moonlight, moon bright

I love watching the moon. I’m not fanatical about it like some people are, but when I see the moon it makes me happy.

My favorite is winter, when I’m walking in the par before sunrise and I can watch the moon phases changing daily. It is definately one of the coolest things ever to watch grow and fade.

But occasionally summer has its perks too. A few nights ago I could see the moon through my study window. Looking practically straight up between the house next door and the ancient trees in my yard, I could see it clearly with little puffy, nightime clouds hanging around.

For some reason the moon makes me feel closer to everything, while the stars make me feel farther away. I’m not talking about size, but about connecting.

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indigo bunting

indigo bunting
The oppressive midwest summer is just really getting started up and I’m already praying for winter. No matter the temperature outside, I still have to go to a park twice a day, so Aggie and run for an hour. That means I’m out there too.

But I’m keeping an eye on the blackberries (my favorite thing about summer) and looking for other tibits that might get me through the heat and humidity with at least some of my sanity.

The other day I saw an indigo bunting – a small blue bird, with a deeper color than a “blue bird”, and no red breast. I think there are a few pairs in the park I normally walk in, but I know there’s at least one.

I love this little bird, almost more than a blue bird, I think. They’re less well know and fewer people are likely to see them, because they prefer abandoned areas and not subdivisions and such.

I found this on wikipedia: “The Indigo Bunting will migrate during the night, using the stars to direct itself. In captivity, since they cannot migrate, they experience disorientation in April/May and in September/October if they cannot see the stars from their enclosure.”

Much Ado About Nothing

haven’t been on in a long time – since easter, in fact. but my friend sonia gave me a website for my birthday (www.jocasey.com), that links to this blog and I had to write about. I also got an awesome chair, that I can’t even begin to describe how cool it is, a new Bebo cd, a new Bible in my favorite translation (God’s Word), some fun Trader Joe’s stuff, and two devotionals – all in all, I raked in this weekend. Sonia and Peg are the best…. while I, on the other hand, managed to forget everything in Columbia – including Sonia’s b-day gift. And no, this is not unsual. I always think I’ve got everything and I always forget the most important things – it’s a new tradition I’m starting.

Peg, Sonia, and I met for a girls’ day and “Shakespear in the Park”, an annual, free production in Forest Park. This year was “Much Ado About Nothing”. It was designed in a frontier/western style, but it worked really well.

There were some other friends we met there as well – particularly noteworthy were the Ficks. Lauren set us up in STYLE. Fried chicken, snackies, sparkling cider any utensil you could possibly need on a picnic, and to top it off Merbs’ chocolate coverd strawberries – which I’d never had before, but were magnificent!

A good weekend! It might be enough to get me through the long, hot summer.