alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
[personal profile] alatefeline
Good things today, yesterday, this past weekend:

Basically the whole camping trip. Though not the getting ready for it, which was a Thing.

Especially the ocean. Ocean!!!

The gift of time, and listening, and care.

...

Solar eclipse!!! Eclipse glasses in the mail, not a day too late. Early grumpy wake-up. Dawn while driving dark winding roads; morning by a wild river. Stopping at a camp store on a highway deep in the woods. Rambling around, looking at the sun through trees, judging angles. A book, a fern meadow, a cup of hot coffee, a path by a pond, a return just in time. Unexpected friends with a telescope!

An orange bitten circle, crescent, sliver, shrinking.

Ripples of auroral light along the road. Dusk over the pine trees, and a planet shining in twilight blue. A blazing ring around the dark circle, and light expanding to impossible brightness. The sun revealed again.

Seeing friends; visiting their farm; horses, chickens, dogs, alpacas!!!

A tuft of alpaca wool. A handful of blackberries. Cold water given in hospitality.

...

Getting some chores done. Fine sandpaper, good work gloves, and other tools. Cookies.

A favorite sweater.

Uncertainty. It may be uncomfortable, but it is a gift.

(I'm going Out East to a funeral, with S, and when I come back it'll be the new school year at work, and there's so much I was going to get done that I haven't, and so many experiences I've had that I would not have traded away. I'm not feeling ready, but I'm not totally lost either, I think...I have some hope, and some foundations to build on, and some goals, and some good reassuring things; what I don't have is clarity. I guess I'll muddle on ahead.)

...

And oh, the light...

Date: 23 Aug 2017 01:49 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
sounds stunning

we got a partial, which was beautiful enough, but

Date: 23 Aug 2017 02:23 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Will they be good that long? The thing I'm hearing is they're only good for three years so Astronomers Without Borders is collecting them for students in South America and Africa in 2019.

Date: 23 Aug 2017 02:34 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
possibly wise, as well (clutter alert!)

ahahaha preach

Date: 23 Aug 2017 12:26 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
uh haha funny story

these images represent progress. the first is at the dining end of the living-dining area, and the second at the living end. the third, the bookcase prominent in the first shot and the pillar prominent in the second shot are both visible. so you can estimate the distance over which I hauled eleven tote bags full of books, and, more to the point, see a fraction of the remaining CLUTTER MESS.

an empty bookcase and an empty DVD case

eleven tote bags full of books, plus a white pillar

left foreground: empty bookcase. background: white pillar. in between: FUCKTONS OF CLUTTER MESS.

Date: 23 Aug 2017 20:19 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
True!

Date: 23 Aug 2017 11:48 (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
They had an item about that on the news. as long as the lenses aren't scratched, bent, or otherwise damaged they are good indefinitely (so sayeth NASA).

The 3 years bit is more a case of the manufacturer covering their ass.

Date: 23 Aug 2017 12:15 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
oh huh okay :)

eclipse glasses

Date: 27 Aug 2017 07:16 (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Didn't know about the time limit, nor the donation avenue - thanks for the info! I'm keeping mine, though. After the event was over I went around to other folks at the campout and said, "I'm using these as a yearbook, would you like to sign them?" To my delight, many folks did so. Thus they serve multiple purposes, each in its own time.

Re: eclipse glasses

Date: 27 Aug 2017 12:19 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Ooooh cool

Date: 23 Aug 2017 04:11 (UTC)
syntaxofthings: Amy Pond from Doctor Who sitting among sunflowers. ([dr who] amy among sunflowers)
From: [personal profile] syntaxofthings
These are such lovely things ♥

Date: 23 Aug 2017 07:32 (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Ocean!

We now live as far as it's possible to be from the ocean in these 'ere islands.

'Bout fifty miles...........

Date: 23 Aug 2017 11:50 (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
Fay moved here from Iowa.

I have pictures of her first encounter with the ocean. It was on a visit to Lin and Kermit up in Aberdeen Washington.

Date: 23 Aug 2017 08:55 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
\o/

Date: 23 Aug 2017 18:24 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
*happies*

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