Spent the night in my tent. I curled up in my warm sleeping bag and got around three hours of sleep. Blearily, I walked back inside to check my email, start some coffee, and light a cigar. I have found that Maggie thoroughly enjoys these little jaunts into the backyard. I wish she wouldn’t spend the whole time stiffly alert and barking. Each barking session starts like a muted cough and grows with intensity. I know she thinks she is protecting me, but there is little of harm in my backyard other than errant raccoons and ambling possums interspersed with the occasional stray house cat. All enough to keep Maggie in a frenzied, frenetic state. My homeless days in the wild woods taught me to be very unafraid of what goes on after midnight in the dark of the night.
I noticed last night after sunset a trifecta of heavenly goodness. A conjunction of Venus, the bright moon, and the red star, Taurus, splayed across the horizon in the early evening sky. I took a picture using the tripod Carolyn had bought me on E-Bay. The usual dark side of the moon was slightly illuminated by earthshine revealing features eons dark. My second choice of professions after being a meteorologist was aspiring to be an astronomer. I still have plans for purchasing a telescope and hopefully my blog advertisements will one day fund such a purchase.
My father went to see a play by Shakespeare last night with a friend, Henry V. I was invited to go, but my social phobias got the better of me. These damn phobias cause me to miss out on so much some days. I would have enjoyed seeing Henry V even though I have seen it in its various adaptations many times. My favorite adaptation was the film starring Kenneth Branagh.