Monday, August 21, 2017

Waiting for the Eclipse

Along with everyone else, I'm waiting for the eclipse.  

"This is the First Total Solar Eclipse in USA Since 1979. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918."

Certainly a rare event and worthy of the attention it has been receiving.  I can imagine how frightening it must have been to ancient peoples who, without any forewarning, saw the sun being blacked out.  Even today with all of our scientific knowledge and the anticipation of knowing the times for viewing locally, this is an impressive natural phenomenon.

The California Academy of Sciences has asked for help in recording the way animals and plants (that surprised me) react to the eclipse.  You can find out how here.   

Outgoing Mail

To paraphrase a popular saying:
What comes around, goes around.

Connie sent me the stickers of ice cream cones
that decorate this envelope to Melody.

Jacque sent me some cool used stamps that I used 
along with the new Andrew Wyeth stamp for a letter to Connie.
I love the monochromatic look of the stamps Jacque sent and
the little bursts of color on Copernicus and the Louisiana stamp.
Of course, I had to get the Wyeth stamp crooked!


  1. Yes, looking forward to the eclipse today! The upcoming eclipse seems to be causing my iPad to do strange things this morning. I love your mail, as usual. Stickers are always handy bandaids aren't they. Love the stitching up the sides of the envelope. You know of course that we just have to get a stamp on crooked. And I always HATE when that happens! LOL

    1. I enjoyed watching the partial eclipse we had here. Not nearly as impressive as what some observed, but I sufficient for me to be impressed. My sleep patterns have been weird, and I wonder if that is an "ecliptical" effect. :) I'm an expert at crooked stamps, almost as if it is deliberate!

  2. Oh I love that Wyeth stamp!!!
    We will see a partial eclipse-but I can't wait!

    1. I pre-ordered two sets of the Wyeth stamps. :) I just want to keep one set because I love them so much.

      We only had a partial eclipse as well--impressive to see the sun looking like a crescent moon!

  3. I hadn't heard that plants reacted, but I suppose they must. Do tell us if you observe something interesting in the garden!

    1. The only thing I could think of was that night flowering plants might be confused, but I should look to see what the scientists have to say in areas that got the total eclipse. :)


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