200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Mars at Opposition
(I know, I can't fool you. The title of this post is about Mars, but the picture is of the moon. Be patient and go with me here. It'll be OK, I promise.)
It seems like the moon has been full for several days now because it's been clear and the moon's risen as the sun has set. At my house, the moon rising shines directly in the east windows and the moon setting shines directly into the western windows. I don't have curtains. I can't imagine blocking out any of this natural beauty, and with no neighbors or cars driving by, there's no reason to.
My camera wouldn't focus on the moon as I tried to catch it setting this morning, so here's a shot I took a few years ago. Same moon.
For the past few mornings there's been a bright, reddish star near the moon as it sets. I just looked it up on skymaps (www.skymaps.com publishes a monthly skymap and calendar), and skymaps says that first, the moon is at perhelion, the closest it will be to us all year. So if this full moon looked especially bright, that's why. Second, Mars is at opposition, meaning that Mars is opposite of the sun now. So that's what the red star is. Mars.
The owner of the laying hens says that he'll hold them for a week for me. Yay.
Its -8 this morning. The coldest I've seen it in my short time here. That means it's probably 2 down the hill in Albany. It's very predictably 10 degrees colder here than Albany.
The woodshed roof started to fall down. That's not unexpected, but now I have to decide what to do. I think it's dangerous. Wear a hard hat to get wood for the next few weeks until I use up all the wood in the woodshed, then pull it down? I wonder if I can move all the wood out, pull the roof down and then put the playhouse/chicken coop in the woodshed? It's sheltered from the wind, but the floor is a low spot and gets wet when it rains. Hmm some more. I can say for sure that I don't want to deal with it until it gets a little warmer. I bought a fur-lined hat with ear flaps last year and never wore it because it's too hot. Yesterday it was perfect.
If I don't have to rush around today to prepare for chickens, I can enjoy my original plans today, which involved beer and socializing. I can stop at Home Depot later and do building work tomorrow instead of today. See how I can procrastinate and make it sound logical? I have some apple cider fermenting which should be ready, I think, in 2 weeks.
It's a normal day here on the 'stead. Everything's frozen. Some stuff is falling down. Some stuff is getting built. I'm thrilled to be able to sit here for a few minutes before I start the day taking care of things, happily at home.