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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mayan Vendor

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala  
November 2008

One of the many Maya ladies who sold souvenirs to the tourists.  The cloth is traditional to their culture.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Staging Shelf

I’ve always admired ladies who changed around vignettes in their homes to reflect the season or holiday… or just felt like changing up the view!  Until recently my things were so cluttered it just wasn’t worth the effort for me to even try to ‘fluff my nest’.

An unexpected benefit of my decluttering is finding all the pretty things I had for decorating.  And because of the decluttering I now have a place to store my home staging props.

After going thru and shelving my books in different areas of my studio, I had this metal shelf left empty.  I’ve been happily loading it up with various items that I can use to make vignettes throughout my home.

I’m still finding and adding to it, so it will soon be due a bit of neatening.  But for now, it is working out just fine!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Perfect Night Sky TONIGHT!

Did you know that today is “National Look Up At The Sky Day”?  And if you aren’t under clouds, it is a fantastic night to be looking up!  (Unfortunately, I think an interesting celestial event is a cloud magnet for this area.  We are predicted to have 36* temps and ice pellets for tonight.  Grrrrrrrrr!!!)

But if you are blessed with a clear sky, here’s what you could see…

A perfect total eclipse of the moon.  Everything is lined up just so to give one of the darkest eclipse in recent history… and the chance of a stunning ‘blood moon’.  Have your cameras ready!

In central time zone, the show starts around 11:50pm tonight.  However, it gets exciting after midnight… at 12:57am CDT to be exact.  That is when the moon slides into the deepest shadows and that is when it can turn beautiful colors.

At 2:06am CDT, the moon will move into TOTAL darkness.  This time is a long phase eclipse and it will be dark for an hour and a half.  End of totality is at 3:25am when it will pop out with a bright white sliver.  And at 4:33am the show is over.

But there is still more to see tonight!

During the eclipse the bright star you see near the moon is Spica.  To the right (west) is bright Mars.  It is at its closest in years.  If you have a small telescope you can probably see the polar caps!  To the left is yellow Saturn.

And we’re not done yet!

Tonight is also the peak for the April Fireballs!  They are big and beautiful, with long tails.  Some can explode in the air and some have even come on in as meteorites!!  But time to observe is after midnight… while you are watching the eclipse.

And finally…though you won’t be able to see it… is a near Earth flyby of Asteroid 2011 GW9! 

I really, really hope the sky opens up for me tonight!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thrifty Finds: Tripod

I haven’t done much in the way of thrifting lately.  Between spring cleaning, not knowing what all is in the shed, and general miserable weather I just haven’t been interested.  But lately I’ve been doing a bit of picking for things I can use.

Like this tripod.  There have been several times I’ve needed something like this and I wasn’t about to use my telescope’s tripod!  I found this at Goodwill for $4.
It was a surprise to find it because my local Goodwill store is really a bit of a dump.  This is the kind of stuff that is usually for sale there…

Someone has lost some of their faith…but you can have what’s left for $2.99…

A ventilated coat for $7.99.  The whole coat was shot thru with holes!  Hope the bugs that made them were not still in it.

But can you believe they are actually trying to sell this garbage?  And shame on the person who donated it rather than trashing it! 

Once yard sale season gets rolling there will be better hunting.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Showers Bring...

... stunning sunsets!

The sky was changing like a kaleidoscope this evening as a storm front passed through.  (These photos are NOT filtered.  The sky was really this amazing!)

Beautiful end to a good day.