|What I meant to say was......in yesterday's post I
did not mean to infer that if you do not have children you could not enjoy
the animal pictures from Lazy 5 Ranch.
Thanks Marcia for
calling that to my attention. <g>
Busy day yesterday. After taking care of the odds and end chores that
needed done outside I came in to fix lunch. After lunch Bob helped me
change the blade on the lawn mower from catching to mulching. I catch the
grass in early spring and again in early fall but like to mulch it in the
summer. It is good for the lawn and less hassle.
Bob also wanted to do some work on the
telescope. I helped him with that, finished doing a bit of spring cleaning
on the mower and decided I would go ahead and cut the lawn while I was at
it. By the time I finished getting all that done it was well past three
o'clock. I came in to cool off and take a shower while Bob took a nap.
I worked on mail and doing some search stuff on the Net until dinner
time. Finally I woke Bob up at 5:45 and I asked him if I could start
dinner since I was getting hungry. I heated up the left over Chinese and
after cleaning up the kitchen we had a little time before we needed to
prepare for our observing trip. I decided I needed to get started
fixing the checkbook so I could balance for the month of May.
As I mentioned last week, Quicken erased all my data for this year. I
did not keep a running balance in the check book for each transaction
because I was so used to using Quicken to reconcile at the end of the
month and keep up with the balance. I decided I would create a check book
ledger in Excel to get me by for the remainder of the year and make it
easy to keep up with check transactions and to balance at the end of each
month. I guess I have been spoiled all these years using the computer to
do it for me. I always enter the end of month balance and had April so I
just started Excel with May. Excel's help function actually had
instructions on how to set a check register up making it pretty easy to
I worked on that for thirty minutes or so and then we settled Lenore
and dogs so we could head up to the Bullington observation site. The
weather gods had promised clear skies last night but they lied, as usual.
We arrived shortly after 8:30 to find several club members already set up
and playing with telescope equipment. We stood around talking and waiting
for the skies to get dark, which they did, but it also became partly
cloudy with a very hazy horizon.
As we were scanning the skies for something to look at I noticed a
bright red object off to the south. I pointed and said "hey, what's
that?", Bonnie said it was airplane but I could not see that it was
moving or blinking. Jeff grabbed a pair of binoculars and "Eureka"
I had located Mars. I was so excited. We all grabbed scopes and starting
aligning and focusing to get a good look. It was very low over the horizon
and continually appeared and disappeared in the clouds and muck. When it
was visible it was truly awesome to see. As it climbed somewhat higher in
the sky the color changed according to the cloud and air mass that we were
looking through. I am sure as a kid I looked at Mars with a naked eye but
this was my first experience through a scope.
Meanwhile, overhead several areas of skies cleared well enough to take
a look at some really neat stars. I did not realize that some stars have
bright white/blue color while others are orange/yellow looking. They also
have different looking twinkle patterns when viewed through an eye piece
that you do not see with a naked eye.
We sat around watching mars come and go and looking at other star until
about midnight. Jeff and David took off for Doughton Park on the Parkway
around 10:30 to get above the haze and stuff for a better view of Mars. We
got home around 12:30, walked the dogs, settled Lenore, and off to bed.
Mars was fairly visible from the front yard by the time we got home. We
also got to see the moon rise as we were driving home. Because it was low
in the clouds and haze it too had a very red eerie look to it.
Two late nights in a row, so I may fall asleep during the
race today. I was up this morning and yesterday morning by 8:00. Clean
house this morning and watch the race this afternoon. I have computer work
I need to do tonight after dinner of homemade pizza.