After informing everyone on Facebook and Twitter that the Geminids meteor shower was at its peak yesterday, I went to bed and forgot all about it. Senior moment or Alzheimer’s? Of course we had not seen anything in the sky, but grey and snow for days, so I did not hold out a lot of hope to see them.
When we lived in Wyoming, we had seen everything in the sky. I remember getting out of the car every night and watching Haley’s comet. Every rainy season there were double and even triple rainbows in the sky. Yes, I know, Wyoming does not have rainy seasons. But, it does have triple rainbows. One night, I sat curled in a blanket on the front porch, and watched a lunar eclipse. Another night, all of us went in the back yard, with lawnchairs and sleeping bags, and watched a fantastic comet show. They sky’s in Wyoming always seemed to have a show. It was just when that show became fire and smoke that it was not fun. Three years of having our area burn around us and it just seemed like we were playing Russian Roulette
Last night, at 2:30 am, the dog decided she had to go out. I slipped on my boots and grabbed a sweater and stood waiting for her. She has had a problem with her back leg recently and it seems to be cramped up and frozen when she comes in. She is twelve years old this month and has had bone problems for years. I keep an eye on her for that and the fact that we have had a coyote walk down our driveway and a fox den in our meadow. She would make a tasty morsel for a coyote. Then, I remembered the Geminid meteor showers.
I began looking for them and soon short streaks were random in the sky. It was two hours after they were to be at their peak, darn! I think I made it all of fifteen minutes outside and then came in and watched from the window. I saw a streak every five minutes probably but it was enough to wake me up to all the things that we can still enjoy, sans money.
Sometimes, with all the neat technology upgrading almost daily, I can feel left behind. We have very basic cell phones and a cheap computer, but the really important things in life are still here for all of us. Where I live it includes seeing triplet fawns in our yard all summer, and coyotes and fox and blue herron in the pond.
And, to the readership of this blog, who has still checked in, even when I seemed to abandon you and even though I still do not use punctuation properly. Thanks to all.
Check out the stars tonight and smile.