My Eclipse pics

After driving all night Sunday night (I arrived at about 6 AM in Kansas City) I drove around aimlessley looking for the perfect spot to watch the eclipse. I drove by the stadiums, large parking lots, etc. but that was not the atmosphere I wanted. I looked at google maps (Goddess Bless Google!) and saw a large green parklike area north of the city. I found this charming pond, cemetery and small church. Found my spot!Pond that was not part of the church property… gate to nowhere that would be my reference pointAt about 9:30, a bad storm approaching… with thunder and lightening (this is another cemetery, what can I say I have a thing for cemeteries… love looking at the old headstones. But I am not posting here…) There were no hotel rooms to be had… so I climbed into the back of the Santa Fe on my comforter and took a 1.6 hour power nap.woke to clearing skies and went to breakfast. 1-70 was at a standstill as the eclipse starting happening… I was heading back to m spot after breakfast. this is the reference point at 12:54 CSTat 1:00 at 1:06

at 1:08:29

AT 1:08:46at 1:10:19

during the totality the guard light at the church came onand then it sttarted to lighten up.

I guess I was just on the fringe of the totality zone, as the sky did not darken completely and I did not see the stars… It did get quite cool and a breeze picked up. The totality was amazing and I saw the chromosphere, Pretty amazing stuff, this science. Wish that I had had a telescope…

All in all worth the last minute trip to Kansas City and back. I was very impressed with Kansas City, it is a very pretty town. Even though they had 9 inches of rain that night, but I was already ensconsed in a Motel 6 in Joplin, Missouri when all of that happened.

And I did 5 states, within 4 days: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. None of them were new states tho… drat!

Catch-up Post

I am just about to dive in head first in Erin Faith Allen’s INNER SPACE class… but before I did I wanted to do some catch up. I just finished two weeks of amazing travel, and am now home for a while! Going back to work on Sept 11, so I have some things I need to do.

I posted my flower pics, and now want to post some of the vacation pics I took.  approaching the cabin in Russia Canyon, NM. Rainy DayRain did not last long…beginnings of a rainbowview from the deck…Lunch at the Lodge, Cloudcroft NM View from the dining room at the Lodge with White Sands in the backgroundView from Haynes Canyon lookout with White Sands in the backgroundDavid and Amanda
David and I at White SandsWorld’s best Green Chile Cheeseburger is served here, San Antonio NM

First glimpse of the Very Large Array, Socorro NM

Closer view of the VLA

Amanda contemplating David and Amanda

Flower Pics from the New Mexico trip

Just finished up a trip to New Mexico andit was a little late in the season for wild flowers, but I got pics of what was there…  Daisies were everywhere Not sure what these are… but they are colorful and only bloomed on the last day we were in the mountains White Queen Anne lace looking flower just blooming…  daisies… I have no idea… but it sure is pretty with the yellow and orange Very pale pink, not sure what they are, but they are growing out of the tree below Thistles were everywhere… Pretty Purple…
Pastel Hollyhocks at The Lodge Cloudcroft. 

All in all, it was a very restful vacation with Mexican Jays, squirrels, elk, turkey, and deer!

Another message from the Universe

If you’re really honest, Shari, you have to admit that things today, in your most amazing life, at this most amazing time in history, are far better than they’ve ever, ever been.

Well done,
The Universe

My messages from the Universe certainly zero in on things I am thinking about. This week I had a dear friend who stopped at DFW on her way west and spent a few days with me. We lived in Albuquerque at the same time, but since have both moved.

Showing her my life, it did make me realize how good that I do have it. I have a gorgeous place to live, people to play cards with, a pool to exercise in, plans for the future with my son and daughter-in-law, fuzzy aliens who live with me and whom I love, a great spiritual resource in the UUCOC,   great friends and great neighbors.

At this point in my life I appreciate all the things that I do have, but I am concerned that some of the things I have predicated the rest of my life on are being threatened, including my Social Security and Medicare. But I cannot dwell on those things, as I am so grateful for all that I do have and intend to enjoy as long as they are here!

Message from the Universe

Some days these are right on and some days they are just…

But this one was spot on…

I always knew I could count on you to uncover the truth, Shari, when others just played “follow the leader.” I wasn’t surprised at all to find you standing by your principles when the going got tough. And there was never any doubt in my mind that when faced with a fork in the road, you’d take the path less traveled.

I just had no idea you’d have such expensive taste.

You so rock,
The Universe

Waning Crescent Moon in Taurus…

I have been paying more attention to cycles in my life. Since I am post-menopausal, my menstrual cycle (the basis of years of cycles…) is no longer present, or not to the same extent it was before menopause.

There was a Facebook post this morning about what phase of the moon you were born under and I checked it out. My results are


and there is a link where you can check your birthday… I found the description of my moon phase to be very interesting… and mostly spot on.

Check yours out…