A few days ago, I checked The Thermometer Outside My Kitchen Window when it was still dark outdoors and I needed to shine a flashlight through the window to read The Thermometer. The temp registered in red liquid (are they still mercury?) said 34F (about 1C). I was struck by waves of shivers running down my spine and promptly wrapped a small blanket around my shoulders.
THIS morning--already fortified with a purple lap blanket draped across my shoulders--The Thermometer displays its red line all the way up to 44F (approx 6C). Enough improvement to allow me to stand comfortably for a moment gazing at Sirius as he faithfully "dogs" Orion's heels. Most of Orion was blocked from view by a couple of our trees and the neighbor's roof, but an occasional silverly glint showed through the remaining--though changing--leaves.
BTW: Did anyone else manage to enjoy the Saturn, Jupiter, Moon gavotte / parade of the last few evenings. So very cool.
I've been making effort to be sure to check out the above mentioned trio's slow dance performance each evening. Moon has been brilliant! And, in the early morning, I try for even a short moment with Orion and his faithful companion and with Big Dipper and any and all of the city-sky stars. Sparse viewing, but all the more treasured for being The Few.
The clock is ticking in an increasingly rapid nag that I still need to get ready to leave for the dreaded JOB!!!!!! (Cue threatening dramatic music!)
Take care, my friends. Have a Marvelous Day!
MyJeff and I are attempting to arrange a small fire bowl gather in our back yard this coming Saturday evening. We've only managed one little fire bowl this summer, due to heat and dry foliage. This Saturday should be an excellent opportunity for an evening under the stars and around the flame pit.
I'm only planning a few snacks and beverage for the evening's consumption. Wide topic conversation and Face masks would be a good idea and........Please, if you haven't bothered to get vaccinated; don't come to my fire bowl. Even if you have been vaccinated, bringing a mask would be a good Just In Case move. The sky should be clear with reasonably good star viewing and little breeze. Autumn temperatures are sneaking in so bring a jacket or keep a sweater at hand for the dark of the evening.
Feel free to contact me with questions. I hope to see a friend or two that I haven't seen in much too long tomorrow evening. If you can't come, know that I'll be thinking of you and wishing you well.
The haze, sunrise glow, and clouds are all gone this morning! Sparkling, twinkling stars welcomed me onto my back deck 20 minutes ago. A slow, neck-cranked shuffle down the cement path to the back gate provided even more star-joy as I turned around and around to take in all the star gazing I could absorb in the few minutes I dared allow myself. The nearly-autumnal-cool breeze danced with the treetops, the bushes, even with the Joe Pye Weed growing along the northern edge of my deck while the cricket chorus provided counterpoint music to the soft whoosh-and-swish of the breeze song. Sadly, the early morning bird chorus have already moved along with their own honoring of the passing season.
I filled my coffee mug, pulled on my purple hoodie (58F/14C with attendant breeze dictates comfort-caution for this aging dame), and pulled out my favorite folding back deck chair. Only 15-20 minutes, but my long-unavailable preferred Mindfulness/Meditation Moments deserve relaxing care and avoidance of any discomfort. I sipped, stared, listened. And it was Good.
Through this past summer, I've seen little of the Star Nation due to the wretched DST, extra-early work days, smoke haze from the worse-stricken areas of wildfires, and nature's own cloud cover that blended so seamlessly with the smoke haze. Occasional sightings of stars winking at us and even the steady burn of planets with Saturn and Jupiter gracing the evening south and south east near-horizon sky has, perforce, served to feed our hunger for the greater galaxy glows and glory. I was gifted--at 3 in the morning--with sighting four Perseid Meteors slashing across the small rectangle of North Dakota sky I could see through the bedroom window at my sister's farmstead in mid-August! And was treated to a few evenings in their "driveway" watching the moon and her craters, the coupling of Venus and Mars at sunset, and the bounteous beauty of a North Dakota star-studded sky with two of my sisters and their husbands. Sigh. Sometimes I am NOT satisfied with living in Minneapolis.
This morning's sky-show has helped with that.
But now, I must prepare to leave for another day earning my retirement fund. Take care, my friends. Remember to look up now and then. Revel in the blue blue sky with its white fluff clouds. Invite the glow and sparkle of our friendly stars to brighten your heart, your mind, your very soul with hope and joy. Enjoy all the glory this world of ours can--and does--offer us, if we only remember to make the effort to see and absorb the gifts. Be happy in knowing that our world does cherish and love you.
.....NATIONAL BOOK LOVER'S DAY!!!!
I had no idea that there was a Special Day designated for me and My Kind!
How fitting that yesterday I went to Half Price Books for the first time in a LOOONNNGG time and bought a bunch of books! Naturally, I bought a few for myself, but the bulk of them are for my sister who told me about a week ago that she'd started reading the novels of Louis L'amour! And, of course, she got hooked on them and is now interested in starting up a "collection" of them for herself. Thus far, she's been borrowing the books from other siblings. I'll be taking them to her later this week when we dash "home" for a niece's wedding. We'll be staying in a house belonging to this particular sister and her husband, as we've done in the past. I'm so pleased that my favorite sister has developed an active love of reading!
I'm looking forward to seeing family that I haven't seen in several years. I haven't been "home" since my Mom passed on in October of 2018.
To save on what few Paid Time Off Hours I have available at work, I'm starting my work days at 7am instead of the 8am time I usually start. Adds an hour a day to my time sheet and saves that much on my PTO. Makes my morning time rather shorter. Life. What an inconvenient hobby it can be at times!
I gotta get ready to head out for the day! Take care, my friends! Stay well!