Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Aurora Borealis

If you come from a part of the world where the aurora is never seen, the first time you see it can be breath taking and rather magickal. For some people, like me, it is breath taking no matter how many times you see it. That was the case on Monday night for sure.

We were leaving a friends house around 9:3o pm EST when we looked up and saw the beginning of a green ribbon. PeterC fetched the others from inside and we watched as the sky lit up from horizon to horizon with greens, yellows, and the most intense reds I've ever seen in my life. At one point we saw a starburst pattern right over head that indicated we were standing under the exact centre of one of the magnetic bursts and were seeing it spread out from the centre.

Spaceweather.com has all kinds of interesting information on this particular event and if you are a space geek at all you will find this site very informative. The movie of the coronal explosion responsible for the light show on Monday night is both interesting and a little frightening, especially when you realize just how big that solar flare was.

Since moving to Ontario I have seen no aurora, being far to south for it to be visible most of the time. Monday was once of those rare occasions when the aurora could be seen here. In fact, if the Internet is to be trusted, this particular magnetic storm was visible as far south as Alabama. Extremely rare in my experience. It was well worth the wait.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall and The First Fire

There is something wonderful and comforting about the first fire, in the wood stove, of the season. Maybe it is the dry heat radiating into the room, taking the chill and damp from the fall air. Maybe it is the smell of the wood burning each time the door is opened to rearrange the logs.

Maybe, just maybe, it is the knowledge that the circle has turned once more and we are again coming into he long, slow down of the year. For us the arrival of Fall means a last flurry of activity before a time of rest and relaxation. We access our stores of food and wood and rest safe in the knowledge that we have harvested and put away all we need for the winter.

Fall is my favourite time of year. The trees and plants put on a heck of a colour show. The lawnmowers are quiet, and the snow blowers are still in hibernation. The world takes a deep breath and starts to slow down and get ready for the deep snows and cold of Winter. We can sit outside on dry weekends and have a nice bonfire, enjoying peace a quiet for a change.

Fall air is clear and crisp, making breathing and star viewing more amazing than any other time of the year. A blanket or jacket and we are ready to sit outside and enjoy the view. And when it is all over and we have seen enough of the night sky for a while we put out the bonfire and trundle back inside to drink hot tea and snuggle with our furry, feline room mates.

Soon enough the world will be asleep under a blanket of white and we will doze in front of our fires, venturing out only to take care of chores. We will turn our minds and hands to more sedate activities, creating or repairing items for the following Spring.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Thanksgiving

It is once again Thanksgiving in Canada.

A turkey is roasting away in the oven, while I try to make breadcrumbs for dressing. The weather is clear and warm, warm enough to have the windows open. The cats have all found sunbeams to sleep in, and the ferrets have all snuggled under the easy chair for their afternoon naps. With the exception of chest colds PeterC and I are both healthy, healthier than we have been in years. Sales at my etsy store have been very good these last two months.

I smile each day now, if only for a few minutes while the ferrets or cats do something silly. I have begun to dance again, if only in the quiet afternoons while PeterC is away. My creativity is flowing again, which means even more product to stock my store with. I have made friends in the local SCA group and am truly enjoying myself. It may not seem like important stuff but I am thankful for each and every one of these simple things. I'm even more thankful that I have reached a stage in my life where I can see and appreciate the simple things again.

Life is good.