Did you see the eclipse?
Thankfully, our viewing options have advanced.
(Look at the adult in the group!)
It was a wonderful summer in Portland. I loved seeing my kids who live up that way and spending so much time with my granddaughter. I’ll miss them all, but I’m home now, and home is good.
Before coming home, I spent a few days at my second daughter’s house, where some of my family gathered to watch the eclipse on Monday. Was anyone else right in the path of totality? Because if you were, “Wow! That was amazing!” wasn’t it?
My daughter lives on a street of young families who practically live in their front yards. Every single day, kids are running all over, playing football or basketball, driving little motorized cars down the street, riding bikes or scooters, and playing war with nerf guns. Parents do yard work and hang out with each other to visit while their kids play. All of this outdoor play and neighborliness seems unreal nowadays, like it’s a movie set or something. It’s a great neighborhood!
So, it wasn’t surprising that the street had an unplanned eclipse party. Everyone ended up in the same area of the street with our verified eclipse-safe glasses, and we visited while we watched the sun disappear. It kept getting darker and colder as the moon moved across the face of the sun, but even when there was only a teeny-tiny sliver of sun showing, it wasn’t as dark as we expected it to be.
But as soon as the eclipse was total, everything went instantly really dark. We pulled our protective glasses off and stared at the moon-covered sun. Wow! Street lights came on. The birds got quiet. We could see stars! Everyone jumped up and down, bouncing and dancing and cheering. You had to be in the path of totality to experience the thrill of that because it wasn’t that cool until it was total.
Several of us commented how surprised we were that a minute, almost-not-there thread of sun won’t let it get totally dark! Even a tiny amount of light keeps darkness at bay. (There’s a spiritual metaphor or two there if you want to think about that!) :)
My son-in-law said, “I’m really surprised at how affected and moved I was by the eclipse. I didn’t expect that. It might be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen or done.” I think a lot of us felt the same way. I was still excited about it hours later.
I didn’t drive home til the next morning because the traffic. It was stop and go traffic (mostly stop) on the interstate all day long after the eclipse. Someone said it took them 3 1/2 hours to drive what would normally take 1/2 an hour. No thanks.
But when I arrived home the next day, I received a nice welcome from my apartment-neighbors. I live in a small, six-unit apartment building (owned by friends), and everyone who lives here is a Christian. We’ve got a young couple with a baby (they’re expecting another), a 94-year-old man, and everything in between. It’s such a great place to live.
When I drove up, my 94-year-old neighbor was out in the garden waving and smiling at me. He hollered, “Welcome back! We missed you!” (Love that man!) We chatted for a bit, and then I walked upstairs to go to my apartment. My sweet 90-year-old next door greeted me at her door with a hug and my mail (she collected it for me while I was gone).
For the last few days, I have been decluttering like crazy! While I was in Portland, I kept a little notebook of ideas and plans and musings. I thought and prayed long and hard about the way I want to live my life going forward, and I mean in just about every facet of my life. This decluttering is a very small part of that.
In the past two days, I’ve taken more than 10 boxes of books to the thrift store! (I cleared out about 1/3 of my books.) I’m finished with the books, but I’ve barely begun doing what I have in mind to do. I don’t want to say much about this yet, but when I’m finished and up and running in these areas of my life, I’m sure I’ll have lots to say about it.
Today, I’ve made green juice for the freezer, ground almond butter in the food processor, and enjoyed puttering a bit in my own kitchen. I went to the co-op and bought enough veggies and other stuff to get me by until I sit down and food-plan. I love all of the local produce for sale in our co-op!
I don’t have internet in my home, so I’m typing this on my laptop while I sip a cup of mint tea. After awhile, I’ll go to the library to post this (the library is just a few blocks away, and I need to go there anyway). This is how I’ll be blogging until I get internet in my house, which may be this fall (for a few reasons).
I hope to post two or three times a week. (I can already tell it’s going to be a lot easier to think and write posts now that I’m home in my own space, in my own rhythm.) Judi asked how she can get notifications of my posts. I don’t know! Haha. I will look into putting up a link that sends post notifications via email for those who are interested.
If you are wondering why I’m only posting photos not taken by me, it’s because I currently don’t have a camera, but I’m researching to see what I want to buy (I want something as good as what I used before, and I’m getting closer to figuring out what that is). I hope I will be posting my own photos again sometime this fall. In the meantime, sorry to be so impersonal.
Speaking of fall, can you believe it’s almost here?! September is just around the corner. I’ll be starting back to work this coming Monday. Some of my kids will be coming to visit for Labor Day weekend, and then the old work-year rhythm is back on!
I’l have more to say soon. I hope your days have been sweet. God is good. All the time! Count your blessings.