I am tired, sore and jiggle eyed. Last month I spent my spare time working on the examiner articles, then, my completive streak snuck in and I tried to write some articles for their sponsor, HomeDepot. I wrote some really bad articles… I have to write about cats, but that will be done slowly.
I know what I enjoy, and this Blog is what I love to write.
I still have my change jar in the back of my closet, slowly filling with dollars, for that elusive laptop which will help me write anywhere in the house, or on a jaunt outside. I see that happening by spring.
I plan on finishing a novel, and submitting some of my writing.-I should get competitive about this.-
I am well, happy and back.
This evening I was sitting on the couch watching, Julia & Julia, and lost track of time. I had left Uriah outside, in his kennel, and forgot to bring him in when it got dark.
I had to turn on the outside lights and then the bathroom light downstairs, the one closest to the dog kennel and the office where this computer is located.
I turned on the driveway overhead light as I opened the garage door.
It was a clear dark night. The air was cold enough that I saw my breath. Lights were shining out in the cornfields behind the house, near the back path. Farmers were out harvesting crops, trying to outrun the rains.
Uriah started whining when he heard the door open. He hasn’t been very brave the past few months. When he hears a noise in the dark he would rather stand next to me and growl, than run off barking.
This past Friday, Michael and I made a pretty good attempt at waterproofing the deck for winter. We never got around to cleaning up, that will be done maybe tomorrow- or not. Everything is lying around and will need to be stored away for the winter anyway, so I’m in no hurry to straighten up the outside when I can barely stand straight today.
I stumbled over a board and the hose I had left out.
When I got to Uriah, his kennel was lit up due to the glow from the bathroom light. I was very glad I remembered to turn that light on.
Uriah stuck his nose in his large empty water bowl. I had moved it to work on the deck and now it was empty. I pulled it back under the deck where it belonged and felt around in the dark, in the cold damp grass for the end of the hose.
Uriah stood patiently waiting. As I finished filling up the big water bowl, I spotted in the shadows his small water bowl, still filled to the brim. While Uriah was slurping up water, I looked inside the kennel. His water bowl in the kennel was still filled. I laughed and shook my head. Silly dog!
As I waited for Uriah to relax and roll in the grass; I stared up into the dark night sky, a string of clouds drifted near the eastern horizon. The rest of the sky was clear. Pinpoints of white lights glittered overhead.
Have you ever stared upward, with out blinking, so you could see stars beyond the ones that caught your attention? I could do that tonight. I could see clusters of stars out of the corner of my eye, if I looked straight at them they would blend into the blackness.
Supposedly, tonight has a waning crescent moon tonight, 29% full. I didn’t see the moon.
Star gazing has been getting harder to do with the naked eye. With all the lights and pollution our children and grandchildren are loosing out on this simple pleasure.
Rumbling of farm equipment and the occasional rustling in the garden were the only sounds. Uriah nosed around in the Blue Spruce next to the garage I let him, I didn’t want to go backing into the brightly lit house, not just yet.
I didn’t get a picture tonight, but here is a video I took last week of a sunrise.