North American Eclipse 2017

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My family got together on Monday, August 21, 2017 to enjoy the partial eclipse. We are in Toronto, so we only saw a crescent shape, but it was a fantastic opportunity to get together. My husband studied astronomy and chemical engineering in school, so he is well prepared for this sort of event.

We had the kids make box viewers over the weekend, so 20170821_144218we would be prepared. Here is the first view from my son’s viewer a few minutes into the start of the eclipse. There isn’t much into the crescent here.

We decided it would be best to be in the backyard, because of the events in the states in Virginia, it might be unseemly for a bunch of white people to be standing on the lawn with boxes on their heads, even if it was Canada. I’m totally kidding. Or I was, until some knucklehead was fired from his job in a small city nearby for flying the confederate flag from his truck. Sometimes I don’t understand people. Why be a jerk just to be a jerk? It’s not like Canadians have ties to the confederate flag.  Anyway…

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Here is my daughter’s viewer, close to totality for us. You can see we had about 2/3 of the sun covered. It wasn’t all that dark, sort of like a cloudy afternoon or approaching dusk, but the shadows were so neat! They were different from anything I’d ever seen! The shadows were ominous, like something very spooky was going to happen. But then the shadows reversed and the light returned to normal again.

What was most enjoyable was spending time with the kids. They played with my Snapchat filters for a while, and we laughed a lot.

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I was able to spend some time in the backyard in the sunshine. I haven’t been able to sit in the sun for years. But my family pulled out a lawn chair for me and we had a nice relaxing visit for fifteen minutes before we had to go back in.

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Surveying the property as my darling husband wrestles a humongous pumpkin! 😄

The family had worked hard at cleaning up the yard. There is a lovely grape arbour just outside of the photo. We don’t harvest the grapes, though. We don’t have the spoons to make wine or jam.

I’m worn out. I’ve been sleeping from 2 to 9 and then 1 to 6 am. I’m hoping something can be tweaked so I feel better and less exhausted. This is so boring.

💜

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