The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, February 13th

The Witches Almanac for Wednesday, February 13th

*Wednesday (Mercury): The conscious mind, study, travel, divination and wisdom.*

Ash Wednesday

Waxing Moon

*The Waxing Moon (from the New Moon to the Full) is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.*

Moon Phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Aries

*Aries: Good for starting things, but lacks staying power. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People tend to argumentative and assertive.*

Incense: Lavender

Color: Yellow

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

                                                                                             —–Albert Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

                                                                                              —–Albert Einstein

February 13th is best for…..

Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Holes, Wean, Potty Train, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight

Gardening Calendar

February 12th – February 13th

Plant Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Other Aboveground Crops in Southern Florida, California and Texas. Extra Good for Cucumbers, Peas, Cantaloupes and Other Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants.

Fishing Calendar

February 13th             Fishing Best in the Evening

Current Moon Astrological Phase & It’s Association with the Body

February 13th          Pisces “Fishes”             Sign in the Feet

Philosofact

“If you can’t see the bright side, polish the dull side.”

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 12th

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 12th

*Tuesday (Mars): Passion, sex, courage, aggression and protection*

Mardi Gras

 

Waxing Moon

*The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you*

Moon Phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Pisces

*Pisces: The focus is on dreaming, nostalgia, intuition and psychic impression. A good time for spiritual or philanthropic activities*

Moon enters Aries 8:51 pm

*Aries: Good for starting things, but lacks staying power. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People tend to be argumentative and assertive.*

Incense: Bayberry

Color: Red

 

We are the flow, we are the ebb

We are the weavers (and), we are the web

We are the weavers, we are the web

We are the spiders (and), we are the thread

We are the spiders, we are the thread

We are the flow and, we are the ebb

We are the flow, we are the ebb

She is the weaver, we are the web

She is the weaver, and we are the web.

She is the needle and we are the thread.

Strand By Stand, Hand Over Hand

Thread By Thread, We Weave The Web

She weaves within us from beginning to end,

our great Mother, our Sister, and our Friend.

                                       ——Flow and Ebb

 

February 12th is best for….

Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Holes, Wean, Potty Train, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight

Gardening Calendar

February 12th – February 13th

Plant Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and other aboveground crops in Southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for Cucumbers, Peas, Cantaloupes, and other Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants.

Fishing Calendar

February 12th  Fishing is Predicted Good for the Evening Hours

The Moon Astrological Place and Its’ Association With the Body

February 12th     Pisces    “Fishes”     In The Feet

 

 

 

 

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Listeria fears expand N.C. cantaloupe recall; feds find ‘unsanitary conditions’

Listeria fears expand N.C. cantaloupe recall; feds find ‘unsanitary conditions’

By JoNel Aleccia, NBC News

Federal health inspectors have found unsanitary conditions at a North Carolina cantaloupe packing shed, leading to an expanded recall of melons that may be potentially contaminated with listeria.

Burch Equipment LLC of Faison, N.C., is pulling 188,902 melons from store shelves in 10 states because of possible contamination that can cause illness and death, particularly in the very young, the very old, pregnant women and those with health problems.

The company’s voluntary recall comes nearly a year after one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history, in which contaminated Colorado cantaloupes sickened 146 people, including at least 30 who died and one woman who had a miscarriage.

The new recall of 13,888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes follows a recall last week of 580 cases of the summer fruit.

Federal Food and Drug Administration officials and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture are conducting an ongoing inspection at Burch Farms. The FDA warned this week that consumers should not eat the summer melons, which carry a red Burch Farms label and the code PLU #4319.

The melons were shipped between July 15 and July 17 and distributed to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Consumers should discard the melons, the FDA said.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the Burch Farms melons, according to a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeria monocytogenes infections can cause symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

But the possibility of another bout of contaminated cantaloupe has stunned at least one family affected by the listeria outbreak caused by Jensen Farms of Holly, Colo.

“It’s so frustrating. It’s unbelievable,” said Michelle Wakley-Paciorek, mother of Kendall Paciorek, now 10 months, who suffered a life-threatening listeria infection at birth because of the tainted cantaloupe. “I can’t even tell you. It’s making my eyes tear up, after what everybody’s been through.”

Dirty equipment, faulty sanitation and bad storage practices at Jensen Farms led to the deadly infections, federal officials concluded. The firm has filed for bankruptcy.

That outbreak led to industry-wide changes in and attention to cantaloupe safety protocols, said Kathy Means, vice president of public affairs for the Produce Marketing Association. Members of the Rocky Ford Growers Association in Colorado invested between $800,000 and $1 million in safety upgrades, said spokeswoman Diane Mulligan.

Means said she couldn’t speak to conditions at the Burch Farms site, but she said that produce growers take the problem “very seriously.”

“We’re always disappointed when anything leads to consumer concerns,” she said.

However, she noted that the contamination was detected, the affected melons were recalled and that no illnesses have been reported to date.

“We wouldn’t want to see anyone stop eating cantaloupe,” she said. “I am confident that the system is working.”

But Wakley-Paciorek said that she no longer buys any melon. To learn that unsanitary conditions were found at another cantaloupe packing shed less than a year after listeria nearly killed her newborn is dismaying beyond words, she said.

Kendall is developmentally delayed and requires the aid of three physical therapists to help repair the deficits caused by the listeria infection.

“It’s shocking that this could happen again,” she said.