Friday, August 13, 2010

Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket...

It's that time of year again...summer winding down, dog days setting in, kids restless and bored and stars are falling at night!  Oh yes, I've come to learn at this time of the year the Earth is traveling through a trail of cosmic dust left by the comet, Swift-Tuttle.  These particles, when coming in contact with the Earth's atmosphere, burn up, causing a meteor shower known as Perseid's, because the light show seems to originate from the constellation, Perseus.

Last night, when this event was supposedly at it's peak, I decided to do some star gazing.  I had told my daughters about it earlier in the day and they were somewhat interested, "Sure, Mom.  We'll go out and lay with you on the trampoline tonight!"  When 12:30 am. rolled around, one child was in her room texting and the other was asleep on the couch.  Neither one was up for heading out into the dark, damp night.  My husband was out of town, so he was no help either!

I let the dogs out for their last potty break of the night, stretched out on the deck bench and gazed skyward.  The dogs were stymied.  "Why is she laying on the she dead....does she want to play...?"  Needless to say, I had one dog sitting on my feet, one licking my face and the other using this distraction to try and sneak out of the yard. 

I thought I might have seen a meteor but realized it was a plane.  There was one really bright star but it never moved so I assumed it wasn't a meteor.  I watched some more.  Beautiful sky, but no meteors.  My back started to hurt.  Mosquitos started biting me.  I started to imagine moths getting in my hair and my head started to itch.  I decided I wasn't up for heading out into the dark, damp night either!

But, hey!  Maybe you'll have better luck or like the outdoors at night better than I do.  The meteor shower is still supposed to be visible tonight.  Look up into the night sky between midnight and twilight for the best viewing.  And don't forget the bug repellent!

If you want more information about the Perseid's Meteor Shower,  here's a link:

I've had better luck INSIDE the house this week however....

I added three new pendants to my shop this week.  Be sure to check them out by clicking on my shop link at the top of my blog. 

I love the idea of mysterious English gardens with gates and winding paths and secret hideaways beneath the shade trees.   This series of pendants is named "Secret Garden".  Each pendant features a botanical design in muted earth tones and a skeleton key to "unlock the garden gate..."  Some of the keys are decorative charms and some are authentic vintage skeleton keys.  Check out the first three in the series.  Keeping checking back as more are added!

1 comment:

  1. At least you tried to see the meteor shower...I was too lazy to even stay up!