, they will be goners for the most part, so plan on how you are going to cover and protect them now. You can always replace all your sheets during the January white sales and have plenty of plant covers. Remember, the coldest month tends to be February! Put simply, what you think is dead may be living and what you think is living may yet die so there is no point in going on a pruning frenzy until you know in a couple of weeks what you are dealing with. Cutting back too soon can cause the plant to send out premature growth which may kill them. For bulb and tuber plants, they will come up again. Try to keep them drier than normal for a couple of weeks until you are sure the weather is going to stay warm. As soon as they get warm and wet, they are going to try to sprout and that can be a death sentence if another cold spell hits too soon and it wouldn’t have to be a freeze. Elephant ears are cold hardy. Caladiums are not cold hardy. That is why they dig them up every year in zones 8 and 9. Down here, we don’t have to worry. The iguanas already ate them all.
I am totally thankful for the wooden fence totally around my house and the huge trees. I suffered no damage at all. My Datura will even be blooming in a couple of days. She didn’t even loose her bud, but I did have her covered. Tomorrow I will be outside, after taking the boys to their vet appointment, working in my yard to get the container garden ready. Guess I need to pick up some concrete stones on the way back to sit the boxes on. The veggies are ready to be put outside in their bigger boxes so they can begin growing again.
I always get the boneless pork loins when they come on sale at Costco. They are tricky to cook and one mistake and they are dry and cat food. Tonight I sliced them into ¼ inch strips and soaked them in barbecue sauce for an hour. Then I cooked them in a pot, covered, for 1.5 hours in enough barbecue sauce to cover and to say they are delicious is an understatement. Paired with some cinnamon apples and raw tomato, they made a wonderful dinner. They are tender! Anyway, George is taking the rest of the pot for lunch tomorrow. I have learned the secret to tough meat is to cut it into strips, marinade and cook slowly in a covered pan. Most anything becomes edible after that treatment. The cats are not happy.
Yes, tomorrow Boogaboo and Mr. B will get their operations. They had their last meal of the day and George will bring the carrier home later tonight. They know something is up. The last week I have started calling the Horndog One and Horndog Two. Boogaboo got the number one distinction. That tiny little Fiona came into season and their teenage hormones kicked into high gear. She is no bigger than a three month old cat. She and Flame are next on the vet list though I have no idea how he is going to spay this tiny little kitty who is laying in my lap purring. She is SOOOOOO cute! Okay, enough cat bragging for one night.
Every time I succeed in spilling cat food juice all over my hands, the phone rings, the computer beeps and my personal favorite, I absolutely must run to the bathroom right NOW. Never does this event occur when there is plenty of time to wash my hands.