It’s Day 50, not sure how I got here so fast, but I am here.
“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.” – Susan Branch
I am back in school in 19 days, I am under 20 days to a regular schedule, a regular waking time and probably a much earlier going to bedtime, too.
Up here at the lake the sunsets much later in the day than at home. We are almost 3 degrees further north and our position relative to the time zone line has a significant impact. Here at the lake, we are in the far western part of the US Eastern Time Zone, it is GMT – 4; and at home we are in the far eastern part of the US Central Time Zone where we are GMT – 5. The east west difference is a little more than 3 degrees longitude.
Today’s sunset will be at 9:08 PM or 21:08 EDT at 298˚ NW by the lake. And, at home it will be 8:14 PM or 20:14 CDT or 296˚ NW. That is a difference of six minutes, adjusting for the time zone change.
Yes, I am aware I went ‘sciencey’ there, but with nineteen days before school begins, I need to start thinking about teaching and making things interesting and relevant for 11–12-year-old. Full disclosure is that I had a science ZOOM call yesterday and we discussed teaching science for almost a full hour.
When I look back at last week’s Instagram posts, I see a lot of science in my posts.
The photo above is a third of my summer offices… on the deck under the umbrella. I can see the across the lake and the lakeshore as well as the bird feeders. I can hear the blue jays calling for me to go back inside, but the hummingbirds and chickadees – a new visitor – don’t seem to mind.
I am reminded of yesterday’s daily journal quote,
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown
Day 50, like Days 1 to 49, is going to be an amazing day I know it and I can feel it. The sun is shining; the birds are singing and today is gonna be a great day. I can’t plan on tomorrow being a million and six times better, so, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the days Count one day at a time, one day after another.
Do you ever have ‘sciencey’ moments? What was it?
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I’m loving your pictures here. I especially love that you had sunset around 9 pm how awesome was that to have extra time. i feel like you got extra time there. I super enjoyed that Brene Brown quote. THANKS for the reminder!
Thank you! I remember being in northern California and watching the sunset over the Pacific. Awe inspiring. I woke extra early this morning and rose with the sunrise – 5:53 AM. When I got up and poured my first cup of coffee it was just beginning to get light outside. The stillness and quiet of an early Sunday morning has been a joy. Thanks for stopping in and stay well and healthy. Peace.
Waking up with the sunrise is tough for me when I stay up so late, but when my kid played hockey I caught so many sunrises and they made it soooooooo worth it. 🙂 The stillness of the sunrise is different than the peace I feel at sunset. That trips me out. 🙂
I was up way early this morning, I could say that I am in training for back to school and that was the intent, but it would be a lie. When school starts I’ll be setting the alarm for 4:30 to get ready for the day before leaving the house between 6:30 and 6:45 to be ready for the kids when they walk in at 7:50. bedtime will be 9:00 to 10:00 most nights and some nights 7:30! I love the stillness and quiet of the morning. take care and have a fabulous day.
I’m with Margaret; my experiences of science at school were not inspiring. But as the years pass I’m learning to appreciate it more. We’re expecting a heavy storm here later – plenty of science in that!
I have jokingly discovered that ‘youth is wasted on the young.’ Meaning that as a young person in a rush to ‘grow up’ and never understood the true purpose of school which is to inspire us to ask questions be curious and full of wonder. I keep learning sometimes more one day than another, but learning. Enjoy the day. Peace.
Not overtly sciency moments. I didn’t have science teachers like you, striving to make the subject interesting,. They thought physics and chemistry was fascinating and couldn’t see why it might be a closed book to people like me. Luckily, as an adult, I can see things differently.
Margaret – thank you. Making learning relevant and accessible is key. The blue sky we had was short-lived as ash from the western wildfires crosses the continent. I do love physics and chemistry and fortunately my high school physics teacher was ahead of her time and made a lasting impression on me. and BTW trees are sciencey! Take care and stay well.
Oh yes, I made an exception for Biology at school. That I loved.
There are parts of biology that I enjoy, but it is not a favorite…. but I find myself pushing to learn about birds and ecosystems. Odd isn’t it? Keep learning and growing. Peace.