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21 June 2013 @ 07:24 pm
Happy Summer Solstice!  
At about 10pm PST this evening Summer will officially begin. Which is why its sprinkling here in PDX, of course! Well at least I won't have to water again tonight. My tomatoes are so happy right now.

For a bit more on Summer Solstice 2013 and things celestial check out the following links.


Oh hoping things will clear out for the Super Moon. Cause who doesn't love a huge full moon?

Myrrhmade: witchmyrrhmade on June 22nd, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Blessings to you and yours!
Kestrel Catkestrelcat on June 22nd, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! And to you as well!
jams: oatmealmolasses on June 22nd, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
it was actually 10 last night
but we're covered in thick clouds and bits of drizzle up here.

last night i snuggled with cats and this afternoon i was in the forest-it's beautiful no matter the weather.
happy solstice!


The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2013, the solstice falls on Friday, June 21 at 5:04 Universal time, which is 1:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time and 12:04 A.M. Central Daylight Time.

But this year, the solstice happens on Thursday, June 20 for places in North America west of the Central Time Zone, occuring at 11:04 P.M Mountain Daylight Time and 10:04 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time.
Kestrel Catkestrelcat on June 22nd, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
"but we're covered in thick clouds and bits of drizzle up here"

Boy that sounds like just about every Solstice I spent in Bellingham. Don't miss that in the least!

So looking forward to the Super Moon. Should be clear here in PDX.

Shadowdancercutelildrow on June 23rd, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
Down Under here, we had the Winter solstice yesterday. Well, winter, such as it is, depends entirely on how far south one lives. My father in law teasingly scoffed at my describing how we've started putting on jackets, sweaters and cardigans, calling that cold! In the meantime, they had -3 degrees celcius temps and their whole paddock was covered with white frost! (They're in Victoria, we're in Queensland.)

Rhys remarked that I'd have been even HARDER to coax out of bed than I already am now.
Kestrel Catkestrelcat on June 23rd, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
I'd forgotten it t'would be Winter Solstice for ya'll. Glad it hasn't gotten too cold yet. They the kitchen looks awesome.

Oh your curry recipe made me smile. Did something very similar in the crock pot earlier this month. Twas yummy.

Shadowdancercutelildrow on June 23rd, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Hehe, thanks! Glad you enjoyed reading it.

I have a crockpot, but haven't gotten around to using it. I admit being a little nervous because I have this tendency to constantly adjust seasonings while cooking till 'it tastes right' to me, and I don't know if you can do that with a crockpot. I should really look into it though since I suspect that it will be something of a lifesaver once the bubs is born. Er, baby.
Kestrel Catkestrelcat on June 23rd, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
You can adjust seasonings as you cook.

I often put the base seasonings and items in but wait til later to add salt for example. I also add additional fresh herbs, ground pepper, chillies and garlic powder towards the end as well because I find that it gives an extra punch of flavor to the dish.

As to cooking when the lil'one arrives all I can say is yes indeed it will help. I love our crock and I use it at least weekly to make something or another. In fact many of the recipes I post on LJ use a crock or slow cooker. To me the best thing besides the whole set it and walk away aspect of the crock is that I can easily do double the amount I would normally. Which of course allows me to freeze the extra and defrost it a few weeks later. I often do red sauce this way.

Hope this helps-