Monday, July 19, 2021

We Saw The Sun and Moon

 It had been a month since we had even a glimpse of the sky, the sun or moon. Nothing but gray in every direction for as far as the eyes could see. It's been bleak, dark gray bleak. I spoke with some of the neighbors who had gathered in the street in front of our house (delighting in the new color), and we agreed that it's been a month-long bummer. They told me that this spell of foggy cloudy gray has gone on longer than any other time, and they have all lived here longer than we have. That gave me some relief. The bleakness was definitely unusual. Then later in the evening we looked out the window and saw the moon. WE SAW THE MOON. Not only that, there was a bit of cloudiness around it and there was a halo of faint colors. 

I ran for the camera. It's a lousy photo, but it's the MOON. And really the moon is never lousy. The moon never disappoints. We saw it. We pointed to the sky. We shouted out our joy to the universe. We suddenly had hope for sunlight the next day. 

And we were not disappointed. Clear skies for a nice long warm afternoon walk.

The future looks bright here, unless you read the political and environmental news. Don't read the news. Go for a walk. Look at the sky. Wave hello to the cows and butterflies. Breathe in the beautiful clear air. Enjoy the moment while you can. Sometimes that's all we've got.

Hope you are all doing well. Thank you for stopping by, friends.

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  1. Good advice Robin. Just enjoy what we can while we can.

    Are you in a regional area? Because you have lakes and open spaces and in Australia, you'd only find that on the far outskirts of the cities now, or in regional towns.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- We are on the far north coast of California. It's very rural here. Our county is quite large (4000 square miles) and there are only 135,000 people here. We are surrounded by mountains, redwood forests, and the ocean.
      Yes, we have to enjoy the beauty of our earth while we can, knowing the ultimate extinction headed our way.

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  2. Yay! So glad you got a break in the clouds. It's hard when the weather is monotonous. I do read the news, but I try to remind myself there's a lot of other stuff going on out there too, like the flowers in the garden, the birds and bugs. :)

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    1. Steve-- We're back to bleak gray foggy skies right now. The weather report promises sunshine, and I always believe them.
      It's hard not to tune into the news. So, it's good to balance it with beauty.

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  3. that's what I'm doing. taking one day at a time. I can't fix the world. I can only do my miniscule part. there is still beauty out there and joy to be had. for now anyway.

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    1. ellen-- Yes, one day at a time. That is really all we can do.

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  4. I didn't realize you had gray skies for so many days. Seeing the sun and moon is definitely a reason for you to celebrate!
    Looking forward to seeing your home when it is all finished!

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    1. EllenD-- It's back to bleak gray fog now. So yes when the sun and moon show up, I celebrate!
      I will photograph the house soon. The painter is still here working away.

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  5. Goodnight Moon, good morning sky. Lovely.

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    1. 37paddington-- A poetic moment. Thank you for that.

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  6. How difficult that must have been for you all...so glad that you now have that wonderful blue sky. Yes, paying attention to the beautiful world we live in is the best way to live!

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    1. Barbara-- The bleak grayness really gets to me. When the sun comes out it literally lifts me out of the doldrums. Yes, noticing beauty is the best way to live.

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  7. Wow, how bleak it must have been for a sunless month. So glad you are back basking in the beauty once more. Sure makes you appreciate a normal day doesn't it? I need to quit watching the news for it can darken the brightest day. Still, we must be aware of what is going on. A real conundrum.

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    1. Patti-- Right now it is bleak again. Ugh. But I hold out hope that the sun will shine again.
      It really is a conundrum, trying to stay sane and be aware of what is happening. We're working on that!

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  8. You are right. The moon is NEVER lousy.

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    1. Colette-- You made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that.

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  9. a skyless , sunless month sounds great! As you know we spend an entire winter under those conditions. The sky , THE SKY!! what a wonder! We are having the best summer ever, it is a drought and everything is tinder but we have sunshine and sky. It is lovely!

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    1. Linda Sue-- We often expect summer fog here, but it almost always burns off by mid-morning. This has been hanging on way way way too long.
      Yes, drought conditions brought on by sunny days have their upside to them. Ah sunshine!

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  10. Good advice! I had a long and meaningful chat with a cow only this morning - good listener!
    Those days of steel-grey skies can be a bit depressing though.

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    1. John-- I would have loved to have heard your chat with the cow. Sometimes I shout out hello. Sometimes I "moo." And sometimes I "om." They usually ignore me.
      This weather is definitely a bit depressing.

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  11. I couldn't agree more with your advice at the end. Yes, ignore Fox and CNN and all of them and enjoy the weather and the birds and the cats. AND your oven!

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    1. Catalyst-- Fortunately, we don't watch any news at all on TV. But we have subscriptions to the NYTimes, Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, and the San Francisco Chronicle. We believe in supporting journalism, but we have grown to hate the 24/7 news cycle. Today it is foggy and chilly as ever, but we hold out hope for the sun to return.

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    2. Sounds like a good day to fire up the oven!

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    3. Catalyst-- If I had something to bake I would turn that oven on. It's a perfect day for it here. The outside temp is a lovely gray 60 degrees. Brrrr.

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    4. I baked a Cherry Clafoutis the other day. Very simple.

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    5. Catalyst-- I used to bake breads and pies, but I got lazy. Maybe I can be inspired again.

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  12. Is a cause of such a long foggy season from the fires? Right now, in Missouri, it’s sunny, but we’ve had a very rainy season; a lot more flooding than the last couple years. I wonder if that’s tied to why you have all that fog? Hopefully, you will get to enjoy the sun, soon.

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    1. oldwhitelady-- We typically have summer fog because of the extreme heat to the east of us. It pulls the fog in. This year the fog has been just sitting over us for weeks. It usually burns off by noon or so. The extreme heat also contributes to the fires. It's a climate bummer. We had fog until around 1:00 or 2:00 today, but then it cleared and became warm and beautiful.

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  13. Please send some fog over here!! We are in the middle of more than a week of very hot ( for us) temps. 30C plus by the middle of the day. I spent yesterday sitting in front of a fan doing very little apart from an early dog walk in the shade. No air con in houses here...just the fans! We have got 4 in the house so I don't have to keep moving the same one round! Hope that you get some sun later today.

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    1. Frances-- I so wish I could send this fog to you. It's here again this morning all across the skies. I am so sorry you are having such a heatwave there. I don't like hot hot weather either. Give me mild temps and blue skies. I hope you get some cool temp relief there. Thank you for stopping by.

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  14. "Don't read the news. Go for a walk."

    Good advice. I'm with you about the moon, it never disappoints.

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    1. Ally Bean-- We saw the moon again last night. We shouted out our hellos. Foggy again today. We're always hoping it will burn off.

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  15. Your new header is beautiful. Maybe I said that before. I'll say it again. Living in a part of the world that often has a heavy cloud cover, it is such a treat to see the moon and stars. I'm looking forward to seeing Orion rising in the early morning sky in the next few weeks. The part of the year when Orion is visible from my porch is my favorite time. It's been sunny and breezy with the sound of leaves moving and birds chirping.

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    1. am-- I'm so glad you like the header. I keep thinking I want to change the text on it. Not sure though. Blogger isn't as user-friendly as it once was. We saw the moon last night, but it is foggy again this morning. We're always hoping it will burn off and give us a sunshiny break.

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  16. You gave great advice, Robin, on getting outside and not reading, listening to or watching the news. It's all downhill if you believe what you hear and see.

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    1. Beatrice-- The beauty of our planet is the best balance to the insanity of these times we are living in.

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    1. Billy-- It's the only way to try and stay sane these days.

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  18. I'd rather have that foggy coolness than 135 degrees. I recall from our bike ride down the coast that when it was hot in the interior, it inducted marine coolness onto the shore. Spurious science, perhaps, or even fake news. Glad you're summering well.

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    1. Phil-- Yes! We'll gladly take the foggy gray days over the climate changing heatwave that has been baking the rest of the country. Sometimes the fog gets crazy monotonous, especially for an atmospheric optic lover like myself, but I'm still glad to have it rather than blistering temps. Hope all is well for you and Betsy too. Always good to hear from you.

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