The supermoon appeared tonight.
It is responsible for the flood warnings here in Kentucky, so I can’t see it for the cloud cover. But my friend Karen had more luck…
Here is the supermoon over Michigan.
Do you think it looks 5-7 percent bigger than your average moon?
Compare and see! (Then let me know. I can’t see crap here.)
Posted in Education, Environment, Humor, Life, Weather
Tagged clouds, education, environment, flood warning, Humor, life, moon, supermoon, tides, weather
Yesterday when Rory and I began our afternoon walk, the sun was shining bright and warmed the air. Ten minutes later, the sky was dark and threatening, and I was freezing.
The biggest problem this presented was in my choice of prescription sunglasses. Once the clouds gathered, it was really too dark to wear them. But if I took them off, I would be blind — literally — depending only on my trusty eighteen-pound guide dog to get us back home.
So I did…just to see what it would be like.
The city was definitely blurry. The colors more muted, too. And while I might have expected the sounds to be louder, instead I felt more isolated. But when people passed, I didn’t have to worry if they were making eye contact with me.
It is New York City, after all.
To give you an idea of what I saw, here is a representative view of a tulip garden I passed.
Posted in Dogs, Humor, Life, Photography, Walking, Weather
Tagged afternoon walk, blurry, Central Park, clouds, Dogs, eye contact, eye sight, guide dog, Humor, legal blindness, life, muted colors, myopic, New York City, photography, prescription sunglasses, spring, squint, tulips, Upper West Side, walking, weather
What did you do today?
I stood outside and pretended to yell and cheer.
It kinda looked like this — I was with a group of people miming mass excitement in a commercial shoot in Brooklyn — but nothing else was remotely the same.
See the blue sky in that photo? We never saw that today.
It was all grey clouds and showers…and often heavy showers. And on this particular shoot, we had nowhere else to go. No comfy, dry holding area for us. So we had to stand around outside, huddled under umbrellas, waiting for the rain to pause to get the shot.
Think about it. We had to stand outside — stand — in the rain for 10 hours.
Acting is so glamorous.
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Tagged acting, blue sky, Brooklyn, Business, clouds, commercial, commercial shoot, Humor, life, mime, pretending, rain, screaming, showers, Television, TV, umbrella, weather, yelling
Isn’t it funny how our brains work?
The weather this morning was perfect — cool and comfortable with blue skies overhead. As I walked along with Rory Dog, I couldn’t help but notice the clouds. They looked like thin schmears of white frosting on the sky.
But instead of making me hungry, they made me think of a book I read a hundred years ago — The Ivory Cane by Janet Dailey. It was one of my mom’s romance novels, but the story sticks with me to this day.
The heroine Sabrina was an artist, blinded in her 20’s in a car accident. When she frosted a cake, she had to run her fingers along the icing to see if it was completely covered. Her family called her creations “fingerprint cakes.”
Of course, she still got the guy. (It was a Harlequin romance.)
My brain conjured all that up from the sight of a wispy cloud. But I still don’t much like cake.
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Tagged blindness, blue skies, books, brain, cake, car accident, clouds, fingerprint cake, frosting, Humor, iciing, Janet Dailey, life, memories, romance novels, The Ivory Cane book, weather
Objects in this post are larger than they appear.
Take this fan, for instance.
It is a small lawn ornament in my brother Michael’s backyard. It barely reaches knee-high and generates little more than a gentle breeze.
Today it was 103 degrees. My nephew’s rehearsal dinner was held outside tonight. We could have used a big, yellow fan as big as that one looks.
Luckily, a cloud or two passed by and provided some much needed shade.
They were just the right size.