December 4, 2014

  • somewhere

    I'm still here....my computer is all fixed and loaded up with new programs I haven't quite figured out yet.  But I'm learning....you can teach an old dog new tricks sometimes.  Here's a couple of pictures of a rainbow that filled our sky the Sunday before Thanksgiving.....WOW!

    double rainbow 11-23-14 rainbow 11-22-14

    it was so big Barry couldn't get it all in one photo, if I could figure out how to  line up the green and red trees it would be perfect.  I was at Church helping fix our annual Thanksgiving feast and missed all but the fading glorie...Thanks Barry for getting the shot.  Speaking of Church, Barry also took this picture for our new directory:

    FBCS church family 11-9-2014

    We don't have a huge congregation but I sure do love it here at Cave Spring Baptist!

    I'll try and get back in the grove of posting soon....yeah I know I've said that before, it's just been a busy time for everyone.  Someone asked me the other day if I was ready for Christmas - I told them I wasn't even ready for Halloween yet - they just looked at me like I was a crazy person....hahahaha...maybe I am.

    ILYM

     

November 12, 2014

  • The Taurids are Falling!

    N. Taurid meteors peak in

    moonlight on November 11-12

    north-taurid-meteor-november-12

    or perhaps they've fallen =(((

    It was cloudy here last night and somewhat warm for the season...tonight is suppose to be clear and crisp, in fact the crispiest day of the season so far, down in the 20's.  I'll bundle up and try my luck at spotting any straggler Taurids - I'll not get my hope up though, I haven't had much luck spotting shooting stars this year.

     

    Meteor forecasters are calling for November 11-12 to be the peak night of the North Taurid meteor shower. On a moonless night, this shower is usually best viewed for several hours, centered around midnight or 1 a.m. However, in 2014, it might be more advantageous to watch at evening, or before the bright waning gibbous moon rises into your sky. This is a somewhat rambling – and sparse – shower, offering perhaps five meteors per hour. Yet these slow-moving meteors are known for producing fireballs – exceptionally bright meteors – that may well overcome tonight’s moonlight glare.

    You can also try observing this shower in the dark hours before moonrise! Want to know the time of moonrise in your location? Try this custom sunrise-sunset calendar, and be sure to check the box for moonrise-moonset times.

    The meteors tend to be few and far between in the early evening hours, but if you’re lucky, you might catch an earthgrazer meteor – a slow-moving and long-lasting meteor that travels horizontally across the sky. Worth a try!

    The photo at the top of this post, by the way, is a Taurid fireball captured on November 12, 2012, by our friend Mike Lewinsky.

    The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, marks the radiant for the North Taurid meteor shower.  This cluster is part of the constellation Taurus the Bull.  Photo by Dave Dehetre on Flickr.

    The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, marks the radiant for the North Taurid meteor shower. This cluster is part of the constellation Taurus the Bull. See the little cluster on the chart below? It’s easy to see in the night sky. Photo by Dave Dehetre on Flickr.

    The radiant point of November's North Taurid meteor shower.

    The radiant point of November’s North Taurid meteor shower.

    The North Taurid meteors are named for the constellation Taurus the Bull because the meteors appear to radiate from this part of the starry sky. In fact, the radiant for this shower is not far from the famous Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters, in Taurus. Taurus rises over the northeast horizon around 7 to 8 p.m. at mid-northern latitudes. At temperate latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, Taurus rises a few hours later.

    Taurus climbs upward as evening deepens into late night, and soars highest for the night shortly after midnight. The higher that Taurus appears in your sky, the more meteors that you’re likely to see (on a moonless night). Because Taurus is a northern constellation, it climbs higher in the Northern Hemisphere sky than for our cousins in the Southern Hemisphere.

    You don’t need to find the constellation Taurus to enjoy the North Taurid meteor shower. But you do need to find a dark, open sky and to be mindful of the rising time of the moon. Be sure to take along a reclining lawn chair for comfort.

    Bottom line: Meteor forecasters are calling for November 11-12 to be the peak night of the North Taurid meteor. However, in 2014, it may be more advantageous to watch in the evening, or before the bright waning gibbous moon rises into your sky. Or watch for bright meteors scooting along in the moonlight.

    Good Luck and Stay Warm!

    ILYM

    Ken Christison posted this photo to EarthSky Facebook and wrote:

    Watching the moon set behind the trees. I always liked to get clean images of the moon, but this morning I just kept it running through the trees. I think it does add to the whole atmosphere.

    We agree, Ken! Thanks for posting.

November 10, 2014

  • Thank a Veteran

    Someone asked me today why we were celebrating Veterans Day on Tuesday instead of Monday this year...I told them I thought we always celebrated on the 11th of November...not being for certain I googled it, cause you know if it's on the internet it has to be true  =))))))))

     Who Knew?:

    Here's what you need to know:

    Difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day: Veterans Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated on Nov. 11 each year. It's often confused with Memorial Day, which is set aside to honor those who died serving their country. Veterans Day is for all those who have served in the armed forces.

    Armistice Day: The origins of the holiday date back to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, who proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to mark the end of World War I. The armistice between Germany and the Allied nations that ended WWI was signed on that day and a ceasefire went into effect on the 11th hour of Nov. 11, 1918. An interesting note on that day, however. The war didn't have its official end until seven months later, when, on June 28, 1919, the parties signed the Treaty of Versailles in the Palace of Versailles in France.

    How it was first marked: The initial celebration included a short work stopping at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

    Early description of the holiday: Wilson's proclamation noted: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

    Congress joins in: On June 4, 1926, Congress passed its own resolution asking President Calvin Coolidge to issue another proclamation to observe Nov. 11 as a holiday designed to celebrate world peace and the end of WWI.

    Alabama's role: In 1945, Birmingham veteran Raymond Weeks, a veteran of World War II, led a delegation to then Army Chief of Staff Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to convince him to turn Armistice Day into a time to honor all those who served in the armed forces. Weeks led the first national celebration in Alabama in 1947, something he continued to do until his death in 1985.

    Name change: Eisenhower, by then president, signed a bill into law in 1954 and Congress voted to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

    Day change: Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1971 but was changed back to its original Nov. 11 date in 1978. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then it's observed on Monday or Friday, respectively.

    How it's celebrated now: Veterans Day is now observed on Nov. 11, regardless of which day of the week on which day it falls. Federal and most state offices are closed on the day, as are most schools.

    So there ya go - our schools are not closed tomorrow, but they do have a very nice memorial service at 11:00 and then they feed the local veterans in the school cafeteria.

    Here's one of my favorite Veteran photo's:

    U.S. Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie kisses a nurse in Times Square in an impromptu moment at the close of World War Two

    it reminds me of the old movie with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly:

    On the Town:

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    Have a Great week!

    ilym

November 5, 2014

  • Oh Happy Day!

    My computer is working correctly now....it was very very sick!

    I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully) with a new post - I sure have missed this place.

    chicken joke

    later

    ilym

October 27, 2014

  • Incredible Thunderbirds

    Air Show Nash 2014

    Hope everyone is doing well....have a great Halloween, I'm working the cake walk and trunk or treat at church....I think I'm going as a frustrated computer geek

    ilym

    Nash Air Show 2014

    Nash and the Thunderbird 2014

    thunderbirds 2014

    Nova Air Show 2014

October 7, 2014

  • Heads Up!!!!

    Hello Out There!

     I'm still here, well, at least I'm here at home.  My computer at work is still a piece of poo =/   My boss is contemplating getting me a new and improved model....We'll see.  Anyway I've missed xanga a whole lot.  I've not even been able to check your post at work in over a month, which is strange because I can check facebook with no problems....I did read a fb message from xanga this week....I'm signning up for the free six months - YAY FOR FREE STUFF!!!!

    I wanted to post about the lunar eclipes - I'm going to set my alarm and get up for it, as the weather seems to be in a co-operative mood.  Here's some information:

    View larger. |  Deep colors in the umbral shadow are revealed in a long exposure 15 minutes before the total phase of the April 14-15, 2014 eclipse begins.  Photo by Fred Espenak.

    TONIGHT FOROCTOBER 7, 2014

    Courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory
    ________________________________
    I also subscribe to spotthestation which warns me 12 hours in advance when you can spot the international space station fly bys!  I'm not sure if this is for the whole of North America or just my town....but I'm going to watch for the fly by too, it's really cool, I am easily amused though....

    HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov

    Time: Tue Oct 07 8:34 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 40 degrees, Appears: W, Disappears: NNE
    So there you go....happy viewing the heavens everyone!
    ILYM

August 5, 2014

  • Ole Tobie

    In the past I've ended most days in prayer, more often than not this was ritual, thanking God for family and friends, asking for rain or not so much rain and  asking for prayers for those in need.  However recently  when I lay me down to sleep I just talk with God, most nights it's a short conversation before I drift off to a nice quite restful state.  Last Sunday night the talk was quite lengthy, Tobie, who'd taken up sleeping at the foot of my bed, was very restless.  Outside Lightnin McQueen, having been sent to the pen for the night, for chewing up right flip flops, was barking poor poor pitiful me and although I could overlook (or hear) the whining, my neighbor who is just finishing up radiation and chemo treatments, probably didn't find him as endearing as I,  although she has never once complained ...anyway....I got up, went through the house to the kitchen window and yelled at Lightin to HUSH UP !!!! ,  Tobie followed me and when out the kitchen door...Lightnin stopped barking... I went back to bed, it was 2:22am on the cable box as I passed by.

    The next morning I got up and got ready for work as usual. Backing out the drive way I saw Tobie laying under the pecan tree, it looked like he's taken a final stroll down to the creek and on his way back to the house had laid down to keep the squirrels out of the pecans one last time.  I went back to the house and told Barry, I offered to stay home and help dig the grave, down by the creek in the pet cemetery, but  he declined and said he'd call me at work when things were ready, and he did.  Big Moon as Nash and I call him, prepared the grave and called me to come for the closing.  At 11:30 we laid Tobie to rest with all the dogs that have come and gone before him. He was 12 and a half years old, he'd had a really good life, but I sure will miss him.

    Santa Dogs

    Tobie's the yellow on the left....He was a Good dog.

    RIP TOBIE TUCKER

    January 2002   - July 2014

    I've not been able to post from work, I can usually read your post and keep up with your lives but I can't post and comment...  however....today I called and left a message with a computer dude, that I trust, to come work on my computer.  Hopefully soon I'll be able to communicate from work again. I'm at home now, usually my home time is pretty darn sacred....but you are all very important and I wanted to record  Tobies passing before the memory fades, because they do.  We've buried many a dog down by the creek...they all face eastwardish. If I don't get working on headstones soon I'm afraid we might start diggin up dogs.

    Signing off from the Home front

    ILYM

July 15, 2014

  • Happy Happy Joy Joy

    Twenty Eight Years ago I gave birth to two of the most incredible girls in the wide world...Twenty Eight years later they decided to spend their birthday in Greece...

    Anna and Sarah in Greece 7-15-2014
    Sarah and Anna Greece 7-15-2014

    without me and Big Moon...but I'm throwing them a Cinderella Birthday Party, I've invited all their friends over and am making them clean my house =))))

    wicked step mother

    Happy Birhday Grills... ILYM

July 1, 2014

  • Happy Birthday Marica!!!

    I must confess I stole the following quote from Adams woman...thanks C!

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    Today is Marica0701's Birthday....She's an AWESOME person...Go wish her a Happy Birthday

    Have a great week and Happy Forth of July in case I don't have time to tell you on Thursday!

    ilym

June 19, 2014

  • Summertime

    Early every spring my husband Barry plants tomato seed, he also buys plants when they come available at the hardware and grocery store, this year I think he planted a dozen plants at the house and has given plants away, I even planted one here at the office. Then the waiting and watching begins...it's always exciting to see those first little green gems apear. Tuesday when I got home from work Barry told me we had a red tomato! I asked him if he'd picked it but he was waiting on our grandson Nash to to have the honor...You see Nash loves tomatoes, he's been our official tomato inspector since he was able to walk! Wednesday Nash and Big Moon ( Nash calls Barry Big Moon, much more creative than grandpa although we do have to explain who Big Moon is quite often) emailed me this photo:

    Nash and the first tomatoes June 2014

    Nash found two red beauties....sometimes being four has it's advantages, like being closer to the ground where red tomatoes like to hang out :) One tomatoe went into Nash's ramon noodles and Barry is saving the second one, I figure until there's another one to take it's place, but I'm thinking it might turn into a tomato sandwich this afternoon...Yummmmmm....my mouth is already watering...

    I haven't called the computer dude in to look at my computer yet, but at least I can connect to the internet without embarassing myself, although occasionally the screen goes blue and everything shuts down...I'll have to do something soon. I'm also still typing blind but I can highlight (thanks Zakiah!)and read what I've written, it's kinda tricky editing this way but I'm gettin it done :)

    Life Is Good

    It's All Good!
    ilym